Friday, March 15, 2013

BARE NAKED WINDOWS - THE GREAT DRAPERY DEBATE!

Beautiful apartment white living room with large windows
No curtains on the very large windows in this Danish apartment. (above)

To cover a window or not to cover a window? That is the question.

I go back and forth on this one. I once told my good guy friend BN that drapes, curtains or shades weren't really necessary if you had great windows in your home. He and his wife SN have great windows in their home. Then, with a little of my help, BN and SN had gorgeous plain off white heavy linen curtains custom made for their living room and the space looked so inviting and finished. Hmmm...so much for my window theory.

Here's what I've decided (for now)...if you have large windows with some interesting features either in size or shape, window coverings aren't necessary unless everyone in the world including the guy who lives next door can see in. Does this make sense?

Large window with view in bright sun lit apartment good natural light
This window has so much trim and so many "lights" in interesting shapes that it would be a shame to  cover it up with drapery. (above)

Arched window overlooking modern dining room decor decroate no curtains drapes bare windows
Curtains or shades would ruin the drama of this fantastic arched window. (above)

Sheer white roman shades window coverings
Regular windows in a city apartment definitely could use some sort of window covering (in this case roman shades) to finish the space. (above)
What do you think...drapery or no drapery?  Do weigh in!

Happy Friday!

xo
Coco

P.S.  MY CLOSET RE-DESIGN - Spent the evening at a store last night designing the interior of my closet.  Below the version I bought.  Over $1,200 later, I now have a new closet design that will be installed AFTER I move back into my house in a couple weeks (hint: "after" is the operative word here).  Good planning on my part...right?  Over $1,200 for some rods and wire shelves?  By the way, that does not include installation and delivery...oy va voy. Some might say this is cheap in the greater closet redesign scheme of things...but for me, who has never done a closet...it felt like a lot. Bottom line though after 1.5 hours with a nice lady named Marie at the computer, I gained 4 feet more hanging space in my reach bedroom closet with a little design magic. Woohooo!  Standard reach in closets are about 24" deep...we moved a wall and made my closet (post water damage) now 36" deep...allows for some use of the side walls too!  Can an organized closet design change your life?  I feel like 48" more of hanging space will change mine!


Closet design blue print
Plans for my revamped bedroom closet (above and below)

Organized closet design rendering
Oddly enough, I have several evening gowns and long dresses.  Am all ready for any black tie event I suppose! So the area on the right is for those. (above0

P.P.S.  Staycationing in Laguna this weekend with TE.  Should be a fun one night getaway!  Can't wait.  I asked him if I could drive his convertible down to Laguna with him as the passenger...he just laughed...I think he questions my driving skills.  I wonder why?  Hmmm. :-)   Even though just staying for one night, packing will be its usual dilemma (especially since the majority of my clothes are in storage)!  Will figure it out I'm sure.  Clearly a "first world problem"...

P.P.P.S.  GIVEAWAY REMINDER - Remember you have until noon Pacific time to enter the COCOCOZY Light Pillow Giveaway.  I'll pick 4 winners in the end!  Don't miss out!


Photos: Skona Hem; Alvhem Malekeri; Trevor Tondro

19 comments:

  1. An organized closet CAN change your life. I had mine redone and 5 years later I'm still saying it was a life changing investment. Loved it so much I had the kids' closets done also. Unfortunately it did not make theirs bigger so they are still pretty useless. But I had a large closet with wasted space and now it is SO functional. Worth EVERY penny. I promise.
    And I'm with you on the no-window-coverings necessary. Fabulous windows, gorgeous views and somewhat private? Why cover that up?

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  2. You can't forget the softness factor of fabric. Sometimes the room is too hard edged and needs the Yin energy of fabric. Sometimes there are environmental comforts, just depends. That's why we get paid the big bucks!

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  3. Personally, I prefer no window treatments unless they are particularly ugly windows. I hate to block out ANY light that might come through. I also think window treatments can be a distraction and take away from the view or the greenery outside. I've also seen where designers love to layer window treatments with shades, curtains, etc to the point where the windows become the focal point instead of say, the fireplace or a great piece of furniture.
    Leigh

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  4. I used to love to soft and cozy feel of curtains but as my style has evolved, I like a cleaner look now especially on cool looking windows like these.. I do still however like to cozy up the room at dark by drawing the shades so a clean custom white blind is my answer.

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  5. And the window debate continues! Always a question I ask when working with a client. So often "less is more" Great post!
    Joan Waddell
    blog.jwaddellinteriors.com

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  6. With those windows it's almost a crime to cover them. I would never put any hanging drapes on the sides that would block any part of those windows. The vertical pull up really is the best option.

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  7. Love the closet design. I'm sooo looking forward to the day where I can create my own. It really does make life so much easier.

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  8. THank you Nancy and Leslie...made me feel better about my closet expenditure!
    xo
    Coco

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  9. I love these windows.. so much character, I would never like to cover them, but if privacy is an issue.. I would use some kind of blind covering. Congrats on your closet!

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  10. Wonderful without, as long as the windows are architectural, or the view is too stunning to cover up! If not, just don't forget that curtain rods can add a little something too. http://www.astoriedstyle.com/index.php/2012/07/diy-tutorial-acrylic-drapery-rods/

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  11. I am so fortunate as I have 7 acres of woods, & complete privacy. My bedroom wall that looks out into the woods is all glass. From bed I can watch the sun sets, at night the stars. The master is at the back of the house, and because their is a full terrace level below, looks out from higher up. I can watch the birds in the morning. I love fabrics, but I just can't cover the views. I do have wood blinds in the library though. Your closet plan looks perfect!

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    1. 7 acres of woods sounds absolutely gorgeous! I wouldn't cover up those views either!

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  12. My wish house design and furnitures

    sofa cover

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  14. Love the design..Great Pictures..

    http://lovelybusybee.blogspot.com/

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  15. Such a bummer I am a bit late to the party for the pillow giveaway. I simply love the new COCOCOZY Light design in B&W. Would go perfectly in my B&W living room!

    I also wanted to weigh in on the drapery debate. We built a 1920s style Craftsman bungalow six years ago, and one of our favorite features is window and door trim. We are secluded enough that window treatments are not a must-have. My husband refuses to let me hang drapes because he doesn't want to cover the trim. My thought is that in most cases, window treatments finish off a room. I've always felt like we need just a little more oomph in our room designs, and I truly feel like curtains would do the trick. There will still be plenty of windows that are bare, as well as all the trim around the door casings for him to enjoy. It's a real bone of contention for us.

    Is the trim great and totally period? Yes. Is it unique and would the view be ruined by handing window treatments? Certainly not. I'm with you -- an amazing window that is totally special should be left free and clear. And trimless windows should definitely be dolled up. Mine are in that in-between state!

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  16. If privacy is not an issue, then covering those beautiful architectural windows would be a shame…

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