Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Another Project Completed

Another one completed.  This one was a biggie because it involved finding a solution for a problem. A loooong window area, the entire width of our bedroom with a slanted ceiling, because it was a bump-out and the ceiling follows the roof line.  Secondly, what ever design I came up with HAD to incorporate a special purchase.  Something that I purchased in Houston that has just been waiting on me to find the right place.

Here she is……………..


I saw her, I loved her, I had to have her!  This is a matchstick blind with a vintage image printed on it.  I guess it’s printed.  You seriously can’t tell.  She actually looks like she is woven into the blind.  I know she isn’t, but the printing is amazingly perfect.  So if you love vintage photos as much as I do, you know why she had to come home with me!

Problem #1…….she wasn’t quite wide enough for the window.

Problem #2……..there was a window on either side of her that HAD to have a top treatment due to the fact that we were too broke to buy custom blinds so we had to drop the blind down about a foot to make it long enough.  So the top had to be covered.  Amazingly, it doesn’t show from outside.  Probably because it’s a second story window.

Problem #3……..Did I mention……We’re broke!  What ever I came up with had to be CHEAP!


I had two chocolate burnt-out velvet panels left from one of those “it’s such a bargain I better buy every single one that they have” kind of purchases.  Problem #1 solved.

We found a board wide enough and long enough that we could cut for the other two windows.  I glued a center piece on each one, painted the board white, the center piece blue, and glazed the entire piece.  Problem#2 and 3 solved.



These turned out nicely, but they still need some other element or texture across the bottom.  I would like to find some kind of metal ornamental trim to nail or glue on.


It actually ended up looking nicer than I had envisioned.  Those are sheers from Pier One that hang on either side of the opening.  They give the area a little bit of a closed-in intimate feeling.


My chandelier and a few accessories gathered from other parts of the house.



Vintage family photos in a mail basket.


My Nanny’s jewelry box and a favorite gift from Heather on top.


Add a little whimsy.


This used to be an upstairs balcony.  We love the area, but window treatments have always been a problem.  All finished….other than the trim across the bottom!  Yippee!  Something else to shop for.  I just hope I can find it inexpensively or it’ll be staying as is for a while!

On to the next project!!!

Have a lovely day!



  1. It's beautiful! Your home is just gorgeous! :)

  2. Oh Denise! This is lovely! You did a magnificent job on this decor.


  3. What an interesting window shade. I love it.

  4. What a super blind. Your room looks lovely and I like all your little touches like the pics in a mail basket.

  5. Wow, it all turned out sooo nice! I like how you can still see the vintage print on the blinds even though the sun is still coming through the window. Also, I like how you came up with the boards on top with a little bit of embellishment. It gave it a nice touch. Great job!

  6. What a great and unique focal point! I love it.

  7. Looks Amazing! Please come and decorate my casa! ~ Margie

  8. Well I must say you did an amazing job. Love that shade very different, have never seen anything like that. You have a great eye for putting things together. Love that you have all your old photos all together to display.
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  9. That looks lovely, and the blind is quite incredible! I need to study the photos in more detail now...

  10. I love the blind It looks really good against the light. I love your blog. You have some really interesting and inspiring stuff here. Thanks for visiting mine and follow me.

  11. Hello, just wanted to leave you a commment to say how much I've enjoyed reading your posts today. You have great pictures too.

    Best wishes

  12. What an interesting window shade. I love it.

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  13. What a unique window shade. I love it, you made a great choice. Be well, Sandi

  14. Stunning...You guys did an amazing job! Can I borrow you and your ideas? cause incase I didn't mention it...we are broke too :) I love your style! And I completely understand why she had to come home with you...She is a beauty. Rose

  15. thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit..i just love your style...havea great weekend..


  16. Beautiful! I love all the special touches ~ can you please come to my house & help me? ;-)

  17. Absolutely enchanting, Denise. I can't tell you how gorgeous this is or how talented you are! My goodness! You ROCK!



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