How to enjoy your deck on a drizzly day

How can you enjoy your deck on a drizzly day? With custom curtains of course.

This lovely back yard with a covered patio was well used as a place to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. But here in the Pacific Northwest it is often difficult to enjoy the mild temperatures of spring and fall with a misty rain or breeze blowing across the yard.

open porchThese curtain panels are made from indoor/outdoor fabric to stand up to the rain and sunshine. We also added a contrast band of fabric at the bottom to keep any signs of dirt to a minimum.

 

closed porchWhen closed the panels create a warm cozy room that still has a view of the yard.

 

porch rodThe homeowner put up pipe for rods and found IKEA kitchen S hooks work well to hang the panels. Small grommets at the top make it easy to hang the curtains and to take them down if the weather gets too wild.

 

outside porchHere is a view from outside the patio. There is a 1/2″ chain in the hem to keep the panels from blowing too much.

 

porch panelsThis room is now ready for entertaining, enjoying a cozy fire or relaxing with a good book and a glass of wine.

 

inside porch

A design idea

It all started with a photo on Pinterest from Better Homes and Gardens and a local interior designer.better homes shade

She had a client looking for ideas for a roman shade for her bathroom. The room was in the middle of an upgrade and remodel. The homeowners were keeping the design and character of this 1920’s home to period. White subway tile covered the walls of the walk-in shower. Small hexagon black and white tile is on the floor. I showed the photo to the designer, she shared it with her client – they loved it. “But can you make this a top-down-bottom-up shade?” yes. tdbuMichelleSince then, this photo of the finished shades has been one of my most repinned photos on Pinterest.Michelle's catThis same designer has shared the photo with several other clients. I have now made 4 sets of these shades. Some open both directions. Some only pull up from the bottom. IMG_1860

serven shade3serven shade2finished shade

After making the first few sets, I have finally figured out a simpler way of laying down the twill tape. I use an iron on adhesive tape.iron on

First ironing the tape to the back side of the twill. Then after removing the paper backing,pattern

I iron the twill tape in place. The twill tape is then carefully topstitched in place. pinning

I would love to try other designs of twill tape or other trims.

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Guest House

pile of fabrics

Do you remember this pile of fabric?

Four fabrics were chosen to make 6 drapery panels, 3 valances and a cornice board to cover 8 separate windows in 1 guest house. After ordering a long list of hardware pieces and sewing all the treatments together, the install date finally arrived. It was a complicated install because most of the walls were painted brick. Drilling into brick or concrete is a lot of work. I am thankful to be able to work with an experienced installer.front

This large picture window overlooks Puget Sound. Each side now has a large panel drapery that is hung by medallions following the slope of the ceiling. Thanks to a recent article in ‘Drapery & Design Professional’ magazine, I was able to drape a weight chain over a template of the slope to determine the angle of the top edge.

sideThe two side windows also have stationary panels, this time hung from decorative rods.  side window

The kitchen has two windows with valances hung on iron rods and rings. kitchen The bathroom has a simple box pleated valance mounted on a board.

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The bedroom has a 6′ cornice board over the bed with a set of sheer curtains hung underneath. It also has a single drapery panel on a decorative rod. bed

 

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I need to learn how to take better photos in dark rooms against bright windows, but you get the idea. If you click on a picture, it will enlarge and you can view all the photos like a slide show.

This little guest house in now warm and inviting. It is ready for guests over Thanksgiving weekend.

London shades

London shades have been in my workroom for several weeks now. This is the first time I have made this design. It has taken some thinking, reading, designing, and lots of practice to get them to this stage. It is one thing to have a pattern, it is another to make that work for your customer’s windows. One finished, three more to go.

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