In this before you can see the kitchen nook with a large glass sliding door and the pool under construction in the back yard.
Ellen wanted a fun take on a French country style for her home. Look at the beautiful glass sliding door now! I added warmth, height and drama to the room with the drapery fabrics and design. The French design is carried through with the bistro dining table and chairs.
The drapery panels are a beautiful wide stripe silk called Elegant / Sky. I banded the edge with a yellow check (Cap cod / Lemon) to coordinate with the valance fabrics. The main print of the valance is French general’s Couluer / La Mer and is paired with a ticking stripe at the bottom edge, Kind Kelly / Pool from Robert Allen. The same yellow check as the drapery banding is at the top of the valance and on the buttons sewn on the valance’s pleats. All of these details really bring the French country style to life.
Here is the before photo of Ellen’s family room. The large grouping of windows and sliding door needs the warm of the French country style.
In this wide shot of the family room you see one of two large groupings of windows and door. This one leads to an atrium courtyard and the other to the back yard. I framed them both with the drapery swagging over the end windows for softness. I used the same valance design as the kitchen nook going across the windows. The sofa has a mix of fabrics on the pillows, like you would expect in this country style.
It was fun to go floor to ceiling with this drapery and playing up the 12ft ceiling height in Ellen’s room. The soft neutral wall color lets the window treatments be the star.
In this close up you can see the creative hardware detail. They are round rod iron hooks I purchased for Ellen for only $5.00 each. I made ties for the drapes with the yellow check fabric and tied up the drapes to the hooks. I had to pay close attention to making the extra long ties in ascending lengths, so the ties did not hang past the draperies swag and into the window. The soft flip over flounce at the top added to the overall design and soft look. To hold back the drapery, we found the cutest bird tieback in the rod iron finish to go with the hooks.
Ellen has a small office area just off the kitchen and I made a coordinating valance for the window. It has the same style as the other rooms, but with different fabrics. It was a joy to do this project for Ellen, I love all of these fun details too, and it makes her house a home.