Archives for May 2009

Inspiration:
Summery Window Treatments

Inspiration: <br>Summery Window Treatments

via Architectural Digest

I love the look of lace or sheer curtains blowing through open windows on a breezy summer day!

If you like to lighten up your window treatments for summer, or just want to freshen up your decor in general, here are some inspiration photos for you!

There are endless ways to dress your summer windows with more creativity than cash.

Inspiration: <br>Summery Window Treatments

via Country Living

Sew some mother of pearl buttons on lightweight linen or light filtering fabric for a casual beachy look.

Inspiration: <br>Summery Window Treatments
via house to home

Tie or tab top panels can soften a window when they are hung on either side from cup hooks, knobs or upholstery tacks.

Inspiration: <br>Summery Window Treatments
via Coastal Living

Oh, come on, who says all of your curtains panels have to match! This is a fun eclectic look with wood blinds on one window and two different curtain panels on the other window. Sheer or white curtains in between two patterned panels really lightens up the look for summer.

Inspiration: <br>Summery Window Treatments

via Southern Living

If all you need is a little softness or privacy from the street level, hang your sheer curtains part way up a tall window.

Inspiration: <br>Summery Window Treatments

via Coastal Living

Oh, how I love this. These curtains are trimmed in shells. If that doesn’t say summer, I don’t know what does. Of course, this little shell project requires some time to put together, but well worth the effort for some custom panels.

Inspiration: <br>Summery Window Treatments

via Southern Accents

If you have the hot summer sun pouring in your windows but you don’t want to have that “winter blanket look,” woven shades can be inexpensive and oh-so-chic. To make your own shades, simple hang woven mats from tacks across your windows and tie them up with jute.

Inspiration: <br>Summery Window Treatments

via Southern Living

The beauty of this summer shade is that it takes a lot less fabric than full paneled curtains. Take a pre-made curtain panel (or sew one up in pillow case style with a different fabric on each side) and slide it across an inexpensive cafe pressure rod. Softly bunch the fabric up at the bottom and tie in two places with wide ribbon. Or, if you don’t like the bunched look, you can insert a cardboard wrapping paper tube and roll it up!

Inspiration: <br>Summery Window Treatments

via Better Homes & Gardens

I love the light coming through the bare windows and the summer yellow panels on the other window. The uniqueness comes from the oak branch embellishing or standing in for a curtain rod.

Inspiration: <br>Summery Window Treatments

via Tracy Porter

Tie a few ribbon loops on any scarf or shawl and string over a rope or wire!

Inspiration: <br>Summery Window Treatments

via Architectural Digest

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And if you like your windows and the view, there is nothing like the simplicity of SPARKLING CLEAN bare windows in the summer time!

Outdoor Ambience: Strings of Light

Outdoor Ambience: Strings of Light

Need a quick and comparatively inexpensive way to add a little nighttime ambience to your yard, porch and patio? I’ve always been inspired by Disneyland’s year-round white lights on their park trees and buildings. You can bring a little of that magic to your world by stringing strands of lights in your own yard.

To save money and re-purpose what you already have, you can re-use your traditional white Christmas tree lights (yes, even in the summer), or get a little fancy with specialty themed lights! Whatever look you choose, it will definitely add a lot of charm and ambience to your patio or walk ways!

I found some charming specialty string lights from Smith & Hawken online:

Outdoor Ambience: Strings of Light

Outdoor Ambience: Strings of Light

Outdoor Ambience: Strings of Light

These lights are perfect for summer patio entertaining and a fun way to create a magical outdoor scene from your windows at night! You can even put them on a timer if you want to enjoy the lights for short periods of time after dark. I’ve seen variations of these string lights at Target and other discount stores, so look around and see what you can find! I love the magical look of white lights outside!

photo inspiration (top) Cottage Living via My Home Ideas
last three images: Smith & Hawken

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