When you take on the project of buying and restoring
It was a 150-year-old farmhouse and we were lucky to get it. The house had been well cared for, Wholesale Inline Duct Fan Factory
but nonetheless was showing its age. It had been more than a quarter of
a century since it had been remodelled. The thing that struck us most
about the two-story stone and frame structure was that it was so much
different than the modern homes in a subdivision that had sprung up
nearby. This house had tremendous character.
I am not a
decorator and will be the first to admit it. Personally, I didn't see
what was wrong with putting an orange bean bag chair in the living room.
I guess it was something about traditional styling and an emphasis on
forest green. My wife is only marginally better at home decorating than
me, but she emphatically threw out the bean bag.
we have a family friend who is a near genius with decorating ideas. She
can pluck items out of the trash and put them together in such a way
that Better Homes And Gardens would include them in a pictorial feature
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the chance to take on the challenge of our new old house. I asked her
about the bean bag and got only a chilly stare in response.
goal was to decorate the house a little differently. We wanted to
reflect its character. We wanted the house to be just a little
different. We wanted it different, but not too different. We weren't to
the point of Japanese screens and seating ourselves with pillows on the
floor. We called on our friend to help out.
When our friend got to the dining room, she suggested Roman blinds, also called roman shades. She ticked off the reasons.
+ First, they were classy and different. The fabric of the shades could
be made from the same material as the table cloth and would go well
with our antique dining room set.
+ Second, the dining room of
the old house had non-standard sized windows. After measuring them she
announced it would be hard to find curtains or blinds to fit them.
Blinds, curtains or shutters would have to be custom made.
Third, the house has beautiful native oak woodwork. We had just finished
stripping layers of paint accumulated over the past century. The wood
had been conditioned, sealed and finished. It had beautiful graining. We
didn't want to cover it up with curtains or drapes.
+ Finally, she could make them and save us some money. She is very talented at making curtains and shades.
Those reasons sounded good to me. Especially the last one. When you
take on the project of buying and restoring an old house, saving money
becomes a real test.
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