"Something simple," she said, "Nothing too elaborate or formal." Hmmm. My client's kitchen and casual dining area definitely needed some window treatments to warm up the space and add a touch of color and style. But which treatment would be the best choice?
The Pate-Meadows Anna valance seemed like the perfect solution. It's a simplified version of the traditional swag and jabot, with less fullness and fewer pleats. I drew up a rendering for the customer's approval:
|(The blue circles represent vintage blue plates which will be rehung after the valance is installed.)|
We found a plaid seersucker that looked great in the room and coordinated nicely with the blue countertops, and we decided to use a solid blue fabric for the banding and ties rather than the rose shown in the rendering.
The holdbacks from "Curtains Up" were just the right size for the valance. The ties add a perky touch and the banding accents the interesting shape of the lower edge.
The dining area valance is a twin to the one over the kitchen sink.
These valances set just the right tone for the country setting and casual lifestyle that these clients enjoy. (And they're just so cute!)