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Drapery Options for Julia’s Eat-In Kitchen

When it comes to decorating a room, there’s probably nothing that excites me more than window treatments. I tell people all the time, it’s difficult to get that “finished” look in a room if you ignore your windows. And nine times out of ten, windows need FABRIC!! I just cringe when I walk into a home that has nothing but 2″ wood blinds on every window.

So when the doorbell rings, and I open the door to see the UPS or FedEx man standing there with bolts of fabric or fabric samples, I get a little giddy.

Anyway, remember Julia’s kitchen? (Don’t worry, the crown molding above the cabinets has been painted black now.)


Well it’s time to address that huge window at the end of the room.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a newer picture showing the updates, but the appliances have been installed, the cabinet doors were supposed to be installed this past Wednesday. Oh, and the granite countertops and tile floor have been installed.


The last time I saw the kitchen was the day before they grouted the floor, and the granite was being installed, so the place was a mess and people were everywhere. This was the best picture I could get.

Anyway, if you’ll remember, Julia will be using the table and chairs that she inherited from her mom–a quintessential 1950’s chrome/vinyl/formica set. It’s been re-chromed, re-upholstered in red vinyl, and re-formica’d in the same red.

Now, I don’t do theme rooms. Those scare me. But you know how rooms designed around table and chair sets like that often look like a diner? With a black and white checked floor? Like I said, I don’t do theme rooms, but I thought it would be fun to try to find a drapery fabric that was kind of a “nod” to that type of checked flooring.

Here are the samples that have arrived so far. I placed a quarter on each one so that you could get an idea of the scale of the pattern.

First up, a gray and black houndstooth. I love the large scale pattern. It’s not exactly black and white checked, but I couldn’t resist. When I saw this fabric online, I had to see it in person. The negative is that it’s a chenille-type upholstery fabric. It’s not impossible to do draperies with this type of fabric, it’s just not really preferable.


The same houndstooth fabric in black and white.


This is definitely a more literal interpretation of the black and white checked floors. This fabric is probably my least favorite, though. Something about the black and white in a cotton fabric just doesn’t do anything for me. I do really like the tiny braided cord detail between every square.


Now this one just might be my favorite. The photo doesn’t do it justice, but the grays are beautiful, and again, the braided cord detail is really a nice touch.


And until the one just above arrived, this next one was my favorite. It’s a lightly quilted silk (and I do love silk!!). But the price tag on this fabric might make it a not-so-attractive option for Julia. It’s about $130/yard. Bummer.


That last one really is my favorite, but I just hate asking people to pay that much for fabric.

And here is the light fixture that I picked out to go above the red formica/chrome table…


It’s a little diner-esque without being overly so.

We’ll see what Julia has to say, but which fabric would you choose? Remember, that red and chrome table and chair set will be sitting right in front of it, with the pendant light right above the table.



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10 Comments

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    Julie
    August 6, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I think you're spot on. I like the silk the best too but would NEVER pay that much for curtain fabric. I really like your #2 choice mainly because of the braiding/cording. But I like #2 better than the one above it because it just seems like the other accentuates the black too much. The first thing I saw was was 4 really black squares, and then I saw the other colors.

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    Kathie
    August 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I like the gray and black houndstooth…but I love the houndstooth pattern. The black and white seemed a little too bold!

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    Rachel
    August 6, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    If you have your heart set on the quilted fabric, you could probably piece and quilt it yourself and save $$$.

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    Kim - A Creative Spirit
    August 7, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the black and grey check, which was the next to last fabric photo. I even like it better than the quilted one for this room, but I like Rachel's idea. Us it somewhere in YOUR space. :o)

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    Kim
    August 8, 2010 at 3:00 am

    I agree that the last fabric is scrumptious but don't think I could swallow the pricetag. Your second choice is a great option though!

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    Anonymous
    August 8, 2010 at 4:37 am

    None of them. I think you should do something unexpected and add some color.

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    August 8, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Anonymous, I disagree. Her bright red table and six bright red chairs will be color enough. The window needs a fabric that will tie in the black to that end of the room.

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    Matthew at Decoration-Ideas.com
    August 8, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Applying fabric to your home is just like giving a home its clothes.
    It's funny you call houndstooth houndstooth, here in Europe we know it as "pied de poule" or chicken's leg…
    Long time ago, my French teacher used to wear a skirt with these tiny little patterns. So little that she noticed me looking at it…
    It usually takes a while for interior to take over fashion trends, but once they have, you get to see the most beautiful creations!

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    Matthew at Decoration-Ideas.co
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Applying fabric to your home is just like giving a home its clothes.
    It's funny you call houndstooth houndstooth, here in Europe we know it as "pied de poule" or chicken's leg…
    Long time ago, my French teacher used to wear a skirt with these tiny little patterns. So little that she noticed me looking at it…
    It usually takes a while for interior to take over fashion trends, but once they have, you get to see the most beautiful creations!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Rachel
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    If you have your heart set on the quilted fabric, you could probably piece and quilt it yourself and save $$$.

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