Condo Breakfast Room Condo Living Room

Random Thoughts On A Friday Afternoon:: Built-In Cabinets and Window Treatments

It’s Friday! And a beautiful one, at that. It actually snowed for about an hour today, which is an incredibly rare sight here in Central Texas. It was short-lived, and of course none of it stuck, and now the sun is out in full force. It was nice while it lasted.

Thank you so much for all of your input about my cabinet doors! Most of you thought that I should go with the second choice, with the varied look of drawers and doors.


I’ll admit that that’s my favorite option as well. However, after really examining the cabinets yesterday, I’m still torn.

You see, the depth of the cabinets has really bothered me. The 24″ depth, in my opinion, is something that really makes them look kitchen-y to me. I’d much prefer cutting them down to a depth of 18″ or so. However, if I do that, AND keep the drawers, then I’d have to get new drawer glides AND cut the depth of the drawers down also. Uugghh!!! I’m ambitious, but I just don’t know if I want to do THAT much work.

So that leaves me with option 1 again…doors only. It’s not my favorite, but it sure would make it easier for me to cut down the depth of the cabinets.


Decisions, decisions, decisions!!! Anyway, moving on…

So what do you have planned this weekend? I’m really not sure what I’m going to do. I know what I SHOULD do, but it’s not much fun. I desperately need to clean. The three weeks leading up to Thanksgiving were so busy for me, that cleaning my little condo wasn’t even CLOSE to being a priority. And then this past week, I’ve been so overwhelmed at the thought of cleaning it (it really has spun out of control), that I’ve just turned a blind eye to it. But I can’t go on like this anymore. Somethin’s gotta give! So that’s probably what I’ll be doing.

But here’s what I REALLY want to be working on:


Yes! My window treatments for the living room and breakfast room. I finally found the solid contrast material in the blue color that will be used as a 4-inch band on the leading edge of each drapery panel, plus the bottom edge of the valances. Okay, I just heard each of you say, “Valances? What?!

You know, I haven’t always been a valance kind of person. In the past, I’ve generally been a fairly strict panels-only person, especially for my own use. But lately, I just love the way a simple, well-made, tailored valance looks, especially when used with beautiful, well-made panels, and a gorgeous shade, like a natural woven shade. Nothing fru-fru, no gathers, no ruffles, no excessive use of pleats–nothing like that. Just pure tailored perfection.

 

I love the contrast band at the bottom of the second valance. Again, tailored perfection! Those valances are nothing like the short, frumpy, gathered store-bought valances of the 1980s and early 90s.

Anywho…we’ll see. Who knows what I’ll actually get done. When it comes to my condo, I tend to have a touch of ADHD. With so many projects in the works, I find it so difficult to concentrate on one and see it through to completion!!

I hope you have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! (And as I’m finishing up this post, the sun has once again disappeared. Maybe more snow? Or maybe that’s wishful thinking.

UPDATE:

I got the valance for the breakfast room finished! Click here to see the step-by-step tutorial and the final result.



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10 Comments

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    down pilllow
    December 4, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I hope you have a great weekend! I, too, should do some cleaning but it'll have to wait.

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    Gail J Richardson
    December 5, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Hi Kristi, I really enjoyed your decorating blog.I decorate also be not near on the scale you do. I enjoyed the before and after pictures.I hope you enjoy the door you rteplaced with a glass door. I have the doors with glass going into my study and I love the way it opens up the space and lets the light travel through the house even if the doors are shut.I will be checking out your site as you post my ideas. Have a good week-end and a Merry Christmas.
    Gail J Richardson Western Ky

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    Gail J Richardson
    December 5, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Sorry Kristi I goofed on what I wrote in the post above. It should have read "I will be checking back as you post new ideas."
    Sincerely Gail J Richardson

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    Shantastic
    December 6, 2009 at 12:10 am

    WHERE did you get that fabric – I LOVE IT!!!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    December 6, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Thanks! I love the fabric, too. It's calle Jade Somerset by Braemore. I bought it locally, but here's a link (although they're sold out at the moment–and that price is MUCH lower than what I paid. Grrr!)

    http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=JC&Product_Code=1021-009151-001&Category_Code=1021

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    bingkee
    December 10, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Though I don't comment all the time, I love your blog. And I love Candice Olsen too.

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    BBP
    March 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Kristi,

    Couldn't help but notice you've posted a lot of Candice Olson's awesome designs over time. I am her exclusive photographer as well as that of Colin and Justin, Jane Lockhart etc. Feel free to browse my website and/or blog postings if you see anything you think may be of interest or inspiration to your readers! I of course also have a huge image library (more rooms, more angles) so feel free to ask if there's anything you'd like to see in more detail!

    Cheers,
    Brandon

    http://www.brandonbarre.com
    http://brandonbarrephotography.blogspot.com/2009/10/candice-olson-design_26.html

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    Lily
    September 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    GREAT BLOG

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    down pilllow
    April 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I hope you have a great weekend! I, too, should do some cleaning but it'll have to wait.

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    Lily
    April 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    GREAT BLOG

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