Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A is for Austrian Shade

The ABC’s of Window Treatments

When you think of covering your windows you might only think of panels and blinds but there are many more options.  For the next month I will show a different type of window treatment for each letter of the alphabet.

A is for Austrian Shade……….. This is a workable shade that has fabric shirred vertically between scallops.  When this shade is down, the fabric is still gathered.

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                              Source Jackie Von Tobel

Suitable fabrics for this treatment would be sheers or light weight drapery fabrics such as silk.  The pink silk one below is the prettiest one I’ve seen (and I didn’t even make it) !

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              Source Elizabeth Houses

The style of this shade would be considered formal so it would be appropriate for a dining room or a master bath not your family room.

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                Source House Calls

It makes a great first layer underneath panels because it tends to pull in at the sides a little when raised.

Austrian on sidelight

          Source DW Online

In the picture above it is shown on a sidelight for privacy and has tassels for embellishment.

You didn’t know frou frou could be so good, did you ?

Next up…… B is for Balloon Shade

13 comments:

Design Esquire said...

Those pink ones are gorgeous!! Great new series idea.

ashlina {the decorista} said...

ok WOAH. i love them. they are gorgeous. why dont you live by me? i need some...

Nouveau Stitch said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with for "Z"...I love this!

Ellen

Tammy@InStitches said...

haha, I welcome any suggestions. There is a big fat blank by "Z"

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

So pretty, Tammy! I love that pink one, too, especially with the chandelier in the foreground!

Andrea said...

Oh my god, I love them Tammy! Is it very costly to make these?

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

I'm just not ready to go back there for a while. I'm still trying to get clients to take them down from the 80's! The pink silk are pretty, though! Good idea for a series, Tammy!

Annie Davis said...

You found some great pictures Tammy!

And, I have seen some pictures lately using zippers for embellishments on panels and pillows. (If you can't find anything else for Z). :)

Anonymous said...

How fun....I love them..

and Frou Frou they are...lol

Looking forward to relearning my ABC's


Have a nice night Tammy,

Kathy :)

Jen said...

I sure didn't! These are gorgeous!! I'll take frou frou any day of the week if it always looked this good! :-)

pve design said...

I have always loved balloon shades - even in a minimal setting they can add such a french flair, "oui, oui!"
Merci for following "moi"
pve

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

i think i saw this in this month's house beautiful . . . ??

Lori said...

I've always loved Austrian Shades. I went to a conference at a hotel and the ballroom had huge Austrian shades along a huge wall of windows. I couldn't imagine having to sew those.

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