The Case For Cafe Curtains Or Shades In Our Kitchen (It’s The Year Of The Farmhouse Tweak!)

Brian was out of city for 10 days in January and I used to be a scared little child at night time. You see, all these lovely home windows in our residence (by my very own selection) make the room really feel like an uncovered glass home within the lengthy darkish winter, the place folks can see in, however all I see out is our reflection after which an abyss of darkness. I closed each curtain/shade we now have, which helped immensely, and naturally, slept upstairs with the youngsters (IYKYK). We don’t want privateness (our neighbors are past our tall hedge) nor do we want mild management (even in August these home windows by no means get blasted greater than an hour as a consequence of tree shade). However what we do want is a way of coziness and a layer to assist us not really feel so uncovered to the totally irrationally dreamt-up unhealthy guys and monsters lurking exterior (Sure, we now have a VERY good video safety system which alerts the police/fireman instantly). Whereas neighbors are so shut, being in the course of these 2 1/2 acres makes me really feel susceptible. So as a substitute of shopping for some type of weapon to fend off the burglars/monsters, I’ll merely do the following greatest protection – Cafe Curtains!!

It’s the yr of the “Farmhouse Tweak” or my “Quirk Period” I’m regretfully calling it, which got here after a couple of years of “Heat minimalism” that got here after a few years of “drunk eccentric grandma”. Looks as if remedy is critical to unpack this all, however that’s what this weblog has all the time been for me (totally free! er…kinda :))

Past fixing my visible vulnerability concern, I additionally suppose will probably be a beautiful layer in right here. I LOVE seeing the inexperienced of the timber proper exterior in the course of the day, however I additionally know that it’s a variety of home windows left naked (7 complete), and possibly they don’t look fairly “completed”. I suggest that the additional layer would look fairly AND make me really feel cozier at night time. Listed here are my choices:

Possibility #1: Cafe Curtains

In any other case referred to as the “It Lady” window remedy of 2022 – 2024 (and past?) so possibly I would like in on it (I’ve some in our rest room, thus proving my pattern and magnificence relevancy). Cafe Curtains had been invented (zero analysis performed right here) in order that the street-level cafe/bar eaters would have some privateness from onlookers, the chilly chilly could be diminished, and but it could keep simple to open/shut and never block all of the pure mild for the reason that high is open. This was my first intuition and in some ways what I WANT to do. However listed below are my ideas/hesitations:

  1. However is that so many curtains? There are 5 subsequent to one another (there’s yet one more you possibly can’t see within the photograph above), so 10 small panels complete. Nice if they’re ethereal, unlined, and never pleated, however any type of quantity there might be A LOT OF FABRIC.
  2. Will it block the visible openness to the timber I really like a lot? Sure. However possibly if they’re light-weight sufficient they’ll shove sufficient to the edges? And they are often fairly skinny/clear (which I’d do regardless). Once more, it’s like having a veil, not an umbrella.
  3. And extra importantly, the place do I begin/cease it? The house between the home windows is tiled so I whereas I may do inside mount rods/brackets thats a variety of everlasting holes in my tile. I may additionally simply do one lengthy rod on the skin of the home windows with three entrance brackets however now that I’m picturing that I’m uncertain that’s what I would like.
photograph by kaitlin inexperienced | from: farmhouse front room reveal

So I’m going to do what any skilled web well-known blogger/designer would do which is discover a stick, some tape, a couple of yards of hoarded material, and a few security pins and rig some up “curtains”. That is what we did for the cafe curtains in the lounge and labored like an actual (ugly) allure. It gave the moment readability that no drawing or rendering would.

Then the query turns into would I would like one thing simply easy, candy, and white? A small print? Classic tea towels sewn collectively? (OOH!!!) Vintage tablecloth with candy little embroidery and a few ruffles? (Double OOH!!!) I haven’t discovered the precise inspiration but, however listed below are some that I’m loving under. However bear in mind (Emily) what you see on-line might not work in your house – Our kitchen shares house with the lounge which has my classic indigo boro material cafe curtains, so whereas one other print might be cute, it additionally may compete and begin wanting like a thrift retailer home (one thing I’m admittedly overly delicate to since that’s what everybody referred to as my home far after I had a literal TV present about fashion). Or do I need to do one thing pleated as a result of it provides a lot texture when the solar shines by means of it like under? Anyway, listed below are a couple of that I’m loving.

Listed here are some actually cute choices I discovered on Etsy:

1. Striped Linen Cafe Curtain | 2. Ruffled Curtains Linen Café Curtains | 3. Striped Linen Cafe Curtains | 4. Double Pleated Ticking Striped Cafe Curtain | 5. White Linen French Bistro Curtain | 6. Striped Ruffled Cafe Curtain Panel | 7. Ruffled Ticking Cafe Curtains Ticking Stripe Curtains | 8. Sheer White Linen Panel | 9. White Linen Curtain Romantic Cafe Curtains

Possibility #2: Roman Shades

I really like a Roman shade as a result of it’s so easy, instructions manner much less consideration, and on this case would match completely for an inside mount. I would like one thing smooth and textural (nothing too up to date) and it could must be corded as a result of I can’t attain excessive sufficient to make it cordless over the deep countertop. This is able to clearly work actually, actually simply inside each and do the job. I may do the identical on the opposite two home windows within the kitchen (not the bar window) and name it a day OR do cafe curtains in the identical material because the shades over there.

Functionally, the cafe curtains clearly received’t shut off as a lot however they are going to be a lot simpler to only tug shut than the Roman shades. And I actually don’t suppose I want the higher window coated at night time, however possibly? I additionally rise up round 5:30 to drink espresso and write earlier than the youngsters rise up and whereas I’m not scared within the morning, I might think about {that a} totally shut Roman shade could be nicer within the morning (particularly if it had been attention-grabbing indirectly, aka not simply white).

Curious what you’d do??? Whereas I would like it to remain on the not-busy facet, a texture or a tiny sample sounds good to me, however so does a hand-embroidered or vintage tablecloth. Weigh in!!!

Photographs by Kaitlin Inexperienced | From: The Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal

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