Curtains and Shades

I’ll use the term window treatments to include: curtains, shades and panels.  Window treatments can make all the difference in a room.  I can’t think of too many rooms where I wouldn’t want some sort of window treatment.  They finish the room.  Shades and curtains are meant to be used.  They are supposed to open and close and go up and down.

I know this might offend (sorry), but in most cases blinds are not the best option.  Blinds do NOTHING for your space.  Everyone needs privacy and also to block out the sun, so why not make that function beautiful?

The fabric used in your window treatment can add texture, color, shine and softness to your room.  It’s a HUGE deal in the overall scheme of your room.

I will not lie.  Window treatments are expensive.  Most of the time they have to be custom made for your particular window.  Or if you buy off the shelf, you might have to have them hemmed to the right length.  Save up your money because it’s worth it!

Let’s talk shades first:

roman shade designs

I won’t go into all the details of these shades, but each and everyone is different.  They can totally make or change the look of your room.

Here are some examples of shades:


I love this combination of curtains and pleated butterfly balloon shades.




Example of plain roman shade with ribbon trim.  This shade adds a crispness to this room.  So clean looking!

trim on Romans

Love these!  Custom detail work at the bottom of a roman shade.  This makes the room look so expensive and thought out.

love the shades

I love a beautiful pattern on a simple roman shade.  The simpler the shade, the more crazy your pattern can be!

Ways to hang your shades:

Roman on door

Inside the window casing.

Chandelier & window treatments + red accent color

Inside the window casing.


Outside the window casing.

Love the small grey outline on this roman shade

Outside the window casing.

I like both ways. If you don’t have any wood casing around your windows, I suggest taking the shade all the way to the ceiling, right under the crown molding.  This will make the window look a lot bigger!  Good tip!


decorative side panels and floor drape samples

Some of these different pleats, I’ve never heard of.  It seems like everybody calls it something different.  Anyway, this is great example of the different types of curtains you can do.  Just know, if you do any type of pleat, you’re looking AT LEAST two widths of yardage.  That’s where it get’s expensive!

Great illustration - the difference is amazing.

I love this drawing.  There are always exceptions to this rule, but I would say this is how curtains should be hung 75% of the time.  This is what’s in style, and it makes the window look bigger.

pink curtains + blue walls

Cute pleated striped curtains.  Notice: they went up as high as they could above the window.  This is to make the window appear bigger.

Gray & Green

I can’t tell if these are just panels or if they have pleats.  And that’s my point.  Sometimes it’s not worth the money to have the fancy pleated curtains made.  You can pull back panels and pleat them.  This can save you a ton of money.  Typically, you’ll only need one width of yardage for this.  This is great option for something you’re not going to use a lot or they are going to stay open all the time.

pink in the hallway

Don’t be afraid of color or shine!  This curtains are beautiful.  They make this room.  The silk adds shine and the color adds fun and richness.

peach curtains

Again color and shine.  Everything else is neutral.  If you get tired of them in a few years all you have to do is replace the curtains and do nothing to the walls or floors.

crazy for these yellow curtains

More color and softness!  Lovely full pleated yellow silk curtains!

yes to the curtains

I love how these stripes lengthen the windows and add pattern.  Notice they are installed directly under crown molding.

GEORGICA POND: The pull of pretty

This rod is probably custom made for this bay window.  I had to have one made for my bay window.  Look how the blue green fabric frames each window.  Beautiful!!

ribbon trim

Instead of adding softness to this room, these curtains add structure!  Love it!

I hope this helped!  I have so many blog post ideas swimming in my head right now.  It’s just finding the time to post…  Please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts.






Beautiful New Kitchen

I started this project last fall and had a great time with it.  Sorry I couldn’t get any before pics.  It had red wallpaper, tile on the countertops, a horrible range in an odd shaped island, and low cabinets that you couldn’t fit any appliances underneath.  We tore the entire kitchen out: floors, cabinets, lighting, and wallpaper.  We even closed up a sky light.  We replace brick floors with wood.  Notice there are only drawers below the counters.  This allows you to get to all items easily.  On the end of the island there are doors for a small spice cabinet.  Behind the doors above the ovens is a TV.  Enjoy!

The client loves green and red.  The cabinet color is Mourning Dove from the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot.  It’s really a greenish grey.  The backsplash is Sonoma Tile 2×8.  The pulls are Amerock in gilded bronze.  The countertops are granite. Pendant lights are the Barn Light from Restoration Hardware in antique brass.  Chandelier is the Vendome Large Chandelier from Circa Lighting.  Bar stools are Red Isabella Barstool from Pottery Barn.


The Right Light

Well I hope you all are feeling better the me right now.  I have been sicky for almost a week.  Pregnancy + upper respiratory infection = misery.

I’m working on a kitchen project, and I just want to share my thoughts on how important lighting can be for the overall design of a space.  Basically, you can spend thousands on decor or cabinets, but if you have cheap or dated lights, it will totally ruin the space.  Lights add character, personality, and shine.  Don’t skimp on lighting.  Look around and find the best deal, but save room in your budget for beautiful lighting.  Here are some examples of how lights add juxtaposition, character, richness, and shine in a kitchen.

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These lanterns help draw your eye to the beautiful windows.  It brings it all together.

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Again, these lights accent the dark metal in the room and bring a modern contrast to this Euro rustic dining room.

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I love the contrast of this traditional kitchen with the modern pendant.

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These mini chandeliers give this kitchen a feminine sparkle.

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I like the industrial look of these dark pendants paired with the modern square chandelier shade.

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I love the contrast of this dark chandelier with light cabinets and walls.  It’s also got a rustic look that really draws your eye up.

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These pendants give great shine.

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These pendants give this kitchen a chic glamorous look. Doesn’t it look expensive?

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This lantern reiterates the traditional aspect of this kitchen.

Why It Works

Let’s break it down…What makes a room work?

Let’s discuss this room.  I love this room.  Even though it might not be specifically your style, I think everyone can take the different aspects of this room and apply it to your own.

Room by SJ Interior Design

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Like I said, don’t take this room at face value.  Try to imagine your style  with these aspects:

1.  Balance.  The room is centered around the focal point, the fireplace.  Do you have a focal point?  A fireplace, a TV? In this room, they have two chairs on one side and a sofa on the other.  The sofa is “heavy”.  It takes up a lot of visual space.  They chairs not so much; however, there is a large buffet behind the chairs to balance out the visual weight of the room.

2. Texture and prints.  Notice that the chairs do not “match” the sofa.  They are in a different fabric with great natural texture. If the chairs had been in the same fabric as the sofa, it would not look nearly as expensive or put together.  You never want a room to look like you’ve gone to a big box store and picked everything off the floor.  Subconsciously, people think the room looks more expensive if everything compliments each other.  I did not say MATCH.  It’s not about matching, it’s about complimenting.

The throw pillows also add great interest.  They look like they’ve been “collected”, not purchased off the shelve.  This also adds that richness.

The rug also adds excellent pattern.  Your eye is naturally drawn to the rug because of the color and busyness of the print.  The busyness is a good thing.  It keeps the room from being boring.  It’s fun and adds something unexpected and whimsical.

3.  Proportion.  This kind of goes along with balance.  I just want to point out the lamps, art, and floral arrangement.  The lamps on either side of the sofa just so happen to be identical.  They don’t have to be.  But the do have to be the same height.  They are like bookends for the sofa.

I love the visual height the greenery arrangement adds to the room.  It fills the wall and compliments the tall windows and art.

The coffee table is just the right size and shape in front of the sofa.  Not too big and not too small.  I like how the coffee table is within reach of both the chairs and sofa.

The art might not be your style, but it adds the personal touch that reflects the home owners personality.  It makes the room feel homey.  The portrait above the fireplace is a little small, but I think that’s okay.  It brings an unexpected quality to the room.

On a personal note, I love the lightness of these walls.  I think they are a canvas for the furniture and art.  Sometimes, I said SOMETIMES, I feel like color on the walls can take away from the elegantness (not a real word) of a room.

There are many ways to arrange a room.  I did this post as an example of how you can look at pictures, and emulate that magazine quality in your own home.

*I’m having a little bit of trouble making the entire picture fit.  If you click on the SJ Interiors link, there is a great picture.

Fall Luncheon

Yesterday, I had some friends over for lunch.  It was a small, casual affair so we ate a yummy lunch of soup and salad at the kitchen table.  I decided not to go with your typical fall colors of orange, yellow and brown.  My new etsy pillows are grey and blue, and I already had a blue and brown table cloth from Anthropologie.  One of the reasons I do this blog is to give all of you out there new ideas or good resources.  So, today, I thought I would go through my table setting and share where I got everything.  I think it goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to set a beautiful table.



Tablecloth on sale from Anthropologie about three years ago.  The pumpkin came from Whole Foods.  The candles and hurricanes are from Pier 1.  Always remember, never put scented candles on a table while your eating.

I love these bowls!  I got them for Christmas last year.  They are the perfect size for soups, chili, and pasta.  You have no idea how long I looked for bowls just this size.  They are from Anthropologie, and they had them yesterday!  Just checked the site, and they are gone 😦  Here is another option for you.  My mom bought the Flame Leaf Bowls, and they are very cute too!

I have some beautiful crystal goblets that go with my Vera Wang china.  When I put everything together, they were just too fancy for this event.  My everyday glass were just not looking up to par, so I started to look for some new tea/water glasses.  I found several options on Anthropologie, but, alas, the Anthro of OKC is not quite finished.  And I didn’t really want to make the trek to the mall with the toddler.  So I did some brainstorming…

Here is what I wanted:

Here is what I found, at Dollar General!

Isn’t it cute!?  They are really nice, heavy glasses.

My everyday white plates from Crate and Barrel are very nice, but they didn’t really look great with the blue and white Anthro bowls.  Again Dollar General had just what I was looking for.

I think these are the perfect size for luncheons and showers.  I’m planning on going back to buy about 30 more.  I love using real plates at showers instead of paper.  I think it makes things so much elegant and special.  I had some cloth napkins from Ikea, but they were not looking so great.  These napkins came from Tuesday Morning.  The napkin rings are from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

I’m loving my new pillows.  I’ve been very happy with the quality.

The two turquoise and burlap flag pillows are from Wisteria a couple of years ago.  They grey and white stripe are from the etsy store Modern Marvelous Home.  The ikat pillow is from the etsy store Martha and Ash.

Every party should have fresh flowers.  I don’t like spending a lot of money on arrangements, so most of the time I do them myself.  One of my favorite places to get flowers is the Homeland by my house.

I hope you are having a wonderful fall season.  I would love to hear some of your favorite table or party decorating tips!