Window Treatments Warm up this Family Home

My friend Tammy readily admits she has a problem. She is a self-confessed fabric-haulic who never met a plaid, paisley or floral she didn’t fall head over heels in love with. We have a lot of fun at Nell Hill’s leading her astray, giving her a quick call every time we get in a new fabric that will make her flip. So when Tammy, her husband Tyler, and their three young kids moved into their diamond-in-the-rough a few months ago, it was exciting for us to see how she used fabric to help write this historic house’s newest chapter.

Selecting window treatments can be hard. They are an investment, so you want to pick something you will love for years to come. That idea can paralyze a lot of folks. But not Tammy. She didn’t hesitate when it came time to dress the windows in her home. She is fearless when she decorates, trusting her gut and following her instincts. That’s why her house looks as amazing as it does.

Case in point: This gorgeous Roman shade that’s exploding with personality. At the top of their home reno list was to gut their outdated kitchen and create this dreamy space that is a wash of warm whites. Tammy decided to add a punch of color through the window treatment over her sink. When she discovered this wonderful fabric at Nell Hill’s, she knew it was the one. I could not agree more!

The home’s combined formal living room and dining space looks out over a delightful pond, so Tammy wanted window coverings that didn’t obstruct the view.  She decided on drapery panels in a light colored floral that is both timeless and fresh. The fabric’s bouquet of colors gives her flexibility if she ever wants to reupholster her furniture – she can pull out any shade.

Tammy travels a ton for her job, so to pass the time when she’s sitting in airports and on planes, she thumbs through decorating magazines and blogs, looking for ideas. That’s where she found the inspiration for this window seat in her master bedroom. She finished this romantic space with adorable café curtains, hung on movable rods that she can swing open if she wants a full view of the back.

I fell hook-line-and-sinker for the boys’ bedroom, a curious space on the house’s top floor that is filled with intriguing nooks and crannies. Tammy’s two boys don’t have to worry about outgrowing the décor in their room, thanks to her pick of classic plaids for the window treatments, furniture and bedding. The space has an assortment of different sized windows, so Tammy once again used her creativity when covering them. Panels frame the large window that looks out over the pond. The smaller windows have simple café curtains to offer a bit of privacy.

When Tammy’s daughter requested a navy bedroom, Tammy worried that painting the walls such a rich color would make the space too dark. So she compromised by using navy as the room’s primary accent color, paired with a perky pink. These Roman shades steal the show, with their bold navy stripe and magenta trim.

As beautiful as their home is, Tammy, Tyler and their kids don’t treat it like a museum. Along with their dog, they get comfy here, especially in this lower-level family room. Tammy opted for neutral upholstery on the furniture (Sunbrella so it was kid and dog-proof) so she could add some zip through her window coverings. These stunning drapes are just the ticket. The panels next to the fireplace can close for privacy, while those on either side of the back window offer a stunning frame.

Next Week … We’ll have ideas for celebrating Easter in your décor.