Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lighter and Brighter

There are not many changes at Linderhof -- not big ones anyway for we've lived here 22 years but my theory is that a house is never truly done and so little changes are made . . .

The living room with blinds that we've had for a few years -- these windows face the street and thus, Husband Jim felt that we needed something that provided more privacy than drapes. Thus we installed 2 inch white blinds in these windows behind the drapes.

The windows flanking the fireplace just had the drapes, however, for privacy wasn't really an issue!

And in the downstairs hall, up two steps from the living room, in the stairway leading up to the second floor, we had both drapes and valances covering the windows. A different fabric than the ones in the living room. Those same drapes are also in the windows in the hall upstairs.

On the trip to Charleston and Savannah the week before Thanksgiving, I noticed the lovely plantation shutters or 2 inch blinds in the windows. They let in light but could be closed for privacy and I liked the brightness that the white blinds/shutters made in a room. And the light that they let in so . . .

We decided to make some changes in the living room and downstairs hall!

Off with the drapes on the front windows -- just the blinds! The light is dazzling! The view so much more so!

The windows flanking the fireplace . . . . I love the light that falls on the desk -- they're south windows and most of the day light is pouring in!

And the hall feels more spacious! No drapes puddling on the floor! To be dust catchers!

Both the hall area and the living room seem bigger and more spacious and certainly brighter!

Those South Carolinians certainly know how to add light and airiness to a room!

I walk into the room now and go "wow -- is that really my living room?"

It was a small change and an inexpensive change for the blinds are faux wood (as were the original three). Next on the agenda -- replacing those upstairs drapes with blinds as well.

Since it isn't a "public" area I decided with getting out Christmas and putting up the tree (Husband Jim's job but I am the "go-fer") that three blinds were more than enough to do this weekend.

It's Monday and time to join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what other changes there are this Met Monday!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I loved your drapes, they were stunning, but it is amazing how much like you get without them. Change is a good thing. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Rose H (UK) said...

Great changes Martha, isn't it amazing how much light the drapes stop? The blinds look really special now too :o)

Lottie said...

I LOVE the plantation shutters! They let so much more light in and make the rooms look larger. Why...everyone in South Carolina has plantation shutters now! :-D
(Linderhof is beautiful!)

Keetha Broyles said...

And besides that, I believe you are now very "IN" - - - at least I see a lot of windows with minimal or no treatments on TV and in magazines and on blogs.

I guess I'll never be "in" - - - I just don't like the LOOK of "naked" windows in my own home.

But you are certainly wiser than moi, besides the whole light thing is absolutely true!

Sometimes change is a good thing.

On Crooked Creek said...

I adore visiting your home with all the minimal changes. Updating can be simplicity and yet it awakens the senses! Certainly true here, beautifully done! Thank you for showing us how a simple change makes a dramatic statement!

Chrissie said...

What a beautiful home! Wonderful updates!

Southerncook said...

I think without the drapes and the addition of shutters looks awesome Martha. What a fabulous change.


KimMalk said...

I'll bet it feels light and bright and airy. Nice job, you have a lovely home.

Unknown said...

It's crazy what a little light can do to a room and to your mindset (if you believe in feng shui, this is especially true). I am the type of person that has to change the major rooms in my house around every couple of months or things start to feel emotionally stagnant. Once changed, I feel like we're new tenants in the home. ps. I know a Munchkin who would *beeline* it for the ceramic horsie in your living room. There is no trinket safe around the Munchkin. :-)