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Carla Kobierzynski
December 20, 2012 in Design Dilemma
The woods are the view. No privacy needed. Still need texture.
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
What a fantastic beautiful space! I love the moose (?) head over the fireplace (don't laugh, if it isn't, but it's not easy to tell for sure!) and the leopard rug. Wow! You certainly have style and pizzazz! And yes, I think you are right to include curtains as a finishing touch. They add warmth and texture and will help with light control when that's an issue. I would suggest a wrought iron rod, something not too thick, but strong enough to support the drapes.
December 20, 2012 at 5:28PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Goodness, you have so much lovely texture already that I'm not sure you need more. But if you do, then, Cynthia's idea above is beyond reproach.
December 20, 2012 at 5:44PM     
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Darzy
It could just be me, but it looks great as is. Unless privacy or insulation is needed I like the full view instead.
December 20, 2012 at 5:52PM   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
I agree, Darzy, but think of this room at night, especially in the winter, when the only view is of darkness beyond the reflective window glass. Far nicer, and warmer, and cosier, would be to draw the drapes and enjoy the space within. A roaring fire... A glass of wine... Nice music... and classy drapes!
December 20, 2012 at 5:55PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
We Design Dilemma professional commenters need to borrow this place for a long weekend to dish the dirt and drink that wine!
December 20, 2012 at 5:58PM     
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Carla Kobierzynski
I have so much pattern in the room, what color or fabric would you use? I have some very weathered shutters I'm thinking of using.
December 20, 2012 at 5:59PM   
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Darzy
Good point Cynthia. You had me at Merlot. : ) Drapes it is.
December 20, 2012 at 6:01PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Carla, I see some reddish tones in the upholstery, so I'd say go with that color which should be lovely against the light wood tones. Let's see what others think.
December 20, 2012 at 6:04PM   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I love weathered shutters, but not sure how well they would stack back on the windows. They'd make a great headboard or I love old shutters as a folding screen.
December 20, 2012 at 6:09PM     
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Darzy
This may seem odd but my second choice was brown velvet drapes. Too heavy?

December 20, 2012 at 6:12PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
When we all venture out there, wherever there is, we'll be able to advise Carla better on exactly what color she needs for her draperies.
December 20, 2012 at 6:15PM     
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
Yum, brown velvet, ooooooh I love it :)

I adore this place and a weekend retreat sounds very tempting! Carla, did you do this all yourself? Big pat on the back to you.
December 20, 2012 at 6:19PM     
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Carla Kobierzynski
Could I stack a roman shade just below the angled window?
December 20, 2012 at 6:21PM   
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Carla Kobierzynski
Yes, these are all my ideas. Always wanted wool leopard carpet! All the wood sometimes makes me crazy!
December 20, 2012 at 6:27PM   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Yes, roman shades could fall from that point rather nicely, and you wouldn't have to worry about where to stack drapery panels.
December 20, 2012 at 6:27PM     
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Carla Kobierzynski
Come anytime for that wine. Harbor Springs, MI
December 20, 2012 at 6:30PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
You've done a beautiful job with all that wood, making it warm and not overwhelming.
December 20, 2012 at 6:30PM     
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Darzy
Your room is so "rich" and cozy looking so I'm not sure a roman shade will do your room/windows justice.
December 20, 2012 at 6:30PM   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
I agree with Darzy. I recommend a very soft material (maybe even wool?) that will drape nicely and stack back in a small area. Perhaps each window could have one panel, and you could pull them back all the way to the far right and the far left. Then you wouldn't have any fabric resting against the fireplace when the drapes are open. I love romans, but for your room I think the classic look of vertical panels would be even nicer. Carla, I'm just looking up Harbor Springs now! I'm just outside Toronto, so it would be a fun excursion! LOL
December 20, 2012 at 6:36PM     
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Carla Kobierzynski
Thanks for all your suggestions. I'll keep you posted or see you soon!
December 20, 2012 at 6:45PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I had my atlas out at same time as you, Cynthia! Carla would get more free advice from us than she wanted, and we'd all have a blast! Ah, the dreams we have! Thanks, Carla, for the invitation. Be careful or we'll take you up on it.
December 20, 2012 at 6:48PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Knock, knock!
December 20, 2012 at 6:49PM     
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
LOL, this is too much fun! Carla, we seem to be in a giddy mood tonight. Your welcoming home has created a virtual common space for us to share tonight! That's one successful room! :)
December 20, 2012 at 6:54PM     
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Darzy
Yes! Your cozy space has me fantasizing all of us sitting around the fire with a glass of wine in one hand, and a cordless drill in my other hand... To hang your drapes with. : )
December 20, 2012 at 7:04PM     
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Hi All. Here are images of your suggestion, the brown velvet and also a geometric in the chair colour to offer you a different perspective. What a beautiful room!!

I didn't put in the rod, but assume a rod, just below the trim on the angled windows.
December 20, 2012 at 7:05PM   
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Geometric in chair colour
December 20, 2012 at 7:06PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
CC, maybe Carla has space for all of us!
December 20, 2012 at 7:07PM     
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
I'm in :-)
December 20, 2012 at 7:09PM     
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Darzy
Thanks Carolyn C. Nice!
December 20, 2012 at 7:10PM   
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Carla Kobierzynski
Like your photos, but hope for something more playful and less heavy
December 20, 2012 at 7:14PM   
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Carla Kobierzynski
Still playing with shutter
December 20, 2012 at 7:17PM   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I love the shutters but can't tell how they are finished. You have enough wood, so a cool, faded paint color would be tempting! However, it could upset the lovely subtleties of what you have going so far, so wouldn't do it. A heavy fabric on a winter night is sounding better and better.
December 20, 2012 at 7:35PM     
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Here are your windows with shutters. I'm with Carolyn in that it's more wood so if you do opt for shutters, consider a painted finish. Perhaps even a shade in the chair
December 20, 2012 at 7:57PM     
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
This could be more playful
December 20, 2012 at 7:59PM   
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Carla, here's Roman Blinds,
December 20, 2012 at 8:04PM     
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jjandhk
Hi Carla, what a warm inviting room!
I love it just the way it is....but I can see drapery panels would warm it up at night.
Maybe something with a geometric print?
December 20, 2012 at 8:25PM   
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karen paul interiors

I would recommend a pattern with a hint of the Craftsman aesthetic, with a bit of the exotic to incorporate the carpet and to give a little bit of a feminine touch. Very interesting color palette without working too closely with the existing colors.
December 20, 2012 at 9:15PM     
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Bonnie
Panels only on one side...to outside corner


December 20, 2012 at 9:35PM     
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Julie Thome Draperies, Inc.
Hi, as others have said what a beautiful space! I would NOT do romans on those triangular windows, would ruin the look of the whole room. Drapery panels are needed, as someone said in a wool with a lovely flat tape trim for itnerest, or if you wanted to introduce a large scale pattern, there are many tribal prints (ikats, suzani's etc) on a linen on the market now, and the red tones would be beautiful and warm there.
December 21, 2012 at 4:00AM   
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Julie Thome Draperies, Inc.
Normally I would say 2 pairs of panels, but in this instance 2 large panels either side of the room only, nothing near fireplace....will frame out the room nicely.
December 21, 2012 at 4:02AM   
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Carla, here are the two fabrics above that were suggested
December 21, 2012 at 5:16AM   
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Red Geometric
December 21, 2012 at 5:16AM     
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Beige Geometric
December 21, 2012 at 5:23AM     
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Carla Kobierzynski
WOW! I thought I died and went to heaven! I woke up and all these designer were working on my living room. Thank you for all your input : ). I neglected to tell you that one side of the window is a door! Sorry! Also, the rest of my decor flows with a bit of lodge/native American.
December 21, 2012 at 7:11AM   
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kitasei
Carla, how have you managed to have table lamps around the room with no evidence of cords? Did you run them under the chair and rugs?
December 21, 2012 at 7:29AM   
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Carla Kobierzynski
Floor outlets. I have a basement. Don't be afraid! I'm more afraid of cords! LOL
December 21, 2012 at 7:42AM     
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