So, second, I'm on to the kitchen windows. It is quite possible that we have the worlds worst windows in our kitchen. They are aluminum, they are drafty, they are smeared in paint (not me, I swear!) and they couldn't be uglier. Now, I'm not knocking aluminum windows. I think the metal look is perfect in so many locations. But unfortunately, these particular aluminum windows do not work in our kitchen.
It's clear that we need to replace the windows, but I'm a window snob. What I mean to say is that I bought a 1920's house for the character and, while I'm not a strict renovation-ist, I'm sure as heck unwilling to put in vinyl windows or some other cheap replacement. I've got my eyes on some high-end Marvin windows but affording these fancy windows is another story. So, until we can afford the lovely Marvin-ettes, we will need to cover up the current windows. 'Nuff said.
Now I must say that decorating around ugly elements in your house on a budget is quite fun. It's also a challenge. Sometimes I'm almost paralyzed with too many choices. And sometimes it seems that the perfect choice is sitting right in front of my face.
In this case, I've enjoyed perusing blogs and web for fabric ideas for the curtains. And I think I've found one. The idea is from one of my favorite design blogs: Urban Grace. The blogger, Erika, recently redecorated the kitchen in her design studio and used Suzanne Rheinstein's fabric from Suzanne's shop in West Hollywood called Hollyhock.
I checked out Hollyhock's websites and really liked the fabrics. So, my current kitchen curtain front runner is one of Ms. Rheinstein's lovely fabrics:
As you can see from previous posts, our kitchen is cranberry with white subway tiles and cabinets. I think that it would be fun to add in other colors to spice up the room. So I'm partial to the blue color on the right. Hollyhock has been closed over the holidays so I'll be calling bright and early on Monday morning to get a sample. If it works, great, we can move on to what the curtains will look like and how long it will take me to sew them. If it doesn't work, well, back to the drawing board. Either way, I'm looking forward to it.