COTE DE TEXAS: Curtains and a HUGE Curtain Contest!!

Curtains and a HUGE Curtain Contest!!

 

And now – to announce a new and very exciting contest – courtesy of a long time sponsor – The Antique Drapery Rod Company!  They are a sponsor because I am a client – and have been for years and years.  Almost every curtain rod I’ve ever used is from their company.

 

image

John Fowler – the greatest curtain designer of the 20th century.   He meticulously drew out the details of the swags and jabots of his creations:

 

image

Fowler’s sketch and the actual curtain created from it.  Picture courtesy of Little Augury

 

As you know, in my opinion, professionally designed, sewn, and hung curtains are one of the most important elements in creating a finished look in a room.  Installing curtains is something I beg a client to do – and most clients will fight me on this to the end.  But – when the job is finished, I’ve rarely had a client say they regretted the decision to pay the extra expense.

 

image

Another 20th century master of curtains – Mario Buatta – shown here in a beautiful Houston house that was recently totally renovated into a mid-century, Hollywood glam fiasco.

Curtains provide an element that is hard to duplicate any other way.  They add a texture, a coziness, and a sophistication to a room.  Additionally, they add interest and color and create a look of professionalism.   Curtains also quiet a room – the yards of fabric add a softness that actually muffles sound.  It’s hard to deny their importance in a design.

 

image

Miles Redd, the John Fowler of the 21st century.  His curtains are a fantasy – would this room be as spectacular without his fabulous creations?

I wrote an extensive story about curtains around six years ago – it is worth reading if you haven’t or if you need a primer on do’s and don’ts of curtains – read HERE.

 

 image

Miles Redd, again, here with a beautifully constructed ruffle on the leading edge. 

 

image

David Easton is another classic designer who uses elaborate window treatments – with swags and valances.   The simple check pattern (although I’m sure the fabric is a pricey silk) keeps the curtains from being quite so fussy.  This kind of treatment is expensive to make, much more so than simple panels.   But, the architecture and the windows and the ceiling height calls for such a curtain. 

 

image

In a NYC townhouse, Mario Buatta used silk panels of different colors sewn together and then swagged them over the rod.   It’s supposed to look like one panel of fabric casually thrown over the rod, but actually, its three pieces carefully sewn together.

 

 

image

How blah would this room be with the curtains?  This solid fabric is dressed up by the details – the scalloped lead edge and the soft, fabric valance.

 

image

There are exceptions of course.  If you own a beautifully designed house – with gorgeous steel windows – going without curtains is probably preferable (although, here, I would have used creamy solid linen curtains myself.)  A room like this works without curtains.

 

 

image

I’ve always loved how the designer used the fabric color to draw attention to the trim color of the boiserie.   By keeping the panels simply – hung from a rod, the room seems a mix of contemporary and classic.   One of the most gorgeous rooms!!

 

image

A rather simple room without much architectural detail – the curtains provide a much needed element – without them, this room would look bare and unfinished.  The valances add the classic feel.

 

 

image

A beautiful room – with panels and shades.  The room has a contemporary feel and the style of the curtains add to this.  Today – rods have become more important since valances are not as popular as they once were.

 

image

Mary Tait from New Orleans is credited with creating “ballgown” silk curtains – full, luscious clouds of silk, with no pleats and fabulous headers.   With ballgown panels, decorative rods became more important.   Today, headers are much plainer and curtains don’t puddle 10 and 12 inches.  With silk panels, I like to keep the puddle to 3” – with linen, I go with 1” now.  I prefer just a slight break rather than straight columns of ironed in pleats.

 

image

My favorite curtains – the ballgown silk panels of today.   Tory Burch’s living room, maybe my all time favorite room ever!   I love silk panels when the pleats are not ironed it.  Gorgeous!

 

image

Well, this is another all time favorite living room – Carol Glasser’s in Houston.   She loves color – and the pattern in the fabric is perfect, just enough.  The velvet sofa in peach is to die for!!   Carol chose to use a rod with panels instead of a more fancy treatment.    Either style would have been appropriate, but this more simple treatment seems more 21th century.

 

image

Well, wait.  Now THIS is favorite living room!  How many does that make just today?  Seriously – for a young person, who doesn’t want just antiques or outright glam – who wants to mix new with old – this is my idea of a perfect mix.  The contemporary light fixture, the modern lamps and art, the antique chairs and table – it’s just a perfect mix – not too much and not too little.  I love the pops of color mixed with the whites and stripes.  And the curtains are perfect. Shannon Bowers.

 

image

Schuyler Samperton – love this in pinks and whites.  Without these panels, there wouldn’t be enough pink in here to make such a statement.  Again – this is a perfect mix if you don’t want too much new.

 

image

Ginger Barber added a trio of panels to repeat the trio of chandeliers in this large living/dining room.  Ginger likes to hang panels with ironed in pleats.  This is classic – for the new decade.

 

image

Another living room that I adore – fabric valances and patterned fabric liven up a classic, sophisticated room. 

 

image

My favorite window treatment – raised to the ceiling, the panels elevate the ceiling – making the room seem taller.  The shade adds needed texture AND hides the dead zone (the large area of drywall between the top of the window and the ceiling.)  With the dead zone hidden – the window’s dimensions are hidden and it seems as if they are larger.  This is a particularly handy trick to use when the windows or the ceiling is too low.

image

When you have double height windows – try to go as high as possible.  The designer stopped at the double height – and left the triple height bare.  This was a good solution for troublesome windows – something that builders seem to love to design.

 

A lesson in shades and panels:

image_thumb166

DON’T: In an actual house found on the internet:  first, this owner should have used a bronze rod for less contrast. Second, the rod should have been placed at the ceiling. Third, there should be just one blind instead of two, outside mounted, placed right under the rod – for a more cohesive, smoother look. This way – the dead zone is hidden behind the shade, the windows looks taller and larger and the ceiling appears higher.

 

image_thumb156

The solution:  perfection!  There is one shade instead of two at each window.  The rod is at the ceiling – right under the molding.  The shade covers the dead zone – so it appears the window is higher, along with the ceiling.  It’s a more cohesive look, a more finished look, a better look. 

  image

  I like this arrangement – and I like the curtains and shades, BUT:   there should be a rod!!  I think this looks a little strange without a rod. It makes no sense.  It just reinforces that the curtains don’t close, that they are just decorative.  It looks phony.  Honesty in design!

 

image

Another beautiful living room with tall panels brought to the ceiling instead of to the top of the window.  Gorgeous!  Miles Redd, of course.

 

image

Suzanne Rheinstein covered her dead zone with fabric valances – another option instead of using textured blinds.  Her rods are beautiful.  While I use plain rods – I do love a beautiful rod, like these. 

 

image

A pretty, soft room.   Again, the valances hide the dead zone. 

 

image

A simple room, with leggy antiques in white – creamy silk provides the ballgown look – a very feminine expression.

 

image

Gawd.  The gorgeousness!!!!  The handpainted wallpaper with the vivid silk ballgown panels.  The color of the silk is so pretty.   Perfection!!!!!!  Miles, again.

 

image

Mario Buatta in Houston again – with a double swag.  Such a beautiful chandelier.

 

 

image

I’ve always loved this Houston dining room with the beautiful table and chairs and I love the curtains with their soft pattern.  Nicole Zarr.

 

image

Another favorite – the skirted table in green with blue leather chairs and blue panels.

 

 

 

image

A bed – between two windows – please, always use curtains in this instance!!

 

image

And again – curtains frame the bed like a painting.

 

 

image

I love this – the long row of white curtains, lined and interlined, covering the drywall between the windows.  It looks so finished and professionally designed.

 

 

image

An all time favorite bedroom – by Pamela Pierce.  Those curtains in blush silk are perfection!!  No pleats – they are feminine ballgowns.  What a gorgeous room!! 

 

image

David Easton – again – a simple check, a fancy treatment. 

 

image

Miles Redd used a soft ruffle on the curtains and on the bed’s canopy.  I love the rug. 

 

image

This great bedroom that Ashley Goforth designed – is all in white with black accents and taupe silk curtains. 

 

image

Another beautiful bedroom – the fabric shades are in a chintz print that adds just enough of color and femininity to this room.

 

image

Lilac chintz.  The valances hide the dead zone – and make the windows taller, along with the ceiling.

 

image

Pure classic English.  A mix of patterns and colors.   The creamy cotton is perfect with just a hint of colored trim.

 

I have a formula that I use on most of the draperies – here it is in case you are interested:

Cote de Texas Curtain Formula:

This is the formula I mostly use. If you take this to your seamstress and she follows it exactly, you should have a set of curtains you will be proud of and love!

1. Use either 1 1/2 or 2 widths of fabric depending on the size of the window. Always err on the wider amount. A small window will probably take 1 1/2 widths just fine. Do NOT go by standard measurements – or else you will end up with one width of fabric panels, which will look skimpy and cheap. Note:  It’s better to use an inexpensive linen than to skimp on an expensive silk! Consider using the more expensive fabric on a pillow instead – curtains require a lot of fabric!  Double width on a regular height room is approximately 12 yards of fabric.

2. Have the seamstress add wide hems on the leading edges and at the bottom. This way, the lining on the side will be sure not to show.

3. Be sure to order NO IRONED OR TACKED IN pleats!!! Very important – or else you will end up with two stiff, stone concrete columns of fabric.

4. Always use lining and interlining unless you are using a sheer. I use either bump or blackout linings. If the fabric is dense, bump may be all that is required, but the blackout lining adds so much. First it creates a heavy weight which makes the curtains drape better and second, the sun doesn’t come through blackout lining – especially important when using silk and see through fabrics. Tip: I also ALWAYS use blackout lining when making skirted tables and bedskirts for the same reasons: weight, draping, and sun rays coming through. I like to see the fabric, I don’t like to see through the fabric!

5. Measure the curtains from the top molding or ceiling to elongate the line.

6. If adding blinds – use outside mount and place the blinds right under the rod.

7. You don’t need to splurge on expensive rods – the thinner the better is fine in most cases. If you don’t like finials get a rod that attaches directly to the wall.

8. Go easy on the embellishments: contrasting tape is great on valances and in transitional settings. Trim is nice down the edges or the hem, but use a light touch – too much becomes goopy fast!

9. Don’t make your drapes too short. If you want them just “kissing” the floor, be sure you have a great workroom , measurer, and installer, this is very difficult to get exactly right. With silk, I usually order a 3” puddle which allows me to grab the hem, step back, and let the curtain fall gracefully in place. You might prefer just a slight ‘break” in your hem.   With linen and cotton I use 1” on the floor.  Be sure to discuss the proper length with the measurer so there are no surprises. It’s always easier to fix a too long hem - a too short hem can be a disaster!

In Houston, I use Monica Hancock to measure and work with the workroom on all my curtains, bedding and softgoods. She also sells textured blinds at a great price.  To contact Monica call 832-443-1931.

A few of my window designs – all are rods from Antique Drapery Rod:

udelson 068

My design – in this large family room/breakfast room – I used white linen panels mixed with brown textured shades to hide the dead zone.  Of course the iron rod comes from Antique Drapery Rod.   These days I prefer really small rods with tiny rings.

 

 

image

In my living room – I tried to hide a number of gross 1980s windows behind four silk panels.  There are six windows, but hopefully it looks like there are only three.   By bringing the panels up to the tall ceiling, it creates a cleaner line.

 

 

image

In my family room – I used the textured blinds to hide the dead zone.  The panels at each French door hide the dry wall between them and make the long wall look more cohesively designed – and finished.  One super, super long rod – by Antique Drapery Rod.  Notice how small it is – it’s not black, but rather a brushed bronze finish.

 

image

I probably should have used textured shades to hide the dead zone, but I wanted a dressier look in my dining room.   No pleats create the ballgown look.  Antique Drapery Rod.

 

image

In my bedroom – one large, wide window which is too low – is hidden by a four panels and one long textured blind – turning it into three windows.   I wish you could see the entire wall – but it looks so much better as three faux windows instead of one long, low 80s abhorrence!!!!  Antique Drapery Rod.

 

image

For this client, she had an entire room filled with windows and doors that didn’t match.  I hid this behind striped linen panels and textured shades.   The curtains cozied up the room and quieted it at the same time.   As always – I used blackout lining to create a heavy feel to the curtains to make them drape better – AND – to keep the sun from shining through the fabric making it impossible to see the pattern on the fabric.  I always line and then doublelined curtains with the blackout material.   Antique Drapery Rod.

 

image

For this client – in her living room and dining room across the foyer – we used the same fabric in both rooms for continuity.  Of course the rods came from the Antique Drapery Rod Company.

 

image

For this client – she had two mismatched windows that I tried to create a feeling of symmetry – typical 90s bad architecture.  I widened the right window by extending the rod past the tiny window – the panels cover dry wall, not window.  The shades hide dead zone – that is different on each side.  And finally, the solid white linen doesn’t attract the eye to the mismatched asymmetry.  Yes, you know where the rods came from!

 

And now for the contest:

   The owner of The Antique Drapery Rod Company approached me to host a large giveaway.  But what – we wondered?   Eventually we decided on a number.  An amount – that will be gifted to a winner – a gift certificate for anything they want from the company.

There will be TEN winners over the next TEN months.  Each winner will receive $1,500.00!!!

Yes.  That’s right!!!   $1,500.00 – to be used for anything you want.  And there is so much to want!   Here is a small assortment of what is available for the ten winners – and for everyone else.  It’s not just rods – at all.

 

image

Here is a small assortment of the various rods – in 1, 2, and 3 inches.  There are many, many choices.  Look on the web site to choose!

 

 

image

They also sell curtains!  You can order them lined and interlined with blackout!  Up to 24’ long.  If you need curtains – this is a great way to get them – the fabrics are linen and silk, classic. 

 

image

They also sell things like this corona which would like great over any bed.

 

They also sell a large number of iron canopies – see below for a few examples:

image

image

image

 

 

image

Be sure to look at Grace Hardware, a division of Antique Drapery Rod – they have wonderful items, like these cornices.

 

image

Here are some of the finishes available on rods, cornices, canopies, etc. 

Antique Drapery Rod Company is an American company – almost everything is made here in the USA using ecologically sensitive materials such as recycled elements and non toxic paints, etc.  They also have a hiring program for homeless people.  It’s a great company and I am thrilled they want to generously give something back to so many readers.

NOW – how to enter:

1.  Go to the Antique Drapery Rod Company HERE and pick out what you like.  This is fantasy only – if you are a winner, you will get a gift certificate to purchase whatever you like.

2.  Come back here and leave me a comment telling my what item you liked!  Be SURE to leave your email address or you can’t win!

3.  That’s all!

4.  You have a week to enter – contest closes next Saturday,  April 25th at 11:59 pm.

The winner will get a $1500.00 gift certificate.  There will be ten winners.  Each month – we will ask you to leave a new entry so you will have ten chances to win. 

Just think – maybe you have always wanted creamy silk curtains, but couldn’t afford them – well, if you win – you can!!!

Good luck to the first winner and a HUGE thank you to the Antique Drapery Rod Company!!!

 

214 comments :

  1. Joni,
    Is there any way I can play without leaving email address out in public in my comment? I'm scared to do that so I've never been able to enter anything you have.
    Thanks.
    Sheila Anne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. well - yes. email me your address privately. then, if you win - I"ll have it.
      cotedetexas@aol.com

      ok? thanks!!! I want you to have a chance!

      Delete
  2. Thank you for all of the great tips on filling the dead space! We recently bought a 1950's ranch style home with low ceilings and I have been trying to figure out a solution. The Venezia Corona bed hardware from the Romantic Collection would be the perfect finishing touch in our baby girls nursery. The room is small and this would be too sweet to pull it all together! My email address is brothers.jessica@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love the way Suzanne Rheinstein has matched the Rod to the furniture to give that 'holistique' feel to the room. Very robustly put together. J'adore!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I would love any of these designs. I am less than 2 weeks away from moving in to an 1893 Victorian with a three story octagon shaped turret. The octagon shaped room on the second floor is going to be the sitting room of the master and I would love to use some hand forged rods and silk or linen drapes in there. The $1500 would be a great start to making that a reality. Thank you for the opportunity, Joni! Susan

    ReplyDelete
  5. Yay! Finally I have found a source for radius expandable rods. The finishes all look beautiful, but I love the gold best. It would be perfect in the sitting room of our master which is surrounded by windows but has sat unadorned for 8 years as I have tried to figure out what to do. This post has inspired me. I can't wait to order double-lined linen panels from ADRC. Thanks so much for all of the information and inspiration and the giveaway, Joni. alison@thegraciousposse.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. the curtains are really some of the best i've seen that you can order.
      and yes, they have radius rod - which I love!

      Delete
  6. What a great giveaway. I would use the bamboo rods in my son's room and a few of those Tibetan medallions. Love this post, such beautiful inspiration and very informative. Have a wonderful weekend. Sarah sarahrideout@bellsouth.net

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love the bamboo rods and modern white drapes! Would look amazing in my master bedroom. Thank you for turning me on to this website! Love the blog as always! dorothylcrowder@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Silk taffeta curtains YES please!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh Joni! This is another great post~beautiful, inspiring, and informative. ADRC will be my go-to when furnishing my new house, which has lots of windows! I'll probably choose something simple for those, but as a fantasy project, I would love to use their Lit a la Polonaise Corona for the guest bedroom. Finally, a source for those! Thank you so much for this opportunity!
    Jane
    roland.risser@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. Some of the beautiful finials from the Italianate collection.
    sallyberbert@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. First of all the inspiration photos are magnificent......I so love the designers/rooms that you featured...I have to say the Grace collection is exquisite.....my email address will be in
    my comment profile....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. yes. that's fine. i can see it there.

      Delete
  12. Oh those silk curtain panels with hardware-like-jewelry at the ceiling in my bedroom. I would swoon every morning! ledoux2 at mac dot com.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Is there any way we can send you our email addresses so that they don't post publicly? it's very insecure and dangerous - attracts spam bots

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. yes - send it to Cotedetexas@aol.com

      thanks!

      Delete
  14. WOW! What an amazing resource that I'm so happy to learn of. I love that they do bed canopies and coronas. I am designing a bunk room right now and would love to have 3, twin size canopy beds all in a row.

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a GREAT giveaway! I've been following this company since you first profiled them several years ago.... I would LOVE several 10' long white taffeta panels (pinch pleat!) please :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. I have always loved the way you have treated windows, especially in your family room. The 1" bamboo rods are my favorite from ADRC...as I sit here looking at my bare windows! If I were lucky enough to win, I would follow your formula for a perfect look or better yet, hire you to come work your magic! Rschrimsh(at)aol(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you for all the great tips, especially putting blinds right under the rods - love that look so much and now I understand why! I would so love to splurge on linen drapes - oh my!

    ReplyDelete
  18. 2" bamboo zip rod are gorgeous!
    Great tips - love the single blinds over double windows.
    sjderiso@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a wonderful contest! Their products are beautiful! I especially love the Botticelli end finials and the corona. Thank you for this opportunity! 1stmate.ruffc@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. What a wonderful contest! Their products are beautiful! I especially love the Botticelli end finials and the corona. Thank you for this opportunity! 1stmate.ruffc@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. Love the simplicity of the Radius Rods with return back to the wall and no finials!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Oh my, what a wonderful treat. Good luck to all. I would love to have anything in the hand forged colleciton! Would some of those pieces make beautiful hangers not just for drapes, but also for textile art!! Dreaming... thanks a bunch. mrlsbennett@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  23. Joni I am so thrilled with this offering as I moved in the last year and have done Nothing with the windows!
    I adore the Antique gold rod with the Virtue Finials. so Gorgeous! Such Quality! Also considering the Ivory Linen Panels!!
    kalbert1@kc.rr.com
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thanks for another great post! I have long wanted the Melville House Ceiling Canopy for my bedroom!
    Marion

    ReplyDelete
  25. WOW!!! The painted metal zip rod in white wash gold would be perfect in my living room. Enjoyed reading your post with al the tips and reminders - something instagram can never come close to doing. What an amazing giveaway Joni - you're the best!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. i do love instagram and its perfect for those that dont like to write. but i do.!!

      Delete
  26. Love this contest! I love the fluted rod with French artichoke finial. mbhmaple(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  27. What a great company! Made in the USA AND they have a homeless hiring program....I love hearing things like that. Regardless of winning, we will definitely do business with them when our house is completed! We just moved from Austin, Texas to Des Moines, Iowa and are building a new house..so your contest is well timed! :) Heres hoping! So I love the flush mount ceiling valance. My email is jtrollin@cisco.com.

    Thank you for continuing to inspire!

    John Cardani-Trollinger
    Des Moines, Iowa

    ReplyDelete
  28. It was really hard to pick something because I like everything!!! However the pale silk sea glass silk taffeta panels are beautiful...or wait maybe the linen panels. LOL
    Thanks for pairing up with such a great company and hosting such an amazing contest :o)
    ~Des

    ReplyDelete
  29. I'm about to embark on a renovation for my home, so this is perfect timing, as well. I have always loved the bamboo shade with linen curtains & a bamboo rod. It's casual enough, but is the final touch to make the room complete. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.
    55(dot)sdwyer(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  30. Buying a home, built 1900, ceilings 11' with original bead board, windows/glass original, American farmhouse architecture. Seems, I should put the rods at the ceiling? But, that is a lot of dead space.

    Will be bringing valences, enough for 2 rooms, my grandmother had made ca. 1940 via her decorator. They are exquisite, and I'm thinking a Charles Faudree large check on them + drapes for some of the rooms. Still don't know how high to place those.

    One thing you did not mention, with deep lining of drapes. The HVAC. Had yuck blinds in my home for decades. Once the drapes arrived, I experienced how significantly winter cold & summer heat were reduced via windows.

    Sixteenth pic you showed, I melt at the vanishing threshold. Look again at the French armchair, with round white fabric back, and the white iron bench in the garden echoing the interior round back. DELIGHTFUL.

    The last pic you showed, before pics of drawing details for free merchandise, with the French doors and small'ish window to the right. Sir Edwin Lutyens often had wonky sized windows. I would have played up to the difference instead of try to homogenize.

    New house has 4.5 acres, open/wooded, pond. Already know where to place the orchard, potager, conservatory, gravel drive & parking court. But those damn valences ! No clue.

    Garden & Be Well, XOT

    Thanks for more pics to Pin from this post.


    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tara - send me pics of your windows!!!!! let me help you decide!

      Delete
  31. I am in desparate need of bedroom sanctuary - take me away champagne silk taffeta drapery.

    ReplyDelete
  32. I would choose updated rods (radius with returns) and also some blinds to fill in the dead space in my living room and office windows. Thanks for the generous contest and the guidance on window treatments.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Two thumbs up for MADE in USA!! I adore the bamboo rods. slabarker@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  34. The melville house ceiling canopy (King) would be perfect for our master bedroom. Just perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Have been wanting to do something with a bay window in my master. The Indochine Cornice in Dove Grey over the three major windows with white wash & cool silver brush trim. Then add Natural Linen drapes to hide the dead space between the windows. Small cornices over two side windows with matching drapery. godgirlgail at gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  36. Dear Joni, your post is really useful for me and your formula so precious ! I am considering new curtains for my dining room and would like to have modern white silk taffeta curtains.
    claudiagori@inwind.it

    ReplyDelete
  37. loving the bamboo rods for my bedroom!

    jennifer.troiani@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  38. Bamboo ,bamboo !!!
    moranob@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  39. Berenson canopy bed! All the bed hardware is to die for! I always wondered where decorators found that kind of thing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. eek! forgot my email: clafo40(at)gmail(dot)com!

      Delete
  40. Champagne silk taffeta, billowing, rod pocket. Even with our western art! And thank you for all the terrific pix and pins today. My head has been spinning after all the ideas I saw at Round Top, and now these gorgeous photos/rooms have me thinking again. lindadklinger@comcast.net

    ReplyDelete
  41. It would be a dream come true to fall asleep under a Melville House Canopy!
    jessicajacob@mac.com

    ReplyDelete
  42. Thanks again for the photos and the reminders about draperies/curtains.
    Visited the sight and like the Venezia Corona, as well as the Pale Seagrass Silk Taffeta.
    Thanks again for all your advice : )

    Dee
    drobbins111@me.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have a huge battle ahead of me with metastatic melanoma -- my bedroom is my haven and peaceful place for healing and reflection. I have always dreamed of those luscious ballgown drapes in a blush pink with 2 inch walnut rods -- I believe that having a dream come true with these drapes would certainly make my days upbeat and a cocoon of healing. Thank you. Leann Bryan

      Delete
    2. Thinking of you!

      Delete
    3. Thank you...a long road ahead...so excited to enter I forgot my email...meowwoman1@gmail.com
      Beauty goes a long way to help with healing.

      Delete
  43. The bamboo rods caught my eye. I believe they could stand the test of time.
    sbdittmer@mindspring.com

    ReplyDelete
  44. What an amazing contest! I would love to have the modern white linen drapery panels for my family room! jenniferberg2@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  45. this post is fantastic on so many accounts; inspiration galore, your tips for creating draperies (will become my bible) and this source. why oh why did i not notice this on your sideboard?!?! will be off to investigate for clients.
    lastly, everything they do in bamboo, WOW!!
    debra

    ReplyDelete
  46. I love this post. I totally agree with you that all windows need curtains - unfortunately our new home lacks them in almost every room. With 11' ceilings it is quite expensive to add them so I'd love to win your contest. I think I would do champagne silk in my dining room and white linen in our family room to start. Of course, the iron bed canopy is hard to resist too. Thanks - - -alissabumpus(at)gmail(dot)com.

    ReplyDelete
  47. I love taffeta, and would love to do a fantasy room using the silver gray for ball gown drapes for a bedroom. There were a lot of choices on the web site, but if using the taffeta, maybe a rod using the glass. Those were lovely. Or maybe go white linen with the bamboo rods, which were interesting. Enough choices to make any fantasy come true. Wonderful contest, and enjoyed the post, as always. email: charisse@whimsicalhomeandgarden.com

    ReplyDelete
  48. Thank you, Joni, for the curtain education and the beautiful pictures in this post. I cannot look at a window now without thinking that the curtains should be hung higher or that the dead space needs to be covered. More importantly, thank you to Antique Drapery Rod for such a generous gift (and it is truly generous). I love that the company works with homeless individuals and that they have put so much effort into creating authentic replicas. If I win, I would choose the Loft Space Divider or the Melville House Ceiling Canopy in Washed Black to divide the sleeping area in my very modest studio condo. How that would soften and dress up my space with lined linen curtains! Thank you again. pmmcclane@msn.com

    ReplyDelete
  49. Hi Joni!

    What a wonderful contest! Soooo works for me since my LR and DR curtains were both installed when I moved in 16 years ago and are faded and in need of replacement. I've seriously been considering getting some new but wasn't at all sure I should spend the money since we are doing other things to the house as well. And then you come in! Yay!! I will be really crossing my fingers on this one (I don't think there's been a contest I've wanted to win more than this one!!) I would probably get a basic 2" rod with either the artichoke or a ball finial. And I would get drapery! Either the ivory linen or the sea glass taffeta, would have to think more on that. There is much to choose from and it's all beautiful. Plus I've seen their work in the houses you've done and your own and I can tell that it's high quality. Would love to win!! Thanks!!

    Sheila
    sheilafirwin@gmail.com
    www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  50. I would totally love to have the 5/8 round rod in bronze, zip rod for sheers, and the Italian double rod holder. I need these badly! My 5 year old bedroom has never had curtains...good thing I live in the country;)

    ReplyDelete
  51. I have a problem room...the living room that I need radius expandable rods! Now I not only have the direction from you but a source to purchase. tmtm4@comcast.net

    ReplyDelete
  52. Thanks for all the great information. Would love to see the linen curtains hanging on a bamboo rod in my home... also love the Venezia Corona! Wonderful post. Thank you! carlaglaze@comcast.net

    ReplyDelete
  53. love the bamboo rod + with silk curtains xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

    ReplyDelete
  54. I love window treatments and I loved this post! Thanks for your inspiring photos and fabulous tips! I would love to have (4) drapery panels in the modern white taffeta with blackout lining, double width, 96". Thanks for the opportunity! My email is lissahans@gmail.com.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Oh my goodness! Joni, I get so much onspiration from your posts. These pictures are exquisite! Thanks for all the work you put into this blog! I'm working on making a mirror and the Bernini medallions would look great on it. I also love the natural linen curtains!
    Shuftan12@gmail.com
    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Ah, those cream silk panels! The fabulous hardware--like jewelry! And I love the coronas and actually all the bed hardware--how great to be able to turn your regular bed into a BED. Thank you for this contest and for your brilliant blog.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Oh, Joni, this is so exciting!! I'm moving back to Houston in June and will have a new house to decorate! I love the Pale Sea Glass Taffeta and can imagine it with the Fleur de Lis brackets! My email - BobbyandLibby@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  58. Check pages 104-105 on the new May issue of Traditional Home -- I do not like the choice of the curtains (height, width, style and color of the rod seems intrusive) -- I think that Lucite rods (hung at ceiling height) would have worked far better in the room -- plus I would love to hear your thoughts on curtain ideas or choices for Georgian-style windows (the ones with the half-moon windows at the top)

    Interesting discussion! Thanks! Jan at Rosemary Cottage

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. omg, that is a disaster - all of it. horrid. yes - hung at the ceiling. can you see how those curtains just bring the ceiling DOWN? and lucite would be nicer or even a bronzey type iron. awful. and the stairs! that is a mess. look at the spiral staircase in this charleston house that mario buatta designed: http://cotedetexas.blogspot.com/2014/05/before-charming-southpart-two.html notice that by framing them all alike - it looks so much better. wow. just unreal.

      Delete
    2. Joni,
      OMG. I am so with you on the TH May 2015 LA house. Those curtains in the living room; the height of them hit me in the gob as soon as I turned the page, the color of the rods, the fabric. (Could it be Laura Ashley?....) I stared at that room for so long trying to figure it out. The fabric choices have me completely puzzled. I like one or two of them separately, but together, I can't figure out what she was trying to do. Not at all. I really tried. So hard. Am I too old? What is it I'm not getting? With the whole house. Kitchen and butler's pantry okay enough.
      Would love to discuss this more here when everyone isn't concentrating on winning contest!
      Sheila Anne

      Delete
  59. Fjord Blue silk taffeta drapes. I love silk taffeta drapes but can't afford them, yet.

    ReplyDelete
  60. I love the simple 1" Rod with Ball final. I have used this hardware before for a couple of different projects. The butterfly medillion for a girls room and the Shell Medillion for a bathroom. It would be great to win! chrystal_y@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  61. Question about the dead zone: I noticed the Pam Pierce room panels do not go all the way up to the ceiling. Of course they look gorgeous as is. Just wondering why that is an exception. Is it because there is so much dead space or is it the iron windows? I would like to add the softness of sheer linen panels to my living room windows that have plantation shutters. There is a ton of dead zone between the windows and the ceiling. I'm struggling with what to do. All this said, I'd love some natural linen panels for that room. Thanks for giveaway! maureen@berhold.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. well, you have to use exceptions. yes. too much dead space and the shades would have ruined the look here. so i think she made the right decision. just like in my living room - i have dead space, because i didn't want to use shades there.

      Delete
  62. I love Antique Drapery Rod. I bought the bunny rabbit finials as well as their rods for my living room drapes. I notice those have been discontinued. Right now, I am into the British Corona because I'm redoing my bedroom. What a great giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  63. Great timing! after 2 years in my Coop I finally decided to put curtains in my living room! I put them into my dining room last year and they made SUCH a difference! I've had problems finding a rod because the windows are so wide (126"). I already have the wide bamboo outside mount shade (you would approve!) but now I need to get the hardware and then have curtains made. Something like the Ivory Linen from antique drapery rod company is perfect and just what I'm looking for -good luck to me!!! haha

    ReplyDelete
  64. I would like the Drake brass rod with return with the ivory linen drapes!!
    Thank you! Katie: katiebartman@msn.com

    ReplyDelete
  65. Joni and AD Co: Great post and giveaway. Love the tips about the dead zone and lining table skirts and bed skirt. So glad to know this as I prepare to work on my master BR. Have many areas that need help. That either have just plantation shutters or blinds but needs curtains to soften. Would love the Fjord blue drapes with a plain 2" rod and as you suggested, small rings.
    Thanks again! Debbie equinutt@aol.com

    ReplyDelete

  66. Wow! Can I say I looked and I want it all? I especially liked the La Francaise Collection (Petite Pois). Unbelievable giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  67. Wow! Thanks Joni for hosting this generous give-away!!!
    My dream will be to get this iron four poster for my master. A girl can dream!
    pilardt@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  68. Love the sea glass silk taffeta curtains! http://antiquedraperyrod.com/drapery.asp

    ReplyDelete
  69. The Pale Sea Glass Silk Taffeta is beautiful, and I love the fleur des lis hardware from the french collection.

    ReplyDelete
  70. The Sea Glass Taffeta drapes would be PERFECTION in my master bedroom! Thanks for the opportunity!

    ReplyDelete
  71. Amazing as usual ~ The time you put into your posts isn't lost on us devoted readers ~ I save your blog post until I have the time to sit down and really relax and enjoy it. This was another good one that reminds me how much I LOVE your master bedroom. Please remind us who made your bed linens ~ I just need to go ahead and do it so I can oooooh and ahhhhh at home. Thanks Joni ~ GREAT everything, as usual. TJF

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Monica! she did them. I need a new one though - this one is about five years old, lots of washing.

      Delete
  72. I like the Hotel Artistes rods…and those zip rods are so practical. AND FOR ME…our SF apartment with bay windows, I would love to have some swing arms. Awesome give-away. Comprehensive post as usual! Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  73. The champagne silk taffeta curtains are gorgeous. What an amazing opportunity this is. Great company.

    ReplyDelete
  74. The champagne silk taffeta curtains are gorgeous. What an amazing opportunity this is. Great company.

    ReplyDelete
  75. Lindisfarne Abbey So perfectly restrained - love this collection!

    My very first little design job - the equivalent of an apprenticeship and more valuable than any "design" class I ever managed to stay awake through - was measuring and figuring for traditional, properly constructed drapery. I'm actually very spare in my designs, and not so inclined to recommend them when other things demand financial attention first, but when they're good? They're really, really good.

    ReplyDelete
  76. Hi Joni! What a great post! So many wonderful ways to make curtains! (yay! you call them curtains!!!)

    My only question is where they were kind of tailored you said they were "ironed pleats"? It looked like they were close together and kinda stiff; but they didn't look to me that they were really ironed?

    Never in my many years have I seen that particular travesty!!!!

    anyway; FANTASTIC and informative post! How about Mario's curtains??? SWOON!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  77. OH; PS I much prefer "flannel" interlining instead of "blackout"; it is much softer. The blackout fabric is so stiff and plastic......and I don't like the way they hang. LOVE flannel interlining; I think it performs well as blackout!!! It is the European way. They NEVER use that plasticy blackout stuff. (Unless there is a new kind)!

    ReplyDelete
  78. Some Silver Gray Silk Taffeta curtains would be dreamy in my master bedroom. :) Fingers Crossed!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  79. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  80. What a great source! I have just moved into a house near the beach and the bamboo rods and rings would be perfect for my house! jkp80@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  81. I am looking at white linen cafe curtains for our breakfast room. The thin cafe rods would be so pretty. Or I would like corner rods in my living room to replace the BB&B rods that are currently there and that I detest. Thanks for the fabulous contest.

    ReplyDelete
  82. Great giveaway! What a beautiful collection of drapery pictures Joni. Thank you for sharing and always educating us.
    I'd love to updates my drapery rods to the 5/8" Expandable Radius Rod 3" Return. Such a simple design, but classic.
    Thanks again.
    Betsy Gordon

    ReplyDelete
  83. Great giveaway! What a beautiful collection of drapery pictures Joni. Thank you for sharing and always educating us.
    I'd love to updates my drapery rods to the 5/8" Expandable Radius Rod 3" Return. Such a simple design, but classic.
    Thanks again.
    Betsy Gordon

    ReplyDelete
  84. Joni - What a valuable post. Draperies really add the finishing touch to any room design, but so often are left for last due to indecision or expense. All of the products of the Antique Drapery Rod Company are beautiful and how wonderful to support a made in USA firm! I will add them to my "go to" favorites for sure. The champagne silk taffeta panels would be fantastic in my new master bedroom. Thank you for the time and effort you put into each post and this great contest. decorator.kw@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  85. Where to start?! I LOVE the fact that this company is "made in America" AND eco friendly. We are moving in June to the New Orleans area (from Wisconsin) and have a ton of windows in the new house, including a sun room full of windows. I make my own window treatments but rods, finials and hardware are expensive! And I may do some fancy bed curtains in one of the guest rooms!!

    ReplyDelete
  86. I love the natural bamboo rods!!!
    jkg4121@att.net

    ReplyDelete
  87. What a wonderful give-away! My living room could really use some new white linen drapes and bamboo rods! Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  88. What an amazing give away! I would LOVE the classic black iron rods. I would pair them with beautiful linen drapes. Thank you!
    ann_stone_2000@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  89. I hope all the fancy draperies don't come back into fashion... I much prefer a simple window treatment. I would love to re-make my living room with the bamboo rods with simple natural linen panels.
    This is a great contest , love their stuff. vickydar@charter.net

    ReplyDelete
  90. My bedroom is in dire need of curtains so i chose the silver grey taffeta with pleats. This is a lovely giveaway and a wonderful post, thanks for all the ideas and resources!
    sonyawiley97@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  91. My bedroom is in dire need of curtains so i chose the silver grey taffeta with pleats. This is a lovely giveaway and a wonderful post, thanks for all the ideas and resources!
    sonyawiley97@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  92. Hi Joni, wow! I must a free that drapes finish out a room! There are so many beautiful drapes and products on their website, but I really love the chinoiserie cornice! I would use two of them above twin beds in my daughter's room. They are such a work of art. Thank you for an amazing contest! Hoping I win! Crystal.conner@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  93. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  94. Hi Joni, thanks to you and to ADRC for this great contest! I have always admired your family room drapery and would like to do something similar in my home, especially my living and dining room. Great resource!
    diogenes704@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  95. I would buy the white linen curtains for our new summer house. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  96. Terrific post! But did you mean to call the Mario Buatta bedroom a "fiasco", lol?!

    ReplyDelete
  97. Oh boy, so many pretty things. I'm building so their radius rod collection would come in handy, among other things! Thanks for the opportunity. stsihlas@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  98. hotel artistes collection ngage07@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  99. What a generous giveaway! I sure hope to win. We are about to move into a new (to us) house that we've been renovating and has a lot of, well...character. ha! There are some unique window challenges that could be solved with the hotel artistes rods! Linen panels for one room would also be divine. lbmosteller(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  100. Hello Joni -- a big thank you for hosting an amazing giveaway, and an evening BIGGER thank you to Antique Drapery Rod Company for sponsoring such a generous giveaway! I am a big fan of ADR after installing their rods in my living room. I feel as if this giveaway was designed for me, as I JUST started a curtains project in my family room, which has two-story windows facing west which are begging for curtains. And, I already know which hardware I want to go with -- ADR's hotel artistes collection -- love the Radius Rods! My email: dawnphoyt(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  101. I ordered the Hotel Artiste rod for my dining room after learning of ADR from your blog. It's perfect! I would love to add them to our new master. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! shannoncdurrant(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Joni, thanks for the ideas! I like the antique drapery zip rods in unlimited lengths. I'm thinking of copying your idea of the shades and drapes combination in the
      Living room with the wood carved zip rods. Jenl52112 at gmail dot com.

      Delete
  102. I love your blog and ADR is such a great resource to have in my files! My 12 year old daughter is begging to redo her bedroom and spends an inordinate amount of time on Pinterest and catalogs. She is drooling over the Quarter Tester in French Leaf with White Ivory Linen, so that she will feel like a princess. Thanks for the giveaway and we will be keeping our fingers crossed. catangrant@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  103. Hello, this is very interesting and very creative.
    I hope there is a good response from you, Thank you
    Vimax
    Vimax Asli
    Vimax Canada
    Vimax Indonesia

    ReplyDelete
  104. Joni, you're a genius (and clairvoyant)! Lately I have been thinking a lot about finials and curtain hardware -- really ritzy ones -- and had no idea where to start -- and voila!! Here they are! There is so much gorgeousness here that I think I would need to have different hardware for each window, (makes everybody look at things a little harder to notice the details). Well, I'm not in a position to buy anything now, (but who knows about the future?) If I needed to choose One thing right now it would be the Pavoratti finials in gold white, silver white or argenti silver, (choices, choices, choices!!!) Such a beautiful post today, too -- I love seeing lots of french and venetian rococo furnishings -- it actually lowers my blood pressure, I think, (Ladies!!! -- Tell that to your doctor -- Beauty is a bonus for your health -- now if only I could get my health insurance company to see things this way...).
    Thank you and hugs!
    Sabrina in Port Townsend
    dawdlebythedaffodils@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  105. Dear Joni,
    This post is delightful-so fun to read. I love all the pictures and commentary. If I won the contest I would get the fluted 1 3/4 wooden rods with the Bullion finials in the washed gold. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Trudi trudlebug3@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  106. Love the Campaign Bed Ceiling Rectangle ! Would add so much interest to a bedroom !
    jbroderick@gmx.com

    ReplyDelete
  107. The French silver leaf finials and fluted poles for my entire house! I was also very glad to note that they have the canopy frames of various types and sizes which attach to a ceiling. Great assemblage of photos. And thanks for telling people to stop using those weird chopped off rods which show that the curtains cannot close! scribblerdotetsatmacdotcom.

    ReplyDelete
  108. Dear Joni, Great post! Very informative, especially with all of your pictures- I had been considering short rods on each side of a large window in my bedroom but NOW I know this is a definite no no!! Can understand your loyalty to ADR after browsing their website- Loved everything but since I really need to update my drapes in several rooms , I would probably opt for silk taffeta or linen drapes! Barbara P from Ma (pligko@hotmail.com)

    ReplyDelete
  109. What a great giveaway! I love the Hotel Artistes line, classic yet still modern.

    Cassie

    ReplyDelete
  110. Yes, creamy silk curtains and beautiful skinny bronze rods!

    ReplyDelete
  111. Love the iron canapies! Plrollins@bellsouth.net

    ReplyDelete
  112. Great post as usual. Natural linen drapes would be wonderful in my beach house.
    Bonnie

    ReplyDelete
  113. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  114. such beautiful collection! How would one ever decide?! I do LOVE THE 2" BAMBOO CORNICE""

    ReplyDelete
  115. I love the silk taffeta panels. I have shared your drapery postat least 20 times! You are the best Joni!

    ReplyDelete
  116. I wish the layered and embellished window treatments would come back in style - but it may be another 20 years. I like the black iron hardware on the windows and the canopy bed. I am thinking about making built in bunk beds - each with their own curtains for a self-contained feeling. ma rt ih er nd on2 a
    t g ma
    il d ot c om

    ReplyDelete
  117. I loved the 1" bamboo rods and the 3/4" twisted steel rods. All their hardware is gorgeous. I made professional custom draperies for twenty years and I love great hardware. Enter me to win please Joni! amymaisondecor@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  118. I think the linen drapery with the zip cornice would be really fun in my home office! G. Meister

    ReplyDelete
  119. I love drapes and curtains, and if in taffeta, well, i become delirious at the thought. I don't like the trend of plain windows. I have plantation shutters on every window, and I need the beauty, warmth and softness of drapes/curtains -- especially in my living room. I adore the Pale Sea Glass Silk Taffeta curtains, simply luscious. Good luck to me! Marilyn in Mt. Vernon, VA -- foxfemme1@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  120. I love the natural linen curtains with a blackout liner on the bamboo rods....beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  121. Love the linen curtains. lstribley@comcast.net

    ReplyDelete
  122. I have wanted the bamboo rods from this company for probably 15 years. Seriously. Winning them would make me deliriously happy.

    ReplyDelete
  123. Wow! Thank you Antique Drapery Co and you, Joni! Nothing more beautiful that properly dressed windows. A room can be practically empty and still look fantastic.
    -Linda, NY

    ReplyDelete
  124. Wow, Joni what a great opportunity you & ADR have given to us. There is so much to choose from. Love the iron zip rods & beautiful champagne drapes to go over the teal balloon shades in my living room. Would also love one of the cornices across my tub, shower with the drapery tied back would make a great statement.

    Thanks, Betty at downs604@charter.net

    ReplyDelete
  125. I love the Bamboo rods...they have some great products and what a great give away!
    taylorgreenwalt@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  126. Wow! Everything is simply gorgeous! I love the Italianate Collection with the fluted rod and Romance finial. Absolutely stunning! Thanks, Nancy apple7555 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  127. Oh oh oh miss joni, the sea glass silk taffeta for me please bgillispie@ptsi.net

    ReplyDelete
  128. I love that silver grey silk taffeta! Lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  129. i love the linen panels! amyb@utexas.edu

    ReplyDelete
  130. I think the 1" oil rubbed rods are great!
    Robbie Sue Harrell

    Ghar110259@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  131. What a wonderful giveaway!
    So many beautiful options on the Antique Drapery Rod website. I would love the 1" Hotel Artistes rods with matching rings along with some beautiful linen panels.
    I love the look of iron return rods-so simple and chic.

    ReplyDelete
  132. I loved your post and all of the pictures. Thank you for the name of your seamstress and her contact info. My favorite product is the four post canopy frame for a bed. Their new book looked interesting too.
    mjbnich@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  133. I like the bamboo rods
    pstrickler42@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  134. I love the linen panels. They would add such an understated elegant texture to any room. -Laura
    lshultice@mchsi.com

    ReplyDelete
  135. Hand forged rods and hardware...LOVE! Joni, your blog is the best.

    coollady726@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  136. Ooooo, love that International Cornice!

    Leslie@rontanner.com

    ReplyDelete
  137. What a selection - it is a great resource. I love the bamboo rods, and in the British section I adore that whimsical fox head bracket. So many interesting things and all the finishes & colors - wow! Great giveaway - Thanks! elli1017@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  138. Oh, I have to add - Joni, I had to laugh when I read "Honesty in design!" - I had a immediate vision of Elsie de Wolfe screaming - Sham! Sham! I totally agree with both of you!

    ReplyDelete
  139. Oh, I have to add - Joni, I had to laugh when I read "Honesty in design!" - I had a immediate vision of Elsie de Wolfe screaming - Sham! Sham! I totally agree with both of you!

    ReplyDelete
  140. This contest is very timely as I am getting ready to order curtains for my living room. I used Antique Drapery Zip Rods in my family room last year and love them. For the living room I was considering either the radius rods or the 2" hollow rod with finials in Antique Brass. Thanks!
    sbold@optonline.net

    ReplyDelete
  141. When we moved into our new home several years ago, I took an inspiration photo (from your blog) with me to my designer explaining why i didn't want a blank wall space between my blinds and curtain rod on the long wall of windows in our family room- and am so happy to have insisted on that detail every day since! Our master bedroom has been the lone neglected spot since it's so removed from any public spaces. I'd love to install bonze rods and heavy linen panels across all 3 windows - what a great resource! - Renee renee (dot) a at me (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  142. I love the linen drapes! rccheech@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  143. I love the warmth of the bamboo rods and single twist steel rod - both work with my quirky old house.
    c2candrews@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  144. So much to choose from - it took several days to decide! But, the Berenson Campaign Bed freestanding canopy is "it" for me - bringing together the little girl and adult dreams for a delicious night's sleep (not to mention something exquisite to look at during daylight hours). Thanks for the opportunity!! egatkins@centurytel.net

    ReplyDelete
  145. Each of your blogs is like a mini-course in interior design. Thank you for many years of sage advice!!
    I'm in love with the bamboo look: 2" Tortoise Shell and Painted Bamboo Rod (brackets and finials not included)

    ReplyDelete
  146. Each of your blogs is like a mini-course in interior design. Thank you for many years of sage advice!!
    I'm in love with the bamboo look: 2" Tortoise Shell and Painted Bamboo Rod (brackets and finials not included)

    ReplyDelete
  147. The website is inspiring at the least and definitely one I will bookmark for future projects! I love the Acanto Grande and Hyde Park Cornices - would love to incorporate into a treatment over an oddly sized bathroom window. Also love the Bamboo rods - I think they are the right touch for my sun room windows. Thanks for sharing and good luck everyone! rhoads_leigh_anne@bah.com

    ReplyDelete
  148. Seeing as how I need curtains desperately for the small bedroom / dining room / library / office / tv room in the new apartment - I would likely order from their natural linen drapery ... but if I were feeling fancy, the silk taffeta looks nice, too! Such a great giveaway, Joni! Fingers crossed! xoxo, A
    artie.vanderpool@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  149. I am in the process of building a home and oh, how I would love to have the Pale Sea Glass Taffeta Drapes floor to ceiling in my new vaulted family room! This post gave me ideas and direction for window treatments so it was very timely and helpful. Whispering prayers to win...think God answers drapery prayers????
    kristylewis77@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  150. Silk taffeta in champagne gets my vote for fourteen foot ceilings and floor to ceiling windows down south. roxanne may wilda roxannewilda50@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  151. Joni, my heart thrills every single time I see a posting from you in my emails! I have a funny story I think you'll appreciate. About 30 years ago I was participating in an ice-breaker at a meeting of about 75 women. The question was "Who would you want to spend a day with if you could be with anyone alive today?" Of course there were presidents and popes and queens and rock stars and athletes. I answered Mario Buatta and no one else knew who that was! I desperately need draperies and hardware in my large family room and breakfast room, and covet the pewter rods and crystal finials from ADRC. Am keeping fingers and toes crossed. margaretmbennett@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  152. Hi Joni, Well, as long as this is a fantasy, I may as well be a princess and choose the Villa Byzantina for the bed. Could be pretty fabulous with yards and yards of champagne silk!! Love this post. The pictures, as usual, are just fabulous and inspirational.

    ReplyDelete
  153. I love the bamboo rods. Also the modern white silk taffeta. Love the post-very informative. susan.f.nagy@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  154. Joni, I love the fabric. All of it.

    ReplyDelete
  155. Joni, I love the fabric. All of it! Someoneisinthekitchen@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  156. Beautiful post!!! I love the 2 inch Moorish twisted finials. I am looking for rods for my bedroom and appreciate the information on draperies and the hardware source. Thanks for the chance to win! szarzana65378@comcast.net

    ReplyDelete
  157. Hi Joni, Such a fabulous post...as usual!! Thank you for this wonderful fantasy opportunity from Antique Drapery Rod Company! I found the children's rods to be most unusual and very creative! I could easily use any of them in kids' rooms as they would add that special finishing touch! I want everyone to win! Best of luck! mmballard@att.net

    ReplyDelete
  158. OMG, I want to win this one SO badly... I would start with the French blue silk taffeta curtains on a 5/8" double twist rod in pewter. So beautiful!!!

    Thanks for the chance!

    Olivia
    Livvie365@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  159. Love your site, love this blog on drapery. I would be in heaven with the champagne silk taffeta drapery. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win.
    Linda
    lindallaw@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  160. Hello Joni! Another fabulous post! I would want the thin iron or bamboo rods for my bedrooms. Love, love Antique Drapery Rod Co.! Thank you, Kristie Jacob

    ReplyDelete
  161. Joni, what a great contest! And thank you for providing your curtain formula!!! I would like the iron rods for my home! I love this company; such great quality. Kindly, Linda Jacob

    ReplyDelete
  162. Joni:
    I love the simplicity of the hotel artistes collection. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.
    Best,
    Rose

    ReplyDelete
  163. I love the champagne silk taffeta drapes with rods from the Italianate Collection. So many beautiful rods it is hard to choose! chedeb5353@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  164. I would pick the pale sea glass silk taffeta. I've tried to figure out a way for years to afford this, and just can't. Now with two little ones, I may never. But just maybe I'll get lucky!! Abh1977(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks, Joni!

    Amanda

    ReplyDelete
  165. Dark stained wooden rods and rings with white linen curtains.

    ReplyDelete
  166. Oh My Goodness! How I need this! :) I love everything, I would have a hard time deciding but since I love your design so much I'd pick something that you have used. I love what you used in some of your client homes, and your own of course. I really am drawn to the 1" oil rubbed bronze rods, but if I win I would pour over each item until I made the perfect decision! This is great! Thanks so much, and thank you to Antique Drapery Rod Company for your generosity! Melaine at lakeliving4@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  167. Me Me Me!!! That sounded selfish. I would LOVE TO WIN THIS...we just moved into a darling little colonial and rented out the old house and the renters insisted on keeping all of my fabulous custom curtains (which you helped me with via email when I was so frustrated! Thank you!) so my husband won't let me have anything made. My West Elms look so skimpy now. :-( (first world problems, to be sure) I would chose the bamboo rods and modern white linen for my master bedroom, BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks Joni!

    ReplyDelete
  168. OMG!!! What a wonderful giveaway and boy do I need rods and draperies! I read through your 6 year old blog on draperies and feel like I know so much more than I did before.

    The craftmanship of this company is unreal! I love the hand forged Lindisfarne collection for my family room but I have to say the french silver lead finish would look good in my dining room. Fingers crossed that I am chosen. My email address is PJKINATL@HOTMAIL.COM.

    ReplyDelete
  169. Everything is beautiful! I love the 3/4" Solid Steel Rod or Anything from the Hotel Artistes Collection. So nice to see beautiful things made in the USA!!

    joymurphy@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  170. wow! what an amazing giveaway! i just purchased a new bed and would love to be able to get new curtains to go with it...i love the grace cornice and those wisteria silk curtains would be amazing as well! thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  171. I had no luck getting the drapery person to install a shade under the drapery rod. He said that it would interfere with the side panels. Is there something that I'm missing here? Are the rod brackets suppose to be projected out farther from the wall than normal?
    I love the cleaner look instead of the choppy look of the shade seated inside the window and the dead space above the window showing.

    I love the Antique Drapery and Rod Company and have order from them and mentioned your blog and was treated very special.
    I like the bamboo look but really I love everything the company has to offer .

    Best,
    Mary Ann

    ReplyDelete
  172. I would love the Pale Sea glass silk taffeta panels for our Master Bedroom.....our wedding anniversary is on the 25th....winning would certainly be a lovely gift!
    I will send you my e-mail privately.
    Thank you for sharing this decorating resource with us.

    ReplyDelete
  173. This post came at the very best time for me as I'm about to bust out the sewing machine and make some Bold-ish { - Not white} curtains from some gorgeous Schumacher Yangtze fabric. It's a choinoiserie design on cream almost yellow with green blue lavender and pink tones. But! My rods and finials are chunky and dated and Black. The rings are huge. It just doesn't gel. I've been looking around for much more delicate and recessive hardware but little has excited me {excepting some Very expensive stuff, of course}. Was thrilled to see your contest AND this company, and the narrowest of their Return Radius Rod Sets are Perfection. Understated. And such a range of available finishes...light or dark gold? bronze? silver? or that tone that I can never tell if it's silver or gold... And they are priced reasonably and look well made. Not sure I can wait for a whole year of contests to see if the luck is with me... Thanks Joni for this wonderful opportunity. jampab@live.ca

    ReplyDelete
  174. Been a big fan of Antique Drapery Rod Co. for many years. I recommend them all the time and everyone inquires about my bamboo rods and gorgeous finials. I have plans to add more bamboo rods to a recent bedroom redo and a gift certificate would come in handy! Love your blog!

    ReplyDelete
  175. I was very excited to see this contest. I have been eyeing the Hotel Artistes Radius Rods in the black wash finish with matching rings for over a year. I would love to finally hang my linen curtains and give my dining and living room a finished look. My fingers are crossed :) Thank you! (wenharris@comcast.net)

    ReplyDelete
  176. We are in our middle 60's and are DIYing a 70's house. As a long time reader of Cote de Texas, I know ADR but had never visited their website. The first thing that struck me was the photos of their employees ON THEIR HOME PAGE! Any company that does this is tops in my book! If they care about their employees, they care about their product! Curtain rods and draperies from ADR would be a dream come true. I love the Hotel Artistes Collection 1" Hand Forged Bronze rod and the silver gray silk taffeta draperies and really everything in their catalog! Thanks ADR and Joni for this fantastic contest! wat251@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  177. hotel artistes collection
    Looks just like the rods I saw in a house I rented in Provence . I would love to recreate the look in my new house . Thanks for your blog posts , so informative .

    ReplyDelete
  178. Thanks for the great post about curtains , just about to make some for my family room .
    Just a short question that's not clear on your new post ( or old one ) I love the puddle you have on your curtains at home . How much extra length did you add to get that look . And when you talk about black out lining is that the white thick almost plastic like material or the heavy thick blanket like material . Thanks so much

    ReplyDelete