Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Kitchen Window

One thing I am slowly learning is that when you spend all of your time cooped up in your home, you are constantly surrounded by all of those home decor to-do items. I have so many new ideas to do with the house, my mind is spinning! Sorry Jeff.....

My biggest pet peeve lately is that we do not have a window treatment for our kitchen window. I have been thinking that a bamboo shade would look good in this space, however, my sister recently bought these cute valances from Target for her home and I really am liking them too! I love both options!!!!

The bamboo shade would add a nice contrast to our dark cherry cabinets and give us full privacy for that window. It also goes well with our bar stools. The valance will add some color to the space and matches well with our granite counter tops. The grommets also match the grommets on our kitchen slider. There are also panels that go with the valance. I could change out the slider drapes to match this valance and use the slider drapes in the great room instead. Oh, the decisions.... Which option do you think would look best, the valance or the bamboo shade?

The Target Valance:

The bamboo shade from

Another thing to consider is that the valance has matching panels. I could buy the panels and move these brown panels to the naked great room windows that you can see to the left of the slider. Oh, the decisions!!!!

How our kitchen slider looks now:

The panels that match the valance:

Happy Ash Wednesday everyone, what are you all giving up for lent? I have decided to give up chocolate. This one is going to be tough, but I am determined to stick with it!!!! I am also thrilled to see that the McDonald's singing fish commercial has returned for yet another Lenten season. I have a feeling that catchy tune will be going through my head for the next 40 days.......


  1. What a gorgeous kitchen! I would go with the bamboo shade. I think you're right, it does go well with the bar stools and it would be nice to have the option of full privacy. Also, just a personal opinion, I think valances can sometimes look dated. Plus, there doesn't appear to be much room on either side of that window for the curtain rod to extend, so a shade that mounts inside the window frame may be easier to hang.

    Love the brown panels on the slider too!

  2. I'd go with the bamboo shade - but I personally would choose a darker and richer bamboo to complement your cabinets, not to contrast them. I'm biased against valances though, so take that into account.

    Also - for your great room, I'd go with similar brown panels to the slider panels - the rooms flow into each other - so at least pick something that coordinates with the solid brown.

  3. My vote is for the valance!

  4. Could you do both - the valance & the shade, or is that dumb & I have no taste!? HA!

    I can't believe your giving up chocolate! I guess its not sugar all together... :P

  5. I love the bamboo shade! I have one in my kitchen and it's great to have the privacy. Plus, I love your curtains on the slider. :)

  6. Bamboo shade! Totally goes with your look... love it!! ;) beautiful kitchen!!!

  7. Oh oh oh pick me! I have decor ideas spinning like a tornado in my head right now too. What if you hung the valance higher than the window (so that the bottom of the valance touched the top of the window framing) and then hung the bamboo shade the normal way? Does that make any sense? :) I love to hang my valances a little higher because it makes the walls look taller.

  8. I like the bamboo shade. :)

  9. I really like the valance Karen! It's so classic and the colors are warm. Love it.

    I do need to give up something for Lent as well. Chocolate sounds like a good idea to me too.

    Many blessings to you all this weekend.
    ~Melissa :)

  10. Can you do them both? I like them both, and the colors seem to go well. That way, you have the best of everything. Just an idea. Probably an $$$ one. Good luck!


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