We took a little break but are back with more Phone-A-Friending! Ya-hoo! This one comes from, Julie, a New Yorker with a great apartment and her own Etsy site (Blythe blogged about it here). She even has a cat named Atticus. So yes, she is our favorite.
Here's her email:
Well hullo, ladies!
I've got a kitchen dilemma. After years of feeling satisfied with my surroundings, I am on a big home improvement and redecorating kick. I finally painted my kitchen a sunny yellow, but have some other issues to work out: first and foremost, window treatments. This window formerly sported a long curtain, but I don't like the curtain solution anymore. It's currently wearing nothing but a cheap-o, standard issue white blinds. And I hate cheap-o, standard issue white blinds. Hate. So, what to do? A roman shade? Fancier blinds? Simple white? Color? Pattern? Ack, I just don't know!
You'll see from the photos that the kitchen is wide open to the living room, so that's a visual consideration. Also, the hubby and I are planning on buying a lovely stainless steel trash can (feel free to disagree), and would love to replace the wall-mounted light (ugh, I hate it too!). Basically, we're open to upgrading, ditching, and replacing across the board when it comes to the kitchen.
And here's a pretty important detail: this grad student is working on a majorly limited budget!
And here are the pictures:
To Julie we say: Thank you! One of our favorite things to do is think about the smaller things that pull it all together. You've got a great, interesting space and some nice colors to work with! Here are our ideas:
Curtains: Since this is your main question, we'll spend the most time here. We suggest you buy or make a roman shade for your window. They are off the ground which is good for a kitchen and just casual enough. Deweese made one recently and you can read all about it here.
For the fabric, we suggest a bold pattern--something to pull those two solid colors together (the yellow and blue). To compliment this bold pattern, what about a complimentary pattern in the doorway, too? Two patterns can coexist beautifully if they are the same colors but completely different scales. At the risk of putting a bird on it, we are way into the peacock, but here is a less expensive option. And how about some vintage pompom trim?
Also, check it out: this Etsy seller makes custom roman shades in dwell fabrics for $150! Might be a lot for a curtain, but we think it could have major impact!
Our Other Ideas:
- What about changing the knobs on the white and wood furniture to help tie things together?
- Have you thought about painting the inside of your pantry yellow, too? Could keep the kitchen as a whole very streamlined and less broken up.
- Lamps. We love a quatrefoil look these days, but there here is a less expensive option that also has clean lines.
- What about replacing your ceiling light? We'd love to see something sleek up there to update the room and subtly contrast that white brick wall.
- To avoid being overly matchy with the yellow/blue combo, you can incorporate all the colors in your patterned curtain, here we pulled the green out in this lil' piggy dishtowel.