jessicawhiteley84


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jessicawhiteley84
Thanks so much lcgrcondo, really appreciate your advice. We had a guy from a well known curtain and blinds provider come to the flat today and he said that we wouldn't be able to have a pole for the curtains (tbh i didn't fully understand why?) but instead recommended curtains on a bendy track? Our one concern with curtains is that we'll make the area feel heavy and material dense, and get rid of that lovely light.. There's not enough space between the recess and the windows/ doors when open, so we need to hang curtains/ blinds on the wall above. What are your thoughts on vertical blinds that could also be pushed to one side, from a stylistic point of view? (From a practical point of view they kind of work for us.. a bit of privacy, wouldn't lose too much of the wall space, wouldn't drown out the light..)..

Also yes totally agree with your comments re. rug and coffee table, will add them to the ever-growing shopping list! ;)
August 16, 2014 at 10:52AM   
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jessicawhiteley84
Hmm you're right, sounds like the guy who came over wasn't quite as all knowing as he inferred! The blinds.. I know.. I don't really like vertical blinds as a concept (remind me of 80s offices!). What I might end up doing is getting the curtains for the bedroom first and leaving the living room for a bit whilst I have a proper think.

The woodwork is white and the windowsills are black. Your blinds sound cool, I would love to see a pic if you have the chance to share.
August 16, 2014 at 11:59AM     
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crowley48
Cool pix, groveraxel!
Jessica, I'll post pics when they're installed next week. :). I know I'll love them because I used the same company in my old house ten years ago and the same textured faux wood white blinds. They still look like new!
One hint...the rep told me that the textured faux wood gathers less dust than the flat faux wood. I don't know whether they do or not because my old blinds were textured (look like wood painted white versus just a flat blind). I got the same because I've been so happy with the old blinds.
August 16, 2014 at 3:32PM   
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jessicawhiteley84
Oh wow I LOVE all the light and the terrace.. The example room from Susanna is gorgeous too. We have (almost) floor to ceiling windows in our flat too, we're putting an L shaped sofa in a corner but we're facing a real dilemma with the curtains / blinds scenario. (if you'd like to see pics there are a couple on http://www.houzz.co.uk/discussions/1115962/Our-first-home--But-how-on-earth-to-decorate)

If only privacy wasn't an issue I would totally do without curtains!

All the best with the decorating.
August 16, 2014 at 11:10AM   
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August 25, 2014 at 12:49PM   
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mywhitstablehome
So many good ideas from everyone. I wouldn't let a TV dictate anything, especially with a view like that. I say yes to the white shutters, so versatile for controlling light, heat etc, never need to change for a new colour scheme & easy to clean, (fabric absorbs cooking odour.
Central positioning of furniture works too, but make paper cutouts to scale and try them on the room plan to ensure clearance for window/doors to open and easy access to everything. The wall needs a combination of bookshelves/picture shelves to display lots of art and arranged to help the radiator blend in using a louvre rad cover helps to tie in with the shutters.
A dining table may take up too much space, but there are console tables for behind a sofa which open out to dining size or try two tressles with a separate top if there is a place in the apartment to store the top vertically.
I love a challenge and think the room will be wonderful.
August 27, 2014 at 1:59AM   
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