Window coverings can make or break a room, and while curtains aren't for everyone, I have found that it's a very individual preference for each house and each person.
Practically speaking, every house, every room has its own unique situation to address when it comes to window coverings.
For instance, here are the Roman shades that came with the house.
I tried to live with them, but lovely as they may be, they weren't very practical.
When they were up, there was absolutely no privacy. It's like living in a fishbowl!
Down, they removed all light from the room and it felt like a prison.
Keith is my blind man! And drapery man!
He is soon retiring after 40 years, so I am maybe one of his last customers.
Here he is with his protege, ready to hang my new woven shades from Presidio Classics.
The new woven shades filter light and add privacy during the day, yet allow me to see outside.
The linen drapes add to the elegant, yet simple look I was going for.
These are the same shades that I put in our San Francisco house.
I repeated the same layered look in our master bedroom.
The linen drapes were repurposed from our San Francisco bedroom.
I like how the woven shades are the same color of the grasscloth on the bookshelves.
Now that the new woven shades and linen drapes finally arrived, I feel like this is now my room.
My look, my design.