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If you are talking about curtains as in drapes, judging from the picture you could have a center draw pair that is the width of the radiator. They could hang on a decorative rod that would be hung somewhere above the trim. Length would be clearing the radiator by about one inch. Something like this would need to be made custom, which if you chose a good fabric wouldn't look cheap. If you have other windows in the room you would probably want them to have drapes that coordinate with this window (i.e. same rods and fabric in appropriate widths and lengths).

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9/26/12 03:52 PM

As a lifelong student of the decorative arts, it's nice to see something beyond mid-century modern on this site for a change! Thanks for the post.

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5/18/10 03:36 PM

FYI... gray with a red cast will sometimes look redder (more purple) in some daylight conditions. (I had this happen with curtains once.) You might want to paint a small area as a test before painting the whole kitchen.

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5/6/10 04:21 PM

Clever idea to make the refrigerator a "wall." I didn't realize that's what it was until I saw the floor plan!

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4/14/10 04:03 PM

I store extra sheets in one of the nightstands, which have closed storage doors. As long as you change your sheets regularly and rotate them, they don't get musty. Extra blankets, quilts, and comforters are stored on the top shelf of a closet, with off-season items stored in heavy plastic bags (usually what they came in the first place).

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1/29/10 10:45 PM

I change my bedding as the temperature changes during the year. I never used to do this when I was younger, I just had a summer comforter and a winter comforter and used the same duvet year round. However, I had to develop a layering system for my bedding when menopause set in. I have three basic combinations and the number of layers used will vary. The colors were picked to tie in with the rest of my place to keep things cohesive, seasonality didn't enter into it.

Change Bedding for Different Seasons? Survey | Apartment Therapy DC
1/21/10 08:21 PM

It's more work, but you could look for prints and textures that use that blue family as one of the colors to get ideas for a color scheme. You could use some combination of the fabrics you find for other upholstery items, curtains, pillows, etc, and then pull tones of the colors in them out for other things in the room like paint. Much more interesting!

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12/11/09 03:37 PM

Re the question about valances for windows of different heights--this is a time-honored way to disguise this problem, as long as the longer valance won't look out of proportion on the shorter window. (i.e. the two valances are usually the same length and are hung the same distance from the ceiling.)

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9/23/09 04:26 PM

Be social. Having company every so often forces me to clean more throughly. Makes the place look much better!

Every so often I rotate my art, especially the spot I see when I drink my coffee in the morning.

If you have plants, trimming back dead growth or replacing ones that are past their prime helps also.

I also clean out my closets/storage space every so often and donate stuff I don't need anymore to charity. Then I see if I can utilize the space better with what I have left. Books I don't want to keep get donated to the library or given to one of my reader friends (we trade books around).

If you have to take your recyclables to a recycling center, not letting them up too high helps also.

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4/26/09 04:58 PM

Is that a radiator done up with shelves to mimic a fire place mantle in the living room? Interesting idea.

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12/3/08 03:43 PM

Your photo doesn't show the top of the window, but you could do a valance and shades (roman or otherwise) if you want a softer look.

If you are referring to the bay rods that bend for pinch-pleated draw draperies, I think they would look too dated and not show off the window. With this type of rod the drapes split in the center and stack at the sides.

Another possibility would be to use a stationary rod that bends. The curtain panels split at the center of each window and stack to the sides of each window, so you would have panels at each side and at each bend. If you are getting custom drapes, the panels could be done where there would be no split at the bends. This gets around the problem of the hardware not allowing the rings to pass when you have a stationary rod. If you have shades for light control and privacy, the panels could be kept light and just serve to frame the soften and frame the window.

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10/6/08 11:53 AM

I usually keep them for awhile until they start to pile up, then I go through them and tear out the pages I want to keep for future reference and put them in a folder. Current favorites are domino, House Beautiful, and Elle Decor. I also have a special interest magazine called Country French Decorating that I keep and a couple of big Ethan Allen catalogs.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Which Magazines Do You Save AND Go Back To?
10/4/08 07:18 PM

You could try picking out a tint or shade of one of the warm neutrals in the the painting or the rug. It also should be a color that works with the wood stain of the floors. You may need to paint the walls as well with a color that goes with the trim, otherwise it may be difficult to get a trim color that goes with the wall color.

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7/22/08 11:53 AM

Regular white traverse drapery rods can be done as a ceiling mount. A ceiling mount hospital system would work also. It is hard to tell from the picture, but the pleats look like they could be Pinch Pleats, sometimes referred to as French Pleats. If you want to do floor to ceiling drapes with this type of treatment I would recommend that you have it done by a company that makes and installs custom drapery.

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5/5/08 11:43 AM

Wallpaper that has some perspective depth in the pattern can also make a room look larger.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Wallpaper in Small Spaces
4/2/08 11:47 AM

I am still using a Hoover vacuum cleaner that I bought in 1979. (It's lime green from the last time it was in style.) I've wanted one of these Oreck vacuum cleaners for years but the Hoover keeps going, and going, and going...

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3/8/08 05:20 PM

Before tearing down the wall, cutting holes, etc. make sure you will be able arrange the living room/dining room furniture the way you want, since you will have less or no wall. You may not want to end up with having to look at your appliances when you are sitting on the couch all of the time or with the TV in an inconvenient spot. A floor plan would be a good idea. That said, opening up the kitchen somehow is a good idea, since it looks very cramped.

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3/4/08 11:02 AM