Two Story Cottage

Window Treatments Part One {Family Room}

Dear Friends,
I don’t know about y’all, but we had a nasty weekend in these parts.  Pouring rain and cold temps made it downright dismal.  All of the fun, spring things were cancelled.  No egg hunts or petting zoos here.  In my kid-free days I would have savored a dark, rainy day for reading by the fire.  That just didn’t happen but a girl can dream, right?

Speaking of dreaming,  I’ve been thinking about window treatments for the family room for almost two years now.  I knew that I wanted to ground our giant glass wall but I just couldn’t form a plan.  I rejected loads of fabric and daydreamed about plantation shutters until I found the panels at Ballard Designs.

They weren’t cheap but I waited patiently for a discount.  Three whole months I waited and then they were finally 15% off. They still weren’t cheap but I don’t plan on changing these out. And they are a lot cheaper than plantation shutters.


Yep, that is a serious wall of windows.  One of my favorite things about this house is the craftsman windows.  They are full of character and charm.  I was hesitant to cover them but after living here long enough I knew that I wanted to warm things up, ground the bottom half, and make the open space feel more like a room.  Also, I’m tired of looking at the Little Tykes furniture on the screened porch.  (Keeping it real, here.)


The curtain rod was a conundrum but I’ll tackle that in another post.  Those are some WIDE windows so the standard rods did not work.


The tricky part with the window treatments is the doors.  We do use those doors so I didn’t really want them covered.  However, I’d like for it to look cohesive and somewhat symmetric.


I should point out Ballard Designs really does a good job with their window panels.  These are lined and weighted which is more than I would have done if I had sewn them.  They were actually quite heavy for a light-filtering fabric.

Anyway, the point here is that I’ve gotten a good start.  I have the panels.  AND they are hanging.  Now I want bamboo shades.  Stay tuned as I shop around for those.  I actually already have my eye on some…





  1. I like it. If you do not like the rods black you could spray paint them white like the trim.

    • They sure look black in that picture. They are actually a cherry wood color. It is the same as the bookcases and all of the woodwork. Thanks for stopping by! Glad you like it. 🙂

  2. let me know if you find a good deal on bamboo shades… I need some too!!!

  3. I love the panels and the rod. I think if the rod were white, the panels would sort of appear to “float”. I think you made an excellent choice…again! 🙂

  4. Can’t wait to hear about the rod! I have an oversized window that has been stumping me! Thanks 🙂

  5. Huge difference! Love it!

  6. Hi Erin. Can you provide the source on those curtains?

  7. They looks so nice with the panels! Are they Gray?

  8. Lauren Gable says

    Are those the mineral or gray damask curtains? I can’t tell. Thanks!

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