Window Wear: Boxed Bouquets

Another cheesy post title?  Probably so… Maybe I should hire someone to come up with creative blog post titles for me… Ha.

Like I said, this week I am writing blog posts that will get us excited about Spring.  Sharing some of my favorite window boxes definitely fits that criteria.  What could be cuter than a box of pretty flowers under a window?   [On Tuesday I shared some pretty branches in case you missed it.]

I have two tiny balconies off of my apartment and I’ve often considered hanging a planter/window box off of the railing like some of my skillful neighbors, but I wouldn’t know where to start.  What flowers should I plant? How should I take care of them?  Maybe I should hire someone for that too… With alllll that money I have ;)  My fiddle leaf fig tree gives me enough stress as it is – and it’s probably one of the most low maintenance plants on Earth!  Like I’ve said so many times before: I don’t have a green thumb :)

Enough complaining from me, now here are the pretties.

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boxwoods in a window box?  THIS is what I NEED!!

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By the way, THANK YOU to Benji for accidentally giving me the name of the branches we used at the engagement party last weekend.  It was Forsythia!

This is what they looked like… about half a dozen of them growing on our neighbor’s land… Shhh, don’t tell our neighbor though.

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Cafe Curtains

Cafe curtains are a great way to add privacy without blocking a pretty view or natural light.  We’ve used them often in bathrooms.  I just love the look!

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Phoebe Howard

Phoebe Howard

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Cathy Kincaid

Cathy Kincaid

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Lynn Peterson

Lynn Peterson

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Litchfield Designs

Litchfield Designs

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

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While we’re on the subject of architecture…

Let’s talk about shutters!  I’ve been trying to get my mom to get some shutters for her house forEVER.  Not the little plastic kind that are disproportional to the window – I’m talking about REAL wooden shutters.  With hinges and brackets.  My parents’ house in Chattanooga is white brick (my mom says it’s gray, but if you saw it you would call it white) and I just think black or REALLY dark green (almost black) shutters would be so cute on it.  C’mon, Mom, make it happen! :)  Maybe these pictures will inspire you…

Gil Schafer

Gil Schafer

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Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel

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Arched

In architecture, there is something about an arch that catches the eye.  An arched door or window is so much more interesting than just a plain rectangular window or door.  Don’t you agree?

There are countless houses in Atlanta with arched doors and windows.  When I go running around here, I love looking at the architectural details of the houses.  It makes running so much more enjoyable when you have pretty architecture to look at.  Running on the treadmill is so boring!

I especially love the repetition of the arch shape.  Let’s take a look at some great examples of the classic round arch…

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Blind by the Bamboo

While we’re fresh on the subject of bamboo, I thought I would share one of my all time favorite window treatments… bamboo blinds!  My mom has always been a lover of bamboo blinds, so I began appreciating the look of bamboo shades at a very young age – maybe even before I knew I had a passion for interior design.  Just like bamboo, they look great in any room, no matter how formal or informal. 

Before I show you some fabulous pictures of rooms with bamboo blinds, I wanted to share my favorite resources.  Smith+Noble has excellent quality blinds and shades of a variety of natural materials.  They do custom sizes, bindings, linings, and operating mechanisms.  This is Mallory Mathison Inc.‘s source for natural fiber blinds/shades for our clients.  And they have turned out fabulous every time.  However, if you’re like me and you don’t have the pennies to pay for Smith+Noble, you can go to Lowes.  I’m not sure about the custom sizing at Lowes, but you’ll definitely be satisfied with the prices! :)

 

Ashley Whitaker [source]

 

Amber Interiors

 

Tom Scheerer

 

Mark Sikes [source]

 

Better Homes & Gardens

 

 A good example of how bamboo blinds can work even in a formal dining room.  [Tom Scheerer]

 

 Lisa Sherry in Lonny magazine [source]

 

 

Tom Scheerer

 

Mark Sikes’ home [source]

 

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Elaine Giffin via Lonny

 

 

 

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Better Homes & Gardens

 

Elaine Griffin [source]

 

Leslie Klotz

 

Mark Sikes’ home [source

 

Markham Roberts [source]

 

McAlpine Tankersly

 

Tom Scheerer

 

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Roman Shades

Roman shades are a fun window treatment that I’ve always loved.  They’re usually a little more casual than curtains, but it’s easy to dress them up.  You can make them so many different ways:  straight, relaxed, lined, unlined, with trim, without trim… you get the point.

First up is my absolute favorite picture of a roman shade (I’ve been trying to get my mom to do some like this in her bathroom FOREVER):

 

Amanda Nisbet

 

Architectural Digest

I love a SHEER shade, especially this WIDE one designed by Emma Jane Pilkington.

 

Beth Webb Interiors

 

 

Elle Decor

 

Elle Decor

 

 House & Home

 

 Jeffrey Bilhuber

 

Katie Ridder

 

 

 Laura Garcia via Lonny

 

Markham Roberts

 

Mona Ross Berman

 

Patricia Herrera Lansing’s home via Vogue

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Living

 

Steven Gambrel

 

Tammy Conner

 

 

 

 

 

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Steel Windows

Since yesterday’s quick post was on the subject of steel windows, I decided to share a few more.  I would love to live in a house with black steel windows some day.  I love the industrial look – it adds so much character.  Sometimes painting the grid or casing of a window black can have a similar effect and not break the bank.

Meg Ryan’s kitchen via Elle Decor

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 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier

 

 Beth Webb via House Beautiful

Seekircher Steel Windows via House Beautiful

 

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