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Winter Layers


 Our house has lovely, wavy glass windows but a not so lovely draft from those old windows.  So it can get pretty chilly in the Winter months without curtains.  But I don't especially like curtains.  I love natural light.  It's important to me that I'm not living in a dungeon all Winter. Believe me, the Chicago area Winters can be bleak with the overcast gray skies.  But even a thin layer between the windows and our heat bill can make a big difference.
I've been collecting different pieces of Battenburg and Tambour lace for a few months hoping to create some layered type of curtains.  One layer during the day, two at night.  The lace has made a beautiful pile in my fabric area but I knew that if I didn't hang them somewhere soon, they were likely to get ripped or ruined.  

 Right now they are just tacked up with push pins.  Why are men so picky about nail holes??  But I'm pretty sure that I love the look enough to make it a more permanent relationship.

 What do you think?

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45 comments:

  1. I understand the old windows. Most of the windows in our house are original long windows and we have drafts as well, but I still love them. Someday we will replace the windows, but keep the size and trim because nothing made nowdays even compares. I think yours are beautiful!!
    Blessings~

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  2. I think I'm stealing... um, I mean borrowing, your idea! *Winks* I have a huge stash of Old Lace Tablecloths and layered like this would look just as stunning as yours do, I'm adoring this look in fact! We also have a 100 year old house with original draughty windows that we just love but sometimes need to insulate against heat and cold coming through the less insulated areas of the panes. Love the charm of old windows so refused to replace them with energy efficient ones... don't love curtains either since I hate cavelike rooms and embrace Light... so this is perfect Inspiration, Thank You!!!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  3. Beautiful curtains.

    Hugs Bente

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  4. There is NOTHING Prettier than light through wavy glass and Old Lace... You are a LUCKY...LUCKY Girl ! Drink it all in...BEAUTIFUL !

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  5. I used quacker lace tablecloths for a quick curtain solution when we moved in to our old house with shredded curtains! They are still there after 4 years!

    Tambour lace- is that the lace to the right? I have a beautiful twin lace bed cover that a friend gave me and have been wanting to know what kind of lace it is called.

    Oh I do hope you will show us the complete window!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  6. We have huge draughty windows in our hundred year old house. I hated to do it, but I purchased the film that you tape on and blow dry for the seal. Amazingly you can still see through it and it allows all the light through.

    It has made a huge difference in our heating and the curtains not blowing in the breeze when the window is shut.

    The lace is beautiful. I did not know the name either. I will do a little study on it thanks.

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  7. Wonderful Idea.....500% better then ol' boring plastic.....LOL
    Had those types of windows once.....

    Blessings,
    Cindy♥

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  8. I think they look beautiful all dressed for winter- just right- and still light and bright- xo Diana

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  9. Hi... I'm #1160, your newest follower.... OOOH WEE, I love your lacey lace curtains. Makes my heart swoon seeing the way you've hung and swagged them. Beautiful! I'd love to invite you over to become one of my followers...when you get a chance please stop by. ttyl..xoso Sandy

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  10. Love the old glass and your curtains. I keep mine bright year round too.

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  11. The lace looks so beautiful draped on the windows--natural, like it was meant to be there!

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  12. Приказно красиви завеси,не мога да отлепя очи от тях. Поздрави и приятен ден.

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  13. So charming! Love the effect!! And I agree....haven't a clue what it is with men and nail holes...when we moved into our present home, with plaster walls, it got worse...not allowed to hammer ~ just drill!
    xoxo
    Karen

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  14. Fabulous!!! And I saw these photos on a blog somewhere today.... xo

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  15. Such beautiful photos of your layered lace. I saw your home was featured in Romantic Country....congrats and everything looked wonderful:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  16. Tambour lace my favorite! You can't go wrong...
    I know about drafty windows and the family room is all windows, I am working on velvet curtains to put up during the winter. I think it will cut down on the heating and make it cozier in there.
    Blessings my friend
    RE

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  17. Typically I just like lurking about looking at beautiful homes on blogs... but this post made me let out an audible sound, can't really describe it, but it's definitely a compliment to your lace. I love this look!

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  18. I love it...and I'm just learning now just how much I've always loved lace and never indulged because I didn't know how to buy it, what was good lace vs bad lace etc. Only I don't know where/how to start collecting? any advice? Lady

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  19. Dear Polly, the look is fabulous but then everything you do always is. I heard you were in Romantic Country and the minute I turned to the page with the old gate in front of the fireplace, I knew that was your home. Congratulations on being featured. That's awesome. xo

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  20. More photos pleeeeze.I LOVE lace.I don't have an older home.But I just love lace.It softens the look of a window.Gives a little privacy and brings in that soft pretty light on a sunny day.I just can't live without that on my windows.Oh how I have tried but I just can't do it.Your windows look fab.

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  21. love, love, love! your layered window dressing Polly. Soooo pretty! xo

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  23. They look ezrrordinary ~ hoping that help keep the cold out so you can enjoy them for a while. Well done.

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  24. I really understand about needing natural light in your life. I think your solution is more than lovely and would be worth a few nail holes if you had to.

    Thanks for the peek ~
    Mary @ SeaQuilts

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  25. Just **VaMpiNg** Over ALL the Beautiful Lace!*!*!
    Jeanine Burkhardt

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  26. Stunning...,,and smart!
    We are having a cold wave here in B.C> & this is a wonderful idea to block out some of that chill & still welcome what light we can get!
    Thanks for sharing...beautiful idea!

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  27. How beautiful! I love this, and love the photos.

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  28. How clever of you to come up with this idea. Your lace window coverings are not only lovely, but functional too. Very nice!

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  29. These are simply gorgeous!
    We also have 100 year old wavy windows, so I totally get where you're coming from.

    Now if I can just convince my cat to leave my curtains alone, I'll have it made! ;-)

    XO,
    Anne

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  30. Honey, I love your laces. They are adorable. I can give you a hint to cut the drafts of old windows.That some wide clear packing tape, tape along where the wood of the windows are in the sashes. Tape every place where wood meets wood. Yes, when you take the tape off some paint may come with it....but the clear tape isn't so visable, since you like openess at your wondows...me too girl. Smiles to you,Susie (She Junks)

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  31. Well hi there Polly! I found your blog via the article about you in Romantic County. What a blessing it is to me. As a real life farmwife (Chatsworth, Illinois) I often see the "inventory" around our farm as just junk. Seeing what you have done with many of the articles we have here has given me hope and inspiration, AND as afellow serious blogger, I must tell you how lovely your blog is. WELL DONE! I will so be back.

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  32. Thank you so much for sharing. What a beautiful space you have created my very first visit here I will follow on my way out so I know my path back here. Perhaps you will find the time to come visit me soon and do the same. I look forward to engaging more throughout the year and beyond. Take care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  33. I live in So CA. Where did you find lace like this? I love it.

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  34. I like them. I think that you have made a good choice and they are thin and so delicate that they won't take away from your look.

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  35. Gorgeous photos!!!!
    It looks just heavenly!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  36. What a romantic look for your windows! I love letting the light in, too.
    I just wanted to tell you I was blown away by your home feature in Romantic County's Spring 2012 issue. I LOVE your paper banners and Romantic Farm style. :)
    - Susan

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  37. I love those photos of that lace, honey!!! I can't stop looking at them. Just gorgeous how you shot them.
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  38. You really have a beautiful & inspiring blog!

    Hugs, Jenny

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  39. You clearly love white and laces. Hmmm.. Your love for vintage influenced your home, and it looks lovely. I think you prefer the old look of your window to match the design of your house. It's like the houses during the 1900's.

    Elwood Kriston

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  40. I love what you did to your windows! You really have great taste when it comes to vintage things. We have old windows too and we have replaced most of them because they’re not functioning well now.
    Roxie Tenner

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