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What is the path from transitioning your furnishings from your old home, to your new home?  Since it is not reasonable to replace our furnishings with every single change in trends, fabric and window treatments are a wonderful element to bridge the old to the new.  

Recently we worked with a client who did this exceptionally well with her selections. 

This beautiful home, built by Stoneridge Homes, is lovely.  The hard finishes (cabinets, tile, woodwork)  in the home certainly moved more towards the gray/greige colors that are popular right now, but with a nice mix of brass accents throughout.  It made a beautiful place to start.  Here are some detail shots of the finishes.



The primary focus of the project was living/dining area.  As you come into the home, you view out the living windows to the lake. It was important to make selections that did not overly obscure the view outside, but still made a statement in the home and offered privacy when needed.   Custom roman shades were a perfect choice for this space.  Since they could fit inside the window jamb -which was very deep, they were a compliment to the millwork around the window as well.  Drapery would have obscured this lovely feature.  

Next - to find a fabric that did not overly limit the color palette of the space.  Rather than going with a solid, or uber safe neutral - she chose this lovely linen geometric patterned material. The brown and gold picked up on the colors in her furnishings, and also was a subtle repetition of the kitchen bar's light fixtures shape.  The gray in the fabric pulled in all the coloring details of the hard surfaces and the off white linen background complimented the woodwork nicely.  We used a clutch system in the roman shade and hidden ribs.  This allowed for easy raising and lowering of the shades, which are quite large - around 48"w x 84"L

Gold and grey circles on ivory linen fabric roman shade

When addressing the dining area and the library niche we moved to a solid colored roller shade in a soft gray, so as not to overwhelm the two spaces with too much pattern.  Using the same fabric we made a custom valance to hang in front of the shade so that this large open space felt cohesive and intentional in the window treatment design.    Also, note the dining room chairs that don't quite feel like they belong yet.

Roller shade in grey with coordinating fabric valance

Here's a pulled back view of the entire space once finished - and once the dining room chairs had been recovered in a gorgeous textured fabric that pulls all the same colors from the space as the fabric roman shade do.  What a difference it makes!

Combination window treatments tied by similar design elements

In conclusion- updating to new colors while working with existing furnishings can and does really work if you make selections that are thoughtful and considerate of both the old and the new colors that need to coexist together.