Friday, January 2, 2009

{porch} curtains...



Ever since I saw style editor Heather Chadduck's porch curtains in Cottage Living (still mourning that loss) I have wanted to do this with my own porch. I also love the way the cloths are are rolled up on this Baton Rouge cottage. This is such an easy, inexpensive way to add a bit of style to this outdoor area. These can be done with simple canvas drop cloths found at Lowe's and they come in a variety of sizes. I plan to use galvanized/iron plumbing parts for the rods like Heather Bullard did with hers and maybe these cheap rings from Hobby Lobby sewn at the top. I think there is a spray available that can be put on the cloths to help prevent mold/mildew issues.
*edited to add another picture. This home was featured in Cottage Living, but I can't find it on their site. The owner did a fun upholstered door that I want to try for a couple of my doors that are not original to my home.

22 comments:

Kasey said...

I love this idea...it makes the outdoors more connected to the rest of your house.

paperjunk-lc said...

What are we going to do without Heather Chadduck's Cottage living articles. I do wish she had a blog. Can't wait to see your progress.

daniella said...

Oooh and Ahhh! Too bad I don't have a back yeard...or a porch. But next time we live in a house, I'll just come back to your blog, right at this post.

You don't post very much, but when you do it's like a pot of golden goodness.

Meg said...

Great idea, I love the look and feel of using an outdoor space as a "room" and curtains would certainly add to the ambiance. This looks great, plus I bet it would help keep the house cool and be energy efficient? Look forward to seeing your results!

Paula said...

I, too, am going to miss Cottage Living and especially Heather Chadduck's work. I remember that porch curtain article and thinking what a great idea it was.

Cathy said...

Add me to the list of Cottage Living mourners. I love the the porch curtain idea. Please show us pics of what you do.

Cathy

Lauren said...

I know, I'm so sad about Cottage Living! :( Does anyone have any back-ups???

love the drapes on the porch too..

Courtney said...

Love these curtains and love pipe used as rods! It's an easy (and cheap) way to hold them up!

And I was thrilled to see a Baton Rouge home online that looked so cozy and peaceful. Most of the homes there (my hometown) are McMansions full of French-like furniture mixed with Tuscan colors. This is such a welcomed change!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I love the idea of curtains for a porch. I've always dreamed of having a home with a wrap around porch. It was one of my must haves for a home when we were looking, but I we didn't find any and I had to had to give it up. But I always have porch envy.

Love this post.

I'm also so sad about Cottage Living it was one of my favorites. I also get Country Living and it's a bit similar, but more on the country side of things hence the name.

I'm so sad that I've thrown out some copies of Cottage Living in the past. I want them. I think my husband would think I was crazy if I went onto ebay and search for old used magazines, but I think I just might.

Shabby Mama said...

i love this..especially the galavinzed rod shot..thanks for posting that..exactly what i want to do in drew's room

Haven and Home said...

I want porch curtains too. Love the ones you showed. This spring maybe I really will do them, let us know if you put some up!

The City Sage said...

RIP Cottage Living!

This is such a fabulous idea. I recently wanted to use pipes to put up a pair of indoor curtains---aren't the curtain rods you buy in stores so tacky? unless you get the really expensive ones, but who wants to do that? But then I had visions of heavy iron pipes ripping out the drywall of my apartment and that idea died a quick death.

But doing it OUTDOORS is simply inspired! May 2009 be the year that I get a real house with a real porch so that I can do super cool projects like this!

The Broke Socialite said...

Ah, we must be separated at birth! This article from Cottage Living rests in my inspiration notebook.

I, too, am sad about the magazine's demise:-(

Good luck! I love your blog.

No.35style said...

I think we should all go to Birmingham, hold up signs and demand they bring Cottage Living back! Only kidding, maybe :) Daniella, you are so funny! I still think you need to do a big canvas picture of Charlie! Courtney, that little cottage is so cute. I would think Baton Rouge would be full of houses like this, but I know that tearing down and rebuilding a McM. is becoming the thing everywhere, sadly. High heel, no you did not throw them out?? Okay, I will not make you feel any worse for doing so. No, it would not be crazy to get on ebay and get them all back. I have saved every single issue and so glad I did. I usually rip out what I like in a magazine and then pass it on. Glad I saved these. Welcome Broke Socialite! Stop by anytime.

Susie said...

Unrelated to curtains, I just stumbled across your blog and really enjoy your posts. I also love finding clothes and home items at great deals. Keep up the great ideas!

southerninspiration said...

Go see this blog.....http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com
and check out her FABULOUS porch. It is to die for!

Suzanne

Courtney said...

I put up curtains on my back porch this past summer... the only problem was that the fabric wasn't quite the heaviest weight, and with the wind in Central Texas, well, even when I tried weighing them down with fishing weights, there were (are) some days when I would discover them stuck on our roof! I do love them when they are behaving though- just looking at them makes me happy, so I can deal with yanking them down off the roof from time to time (it is our back porch after all!)

Also, I am still a bit behind from the holidays, but I wanted to say thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog! xx

Blueprint Bliss said...

Love this post--- great photos and ideas! Although I don't have anywhere to install porch curtains!! Thanks for your comments on my new blog!

Sabina said...

I've been thinking about hanging porch curtains on my back covered patio.

Great photos!!

:)

Sarah Danielle: Jeune Marie said...

WOW. Love these - what a statement - and the pipe would even look cool indoors in a loft space - so awesome!!

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

So so darling. We do plenty of porch living here in Marrakech.

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