Let's talk decorating!

  1. OK guys - I've been trying to decide a couple of things about what to do in my little cottage. I wished I knew how to do pictures, but I cann't, so words hopefully will do the trick. Help!

    In the living room: There is a large picture window which overlooks the lake. Right now there is a cornice (sp?) window with those cheep verticle blinds...I hate them. To top it off they have a light under the cornice...which ruins the ability to see the lake at night (real stupid).

    So do I keep the thing a fix it up? (cost is a factor)....I don't know how to take the electric light stuff out. Or how would it look to decorate the thing say with wallpaper to look like the old-fashioned tin and have lace curtains?? Or would it be better to just take it all down & have simple lace curtains? I love French country.

    And I have paneling on the one main wall which I also hate. I planned on painting this....either white...OR would it work to have blue comming though the white somehow? I thought I could achieve this by dry brushing.

    Finally....one window goes to the east and gets full sun and my one neighbor is facing this way. So I was thinking about turning the window into a shelf by using that occlusive film and putting glass shelves. Light would still come in, but the view would be blocked...so one could display stuff or even have plants.

    Ideas Comments...please please Please!!!!!! Thanks!!!!
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  3. by   Jessy_RN
    Your cottage sounds like a dream.

    I have no clue about decorating, but I am sure someone will be in here shortly to help ya out.

    Have fun rennovating it, and maybe you can send us a pic someday
  4. by   dianah
    Hi kitty29 (of whom I'm still VERY jealous d/t her having lakefront property with a cabin to boot! )! I've always been considered artistic but for the life of me I can't make decisions about decorating, and what might look good. I have a good friend who ROCKS at this -- but, she searches magazines for ideas (cuts out desired pages and keeps them in a notebook; colors, window dressings, etc), and she also goes through the open houses (new homes) for ideas. She takes her camera and if she sees an interesting window dressing or furniture or arrangement, she takes a picture. When developed, the picture is added to the notebook.

    She recently purchased fabric to make living room and family room drapes, and for accent pillows (complete with fringe and braid trim). These aren't your everyday make-gathered-curtains-from-sheets drapes, either! But, she went out with her notebook and scoured the area discount fabric stores, etc . . . Is now in the midst of cutting and sewing (she hired someone to do some of the more complicated sewing, stuff she doesn't feel qualified to do). I saw the fabrics and was just amazed; it will look very elegant indeed!

    BUT, back to your dear cabin! I did a search for window cornices, and came up with several sites (I only checked the ones on the first page, too! ) that detail covering one with fabric, with tin, making one from scratch, . . . etc. (or you could rip it out and do your own thing . . . sheers draped over an attractive rod OR, if you found just the right size of weathered branch (or two or three), you could drape the fabric over that, after you've affixed it to the wall in whatever fashion you want to do that.

    'Course, if you prefer French Country, you'll have to do your homework and decided on what YOU like! How fun for you!

    Oh, and the electric light in back of the cornice? Do you have a friend who might know how to remove it? Or, ask at Home Depot or Lowe's, they might have some suggestions, or know someone who could (inexpensively) remove it. Your neighbor or another area person might know a handyman in the area who wouldn't mind doing a small job like that.

    Keep us apprised, it sounds like fun! Ah, deciding colors, themes, schemes, dreams . . .
  5. by   kitty29
    Thanks for the suggestions D! I hadn't thought about Home Dep. ! At one time I thought about the branch idea...also having some type of ivy over the rod for interest.

    My sister-in-law does scrapebook to store her ideas too. I hang on to magazines & did select colors for my living room here that way...always loved it...looks like that pretty soft blue at sunset.

    Some day I will have a computer & the ability to share with you guys what it all looks like!

    I did some searching on the web last night...but couldn't find the combo I wanted...I may have to just goof around and do myself and see what happens.
  6. by   Katnip
    Home Depot is a great resource for decorating ideas. They have free classes on how to do all kinds of things, including faux painting.

    I like the idea of dry brushing the panelling in the room. Just make sure you practice first. I did a ragging in my dining room and it turned out awful, even though I followed the directions and used the colors in the brochure. :angryfire Now I have to do a do-over. So practice first.

    Also, I'd suggest taking your time and gathering ideas like that decorating journal. Watch HGTV too. They offer some inexpensive ideas you could probably adapt to your cottage.

    Good luck, and have lots of fun with your project.

    ~Kat
  7. by   DDRN4me
    i love the lace curtain and "tin" idea. or, you could paint the cornice to match the paneling. the glass shelves idea would keep your privacy but still give you light, and keep the country look. As for the paneling, you could try painting it blue, then white over it and sand some white off for a more rustic , weathered look if that is what you are going for. wish i was there to help. that is my fun, redecorating...i am already planning what to do before dds wedding in 2 yrs!!
  8. by   GrnHonu99
    Good luck, im sure it will be beautiful! Im a more modern/contemp. decorator...but I think your cottage sounds beautiful...my fiencee and I dream of being able to have a view someday!!!
  9. by   kitty29
    Quote from cyberkat
    Home Depot is a great resource for decorating ideas. They have free classes on how to do all kinds of things, including faux painting.

    I like the idea of dry brushing the panelling in the room. Just make sure you practice first. I did a ragging in my dining room and it turned out awful, even though I followed the directions and used the colors in the brochure. :angryfire Now I have to do a do-over. So practice first.

    Also, I'd suggest taking your time and gathering ideas like that decorating journal. Watch HGTV too. They offer some inexpensive ideas you could probably adapt to your cottage.

    Good luck, and have lots of fun with your project.

    ~Kat
    Thanks---I might just check out and run my ideas by these guys (That's MN talk for I will be talking to these guys!).

    I've seen a magazine I like all about cottages and I'm getting a free copy. But I don't get cable...that's how backwoods I am!
  10. by   kitty29
    Quote from mgallant
    i love the lace curtain and "tin" idea. or, you could paint the cornice to match the paneling. the glass shelves idea would keep your privacy but still give you light, and keep the country look. As for the paneling, you could try painting it blue, then white over it and sand some white off for a more rustic , weathered look if that is what you are going for. wish i was there to help. that is my fun, redecorating...i am already planning what to do before dds wedding in 2 yrs!!
    I thought of the tech. you mention for the paneling...you know I Know what I want just not sure how to achieve it! I do like the weathered look - and since the paneling has many scratches & nicks that might be the way to go.

    When I did a search the other night to see about "tin-look" wallpaper they showed this kind you can paint and showed how to achieve the look...so I'll have to see what is out there.

    Man I wished you were here to help too!!!!

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