DIY Idea: Effortless Window Coverings with Hardware Store Supplies
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Ever since we featured Inness in upstate New York (see: A Rustic, Design-Minded Retreat (with British Standard Kitchens)), I’ve returned to one singular design detail: pull-across window coverings that are effortless and ethereal in all their simplicity. Now I’m eager to replicate the look in my own place.
With two hooks, a swath of fabric (wide enough to stretch across the window with a little elegant draping), and two curtain rings, you too can try it. Have a look:
Photography by Adrian Gaut, courtesy of Inness.
The InspirationAbove: One of many restful lodgings at Inness. The window coverings caught my eye: In lieu of drapes on both sides, simple linens hang casually from a hook on one side of the window when not in use. (This photo was taken before the adjacent hook was installed.) Above: When it’s time for privacy, guests can unhook one metal loop and hang it from the hardware on the other side of the window. Above: Tall windows, like these, in a lounge, have metal grab-bars for easy reaching. Photograph via Inness.
MaterialsAbove: To get the look at home, affix a sturdy metal hook on either side of the window. Forged Iron Wall Hooks are $28 for a set of two from Anthropologie. Above: And add a drapery hook to either side of the curtain. The 3/4-Inch Drapery Curtain Ring Set is $49 for a set of seven from Rejuvenation and has removable clips for easy attaching. Above: For easy reaching, Wrought Iron Hook Extension Hangers, hand-forged by the Amish in Pennsylvania, starts at $19.99 from MetalcraftPA on Etsy. Similar finds can be found at the hardware store or plant nursery.
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