Window Treatment Designs for a Garden District Home

Few rewards are sweeter for interior design professionals than when beloved clients move to a new home, and hire them for a second time. We’re thrilled to be working with “second time” clients who have moved back to New Orleans from a sojourn in New York. They’re now proud owners of a magnificent Italinate-style double gallery house in the Garden District. Built during the middle of the nineteenth century, this house personifies American architectural grace. We’re thoroughly enjoying the process of researching period rooms of the time as inspiration, and ruminating on how to refresh these elegant, expansive rooms. With 11 foot ceilings throughout, the windows play a huge role in the architecture of the home, and thus, require some serious attention. This photo, below, from an Alexa Hampton dining room inspired us to try a similar style window treatment in our client’s dining room. window_treatments_1For a recent presentation, we drew our inspiration from the room above, but simplified it a bit because, well, it suits this young couple better. We sketched an elevation and rendered curtains over the actual windows as a way of demonstrating how this particular style would suit the windows in their own dining room. The ceilings are 11 feet tall, so by mounting the window valances as close to the ceiling as possible we’re excentuating the grandeur of the room. These curtains are designed to make an impression. We added a colorful trim to break up the seriousness of the singular color. This room overlooks gardens on both sides.This fabric is a wonderful lime-y green damask from Quadrille. window_treatments_2


window_treatments_4And, in the living room, we chose a slightly more tailored valance concept, inspired by other period rooms with extraordinarily tall ceilings, like the ones below.window_treatments_5We love the idea of a silk and linen stripe in a subtle pale blue and off white coloration. This pattern is dramatic, but will still be so compatible with the prints and graphic patterns we plan to use on the some of the upholstered pieces and pillows in the room. But more on that in a later post! Notice the multi-color tasseled fringe.window_treatments_6


window_treatments_8In the master bedroom, we wanted to add a little whimsy, so we’re hoping to fabricate a ruffled edge on the inside edge of  the panels. Shown in this photo are curtains from a Miles Redd room that we’ve admired for some time. In the New Orleans house, a more powdery aqua blue strie fabric will be the material selected.window_treatments_9



window_treatments_12In the library, we’ve selected a colorful floral print, so we’re proposing classic pinch French pinch pleat mounted on round edge return curtain rods. This photo is from a McGrath II interior, and a style we like to use in many different rooms. window_treatments_13



window_treatments_16In the grand long hallway of the house, there is a side window in need of a dramatic roman shade window treatment. We chose this graphic pattern to set the tone for what will surely be a colorful, happy home. More details to follow as they develop!window_treatments_17


  • James Taylor

    Awesome tips! Definitely plan to use some of these in my new dining room that I had furnished via Furnishr over at, these curtain tips are sure to add the final touches the room needs!