The French Country style has always been a favorite of mine, so I was excited when a client approached me wanting to do soft fabric shades for her French country home. She selected a beautiful Greenhouse Designs linen print in sea foam greens, tans, golds and chocolates. We decided on the relaxed London shade style for the kitchen window above the sink and constructed this first. This shade creates fullness by the addition of 20” of fabric to the finished length of the window so that when the shade is not drawn it will still contain gathers at the
base. We added a one inch box-pleated ruffle to the bottom of this shade for some extra punch!
When we moved on to the breakfast room, we decided to change it up a bit to the flat roman shade style. When I constructed these shades wooden slats were inserted along each row of rings for added weight, durability, and to help the pleats “memorize” their folds. Once the shades were finished, we decided to add a bit of flair and made
the same type of box-pleated ruffles for the bottom edge, only this time using burlap. The results were just adorable!