Monday, January 23, 2012

Stripes Everywhere! Vintage Home Decorating Ideas

So I am absolutely dying to make curtains like these:

These are specifically made for a kitchen as they are much shorter than what I would do. I have curtains that desperately need replacing  in my living room (the front picture window) and this project is definitely on my list. It's daunting though because each curtain will have to be around 4 ft. by 6 ft. Yikes!

 I also would sort of update this look by using more subdued hues like a pale green and a pale, sheer blue. This would be fun to try on a much smaller scale - like a kitchen window in this photo. (Photo credit: The Complete Encylopedia of Crafts, Volume 1 from 1975.)

For anyone in Chicago, a great place to find lots and lots of cheap fabric is Textile Discount Outlet. Go there with some time on your hands as there are 3 warehouse-sized floors of fabric, notions, etc. and always check their hours!

Another fun home idea is this, though I may be the only one crazy enough to actually do this:
(Photo: Living for Today by Karen Fisher - a book from 1972.)

You could do this now with a decal sort of thing, but paint might be easier with something on such a large scale. I can't personally imagine sticking a 9 ft long, diagonal stripes decal on anything, but painting is another story.

Apparently, hard-edge designing with masking tape was a popular thing - (it's cheap and impressive!) and is less boring than just a simple one color paint job on your walls.

See tutorial here from that same Complete Encylopedia of Crafts:

I love the idea of paint on the window on the 2nd page here - most likely, you would have to remove it with a razor blade if you move (this tip is mostly for renters) but if it's your own home, I don't see why not. I may test this on the window in the sewing room as that window needs to be replaced.

And how cool are the stripes above the door frames?! We have arched doorways in my house that would be amazing and would end up quite rainbow-like. Hopefully my landlord will not hate this idea.

The question is now... who wants to help me come paint my house?

Happy painting if anyone should try this. Oh, and post photos! I'll post some when (if?) I do this. The curtains will happen, walls may not.


  1. Love those curtains! After your done, can you come to my house and sew me some? Ha!

    Fancy Napkin

  2. Erinn, I may soon have some for sale on the Etsy site! Check back and I will post on here when I have some new items up!


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