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Sheer Fun!

With the guest room newly decked out with a DIY sheer window covering, the townhouse is almost, officially, all about sheers.  Only the office is lacking sheers and, being right beside our bedroom, it looks strangely out of place (see photo below).  I love the silk panels, but they make the room look beige.  Take a look – same paint colour, same light, but the bedroom looks so much whiter than the office:

Here’s a better shot of the sheers in our bedroom, from a rarely seen angle:

Sheer curtains in bedroom

Even though the silk panels are pretty, I want the window coverings to blend into the walls more.  I think it makes the windows look bigger and the rooms looks brighter.  Plus, it disguises the fact that the townhouse windows are ALL different shapes & sizes. 

Beige silk curtains

Here is a snippet of the new fabric my mom & I picked out – it has more and less sheer sections so we are working on a more unusual system so the sheers will block more light when needed (I don’t want the sun shining in my eyes while I am at the office desk).  I’ll keep you posted as we figure out a system.

The new fabric.

See?  Sheer obsessed!  In addition to our bedroom, sheers hang in the L-shaped dining room & living room.  The guest bedroom, as you know, but also the front hall which has sheers similar to the guest room, fitted to the narrow window beside the door.

Sheers to the right of the door – same style as guest bedroom.
Close up of the living/dining room sheers.

Orange Tweed MCM Teak Chair



  1. Carol@TheDesignPages
    October 24, 2011 / 4:49 pm

    I love all the patterned and textured sheers that are available. I love using them as well for privacy and diffusing light. I just wish they could be called something new because people think of sheers as super old-fashioned.

  2. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    October 24, 2011 / 6:00 pm

    I agree! "Sheers" sounds so dated. Let's try to come up with a fun new name and see if it catches on . . .

  3. Erica
    October 25, 2011 / 4:18 am

    I love your the sheers! And your house, it's beautiful! Your living room is gorgeous, I'm in love with that chair and ottoman.

  4. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    October 25, 2011 / 4:17 pm

    Thanks Erica! I bought the chair and ottoman from kijiji, the online classifieds website. The pair was $400. The seller had the set professionally reupholstered (its vintage) so it was a really good deal because no work was needed!

  5. house no. 2
    October 26, 2011 / 4:18 am

    man, i'm in love with how light and airy your space is! the sheers and curtains make it totally delightful.

  6. house no. 2
    October 26, 2011 / 4:20 am

    may i ask what paint colours you've used throughout your home? it's probably on your blog somewhere, but i can't find it!

  7. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    October 26, 2011 / 4:39 am

    The sheers really help because, with the townhouse, we have so few windows so I try to keep EVERYTHING from getting in the way of any sunlight that tries to make its way in.Nobody has ever asked about the paint colour, so I never thought to blog about it but ask & I will deliver: Behr W-F-600 "Snow Fall" from Home Depot. We bought 5 gallon buckets and saved a ton of cash painting the house ALL in the same shade of white (except for one 1/2 bath). Paint is always listed as a "cheap" way to update a room, but to paint this whole house was about $800 in paint and supplies (but we did everything: walls, trim, doors, ceilings). So the bulk buckets of paint really helped our budget.Thanks for asking your Q. Keep 'em coming – I'm happy to answer any & everything.

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