Beyond the beaded curtain

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Permalink

It is universally known and acknowledged that I have exquisite taste and am (most certainly) a doyenne of interior design and all-things-housey.*

Since moving from my lovely but navy / brown /forest green apartment in the city to the beach a year ago I have… adopted colour. In fact – colour is my current BFF. (Pictures below and apologies to former BFFs for I am indeed fickle!)

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I have also previously shared with you, my predisposition as an ‘ideas’ girl. Widely known as an expert problem-solver, I am also a creative genius*. Yes it’s true, although I’m sure you require little convincing if you are a long-term reader.

However, I may *ahem* have also previously confessed that I struggle a little on the follow-through. Many an idea has fallen by the wayside (my ingenious ‘Apps’) or required the assistance of others (covers for my TV and computer).

I’ve also relied on my cult-like followers readers for ideas or reassurance of my genius (the blanket and fairy lights come to mind!). And… I have to admit – I’m again seeking your counsel. (Note when I say that I’m actually expecting you all to confirm my good taste and encourage me to continue with this venture.)

My apartment is smallish and long. Because I’m on the beach I often have a gorgeous breeze blowing through the place. I can open my lounge and bedroom doors onto the verandah AND the back screen door which leads to the partially corridor I share with 3 others (liftwell and stairs etc). However – for reasons unknown to anyone but the original architect – on entering my apartment there’s a small ‘wetroom’ (my junk room and place I dump my keys, shoes etc). It serves little purpose and has glass louvres set in place so it’s not able to be sealed off, but it is secure etc. You can enter the second bedroom from sliding doors in the wet room and there’s a glass door separating it from the rest of the place. I keep the door open unless I have the aircon on and want to seal the place off completely.

doorAnyway…. (now I’ve set the scene!) anyone passing by my back door (which really only involves one apartment which is a holiday rental) can look in.

They can’t see much because of the angle (pic to right) but I sometimes feel a tad exposed when sitting on the sofa scoffing delicately consuming my dinner at night. And as a result I have come up with the fabulous idea of a ‘curtain’ of sorts for the glass doorway.

Do you remember the beaded curtains of the 70s? Perhaps you’ve seen updated versions – which is exactly what I’m thinking. I’m yet to work out how / where to hang it that allows the glass door to be closed when I have the airconditioner on; but essentially I’m thinking that it needs to be something which permits the breeze to flow through the apartment but offers a teensy bit of privacy. And of course (and most importantly) it needs to be pretty.

I can’t really get anything beaded/chime-y because it’s often VERY breezy and anything like that would jingle and drive me to distraction. So, I’m thinking of attractive chiffon strips or ribbons. Perhaps with the occasional bead threaded on randomly to weigh them down a little.

After I started googling I found a heap of options – though very few that were available to buy.

As a result (and sadly for patient people like my mother who’s had to save me from my own genius in the past) I’m thinking I could make something.

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Your thoughts? Am I a genius or not?
Any other suggestions?

* Very possibly sarcasm. And / or a big fat lie.

  • Char
    December 10, 2013

    I’m going to be honest – I don’t like it. Sorry. It looks a little scrappy, says me who’s curtain has been shredded by the dog – but I think this makes me an expert on scrappy curtains. Why not a curtain that’s easy to pull to the side? Or made of fabric that has cut-outs? I’ve seen some on Pinterest that are really quite nice.

    But just remember that this is only my opinion and you’re welcome to say that my taste comes from a place where the sun doesn’t shine. I won’t be offended.

    • Debbish
      December 10, 2013

      Well… I won’t go that far Charmaine (re your taste) but… I’m actually not sure a real curtain would work there as there’s no space to pull it aside. It’s just a door pace and the door opens inwards. I also think a full curtain would close the space off a bit too much. It’s more of a ‘separating’ feature I’m after. I think. 😉

  • Amy Boyd
    December 10, 2013

    Its very different, I cant decide if I like it or I hate it I am in 2 minds. I like that it is different and would definately add some color and drama to a space, but then a part of me thinks it would just look to scrapy and out of place. hmmmmmm a tough one

    • Debbish
      December 10, 2013

      Yes I’m not sure… It’s currently more a doorway than anything. I might have to try it and see!

  • Josefa @always Josefa
    December 10, 2013

    Perhaps keeping the concept but making it more uniform may work better? maybe all one colour, or all one design (polka dot or stripe?) I do love your view and the idea of that ocean breeze x

    • Debbish
      December 10, 2013

      Yes the view is stunning. I’m right on the water with nothing in front so I’m very lucky!!!

      And yes I should have mentioned… I don’t think I’ll go multi-coloured, unless it was just a couple of colours.

  • Jackie
    December 10, 2013

    Go for it, I am going to buy one for our place – I found the perfect one a beaded curtain with a kombi on it – check out – have awesome ones which the majority of people I know say they look real 70’s, well hey I like the 70’s and I am going to get one soon 🙂

    • Debbish
      December 10, 2013

      Oh, I like the Tardis one! I probably need something a bit less ‘solid’ as I don’t want to shut out any light!

  • Jess
    December 10, 2013

    I kinda like it! I think a more uniform colour or perhaps one colour different shades would look awesome.

  • Janet @ Redland City Living
    December 10, 2013

    How about one made out of macrame like strings???

    • Debbish
      December 10, 2013

      Hi Janet and I’m not too sure about macrame…. though I remember making some lovely hanging pots back in primary school! (I suspect my mother may still have one lying about the place!). I did read that macrame was kinda ‘in’ again!

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    December 11, 2013

    You are a genius yes but I am not tjerefore I have no advice! I’m a simple girl though, straight lines a few colours NOT SPOTS!! 😉 xx

    • Debbish
      December 12, 2013

      I actually love the multicolour approach but like it better in the window pic than the door… so I won’t be going too crazy!

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