I am sooooo excited. Really excited! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ve seen the many updates we’ve made to this space over the years. We’ve added open shelving, wall sconces, changed the lighting a couple of times – yes, more than once, because I have a lighting obsession – we’ve added new brass hardware, new barstools, and finally…our new custom roman shades from Martha and Ash!
I’ve put off covering our windows for 10 years! These shades are the perfect detail to finish off this space and I’m so excited to finally be sharing them with you! Well, finished for now, that is. I still have big dreams of changing our range hood and installing marble tile to replace the ceramic some day. For now, I can say it feels so much more complete with our gorgeous hand-sewn shades. Without further ado, please come and take a closer look! You will want some of your own too, I’m pretty convinced!
OUR GORGEOUS NEW ROMAN SHADES!
I’m in love. I still can’t believe I waited so long, but I must say it was well worth the wait. I wanted something classic and timeless with some traditional flair, but also a modern feel.
I decided on this beautiful linen blend fabric, in Bone, a soft white, the middle tone of three whites that Martha and Ash offers – Stark, Bone and Cream. I have many variations of white throughout our kitchen as you can see, so choosing the most neutral was important. I wanted to contrast the color of the shades with a statement-making grey trim detail that would also compliment our black kitchen island. I chose a neutral grey tape trim with a stitched pattern for some traditional sensibility and modern flair.
I also love how the pattern compliments our Chinese Chippendale stools…the perfect pairing. This tape is coming soon to the Martha and Ash website, but it is available upon request!
Aren’t they just beautiful? These flanking shades make such a statement on our statement wall! They add just the right amount of visual punctation over here with all of the white hues that are happening.
Over our farm sink, the large shade brings this whole space together. I wouldn’t say it was boring over here before, but there was some interest that was lacking. Now, it feels finished, and again, that graphic punch adds just the right amount of oomph this wall needed.I think the grey trim pulls everything together and grounds all of the different elements – the light, hardware and faucet are more complete visually. It’s amazing how something as simple as a roman shades can do so much! I’m still excited over here ;)
Roman shades are classic and they’ve long been a favorite of mine. I love the way our shades also tie into my vintage-inspired area rug, which also has different grey tones throughout.
Our built-in open shelves look that much better too! White shades would have been beautiful, but the contrast trim detail was a necessity in our space…like adding eyeliner or mascara!Our shades are made with blackout lining, which is perfect for us, and is a standard feature. There’s also the option of cotton lining as well.
I used a little trick and tucked my cords inside the shades for my photos, and my custom roman shades are made with a ‘cord lock’, which functions just like a standard blind. Cordless options are also available too!
All shades from Martha and Ash are sewn by hand in their shop in South Carolina, and they all come with an interlining, sewn in under the lining, making them plush and truly luxe in feel. I didn’t shoot this detail, but the finishing on the back is just as beautiful, with a gorgeous passementerie ribbon trim. Such an elegant and unexpected detail that I just love!You can have your own shades custom ordered too if you want! Just hop over to the Martha and Ash site and fill out the online form, under the Roman Shade section. Super simple.
Stunning with the island, right? I keep saying it, I know. But these truly are so fabulous! I’m all about a sophisticated and elegant look that’s also liveable and approachable, and our new roman shades fit the bill perfectly.
It’s amazing to me how much better our kitchen looks now from every angle, and to think I waited so many years to get this done! I’m happy I did wait though, because for the longest time, I didn’t know if I wanted an allover pattern, or if I should have them hang above the window to accentuate the height of the space.
I wasn’t quite sure about the right color to go with either, since I have so much blue throughout our home, and it’s my favorite color. Which, by the way, I almost chose instead of the grey. As much as I love my blue, I’m happy I went with this choice instead.
The neutral grey is perfect in our kitchen, I have black accents throughout our home as well – our island, and all of our interior doors are also black. Even though black trim would be beautiful, it needed to be a just a touch softer for me, so I decided on this beautiful warm grey, which was the perfect choice.That’s a wrap my friends! I hope you love them as much as I do! If you’re looking for custom roman shades, or drapery, you’ll want to head over to Martha and Ash, you’ll be so happy you did! Thanks so much for reading with me today, I always love to have you here and share what’s new with you! I have some more fun stuff on the way, so stay tuned! xo