My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
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Kitchen Café Curtains

How are you today?
The sun decided to come out so I am trying to soak up as much of it as possible!
I am still carrying things from the cottage kitchen to the new kitchen at the Renovation Ranch...
             So it was the perfect day for it!
It's basically moving day but with a shorter distance to tote!

I wanted to share the new café curtains I made for the window over the sink.

They are made from the gauziest linen I could find in a clotted cream color.
I found the linen here, online a few weeks ago and was anxious to get them made...last week I had the chance while the plumbers were here.
Gray lines Linen is a New York Company that has the most amazing linens and at fabulous prices!
I have been using them for years at clients homes.

For the kitchen window project, I needed to keep things light and airy because this window faces north...
Making the kitchen feel a little dark.
I knew I wanted something classic and timeless and not too fussy.
So, I decided to use a French pleat style for the café curtain and a relaxed, fixed roman at the top.

After washing my new linen in very hot water and drying them in the dryer, I got to work.
This was the first time I have made a fixed roman without using a interlining and back lining and I am still not sure if they will hang right.
A fixed roman shade is basically a shade that does not adjust up and down. I like to use them when I don't want to lower them in the evening and...
It saves time and money when you are having them made by someone.

I used a simple nickel rod with clip hooks on the café curtains. Another first for me, I used the clips style rings and I like how they look in this installation.

In the Spring, my kitchen window looks over a very old lilac bush and I can hardly wait for May when it is in full bloom!

So, this is where we are on the kitchen project. We are thrilled with how it is coming along!
I need to get back to toting groceries and dishes from one house to the other but I will show you our new pantry soon!
Here's a sneak peak!

I'm still working on my chalk board!
Thanks for stopping by...
Have a wonderful  rest of the day!


  1. I love your kitchen redo. It's wonderful and I know you'll enjoy it for many years to come. I really like the curtains too.

    Enjoy ~ FlowerLady

  2. Those are so simple and sweet...airy and quietly romantic in their simplicity. They look wonderful- xo Diana

  3. Love the curtains and I love how your kitchen is shaping up. That view over the island and showing the open shelves...those open shelves just make the kitchen. What a brilliant idea to paint the chalkboard on the backside of a cabinet. I love that idea. I think I might just do that. Love your new kitchen. I never thought about doing pleats in the curtains and then hanging the from clips. I love to use those clips but I always just put them on straight across the top curtains...this looks even better. Beautiful stuff from you as always.

  4. Donna, everything looks wonderful and I know you must be thrilled having this finally accomplished. Now, have fun putting it all together!!

  5. Your curtains look just perfect. Giving you some light and some privacy. They look just lovely.

  6. Donna, I tell you, I am in love with that kitchen. The curtains are just right. You can still get light through them, not too heavy. I hope when your home is completed, that some magazine comes in and does a layout .I would buy it.:):) xoxo,Susie

  7. Donna,
    It has been a long time since I have stopped busy lately and by the looks of it so are you. You have a wonderful sense of style...your approach is so beautiful simplistic and chic my friend. I can't wait for May now so I can see your beautiful yard in full bloom.

    Smiles & Blessings,

  8. I just keeps getting more and more lovely! Fabulous job!

  9. flour tabasco milk...... what ARE you making? lol
    looks gorgeous dearie <3

  10. The light of day filtered through heart, my heart.

  11. Serenely beautiful. Your linen curtains are just the right touch. You are such a creative talented lady and I love following your posts. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

  12. Hello Donna,
    Thank you so much for your nice comment on my latest blogpost! Now I discovered your beautiful blog! It is amazing to see the work you already did at your house!It is so fantastic to see that people love renovating a home and can do lots of things by themselves! Congratulations! I am looking forward to your future post. Can we subscribe to your blog by email?
    Best wishes,

  13. Donna,
    It is me again. I have found the subscribe by email widget on your blog and I already subscribed to it!

  14. LOVELY! I want to make similar curtains for our kitchen window over the farm table. Great minds think alike. :)
    I have missed some of your more recent posts, Donna. We switched my computer over to a new operating system (no more Windows - yay!), and it is taking me some time to get acquainted with it and catch up with everyone's posts.
    Looking forward to seeing spring arrive in your beautiful potager!

  15. Beautiful! Thank you so much for the information. I've been searching high and low for fabric just like this. All your little details make your home so charming and one of a kind I must add.

  16. Hi Donna, I just discovered your blog on Pinterest via Des at Peeking Thru the Sunflowers and I am sure glad I did. I love your home and your blog and look forward to following... ~Kristie

  17. GASP! Just look at your kitchen! Oh my gosh, it is so beautiful. Every detail... woooowww... I love the counter tops, and the curtains are perfect. The light fixtures are amazing, the sink is to die for... the colors are beautiful... whoa, I know it was a long time coming, but it is must be so worth the wait...



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