Amen to that, sister!
Christine Chang Hanway got it right in her article Remodeling 101: Simple Roller Blinds.
|Amy Lau Designs|
Midcentury architects did not think living spaces should have window treatments. They felt textiles detract from the pristine nature of the architecture. The window boxes in our home are unadorned of wood trim even, and this does add an austere symmetry to the rooms that draws attention to the spare lines of the walls and ceiling soffits. The rooms have a geometric grace that I am reluctant to disrupt, even with a fabric I love as much as Judy Ross's.
Midcentury architects, however, did not consider how much the large expanses of glass they loved so much would let in sunshine - and heat. Though most of our windows have a northern exposure, the light in the morning can be blinding and in summer the heat grows stifling before noon. Clearly we would need shades.
Which is why I turned to Ikea's Enje.
The Enje are made of a sheer fabric that filters light without completely blocking it.
We live on the top floor overlooking the rooftops of neighboring two-story tudor homes. So we don't have to worry about privacy, day or night. These would strictly be functioning as light blockers during the day, then when raised would simply disappear into the wall.
I had installed Enje before, when I lived in Ross's apartment in Sunnyside prior to our moving here. I love the spareness, the lack of cord, and smooth spring loaded mechanicals. Even the plastic pull on the aluminum rails is good-looking. They have the look and hand feel of a much more expensive product. And did I mention the price? $18-$35, depending on the size. A great deal for an apartment dweller who doesn't want to invest in expensive window treatments. But even as a homeowner who might spring for a more luxurious line, I didn't see anything out there that I liked better.
The only problem: the sizes. While most of our windows are standard 34" windows, the "bay" in the master bedroom has these 18" side windows.
The smallest size the Enje are available in is 23". But could I hack them down? The roller and rail are aluminum, which can be cut with a standard hack saw. The mesh would have to be removed from the roller and cut with a sewing scissors. It was certainly worth a try!
I'm generally not very good at stopping mid-project to take pictures, but I remembered to take a few this time.
Step 1: Remove the plastic end cap.
Step 3: Remove the fabric from the roller. (This was easy; the fabric glue remains on the fabric and makes reassembling the fabric to the roller quite easy later.)
Step 4: Pencil mark the roller and make your cut.
(Okay, I missed a few steps with my camera!)
Step 14: Sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy looking at your handy work.