Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Do you think the pendulum is swinging from modern, clean-lined elements back over to the soft and pretty side?  In the most recent issue of House Beautiful, I was/am completely captivated by Nick Olsen's design of this tiny-space New York apartment.

Image sourced from La Lampshade

  Lots of pretty elements were scattered about, like floral fabrics, soft colors, fresh flowers and painted furniture.  But what really caught my eye were those fun curtain panels with the pleated ruffles edged in emerald green!

which brought to mind these curtain panels I flipped for (pun intended :) in Elizabeth Mayhew's  "Flip for Decorating".
Similar pleated ruffles!

and also these I've noticed showing up in Miles Redd's recently published projects.

Image sourced from Matters of Style blog

Image from The Peak of Chic

Image sourced from The Peak of Chic

So there you have it - ruffled curtains are back in a new and sophisticated way!  Do you love them too?

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Kathysue said...

Hmmmm?!! Very interesting, I had not notice ruffled curtains, but now you bring up a very good point. I will have to think about this. I am not a ruffle type gal, not even on a pillow. I like a more tailored look. although I use to love my Aunts priscilla glass curtains with ruffles. it just went with her house. Very interesting Kim, Kathysue

Unknown said...

I've seen Miles Redd's. Everything he does just turns to gold. I'm not a ruffle person either, like Kathysue, but I liked this bedroom. These were so light and airy and the trim on the edge was so crisp.

I'm doing a great give away on my 8 ft. round wool Flokati!

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

My mom used to have mauve ruffled curtains, I am still traumatized. A no for me.

Town and Country Gals said...

I'm not a ruffle girl, like the more tailored look but don't mind them on the bottom and ruffles on some of the bed skirts, pillows etc, on the edges they brings back memories of all thosec ountry curtains from the
80's! Yuck!

My Interior Life said...

You know I have been tempted to blog about that Nick Olsen apartment in HB as well - loved it! EXCEPT, I wasn't sure about the ruffled curtains - I was enthralled with every other element especially the colors knocked my socks off. You think it's a coincidence that Miles Redd was Nick Olsen's former employer and mentor? I think not!

Abby M. Interiors said...

I LOVED those curtains. I actually read the whole article--which I usually don't do. ;-) I think that like most design elements, it all depends on the context. They can be so romantic and I love to mix romantic and modern together.

Jessie said...

I am also not a big fan of ruffles but I think it works in some of these spaces. I often gravitates towards more tailored and clean lines.


Karena said...

Hi Kim,

I do like the way the ruffled curtain works in a sophisticated fabric and setting, especially very long and elegant!

Art by Karena

Splendid Sass said...

Love the ruffles! The tiny apartment is amazing.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

not for me. But fringe is growing on me, oddly enough.

Heather (love your space) said...

LOVE. Ever since that Domino cover story where Miles Redd put pleated silk ruffles on half the drapes, inspired by an Oscar de La Renta gown, I've wanted an excuse to do something like this.

Interesting that it's so polarizing!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I say no now but I'm often a late convert to things that are different so ask me again in a few months.

Sharon Brown said...

Hi Kim -
Just wanted to stop by and say hi. I am just getting caught up on blog reading after falling behind these past 3 months. I have a cute, cute baby boy as a good excuse though! I have been enjoying your posts though most days I have the baby in my arms when reading and can't easily type a comment. Love the way your blog looks too. Now I've got to jump back into blogging myself.
- Sharon

Unknown said...

Lovely! The ruffled curtains look adorable.

Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers} said...

So funny I was just reading House Beautiful last night and I tore that first picture for inspiration. I love it!

Karen said...

I was just reading the article in HB you mentioned. Loved the curtains with the tiny ruffle trim, not too "girly" just a nice touch.

Jane @ the girl in the brick house said...

Not sure about the ruffles, to be honest - too frou frou for me. I think they can work though in some spaces - like those teal ones.

quintessence said...

I thought Nick Olsen's feature was fabulous. And I'm not normally much of a ruffle person either but in the right venue it can looks fabulous. Miles Redd's worked I think because the room was so over the top. I think I'd prefer it in a bedroom setting.

Fran said...

I do like them and was even further convinced when I saw Jennifer Eisenstadt use them in her bedroom. Like this post; forgot that Nick Olsen used them. See Jennifer Eisenstadt's home here: