{décor inspiration: balloon shades}

. . . whether always elegant silk or sumptuous velvet, billowing, pooled, or luxuriously layered, curtains & shades always add a layer of texture, depth and style to a space, and ever since rita konig's neo-english manhattan bedroom and hamish bowles' parisian grande hallway/drawing gallery {center}, have fallen for the elegant ruching of balloon shades, their romantic, old-world charm and the sense of grandeur they lend to any room . . .

{images: 1 - domino magazine via iffer's little nest; 2 - a previous post; 3 - country living}

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Blogger A Gift Wrapped Life said...

They never seem to go out of style unlike other window treatment styles........must be that ball gown vibe they have going on. These are positively wearable. XO

June 29, 2010  
Blogger Cara said...

i am totally in love with this look! Especially in bathrooms :)

June 29, 2010  
Blogger SBG said...

I love that couch bed in the the bathroom of that first picture. so summery and beautiful!


June 29, 2010  
Blogger Carpe Diem said...

I love these balloon shades...Shabby Chic sells a version of these for Target. However...custom balloon shades look the best.

June 29, 2010  
Blogger Stacey said...

Balloon shades are totally timeless. Love the ones featured here.

June 29, 2010  
Blogger Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

I paused for a moment on each photo, and pictured myself walking in them with a glamourous outfit on....so much beauty here. Thank you for leaving me dreaming today as always!


June 29, 2010  
Blogger Mary Nevin said...

balloon shades are so chic! love the photos!!

June 29, 2010  
Blogger this free bird said...

picture #2 is gorgeous beyond gorgeous - shades and all!

June 29, 2010  
Blogger Hannah said...

i love the balloon shades, they never go out of style!

check out my blog:

June 29, 2010  
Anonymous The Neo-Traditionalist said...

Hamish and Rita in one post?! I think I've gone to heaven! Love these shades---so girly and yet perfectly elegant.

xx Katie

June 29, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So gorgeous. They remind me of an long and elegant gown.

Hope you are doing well love.

oxox ^-^

June 29, 2010  
Blogger Marcus Design said...

So love these! All the images are lovely, and the balloon shades add such a glamorous touch. I also love the chevron pattern in the first photo! Sort a modern touch in an otherwise traditional room.

June 29, 2010  
Blogger Simone - honeyandfizz said...

I love the colours in the first picture. So calming:)

June 29, 2010  
Anonymous Julia said...

ohhhh beautiful! I love how the pictures you chose are each so different - at first I didn't even notice the balloon shades tying them all together...!

love your blog by the way, I have been reading for about a year now and never comment (as I am always reading at work and the comment box is blocked so unfortunately I cannot contribute to the discussion!) but I just wanted to let you know how when I am having a terrible day in a cubicle under fluorescent lighting I can always count on your wonderful posts to lift my spirits! Cannot thank you enough :)

June 29, 2010  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

carpe diem -- hadn't thought about rachel ashwell/shabby chic -- her version would be lovely!

rachel – always, always adore your visits – thanks so much xo

June 30, 2010  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

julia – am completely touched by the warmth and thoughtfulness of your lovely, lovely comment – thanks so much! you definitely made up for not having commented before with this one :)

thanks again & wishing you a beautiful rest of the week,

June 30, 2010  
Blogger Scorpion Disco said...

I hope one day I can have a house as beautiful as any of the photos your hunt down and post. Have you ever posted pictures of rooms in your own home? I'd be interested to see how you personally got inspired by the rooms you share with us.



June 30, 2010  
Blogger Hamptontoes said...

Just found your blog...it's nice! I love the shades and that first photo is amazing. The room in the first image is soothing...not sure what I would want to do first in the room...take a bath, look out the window, read a magazine on the settee or brush my teeth at the fabulous sink area!

June 30, 2010  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

scorpion disco – perhaps one day :)

hamptontoes – always lovely to have new visitors – welcome! and thanks for taking a moment to say hello


June 30, 2010  
Blogger Project Shannon said...

I love balloon shades. I have been looking for the right window dressing for my dining room - and I think of a set of these would fit the bill. Thanks for the inspiration photos!

June 30, 2010  
Blogger Islandia Lane said...

that second picture is part of my dream home ::sigh::

June 30, 2010  
Blogger D&D said...

hello chevron floor. please be mine.

June 30, 2010  
Blogger Allison - Simply Beautiful World said...

Simply fabulous! I think I need these! :)

June 30, 2010  
Blogger Lindsay With An "A" said...

I just love these dreamy images!! As always, you blog inspires me!


June 30, 2010  
Blogger Jane Flanagan said...

I'm crazy about these too Rita Konig put some in her bedroom also and I'm dying to do the same!

July 02, 2010  

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