Friday, July 26, 2013
Up, Up and Away
So, what do we think of balloon shades?
I ask myself this question whenever I ride in a taxi down Park Avenue, because as you might have noticed, there are quite a few apartments that have windows festooned with balloon shades. In fact, there was a time when balloon shades made appearances quite often in both homes and in shelter magazines. But today, they are rarities, perhaps owing to the fact that they require expensive fabric yardage and labor. Then again, their scarcity might be explained by the gradual paring down in decor that has occurred over the past few decades. Whatever the reason, I do think that there are some balloon shades that still have appeal today. (Take a look at those by John Stefanidis, seen both above and below. He did an excellent job designing balloon shades.)
So, what do you think? Blast from the past? Or classic window treatment?
The three photos above show rooms decorated by John Stefanidis.
In the home of Manuel Canovas
Room by Mark Hampton
David Mlinaric decorated the three rooms above.
A room by Keith Irvine. Appropriate that the chapter title reads, "Park Avenue Perfection".
Photos: #1-3, Rooms by John Stefanidis; #4 from The French Touch by daphne de Saint Sauveur; #5 from Mark Hampton by Duane Hampton; #6-8 from Mlinaric on Decorating by Mirabel Cecil and David Mlinaric; #9 from Keith Irivne: A Life in Decoration by Keith and Chippy Irvine.