Curtains, Affiliate Links, & Happy Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Friday!  This Friday is so much more glorious than the last because we finally have a couch to lounge on, and that makes movie night SO MUCH BETTER!  Even if we will have to watch the Peanuts Christmas movie yet again 😉

What are you up to this weekend?  I’ll be working on our living room, trying to find some pretty things for this space.  One thing I’ve been struggling with is curtains.  I had always imagined flowy white drapes (they just scream country to me), but now that I’ve gotten a glimpse, I’m just not sure.  Hung high or low, long drapes seem to distract from the millwork.  Perhaps no curtains at all is the answer (like Julia mentioned in last week’s podcast).  Or maybe something simpler like roman shades.  What do you think?!

The Grit and Polish - Living Rm Curtain 1 The Grit and Polish - Living Rm Curtain 2The Grit and Polish - Living Rm Curtain 3


One ‘behind the blog’ item I wanted to share with you today is that I’ve started using some affiliate links.  For those of you who don’t know, affiliate links are customized links to products that we use or love.  Those links allow this blog to receive a small commission when the item is purchased.  Affiliate links won’t affect what I use/recommend and don’t affect how much you pay for the item, so they seem like a win-win in my book…and a good first step towards making this blog profitable, a goal I set for the Grit and Polish last November.

DeVOL kitchens Instagram Inspiration

source, more on deVOL Kitchens in a minute…

Now on to the good stuff.  Grab a cup of coffee, and check out some great happenings from the internet this week:

There’s still time! Enter to win the Chris Loves Julia Lowes Spring Makeover and you could be looking at a new kitchen or bath!

Manhattan Nest is one of my all time favorite renovation blogs – do you follow it?  I cannot wait to see how this bedroom turns out!

The Academy Award nominees are out!  Have you seen La La Land yet?  I’m dying to watch it!

The most beautiful wedding.  Related: why am I still so obsessed with weddings?!

I’ve been looking for a stylish outdoor thermometer and this weather station fits the bill.  And yes, that was an affiliate link.  Just getting you used to the idea 😉

Old Home Love episodes are finally available online!  Now all you millennials can finally watch it (and yes, I realize I’m a millennial too).

In case you’re not already following the British masters of kitchen design (aka deVOL Kitchens), check them out.  And get ready for a healthy dose of kitchen envy!



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  1. I am onboard the no curtains train. 🙂 I am not 100% against them, but thus far, I have not found any that would enhance the beautiful millwork in our house vs. hide it. As for shades, I feel the same way. The upper portion of our double hung windows and yours too is the most decorative part. I just can bring myself to cover it up. Fortunately, we do not have privacy issues where we live. I do use a simple pull down shade in some of the bedrooms, but we use the shades more for heat control during the steamy summer than privacy.

    • “can’t, not can” Typos typos… 🙂

    • Yeah good point, I definitely don’t want to cover the top of the window! I’m leaning towards no curtain too. We don’t have privacy issues either and there’s a covered porch outside of both living room windows, so it stays pretty cool in the summer.

  2. I say no curtains – millwork is lovely and I like the dark – light contrast around the windows, almost like they are framed and hanging on the wall. We have no curtains in our living-dining room and all is well. I don’t think you should use anything shade-wise that pulls from the top, because don’t want to cover the beautiful top panel of the window. Perhaps go curtain-less, bring in furniture, rugs, wall deco etc and see what you think! You can always add them later if you find you want them!

  3. I have an old house with similar mill work and “feature glass” at the top of the window (mine is orange pebbled glass that makes my front rooms glow in the evening) and my solution was the cellular shades from Bed Bath and Beyond. They’re expensive, about $50 each for a normal sized window, but they provide some insulation from the cold, and “roll” up to almost nothing during the day so you hardly even notice they’re there. I’ve since added some curtains set wide against the windows as well that don’t hide the millwork, since I live in the chilly Midwest and drafts are a constant problem in the winter, but the shades are my first love!

    • brrrr I can imagine blinds are necessary in the Midwest. Our house is pretty cozy (a previous owner added insulation in the exterior walls) so that’s not too much of a concern. Blinds are definitely a decorative item for us

  4. I want to talk about those countertops on the Devol kitchen. I’m looking for something inexpensive right now (maybe the real deal in a couple of years.). Those wood countertops look like a chunk of raw wood, but wonder about the wear. Very pretty!

    Curtains – I say no. But you can always add them later if you feel like they would enhance everything else you have in the room. It’s hard to say without furniture, all you have is a blank room now (except those cute blurry kids!).

  5. Your windows are absolutely stunning as is that kitchen…Wow!

  6. I don’t think the curtains work because as you say, they take away from that beautiful millwork. And because you have those beautiful details on the tops of the windows, I wouldn’t put shades at the tops of the windows. So, an alternative option, if you’re looking for something on the windows (either for privacy or texture), could be either cafe curtains like this ( or bamboo shades half-way down the window like this (…

    • Do those links work?

    • Thank first link is a fun idea and one I hadn’t considered. Thanks for the suggestions!

    • I’m loving all these “no curtains / minimal curtains” ideas because I’m renovating an old house that has baseboard heaters under almost every window. Replacing the heating system isn’t in the cards right now, and my go-to floor length curtains would be a fire hazard. I’ve been stumped. Thanks for the ideas!

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