September 17, 2010MCM Home Improvement-Bamboo Curtains
By Sablemable aka Jan
When we bought our 1955 ranch, my mind began to imagine the interior decor-what colors and textures would I use; what furniture and accessories? We have all anguished over this (and still do!), but I wanted to make my husband, Bob, feel like he was in a tropical paradise in the middle of a harsh, Michigan winter.
I had found some bamboo drape panels, roman shades and tiers at Brylane Home and ordered them in a natural with dark brown.
After I made my purchase, I realized that I had not researched using bamboo during the Mid-Century Modern era and promptly scolded myself for acting in haste. But I redeemed myself when I discovered that yes, bamboom panels and curtains were used in MCM homes!
Montogomery Ward’s Fall and Winter catalog for 1957 carried matchstick bamboo window treatments. The cafe curtains below came in all of the most popular colors of the time, like pink and turquoise. They priced from $2.98 to $4.98 according to size. The matching valance was $1.98.
The Spring and Summer Sears Catalog for 1959 also carried bamboo curtains in the fashionable colors of Ming Blue and Frosty Pink. Prices ran from the lowest of $3.74 up to $29.95 depending upon the length of drapery needed. The valance came at $.47 a yard, color matched to your drapes.
Then actually, I did A-OK on buying my bamboo curtains! The tiers will be hung on the window over the sink and the window in the dining area. Long bamboo panels will decorate the sliding glass door leading to the sunroom.
Since these photos had been taken, the hanging light over the eating area has been replaced with a beautiful brass finish pull-down light. The matching ceiling light was replaced with a round fluorescent light, which is period correct, but I also had it installed because I like to cook and I need good lighting to read the recipes.
The cabinets will be sanded and finished in blonde wood tones and the cabinet hardware will be replaced with the brass finished dish-shaped knobs (you can see a set of them on the cabs over the fridge).
If you’re thinking of using bamboo in your MCM home, go ahead; they were made for each other!