Garage Glamour

Greetings from Georgia, where my husband Charlie (aka the Dear Husband) and I are enjoying our annual visit over Thanksgiving with my twin Diane and her Dear Husband, Ed. As usual I have a home dec project to work on and this time the site is the garage, of all places.

Several years ago Diane bought a pair of beautifully made custom valances at a garage sale (how appropriate), although I’m certain the valances initially adorned an interior room. The valances featured a charming toile print with a gathered ticking stripe underneath. After years in the garage the striped ticking disintegrated from exposure to sun streaming in through the windows but the tailored valances survived. Take a look:

Diane framed vintage images of scenes from Portland and the Columbia River Gorge to remind her of her native Oregon:

But I digress. Here’s a close-up of one of the valances:

Now it’s time to replace them. (By the way, have you ever seen such a clean garage? Mine sure doesn’t look like that!)

Last week my twin and I went shopping not only for her valances but for valances I am going to make for our stepmother — my next home dec project. Diane and I found fabrics for both at the very first place on our list. This is Diane’s valance fabric, a lovely floral linen print:

The plan is to make valances that are softly gathered at the top and bottom and to accent the rod pocket with grey grosgrain ribbon. I’m going to line the valances with whiteout fabric to add body and protect the linen from the ravages of the sun.

And what of the valances we took down? They are still in good shape. And we have an idea on how they might be repurposed elsewhere in Diane and Ed’s home. Subject of a future post, no doubt!





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9 Responses to Garage Glamour

  1. Charlie says:

    Clean garage. Valances a very good fit. Cars occupying space here must be very happy.

  2. Karen Sandberg says:

    Always fun to be with a twin. I have one too and we celebrated a “significant “ birthday together this year. I quilt and she makes beautiful baskets. I say she quilts with reed. Enjoy your time together.

  3. Sandi says:

    Beautiful fabric for the new valances! I hope you’ll show the finished ones. Hugs,

  4. Lisa says:

    Wonderful project! Great fabric choice! I can’t wait to see the finished look. Thank you for posting pics of the garage! It is something to behold and I miss seeing it! Much love and happiness to all of you this Thanksgiving! ♥️

  5. Kristi says:

    Have fun on your Thanksgiving vacation! You will enjoy making new valances with the beautiful new fabric. I think I could live in Diane’s garage! Happy Thanksgiving

  6. Vickie Rooks says:

    That can’t be a real garage! Amazing! Good luck with your home dec project. Happy Thanksgiving to the four of you!

  7. johnsonkae says:

    I can’t believe that’s a garage! What the ?!?

  8. Glenda DeMoss says:

    I cannot believe that is a garage! Obviously not used for parking cars!!

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