11.07.2011

bamboo curtain rods



we have a lot of bamboo growing around here.  normally i say it is the bane of my existence. it's the invasive kind and if we turn our back on it for more than a minute there is a good chance it would take over the house, it grows that fast.  but last year while thinning it out, i noticed that there was a small amount of black bamboo growing amongst all the green.  larry cut a few stalks of it and we set it aside and forgot about it.  this past week i was inspired by JOAN'S curtain rods in her bedroom of her amazing house in new hampshire.  her beautiful home was recently featured in renovation style magazine.  joan is the kind of woman that exudes style and grace and it comes through in her decorating.   so i thought...if it's good enough for joanie then it's good enough for me.   so we measured, cut and stained it.  i used the existing hardware and just laid the bamboo (which is hard as a rock) right into the brackets.  this is the result.  it wasn't easy to get good photographs of the curtain rods b/c of the lanterns and space.  but i tried my best.  the photos really are awful but i hope you get the idea.  it really isn't the kind of thing that hits you over the head when you walk in the room.  i'd say it's a subtle detail.  i'm still wondering what to do about finials, if anything.













despite these awful photos i'm linking to nita's


have a great week you guys.

xo
janet


46 comments:

  1. I think they're great photos. And I love the bamboo! It looks AWESOME. I want some.

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  2. It looks gorgeous! Love the bit of texture it adds. Great idea!

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  3. steve - i could go in business making these! send me your measurements.

    lisa - thanks, and that is exactly what it does irl, adds texture.

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  4. Good morning my dear Janet, just loving all your outfits in the previous posts, really you look gorgeous!!! and loving too the bamboo rods, and these are not ugly images, just great!!!
    sending you lots of hugs my dear

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  5. I love the bamboo curtain rods. They look great with those curtains. I once used a tree limb for a curtain rod but the effect was very woodsy. This looks upscale. Thanks for linking up.

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  6. I did this years ago but with blonde bamboo and sheers I tied on with raffia.

    One of my BFF's said it looked very Elle Decor. I don't think he meant it as a compliment.

    But the black bamboo with those curtains?

    I think even my friend would agree, looks tres chic.

    xo jane

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  7. Wow that looks great Janet, I love how you saw it, tootled outside and then just knocked it up.

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  8. they look great Janet! the stain you used is a beautiful color and looks perfect with the fabric. how about staining some small wooden balls for finials? I love the detail that finials provide for a room, and would love to hear of other's suggestions for you.

    happy week Janet!
    joan

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  9. Ingeniusly fab!
    I love it...it suits your decor so perfectly!

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  10. This looks fantastic! So much more interesting than the norm. You're very creative.

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  11. Awesome. We have tons of bamboo in our yard...going to cut some down.

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  12. Cool. Bamboo must be the one invasive plant that I DON'T have.
    xo

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  13. The bamboo looks perfect, I didn't know it grew in black. The texture is nice along with the rattan shades and the vase of twigs---great job!

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  14. Look really good, I don't think you need finials but I can see a natural twiggy looking bird (from a craft store or somewhere) perched atop the rod.

    You probably could go into business you know, we don't have bamboo in Az, and a few years ago I actually DID BUY some to do exactly the same thing. I had bamboo blinds and wanted a bamboo rod also, in our old house.

    Louise

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  15. Janet, I LOVE the bamboo... without the finials. It IS chic, perfect!

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  16. I love it. Whenever I drive past a pile of cut bamboo I think about grabbing some and doing something. I love the way it looks stained. I think you should go into business selling them :)

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  17. Looks fabulous Janet! I vote no finials, love it as is.
    xo~
    T

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  18. Love it. Absolutely.
    Karin@lifeinsmallchunks.blogspot.com

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  19. Gorgeous! I have bamboo rods too, but mine are a much lighter color. Hadn't thought to stain them...hmmm...now you got me thinking! :D

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  20. Looks just awesome Janet! Your living room is looking better and better... :)

    Linda

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  21. How clever are you?! The colour tones in perfectly with your curtains.

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  22. wow--great idea --i love things that are organic and natural and from nature!

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  23. I think it's fab Janet,especially with those pretty curtains! You're very creative,a standout result. I have some black bamboo in my tiny garden,but the most creative thing I've done with it so far is wave garden shears at it & threaten it with expulsion because of the leaf fall!x

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  24. Love them Janet, they're simple but interesting, and look great with those curtains that I covet! :)
    xo
    A

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  25. I know what to put in the end of the rods: lotus pods. We can thank Bunny Williams for that idea. Google 'Bunny Williams bamboo curtain rod' images and you'll see where I got the idea. I'm planning on using bamboo curtain rods in my living room, but I'm stuck on what to use to hang them--what kind of hardware did you use? Could you post a picture?

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  26. Yes! I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- every time I see pictures of your house, I say to myself, "Seriously?" So, so gorgeous and how cool that you were able to repurpose the bamboo. I think it looks perfect, as do your pictures.
    Camille

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  27. Love the look of the rods and your curtains too!

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  28. Hey Lady,
    Could you pack up everything in your house and send it all over to me.

    So what did I do today....totally copied you. :) except I used branches that were hanging from my trees out front. They're not as chic as yours but I love that they're natural and free.
    Yours go beautifully with your new curtains.

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  29. What a clever use of bamboo...
    I think your photos are just lovely. Your home looks neat as a pin too Janet, very worthy of sharing.

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  30. Janet,

    You are so clever...I didn't even know there was such a thing as black bamboo...the way you stained it is gorgeous and it looks perfect with your room, the curtains...really lovely.

    xo
    annie

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  31. Aw yes, I have seen this before. Years ago, my daughter-in-law made her curtain rods the same way. She actually came in from the woods, made the rods before my eyes, and hung the curtains!! I knew this Martha like woman would be a force in our family that we could only stare at in awe, lol. That has been true. Good for you, Janet. Very creative, and a bargain, too.

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  32. I am laughing because I did the exact same thing after seeing Joan's. However, I did not use finials. I rather like it without!

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  33. Stunning J and so inventive and Thriftastic.

    Love the inside of your house.

    It's always so calming.

    Have you ever had pets?

    How's the grey going? xxx

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  34. Not awful pics at all--at least not on my computer!
    I LOVE the bamboo rods. Touches of nature--blends so nicely with the big wicker basket and flowers. I just love your blog so much. It's absolutely THE BEST BLOG.
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  35. LOVE it!! What a great idea! And it adds some natural elements to the room. Now that I see your post, wish I had bamboo growing in my backyard!
    Leigh

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  36. Love this. And what a gorgeous blog. I could seriously cozy up with a cup of coffee and sit with it for awhile.

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  37. Beautiful! I would like a couple too please.

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  38. How wonderful, Janet! The bamboo works so well with those beautiful curtains of yours, a really clean and elegant result. x

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  39. Love it. Your house looks great. xo Terri

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  40. I LOVE this idea. There's something about having natural elements indoors that's grounding.

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  41. Janet, it's all about your keen instincts. You have that "eye" and memory for what you have seen and what you have on hand and voil! Bamboo curtain rods just right for your room.
    Linda

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  42. Wow. The bamboo beautifully compliments the curtain colors and design and adds subtle texture to the frame and is warmer than metal.

    You are amazing!

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  43. Beautiful! Now I'm going to have to say if they're good enough for Janet, they are good enough for me! Love your style!

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  44. Indeed. Bamboo grows fast, and that can get pretty annoying sometimes when there are some near home. On the other hand, they make good material for things such as shades or blinds. They have a very pretty look that can blend in the interior of a home.

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  45. Love it...I've been looking for Bamboo rods to hang my Burlap drapes. My girlfriend found your website and passed it on to my. Still trying to find out where I can purchase a pair.. I absolutely love decorating with natural products.

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