Sunday, January 25, 2015

Form Follows Function (I'm Not Lazy, Swear!)

Most of us have heard the quote "form follows function." Maybe you're better informed, but I was unaware that the original quote (which is technically "form ever follows function" and is attributed to American architect Louis Henry Sullivan)  had more to do with efficiency and construction profit margins than poorly chosen billboard fonts and prohibitively ornamental bathroom faucets.

Regardless of the original spirit, the saying is apropos to any form of design. So that's what we're going to talk about. And specifically, we're going to discuss my bedroom. The blinds. And how I don't want to cover them in fabric anymore.

(Side note: I'm going to make a scientific hypothesis here and say that fabric left at rest stays at rest.)


Okay, yes. I realize that it sounds like I'm just being lazy. But hear me out: my laziness was actually a blessing in disguise, because it allowed me to live with the blinds for a bit. (I hung them before Christmas so that when I covered them I could just pop them right back into their mounting hardware, easy peasy.)

During this past month, I realized that my bedroom window coverings need to both provide privacy and let in natural light; the window is street-facing and it's a darker room. If I cover the blinds with fabric, I will achieve privacy but I will lose the delicious filtered morning light that I find so precious in my east-facing room.

No matter how pretty the fabric is, or how great it would look, I can't sacrifice the function simply for the sake of a beautiful window. That would be foolish. So now I'm not sure what to do. No window coverings at all? A small tailored valance? What are your thoughts?


  1. What about making curtains instead? You could do 3 panels (left, middle - to cover up the post/frame between the windows, and right), and hang them higher than the windows for extra height and visual appeal. Then you could close the curtains when you feel like it, or let in that beautiful light, but it would still soften your windows and add another layer in your bedroom.

    1. I've tossed that around, but I'm concerned soft curtains wouldn't look tailored enough for what I was going for. Still might do it, though!

  2. I like privacy. I have curtains everywhere and I love them. What about a double rod? you could have sheers on the back that would let you enjoy the morning light and some thicker curtains on the front that would give you privacy at night. Ikea has pretty cheap curtains and they look good.

  3. Hi Anna--I miss your blog! I always enjoyed your posts and love your style. I hope all is well!

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  10. Lace instead of "fabric" to cover the blinds. Pretty without sacrificing the light, and create your curtains around then you have the function you desire and an achievable look that appeals to your style.


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