Magazine article Sunset

Versatile Matchstick Blinds

Magazine article Sunset

Versatile Matchstick Blinds

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An easy window treatment rises to the occasion

Matchstick blinds in such natural materials as reeds, grasses, rattan, and bamboo are becoming an increasingly popular al ternative to curtains and shades. Widely available, these versatile, functional, and decorative window coverings are lighter than traditional curtains, and their natural colors soften the tone of a room.

Designer Nikki Parr adapted standard rattan blinds for the sitting room of the decorator showcase home shown here. She glued a silk border trim to the bottoms of the blinds and added ornate tassels at the top. These simple touches draw the eye to the windows and make the blinds more prominent. Without embellishment, they would have been overpowered by the red walls. INTERIOR DESIGN: Nikki Parr, ASID, Stephen Miller Showroom, Redwood City, CA (650/363-8858)

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Ready-made matchstick blinds for standard-size windows are available at home stores such as Cost Plus World Market and Pier 1 Imports. …

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