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If anyone could help me I would so appreciate it. I have always loved the look of drapes that surround the enterance to a dining room, or living room. I have seen pics of this in some magazines, like pottery barn, but not a lot of people do this. We have an old home (1910) and lots of wood trim so I want to warm it up by hanging drapes on either side where the living room opens into the dining room. Is this considered acceptable?

Hi Julie,

Thanks for writing.  Not only is it acceptable, it is the only way people in the era of 1910 divided their spaces. Since the woodwork is probably precious, I'd opt for as little hardware for the draperies as possible.  If you find tension rods that work, that would be preferable.  There are also some great rods put out by Kirsch that "swing" in and out.  That would allow you to flank each column without closing off the room.


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