Rideaux de porte- door curtains

I though you might like to see my  “new” door curtains.

You may recall that we have a “Jack & Jill” shower room on the second floor at the French village house.

We now have functional locks on the access doors to both bedrooms so that potential embarrassment is nailed, the glass is obscured and there are metal decorative grilles on the doors, but I always intended to have curtains to pull across.

They make the rooms look so cosy at night and you all know that I love my fabrics and textures and colours.

The tulip room needed a heavier curtain as one can see right into the shower room from the bed. This one was made for the front door of my Georgian (1762) cottage in the UK and had to be lined and interlined and carefully weighted as there was only a tiny porch between the sitting room and the street! It was made up beautifully by one of my most experienced sewers when I managed a soft furnishings store over 20 years ago, so may qualify for vintage. It’s a dull tea coloured silk damask with an almost white cotton overweave which solves the perpetual quandary  where certain creams and certain whites don’t always work together. These do.


In the terrace room, a lighter curtain is fine. As both sides of the house are at different levels (do keep up!) there are a couple of steps cut into the thick wall to access the shower room from that side . I used an unbleached bought French cotton/linen curtain as the main fabric and it was the perfect excuse to add a border in this wonderfully OTT faux taffeta fabric with scattered sparkly bits attached.

I found this fabric in teal and bronze colourways in the UK (Dunelm Mills) and used that to make beaded and bordered  Moroccan style curtains for the Argeles apartment.

I couldn’t resist buying metres of the dusky, dirty grape colourway also; but full curtains in this fabric would have been overkill at Campagne, so just this mix of rough, rustic, natural and  the quirky boho glamour fabric is perfect I think.







About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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21 Responses to Rideaux de porte- door curtains

  1. Piddlewick says:

    Love reading about your undertakings. I too love fabrics and textures, the richness, colours, workmanship…

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  2. Osyth says:

    Both are exquisite … each fits its purpose and enhances its place and that is the most important balance in any interior project. In my humblest of humbles, only 🙂

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  3. francetaste says:

    The dusky grape (love that description) is gorgeous. So are your repurposed damask beauties.

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  4. Ellen A. says:

    Yes, that deep violet is a great touch!

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  5. I recently learned the word portières for curtains hung in doorways in Victorian and early 20th Century houses. I guess this French word, like entrée, has a definition in (possibly only American) English that’s not the same as in French?

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