The power of tweed

Curtains really are a good thing. In our new home we’ve spent money and time and using valuable space to internally insulate. We couldn’t do it externally because the render or harling in Scotland was so flaky but when you need to think of frozen, snowy, icy winters you need something. So we have it but guess what it’s not completely sealed to the doorways. The wind has been howling and gusting around the house and surprise surprise round our double glazed Norweigian front door. We need to do something about the harling – it’s not in good shape. But I had thought we had until the spring. But now, its an integral part of the fabric of the house. No matter how ugly!

IMG_2139 This is our bedroom window. We made the curtain rods out of copper plumbing pipe, and I added the shoe lasts when I couldn’t find anywhere else to put them![/caption]

IMG_2141 The fabric is Aberdeen Sea from Moon. And I think they really did get the feel of the cold North Sea[/caption]

We have spent a lot of money in this house making it warm from the actual building fabric in. In our previous place a lot of it was spent on adding things – thick curtains, internal insulation in places. So now we have little (or no) money to spend on the internal bits and pieces. Luckily though our curtains from before have moved right in. OK perhaps there is a bit more of a skirt than would be ideal for the amount of dust and dog hair running around here but they are managing to cover the windows (and door) well. And they keep out the light in the summer (it makes small children feral!) Our windows are so much smaller here that we only have one curtain per window rather than the double we had before. It makes an interesting aesthetic, slightly lopsided. But interesting is what we like! They are thick tartan lined with thermal lining and wow I’m so glad I spent the money when I did. However I do feel a bit guilty that we replaced them in our old house with wafer thin curtains!

Yes the curtain does cover the picture when it’s open but it doesn’t when it’s closed so it’s like discovering something new every evening! (Or during the day like yesterday when the wind HOWLED)

Bute Island fabric across the draughty door

Friends in South Africa use heavy curtains – not quite woollen tweed but lined cotton ones. They live where it gets over 40degrees C in the summer and down to about freezing in the winter and they use their curtains as much as we would. The difference is how. They close their’s during the day in the hottest and coldest weather to keep in/out the heat respectively. In the summer the curtains are open (when the lights are off) to allow the cold night air to replace any hot air. It really works. And looks great to boot.

Author: Burmieston Farm and Steading

I live in Scotland with my husband, sons, mum and dog. We have a small bit of land with geese, sheep and chickens and a farm building we have renovated into accommodation. I don't like doing things just because that's how they have always been done, particularly if they have negative impacts on the wiser environment. I firmly believe in the ecology of life - we and all of creation are all connected. We have to be conscious of our actions. This blog is about giving alternatives to the accepted way of doing things when it comes to interiors and building. I'm not particularly handy so the solutions have to involve other people who may not have the same ideas. But that's a plus because I'm out to find solutions everyone can use and integrate into whatever your 'normal' is.

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