A lively white and poppy red print called “Provincial” diminished the bad points of an awkward space when it was converted into this family room back in the early 1960s.
At the dining end of the room, shown here, a scalloped canopy tempered the sudden change in ceiling heights by suggesting a skylight overhead.
For the remodel, the red beams were erected first, then the fabric was hung on rods and tacked to the ceiling in lavish swags to simulate an enormous shade.
A working shade pulls down over the real window at night. Beams, one wall, and cabinet moldings were painted in a poppy red/orange color — which also matched the framed poppy print.
The gold sunburst mirror art on the far wall was an marvelous vintage detail, and emphasized the warm wood tones of the dining table and the other wooden furniture in the room.
At the other end of this fab family room, panels of the fabric were gathered onto a folding screen to conceal a narrow, unattractive window, yet let in some light. A matching screen in the opposite corner hid a fuse box, while a corner that was originally a laundry was remodeled into a compact bar.