A window of opportunity

The other day (over yet more book signing – yippee!!) I was discussing houses and décor with my partner in crime writing, Julia. She has recently moved house and is blessed with wonderful views of Dartmoor. Not wanting to obscure the views behind blinds or net curtains, she was telling me about the ‘window art’ she has discovered… hmm, interesting I thought, tell me more!

After living in a very old and dark farmhouse for the past 20 years, Julia wants to ensure she gets lots of light (and the gorgeous views) in her new house. She has opted for clear glass in her front and back doors, as well as patio doors and even her bathroom window! But to ensure privacy and to deter people, dogs and birds from colliding with the glass she has bought several designs of decorative window stickers.

I guess we’ve all seen the bird silhouettes you can stick on your patio doors to try and stop bird strikes, but if you look online there are a huge range of really lovely designs that transform glass to look as if it is etched.

All these images are from Metal Monkey, they have a huge range!

You can either buy frosted and decorative window film where there is a pattern or image cut out of the frosting (offers the most privacy), or you can go for the reverse, where you add a frosted design onto plain glass. While rummaging around on the internet, Julia came across some wonderful designs from Metal Monkey, the most expensive about £18 while the majority were under £10. It’s a very reasonable way to add a lovely design touch to what used to be a rather ‘utilitarian’ look and often involved buying whole new panes of glass and the expense of having them fitted.

Photo: Brume.

Julia has opted for modern designs to reflect the style of her house, but also kept them very ‘natural’ to compliment her lovely countryside surroundings. She has bees and birds for her patio doors, mostly to stop her dog Moss from squashing her nose on the glass when she forgets they are closed, and some lovely allium-inspired designs for her main doors. Oh, and some lovely Japanese leaping carp for her bathroom window! Can’t wait to see the finished results!

Jewel-like stained glass film from Brume. Photo: Brume.

One of the suppliers Julia came across is called Brume, and they are actually based just down the road from me here in Devon! They have some lovely contemporary designs as well as more traditional ones. As well as the frosted stickies, they also make the most gorgeous stained glass colours. Their coloured transparent window film can give you the sophisticated look of traditional stained glass without the costs and installation problems. And of course, if you decide to have a re-design, you can easily remove your stained glass window sticker and replace it with a different colour that reflects your home’s new look.

I must say I do fancy having a bit of a play with the stained glass idea… Have any of you already tried something Like this, I’d be interested to hear how you got on!

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  1. kittikat says:

    What a lovely idea Joanna. I did come across some ideas on Pinterest – especially as ideas for rented property – easy to apply, easily removed when you leave and no mess. The idea of stickers with designs is great. 🙂 Kate

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  2. Pearl Farrier says:

    Thank you for this Joanna, lovely ideas. I once gave my kitchen door a ‘stained glass’ look based on the TV programme ‘Third Rock from the Sun’. I liked their kitchen window and spent ages trying to get some pictures of it from the TV screen. I did eventually make up a plan on paper and managed to get it onto the door of my kitchen, which I was very proud of, using pretend lead and glass paints. I must try to find the pictures. But when we extended the house – to give me a craft room, the kitchen door with stained glass was no more. That was about 10 years ago and although I still have the original paper design, I still haven’t managed to make it up onto the new kitchen glass door. One day maybe eh! I’m too involved with creating with paper and craft dies these days.

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    • Joanna Sheen says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Pearl. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to have a go with these coloured films, pretty quick and can be removed and re-used! joanna

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