We have 4 sets of double French doors they are 5'0" x 6'8". I need suggestions for blinds/treatments, whatever. I do want to be able to have the light come in as much as possible during the day. I'm not concerned with the transoms that are so high up but in the evenings I feel like we are in a fishbowl because this is where we spend the majority of our time.
(FYI= Pam is a friend of mine. we were friends when we both were single, and I was working in LA. - I spotted this question on Facebook- which is just lucky- because I spend so little time on Facebook. )
First, I want to say that little face in the second photo is adorable.
I would do two things with your windows.
1. Drapes- four sets in-between each set of French doors.
2. Blind or shade- outside mounted on the doors themselves.
From the peak at your home, I do not see much in the way of fabric, softness, pattern and color. I see brown leather and brown leather. I could be wrong, but in my experience, when I see a bunch of brown leather, I see a home where people are afraid to commit to a color palette, maybe concerned about making a mistake, maybe not knowing what to do, maybe wanting everything to be amazingly durable for children, but not making really fabulous design decisions.
Your window treatments are a great place to start. With all of that brown leather, use brown in your decorating. Don't pretend like it is a pair of denim jeans that your shirt doesn't have to match. You don't have to use a lot of brown, but at least a little.
Go with patterned drapes:
(these are from Pottery Barn)
I would do a fabric Roman shade on the doors.
What I wanted to find, but couldn't, was a photo of a shade like this:
but with yellow instead of red...
Then, for some unsolicited advice... to really have that room look amazing- let's wallpaper!
This paper is from one of my favorite books, Silhouettes by York.
OK- then I added a rug and some pillows...
You have a beautiful home- this will give you the punch.
I also want to make a comment about the transom windows. The placement of the sconces prohibit really including them in the draperies at all, which makes me not want to include them in the shades either. However, the rays of light that come in from the higher angles are actually the most damagining to your furnishings. You don't want those gorgeous kitchen cabinets to fade. If your windows did not come with UV protection, you should have a film put on them. It will reduce glare and protect your things, everything from your floors to your fabrics, from the sun's harmful rays.
The photo above is from Vista Window Film, a good reputable company. The last thing you want is peeling window treatment. ;-) (do I sound like a commercial? I am not sophisticated enough to have figured out how to have Vista pay me for this...)
For a great lesson in how to use color in your interior design- register for my webinar- this eveing- 6pm Pacific Time.