Modern Influence on Window Coverings

Consumers have embraced a more simple style of decorating windows. This contrasts sharply from what you would have seen years ago when very traditional styles were popular. Some would call it fussy, over styled, opulent or even gaudy. The drapery of the past, and I’m old enough to remember, consisted of swags and jabots, cornices, lambrequins, and multiple layers of fabric. First came the sheers, then panels, and finally a valance or cornice would finish… Read more »


Tips for Furniture Spacing

There are a few helpful rules when it comes to furniture placement and spacing. You want to create a feeling of coherence in a room but it is important not to overcrowd pieces. The flow of a room is critical for creating comfort as well as good aesthetics. Here are a few key tips to follow as you plan your furniture layout.

There should be a minimum of 2 1/2 feet of space between the couch and other… Read more »


How to Choose Art for Your Home

It is a very common question that is asked. People want to know how to choose the right artwork for their home. There is no simple answer, and the reason is that art is very personal. It should reflect your personality and create a mood. Art should give off a vibe that works along with your other decor and home furnishings.

Love the art pieces you choose, as you will look at them daily…. Read more »


Should I Puddle my Drapery Panels?

I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the term “puddling” in drapery lingo. It’s a funny term but it is a feature to be decided upon when getting custom drapery for your windows. Puddling is the result of the excess fabric length when lies on the floor. I ran across this question recently and I thought about what I would advise if I were consulting today.

When I last decorated our home I… Read more »


Flower Power in Home Decor

Flower power in home decor is the impact fresh flowers make in a room. It is a simple and affordable way to liven up any space. Flowers are so pretty, you can’t really go wrong.

Finally, my wall of hydrangeas are blooming. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but my hydrangea bushes are over 20 feet high. What is so nice is that I can cut a ton of blooms and you… Read more »


Window Treatments, Which Option Works for You?

Simple drapery panels

When you think about all of the options for window treatments on the market, there are three main categories to choose from. There are readi-made curtains and drapery purchased at retail, custom made window treatments contracted through a design professional, or there is a “do-it-yourself” option. Let’s look at how they differ and see what might be best for your decorating project.

Readi-made curtains and valances tend to be much less expensive than custom-made… Read more »


How to Place Area Rugs

An area rug is a very important unifying element in a room scheme. It can pull a room together, or if not chosen correctly, it can disrupt an otherwise harmonious design plan. The most important purpose of an area rug is that it should anchor the furniture. Aside from the aesthetics, there were some questions I had on the rules of rug placement. From reading various articles on the matter, here are a few… Read more »


Refreshing Spring Decor

With the spring finally here and summer soon approaching,  I like to plan on making some changes to my decor to go along with the warmer weather. Here are some “refreshing” spring decorating ideas that can lighten your look and brighten your mood.

Take down those heavy drapes and let the light brighten up your room. Instead, use pretty sheer panels. They can still give some privacy while letting light filter through. It’s a great… Read more »


Spring Forward and Refresh Your Decor

Spring is finally here so spring forward and decorate your home! You can see the new buds blooming and smell the sweet floral fragrances in the air. Pretty soon we will be opening up our windows daily to enjoy the fresh warm breeze. Spring is a great time to refresh your decor too. The excitement of the new season motivates me. Take look around to see what you can do freshen up your decor.  Here are some simple ideas to bring in the spring.

Bring… Read more »


Get The Look of Custom Window Treatments For Less

I began my career over twenty-five years ago designing and selling custom window treatments and I must say, the ready-made market has come a long way since then. But even today, with the variety of options available, custom made window coverings are just more desirable. They offer the consumer unlimited design possibilities with a much higher end look. The obstacle for most is the high cost that comes along with custom.

So what… Read more »