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… Read more »
I love simple sheer panels for window treatments. That is because today’s sheers are not like the sheers of old. Years ago you would mostly find plain voile or polyester fabric, and sheers were commonly used as a layering element underneath lined fabric panels. As a traditional window covering, you had the option to have everything pulled back to reveal the windows, sheers closed with panels decoratively framing the window, or both panels and… Read more »
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… Read more »
There is much to consider when deciding to tackle a window drapery project. One of the most important factors is what type of drapery fabric to choose. Some of the things you need to think about are fabric weight, drape-ability, durability and privacy to name a few. Personally, I love sheers as they add texture but are lightweight and offer varying opacities for privacy. Here are some tips that I hope will be helpful.
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How high do I hang my window treatments? This is a question I hear all of the time. The quick answer is 4″ to 6″ above the window or window molding. In the past it was more common to hang drapery at the height of the window, but aesthetically, a higher installation looks better as it adds size and creates a more grand look overall. The designer’s rule of thumb for rooms with average 8’… Read more »
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 »
I will share a trick that I use to create a custom drapery look, but with out breaking the bank. The living room photo below from my last post has drapery panels on an iron rod with rings. The panels are pinch pleated, a style generally associated with custom made window treatments.
Simple drapery panels Pinch Pleat
My money saving idea was to sew pinch pleats onto store bought panels. I really like… Read more »
Sometimes we have the option to either treat the windows with window coverings or to leave them plain. More often, window treatments are a needed for privacy, light control, or both. The need for privacy is most common, especially in our bedrooms and bathrooms. Light control can be desired in bedrooms and for rooms with television viewing, but it may also be necessary for spaces where direct sunlight can do damage. Harsh sunlight can cause… Read more »
Pantone’s “Color of the Year”
Living Coral (16-1546)
Every year since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute announces its “Color of the Year.” This year’s winner is called Living Coral (16-1546). I’m definitely a fan of this year’s choice, as it is a pretty and cheerful hue. But how do we decorate with the shade Living Coral? Before we decide how to incorporate this trending color, lets ask a question. What comes… Read more »
It’s the holidays, a time for gathering with family and gift giving too. I can’t help but think about my favorite part of the season, gift wrapping! That’s a joke, I leave it all until the end because I always dread it. What I consider fun “wrapping” is making a DecoWrap cornice. It is so easy we say, “If you can wrap a present you can decorate with DecoWrap!” It’s fun because you… Read more »