Thursday, August 12, 2010

The new treatments
Installation day in New York City is usually a big production.  Yesterday 78' of board-mounted treatments replaced treatments we originally made in 2003.

These photos show two of the four areas we treated.  It took some mathematical gymnastics to decide on a common denominator so the sections could be approximately the same size.

The cool, airy treatments, designed by Kim Freeman of Freeman Design Group, were made from curtains from the client's country home that we made in 2008.

The original treatments
A set of mock-ups showing different styles, fabrics, and trims helped the designer narrow down the client's preferences.

Why did I forget to take a close-up!?  Well, I've got a close-up of the mock-up, below.  The 4"
one-way pleats, all rippling in the same direction throughout all the areas, create a sort of wave illusion which is modern and restful.

For this fabric, a slubby linen blend sheer,  we chose a plain-weave lightweight white cotton lining which gives shape to the undulating pleats.  While the unlined mock-up was floppy and uncontrolled, the finished product has a serene orderliness.

The plain linen banding lends a quiet definition to the bottom silhouette, and blends perfectly with the wall color.  This, along with the fact that the pleats end perfectly at the corners, was no coincidence but the result of careful planning by the designer and the workroom.

Our installation team was a model of efficiency and proficiency.  They made it look effortless.

On the way out of town I stopped at the Museum of Natural History to catch the Silk Road exhibit before it closes on Sunday.  I also finally got to see the Golden Orb Spider Silk Tapestry- awesome!- there's a picture of it in the top right corner of this page.  That gold is the color of the silk- it's not dyed!  

The winner- a little wrinkly
The mockups
Treatments were made from this curtains


  1. A brilliant job Deborah. love the simpicity of the sheer linen.
    Thank you for sharing the completetion of this project. You should be very proud.

    I would love to spend a day with you in your workroom.
    If I ever get over to New York again I will give you a call...

  2. Penny, are you kidding? Your workroom is so awesome compared to mine!! I keep thinking if I ever get to England I'll come see you!
    Thanks for the kind words-