Monday, December 23, 2013

Tall grommeted panels

In late October we received this shipment of fabrics, and on Friday we installed the completed window treatments for nearly the whole house, for designer Denise Wenacur.
The Greek key fabric has gotten a lot of positive attention from everyone who's seen it.
It made for classy and dramatic grommeted stationary panels in the living room, 126" long, with roman shades mounted inside the windows and the sliding door.
The hardware is the Aria line from Rowley Co.  We liked the fact that we could get simple hardware with clean lines, unobtrusive brackets, and matching grommets.  It arrived in two days!
The three-year-old daughter loved the splash of pink under the bright floral valance.
In the playroom, the leafy embroidery lends a serene note, especially on this winter's day.
A simple chenille dot on a neutral ground cuts the sun glare on the office computer monitor.
There were a few other treatments: a back door stretch panel; interior drapery to mask the laundry appliances; and a cute little shade for the powder room out of this pin-tucked fabric.
The next phase will be the master bedroom.  But first, Christmas and New Year's!  have a happy..............

Friday, December 13, 2013


still gasping for air- holiday rush- aaarrrggghhh- help!-
But I'm going to take a moment to show off one recently installed really beautiful drapery job.
Kim Freeman's client had a gorgeous, impeccably fabricated, heavy, interlined top treatment and draperies out of a classic Clarence House fabric, trimmed in burgundy velvet, but wanted to lighten and update her dining room.
The Before treatment

We removed the top treatment, and took the velvet banding off of the draperies.  The panels now needed lengthening, so Kim spent weeks searching for the exact perfect coordinating fabric for a wide bottom band.
The After treatment
The spotted fabric is sophisticated, pairing perfectly with the classic print, and adding just a hint of whimsy.
A skinny burgundy lip cord between the fabrics defines the line, repeated at the top of the heading. 
The new curtains are pleated into a 2.5" long 2-finger pleat to complete the more modern look.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Up for air!!!!.......

This time of year is the busiest for most workrooms, with homeowners anxious to have new products in time for the holidays.  Some folks are showing off new homes, others are completing major renovations, and many are freshening up a room or two for entertaining. 
I'm sorry I've had little time to sit down here and post, but that's what it's like around here between Halloween and New Year's, and I'm not complaining!
On my last blog post, I mentioned that I had forgotten to take closeup photos of the beautiful mock hobbled valances we installed for Katherine Stern.  Katherine returned to the job site and was kind enough to take some good shots for me.
Scroll down to the previous post to read about the fabrication and installation of this project, and whole-room pictures.
See you again soon!  (sooner or later, that is.....)
The bay window, from underneath, the solar shades hidden.

Katherine wanted the folds to have a shingled look.
Rolled English bump helped the bottom of the folds kick out.
The ends were the hardest part due to the variation in the thickness of the bump inside the folds.