Nothing like a NYC installation! We were a three-person team to install an 11' cornice, drapery panels, and 8 shades on East 88th between Madison and 5th Ave.
We were super lucky- we got a free parking spot right around the corner from the service entrance, and it was good for an hour and a half until we had to move it due to alternate side parking that day.
That gave us plenty of time to get down a flight of steps with all that stuff, then up in a snug elevator, and we only had to make two trips, using the handcart and rolling tool bag set-up.
You need a great style sense and ability to visualize when confronting an awkward wall like this one in the master bedroom. If it had been up to me, I have no idea how I would've turned this into something attractive, but luckily I'm NOT a designer!
In the living room, the trickiest area was this bay:
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016
I was so emboldened by my recent soft cornice experiences that I said yes to this treatment as a soft cornice with the shaped bottom and lip cord. The designer, fellow Ossining-ite Elizabeth Harlow, provided a perfect template- so I had no drafting to do- just had to trace and cut.
|In the front hallway|
Then I stapled it to the board:
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
I struggled with the mock hobbled valance for years, but now I have a method that I'm happy with and goes comparatively quickly.
There was not enough fabric to completely match the pattern, so I aimed for a balanced representation of the pattern elements instead. This process begins with a sketch to scale of the folds and tapes. I drew it up two ways and preferred the one with deeper folds. I plan the "ring" placement (there are no actual rings) and I plan the exact increments for the twill tape. That takes time beforehand but eliminates guesswork at the end.