Thursday, July 14, 2016

A nearly-whole-house installation day

For this house we created a variety of window treatments.  Denise Wenacur removed the original treatments which were very traditional, and updated the whole house with a clean, fresh modern look.
Modern geometric embroidery was chosen for the living room, and hobbled shades gave it a nice twist.
Our outside mount hobbled shades are made without a last fold at the top.  Instead we make a topper that looks like a fold but wraps around the return.
In the family room, Denise wanted the shade to come from the ceiling, but the cabinet molding extends into the space.  We made a fascia to fit the cutout and mounted it to the face of the mount board.  The clutch goes on the underneath of the mount board.
This is the gadget I used to get the molding silhouette: a contour gauge.
Since the space was wide and awkward to measure, standing on the countertop with a sink in the middle, and the original treatment still in place as you can see below, I made sure to bring my big orange telescoping measuring stick.
Here I'm fiddling with the fabric to get it around the shape, figuring out where to cut out the bulk.  You can see one of the several thread-basting lines we did to keep everything straight while working on the top.  The clutch will go on the underside of the mount board, and as you can see above the shade is mounted under the cabinet molding with the shaped fascia extending up to the ceiling. 
The kitchen is a busy place, with a lot of tall men who go in and out the slider to the grill, and a lovely dog who requested that the treatments to be far away from her nose.  Denise suggested a ceiling-to-floor Roman shade that would clear the door.  With 19" above the slider frame, there was plenty of room for the shade to stack.  We used a wonderful 110" poly-cotton lining from Ado: it's lightweight to keep the shade weight down, and also thin but not quite a sheer; perfect for this application.  The window over the sink has the same treatment, and luckily did not have to be shaped to fit around the cabinet molding.
The kitchen shades show off our by now standardized Leatherwood shade fabrication method perfectly: fusible buckram and weight bar tubing in the bottom hem, for a clean, straight line and the weight bar where the bottom row of rings is placed, for security and strength.
In the bedroom we reprised the hybrid soft-cornice/kick-pleat treatment that we've been enjoying making.  This has a skinny lip cord at top, part of the Cambridge collection from Samuel and Sons.
And last but not yet illustrated, gorgeous sheers in the dining room- which I forgot to photograph!
But here I am, basting the hem before hemming it, a small extra step that helped keep the grain true.  Next week I'll be returning to this house and will photograph these beautiful dining room curtains.


  1. Can you share what that gadget is that you use for the profile of the moulding and where it is available for purchase? That is very cool! Great job on the treatments! :)

    1. Colleen it's a contour gauge. I got mine at a local hardware store. Call around or google it if you can't find it locally.