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Designing Draperies and Roman Shades

Soft treatments such as drapes, curtains and fabric shades are our most sought after window treatments and our biggest sellers. Soft treatments add beauty, style and individuality like no other window treatment can. There are literally 1000's of choices when it comes to fabrics, trims and hardware, far more than anyone needs, but that means everyone can find something that suits their tastes, their lifestyle and compliments their home. Working with fabric is one of my favorite things, I just love all the textures, colors and patterns. All the eye candy keeps me inspired and energized and most clients really enjoy the experience and process of designing gorgeous soft treatments.


If you're thinking of buying custom draperies or roman shades for the first time, chances are you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed with all all the decisions you'll need to make.  Where do you start? One of the first decisions you'll need to make is the purpose the new window treatments will serve. Will they be purely decoration as in stationary panels? Or will you be opening and closing them each day? Do you want extra insulation? Are there privacy concerns? Jotting down all the problems you're hoping the treatment will solve will help your designer better solve them.


Typically, the hardest decision to make is choosing the face fabric.  The face fabric is what you will see on a daily basis so much thought goes into finding just the right fabric, the right texture and the perfect color. When considering patterns, it's important to consider the scale of the print and realize that if you're considering a small print or thinnish stripes that when you have many, many yards of that fabric hung within a large room, the pattern or stripes may start to look a bit too busy and much smaller than you may have imagined. It's good to try and keep the scale in relation to other items in the room.  If you have a large room with over sized furnishings you may want to consider larger scaled prints, wide stripes or even a solid fabric with contrasting trim or banding. Smaller rooms can handle more color and pattern but if you're goal is to make the room look bigger, a soothing monochromatic color palette and special methods of installing the draperies or roman shades can make a big difference.

 

If you need a drapery treatment that will be opened and closed daily, a decorative traverse rod is a wise choice.  Traversing rods have gliders mounted in the underside of the pole in which drapery pins are inserted or the pins may go into C rings. This type of hardware can make traversing your drapes a breeze as there will be no tugging, dragging or scraping against the surface of the pole or pulling on the fabric.  If your treatment will be stationary or minimally operated, you may prefer grommets, rings, or a more decorative heading or pleat style. Not all heading and pleat styles will traverse well and some may only be used as decorative stationary panels.

 

The above are just a few bits of food for thought and only a starting point. Designing beautiful custom soft treatments takes a little time but the results are well worth the wait.

 

The Window Stylist designs and sells meticulously crafted soft treatments that are lovingly made by hand right here in the Bay area. If you live in the San Francisco Bay area and would like to get started designing gorgeous drapes or roman shades, please email or give me a call. My first consultation is complimentary and is a time for me to listen to you, and then listen some more so I can really understand your preferences and goals.  During our initial meeting I will also provide you with some pricing information so we'll both know how to better fulfill your window treatment needs while respecting any budgetary concerns. After that we'll get into the fun part of sifting through fabrics, style guides and trims. I work with clients through out Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco and the East and South Bay.

Jill Clarkson

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Finding your style PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Window Stylist   
Monday, 03 August 2009 19:51

 


 

When it comes to your decor, it's sometimes hard to pinpoint exactly what you want. It's often easier to list the things you know you don't want as those thoughts easily come to mind. While it's great to know with certainty that you absolutely don't like this or that color or style, developing a 'design board' or 'inspiration book' with pictures of decors that you love is an excellent way to develop and refine your own personal style. The pictures don't necessarily have to be of interiors. If you have photos of vacation destinations that inspired you aesthetically or just downright made you feel good, throw those into your book or onto your board as well.  Photos of fashions you admire will be helpful too as are pictures of your favorite people, plants, flowers and landscapes. Having a lot of photos that stir up positive emotions will help you hone in on your real preferences for color, light, your threshold for contrast and or subtlety plus begin to spell out the overall vibe you'd most like to feel in your home. With a little effort, an overall theme will emerge which will help you in making future design decisions.

Your board doesn't have to look this good but it's a nice reference for the sort of result you can get from developing a well refined palette from your inspiration board. Simply using a corkboard is just fine or try a scrap book and cut and paste photos from magazines, add postcards and any photos that may represent some of your most favorite colors, scenes and activities.

For making window treatment decisions, the same technique of saving magazine clippings and other photos to show your design consultant is invaluable. When working with fabric treatments such as draperies and roman shades, the fabric and trim choices are absolutely endless and often clients become overwhelmed. Having a defined design plan, even if it's just a loose one, can save a lot of time and frustration. So get to cutting, pasting and saving those lovely photos that inspire you and make you feel great!  You'll be that much closer to creating the interior that will make you happy to be home.

 
 
 
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Kids and Window Treatments: Safety Concerns PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Window Stylist   
Monday, 03 August 2009 19:37

Safety & Design Tips

Children's Rooms

Parents and parents-to-be have a million things on their minds when it comes to raising their children. But every parent needs to be aware of child safety, and this begins in the home.

Children's rooms are the best place to start. According to child-safety experts, the typical focal points for decorating a child's room -- windows, cribs and bedding -- also hold the greatest potential danger to a child's safety.

To make sure your child's room is a safe one, consider the following tips:

  • Window Areas: Never place a crib, playpen, bed or any type of low-standing furniture near a window. In exploring their surroundings, young children can accidentally fall through an open window or window screen, or become tragically entangled in a nearby window cord. Whenever possible, place cribs and furniture on a non-windowed wall.

    The Window Covering Safety Council recommends you make the right choice and only use cordless window products in young children’s bedrooms and play areas. Owners and renters should replace all window coverings in the home made before 2001 with today’s safer products.

    However, if you wish to keep your older window coverings (i.e., purchased before 2001), visit our How To Retrofit section for instructions on how to retrofit these products.

  • Cribs: Make sure the crib you are using is sturdy, properly installed and in compliance with the latest safety standards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) cautions that crib mattresses should fit snugly, headboards and footboards should be without decorative cutouts, and corner-post extensions should be eliminated.

    In addition, safety guidelines now require that all cribs have slats that are spaced no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Heirloom cribs and hand-me-downs may not meet these safety guidelines, or may have lead-based paint, dangerously loose parts or missing pieces. If in doubt, consider purchasing a new crib. Remember to place the crib on a non-windowed wall.

    Once a child is able to push up on his hands or knees, or reaches 5 months of age, the CPSC recommends removing any crib toys strung across the crib or playpen to avoid accidental strangulation.

  • Bedding: Fashionable crib comforters, bumpers, sheets and other bedding items are commonplace in today's nursery decorating schemes. As adorable as these bedding items may be, safety experts caution parents not to place fluffy soft comforters or pillows in the crib where they might smother a baby. A safe yet colorful alternative is to hang the comforter on the wall as textile art.

  • Other room features: Be sure to cover all electrical outlets. Consider purchasing a spring-loaded lid-support device for toy chests to prevent the lid from falling on a child's neck or from closing and trapping a child playing inside the chest. Changing tables should have safety straps. Baby powder, diaper ointment, and similar baby-care products should be accessible to the caregiver, but out of the child's reach.

Product Innovations

When it comes to choosing window treatments most consumers consider color, style, and even privacy. If young children are around the home, then cord control should be another important factor in selecting your window treatments.

Although today's window fashions come with built-in cord-safety features, the Window Covering Safety Council believes cordless window coverings are the best choice for use in children's bedrooms and any area of the home where children spend time playing.

In fact, cordless designs are rapidly gaining favor with consumers and decorators because of their "clean" look and streamlined design. Most traditionally corded window fashions are available in "cordless" styles through the use of spring-loaded mechanisms, battery- or motor-operated lift controls, or simple wand pulls. When combined with the scores of new fashion looks in today's window coverings, consumers can pick from a wide choice of high-style cordless designs.

Below are some of the most popular cordless window treatments making their way into America's homes. With safety and style in mind, these new products are the perfect accent to any room.

 

Article from The Window Covering Safety Council. For more information click here.

 

 
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