In yesterdays blog post we talked a little bit about adding fireplaces and some of the new design ideas but check out the latest trend in movable fireplaces. They can be moved around the room like a piece of furniture and they come in so many unique style that they are the perfect accent piece to any room.
With winter just around the corner now is a great time to start thinking about adding or remodeling an existing fireplace. Today's homeowner can enjoy a broader range of options that are more eco-friendly and less mess than some of the more traditional options.
Adding artglass to a home project not only adds color and texture to a space but it adds personality as well. We are seeing a growing trend in art glass used throughout the home. It's a great addition to a front door, above a soaking tube, countertops or even as a backsplash.
A great easy way to wake up a tired kitchen is by adding backsplash. It adds texture and color into your space. Look at how this yellow tile brought in light and left the kitchen feeling warm and inviting.
Go softer for a more traditional feel or if you are looking for a more bold contemporary statement consider bringing in a deep hue.
It’s sad but true- cutting corners by deciding not to work with a professional interior designer can often cost you more time and money in the long run. Today, more and more homeowners are enlisting the services of interior designers and heres why:
Because custom designs are so popular, professional designers know how to work with your budget, your lifestyle and your design vision in mind.
If you are considering using a designer, there are some basic guidelines you should follow before your project actually begins:
· Take a tour of your home with the designer so you both can determine the size of the project.
· Discuss your family’s lifestyle with your designer. How do you want your house to feel?
How do you entertain? Do you have kids and pets in your household?
· It’s wise to set a realistic timetable for completion, especially with a large project.
· Establish your priorities. Which rooms are the most important for you to complete?
· Determining a budget and sharing it with your designer is essential. If you have never done an entire room before, or have not done so in many years, they can easily give you guidelines to help you determine a budget.
This will enable your designer to find the custom products that best suit your needs.
· Finally, let your designer know at the beginning of your project if you have certain items that you want to keep and work around or have any other special requests.
Considering these basic guidelines will allow your designer to work with you to design a project with your wishes, your lifestyle and your budget in mind, saving you from costly errors and resulting in a room you and your family will enjoy for years to come.
Nothing gives a room more drama and pizzazz than beautifully designed window treatments.
Consider your living room. Often times these rooms boast of some sort of outstanding architectural feature….perhaps a fireplace, soaring ceiling, tall windows. Whatever architectural feature your living room possesses, a beautiful window treatment is a must. The more elaborate the treatment, the more it will add to the overall beauty of your room. And if budget is a consideration, it’s always better to drape a window generously with a lesser priced fabric, then to skimp with a costly one.
If a bold decorative statement is called for, perhaps a luxuriously designed swag and jabot treatment designed in a soft flowing silk fabric, or dramatic taffeta would be to your liking.
If you’d like to subtly frame your windows, then lush side panels mounted on a unique decorative rod would give your windows a very subtle, yet dramatic impact.
Not only do custom window treatments add beauty, design and uniqueness to your decorating plan, they are truly crafted for you and your windows alone. No two designs are complete alike, because they will project your personal and style and no one else’s!
What fabrics will be the best choice for you to consider for your home? Window treatments, furniture, accent pieces, decorative pillows, bedding ensembles are all places that decorative fabrics can be beautifully and creatively used. With the multitude of man-made and natural fibers available from which to select, it pays to do a little homework.
Natural Fibers. Cotton has always been the number one choice of designers and homeowners alike. Cotton dyes well, and has unlimited styling potential. It tends to have a “soft hand”, and doesn’t pill or fuzz. It’s an extremely durable fabric, and can be blended with other fibers in a textile. A custom drapery made from 100% cotton fabric will be crisp or flowing, depending upon the type of fabric weave.
Wool Fibers. Known for being springy, resilient, soft and kinky, wood fibers are extremely durable. After bleaching, wood may be easily dyed and the fiber will retain its color depth for a very long period of time. It is also a very expensive fiber, and for this reason you will rarely see it in decorative fabrics. Wool tends to be used more for upholstery, area rugs and carpeting rather than draperies.
Silk. Known for its natural luster, silk is undeniably one of the most beautiful decorative fibers of all. There are many grades of silk, and many times silk is blended with other fibers during the manufacturing process. Strong light may tend to discolor silk and might even disintegrate the fiber. Today’s manufacturers have woven many fabulous designs into silk fabrics – including the popular embroidered silks.
Polyester. A man-made fiber, polyester is used quite often in decorative textiles because of its strength. Another great characteristic of this strong fiber is its ability to stand up under strong sunlight. Textiles of polyester are also abrasion-resistant, have a soft, warm “hand” and dye extremely well. It may be used for both drapery and upholstery fabric.
Probably the most often used textile is a combination of polyester and cotton. The best characteristics of both fibers are incorporated to produce an extremely versatile and nicely priced fabric.
Naturally, there are many other fibers used in decorative textiles, but these are the most common. As you become more familiar with the many characteristics of fibers found in decorative textiles, choosing the right fabric for your needs becomes clear.
Confused about what window treatment design is right for you?
I hear this question often. And, because windows vary so much in style, construction and function, they always end up playing an extremely important role in every decorating plan.
Here are some things you need to think about before planning your next custom window treatment design:
1. Function. How is the window being used? Do you need to block outdoor light? Is privacy your priority? Or, do you have a beautiful view that needs capturing?
2. Focal points. Are your windows a natural dramatic architectural feature of your room? If so, you have a built-in focal point, and should plan your treatments accordingly. If not, then consider working with a professional decorator to make your window treatments true show stoppers!
3. Style. What's yours? Casual? Formal? Traditional? Contemporary? Window treatment designs vary greatly by design style, so think about the ultimate style and feeling you’d like to incorporate into their design.
4. Challenges? Are your windows too small? Too large? A carefully designed window treatment can actually be a clever cover-up to any window challenge.
Because there are so many fabulous window treatment design options available today, it's wise to start doing your homework early. And remember, by working with a professional designer, your window treatments are guaranteed to be the perfect design and function solution!
Take a look at this room before the window treatment application. This client wanted to add window treatments to help with the light and noise coming from the street. We used a black out liner to help with the light and also fabric panel to diffuse some of the noise.
It's a great bedroom but check out the after photo to see how adding panels really crated a finished look and feel to the space.