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Inside Out

This time of year begs us to stay indoors more.  And one thing is for sure it helps if we have a comfortable, cozy, and inviting environment to entertain friends, work on a project, or curl up with a good book.  With such time spent inside, we might notice things around our home that might otherwise go without a thought.  Whether it’s a small area that needs organizing, a room that needs to be painted or a tabletop that needs a vignette for a finishing touch, now might be the perfect time to tackle it!  Putting away holiday decorations sometimes leaves us (maybe it’s just me!) with a feeling of renewal and “clean slate opportunity” to look at something completely different and an opportunity a change.  So don’t put everything back right away!  Perhaps leave a spot blank for a bit and see if inspiration strikes to improve or enhance a space.

Beyond decorating, I’ve learned that for areas I don’t have expertise, to call a professional.  For instance, I wanted to enhance my closet because my husband and I share one and it’s an odd shape and doesn’t offer much in the way of convenience.   I called someone who not only understood design but could build it.  Checked it off my list!  Also, I need to plant some sizable trees in the Spring and have already booked a fantastic landscape designers to get help with that too!  I haven’t even looked at tree options but know I’m going to enjoy the process because I’m hiring the right person for that job and it takes the stress off me.

Same thing goes with window treatments.  Thanks to Pinterest and Houzz we can really dive in to figure out what we like and want for our homes and even attempt to “DIY” it!  But there are detail that without experience and skill, can get missed!  Venacular like tentor hooks, returns, dye lots, stack backs, header styles, deductions, and repeats can be confusing to a homeowner and for good reason! As a professional in this industry it’s my job to be sure everything happens that’s necessary in order to provide a flawless installation!

The photos below depict applications that required detail that I have seen, can get overlooked.  The correct size of returns on Roman shades are important in order to hide it’s lifting mechanism.  Cafe shutter height is important so that the window lock isn’t visible.  A curved wall must have a very accurate template and precise installation.  Choosing the right fabric so that with a light filtering liner, the fabric STILL looks good.  Windows with little or no space above pose some challenge when the client wants draperies.  Accuracy in measuring and hardware choice is critical!




One thing I have found myself saying about window treatments.  No, it’s not life or death.  Come on now!  It’s much worse! But, I mean that in a good way.  I want that hug at the end of the installation because I want it to be just a perfect as you do.

Happy New Year and may you start off your year with a bang or at least with a few check marks next to that list

Less is More


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People often ask me;  “How do I know what I should put on my windows.?”  When I answer “Sometimes nothing!” there is always surprise. But it’s an honest answer. Not every window needs a treatment. Sometimes less is more and just a simple functional product like the ones above will do the trick.  A window doesn’t always need to be dressed with fabric to look complete!

All of the above accomplish the specific goal of the homeowner.  The cafe height shutter adds architectural interest, provides necessary privacy in this master bath, and really complements the look.  The top-down-bottom-up honeycomb shade offers varying levels of privacy and lets in lots of natural light. It also maintains a minimalistic look the client wants with having so many windows in the room.  The last product is a sheer shade.  A beautiful product that offers both function and fashion in one. It not only offers varying levels of privacy but also helps to reduce glare from the sun – a very high priority for this homeowner as the kids sit at the spot to do their homework. The beauty here, just like the honeycomb shade – it can be lifted all the way up and virtually goes into hiding when not needed.

So, while I love to treat windows, they don’t all need the same treatment!  With so many products available, it’s helpful to explore options to make the best decision for you, your windows and your room!


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What’s trending in the window treatment world

My clients are regularly asking what have I been seeing and doing a lot of lately.   While there are several specific types of treatments that continue to be popular, I see a few noteworthy trends I’d like to share.

Now let me start by saying I’m not a huge fan of trends.  I prefer to design something that will stand the test of time that will transition well and my clients won’t tire of.  While no doubt there are specific trends in the window treatment world, I like to carefully blend them into classic designs.  The good news is the window coverings industry offers a plethera of options and continues to evolve both from a design as well as a technology standpoint.

In the world of fabric treatments, I can say that layered, opulent, heavy treatments are not as popular right now.  While I do my fair share of swags and jabots, they are primarily used for a historic or architectural  requirement.  We are after all in New England!  But as a whole, fabric treatments have become a little more tailored with less drapey. But while the designs themselves have neatened up, the use of patterned fabric is more popular than ever.  Fabrics featuring geometrics, lattice, scrollwork and even large scale florals are all the rage.  But, then on the flip side, I’m also seeing requests for simple treatments with solid fabric and banding; a more contemporary sophisticated look. Along that line, flat Roman shades more than the old style of shirred or balloon shades are definitely trending.  And of course, cordless Roman shades are a standard of mine!

Rooms like kitchens and dining areas that are traditionally laden with  hard surfaces like granite, stainless, and wood, are still calling for fabric.  Hardwood floors are often used throughout the home and floor-length drapes can add much needed softness that other treatment just can’t match. Incorporating this type of classic drapery with a more current pattern can really update a room beautifully without coming off too trendy.

In the world of hard goods which covers the more functional aspect of window covering, plantation shutters continue to be popular, especially cafe height.  Honeycomb shades have a slim sleek appeal for those who want coverage when they want it, but want them to disappear when not in use.  There are so many fabric and color choices available now and they continue to lead the way in UV and temperature control.  Natural woven shades and wood blinds are are still favorites though and  I’m doing most as cordless. With the improvement and competion of cordless mechanisms, the consumer is benefiting with lower pricing .   It’s really a no brainer for a household with kids or pets or if planning to put the home on the market.  And of course, motorization seems to be the wave of the future.  Who doesn’t like to operate a good remote?


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