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Hardware is the key

It’s no secret the furniture and home furnishings world has been flipped on its ear over the last few decades, with the evolution of inexpensive, disposable furniture. While not every consumer subscribes to this philosophy, there are plenty of young consumers who have fueled the growth of that sector. I grew up with a generation of “you bought it and had it forever.” Don’t get me wrong, I have vacillated a little over the years, but I am still of the type for investing in items that have lasting value.

But way too many times I work with homeowners who beat themselves up over a bad decision they can no longer live with. I am always happy to work in or around an item to salvage the investment, but sometimes it’s difficult. Depending on the piece, it can be reupholstered or worst case, repurposed! It’s usually only worth the former if it’s of high quality which goes back to the original old school philosophy of “buy it to last!”

So where does a girl who focuses only on a small segment of the design world going with all of this? Good question! One-word HARDWARE. Or maybe two words, DRAPERY HARDWARE. Here’s where I further espouse this philosophy. Purchase good quality, professional grade hardware. When chosen correctly (and that’s where hiring a professional comes in), it can look great and last for many years. Good design has staying power and style that can transition with many other styles and trends moving forward.

To much surprise, one doesn’t have to spend a fortune on custom drapery hardware to get a beautiful, timeless look. Continuous length rods – not telescoping – with rings and finials that fit and match, will look like you spent a fortune but didn’t! To that end, even using a moderate ready-made drapery, (given it fits properly), on custom hardware can make for well dressed beautiful windows that will last. Of course, there is no substitute for custom treatments!

Finally, as long as the hardware is hung properly and drapes are “dressed”, (the icing on the cake), your treatments will look fantastic! Many installers will do small jobs (and hang other items like art or mirrors while on-site) and it’s a lot less expensive than a divorce attorney! So if you love your home and it makes you happy to surround yourself with beauty, invest in it. You won’t ever regret making those modest investments and you’ll enjoy them for a very long time!

Examples below from left to right: Grommet top, two simple pinch pleated drapes on metal rods and last, a pinch pleated drapery with a french return rod.

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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