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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Where Else Would You Want To Be?

Oh, these wonderful days of spring. Here in Charlotte it's been in the 80's the past few days and this picture from the website Paddyo makes me want to go out to the porch, throw away the old furniture and start over again. Well, maybe my husband would be happier if I just went out there and dusted off the pollen instead.

Outdoor living is huge right now. With the advancements in weatherproof foam, uv materials for furniture and outdoor fabrics from companies like Sunbrella, why sit inside? And it's not only about the furniture anymore, today's outdoor rooms are framed with drapery panels that help to protect the area from the hot sun or an afternoon shower.

The drapes you see are relaxed style with grommets. They cut out a little return that curves around the column for added privacy. Drapes made with outdoor fabrics like Sunbrella resist mold and the color will stand up for years, even in direct sun. It looks like another pretty day here so I think I'll take my laptop, dust off the table and chairs and spend the afternoon working from the porch. Now, where's the windex??

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Jackie you inspire us!

I have to tell everyone who does anything with window treatments to go out and purchase the book Design Directory of Window Treatments by Jackie Von Tobel. This is truly the bible of drapery inspiration. This book sits on my desk and when I want to take a break from what I NEED to do, I open the book and savor the details page by page.

Jackie has a true gift for sketching and her attention to detail will impress anyone in the industry. Each page is eye candy and with the hundreds of variations any designer or decorator will find a springboard of inspiration for any window situation.

The treatment above is a pleated style drapery panel (back tucks) with an attached valance. The valance has both banding at the top and 2 types of trim. The bottom insert on the panel can be cut in the same manner as the panel or can be cut as a flounce. For those of you that are clothing makers, a flounce is made with a pattern piece much like the 50's poodle skirt. Yikes......Am I really that old??? There is also a trim between the bottom skirt and the panel.

Okay Ms. VonTobel, I need to be working right now but my mind keeps floating back to the treatments on page 322!!! I sure do like distractions.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Creating a Quiet Spot

I love this room. It is warm and colorful and the window treatment was created by a very good friend named Susan Schurz. This design along with many others can be found in the book Window Dressings by Brian Coleman.

I am a lover of books and enjoy curling up with one whenever I can find the time to do it. This photo just drew me right into the cozy window seat surrounded by the beautiful window treatment. If this was my home as a child, it would have been my secret spot.

The style of this treatment is called a box pleat. It has pleated cascades on the ends and a set in band of purchased trim. The bottom edge of the treatment has micro cording and the back side is contrast lined with a small check fabric. The placement of the fabric design on the top treatment is perfect. Under the top treatment are pleated drapery panels with tassel trim on the edges and micro cord down the leading edge of the panels as well. Everything is not only lined but appears to be interlined which is the secret to making fabrics appear much fuller. This is a classic example of a high end drapery treatment. Beautiful job Susan!