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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Boxed Swag Beauty

When I saw this photo I knew I just had to share it.  Simple and lovely.  The proportions, gentle gathered draping and subtle use of trims makes this style one of my favorites.  

Typical swags and cascades have always been a mainstay of interior design but to combine swag folds with a cornice boxed return gives a more tailored finish and it looks unique and modern even though it is not a new style.

I found the picture among other beautiful traditional styles on the Fiona Campbell Design website  in which it is described as "curtains with swagged pelment".  www.fionacampbelldesign.co.uk/index.asp

Friday, November 21, 2008

Simple Styles for those Trimmed-Out Windows

Window trim can be plain or fancy, stock or custom, layered or flat.   
There are even windows without any trim at all.  
When walking into a customers home for the first time design professionals will scope out the window trim or casings and start an internal dialogue with themselves...

"How will I install when there is no wall above the window?, 
"Will the customer allow me to put screws in the trim?, 
"Can I outside mount"? 
"Is there room to inside mount"?

Many times the homeowner is proud of their trim work.  Perhaps it is custom, an important part of an historic interior or they find the wood attractive.  There are choices for inside mounting that will leave the window trim exposed.  

The cornice below (from House Beautiful) is a great example of an inside mount style that leaves all the trim work exposed.  The photo above from designer Abbey K (www.abbeyk.com) is a great example of how use soft shaped valances combined with pull down shades all in a color that compliments the beautiful wood work.   

Take care when measuring to establish good proportions.  It is more difficult with inside mount top treatments because they can seem too short but make them too long and they will appear to take up too much of the upper portion of the window.  A paper cut out of the valance shape can be taped inside the window to give a good impression of how the finished valance will look.

Shades such as Roman or Austrian styles are a good choice for inside mount and will provide a working window treatment with all the beautiful moldings exposed around the window.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sales Tools

When selling soft furnishings such as draperies, pillows and bedding a picture is helpful but a sample gives the customer something to touch and feel.  You can talk about the benefits of adding interlining but to have an interlined sample shows the difference.  Small details such as pleat styles, ruffle variations or welt cord does not show up well in a picture or sketch, having a sample saves time in explaining exactly what that detail is.  If you are selling shades take along a small sample showing your favorite clutch or headrails system.  For pillows keep small size pillow forms in down or polyester fill to compare.  Educating the customer is part of the job of selling!  Here are a two sample ideas:

Embellishment Sample

Panel Sample
Shows different pleat styles, lining options and fullness.