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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Welcome Spring

I was very excited to see the Cedar Waxwings arrive today for their annual berry feast with the Robins.  That combined with the beautiful daffodils blooming in the flower beds and along the edge of the woods has made me feel very optimistic about the upcoming months.

The feeding frenzy of the Waxwings reminded me of trying to meet a deadline.  They were working at eating berries like it was a job, a project that needed to be completed by days end.  One interesting thing about Cedar Waxwings is that they are social birds, they will share berries and actually pass them along from beak to beak to their feathered friends.  This networking is the key to success.

And the daffodil decorates the landscape.  It is a beautiful embellishment against the leaves and branches.  The daffodil reminds me of a tried and true window treatment design.  A style that is welcoming, traditional but new all at the same time.  This room with it's daffodil yellow accents reminds me of the promise of spring.  We can always turn to nature for inspiration.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Ceiling to Floor

I thought it would be interesting to look for treatments that were ceiling mounted. Not just raised to the ceiling but mounted into the ceiling.

Raising window treatments above the window is well known as one of the unofficial "rules" of interior design but all the way to the ceiling and mounted into the ceiling takes confidence and the correct proportions to make it work (and lets not forget a good, experienced professional installer).

The bed in the picture above (www.dominomag.com) has sleek ceiling mounted hardware which is a perfect contrast to the patterned panels which are clean and elegant as they fall to the floor.  The omission of a headboard and minimal furnishings makes the bed panels more dramatic.

Obviously panels are the most popular style of window treatment for a ceiling to floor application.  In the photo below (www.southernaccents.com) designer Barry Dixon (www.barrydixon.com) has used pleated panels on a round iron rod which creates an intimate space.  If the panels were drawn it would become a grown-up hideaway.