Awesome Lamp

Awesome Lamp

I found this lamp in a shop in Wellfleet MA.  I was going to pass this by but I am so glad that I didn’t. I have learned over time that you need to “get it” if it “gets” you.  Accessories are so important to a room. They personalize a room and they complete it.  This lamp is so unique that I would have been searching forever to find another like it.  The colors are the same as the scheme for this room which is unusual to find. The potter, Judith Stiles owner of Judith Stiles Designs, had the forethought to top the lamp with a soft tan shade as to cast a comfortable, diffused light which I always advise my clients to use.  It is wired to accept a 3-way bulb, this is good, as the lamp will primarily be used to low light the corner.  It is so perfect in so many ways. I am so glad that I did not pass it by.

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Custom Drapes Reflect Your Style

Custom Drapes Reflect Your Style

Leading edge with tassel trim detail gives custom elegance to fall of drape

Tassel trim detail gives custom elegance to edge of drape

Pleated drapes are always in style and will work with any room decor. They are the little black dress of the fashion window treatment world. Forever in style, from the classic pinch pleat to the trending grommet pleat drape this style can be customized to enhance your room. Choosing custom drapes allow you to add design elements that work in your room and your budget. A new favorite choice of mine is flannel backed lining. This lining provides an insulating barrier and softness to the fall of the drape but eliminates the need for an additional flannel interlining. It saves an added step in fabrication, it provides a barrier against the cold and sun, it adds to the soft folds of the drape and it helps control the weight of the drape. The drape above is lined with a flannel backed lining.

Buying pre-made drapes is a popular choice, but once you allow yourself the experience of custom drapes you will appreciate the difference. Custom drapes have weight to them, they are substantial and they make a statement in your room that goes beyond just function. Many of my customers are surprised when they handle the drapes, the size of a panel and then the weight. For this reason, it is important to hang your drapes from the proper rod to avoid any bending of the rod.

This pinch pleat drapes falls just above the floor

This pinch pleat drapes falls to a length just above the floor

Custom window treatments enable you to fit the design to your window and your room decor. Your drapes are fabricated to fit your windows and your style. You choose the fall of your drape, whether they “kiss” the floor, fall just above the floor, or eloquently “break” on the floor, it is your style preference that prevails. Choose your pleat preference, pinch pleat, cartridge pleat, goblet pleat, euro pleat, the list goes on. There are so many beautiful designer fabrics to choose from that you will be glad to have a designer by your side. What may seem overwhelming to you becomes inspirational for me. How many products in your home are made to your specific preferences?

No one likes staring at a big, black, cold window in the middle of January that is just emanating cold. It doesn’t just look cold, it is cold. Dress those cold windows with drapes, close those drapes and let the decorator fabric that you love transform your room into a warm and inviting space. Having many windows is a great way to invite the outside in, it opens your house up filling it with light, but there are times you will want to shut out nature the sun or the cold, you may want privacy, or ambiance, and custom window treatments allow you the level of control that you desire.

Pinch pleats with custom drapety rod and rings

Pinch pleats se on custom Kirsch drapery rod and rings

Custom drapes are made to last. Hand made with high quality decorator fabric, made to handle allthat nature will throw at them over the years. Fabricated with linings and interlinings of your choice. They may seem like a luxury out of your reach but the added initial investment will save you over the years. Made to order and made to last, you will neither need to or want to replace your beautiful custom drapes.

Beautiful tassel trim hold back embellishes these drapes

Tassel trim hold back embellishes these drapes

 

View of Drapes

View of Drapes

Kitchen Counter Stools Transformed with a Little Paint

Kitchen Counter Stools Transformed with a Little Paint

Painted furniture makeovers are a very popular way to return old furniture to new usefulness or update your existing furniture.  Here I used a primer based spray paint on these metal counter stools.  It did take two cans per stool in order to completely cover the dark brown metal.  The spray paint has held up very well on these counter stools that are used daily.  These soft white painted stools now really belong in this bright kitchen scheme.

Paint and a little time and effort transform these kitchen stools

BEFORE – This dark metal stool was functional but unappealing and  boring.

Paint brings new life to these kitchen stools

AFTER -Stools transformed with a little paint, a little work and a little vision.

Color of the Year – Aloe

Color of the Year – Aloe

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This soothing green can be used in so many ways.  A modern lift to your media or living room pairs nicely with dark wood accents.  Aloe certainly finds a place in your beach decor as well.  Green, always reliable and a favorite of many, will find a place in most homes. Use Aloe or one of its many variations.

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English Country Room with Charming French Country Accents

English Country Room with Charming French Country Accents

View into finished room

View to finished room

This room makeover could not have pleased my clients any more.  They asked for a specific room, one designed primarily for reading.  They didn’t want a television, they wanted something traditional but interesting, they knew they wanted drapery and a valance of some sort so it would be formal but not “too formal.”  They did not want a coffee table and they wanted comfortable seating for each of them with the proper lighting.  The empty room offered much promise with its long windows and great lighting, crown moldings and wood floors.  I was delighted and inspired.  The inspiration for the color scheme was the beautiful barn that you could see from the front windows.  Sherwin Williams Sommelier Red, Natural Tan for the ceiling and Greek Villa for the trim were an instant success in this room.  Away with the old gold sconces and in came outdoor barn lighting for accent lighting on the wall and above the custom bookshelf.  An evening shopping trip brought in the upholstered furniture and another trip to find the accent pieces.  An antique Singer sewing stand was repurposed for the table between the windows.  Unable to find the french provencal bookcase elsewhere it was locally custom made.  Beautifully crafted and painted with milk paint it makes a statement and is fully functional in this room.  Seersucker pinch pleat drapes add the casual elegance that my clients sought.  Hard cornices custom made and designed with a european street scene fabric add interest, and formality without being “too stuffy”.  All in all this room was styled in english country with a french provencal flair and it now has the pieces and additions my clients love and now enjoy.

Custom cornice details

This custom, unique cornice features multi-colored cording to accent its shape.

 

 

View of custom cornice

View of custom cornice

 

Room before LDecor influence

BEFORE – View to room

Full view of room

AFTER – Full view of room with finished decor.