Better with Banding

As a Window Treatment Expert for over 22 years, I have the joy of watching design trends come and go. From swags to Roman Shades, from pinch pleats to goblet pleats, I’ve seen it all and I’ve loved watching the fashion change every year. It makes each job special and keeps me on my designing toes.

Right now, bands and trim are a popular way to add a unique touch to any design element in the room. We have books and books of bands and trims in the workroom to outfit pillows, window treatments, ottomans, and even lamp shades. With creative accents like these, the possibilities are endless!

Here is some beautifully unique banding by Samuel and Sons.

 

I love the way this banding compliments the wall color and adds a funky edge.

The white banding on this table lends a sophisticated element to the tablecloth.

Putting banding on a lampshade is fun and different! I love this one here by Brimar.

 This is also a wonderful example of banding that compliments the exciting patterns of this window treatment.

 Let me know what your favorite is! There are so many creative ways to incorporate banding. I can’t wait to see which one you like best.

The possibilities are endless!

Autumn Accents

Life can delight you in the most unexpected of ways. Today I traveled to Boston to visit clients. On my walk to their home, I took a turn down a typical Beacon Hill road and found myself in front of a gorgeous display of Fall festivity. The residents of the neighborhood had adorned their window boxes with incredibly detailed and beautiful displays of flowers, pumpkins, and greenery. I couldn’t help but stop and admire the view, snapping a few pictures of my favorite window boxes along the way, including the one above.

Autumn is a season for beauty and warm colors, like reds, oranges, and golds. As I admire the changing leaves outside my window, I find myself drawn to some of the new Fall fabrics that reflect the changing season. Look below to see some of my favorites!

Some new fabrics from Trend!

I also love these fabrics from Fabricut.

And Stout recently released some beautiful gold fabrics!

Plus check out these Fall reds from RM Coco.

Let me know what your favorite is too.

Introducing the 2016 Color of the Year

Happy New Year!  Every January,  I look forward to writing my newsletter and unveiling to you  the NEW color of the year.  Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has been designating a color of the year to  express in color what is taking place in the global trends. This year, in an unprecedented event, Pantone has announced two colors for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

These colors are to act as an antidote to modern day stresses by being welcoming shades that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security.

Separately, each color brings in something different. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. And when joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity promote an inherent balance between the warmer embracing rose tone and the more tranquil cool blue, giving us order and peace.


There are many beautiful fabrics and trims to choose from.  Get a window treatment for your bathroom or toss a few new pillows on to your sofa or bed.

If you choose to embrace the Rose Quartz side of the spectrum, try a nice splash of Rose Quartz with accents and accessories in neutrals, like decoration in the Melbourne restaurant Entrecôte pictured below:

Or consider leaning towards the baby blue of Serenity for more of a neutral approach while still maintaining the desired aesthetic. Check out the example below:


Here are some great decorating ideas to incorporate the colors into your household.

Want to see more fun ideas? Check out our Pinterest board for other exciting ways to decorate and accessorize with the new 2016 colors. Happy New Year!

Fall in Love with Fall Fabrics

Fall is famous for its warm and vibrant colors. From the changing leaves to fresh-picked apples and pumpkins, you just have to look outside to see the bright colors everywhere.

However, you can bring those comforting shades into your own home to keep the perfect feeling of fall all year round. The changing of the season also brings new fabric books to my workroom. Below are some samples from my newest books. Which one will you “fall” in love with?

Fall Red

Fall GreenFall Orangefall varietyfall other red Interested in seeing some of the new books or new fabrics? Happy Fall!

Elegant Embroidery – It’s All in the Details

Recently the lighting store, Patti Bros, contacted me about an opportunity to showcase some examples of my window treatments on their windows in their newly renovated store. For the past several weeks, I’ve had a phenomenal time picking out fabrics, trims, and treatment styles to display on their windows. Each treatment ended up being a different style, giving me a chance to really get creative.

The center display, however, gave me the chance to do something new: add personalized embroidery to a window treatment.Finish Relaxed Roman

I decided on a Relaxed Roman for that window, which is a simple but elegant design that perfectly showcased the Patti Bros. emblem I had embroidered on the center. The process to add personalized embroidery to the Roman was a surprisingly pleasant and easy experience.

embroidery spoolsStep 1 – I went to the embroidery shop to pick out the thread color. There were so many different choices! Luckily I already had an idea of what I wanted and just needed to find the perfect shade.

Computer embroideryStep 2 – We tweaked the potential design on the computer and added decorative scrolls to the emblem to dress it up. Then it was time to make a sample!

sampleStep 3 – We created a few samples to make sure we had exactly what I envisioned.

close up machineStep 4 – The embroidery machine created the emblem on the center of the Relaxed Roman fabric.

Once the emblem was made, there were still a few things I had to do myself, like add blackout lining to the fabric to keep the embroidered design clear and beautiful despite the sun’s strong rays. Then I used the fabric, keeping the emblem centered, to make my finished Relaxed Roman shades. The shades are now installed at the Patti Bros. shop and I love the way they immediately draw your eyes when you enter the shop. The embroidery just sets off the whole design and makes it pop.

Here’s what it looks like in the shop:

But embroidery doesn’t have to be limited to window shades alone – you can embroider valances, pillow shams, pillows, shower curtains, and more! The possibilities are endless!


Take a look at a few more “Behind the Scenes” pictures of the embroidery process below!

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The Psychology of Colors – Black, White, and Brown

As the month of April wraps up, it is time to wrap up our series on the psychology of colors with one last post.

Brown, White, and Black are essential colors, and it’s nearly impossible to decorate without them. So what do each of these shades say? Let’s take a look.

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Often a favorite color for clothing, black brings power and sophistication. Black evokes potential and possibility with an air of mystery. It is an elegant color, but too much of it while decorating is overwhelming and can darken a space. Use black sparingly, and you’ll be sure to add grace to any room.

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People typically associate cleanliness and purity with white. It is a fresh, bright color that opens a space and creates a very meditative and settled feeling. White is a very neutral color and works well with another color to accent and liven up the space.

Brown brown

Brown is a very sincere and stable color. The rich, earthy tone brings a feeling of orderliness and can be used as a grounding color. Brown is a color of nature and brings that atmosphere into the room. It works best as an accent color and compliments many different shades on the spectrum, bringing warmth to any room.

Which of these is your favorite? Did any meanings surprise you?

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The Psychology of Colors – Greens, Blues, and Purples

Spring is here! Everywhere around me, I see crocuses and daffodils and tulips. purple_crocuses_flowers_spring__free_download__one_million_wallpapersGreen shoots are coming up on every available patch of soil. After this winter, flowers are a welcomed sight.

All the bright greens and blues and purples surrounding me remind me of all the interesting psychology behind them. So for our Part Two of the Psychology of Colors, let’s talk about the power behind some of my favorite spring shades.

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Nothing says spring and new growth like the color green. As the most pervasive color in the natural world, and the easiest color for our eyes to see, it exists as a favorite color, second only to people’s love for blue. In fact, green was George Washington’s favorite color. Green relaxes you through and through, both mentally and physically with its soothing shades. It can help alleviate depression and anxiety while offering a sense of renewal. This color can be used for any room, as it carries a sense of balance and freshness.

Blue blue

Blue is the most universally favored color – and the most gender neutral too, as it is liked equally between men and women. Blue is a cool, spiritual color that promotes a sense of calm and peace. It also brings about a feeling of trust, and people are more productive in blue rooms. Fun fact: the most popular color for toothbrushes is blue. Just like green, blue is appropriate in every room, and can make a space feel very restful.

Purple

real purpleConsidered a royal color since the Caesars ruled, purple uplifts and inspires creativity. Purple has both the stimulation of red and blue’s calm in a perfect balance. It is often favored by very creative people for it’s mysterious whimsy. A lighter purple, such as a lavender or aubergine works well for a bedroom or powder room or even a living room to calm nerves. Kitchens benefit from brighter purples, which are reminiscent of fruit and make the room exciting.

It is so interesting to learn about the psychology behind each color. Have you ever noticed any of these colors affecting your mood? Which one is your favorite? Stay tuned for next week when we tackle the monochromatic shades of the color spectrum – white, grey, brown, and black!

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