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!

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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Pillows – An Inside Look

One of my favorite parts of my job is the creative freedom afforded to my clients. When it comes to fabrics and designs, the possibilities are endless! Of course, I am willing to help and advise wherever needed, and sometimes my clients’ unique ideas open up some very neat opportunities for me.

Recently I had the pleasure of redesigning a living room for one of my favorite clients. One of the largest parts of the project was creating ten individual pillows using different combinations of the fabrics and trims she selected for the room.

In the workroom we started with 10 fabrics, 6 trims, and the goal to design 10 entirely unique pillows using all the materials. The first part of the project was matching fabrics and trims to different pillow designs.

Some of our ideas looked like this:

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Workroom 2Each pillow took a minimum of 1.5 hours to design and sew. First I had to decide on the style – patchwork, harlequin banding, diamond center, color blocks, pennants, etc. Next it was time to pick the fabrics for each pillow. To create variety, I tried to keep each combination unique to that individual pillow. Lastly, I picked out the trim and figured out its place on the pillow. Only then could we start sewing it together!

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Once they were done, we stuffed the pillow covers with inserts and they were ready to go!

Ready to GoThere were so many pillows, each more beautiful than the last! I couldn’t wait to show them to my client. Finally it was instillation day. Along with constructing these pillows, we designed Roman Shades, reupholstered an ottoman, and added trim to existing drapes. By the time we finished, it was a whole new room.

Here’s what the completed pillows look like. I can’t pick my favorite pillow. Can you?

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