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.

Power Up Your View

These days everything can be controlled by technology. You can adjust your heat, even when outside your house. You can set automatic lights to make an empty house look occupied. You can even turn on a cooling fan remotely. So why not your blinds?

Did you know you could lower your blinds at home in Massachusetts while enjoying a relaxing vacation in Florida? With today’s newest advances in motorization, it is possible to sync your blinds with anything from a wall remote to a handheld controller to your personal device, be it phone or tablet.

Today I attended an amazing seminar by Hunter Douglas, learning the ins and out of window blinds motorization, and I’m really excited to share my new knowledge with you. So read on and enjoy seeing how this new technology brings about intelligent shades that simplify your life.

What are the benefits of switching to motorized blinds and shades? 

  • Precise Operation – precise control of various products, whether up, down, tilt, or traverse
  • Flexible Schedules – with the PowerView App, you can schedule the exact movement of your shades to occur automatically
  • Energy Efficient – link to sunrise and sunset times as calculated by PowerView to control solar energy or wake with the sun
  • Security – adjust shades while you are away with RemoteConnect on your smartphone or tablet
  • Child Friendly – battery-powered and cord-free, the operation is both aesthetically pleasing and safe for children and pets
  • Diverse – contains the widest array of innovative styles, colors, and fabrics
  • Battery Powered – this makes them easy to install, operate, and maintain

How it works:

  1. Start with a PowerView Pebble, the handheld control and entry point for the entire system. Both elegant and simple, it is the  perfect union of form and function to operate your shades on command without lifting more than a finger.
  2. Prefer a convenient fixed location to operate your shades? Simply opt for the Surface Remote which has all the same features as the Pebble Remote, only it remains solidly fixed to the wall.
  3. Explore direct control from your phone or tablet. Activate the PowerView App, and enjoy sending shades to specific positions and levels with a swipe of the finger. Simply create Rooms on the app, add your shades, and make a selection, adjusting one or even all of your shades with ease.
  4. Set your Scenes and decide which Rooms you want operating independently or in total synchronization, from raising the bedroom and kitchen shades in the morning to adjusting the living room shades in the afternoon to lowering all the blinds in the entire house at night. The choice is yours. Individual Rooms and Multiple Room Scenes can be controlled to activate a host of movement throughout the house with a single press.
  5. Enjoy RemoteConnect which allows you to activate Scenes from anywhere in the world via your phone or tablet on the PowerView App. RemoteConnect works through a secure Hunter Douglas server to keep your home safe and protected.

Take control of your home like never before and let intelligent shades simplify your life.

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!

Welcoming in the Holidays

With all the warm, mild weather we’re having, it’s easy to forget it’s already December. But with Hanukkah just ending and Christmas around the corner, it’s clear that the winter holidays are here.

Winter decorations are some of my favorite, and I have many beloved pieces to showcase this holiday season. I’m sure you have your favorites as well. However, sometimes it’s exciting to add a new decoration or two. One of the best ways to get really creative with holiday decorations are door wreaths. They welcome guests into the home, act as a bright ornament during the drab winter months, and always add a splash of personality to the neighborhood.

Below are some great DIY ideas for holiday wreaths this season. Take a look. Which one do you want hanging on your door?

This Christmas wreath of mixed pine and red berries is a classic, and easy to dress up with plaid bow or some jingle bells.

Pine cones are another winter classic with their ability to weather the coldest storm. A few berries and a bow are all that’s needed to make this the perfect addition to your front door.

Have any kids visiting this season? Make their day with this adorable snowman wreath. Cute and unique, this will certainly charm every passerby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using festive balls or branches, monochrome wreaths delight but do not distract, adding a certain air of elegance to a space.

 

This funky and creative idea requires only some festive ornaments, ribbon, and a frame. Add them all together, and you’ll have the most unique wreath on the block.

Want to see more fun ideas? Check out our Pinterest board for other exciting holiday wreaths. Have a happy and safe Christmas and Holiday Season!

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there is no better holiday to gather all your loved ones and share in memories new and old. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. The combination of good food, beautiful fall decorations, and family members make it a day to be cherished.

And why not make your decorations as loved as the company? Below are some cute and unique ideas to add a special splash to your Thanksgiving table. Try some out and, if you like the result, send me the photo! I would love to see what you create.

Here are some fantastic ideas to spice up your candles during Thanksgiving. The first suggestion is apples candles. Hollow out the top of several apples and place a tea candle inside, creating a cute centerpiece for any table.

But fruits aren’t the only way decorate a candle. Below is another example, this time using vegetables to add a little flavor.

Finally, take Thanksgiving back to its roots in this candle decoration. Pour split peas, dried beans, and corn kernels into a clear glass jar or vase and place a candle on top.

How simple is this? And yet it would look so beautiful on your table.
Pumpkins and gourds are another great centerpiece that never go out of style! Paint one white and adorn it with bittersweet berries like above or stack a group of pumpkins and gourds in glass vases like below, and you have a simple but beautiful decoration.
thanksgiving

This amazing decoration pictured above was made with dollar store glasses and alphabet stickers, and then filled with cinnamon sticks, acorns, and pinecones! Together, all the materials make a super cute centerpiece for a mantel or even a table.

Want to see more fun ideas? Check out our Pinterest board for Thanksgiving table settings. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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!

sample 2finishedembroidery machine