Clear the Clutter

Spring is on the way!

As we finally see warm weather for the first time in months, I am filled with the urge to dive headfirst into spring cleaning. Nothing welcomes in the new season like cleaning and de-cluttering your space, and I find I’m always more in love with my house when I’ve cleared out the clutter that’s built up over a long winter.
But clearing out the clutter can be a huge, overwhelming job for a lot of us. Below are some of my favorite tips for getting rid of the mess, organizing a space, and welcoming in Spring with a clutter-free home!

Five Tips to Clear the Clutter

Identify the Problem Areas
Bedrooms, kitchens, closets, and living rooms typically gather the most clutter. Figure out where your biggest messes are so you can fix them.
Make a Plan
Decide on an approach. Experts suggest either choosing a room or a category to start tackling clutter. Perhaps the kitchen is in most need of a clearing, or you’re finding unnecessary knickknacks littering every surface. Pick what you want to tackle and then make it manageable. Only de-clutter for fifteen or thirty minutes at a time. If you carve out a small chunk of time every day, you’ll have an organized house in no time.
Create Piles
As you sort through the clutter, create four piles: Keep, Donate/Sell, Trash, Belong Elsewhere (for the things that belong in another room). Place everything in the appropriate pile, and don’t be afraid to get rid of things! It’s easier to keep the clutter under control when you have less odds and ends to create clutter.
Bins, Bins, Bins
Here at KH Window Fashions, we love containers and organizational systems to give each item its place. If every item has a home, your only job is to put it back when you’re done with it, which takes a lot less time than sorting through chaotic messes to find something when you need it later. Check out some of the cool ways to store your belongings without creating clutter.
Form a Habit
You don’t want to spend every other weekend de-cluttering your home. Once you’ve gone through the hard work the first time, focus on maintaining the organized environment. You’ll be surprised how much an organized home can help inner peace. Make it a habit to avoid clutter, and then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your beautiful home without feeling stressed.
Good luck!

Bring in the Bold and Beautiful

As we wrap up this strange hot and cold winter, it’s time to invite color back into our lives. The world outside may be dull and gray, but inside, your house can be as bright and as bold as you want.

Exciting colors freshen up a tired space. They can add cheer to both your house and your life. With bold colors and eye-catching accent pieces, a room has energy and warmth. There are so many creative ways to add a vibrant splash of color to your house. Check out a few of my favorite examples below.

Start small! Pick a few bright accent pieces to bring a new feeling to your room. Something like throw pillows or bed linens can reinvigorate a whole room without feeling like a risky investment.

Or, if you’re brightening up a small space, try adding an accent wall in an exciting shade of turquoise or tangerine.

Pick a focal point in the room and use color to draw attention to it. This can be a chair, a wall, an art piece, or even a vase. Use the color wheel to pick a shade that stands out from the other colors in the room.

Feeling bold? Embrace your new color scheme with window treatments or rugs.

It’s all about the contrast. The higher the contrast, the crisper a room feels. Less contrast presents a warmer space. Choose the one that best suits you.

Compliment those bold shades with neutral hues such as white, beige, or black to keep the color from overwhelming. Building on a neutral color lets those exciting accents stand out even more.

Remember, this is your house. Choose colors that make you happy and add cheer to your life. If you find a statement piece that you can’t live without, build the rest of the room around it. Make your home unique and a perfect reflection of you.

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.

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!

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.

Black black

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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