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

Save Money…Save Energy

Between record breaking snow and frigid temperatures, this winter has certainly left its mark, and not just on your house – on your wallet too! Between roof rakes, snow blowers, heating costs, it is a constant battle to keep your house warm and dry while not driving up the bill too high.IMG_3402

During this time of year, I always see an increase in calls asking me what is the best way to cover your windows in order to help provide more insulation to your home. The answer is Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades, the most energy efficient window covering on the market.

During the winter months, most people see a drastic increase in their energy bills, and windows are the largest source of wasted energy in their home as heat always flows from warmer to colder areas. In the winter, warm air inside your house tries to escape through the windows.  And in the end, you pay for that escaped heat while using extra energy needed to heat your home.  By installing Duette® Architella® shades on your windows, you can decrease the home heat loss up to 30% while reducing your energy bills by 10%.

You can actually see the difference between a window insulated with Duette® Architella® shades and a non-insulated in this heat sensitive photo:

Hunter Douglas Architella reduce heat flowSee the green window? That’s the insulated one. Notice the difference in heat loss (shown as the color red) between the two windows. Now imagine that throughout your entire house. That is a lot of wasted heat and energy.

But how does the insulation work? Well, if you look at the picture of the Duette® Architella® shades below, you can see the patented honeycomb within honeycomb construction works to trap the air, leaving less Duette Architella- Up closespace for it to escape out of your house. Specifically, you can see the inner layer of the fabric is designed to create 3 distinct air pockets to trap even more air and increase the insulation.

And of course, Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® Shades come in various fabrics, pleat sizes and features including the popular top-down/ bottom-up feature shown in the above picture.  The shades can also be easily motorized for your out of reach windows.

So stop throwing your money out the window, instead cover them and save money while being more energy efficient.

And most importantly, stay warm!