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!

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:

Workroom 1Workroom 5

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!

Workroom 3

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?

Pillows 4 5 6 OriginalPillow 2Pillow 3 and ChairPillow 1Pillows 7 8 9