Introducing the 2017 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, Pantone has embraced nature’s favorite color, Greenery.

Greenery is a color of restoration and renewal. Acting as a true neutral for nature, it promises reassurance while also inviting the chance to rejuvenate. Many people are exhausted after the events of 2016, and Greenery represents the chance to recover and surround ourselves with beauty.

Pantone has pulled this neutral color to the forefront to encourage reconnecting with people and reconnecting with nature. With Greenery, we will find the opportunity to pause, take a breath, and revitalize.

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.

Pantone’s Greenery is a truly versatile shade that lends itself to many color combinations. It can be paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, and more.

Watch this shade easily cross over fashion, beauty, fabric, interior design, and graphic design.

Pantone 2017 Color of the Year - Greenery
Pantone 2017 Color of the Year – Greenery

Want to see more fun ideas? Check out our Pinterest board  for other exciting ways to decorate and accessorize with the new 2017 colors. Happy New Year!

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.

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

It’s All in the Pleats

It’s officially spring!

  It may not feel like it yet, but warmer weather will be here soon.  Our workroom has caught up from the winter blues of February. Bunch  of spring  tulips flowers in metal pot   isolated on white background Our installations are now up to date and back on schedule. The studio has been reorganized with the many new fabric sample books that arrive almost daily, and my calendar has been filling up rather quickly with client appointments.  I am very fortunate to have wonderful clients that have homes throughout New England.   This past week we installed window treatments on the Cape one day and the next day in the Berkshires.

People always want to know what we’re making in the workroom everyday. And while our projects can range from elegant custom pillows to gorgeous swags, lately I’ve noticed that the stationary panel window treatment is very popular. We are almost always working on one in our workroom. Often the pleat style at the top becomes the focal point of the drapery and/or the focal point of the room.

Take a look at some of the more traditional and innovative drapery styles that really showcase the various ways to customize a stationary panel.  The possible designs are limitless.  You’re sure to find a favorite for your home!

Goblet Pleat–  A little more formal, the plump round shape creates a luxurious look. These pleats have a silk banding along the top to add a little more detail.

Smocked Heading –  Made to look like the smocking on a little girl’s dress.  These tucks are hand-sewn in place.  Wouldn’t this look beautiful in a bedroom?


Cartridge Pleat –  Defined as a cylindrically shaped pleat, it’s considered to be a sleek, tailored, and more contemporary look.

Weave Top –  Intricate design. Top of drape is woven onto a decorative rod. Stunning!

Box-Pleat –  Beautifully, flat heading with inverted folds, creating a more tailored look.

Which design is your favorite?