Saturday, July 14, 2012

Outdoor Draperies

Fabric panels aren't just for your windows.  You can create a wonderful retreat on the outdoors.  Look at this stunning backyard of one of my customers. She had her deck waterproofed so the underneath would stay dry and then had the hot tub and fireplace constructed.  It is just beautiful.

I made the draperies from outdoor friendly fabric she supplied.  They hang from grommets and can be easily drawn for privacy.  The drapery fabric adds softness and color to contrast the wood and brick surfaces.

Fabric can add color and texture to your outdoor spaces, too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Celebrating 15 Years!

It is amazing to me that I've been in business now for 15 years!

The first window treatment that I made which wasn't my own was a set of swags and jabots for a bay window.  What an ambitious undertaking!  I think my friend's husband was a little unsure of me given the number of times I went to her house to measure and fit.  It turned out pretty and I've done many more bays since.  I've also learned so much over the years through formal education in the window treatment industry and of course, on my own.

Please click on "Portfolio" while you are visiting to see just a few of my window treatments.

The draperies on this beautiful rod easily draw across a very large door.

Drapery panels have been the 'it' thing for years now whether they are stationery or to draw.  Valances are also back in fashion.  We can do something simple or more elaborate depending on what your windows need for that finishing touch.

Thank you so much for your support of the last few years.  I look forward to making many more pretty and functional treatments.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Wonderful New Fabrics

UPS brought me some lovely goodies!  I love going through new fabric books and imagining what they can look like in someone's home.  Here are a few of the gorgeous new fabrics:

I'm delighted to see so many prints back in the Kasmir Fabrics line.  They have organized their books with many companion fabrics include in the same book as the prints for easy matching.  Of course, we can always look at other lines for companion fabrics, too.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Small Business Saturday

Have you noticed how many small businesses in our area have closed?  The economic downturn has taken a toll on everyone.  A couple of years ago American Express began promoting Small Business Saturday.  The idea - shop at a small business on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

I hope you will join me in making a purchase at small business in our area or if you want to spend the day at home - an on-line small business.

This doesn't have to just be holiday shopping. Remember there are countless small businesses that don't sell sweaters and electronics.  Here are some ideas for local shopping on Saturday, November 26:

  • Skip the nationally advertised chain restaurant and try a locally owned coffee shop or restaurant.
  • Get the oil changed in your car at a local garage.
  • Purchase something handmade on
  • Bypass the "million dollar corner lot" national pharmacy and drive down the street to your locally owned pharmacy to pick up a few things for your medicine cabinet.  Tranfer a prescription to your local pharmacy.  You'll be relieved to speak to the same pharmacist every time when you have questions.
  • Go appliance or furniture shopping for yourself at a small local store.  I always try to buy things that might need to be repaired someday at a locally owned store. The service is so much better and the deal is just as good.
  • Place an order with a home-sales specialist - Stampin' Up!, Pampered Chef or whatever you favor.
  • Stop by your salon and have a manicure or pick up some styling products for yourself or as stocking stuffers.
  • Grab a couple of paperbacks at a used book store.
  • Visit your local florist and purchase a plant or flower for someone a bit under the weather.
  • Drop off or pick up your dry cleaning.
  • Attend a drop-in Yoga or other exercise class at a locally owned studio - a great way to work off part of Thanksgiving dinner :-) 
  • Don't forget E-bay.  You may get a deal and you'll support dealers who make their living doing this or people like you and me who just want to make a few dollars for their own holiday shopping.
  • I'd be happy to talk with you about changes to your home decor.  Give me a call or e-mail.
Shopping local has tons of advantages.  One I notice that applies to this busy holiday weekend is location.  Most of the small local businesses are no where near the big retailers so traffic should be lighter and that makes for a much better holiday weekend.

Happy shopping and thanks for supporting my fellow small businesses.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Warming up with Roman Shades

Privacy, light control, warmth, energy efficiency and beauty.

All of these are possible with Roman shades.

For her sunroom, my customer wanted to create a warmer look as well as a warmer room.  She also wanted privacy.  Of course, she didn't want to lose the wonderful feeling of being surrounded by nature.  We accomplished all this by constructing and installing interlined Roman Shades on the windows.

An individual shade lowered.
Because of the size of the windows, each window has its own shade.  The double window and the back all are treated with valances over a grouping of shades to tie everything together.

Our Roman shades operate on a clutch system that makes the easy to raise and lower.  With the the pulley system, the shade stops moving as soon as the customer stops pulling on the cord.  This way, it is very easy to get each shade to the same level and keep a consistent look throughout the room.

Roman shades are a practical window covering that often does everything a window needs in one treatment!  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Santa in September

It seems like the holidays when the UPS man starts bringing unexpected packages.  It's a special treat to get a large box of fabric samples.  It will soon be the holidays.   Are you ready for company or entertaining?

Here are just a few of the selections from my latest books:

All of these come in multiple color choices.  There were also some pretty stripes, checks and solids to coordinate.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Drapery Hardware

I have a new line of resin (wood) drapery hardware with some gorgeous finishes.  This is a US made product.  I'm still offering the Finestra line which is also a US product - actually it is made in the Carolinas!  So there are many pretty choices for draperies whether to draw or to hang as panels.

Valances can also hang from decorative rods and holdbacks.  Here is a pretty valance I made and hung on a Finestra custom finished rod in a bay window:

Thanks for stopping by!