Monday, March 30, 2009

How to make an old chair new again!

Take an old chair and recover it with a fresh new fabric like the one Linda chose,

add double welting and a large button and voila

a new chair.

Now add a fun little pillow
with some beaded trim
and the look is complete.

A room fit for a princess!

There is a lot to see in Tara's room from the custom headboard, bed skirt, pillows, bed rail, sheffield valances, roman shades and the pom pom trim.

What can I do with a circle top window?


say it all!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

What can I do in my kitchen?


French pick-up.

This French Pick-up style that Karen has chosen is cut out at the top.
The black accents such as the background, the buttons and the piping really give this swag some pizazz.

What do you do with so many windows in one room?

When you have a bank of windows, keep the treatment simple. These valances are hung inside the moulding and have a small pleat in each corner.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sometimes the fabric speaks for itself!

Linda's fabric had such a beautiful design on it that a simple
London Shade
was all it needed.

The details are important.

The beauty of this simple valance is in the details.

Lisa has chosen basic pinch pleats but has added a contrast covered button at the base of each one.

Notice also the soft curves at the bottom edge with the 1/8" self welting cut on the bias to give it some body.

Monday, March 23, 2009

How to make your windows look wider.

We were able to add 24" to Connie's windows just by extending the rod 12" on either side and hanging the panels on the wall next to the windows.

This gives the illusion of much
w i d e r

Are you more of an eclectic person?

Liz chose a very
unique style
for her window treatments.
There is a lot of detail going on here. Notice the tassels, the soft gathers as well as the pleats along the top edge and the contrast fabric lining the jabots. Side panels can easily be added.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Let the window speak for itself.

When you have a beautiful window
like the one Margaret has

don't cover it up,

accentuate it like we did with these panels.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sweet Dreams.

The ruffles in the euro shams as well as the bed skirt are gathered up very full to make this bed look elegant and inviting.

The duvet, simply a twin size folded lenghtwise, balances the color on the bed.

Notice the banding at the bottom of the bed skirt.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Can't find fabric to match the bedroom!

After hanging some beautiful ready made drapes in the bedroom, Denise couldn't find any fabric to match for her bath.

So she bought another panel of ready-mades and
we turned it into this gorgeous swag.

Is you laundry room boring?

Just because doing the laundry is BORING, it doesn't mean the room has to be.
Have some fun in your laundry room like Chris did with an awning on her window.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Do you need an inexpensive ottoman?

You can have an ottoman that matches your decor by simply turning an inexpensive table into one, like Anne did.

Why hide beautiful hankies?

Betty had some beautiful antique handkerchiefs of all shapes and sizes but they were not giving her any pleasure being stuffed into a box. This unique valance makes a wonderful display.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Going from piles of foam to beautiful furniture.

Maggie and her family have gotten a lot of use out of their furniture, but after 12 years it was time to recover it.

See the before pictures of all that goes into the cushions and then the beautiful results.

What can I do with a round wall?

Don't let the shape of a wall scare you, use it to your advantage. This large cornice was made out of Styrofoam to keep the weight down and to contour it to the wall. Small panels were added for warmth.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Details make the difference!

Look at all the detail in this valance.

The double pleats, the covered buttons, the contrast banding, the spacing of the stripes.

Barbara chose the perfect fabric and color for her kitchen.

Is your front door important?

Your front door should not be forgotten. Mary chose to decorate her side lights with these fun swags and beautiful tassel trim.

What can you do with a French Door?

French Doors are difficult to decorate since there needs to be room for the door to swing open.

Margaret had plenty of room above her doors to do a unique valance.

Monday, March 9, 2009

How does color change the look of a room?

Cindy and Karen both have the same floor plan and loved the drapes in the model home. They asked me if I could duplicate the style for them. One chose a soft, neutral color, the other a rich bold color. Isn't it amazing how different they both look.

When looking at pictures for window treatment ideas try not to let the fabric color get in your way, instead, look at the style.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Have fun with accessories.

Nancy added on a beautiful sun-room to her home. She chose some very soothing colors and I was able to warm-up the room with these pleated valances. Notice the detail of the contrast color in the pleats as well as the buttons. The striped table cloth has a 4" border of the valance fabric and the chair pads have some lovely detail. I was able to use the scraps of fabric to come up with some unique pillows for her. In no time at all, the room went from cold to cozy.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

How it all began!

It all began in the early 90's.

My family and I had moved to Novi Michigan and Mary Kay, my next door neighbor, invited me over to her place for a cup of coffee so we could get to know each other. The next thing I knew, I was designing and making her living room and dining room swags. Well, a few months later one of her friends called me and asked me if I would be interested in making some draperies for her. A few more months went by and it happened again. And so on, and so on....

It has been my pleasure for many years now to serve so many wonderful people.