Thursday, October 23, 2014

Drapery 101

There are so many choices when doing drapery in your home, I thought I'd share some of my thoughts about roman shades vs. draperies to help make the decision just a wee bit easier. Of course these are not strict rules {rules are always meant to be broken in design!} but just some guidelines.

When should you use roman shades and when should you use draperies? A lot of it depends on the size and location of the window you are covering. Or how you plan to use the window or door that's being covered. Here are some tips I wanted to share: 

You definitely want to use roman shades when:

* When there will be objects or furniture below the window {a bench or other piece of furniture or a kitchen counter.} I don't love curtains that don't go all the way to the floor {short curtains feel very Grandma - and not in a chic way.}
* When the wall or window location means that the drapes will look oddly off-center or a drapery rod will not be feasible. 
* When there is a single, small window. 
* When you want a clean, streamlined look. 


Clockwise from top left:

black walls with white romans // These roman shades are consistent with the streamlined/modern look of the room.

green malachite print romans // The roman shades don't interfere with the counter/console that is below it. And I love the contrasting decorative trim that was used.

patterned romans // This flat roman is perfect for the pattern - any folds in the construction would have ruined the gorgeous design. And here is another shade where they complimented the pattern with a bold colored trim.

grey shade with white trim // Can you tell by my two previous images that I love a good decorative trim? It can even dress up a solid color, like seen here.

white walls with black romans // Another room with a clean, streamlined look.

grey shade in bedroom // The grey flat roman creates a serene vibe {and that window is so small, it might look silly with a drapery rod.}

white roman over door // The roman shade allows this door to be opened without any problems.

london shades // This shade is a distant relative of the balloon shade {my drapery guy calls it a london shade.} Sometimes a dressier, more voluminous shade makes more sense in a room, so I like this feminine but modern style.

 You definitely want to use drapes when: 

* When floor-to-ceiling fabric will bring needed height and visual interest to a room. 
* When you want to add lots of fabric to a room to help with the acoustics {fabric absorbs sound and can help with an unwanted echo, echo echo...}
* When the window basically reaches down to the floor {and if you are going to have furniture in front of it, either the drape stays open and flanks the furniture, or the furniture is far enough in front of the window that they don't interfere.} 


clean white dining room with white drapes // This room gets some extra texture and richness from the drapes.

grey room with grey patterned drapes // The geometric pattern on these drapes adds some extra life to the monochromatic space. The room also feels warm and cozy with the extra fullness at the bottom.

voluminous beige drapes // Without a rug this room might have a lot of echo, so the drapes help to absorb some of that sound.

pattern on pattern // Mixing bold patterns is a great skill - I love how it was done in this space.

striped drapes // Stripes add a little extra something to these drapes - I love stripes at the top or bottom of a drape.

white drapes // This room feel so warm and inviting thanks to the Beni Ourain rug and drapes. And I love that they bring height to the room.

floral pattern // A bold floral print adds some excitement to a white room. And a large area like a drape is a great place to show off that pattern.

So as you can see, there are a lot of decisions to make with drapes - shade or drapery? What fabric? Trim or no trim? Valance or no valance? What type of pleat or fold? So many decisions to make, but when done right, the draperies are the perfect compliment to the rest of the room.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

All White, All Right

With pets, kids, and friends who are clumsy with red wine, I completely understand why people are afraid of all white interiors. But they look so serene and beautiful, it's hard to steer clear of light colors all the time. I have managed to have a cream sofa in my den that is stain free 5-years later. We eat on it and it's the dog's favorite nap spot. The trick has been throw blankets - we sit on a blue and white herringbone throw most of the time and throw it in the wash often. It's my way of having my cake and eating it too!


Left side image // Right side image

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Well Designed... Night In

I love spending my Saturday nights relaxing at home. Sure, a dinner out with friends is always fun, but the best way for me to really recharge for the week ahead is with a night in. Here are some of my favorite goodies for a cozy night at home.


pjs // movie {I don't love a lot of movies, but The Grand Hotel Budapest was one of my all time favorites} // bracelet {even when spending a night in, it's ok to get a little glammed up} // mug // nail polish // pillow // socks // throw

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One Big Stripe

Whether on a table or an upholstered piece, I love the graphic impact from one bold contrasting stripe.


clockwise from top left: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Five for Fall... Fashion

I tend to love neutrals and comfy silhouettes. I buy dressier and more structured pieces {and the occasional high heel} that I wear for fancy affairs. And sometimes I have a style crisis in which I feel like I need to wear more "grown-up" pieces, but my clients tend to see me show up for meetings in comfortable neutrals and sneakers or flats. As a designer I spend lots of time in my car, on my feet for a few hours visiting showrooms, or painting color samples on a wall, so as gorgeous as Louboutins and a pencil skirt are, they aren't always terribly practical. Here are five pieces that are right up my alley.


one // two // three // four // five

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New and Old

Warm woods, contemporary furniture and traditional fireplace surrounds are just a match made in heaven!


Image via here

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Market at the PDC

Two weeks ago I popped into the Fall Market - where lots of showrooms at the Pacific Design Center put on programs to share their latest and greatest things. Here's a samplin' of what I did.

First things first, I walked over to the David Sutherland Showroom. They carry Porter Teleo wallpapers and other great lines, so I always like to poke around their showroom to see the latest and greatest they have to show.



After that I headed up to the Kravet showroom, where they were having an event with Pantone about color {one of my favorite parts of interior design.} The speaker, Lee Eiseman, went through the popular colors throughout history, in both fashion and interiors. It was so interesting to hear how the cultural changes were affecting the color choices. I'm a total design nerd, so I love learning things like that. I didn't take any pictures there, because the backs of a bunch of people's heads in a dark room with a projector screen is not terribly photogenic. After Kravet, I walked by Brunschwig & Fils and visited one of my favorite fabrics, pictured below, Les Touches. I promise to use you in a project one day!


For my final stop, I visited the newly opened Reagan Hayes Showroom. I've been a fan of her furniture for years, and am so glad she opened up a showroom in the Design Center - it's always nice to sit on a piece of furniture to take it for a test drive.


Such a fan of this coffee table!


These side tables are also a big winner in my book.


As I always say, it's nice to get out and see new things every once in a while! It can be tough to get inspired by sitting in front of a computer screen all day.
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