Creative cornice window treatment

A custom cornice was designed for a young artist! She is very creative, artistic not only in painting, she is an amazing dancer, she loves animals, and she has a collection of masks displayed on the wall that represents Central America’s culture.

The room was painted in deep blue, and the room backs to a yard with many trees.

Here was the challenge: The room is dark and has no definition, and the design has to appeal to my young client to reflect her artistic personality, her love of animals and birds, and her love of the culture of Central America.

 

The design included a cornice that was made from three sections, the sides on the left and write projected a bit forward, more than the middle section that almost resembled two columns.

 

A light blue fabric was used for the cornice to create a definition to the window, the two sides were embellished with real feathers that were inserted in the center. The color of the feathers was deep red that popped out to draw the attention and a printed linen panels were installed under the side cornices to provide further definition to the window. The fabric was printed with feathers in different sizes and various colors of blues and aqua. The finished product was unique in design and material selection. Our young artist was very happy. I am sharing what testimonial I have received from her mom.

Her mom wrote a testimonial on Houzz:

I asked Susan to create a window treatment for my teenage daughter’s bonus room. The room lacked direction and theme. Susan took the time to really get to know my daughter and interviewed her to get a sense of her interests and desires. My daughter’s love of animals and art inspired
Susan to create a window treatment that is an art piece in itself. She incorporated beautiful feathers on a 3D valence! This room was once without direction, but now is personalized and inspirational- exactly what my daughter wanted. Thank you Susan!

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For more information and a free consultation and an estimate call (630) 854-9082 or (630)420-0800.

 

 

 

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Drapery ideas for our clients in Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Oak Brook, Willow Brook, and all the Western Suburbs of Chicago Illinois!

To all my clients and prospective clients from Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Oak Brook, Willow brook, and all the Western Suburbs of Chicago!

Here are some cornice ideas for you:

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Choosing accent fabrics for draperies

Last month I used the same fabric for draperies, except each drapery design had a different accent color.

Take a look below, and notice the piping in the cornices, in one we have used a teal silk and the second one we used red cotton. Each room had a totally different feel, just by changing the accent fabric in the drapery!

Call (630)420-0800 for free estimate.

 

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Cornices, they provide a seal against heat loss!

Studies has shown that about 40% of the heat in a space can be lost through windows that are uncovered or poorly covered!

Therefore, planning the design of the window treatment carefully is a key for reducing heat loss and having an energy efficient home.

Cornices are ideal to seal the top of the window and prevent cold air from coming into  a space.

Cornices can look stylish, very elegant and have a modernized look that can go well with any Decor.

Below are pictures of custom cornices designed for a client in Westmont Illinois, with draperies, for maximum energy efficiency.

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August is back to school month! Is your child’s room to help him or her excel in the next school year?

Studies have shown that children will do better with their homework and school in general if their rooms are well-designed and organized.

Here are some guide lines to help get your children’s rooms ready for the new school year:

  • Get them involved! Ask what type of theme they would like to create: sports, music, safari, or perhaps a very slick contemporary theme.
  • Have them select the paint color they like best. You might want to go online to www.voiceofcolor.com  and click on the color sense game to discover what your child’s best color combination is and color personality.
  • Make sure the room is organized and clutter free. The more order and less distraction there is, the better the child’s ability to focus. Create an area for studying: a clutter free desk with drawers and a place for all the knick knacks is essential.
  • You need to consider whether the child is left-brained or right-brained. When the child is creative and visual, he or she might need things out and not hidden. On the other hand, some children are more left brained and will function better when their items are kept out of sight. If the child prefers his or her items exposed and not hidden, then creating a system for storage is important. Perhaps color coding will work well to keep things organized. Teaching them to file and not to pile is always a good habit for their future.
  • Create an area to hang out with friends, another area for leisure reading, a dressing area, and so on. If you need a professional organizer, Mrs. Kim Cosentino, of De-Clutter Box, has helped many people in the western suburbs get their homes and places of work organized. To learn more about her services visit www.declutterbox.com or you can call her at (630) 968-7557.
  • The desk must be well lit to reduce the strain on the eyes.
  • The window treatments in the child room will have multi functions as well as esthetics. Room darkening shades or draperies are one way to ensure that your child is getting a good night’s sleep. Also you might want to reduce the noise of the outside world, especially if you live on a busy street. In this case, interlined draperies will cut the noise somewhat.
  • Investing in a good bed is always a good idea. It is amazing the kind of effect a good mattress can have on your child’s energy level for the next day. How about nice bedding that coordinate with the design theme?

Children’s rooms should be functional and organized, as well as fun and well-designed. This is the best gift you can give your child to tell them how much you love them and that you care. With a room that they love, children will be rejuvenated for the new year and motivated to do well with their school work. It can be as easy as some fresh paint, decorative pillows and new bedding to turn the end-of-summer blues into fun and productive fall. Your child will appreciate the new décor and enjoy it for many years to come.

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Creating tranquility and comfort in a hotel room!

Recently I had the chance to stay at freshly remodeled Hampton motel in Seattle, Washington. The new design was very well put together and that really effected how I felt during my stay. There was an effort to create that feel of home, relaxing, restful environment.

The most comfortable bed dressed in all white soft linen, made me want to dive right into it!!! The duvet was so downy and soft, bunch of feathery, slouchy pillows, which made me want to stay in bed for that unsurpassed pampering!

Of course I paid close attention to the window treatment. The first layer was a screen shade which totally loved because it defused the bright light and gave the room  some privacy and one still could see out. The second layer was draperies with black out lining for total room darkening. Stationary panels in a large print framed the window on each side and a tailored cornice finished the window.

Although there was nothing out of the ordinary about the room but how it was put together, the colors, patterns, and the effort to create comfort, restful feeling, and serenity what made me feel down at home, and I couldn’t help feeling impressed!!!

Here are some photos:

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Luxury and style for windows!

I would like to share the Modern Novelties collection from the Kravet Couture fabrics.

Total luxury and style for your windows.

Notice the unique fabrics with metallic threads, intricate embroideries, open cutouts, and the delicate sheers.

If you are looking for the extra ordinary, and the luxurious experience, we have it! call us (630) 420-0800.

Guest Rooms! What can they tell about your hospitality?

Guest Rooms

Making a room welcoming and hospitable is the goal when designing guest rooms. Whether designing a guest room in a large suburban space, or in a compact city dwelling, each has its own challenges. With careful planning and creativity, guest rooms will be an expression of the host’s style, hospitality and thoughtfulness.

Here are some tips and ideas when designing a guest room:

  • A comfortable bed is a must; consider an extra layer of down to cover the bed for extra comfort.
  •  Vary the pillows from soft to extra firm and let the guests decide what is more comfortable for them.
  • The bed sheets must be soft. Egyptian cotton with a high thread count is recommended. How about adding fresh cotton fragrance when storing the linens? But be sure to ask if your guest has any allergies.
  • Upholstered head boards, pillow shams, Euro shams, decorative pillows, bed skirts, and canopies are all items that tell so much about the host.
  • Fresh flowers are another way to tell the guest they are important, and they are very much cared about! Again, be sure your guests don’t have allergies. If they do, silk flowers of high quality can be used and will fool anyone into thinking they’re fresh.
  • Displaying family pictures, trips, or special events will evoke conversation and discussion of happy times with guests. Another good idea is to have a wall display with words of wisdom. Special quotes framed or stenciled on walls is something to consider.
  • Try putting a coffee maker or electric kettle in the room with a selection of high quality teas. Add a silver tray with fine china, various sugars, honey, and a pitcher with glasses for cold water. Guests could enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or tea early in the morning in their own bed room without disturbing the hosting family.
  • Incorporate a reading corner with a comfortable chaise or chair, a soft comfy shawl, and a stack of well read books.
  • Pay attention to details and add those extra ordinary trims, buttons, tassels, and fringes. Those details say something special about the host.

All the careful planning will bring a smile to guests’ faces, and will give them a wonderful experience they will never forget.

Call us for free consultation: (630) 420-0800

Here are some pictures of details and ideas you can use for your own home!

Here is a video of a guest bed room located at a Naperville residence!

Valances: they can be a solution to many decorating dilemmas!

Here are some issues that we come across when designing window coverings for our clients, and valances has been the perfect solution:

  • Sometimes blinds were selected for a functional reason (privacy, and light control) and the hardware of those blinds are unsightly. A valance will be ideal in this case to cover up what needs to be covered.
  • When rooms are too small, and full draperies are overpowering, valances can provide the warmth, texture and color to the room just as much as a pair of drapes, without overwhelming the room.
  • If the view can not be compromised, and full draperies are obstructive, a well designed valance will give maximum exposure, without taking away the beautiful view.
  • When there is a need for natural light in rooms for a special function, such as craft or sewing rooms, sun rooms and kitchens, valences liven the windows without blocking the sunlight.
  • If the window is by an area where draperies can be easily soiled like over a sink window in the kitchen, or in a bath room by the jacuzzi, having a valance to dress those windows up is much more practical than draperies that drop down.
  • When having two windows on one wall with different sizes, designing valances to help unify the look is a smart idea.

For a free design consultation call (630) 420-0800

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Add Interest to your custom cornices!

I have noticed that most of the houses I visit that have cornices are very ordinary and even sometimes boring!

A cornice board can be stunning, and very unique! Below are some ideas to add more interest and beauty:

  • Vary the textures, add various fabrics.
  • Add unusual trims and embellishments such as trims with beads, feathers, shells, crystals, or unique tassels.
  • Do you have arches in your room and you like to emphasis this architectural feature? Have the lower edge of your cornice to follow the arches! Your guests will notice.
  • Add buttons, metal nails and tassels.
  • How about adding ruffles,  banding or pleats.

These were my ideas! How about your ideas, would you like to share?

Please call us for any questions or inquiry (630) 420-0800.

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