What Should You Do With Left Over Fabrics and Trims?

The answer is: Be creative!  There are tons of ways to create beautiful decorative items for your home.

Here are some ideas:

  • Table runners, plate mats, or table clothes. Be imaginative with the center piece.
  • Pillows of all types and sizes.
  • Decorative skirts for the base of your Christmas tree.
  • Covers for your boxes in storage. You can trim them with bows, tassels and ribbons.
  • Ties to bundle groups of items for decorating, like a group of jars filled with jams and jellies, dried herbs, buttons or sewing notions and so on.
  • Skirts for baskets, bed skirts or pet’s bedding.

The ideas are endless for unique decorative items; let your imagination flow freely!

 

You might have a hidden treasure right at home, and not know it!

When my client from Naperville, IL (Dupage county) called me to redo her living and dinning areas, I was excited, motivated, and pumped up with energy!

I arrived to her place, a beautiful home with large windows, lots of sun and space, we sat down to discuss her needs and her vision of what she wanted the spaces to look like when we finish the project.

She wanted roman shades with stationary side panels for the windows, fresh paint, a new sofa, a rug, the reupholstering of two chairs and accessories!

When we talked about budget, we came up with a plan! We can do it in stages, and we can save by going on a treasure hunt right at her own home! You will be surprised at how many items you can find that can be reused, refurbished, and with a magical new face lift can be transformed into a brand new piece. I was especially excited to see a curio cabinet over stuffed with items. These very special items can be used as accessories here and there, which means reduction in our unnecessary spending on decorative items. The main budget can be used on the windows and new a couch.

A collection of china cups and saucers were buried under other items and they were well hidden in the curio cabinet! A flow of ideas came to my mind: why can’t we use them as our decorative items around the two rooms? My client welcomed the idea, and I had my wonderful handyman make me tiny shelves, then paint them, hang them on the wall in a special composition to have balance, and voila! The new look was fresh, unique, and economical!

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Do you like to sew? Great! We have the fabrics, trims, tassels and even patterns!

That is right! If you like to sew your own window treatments, and feel confident enough to be your own seamstress, we can assist! We carry a vast variety of fabrics, trims, tassels, and even drapery patterns. We offer design consultation, to help you put together your design project, from selecting the colors, rearranging the furniture, to picking the right fabrics for your windows and upholstery. We carry fabrics such as, Robert Allen, Kravet, Fabricut, Kasmir, RM COCO, Carole fabrics, and much more.

How about the drapery hardware? That can be a challenge! We carry products made here in the US and imported products as well. We have hardware for every style, taste and budget. see the video:

We now also offer a free phone consultation–a new added service–to benefit our clients, and help transform their houses into dream homes. Add the WOW factor to every little corner!

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Color Trends from Pittsburgh paint!

Color trends for 2012.

The state of the economy has always had an effect on the industry of home fashions and interior design trends and color trends, as well. We all have experienced the effect of the slow economy and how it has impacted people’s emotion and the sense of uncertainty it has brought to people’s lives.

Therefore the need for happiness, optimism, and hope resulted in richer, brighter, bolder colors. The background might be still and neutral, but one can see some pop, or accent of bright colors as a reminder of a happier future ahead. Bright colors are happy, and bring energy and enthusiasm.

The eagerness to have joy, and the need to boldly thrive all has impacted the color industry and the return of bold strong colors will gain momentum this year.

In addition to bolder colors, intensity is what we are observing in new color trends. Nothing creates intensity like high contrast. This can be done by using neutrals to balance out the strong color. Other ways to create contrast are to couple warm and cool colors, or shadow and light. These options can help create the perfect environment and stay hip with the color trends.

Color combinations are particularly important when it comes to interior design. Creating a look for a room is not just about one color, but about the careful selection of a few colors that go well together, as well as the emotions they create when they are paired.

Here are some palettes that were created by Pittsburgh paint.

Local Revival:

This trend is about unplugging from a complicated life and living more simply, in harmony with one’s community. It’s about reconnecting with the rhythm of the seasons, homegrown foods and the materials of the region. Craftsmanship is valued. Materials are strong and classic: leather, wood, aged metal. Design forms are simple and familiar: antique-industrial and retro-mechanical. Folkloric patterns tell the stories of generations. The palette is a mix of red berries, stone gray and solid brown refreshed by a creamy white. PPG colors in this palette are Rum Punch (231-7), Burnt Red (133-7), Pralines and Cream (117-3), Earl Grey (522-5) and Poppy Pods (526-6).

Beauty Queen:

This palette speaks to the unapologetically confident woman. It’s the return of glam with  disco sophistication. Beauty Queen strikes a feminine note but doesn’t exclude her suave, charming man. It’s high-intensity color that can turn light and airy on a dime. Lush and mysterious, soft and fresh, girly but not; the built-in contrasts sensation-seekers want. Ultra-slick surfaces like Lucite and mirrors capture the best spirit of the 70s. Sharp fuchsia pink and juicy purple are softened with cosmetic pink and freshened with this year’s brighter teal and white. PPG colors in this palette are Grape Juice (240-7), Tutti Frutti (138-7), Whirlpool (202-3), Candlelight Beige (216-1) and Brandy Alexander (535-3).

Quiet Tech

It’s impossible to unplug without a place to escape to, so minimalism is the foundation of this trend.  Rooms have visual interest without complication. Details and embellishments are kept to a minimum. Pale and mid-tone wood tones don’t overpower the space. Shapes are rounded and tactile to keep rooms from feeling barren or cold. In the palette, ink blues play with earthy and calming neutrals.PPG colors in this palette are Gray Stone (517-4), Blue Tang (449-7), Chinese Porcelain (449-6), Earthy Ocher (315-5) and Spice Delight (215-2).

Deco Candy

Bringing together vibrant colors and fun design, Deco Candy transforms a home into an intensely joyful playground. A vivid harmony of citrus accented by this year’s bright blue, clean green and tangerine, the color scheme is irresistibly optimistic. Stripes and color-blocking bring a sense of organization to what could otherwise be too boisterous a spectrum of hues.

Colors awaken the senses. PPG colors in this palette are Mother of Pearl (513-1), Persian Blue (153-5), Hearty Hosta (208-5), Tangerine Dream (123-7) and Citrus Spice (110-7).

Do you like to learn more about your colors preferences and personality? Visit www.voiceofcolor.com  and select the color sense game. Enjoy!

Call us if you have any questions or needs for color consultations. (630) 420-0800.