Trims, fringes, and decorative accents for draperies and window treatments for our Lisle IL clients

Have you considered using bead trims, fringes and decorative embellishments for your draperies or window treatments?

Well take a look at the video below, this is a source for decorative trims and hardware right here in the Chicago Land area.

Enjoy!

http://animoto.com/play/IDsAzoJhLewSOkptVae1LA

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A girl’s bed room gets an interesting valance!

When I get the request to design a child’s bed room, I get really excited!!!!

Recently I got a call from a Naperville resident to design a valance for his 10 year old daughter, he mentioned that his daughter is into sports and very athletic, she is not much into pinks and frills, she likes her window treatment clean and simple.

He also mentioned the need for shades to keep the sunlight out, to help his daughter to sleep in on weekends and Holidays.

The valance design consisted of four separate parts connected together with lace that resembles athletic shoe. Each part had a curved edge on the bottom of the valance to add that softness and femininity.

Two shades (Room darkening, Applause shades by Hunter Douglas) was provided to keep the sun away as well as providing saving on the energy bills, which came as unexpected bonus to the dad!

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Do you want to get your home ready for the Holidays? It is not too early to start now!

It’s only September, but if you want your home ready for the holidays, the time to start thinking about window treatments is now!  Before meeting with a professional, start an idea file for yourself; gather colors you like, magazine photos, advertisements, articles, etc. into a folder. Eventually, a pattern will start to emerge in your creative thinking. This will make it easier for you to convey your tastes and your dream vision to those working with you on your window project.  Stop by at your local magazine stand, which is sure to carry some decorating and interior design magazines.  Go forth and clip away!

Take advantage of our 1 hour free consultation and free estimate call (630) 420-0800.

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August is back to school month!

 

We talked about how important it is to redesign children’s bedrooms to help them get motivated and do well for the new school year.

Now we will talk about how to plan the project:

  • As we said before, get the child involved. Have him or her pick a theme. Once the theme is selected, research the colors, designs, fabrics, and textures that you need to create the theme.
  • Once you choose the fabrics, decide on the colors to use. Again have the child pick his or her preferred colors. You need about three colors: one major color that will cover 60% of the room, like the walls, a secondary color that will cover 30% of the room, and could be used on furniture, bedding, and draperies, and finally an accent color that will pop up here and there, like pillows, lamps, and decorative accents. The accent color should cover 10% of the room.
  • Be creative with the window covering, bedding and your furniture selection. A custom headboard that coordinates with a valance, beautiful decorative pillows, and useful accessories are areas to show talent and creativity.
  • Research what is available as far as shades, bedding, and furniture. For example Comfortex has what it is called the Persona shade. The Persona shade is really cool, because it can be customized by using your theme logo, your child’s name, or any design you pick.
  • Research what is good for energy saving, room darkening and acoustics to help reduce the noise of the outside world.
  • Child safety must be the number one priority when designing a child’s bed room; shades should be cordless to avoid the possibility of chocking or strangling.
  • Use materials that are natural fibers and if possible anti allergenic.
  • Make sure all furniture fit properly, and the proportions are correct. The room should not be overstuffed.
  • Ask about the manufacturer’s guarantee to make sure that what you’re purchasing will last for a long time.

Good luck with your decorating! And please do not hesitate to schedule a free phone consultation! Call (630) 420-0800.

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Creating unique custom draperies for your home!

A variety of fabrics, trims and sheers can be combined to create a full range of unique, one-of-a-kind looks for your windows. You may be looking for something functional, like something that will help you with light control, privacy or energy savings. Or you might be looking  for the possibility to add that warm touch to your rooms, we are the one stop shop for your window fashion needs.

Gailani Designs, have trained and certified staff, to help you with all your window covering needs. We will come out, measure, design, and provide you with an estimate, all in the first visit!

Valances, draperies, sheers, shutters, motorized treatments,blinds, shades,bedding, pillows and accessories, all can be ordered customized to your style and budget!

For more information call (630) 420-0800.

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Dining room in Lisle Illinois get a face lift!

Plain walls, cream colored upholstered chairs, and naked windows was not what my client wanted for her dining room!

The color scheme: She expressed the desire for warm bright yellows, greens, burned tangerine for a preferred color scheme.

The design: Traditional, but simplified.

Window Treatment: Privacy is important, simple yet elegant draperies, not too traditional, more transitional.

Walls: A modern clean finish.

Here are the solutions: Paint the walls in wide strips in two shades of a slightly muted yellows for bringing energy and stimulating the appetite.

The chairs reupholstered in two different fabrics, the back in a brick colored velvet and a tapestry in yellows greens and burned orange.

Hunter Douglas shades for privacy with drapery panels in soft yellow silk, trimmed in a scrumptious modern trim. The panels added luxury, warmth and the finishing touch the window needed.

Take a look!

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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.

Custom pillows can set the ambiance to any room!

Pillows

Pillows are an affordable accessory for any room. They can be functional, to make a seat more comfortable, or decorative to add an accent color, texture or just to make a statement. As far as cost, they can be inexpensive if they are ready made. Searching the stores, one can find beautiful pillows imported from India or China for as little as $25.00 a piece. Custom pillows however are a different story. Custom pillows can become very pricy based on the fabrics, trims, the type of insert, and all the bells and whistles that are added.

It might seem expensive to spend money on pillows, but the truth is, the quality, the personal touch, the creativity that goes into custom pillows is priceless. One pillow can set the entire ambiance of a room, and will bring pleasures for many years to come.

I am including pictures to give you an idea of what you can do with pillows in your space. Some are actual projects, and some are illustrations from Jackie Von Tobel book, The Design Directory of Bedding.

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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!

Trimmings to add a sense of drama!

Trimmings, or as the French call them “Passementerie”, is a term used for the decorative finishing added to the edges of draperies, pillows, lamp shades, bedding, and furniture. Trims such as bullion fringe, cords, tapes, gimps ….etc are usually added for drama and to provide a unique custom look, or it can be simply added for function, such as hiding an unsightly seam, or joining two different fabrics. Whether it is added for function or for a decorative purpose, trims always bring beauty and style to any room. There are thousands of choices out in the world of decorating; some are imported as well as U.S made. Some have the formal feel like the ones made out of silk. Others might be less formal that are made of cotton. A perfect match of colors can be achieved by ordering a custom dye for a custom fringe if the budget allows it. It is always a good idea to explore the different possibilities for creating that one-of-a-kind look that is expressive and reflects a personal flair.

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