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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How much light do you like to have in your rooms?

Your window treatments can be designed in order to allow more light in your room or not!

Take a look at picture below, this great room has multiple windows, and the client loves the light in her home. Her requirement was to keep the windows as clear as possible, and have minimal coverage yet add the warmth and richness of fabric treatment.

Here is a photo of the window covering design we provided:

The cornices were installed to allow maximum exposure of the window, slender side panels with banners on top for adding decorative elements and tie the room together, finally the sheers can be drawn to the sides to provide total exposure!

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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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Allure Window Shades!

Have you had the chance to explore the possibilities of Allure window shades by Lafayette window fashions?  Allure is the combination of elegance and function in the world of window Designs!

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Woven shades!

Provenance shades by Hunter Douglas are the perfect solution for your sun rooms. The ability to diffuse the sun makes it a wonderful window treatment to have if are thinking of redecorating this summer.

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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.

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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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Batiks, stunning designs that add beauty to your home!

Batiks are made by using a wax resistant dye technique originated in java. Normally the fabrics are cottons or silks that are painted or stamped with melted wax. The fabric is immersed in a dye bath and the waxed area resist the dye. The wax then is removed by applying heat. Batiks have that Eastern feel and will work beautifully with bamboo and rattan furniture and will make gorgeous window treatment combined with woven shades. Some batiks are thin enough to be used as sheers, and some times it can be lined and used as drapery panels. Generally batiks are not strong enough for upholstery use.

We carry fabrics of all types and suitable for all styles and applications, for more information call(630)420-0800.