Draperies and soft furnishing can add new life to your rooms!

March is the Month of Rebirth!

What I mean by rebirth is to give new life to your rooms! Even if you are satisfied with the look of your spaces, it does not hurt to try something new and exciting!

Some ideas for different changes can be an add-on, a partial change, or a total make over! An add-on can be a new accessory, for example changing the hardware of a treatment, adding a banner, swag, or tassels. A partial change could be having new shades and replacing the old, dated ones with new fresh ones while keeping the draperies or valances. Or perhaps you are due for a total room makeover! Whatever the case might be, it is always a good idea to bring in some changes to your space to add joy, energy, optimism, and happiness into your life.

Here are some ideas to think about that will help in creating an updated look:

  • Think reupholster: Give an old piece of furniture a totally new look by not only changing the fabric, but also changing the shape of the arm and the back. You can add a skirt, or add nails, buttons, cords or tassels! The picture below is of a set of dining chairs with new upholstery. We gave it a smart, new look by having tapestry seats and velvet backs. The old chairs were boring with off-white, ordinary fabric.

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  • Think new updated finish: Give an old table or chair a new updated look with faux finish. See the video below for a table that was oak to match the chairs, but now has a totally updated look with a new finish.

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  • Think slip covers: Slip covers are in fashion now and you can have a fun slip cover for one or more pieces of furniture to create a new ambiance in a room.
  • Think of new throw pillows: A group of new custom pillows on your sofa, bed or chase can bring new colors, textures and add patterns to any room.

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  • Think reversible: You can try drapery panels that have two faces and you can reverse them as needed. You can have a valance with two faces and use Velcro to attach it to a board, and when you are tired of one face, rip it off and reveres it. The throw panels below have a burned brick color and are lined with a champagne off-white color. Our goal was to use the brick color for now and if the furniture changes in the future, the neutral color will still work, or if the house is put on the market for sale, it will help the prospective buyers to visualize themselves using the same draperies for a while without going through new purchases right away.

Below are reversible throw panels, Burr Ridge Illinois

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  • Think attachable: Have you thought of adding banners, flags, swags, bows, jabots and any other piece you can think off? I have designed draperies with changeable banners to go with different rugs, to change with the seasons, and my client loved it! Take a look at the pictures below and tell me how many variations you can think of when you look at the treatment. How many can you make for picture A and how many for picture B? I have 5 Starbucks gift cards with $5.00 on each and I am sending it to the first 5 people who respond with the right answers! Have a cup of coffee on me!

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Draperies can add romantic touches to any room!

What comes to mind when the word romantic is mentioned? Personally I would think of Diamond, sparkle, shimmer, flowers, sheers, vibrant or soft shades of red, orange, pink or purple or any thing that might suggest romance!

As far as draperies, the design as well as the materials used can add a romantic feel to any space whether it is a bed room or not.

The type of fabric and the combination of textures, trims, and finishes, what will set the mood of a room.

Look at the pictures below:

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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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For ideas and free estimate 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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Custom shutters, are the high end furniture to your windows!

Do you want to add value, beauty, and save on energy bills?

Custom shutters will provide all that!

Call us for a free estimate (630)420-0800

Happy client from Burr Ridge Illinois!

Nothing beats the feeling of happiness when a client express their satisfaction with my work.

Here is a client testimonial after the work had been completed for his dining room at his residence in Burr Ridge Illinois.

 

 

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!

Call (630)420-0800 for a free estimate!

Hunter Douglas custom shutters!

Hunter Douglas shutters program provides various options for all types of windows. Arched, bay, sliding doors…etc all can be treated with beautiful plantation shutters.

Please view the video below:

Call us for all your shutters needs! Free estimate provided (630) 420-0800.

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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!

 

A Bed room!

Here is an illustration of a bed room. This bed room design could make a great  guest bedroom. It carries the sense of serenity and it is very welcoming.

See the Illustration below:

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