Design your own shade!

Good morning, Chicago, Naperville, Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Plainfield, Illinois

We have some exciting Window treatment ideas  for you!

You can design your own shade with comfortex window fashions, see the link below:

 

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Dining rooms with style!

Watch the video below, we provide style, elegance, sophistication, class and beauty!

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Ordinary Vs. extraordinary!

How would you describe your draperies: out of the bag and ordinary or one of a kind and extraordinary?

Ask yourself that question but please do not confuse simplicity with ordinary. Simplicity can be elegant and tasteful; ordinary is what you see everywhere:  overplayed, overdone, and just not exciting.

People are different. They have different needs, lifestyles, personalities, and tastes. Home décor should reflect this, as well as the house’s own appearance and character. Let’s take window treatments for example—your curtain work has to compliment the window itself, from its shape to its glass material, and, of course, the room in general.

Often, I visit homes with store bought draperies that take away from the integrity of the room. To be quite honest, a room will look better with a naked window than a wrongly dressed one.

Custom window coverings can be simple, affordable, and expressive! Choosing the right combination of fabric and hardware really takes a room to the next level of sophistication. It can also bring comfort and satisfaction to the home owner. We want you to feel good about your personal space!

I cannot stress how important it is for you to be happy and joyful every time you come home. This is my goal as a designer: I strive to assist you in creating a uniquely beautiful home that is totally you!

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Here are some draperies and valances ideas for your enjoyment:

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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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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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Burr Ridge Dining room

This is a client that I have been working with since 2004! This is their third house, having just moved to Burr Ridge, Illinois about 8 months ago. When I got their call, asking me to once again turn their new house into a home, we started with the dining room.

What grabbed my attention is the beautiful curved wall that separates the dining room and the breakfast nook area. That curved wall can be transformed into a sculpture! I contacted my faux artist and asked her to come up with textures for that wall to make it pop. The color scheme was inspired from the finishes in the room, such as the floors, the dining table top, and the fire place. The circle form was the geometric shape that was very apparent and repeated in the space to create a rhythm.

Since the room has two large windows that bring in ample natural light, I thought we can afford having darker rich colors. The colors we chose were warm and powerful as well as appetizing: deep warm copper and commanding powerful black, accented by scrumptious kiwi green!

For the window treatment, a special fabric was selected to emphasize the circle shape. Larry Laslo fabric “Cufflink” color copper (from Robert Allen fabrics) was the face layer and it was lined with plain black sheer. The fabric “Cufflink” is made out of cut out circles which made it very special and unique. A special pleat was created to enhance the fabric and the overall modern design. As for the hardware, we used a plain stainless steel rod with clear white glass ball for the finials.

A wall sculpture made out of hand blown glass was a perfect accessory for the southern wall adjacent to the curved wall. The curved wall was textured in a heavy luster stone finish, with vertical lines, and in a soft coppery color with multiple greens, grays, and silvers. The heavy texture makes a great compliment to the delicate, transparent glass.

A special chandelier was selected for the center. It consisted of a large black drum shade lined in Matt silver with multiple rows of white crystal balls that creates a water fall effect! What is so stunning is that when it is lit, shadows of the crystals form on the inside of the shade that are the same size and shape of the circles in the window treatment fabric!

For the dining chairs, an upscale, Italian made chair was the client’s choice. The modern design, the reflective black lacquer finish, the high back with vertical lines and luscious black and copper upholstery fabric made this dining room a truly dynamic one!

The colors are warm, rich, and bold. The circle shapes are selected to emphasize the curved wall and make it more apparent as well as creating a rhythm and enhancing the curves and the vertical lines were selected to support the beauty of the high ceiling and to create the sense of luxury, elegance, and extravagance!

I had so many complements from all the members of the family. My favorite was: “I make sure I go through the room, even if there was no reason to do so, I do it just because being in that room makes me feel very happy!”

Here is a video showing the stages of transformation of the room

And finally the room is done and here is the client testimonial


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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!

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

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.

Window fashion trends!

What is Hot and What is Not, in the World of Window Fashions!

Often clients ask what the latest trends for window fashions are. I would like to share with you the latest in terms of style, colors, fabrics and embellishments.

Style:  Full drapery panels are in. The past few years we saw more use of drapery panels on windows, with most unusual pleats and headings.

Roman shades in all known styles (flat, folded, ballooned, and all other types) are very much in fashion. Roman shades are very popular because they are classic: when they are pulled up they create a valance to dress the window, they insulate when drawn down, especially when interlined, and provide privacy as well.

 

Colors:  With the down turn in the economy the past few years, we saw new trends for colors in general, and the window fashion industry is no exception. Bold, strong colors are back! They are used as a pop of color with a more neutral background. Bold Tangerines, Mangoes, Teals, Turquoise, and Reds with grayed browns are being used; these splashes of bold colors are a reminder to the world that there is hope and to look forward to a better future!

Fabrics:  Textural, embroidered and fabrics with natural fibers are in fashion.  Fabrics like linen, cotton, Chenille, printed silks as well as natural silks are preferred over polyester and man-made fibers. Although natural fabrics are in demand now a days, synthetic fabrics are still finding their use in the design world. Clients also are asking for natural fibers, recycled, and (Green) products.

Embellishments:  Embellishing with bold, unique trims is very much in fashion. Using fringes along the vertical edges of a panel or having a plain panel with a one-of-a-kind over sized tie back tassel have become very popular. Having a breaded trim with a striking color in the perfect spot will accentuate an architectural feature that needs to be the focal point of a room. We are seeing more trims with wooden beads, mirrors, metal chains, feathers, and materials that are not usually used as a decorative trim. Pleating, buttons, grommets, and contrast cording is another way to embellish, and now more than ever, designers are using their creative juices to come up with ways to give their clientele head turning, knockout draperies that are totally their style.

Utilize our free design consultation, and free phone consultation! Ask for Susan (630) 420-0800.