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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Roman shades and baloon shades dress up this master bath in Burr Ridge IL!

Fabric shades have always been popular window treatments. We have seen more interest in the use of shades the past few years. Our clients prefer fabric shades (Flat Roman, Water fall Roman, Hobbled Roman, Balloon shades, Austrian shades, …. etc.) because they look neat, they provide a valance look when they are lifted up, they insulate–especially when interlined–they provide full privacy when pulled down, they can have the top down feature, and now they can be ordered cordless for child and pet safety.

Our client from Burr Ridge, Dupage county, Illinois, loved the look of Balloon valances and Roman shades. Well, she got them both in this fabulous window covering

Call us for more ideas (630) 420-0800. Also visit our exciting windows web gailaniassoc

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Do you like this commercial drapery project?

Commercial spaces can look stunning too! Unfortunately, windows in commercial areas, like offices, are neglected. The common use is adding blinds, solar screens, and old fashioned vertical blinds. Draperies can add beauty and create a very special feel to any room, commercials or residential.

Below is a proposed design for a club house in Naperville, Dupage county, IL

Please let me know what you think!

A new OBGYN clinic in Naperville, IL

I was contacted by a bright, young obstetrician who has her own practice in Naperville, IL.  The existing layout and furnishings were drab and unappealing. Patients like to be in comforting surroundings where they feel secure and safe. That’s why we changed the color scheme from a cold, uncoordinated green, white and pink to warm browns and cremes. The new furniture has feminine appeal, perfect for an OBGYN office. We added custom pillows to make the patient feel like she’s at home.

Below are the pictures of the newly redesigned office.

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Mix, Match, and create an amazing look with the help of a designer!

Reflecting back on the past 20 years that I have been in business, the one thing I am most proud of is my ability to listen to clients, and observe their style and how they like to live. Keeping all that in mind, as well as the space and existing furnishings, I put together a design that is a reflection of who the client is, coupled with my design expertise.

Utilize our free phone consultation and call us for design ideas and assistance (630) 420-0800.

Please watch the video below:

Draperies, valances, and top treatments, they add beauty and warmth to your home!

Naperville Living room:

This Naperville client called with a complaint about her living room window. The sun is coming through the transom, causing damage to her expensive furniture and Persian rug.

The solution is to start the silhouette shades from above, covering the transom, designing a window treatment that enhances the architectural features in the room as well as the furniture  style and the overall room’s color scheme and style.

The swags were gracefully raised in the center and dropped below the trim medallions, which was another request the client expressed. The panels have defined and separated each window, and the slim swags drop enough to make a statement, yet allow the transoms to still show as a pleasing architectural element of the windows.

For a free design consultation call(630)420-0800

Also visit our Exciting Windows! Website gailaniassoc

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Burr Ridge Installation! A window with WOW!

Last week we had an installation in Burr Ridge, Dupage county. The room design is still not yet complete, as we are still waiting for some furniture and a light fixture to be delivered. Even though the room is not done completely, you still feel the power of adding the draperies. I have a video in the works, and some photos to share with you too! Watch out next week for our next blog, where we will have some photos for you.

The fabric is from the Larry Laslo collection for the Robert Allen fabrics. The fabric: Cufflinks, color: copper. It is a unique contemporary fabric that is a cut out circles style. It was lined with black sheers to add depth, and body. The hardware we used is Bloome, from the Orbit collection, a Robert Allen exclusive, as well.

Below is a video of Larry Laslo, Kips Bay Decorator show case house, where the same fabric was used.

Tie backs can make a huge statment!

Every element in the drapery’s design is important and it can make a definite contribution to the over all look of the draperies.

Take for example the tie back: a simple drapery panel can be turned into a magnificent one by adding a special tassel tie back or a decorative embellished one.

Tie backs could be made from natural materials, such as raffia, dried flowers, tree barks, ceramic beads, and materials of similar nature for that special look that one might desire.

Pleated fabrics, ruffled fabrics, trims, fringes, pleats, buttons, grommets, bows, and ribbons, to name few ideas can be added to the tie back to make them unique!

Lets look at the slide show below of some designs from my portfolio to get few ideas!

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Enter to win $5000.00 window covering make over!

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You could be the winner! Enter now through May 31st.

Persona Shades! Endless options!

I would like to share the persona shade link with you. Persona is a shade by comfortex, and you will see how this versatile shade can add that personalized touch to any interior.

It comes as a roller shade, Roman shade, Panel Track and cellular pleated shade.

You can choose from floral, geometric, contemporary, your company logo, or any photo or graphic you desire.

You can select any color to match you walls, furnishing or even your paint swatch from any paint company.

With Persona you will Color your world, Design your world

Enjoy designing your space with persona! See the link below!

comfortex_html5.designyourownshade.com

Call us to assist you in designing your world! (630) 420-0800