A fabulous look – why change?
The client created this fabulous look in her home – custom made draperies and an elegant rod and then she added the Mackenzie Childs scarves to tie together the decor in her living room which featured the Mackenzie Childs line.
Four years later it was time for a little fine tuning and a room refresh. She wanted to hide the security system sensors in the windows and requested roman shades inside mounted into the opening. We suggested mounting the roman shades outside the window and near the top of the existing drapery pole in order to increase the height of the window and ceiling and tie the 2 window treatments together. She had originally planned to keep the scarves in place.
However, there are 2 slliding glass doors on the opposite side of the room to which we added Hunter Douglas Duette Vertiglides. We suggested to complete the look and enhance an already elegant room, we should add side panels and elegant rods. Now we will need the scarves to use as holdbacks. The result will be a beautiful room that highlights the client’s collections.
REWORK TO FABULOUS
Would you believe that this room is a rework? The client had this fabulous custom bedroom ensemble in her home up north. She LOVED the fabric and the look, but because of the tall windows and ceilings in our Florida homes and a new mattress, nothing would fit!
We came up with a great solution. We needed a new bedskirt, which we made and recovered the headboard so that it would match.
In her “up north” house the drapes were only 84 inches long and operable, whereas here we had installed some beautiful Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades on the window. The drapes only had to be decorative. We made pelmets/overlays for the top of the drapes. Luckily the client had kept the extra trim from the original installation 12 years ago so we were able to trim out the bottom of the overlay to match the bed pillows. Add a 3 in pole from Resin Solutions with luscious finials and behold a stunning bedroom.
And all for a fraction of the cost of a complete redo of this luxurious master bedroom suite.
I don’t want to block my view! This is a comment frequently heard when clients are considering a window treatment - whether a privacy shade or a decorative treatment - or both. Elegant window fashions, well designed, are a complement to any view.
The picture above is a good example. The client has a fabulous gulf view from her master bedroom window. She had selected a soft coral as the main color for her decorating scheme. We chose a small pattern for the pleated valance - with a curve added to soften the rectangular window – and then side panels in a silk/linen fabric. This room has an eight foot ceiling and the valance was 22 in high at its tallest point – yet the view is preserved, in fact, it is highlighted!
The client chose a motorized Silhouette for a privacy treatment – again even at the sun’s most ferocious with a blinding glare coming off the water – the view is still fantastic!
In homes in Florida aquarium windows often present a problem – how to dress the window to add beauty to the room and also solve sun and privacy issues. The biggest predicament is how to place privacy treatments so that there are no ugly and dysfunctional gaps at the corners. Hard treatments such as blinds and shades need to be overlapped at the “bends” in order to minimize the gap. This can be unsightly, especially if you are not adding a top treatment.
A client recently asked me to solve this particular problem. The morning sun was really annoying at the breakfast table, but for the remainder of the day she wanted to enjoy her view. In addition, she wanted to “finish” off her room with a decorative top treatment.
My solution was a bent rod with sheers operated with batons. The sheers were easily pulled to cover the opening but also provided a soft, decorative accent when pulled back. We added a box pleat valance which pulled the main colors for her room. The client was thrilled with the result. She has also found a bonus in the sheers – they help insulate all that glass during the cold snap we are experiencing in Florida!
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