Saturday, January 30, 2010

Simple Solutions

Color adds so much to a room yet many people are afraid to use it on the walls. This dining room had white walls and no character. The homeowner's favorite colors are in the burgandy/purple family. The room is small and using the color on all walls would have closed it in so we painted the focal wall, the one that is viewed when first entering the room. It brings some drama as well as warmth to the room.

With multiple shelves it's tempting to over accessorize. With these shelves we carefully chose items that had different textures and sizes, but, that were complementary in coloring. They were stategically placed for balance. The clock over the TV acts as a cohesive element and lets the eye flow easily from the left shelf to the right. And, by the way, this living room is adjacent to the dining room pictured above. The connecting wall is painted the same violet on the living room side.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Window Treatments

Just finished designing some window treatments on my new computer program. I'm only using the basic elements of the program at this point, but I am so excited. I was hoping to share the renderings, but, they won't transfer to this site. I tried to scan them and my scanner's not working. Technology is great when it's working, but is so frustrating when it won't do what you want it to do.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Not Your Traditional Swags

Swags and cascades are thought of as a very tradtional look. As you can see from these photos, they can have a more modern look. A neutral fabric was chosen to compliment the neutral colored furnishings. Rather than being pleated in the traditional style the swags and cascades were gathered to give them a more natural and casual look. The last photo shows a treatment with the lines of a swag treatment, but with a flat panal in the center. This simplifies the treatment and makes it a perfect choice for the bathroom.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Computer Frustration

I've been trying to activate the hyperlink for Randall K Bedding. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but the computer keeps rejecting whatever I do. The instructions always sound so easy. I do want you to check out the site because they have beautiful things. See the post below, Cozy Bed, to view the entire link. It's a little long to type in, but well worth it.

Cozy Bed

It was hard getting out of bed this morning. The feel of good quality sheets and soft blankets is irresistible on a cold, rainy morning. One source I like for bedding is Randall K. They sell custom products, but also luxurious bedding ready for shipping.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Upgraded Bathroom

You don't have to knock out walls to make an old, tired bathroom look and feel updated and fresh.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Obviously the picture below is not of a window seat cushion. However, we did fabricate a window seat cushion for his bay window and I just put the wrong caption on the picture.

Window Seat Cushion

My son's dog chewed his ottoman so I had it recovered for him.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Designing Window Treatments on My Computer

I have a new computer program for designing window treatments and doing space plans. For years I have been designing freehand and I get great satisfaction from doing it that way, but, changes can be made so easily with this new program and I can experiment with many more ideas than I could when I was doing the actual drawing.
Sometimes my computer frustrates me, but, I can say it is making my life a whole lot easier. I have also finally learned how to download pictures from my camera. Who knew it's so easy!
I'm working on several window treatment projects at the moment and I love playing around with ideas on this program. The possibilities are endless.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Getting Acquainted

Here I am writting my first blog post. I'm new at this so bear with me because I'm sure I'll be making mistakes for a while until I figure everything out.