Friday, October 31, 2014

100 Windows - #64

A little pumpkin color for this Halloween!
For a traditional cottage in Arlington, VA we chose to do swags.
This was a very small dining room, that included a door to an outside porch.
I added a matching relaxed Roman shade to the door.
The clients had JUST moved in when we added the window treatments.  I'm sure the room is even more finished looking today.
Happy Halloween!  Trick or Treat-ments!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

100 Windows - #63

OK, so here is a window treatment similar to yesterday's only this time it is a real swag not a "faux".  That flat striped underneath layer could just as easily be a cornice, a Roman or a blind. Mixing a print with a stripe is always nice!
If you didn't want to do the flat layer, you could always just do one inside mount swag and call it a day.  Perhaps you remember this treatment I posted a couple of years ago that I did in a stairwell:
In this case I really do feel that you need trim.  It camouflages the fact that you have to cut the board a little narrower than the window opening.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

100 Windows - #62

Here is a creative idea, and perfect if you have multiple windows lined up and you want the repetition. Or if you have limited yardage of your fabric.
This treatment could be a "no-sew" treatment if you are handy with iron on adhesives and a glue gun. The striped layer underneath looks like it curves up a little at the bottom.  The "swag" part was actually flat so you would just create a pattern for that.  Surely the fringe was glued on! The whole thing could be stapled to a small board for installation or even mounted on a tension rod if you are able to install it inside the window frame.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

100 Windows - #61

I didn't realize that I had taken this picture until I looked at the details.  I thought I took it from the internet and had slipped into my "Ideas" folder.
This was actually a sample I saw at a trade show 5 years ago featuring Deb Barrett and her trunk show full of window treatment ideas.
This over-the-top design shows creative use of contrasting fabrics, flat ties, cording, curved tops and drapery rod finials!

Friday, October 10, 2014

100 Windows - #60

Soooooo... I started with a challenging set of windows:
And was directed by the homeowner to add some color, but not to cover too much glass, as privacy was not an issue, nor was light control:
Being only 5 feet tall and in a room with a cathedral ceiling, this one was interesting for me to try to photograph!

The fabric was from Robert Allen.  The striped contrast fabric on the valance was from Maxwell.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

100 Windows - #59

Sorry about the dim lighting, but I get so many questions on treating an arched window.  Here is a beautiful solution.  Hang the drapes from a rod that goes straight across the top of the window, ignoring the curve.  I think the black and white graphic print makes it.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

100 Windows - #58

Here are a couple of fun ideas.
First, take a look at this cornice board with it's cutout.  A plaque that says "Relax" was fit into the opening. There are so many things you could put in that little opening.  Think of it as a shadowbox for display.  It would even be interesting if you put a contrasting fabric inside, or changed the size or shape of the opening.
Next, the grass skirt used as a valance completes the beachy theme. I have also seen this type of grass used as a bedskirt.  You just cut it to your correct length.  In case you can't tell, this valance and curtain are over a tub in a bathroom.

Monday, October 6, 2014

100 Windows -#57

It's sweet. You could use it on a single window or in repetition on a whole bunch of windows.
In this case, the swag was hung from two hooks at the top corners of the window.  What makes it special is the teardrop shape, the contrast banding and the little ball in place of a tassel.
You could also do a similar swag mounted to a board or attached to a rod.

Friday, October 3, 2014

100 Windows - #56

Though technically not a window, the details of this shower curtain could be used on a drapery panel or a Roman shade.
The contrast black border around four sides was emphasized by the whimsy of the narrow pink leopard banding.
This bath was part of a teenage suite I did a few years ago.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

100 Windows - #55

I wish the colors in this treatment I saw in a model home were flashier so you could see the detail.  It's simple:  about 4" down from the pleated edge, trim was added horizontally across the top.  Although the easiest way to do this would be BEFORE the drapery was pleated, I suppose if you were very patient and really good with your adhesives, you could add the trim after the fact.
I've run a contrast band right through the middle of some pinch pleats (see below), but this I have yet to try.