Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Window Wednesday

As seen recently at the DC Design House.
The wall color is quite dark and makes this a little difficult to see. The very lovely print on this Roman shade is accented by the grey banding.
Did you know that you can now have a cordless Roman shade? Look how graceful the one above looks without any dangling cords. Safer for homes with children and pets, too!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Design Inspiration

Even long ago, preparation was the key to design fulfillment!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A little inspiration

.....served with a smile!

Window Wednesday

OK, I'm a day late again!
Although this window is over a tub, for once the intelligent choice was made to place the window higher so that you can't see into the master bath.
This design is so simple, deceptively so.  It was rather simple to hang the curtain holdbacks we used for this throw swag. (I say "rather simple" because I didn't have to do it! My installer is 6'4" so he didn't even use a ladder!) Dressing the swag is the hard part.
We will have to get a professional to photograph this soon so you can see that we lined an embroidered sheer with a satin for this treatment.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

One Pillow - Two Colors

Color can effectively change the entire look of something.
Here, the embroidery is in two different colors.

The background fabric is the same on each pillow, but you'd never think they were the same design.
Pillows available from Surya.  Burnt Orange and Mint shown.  Also available in Lime, Magenta, Navy and Olive.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Nature's Color Combination

As soon as a new client asked me to conjure up a new color scheme for their bedroom, I passed this piece of inspiration while on a walk near my house.
The new growth on the spruce, which was quite blue, the earthy green underneath, the brighter grasses nearby and the brown/ taupe of the mulch were a stunning combination, and would be perfect for a relaxing sanctuary.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Help me choose!

It is our own projects that get away from us. Long days and sometimes even longer nights leave little time for creating our own homes when we are busy making a client's dreams come true.
Here is my dining room prior to moving in three years ago:

We had the floors cleaned up and since I was ok with the stripes on the wall, we moved our furniture in and that was that.  The constant repairs took up a large portion of our time and our money.  I had bought some lovely silk velvet at a seconds store at least 4 years ago and want to use it here for draperies, although it isn't enough.
I think pairing the velvet with a print on the same drapery panel could be really interesting, not to mention dramatic. Both of the prints I have in mind are devilishly expensive, so it really comes down to color and style.
Here are my two choices:
Since there is so much orange in the rest of the house, the fabric on the right, with the orange paisley makes sense.  It is so much fun and the pinks are a good match to the velvet.
The fabric on the left, however, makes my heart sing! What you can't see or feel from this photo is that the green and white printed section is actually an embroidered velvet applique. Now that you don't see every day!
Here are the choices from a different direction, which really shows the color of the velvet.
So which would you choose?
Fabric with orange paisley is from GP&J Baker, available through Duralee.
Fabric with green appliqued white velvet is from Lorca, available through Osborne and Little.