It shouldn’t be a secret by now that my clients and I love Silhouette window shadings. With such versatile fabric textures, colors, and opacities - and the ability to fit all kinds of window shapes - Silhouette window shadings remain on my top five list! My client was looking for a subtle, yet stylish updating for her triple-window den and kitchen areas that would allow for ample sunlight during the day, and privacy in the evening. Silhouette window shades were the perfect fit.
With all of the focus that’s being put on energy efficiency and sustainability, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that home automation is also on the rise. More than simply being convenient, installing automated window treatments and other smart home technology can go a long way towards reducing your energy bills. Better still, much of this new technology is actually quite affordable, and considering the huge savings it can bring, is definitely something we all should consider.
The hottest trend that we've seen this season has been the use of large geometric patterns on everything from window treatments to walls. Patterns are one of those things that people can find intimidating, and I get a lot of questions about how to use patterns to enhance a space without looking overly busy. Here are some hot tips to keep you on the right track to add a real punch to the space in your home.
I recently had the pleasure of working with clients who had just purchased a new home. The home was a new build, so we were starting from scratch with a home that cried out for privacy most of all. We needed to consider décor as well: my clients wanted a feel of uniformity while still giving each room its own character. They wanted to let in as much light as possible and still have energy efficient windows. We decided to go with top-down, bottom-up Duette Architella honeycomb shades.
Whether you're decorating for the Fourth of July, or looking for subtle ways to celebrate your American pride all year long, incorporating elements of Americana allows you to express your unique personal style, while embracing your American heritage. America is a big country with a rich history; Americana offers many ways to celebrate the tapestry of American life.
Detail. Accents. Sheer fabric. The trends highlighted at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase this year are gorgeous - and show that the way interior designers view windows is shifting. We don't just cover the windows - window treatments are a design consideration in and of themselves. The people of San Francisco love fashion and style, but function is also important - and this year, we saw style and function blending in exciting new ways. Here are 5 window trends that are hot in San Francisco:
If you haven't seen Pantone's color freesia, you're missing out on a burst of sunshine! If you're looking for a way to bring the sense of life and light that summer brings to mind, you should definitely consider using Freesia in your summer décor. Adding even a touch of freesia will bring an energy and warmth to your home like no other color can do.
Freesia may be floral-inspired, but it is no wallflower. Don’t be timid when to comes to using this summery color.
Wood-based design has always been the first choice for those who are looking for a comfortable option in their homes, but for homeowners in the Pacific Northwest, a reliance on wood in interior design has become a staple. After all, Oregon and Washington are best known for their forests!
A few months ago, I was asked to do window treatments for this combination family room/home office, located in a large basement. As you can see from the before photo, it is fairly bright for a basement space, with three large windows. You may be wondering what’s on the wall behind the desk, between the two windows: those are racks of collectibles. Along the wall opposite of the windows, there was a large TV over their brick fireplace. Both of these elements, along with the office furniture and paraphernalia, reveal the uses of the room.
I love finding new ways to use things that would normally be discarded. An outdated piece of furniture can be turned in to a unique decor piece with a little bit of love and creativity. Among my favorite materials to use for upcycling projects is, of course, shutters! Refinishing old shutters is a great way to not only add some flare to an empty wall, it’s also a clever means to create more storage and showcase space.
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