Saving $$ on Conserving Energy and Preventing UV Damage

How to Protect Against Damage from the Sun on Furnishings and Draperies by Using the Best Energy Efficient Window Treatments

The saying goes that when The Lord closes a door He opens a window.  Well, that might be great for life’s opportunities but it really can put a hurtin’ on your energy bills, not to mention the comfort of your home!

Every month I receive a report from Google that shows all the terms that people used to search that resulted in them ending up on this blog site.  Month after month there are two search themes that repeat themselves again and again: #1 is how to protect against damage from the sun on furnishings and draperies and a very close #2 is energy efficient window treatments. [Read more…]

This Ain’t Your Granny’s Wallpaper!

I have to be honest, I can’t believe I’m writing this blog entry.  I have still not recovered from weeks of stripping wallpaper my mother had installed back in the late 80’s.  While the paper itself was probably not cheap it was not up to today’s standard of strippable papers AND  the preparation of the walls was not properly handled making some rooms a weeks-long ordeal!  Just when I thought I was done I discovered she must have had a half roll left and had the hanger wallpaper the coat closet! NOOOOOOOO! [Read more…]

Big Box Retailers or Big Mistake?

It will come as little surprise to my readers that I’ve long held the view that you’re much better off dealing with a professional when it comes to window treatments. I’ve always found that warehouse clubs and big box retailers are terrific if you need 500 rolls of toilet paper or a 50# block of American cheese. However, if you’re researching a product that is primarily a custom order product you may want to avoid the big boxes…and a big mistake. [Read more…]

Soft Shade Basics

Back in my first post I spoke a lot about the questions we ask a client to determine what is the best style/type of window treatment to fit their needs. A couple of those questions were regarding the use and orientation of the room. If you need to control the light and privacy in a room but really don’t want it to become cave-like when you lower the shade then a honeycomb or pleated shade may be the perfect choice for you.

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The Basics: Getting Started

When we first begin to work with a client we ask a lot of questions. You should do the same. Take a moment and look around your room/s that you want to decorate and ask yourself these questions: What do we want to use this room for? Sleeping/TV viewing require very different light control needs that say, reading. What direction does my room face? A north facing room can suffice with a much different product than a room that faces west. There’s no point in having a gorgeous room if it’s not comfortable. A room that becomes unbearable in the afternoon because of heat gain is useless. By determining the orientation of your room you’ll be able to select the right type of product to address the needs of the room. Next, ask yourself; how do I want the room to feel? Designing a formal room will lead you in a very different direction that a casual, homey feel will. Also, contemporary versus traditional design will lead to different product selections.

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