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Friday, October 21, 2011

design snip-its!

Scale and Proportion
Not every window stands up to the grandeur of your room.  Yet with some creative window treatments you can turn even a small window into something special by adding curved valances or flowing drapes that hang from the ceiling to the floor.  The important element is in matching the scale of your windows to the scale of your room and furniture.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

design snip-its!

Take your lead from the shape of the window
A great way to help you determine what kind of custom window treatment you need for your window is to consider the shape of the window itself.  Curves call for curves, lines call for lines.  A basic design tip is to keep “like with like” so that the eye has a place to rest.

Monday, October 17, 2011

design snip-its!

The function of your window 
What does this window need?  Think LIPs – Light Control, Insulation and Privacy.  Knowing what is needed will be the first step in determining just how to dress your window. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

design snip-its!

Make your window a focal point
Many rooms have an architectural element that will be a natural focal point, such as a great fireplace.  But if you need to introduce a focal point for design, a custom window treatment created specifically for your home is a great way to set your mood and style.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

design snip-its!

 Make your window a backdrop
Beautifully dressed windows can create a wonderful background for the favorite elements of your home.  Simple lines and soft drapes can help dictate the feel of the room, by enhancing design decisions you have already made.

Upholstery---JUST do it!

An easy way to change your decor regularly is to reupholster your dining room chairs once or twice a year--just go for it!! These chairs turned into works of art--who says that they all have to be the same!! Fabrics from Duralee -- love the mixture of pattern and ultra suede....

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The ABC’s of Window Fashion part 2 ...

Part two:

Window treatments can also camouflage an unpleasant view or architecture flaws.  If you have an unpleasant view, sheers will soften the image.  Maybe you have uneven windows.  Valances hung at the same level over the windows can hide that fact and make it more visually appealing.

You can also give the illusion that a small window is larger than it is by framing the window with your window treatments.  A room can also be made to look bigger with soft, light or cool colors for your window treatments.

And last but not least, you want your window treatments to be beautiful as well as functional.  When choosing the right look for your room, think about the mood you want to create; casual, comfortable, elegant, sophisticated? For a comfortable, casual feel you might choose textured fabrics with a tailored shape.  If it is romance you are going for, use an abundance of soft sheer or silky fabrics.  Sleek lines and bold colors will give a dramatic, contemporary feel.  If you are making over the entire room, it is recommended that you choose your window treatments first and then select your wall color.  You don’t want to be limited in your selection by your wall color.

There are multiple ways to cover your windows and to achieve the effect you want and need – give me a call and we can get started on it right away!

Use drapes as a room partition

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The ABC’s of Window Fashion....

Part one:
Are your windows “naked” or in need of an update?  Maybe you have been avoiding window treatments because you don’t know how to get started and are overwhelmed by all of the choices.  First things first, you have to know your ultimate goal.  There are some features and functions to consider when choosing the right treatments.

Are you looking for privacy?  Most blinds and shades will give you privacy.  Both horizontal and vertical blinds will allow you to adjust the sunlight and give you privacy at the same time. Shades with a high opacity will also do the trick.

Do you need light control?  To completely block out the sun you can choose an opaque, or blackout, shade.  Blackout cellular shades work great for blocking out light. 

Are you looking for energy efficient treatments to lower your energy bill? If your room gets extremely hot in the summer or drafty in the winter you may consider a triple honeycomb shade that offers a high R-value for good insulation.  It will make your room more comfortable and save you money on your energy bill.

stay tuned for part two....

Monday, October 10, 2011

Our new e-commerce store, check it out!

We have a new e-commerce store setup on our designs by mara, inc. facebook page.
See what's posted so far today and over the next week or 
so we will be posting more items for sale from
our dbm home decor line--
featuring pillows, table covers & toppers
table runners, slipcovered pieces, bedding, 
and more..........

tile inspired apple green pillows set of 2

silk gold/creme with pieced face with mini welt in gold set of 2
we will posting more sneak peeks of products in the FB SHOP weekly!!
stop by today and like our page

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Custom Treatments verses Ready-made?

 Have you been wondering what to do with your windows?  Perhaps you’ve decorated everything else in the house, but your home still doesn’t feel quite finished.  Most of us grew up with window treatments in our homes, and when you don’t have them, sometimes you miss them without even knowing it!

But where should you start?  Should you go out to a store and buy them right off the shelf? Or should you have a professional come in and help you determine the best solutions for your windows, and get the best product as well?

Here are a couple of things to consider that might help you make your decision:

When it comes to dressing your windows, consider the current quality of the furniture and accessories in your room.  Your window treatments need to be of that same quality, or else they might actually “lessen” the feeling of the room.

Custom window treatments are typically made with a higher quality of fabric and lining then ready-made, and better yet, often include interlining.  Interlining adds more insulation but especially adds a luxurious look and feel.

There is usually much more attention paid to the details in custom treatments such as pattern matching and placement.  Plus, there are more styles and fabrics to choose from so you get the perfect fabric to complement your d├ęcor and treatments to fit your windows.

You do not need to spend a small fortune on fabric to have beautiful window treatments.  By using professional techniques and a quality lining, even a moderately priced fabric can look fabulous.


So before you dress your windows with just anything from the store, give me a call.  We just might be able to come up with something fabulous for your home – something every window will envy!! and you can't find these fabrics in "off the shelf" ready-made drapes!

I can't get enough pink tight Now! Going thru my second childhood

Great pairing of blues, soft greens and reds!