Sunday, December 6, 2009

Dress your windows

Window treatments are a big passion of mine. I love to see the transformation and the "lightbulb moment" when the client realizes the huge difference a well designed and professionally dressed window treatment makes. Here are some examples of treatments I have done...I'll post more of them later.

This is an inverted pleat balloon shade done in a buttery gold silk check. Click on the photo to see the pleated ruffle at the top of the treatment.

I love the simplicity of panels. We did a white silk for these arched doors and for a little detail we added a fun ball trim and covered buttons in a green silk at the pleats. Click the photo to see the detail.

This photo is a work in progress. I was really happy with the way these zebra print roman shades came out. They are actually done in a cut velvet fabric...the texture is great in person.

This is an example of mixing fabrics to create some interest when doing panels. The panels are done in 3 different textured linens, we papered one of the walls in a neutral grasscloth to add more organic texture. The room has a sophisticated yet quiet elegance that makes it really comfortable to be in.

I wish you could see this room better in this photo. The wallpaper is a painted anaglypta that we had a faux painter add gold leafing to. The chairs are inexpensive parsons chairs that we slipcovered in a really romantic linen floral and the window treatments are silk with a silk embroidered gold sheer overlay that is the icing on the cake to this romantic dining room. My client found the painting between the windows on a trip to Paris and it couldnt be more perfect.

This is the living room across the hall from the dining room in the last picture. Im hoping to photograph the entire house so you can see it...its gorgeous. The panels in here are a gathered silk that has the most incredible dimension in person. Its hard to see but my client already had the fabulous black shutter we put behind the sofa and added a beautiful mirror instead of using a big piece of art on that wall. The vintage looking fabric on the wingbacks was a great find from the bolts at Williams and Sherrill.

This photo was from a work in progress but I had to show you how beautiful this embroidered Osborne and Little fabric looks when used on a flat roman shade.

This photo illustrates beautifully how a really good workroom can manipulate the pattern on a fabric to make a great looking window treatment. I love the way the pattern of this Thibaut fabric flows on this box pleated top treatment.

These top treatments add such warmth to this living room. I love the way the stripe falls on the treatment...its a warm and comfortable room to be in.

It is an absolute pleasure to work in a house such as this. The owners have taken great care to preserve and be stewards for this beautiful old plantation. They love the original mouldings and didnt want to cover them up so we inside mounted all of the window treatments. Love that bold boullion trim.

This is the library, the client liked the style of the treatments in the living room so much we did variations of it in a few of the other rooms. After this photo was taken we found some beautiful aubusson pillows for the sofa.

This is one of the clients daughters bedroom. We wanted to make her treatment a little more fun but still not take away from the integrity of the house.

This is a small treatment in the clients dressing room. I love the finials she found to hang the valance for a queen wouldnt you say?

This is a breezeway that leads from the foyer to a newly constructed master bedroom. Because of the angle from which you view the treatment from the foyer I didnt want to mount it on a board. I think the finials were just the right hardware.

This is the grand family room in the plantation house. It is surrounded on 3 walls by windows. Because of the ceining height and grandness of the room the treatments had to be substantial. We added a functioning roman shade under the valances for privacy. I think the stripe of the shade makes a great compliment to the valance.

This is the eat in kitchen which was added to the plantation house. I would like to take credit for the style of the treatment but my client found it in a magazine and knew it would be perfect for the space. The view of the rivier through the kitchen window is beautiful. The simple black and white color scheme is a great frame for the fabulous view.

This is a wider view of the elegant dining room.

This is a shot from the dining room looking into the living room. This photo was taken before we recovered the living room furniture. Since the rooms are so open to each other we decided to use the same fabric and window treatment style in both rooms. Click on the photo to see the amazing original moulding on the arched pocket doors.

I hope you've enjoyed these window ideas...I'll post more of them soon.

1 comment:

  1. They're absolutely beautiful Kev, now why couldn't I have gotten some of that designer gene instead of the baking bug! LOL!!!