Tag: fabric

Favorite Online Curtain Resources

August 19, 2017

When doing online room consultations, one of my most requested services is finding the perfect window treatments. I have found curtain panels are the best way to create dimension and add softness to any room at the best inexpensive cost.  From luxury to the budget friendly, here are my favorite online drapery sources in no particular order:

Joss & Main

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Wayfair

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Overstock

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I have highlighted  and linked the company names to bring you straight to the window curtains category in case you wanted to save  this page as a quick resource to use at a later date.

The criteria I look for when shopping online, not only for window treatments:  REVIEWS, free shipping, availability, company return policy and cost.Read More

Double Curtains

October 23, 2016

Hey everyone! I am working with a homeowner that has a sliding glass back door off of their den and was looking for ideas for window treatments. They do not use the door often, (outdoor furniture set up on other side of door). The room is used basically for TV and movies.  I suggested looking at double curtains:

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I think they are very pretty! Attractive window treatments can actually be the focal point of the room:Read More

Quick & Inexpensive Idea To Freshen Your Kitchen

July 28, 2016

I thought I would share a quick tip for your kitchen.  You know how a kitchen is filled with hard surfaces?:

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We have cabinets, counter tops, appliances and flooring. A few ways to add softness to the room is to bring in fabric with window treatments, tablecloths, linens and area rugs:Read More

Fabric Tip Worth Repeating

July 14, 2015

I probably sound like a broken record on the subject, but what happened today proves my point perfectly why you should be ordering fabric samples before purchasing.

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I have been looking quite a while for the perfect fabric for my kitchen windows and after looking at different colors and patterns, I decided a fabric with a white background with navy design would be perfect.

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The two fabric samples above are pictures of the same fabric. The background looks plainly white, don’t you agree? This is the sample I received today in mail:

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Even through the computer, you can see how OFF white it is. And the navy is plush and thick. Not what I was expecting. Here is another example:

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Notice the white background. And here is the actual sample of fabric:

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Can you see how OFF white the actual fabric is?

Imagine if I did not worry about getting a sample and ordered 14 yards of it for window treatments? What if it were for a client? You can not return it!

One more example to drive this info into your brain:

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I love, love using fabric and do not want to discourage anyone from ordering fabric online. Just be sure to order that sample to save yourself from any headaches! Thanks everyone!

Kelly

Designer Tip When Ordering Fabric Online

September 30, 2014

[pinterest]I miss the old days of going into a large fabric store and seeing and touching all of the many gorgeous fabrics, don’t you? I used to love to go and pick out my fabric for projects. I could touch it as well as see it.

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Our only local store closed and now I have to do everything online. Easy, yes. A lot of fabrics to choose from, yes. But….

Have you ever received fabric in the mail and thought that this fabric is nothing like you thought when ordered online? Much different than the computer fabric.

You know how I always suggest buying small paint samples to try before you buy a large amount? Well I also strongly suggest the same with fabric. Always, always order a memo to see what the fabric actually looks like. Do not pick paint colors based on the fabric yet or make any other purchases around this fabric until you have it in hand.

This happened to me just this week. This is the fabric I ordered online:

BH Silk Ocean

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I thought it would be perfect for a window treatment project I am working on. This is the actual sample of the fabric I received in the mail:

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Can you see the difference?! The actual fabric is much, much duller than the picture, and the blue is not even look like a navy blue.

Nothing like I had expected! Imagine if I did not order a sample and just ordered 8 yards based on the computer photo? Big trouble! I was so disappointed. Here is another example of fabric online:

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And actual:

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Can you see the difference? The online version’s background is gray and the actual fabric background is beige. The flower size also was not what I expected. Such a big difference between the two.

 *Designer Tip: When ordering fabric online, order a sample memo first! You will be glad you did.

One more example to convince you:

Online:

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And here is the actual fabric:

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Amazing how different they are!

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Kitchen Window Ideas & Inspiration

September 3, 2014

[pinterest]Moving on with our kitchen redesign, it was time to talk windows. As you can see in our kitchen nook:

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It is in need of some fabric love. But of course, things are not always easy. My husband does not want to cover any of the window molding and we do not want to cover up the view:

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Tall window panels will not work here because it is too small of an area. Plus all of the molding would be covered up. So my next thought was maybe interior roman shades:

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I was pretty excited about the roman shades until my appointment with my window expert. He explained using roman shades would bring fabric to the room but when folded up all the way open, the stack would hang so low (because of the thickness of material), it would cover a lot of the window:

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Our only option for now is to hang cellular shades like we did in the living room:

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Their purpose is keeping out the sun which it does very well, without the loss of view.

As I am working through my own window challenge, here are some beautiful kitchen window treatments for inspiration and ideas:

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All so pretty! I saw a couple ideas I might be able to try on my kitchen windows. Which are your favorites?

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