Roman Shade Class a success!

I just finished teaching a 4 session class on "How to make a roman shade" through Howard County Parks and Recreation. What fun we had! It was learning for the teacher and the students; this was my first time teaching a class through the county. Each student had an opportunity to make a roman shade custom fit for 1 window in their home. Here is a picture of some of the students with their finished shades. The student on the right decided to make her "skirt" a little longer on the bottom for a truly "custom" look. Thank you for those that participated and I'll be offering more classes this fall!

Sumptuous Bathroom

Isn't this bathroom sumptuous? I know Valentine's Day has come and gone, but when I saw this photo, I couldn't help thinking how romantic is would be to celebrate Valentine's Day in a bathroom as luxurious as this one. I love the details in the cream drapes that flow onto the floor at the entrance.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

In October 2008, I saw a posting on the Window Coverings Association of America website that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was looking for several people to fabricate window treatments and bedding for a family based in Fayetteville, Pennsylania. I contacted Monique Becker of Becker Window Fashions. She was chosen by the show to put together a team to fabricate the treatments.

I was part of 7 designer workrooms asked to fabricate window treatments and pillows for this family. Several workrooms were based in and around Reading, PA and there were 3 of us from Maryland. All of us arrived on a Tuesday to get the fabric and the design specs from the designers (not the ones you see on TV, but the ones who really do the work). We divided the work between us and had to deliver it back to the house on Thursday. My friend Denise and I were asked to sew the panels that are in the main family room of the house.

Our group arrived to install our window treatments on Thursday at 4:00 and when we were finished installing, the designers asked if we could help more so we stayed on to help do whatever they needed. We brought in groceries, hung up new clothes, unpacked new toys, threw away trash and so much more. We were in the house until 3:00 am Friday morning. The head designer said we could come back to help inside the house before the family came home. We arrived at 11 Friday morning and did more of whatever needed done inside the home.

The Drumm family has 2 sons who are both autistic. The mother works part time as a teachers assistant and she and her husband both volunteer for a local baseball league.

They purchased their 900 square foot ranch home about a year and a half ago without knowing that it was built on a land fill. They had been living without running water and their only source of heat was from one wood burning stove. We were told it was the worst home the producer had ever seen with mold growing on the basement walls.

ABC picked this family from 5 in the Fayetteville area who all qualified. The women who originally wrote the letter to ABC never got to see the Drumm family win because she passed away before it was announced they were selected for the new home.

I haven't watched this show much lately because it always made me cry and I also became cynical that the house was really built in a week (and it was high quality) and they really did all this wonderful stuff for the family. I am here to tell you first hand, it is all real and there are so many wonderful people who you never get to see who volunteer their time and money to make this all possible. Not a dime was spent to put this house together. EVERYTHING was donated. I feel so blessed to have had a chance to be part of it all.

This show aired January 18, 2009.

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Arched Window Rendering

I offer rendering services to my clients so they can see my design ideas before they actually order their window treatments. It makes it so much easier because they don't have to "imagine' what the treatment will look like when it is installed. I also love using this software because it helps me adjust the design before anything is cut or sewn.

Rendering of arched window treatment design

Finished Treatment

Detail of tieback and tassel trim

Detail of top of treatment