Final touches on office project

I have a very special client who I've been working with for almost 3 years. We've done window treatments in every room on the first floor of her home so you can imagine my excitement when she asked me to help tackle her home office windows. Here are the before and after photos.

We used the same fabric with a different treatment in the joining conference room to give continuity between the 2 spaces.
Here is a close up of the valance in the office with the trim detail.
And here is the conference room close up of the decorative details. It is important to add a cord at the top of ceiling mounted treatments to eliminate the light gap between the ceiling and the window treatment. This cord matched the fabric perfectly.

Thread Art

There are so many talented people in this world and I continue to be inspired by their talents. In window treatments, I work with thread every day and never really think much about it. Other than the fact that as I get older, it is more difficult to get that little piece of thread into an unbelievably small hole of the needle. Check out the creative work of these artists. The designs are all created from spools of thread!

Confessions from an addict....

I have a confession...I am obsessed with fabric and I can't get enough of it. My studio is filled with books from some of my favorite fabric vendors and when I get a new shipment of fabric samples; I'm like a little kid at Christmas. I immediately rip open the box, plop myself on the floor and pour over the new samples. Oooing and ahhing at all the new colors and designs. When I am finished, my floor and I are covered in lint from the new books.

You have to understand, I am not the type of decorator who flies to London and New York to check out the latest industry designs. I spend most of my research time paging through magazines, researching on the Internet and talking to my peers. I offer design solutions for "normal people". Although I certainly respect the designers who travel the world and have their work published in magazines, most of my clients want REALISTIC design solutions. And, just for the record, realistic can still be beautiful.

Although I pride myself on providing reasonably priced products and services to my clients, I also feel the need to offer something extraordinary, something really special. So when I met with one of my favorite fabric representatives a few weeks ago, I asked her if she had anything really stunning in her samples. And that is when she showed me these silk fabrics from TEXTURE. Oh....they are so, so gorgeous and yes, so very expensive. HOWEVER, placed in the right room, this fabric is worth every single penny.

This first fabric is made from 100% linen with crewel embroidery.

Here is a close up of some of the other color offerings.

This one is studded with Swarovksi crystals, this is breathtaking. I'd love to see it in a candlelit dining room at night.

There are just enough crystals to add shimmer,
but no so much that it looks overdone.
And a few more colors...............

Here is another masterpiece with embroidered silk:

And I saved my favorite for last......

This fabric has just the right amount of shimmer and what makes it really special is it picks up so many different colors depending on the light and the angle. At one angle it looks like a spa blue and another it looks like a lagoon green.

This is the same piece of fabric. The picture on the left was taken from the left angle and the picture on the right was taken from the right angle. Look at the difference in colors.

Fresh and White

I absolutely LOVE the look of a white bed. There is something so fresh and clean about it; especially against colorful walls. The accent colors in the bedroom below are part of the palette we are seeing in the 2009 spring line of fabrics.
Techno Color Bed

Although all these beds are white, they all have a very different look.

This set is from Eastern Accents, I love the pleated detail on the bottom edge.
Eastern Accents Bed
This one is from Mystic Valley Traders with clean dark lines, this bedding reminds me of something found in an upscale hotel room. Maybe Manhattan?

Mystic Valley Traders White Bed
This one is from Mario & Marielena, the subtle addition of silvery softens the white palette and I'm not sure that is a true white on the bed...
tMariomarielena White Bed

Stencil Glam

I have always been a fan of changing a room using paint. Color can instantly change the look of a room either for the good or sometimes not so good....ask me how I know that one! A few years ago, I had a client who introduced me to a company called Modello Designs. This company makes custom stencils for designers and professional faux finishers. There are some really beautiful designs available and with a little creativity, they can be used just about anywhere. We have some wonderfully talented faux painters in Maryland. Brynne Lincoln of Paint Design Studio and I have worked together for many years. Brynne specializes in faux finishes. In addition to faux finishing walls, she also paints cabinetry. You can see more of her work at Painteddoordesigncompany. Another talented local artist is Dee Cunningham of Deelite Design. Although she also does faux painting, her murals are gorgeous! Her work is so realistic, you feel like you have to touch it to prove it isn't real.
Here are a few of my favorite M
odello stencil designs from the Modello website:

Decorative Artist: Norman Goodwin
Altamonte Springs, FL

Talk ab
out WOW factor! I think this ceiling is stunning, however doesn't the chandelier look too small? Maybe it is larger than it appears in the photo, but I think that ceiling needs something really large to live up to the design.

Decorative Artist: Debbie Hayes
Greensboro, NC

This stencil was cut exactly to fit on the stair risers. The combination of graphic design and black paint turn an ordinary wooden step into a beautiful work of art.

Decorative Artist: Jeff Raum
Moorpark, CA

Decorative Artist: Sheri Zeman
Addison, IL

This headboard was created for an HGTV show called New Spaces. The faux finish is on the headboard and what you can't see is the glass beads that were added to the paint to create shimmer and shine.

Decorative Artist: Jeff Raum
Moorpark, CA

This picture is my favorite but not because of the stenciling, but because of those awesome window treatments! After all, I am a window treatment girl! Look at the new look of "shutters". And the nail head trim...I sure would love to see this one in person!