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Friday, October 3, 2014

Playroom becomes a Teen Room

One of my clients contacted me after SK Designs had completed work in her kitchen, daughter's room, study and master bathroom.  She was ready to update her kids' playroom to become a "Teen Room" for the kids to study in, watch TV and hang out with friends in. Her priority was that the room be updated, comfortable and attractive to both boys and girls.

The room has two very large sets of windows.  Shown below is the smaller side window before we got started.  The walls were a pretty pale blue, accented with hand painted stars and an inside mounted lambrequin style cornice treatment, which was recessed in the inset windows and mounted close to the glass. The window in the photo below is about 106" wide. The front window is even larger.

The homeowner replaced all the windows in the house and removed the existing metal protection bars, and added new pleated shades to provide light control and privacy, as well as to reduce the glare on the TV in the room.  The new windows and shades look great inside and out!

We debated whether the new treatments should be mounted inside the window area (as they had been previously) or above and outside the window opening, on the wall.  We would be adding comfy window seat cushions for the kids to sit on while they were reading or studying.

My client had the room painted a different shade of blue and added a fun rug with chocolate brown, cream, green and blue circles accents in a variety of sizes.

We decided on outside mount cornices with a shaped hem and contrast banding and cording. We would also have plush 4" high density window seat cushions which were wrapped in Dacron for extra softness and loft. There were 3 cushions on the front window, to tie in with the breaks of the windows and also to allow for flipping the cushions in case of a spill or stain. The side window had 2 cushions. The cushions were made in a great chocolate brown and blue check fabric with a contrast brown velvet cording. They are soft and super comfortable.

Several pillows were included, in a variety of fabrics and styles, to add comfort, interest and color to the seats.

Here are the fabrics we used; it looks like a lot of fabrics! But the room is large and could easily accommodate a variety of fabrics, textures and trims. We used a mix of taupe, browns, greens, and blues. I love this combination of fabrics together.

Here is the newly installed cornice on the large window.  This cornice was 155" long - a big beast!  I opted not to hinge this cornice for transportation.  I knew I would be able to move it out of my workroom and into the client's home without having to use a hinge.  But it was bigger than my 12 foot long work table, so I did have to add side tables to my workspace so that I could work on the cornices effectively.

I really do like the effect that the outside mounted cornice has in taking advantage of the height in the room and also creating a cozy seating area for reading or studying.

Hope you enjoyed this project!


Friday, July 25, 2014

A Beautiful Bathroom

This gorgeous bathroom belongs to a new client who found SK Designs on Angie's List!  They had recently moved to a beautiful home and were making some design changes, including the window treatment for their master bathroom.  The photo below is the "before" photo.  It shows the barrel ceiling and arched window which had been treated with some light cafe curtains.

The homeowner wanted a treatment that provided some privacy but also matched the drama and scale of the existing bathroom finishes.  She had already purchased a solid grey fabric and a lovely semi-sheer silver/grey fabric and wanted a metal rod similar to those in the attached master bedroom.

As I began to fabricate the treatment, I realized that the sheer fabric looked great on each side and wanted to make sure the client selected her preferred look.  So I sent her a photo showing each side so that she could select which one she liked better.  She selected Option 2, which I liked best also, since it had more contrast and drama.

The fabrics looked great paired together.  She wanted to use the solid fabric for the outer panels and the sheer fabric for the center area.  Below shows the two fabrics and the custom rod, which I modified to add more black to coordinate better with the fabrics.

As you can see in the original photo, there was a lot of available room above the window.  I suggested we use an arched rod to match the ceiling arch and other arched openings in the room, and that we place the new rod to be in proportion to the ceiling height.  The client readily agreed and I went to work!

I had the metal rod custom bent to our preferred shape and then I drilled the holes in the top of the rod for the metal "sticky rings".  This allowed me to be very specific in matching the holes/rings to the pleats in the completed panels.  I prefer the "sticky rings" because they have a little spike at the upper inside of the ring, and allow the ring to hang straight with gravity.  It gives me, as a fabricator, more flexibility and accuracy in the workroom, instead of having rings welded into place which can appear a little angled and bulky and don't allow for any adjustments.  These sticky rings are an innovative product by Amore' Drapery Hardware.  In the photo below you can that the revised finish on the ring, to include more black instead of brown, as well as the little spike at the top of the ring which drops into the drilled holes at the top of the rod.

Here is the completed project, which really complements the scale of this beautiful room!  The patterned sheer in the center allows for some filtered light while still providing privacy.

Below is a closer photo of the panels and rod.

And here is my client's own photo of the room at night, which showcases the beautiful sheer even better.  As you can see, we extended the panels about 8" out on each side of the window width, in order to frame the tub perfectly.

The client was really happy with the finished product, which we installed just in time for a party in her new home!

Thanks for reading!