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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Awards for SK Design Projects!

My favorite industry trade magazine, Window Fashions - Vision, annually hosts our industry's largest convention, the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE).  This year the event is held in Las Vegas, in conjunction with KBIS (the massive Kitchen & Bath show). 

I was unable to attend the event this year, but was notified that SK Designs is the recipient of TWO awards, which were announced at the awards ceremony last night.  Whoo hoo!

The project below was awarded Second Place in the Decorative Hardware & Trim category.  This was a wonderful window treatment project for an open concept family room and breakfast area. 

Photography by Brandy Stoesz Photography
Decorative metal hardware was used in the family room between the swags, and coordinating accent hardware is featured on the mini cornice and swag in the breakfast room.

The bonus feature of the above project is that this wonderful client was referred to me by a very talented and multi-award winner colleague in Denver, Colorado.  She had worked with this client in the Denver area, and recommended SK Designs to her when the client moved to the Houston area.  We have completed numerous projects in this home and are continuing now with another project.  Thank you for the referral, Sheri!

Photography by Brandy Stoesz Photography

The adorable slipcovered rocker shown to the left was awarded First Place in Upholstery and Slipcovers!  This fun project was created using a raspberry textured fabric, a cream matelass√© style fabric, and a floral barkcloth fabric.  The client purchased vintage pinch pleated draperies (the barkcloth fabric) at an antique show.  SK Designs took the draperies apart and determined which parts were still usable and undamaged by time and use.  We had *just* enough fabric to match the pattern repeat on the front of the chair back and the seat cushion.  We turned the fabric pattern sideways for the seat cushion boxing, which created a pretty design feature (and was necessary due to the limited fabric. 

Photography by Brandy Stoesz Photography

 Contrast cording was made from the cream colored fabric, and a small pleated frill accents the bottom hem (below which Velcro is used to attach to the bottom of the chair frame in order to secure the slipcover in place) and at the top of the chair back.

The photo below shows the entire room, which features custom pillows, duvet and bedskirt, by SK Designs.  Isn't the room adorable?  I love the shabby chic collections that the homeowner has found at area antique shows!

The charming story of the slipcover is that the chair was purchased by my client's father for her mother, and she was rocked in the chair as a child.  She now rocks her own grandchildren in the chair, which is known as the "magic chair" for always soothing the children in the chair.

Brandy Stoesz Photography

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Details and Embellishments

Well, it has been a crazy long time since I have posted an update to my blog!  I have been super busy with client work and haven't had a spare minute to post anything.  Working night and day and weekends will take its toll, that is for sure!  My husband and I actually took some time off recently and went to Wimberley, Texas and stayed at our favorite place:  Abundance Retreat.  I will post more about our relaxing week at the bottom of the post (along with information about Abundance, in case you want to visit there also).

I have had some wonderful and gorgeous projects going on and will share a few of the specialty details with you here.

While we were in Wimberley, I installed some gorgeous pink silk drapery panels in a sorority house in San Marcos (my old stomping grounds).  I am awaiting the professional photos that were taken at the installation, but here are a couple of teaser photos of the embellishment detail of the panels.  Love them!!


The leading edge of the two pair of silk panels was accented with three rows of tucks, which were then alternately sewn horizontally from left to right, and the next row was sewn from right to left, creating the "wave" pattern.  Swarovski pearls were hand sewn onto alternate tucks for a specialty detail.  The pearl is an emblem of the sorority, so this was a perfect touch for these panels.

I recently ordered and received custom embroidered labels with the SK Designs name and website included, along with a little pair of embroidered scissors.  I love them!  I have begun to include them in drapery panels, dust ruffles and other items.

Below is a rendering of what the completed project will look like.  I have one more item to include for the project is fully completed, so you will have to wait a little while for the photos.

Another recent project was a pair of stationary spring green silk drapery panels with a rouched heading.  It was the perfect complement to this expansive window area in a family room.  I love the softness of the rouched heading.

The project below features some gorgeous teal, taupe and green accents in this beautiful home.  The breakfast area had wood blinds already in place and the client wanted some color and softness.  The radiating feather design was carefully placed in the center of these stationary roman shades.

This peacock style fabric was perfect for the room and the existing furnishings, and the trim was a wonderful softening complement.

The adjacent family room had great furnishings already, and lovely art and accent pieces.  The arched center window had plenty of space on each side, allowing for drapery panels with contrast cuffs to take advantage of the room's height, and add softness to the large area.  

Last, but not least, of some of our recent projects:  a master retreat with 15 foot ceilings!  The gorgeous antique master bed now features a new comforter which was quilted-on-design to add interest and loft, with a contrast cording at the edges.  A gathered green silk bedskirt, lined and interlined, as softness and looks lovely against the wood frame.

Photography by Brandy Stoesz Photography
A mixture of pillows enhances the bed:  three embroidered leaf pattern Euro shams with contrast cording at the head of the bed, two large silk velvet cheetah embossed boxed pillows with contrast flat flanges and pleated corners, and a segmented rectangular pillow with contrast cording and Chinese knots add to the lushness of the bedding.  A segmented reversible scaldino with tassel trim edges adorns the foot of the bed.

Photo by Brandy Stoesz Photography
Photo by Brandy Stoesz Photography

Photo by Brandy Stoesz Photography
The high ceilings, ornate chandelier, and beautiful crown molding required a stunning window treatment that would take advantage of the 15 foot ceilings.   We added pleated sheers for privacy and light control, stationary French blackout lined silk panels, a stationary green silk roman shade with tassel trim to match the scaldino trim, all of which is accented with a decorative metal rod, rings and finials with a scrolling decorative centerpiece.

These are just a few of our recent projects...don't you agree that it was time for a little vacation?

My husband and I took our two shelties with us to Abundance Retreat, located in Wimberley, Texas. We love this area because it is not too far from Houston, and it has plenty of things to do nearby, and we can take our dogs with us!  Visit Abundance Retreat here.

Abundance has two lodging options:  Sundance or Moondance.  We love the light filled den in Sundance, along with the huge back deck and porch area, the window-filled shower, the deer, birds and other wildlife that comes right up to the deck, and its proximity to San Marcos, where I went to college.  

We did not do much of anything while we were there, but that was our goal!  Our dogs loved it too, and found it very relaxing (except when they saw deer, and then they were a little rowdy).  Here is a picture of Sadie relaxing while we were at Sundance.  

 And here is Izzy relaxing amongst the pillows.

I hope you have had a great summer!  I am looking forward to the fall weather and to working on more lovely projects for my clients!