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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cowboys and Celtic Banding

This week I had two installations which could not have been more diverse. 

The first installation was a small (24 wide by 13 tall) inside mounted valance for an entryway powder room.  Newly wallpapered in soft cream, bronze and light gold tones, we opted for a shaped cream silk valance accented with bronze microcording, tassel and Celtic banding in an undulating oval shape.

This motif was selected from The Great Book of Celtic Patterns by Lora S. Irish.  This book has wonderful and creative design ideas and is my favorite go-to book for Celtic inspiration. 

While I most often use 1/2" bias banding for Celtic applique', this petite project called for a more delicate 1/4" banding, which curved beautifully and easily around the many curves in the project.

Our next installation of the day was for a friend and neighbor whose projects have been featured previously on this blog. 

I am happy to add that her home will be featured on our upcoming neighborhood home tour and I know the attendees will love her collections and creative style.

This project was for the "Cowboy" guest bedroom.  As always, she provided a challenge for this project:  utilize her grandmother's tropical-patterned barkcloth drapery panels in this western-themed bedroom.  Due to the age of the barkcloth, there were some condition problems which required planning and creative cutting to work around, while making sure the pattern repeats on the overlays matched each other.

The photo above shows the smaller side window, along with some of the numerous cowboy/western collectibles featured in the room.

The larger window above the bed also showcased the faux-leather embossed cornice which was the backdrop to the barkcloth overlays.  The overlays were accented with leather and bead conchos, which can be seen more closely in the photo below.

Hope you enjoyed the latest blog post - and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!


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