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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!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Raised Swag with Bling - inspired by Houzz

I have been busy lately and will be adding numerous posts about my recent projects.  This post is about the guest bedroom for some new clients who were such a pleasure to work with!  The client's mom contacted me about providing window treatments for all of the couple's new home's windows and they were great to work with from the word "go".  The client provided me with numerous inspiration photos from Houzz, along with photos of their existing bedding or furniture, so that I could bring ideas and fabrics that would work well with her initial ideas.

We decided on ALL of the styles and fabrics for all eight rooms in one appointment - whew!  It was great fun to select everything all at once and get the fabric, trim and hardware orders rolling in.

This post is about the guest bedroom project.  Below is the photo of the existing bedding that we would coordinate with for the window treatment.

The inspiration photo showed a raised swag with contrast cascades and choux which were accented with large faceted faux crystals.  I love this treatment and in the inspiration photo, you can see the proportions are perfect for the window, and the fabric pattern repeat matches on the shower curtain and the cascades - design perfection by Pamela DeCuir Interior Designs, with flawless fabrication by Design by Evelyn!

Design by Pamela DeCuir Interior Designs; Fabrication by Design by Evelyn
I made a mockup of the treatment in my workroom, to check the proportions and make sure the swag fold would drape well in both the bottom folds and the lifted folds.

We selected an embroidered fabric for the main fabric, with contrast dark cream for the cascades and medium blue for the microcording on the cascade seam.

Here is the finished treatment at installation:

The husband was home during install and took photos to send to his wife as we went from room to room, so she could see how the project was going.  When she arrived home, she sent me the sweetest email stating that she ran from room to room, so excited to see each project and how well they complemented each room.  

I will be posting photos of the rest of their treatments soon - keep watching!