When Standard Drapery Sizes Won’t Work – We Can Help!

 

There is nothing quite like walking into a store and falling in love with the perfect drapery or window covering. The exact fabric pattern you have envisioned in your head, is now laid out perfectly in front of you – just waiting to adorn your front window.

As you imagine the envy of passerbyers admiring your breathtaking window treatment, you notice a number. A number that specifies the length of this particular window treatment, and you immediately feel a pit in your stomach. The length and width of your dream drapery, is a far cry from the size of your beautiful picture window.

Briefly, you negotiate in your head whether you can live with curtains that are five inches too short, and that aren’t quite able to stretch the full length of your decorative rod. Shaking your head in disappointment, you walk away from the store display, and wonder whether you will ever have the ability to choose window treatments you truly love.

6 Ways Store Bought Drapes Disappoint
The scenario that played out above, is unfortunately a common occurrence. Aside from sizing restrictions, store bought drapes deliver plenty of other headaches for homeowners.

Deceptive Catalog Displays – If you prefer to shop in a store’s catalog or on their website, it’s important to note that the products displayed aren’t representative of the product you will receive if you place an order. Products in magazines are expertly installed, carefully staged, and photographed to look incredible. Windows used to showcase display draperies are sized to fit the product with perfect precision, and will likely look very different on your window at home.
The Absence of Fullness Standards – When you purchase a pre-made drapery from a store, its package will indicate height and length measurements, but will rarely account for fullness standards. When you install your store-bought window treatment, it’s length will stretch across your window, but the drapery will become a flat piece of fabric when closed.
Improper Ring Spacing – Even high-end draperies from Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn can’t account for how you want your window treatment to hang on your actual window. Improper ring spacing on pre-made panels can make even the most expensive drapery look like a messy blob of fabric once installed.
Inadequate Lining – Store bought window treatments are not always backed by the proper type of lining. Proper linings are critical to the longevity of the material, as well as to the vibrancy of the drapery color.
Lack of Professional Installation – When you splurge on window treatments from a store like Restoration Hardware, their high-end price tag does not include professional installation. Unless you are in the mood to spend more money, you will be left to your own devices once those curtains arrive on your doorstep.
Limited Fabric Options – Pre-made window treatments are exactly that – pre-made. If you aren’t keen on the fabric options available to you in a store’s catalog, you will be faced with the decision to settle, or go elsewhere.

Sew Many Windows Can Help
Sew Many Windows crafts custom window treatments for clients throughout the Chicagoland area. As much as we love perusing through Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware, we are just as frustrated by the six ways store bought draperies disappoint. We meet with clients everyday who share this same frustration, and who are surprised to learn that our custom designed window treatment prices compete with the cost of Restoration Hardware’s pre-made draperies.

Our team can meet with you in your home to consult on your custom window treatment goals. Accounting for length issues, fullness standards, bracket placement, and the scale and proportion of your room – Sew Many Windows will design beautiful draperies that will complement your entire home.

More often than not, we are able to match fabrics found in stores like Restoration Hardware. Rather than succumb to frustration and interior decorating woes, enlist the professional services of Sew Many Windows. Our team will craft custom, one-of-a-kind window treatments that won’t be found in any other home in the world. Professional installation guarantees that your window treatment hangs exactly as you envisioned it would – beautifully and flawlessly.

When your interior design isn’t quite complete, we are here to help inspire creativity by crafting custom finishing touches that will transform your house, into your dream home.

Give us a call today, and schedule a consultation with an interior decorator at Sew Many Windows.

October is National Window Covering Safety Month: 5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe

The month that ushers in autumn, jack-o-lanterns, and trick-or-treating, is finally here. October is officially in full swing, and so is National Window Covering Safety Month.

As an interior decorator in the Chicagoland area, it’s no secret that I love a good quality window covering. As much as I enjoy helping my clients choose the perfect drape or shade for their interior windows, I am also passionate about educating people on the importance of window covering safety.

The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) sponsors the annual window-cord awareness campaign every October, and is “dedicated to educating parents and caregivers about the potential strangulation risks of window blind and shade cords and urges consumers to only use cordless window coverings or window coverings with inaccessible cords in homes with young children.”

Designed with Safety in Mind
Here at Sew Many Windows, we carry a full line of safe window covering options for clients with young children. We are proud to feature the latest Hunter Douglas line of shades and blinds, including UltraGlide, Cordless, and Power View models. All of these great options are stamped with the Hunter Douglas “Designed with Safety in Mind” parental seal of approval. Not only are these products made with the safety of young children in mind, but they are high quality, durable options that cost less than they have in the past.

Window Covering Safety Tips
If you aren’t quite ready for the Sew Many Windows team to outfit your home with new Hunter Douglas window coverings, there are steps you can take to ensure that your home is safe for young children.

Crib Check! If you have an infant or young child in a crib, be sure to move cribs, furniture, and toys away from windows and window cords. The safest option is to move your child’s crib or bed to a windowless wall, if possible. If a windowless wall is unavailable, consider swapping your current system out for a safer, cordless option.

The Shorter, the Better! While it’s recommended that you replace older, corded blinds – shortening tasseled cords as much as possible will help prevent unfortunate accidents from occurring.

Anchor Away! Whether you use 3M plastic hooks or something fancier, take a few hours to secure any long or continuous-loop cords in your home permanently to the wall. More specifically, look for cord cleats, which were designed for this exact purpose. Make it a habit to immediately connect cords to their anchor as soon as you are done adjusting draperies or blinds.

Stop It! Most modern-day corded blinds feature inner cord stops that can be adjusted to your preferred length. Aftermarket stops can be added to many systems, which limit the movement of inner lift cords. Be sure these are installed properly, and don’t forget to check that factory-installed stops are functioning properly.

Retrofit It! Older corded window coverings should definitely be replaced in homes with children with today’s safer products. Homeowners who aren’t able to commit to the expense of replacing home window treatments, can explore retrofit instructions as provided by the Window Covering Safety Council. Whether you have Roman Shades, Roll-Up Blinds, or window coverings with continuous loop bead chains – there are steps you can take to make them safer.

Keep Your Family Safe
October may be the official National Window Covering Safety Month, but here at Sew Many Windows, we make it part of our mission to help people choose draperies and blinds that will keep their family safe, all year round.

Make the commitment to update your current window coverings this year, with cordless options from Hunter Douglas at Sew Many Windows. Be sure to schedule a consultation with our interior decorators in Plainfield and Naperville, and in the meantime, don’t forget to follow these easy steps to help keep your young ones safe.

 

Custom Interior Trimmings

 

An elegantly designed interior space starts and ends with one thing – trim. Maybe that’s just my personal opinion, but after having the privilege of spending the past few decades as an interior decorator in Naperville, I can’t help but appreciate how something as simple as custom trimming, can completely transform a space.

Add Versatility and Depth to Any Space
Interior trim is one of the most versatile ways to enhance the cosmetic appearance of an interior room. Done right, interior trim added to roman shades, a drapery lead edge, or pillow, can create a pronounced presence and depth to an otherwise one-dimensional surface.

Custom trimmings add a level of sophistication and elegance that is hard to achieve with any other interior design element. Quality trim enhancements can include borders, braids, tassels, fringes, gimp, and more. While traditional trimmings have been limited to fabric construction, here at Sew Many Windows, we are proud to feature Samuel & Sons’ line of silk, wool, wood, and grass trims that are as high-end, as they are stunningly beautiful.

As an interior decorator in Naperville, IL, I am always looking for ways to add intrigue, style, and enchantment to a custom space. Incorporating Samuel & Sons trim into a client’s space, allows me to achieve the perfect aesthetic for each one of my interior design projects.

Roman Shades
Clients who are drawn to the functionality of roman shades, often look to Sew Many Windows to help guide a more sophisticated shade design. Adding trim to basic or patterned roman shades is an excellent way to accomplish the high-end look and premium feel that so many of our clients seek. Popular trim options for roman shades include framing the outside of the covering, trimming out the top and bottom only, and spacing trim vertically over the entire width of the roman shade.

 

Drapery Lead Edge
Another popular placement for custom trimmings in interior design, is also on window coverings. A drapery lead edge is in reference to the inside vertical edges of two separate drapery panels that touch one another when closed. When pulled back, drapery lead edges are secured by a decorative hook to reveal a large picture window. By placing trim on drapery lead edges, we are able to enhance the look of the window treatment vertically, from top to bottom. Patterned, fringed, or tasseled trimmings can be added to solid-colored drapes, while patterned drapes can be enhanced with a solid color trim on the lead edge.


Pillows
Decorative pillows appropriately trimmed can be absolutely transformative to any space. Mixing the right material and style of trim is key to ensuring that pillows deliver subtly, without overtaking the room. Tassels, leather piping, fringe, and braided trim are all popular options to enhance decorative pillows, and can be one of the most effective ways to bring a space together.

 

Sew Many Windows is Your Trim Expert
As tempting as it may be to attempt adding trim to your own pieces and window coverings, it’s important to enlist experts who are well-versed in this type of design. Hot glue may seem like a good solution in a moment of inspiration, but proper and expert installation of custom interior trim will ensure that your enhancements and vision, last forever.

Call the Sew Many Windows team today to set up your interior design consultation in Naperville, Plainfield, and the surrounding communities. We can’t wait to bring all of your interior design dreams to life.

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New Home Interior Design Tips: 4 Rules that Should Be Broken

Summer may be coming to a close, but there are plenty of exciting things to look forward to before winter makes its first appearance here in Chicago. If moving into a new home is on that list for you, then you have probably considered new home interior design options in Plainfield, IL.

If years of interior design experience has taught me anything – it’s that people shouldn’t be afraid to break the “rules” from time to time.

 

Mix the Old With the New

One of the most ancient rules of new home interior design is that you shouldn’t mix the old with the new. Despite the fact that this was once a faux pas, interior designers and their clients are finding great pleasure in marrying different styles and periods together for a one-of-a-kind look.

If you own a few different periods pieces that you aren’t willing to part with, pair them with modern fixtures and accessories that bring your space into the 21st century. If you are moving into a new condo in downtown Chicago, hang a vintage chandelier and display an antique mirror to give it a sense of history.

No matter how you happen to do it, don’t be afraid to mix a little bit of history in with your current style. The result will allow for a truly one-of-a-kind space that will never go out of style.

 

Dare to Be Different

Speaking of things going out of style, one of the biggest mistakes you can make when designing your new home is to choose trends over your personal preferences. It’s one thing to follow the latest clothing trends, but it’s another thing entirely to allow your new home to be designed based on something as fleeting as a temporary trend.
When you set out on your new home interior design journey, pay close attention to the different styles and decor you like, not the styles and trends society says you should like. Your new home will not only look amazing, it will actually feel like your home, not like someone else’s.

 

Get Dark in Small Spaces

It’s one of the oldest interior design no-nos, but more people are daring to go dark in even the smallest spaces. Choosing paint colors for a new room can be tricky, but partnering with an interior design professional can help alleviate any decision-making stress.

Rather than limit yourself to painting small spaces in lighter tones, consider how a darker color can add a sense of depth. Grays, browns, and navy blues are all great options for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other smaller spaces, and can be complemented with well-placed accents that will brighten up the space. Think reflective pieces, or framed pictures that are lighter in color for a dramatic contrast.

 

Mix and Match 

Mixing different metals and wood finishes is a great way to add subtle contrast to a room, without incorporating over-the-top wall colors. Displaying gold and silver frames in the same room, for example, is a great way to add a bit of flair.
Incorporating different wood finishes in the same space has also been a past interior design indiscretion, but one that we welcome in our interior design concepts. White trim with darkened espresso doors creates a dramatic contrast that will add depth and style to a home. If your doors are stained in a dark shade, don’t be afraid to incorporate furniture with a lighter finish. These pairings are great ways to showcase your individual style, and make a lasting impression on your guests.

While we are on the subject of mixing and matching, there is something to be said about unlikely pattern and color pairings. Be daring when it comes to plaid and floral fabrics cohabiting the same space, and do the same with colors in the same room. A bold colored couch against a bold colored backdrop can be a great focal point in a room, when done correctly.

Whatever You Do, Enlist a Professional
Be daring in your new home interior design, but be sure to consult a professional, especially when breaking these “rules” of design. Here at Sew Many Windows, we work with each of our clients to help them discover their individual style, and bring it to life in their new home.

Going against these traditional restrictions of interior design can have a major impact on your space, especially when you partner with a professional interior design team to make it happen. Let the Sew Many Windows team be the guide on your new home interior design journey, and dare to go against the grain.

Contact us today for a consultation, and start planning your new dream home.

THIBAUT Arrives!!

I’m excited to introduce our newest line, THIBAUT!!  Established in 1886, THIBAUT manufactures fabric, wallpaper and fine furniture.  They are known for signature color palettes with beautiful traditional and transitional designs.

Here is a picture from their latest collection, Bridgehampton!

 

Bridgehampton-Demetrius

Trims by Charlotte Moss

The long awaited Charlotte Moss Trim collection has arrived!  Charlotte’s signature style combines classic elements and fresh ideas for a new twist on the traditional look.  The collection boasts a fresh color palette that is sure to please the eye.  The embroidered tapes are perfectly stitched, the frog is generously sized and tassel trim is just right…..awaiting to embellish!

 

Collected Look

This picture landed in my inbox today from Curated Kravet.  The colors are fantastic.  However, the pillow arrangement on the sofa really caught my eye.  The fabric and style mix create a collected look which mingles so well with the rest of the furnishings.

Recent Installation – Dining Room

This lovely goblet pleat design worked out beautifully in our client’s elegant dining room.  The goblet was specified a bit longer to compliment the overall height of the room.  Small fabric covered buttons were hand stitched toeach of the pleats for added detail.  The brushed nickel and crystal hardware complete the look.