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I am able to pursue my passion for:

Fabrics: there are so many fabulous fabrics and I don’t have enough windows in my home!

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Creativity: transforming that fabulous fabric into a decorative item, that also functions to offer privacy as well as enhancing the space.

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Problem solving: form follows function!

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and how to place a pattern motif to its best advantage

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Utilizing my innate talent for using a needle and thread in the hand sewing elements of my work, such as this hand smocked drapery heading. This brings me joy and calmness

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So a HUGE THANK YOU to each and every person that I have the pleasure of working with! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

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It’s that time of year where our focus is drawn to giving thanks for what we have. I think Eleida has hit the nail on the head for me:

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My friend GraceAnn posted this article. I’m an analytical person and these numbers hit the spot for me. OK so “rules” are made to be broken, but this is a great set of starting points.

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I love fabric! And any excuse for buying some works for me. These fabric pumpkins are a fun, quick and easy weekend project. http://www.marthastewart.com/908062/fabric-pumpkins

I had a ball picking out some fabrics,

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but how do you decide on what dimensions to cut your fabric if you want to go big?

Find something that you already have and use it as your starting point. I measured around a soccer ball that’s about the size of the smallest “pumpkin” that I want to make for a table scape.

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Add seam allowances and take it from there. I will post pictures on Sunday!

Fall decorating is in full flow right now – Halloween is this week and Thanksgiving is not far behind (I hesitate to mention Christmas – but in the window treatment industry, workrooms are typically swamped with orders to be finished before that particular holiday!). Inspiration comes from the fall colors and universal symbols that we associate with autumn days.

And fabric plays a key part in setting the stage or unifying multiple elements. This gorgeous tablecloth creates a wonderful background for this fall table scape.

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If this is too much for your taste and you prefer a cleaner, neater, look this could be a great option, with its box pleats and tailored lines. The cream band detail adds some extra interest, and flat band trim is a popular item right now.

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Layering elements can create yet another look that can easily be switched up. This picture shows a Halloween theme – the simple addition of black placemats, black skulls (these could easily be cut out of paper, plastic or fabric) and a ghost, can really re- focus a generic fall table setting.

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And if your preference is for the simple things – consider the use of table runners, place mats or napkins in combinations or alone.

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I love the pattern placement on this table runner! And if you are craving a specific custom look, all of these items can be made by a window treatment workroom.

 

Have you noticed how frequently we are seeing repetitive patterns right now, on everything? Whether they are made of straight lines or more flowing curves, the repetition of a single motif is used to create a simple pattern or an all-over visual effect.

On fabric: I particularly love how these drapery panels have been pleated – if you look carefully and let your eye follow the panels from the bottom to the top, you can see that the fabric has been manipulated to create a new pattern within the original one.  Yes – it is the same fabric on the pillows! When you are selecting fabric for window treatments, it is very important to consider how the pattern will look when it is pleated or gathered on a rod.  Working with a well-qualified drapery workroom, that pays careful attention to this detail, can mean the difference between pattern success or pattern failure.

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In furniture:

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On wallpaper:

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In artwork:

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And it’s a hot pattern for stencils, if you prefer to create your own fabric and wallpaper alternative.

At what point would you consider a pattern “enough or too much of a good thing”?

Thanks for the reminder to keep it simple! I particularly like the way the pillows pick up the accent element around these rooms.

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Let’s talk about two relatively simple decorating elements that can take a room from Blah to Aw-w-w!

Pillows!  Pillows!  Pillows! Who would think such a small element could change a room so much?  Adding or changing pillows can transform the entire mood of a space.  Add a splash of color or even a touch of bling with crystals, beading, bells, and fringe.  Pillows are also a great way to add a fresh look as the seasons change. Personally, I love pillows and have them on every bed and sofa in my home. Even if you lean toward ready-made pillows, think of fun ways to transform them for a custom look. Here are some examples of how you can make the switch!

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Along with pillows, throws can have the same dramatic effect.  A purposely placed throw or two will feather your nest by adding coziness and warmth.  Fabulous in cashmere, lamb’s…

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