Thursday, January 24, 2019

Window Treatments

Window Treatments!!

There are so many options when it comes to window treatment; it can be overwhelming! There are many things to consider, functionality, aesthetics, and design.

Well, I am here to help you understand the different types of window treatments that are available. Some you may know, others you may not.

Let's get started.

1. Hard Window Treatments- These are shutters, that can be louvered or fixed slats. It is made of either wood or plastic. They offer privacy and control the amount of light being filtered.

2. Woven Shades - Sometimes called bamboo shades. Great way to add texture to any space. They can also have an exotic surface like reeds, grasses, and wood.

3. Cellular Shades - Look like honeycombs. They are energy efficient and help insulate your home. They can be light filtering or room blackout. They are made of cloth-like materials. They can come in a single, double, or triple honeycomb.

4. Pleated Shades- Similar to cellular shades, but no honeycomb. They pull up to sit flat at the top of the window. They are thereby giving you an unobstructed view of the outdoors.

5. Venetian Blinds- They can be made from wood, metal, or plastic (not my favorite as they can break easily). The slats rotate, so they overlap, blocking the light from coming in. Slats can also come in many different widths, from micromini to 2 1/2 " slats.

6. Shoji Pane Screens- Originate in Japan, they are made from translucent rice paper. Easily allows light into the room, so not great for bedrooms. But they do offer an exotic look to any living room or dining area. They are made out of wood or bamboo.

7. Panel Tracks - Often referred to as sliding window panels. They are great for patio doors or picture windows. Come in many different shades of colors and widths.

8. Vertical Blinds - They can be custom made. Come in fabric, plastic, metal or faux wood. They were very popular during the '90s not so much today.

9. Roller Shades- They are called roller shade merely because they roll up!! You may remember them from your grandmother's house, but I can assure you, they are not the same. They come in many colors, texture, and features — a simple and elegant way to treat a window.

10. Roman Shades - Fabric that hangs flat when closed. They fold into pleats when raised. Come in many different styles, fabrics, and offer insulating features — a beautiful way to add fabric into space without the cumbersome bulk of drapery.

11. Silhouettes- The vanes appear to float between two sheer panels to create shading. When blades are opened, they provide sheer light diffusion. When closed they offer privacy.

12. Drapery - Also known as curtains. They come in a variety of shapes, materials, colors, patterns, and sizes. They are the most versatile and most likely the least expensive window treatment.

Pole Pocket

Pinched Pleat

Tailored pleat

Inverted Pleat


13. Sheer - Made from translucent fabric. They don't offer much privacy, but it does prevent people from looking directly into your space. Comes in many different colors and textures.

14. Cafe Curtains - They may cover the lower portion of the window or the upper part of the window. Sometimes they can do both. It allows light to filter in a while keeping the room private.

15. Austrian Shades- Fabric that is gathered into scallops when down and pulls into tighter scallops when pulled up. Fabric can be sheer. I do not like these as they are very "heavy." Honestly, they remind me of Dracula's coffin!! No thanks!!

16. Swag - Material that swags across the pole. Can be free-form or custom made. They were very popular in the '90s. I still see them in homes today, but they are outdated in my opinion.

As you can see, there is a lot to consider. It can be overwhelming at times. No worries, if you need help, reach out to me. I'll be more than happy to help!! 

"All imagines Via Pinterest."

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Coffee Tables

Coffee Tables

Have you ever gone shopping for coffee tables? The sheer volume only sends most people running. It's impressive, to say the least. There are many purposes and functions to coffee table; they are not merely decorative.

They are many different types, 
stylesand materials. Each one is unique. Not all will work in your space. This may help alleviate the confusion.

Types of tables:

1. Coffee Table - Used in living rooms and placed in front of the sofa. Great for putting food, drinks or displaying decorative objects.

2. Accent Table - This covers a variety of tables. The most important thing to remember is they are small and can be placed anywhere.

4. Console Table - Also known as sofa tables. They are long, thin, narrow and fit nicely behind the sofa. They are also used for TV placement.

5. Side Table - Fits beside a sofa. Great for lamps or drinks. Sometimes called an end table.

6. C-Table- They are unique C-shaped. This allows them to go over beds or sofa. They can hold your drinks or laptop.

7. Nesting Tables - Sometimes called bunching tables. They are two or more tables that fit together. This is a great option when space is limited.

8. Drum Table - They were created in the 1700s. Most often called round table. They can come in many different finishes and heights.

9. Ottoman - This is a very versatile table as it can double as a table. Comes in many different shapes, sizes and some come with storage. Ideal for families.

Styles of Tables:

1. Shabby Chic- Also known as cottage table. Usually, whitewashed or painted. Can be distressed, real country look. 

2. Shaker - This simply style table works in just about in any room. It has straight legs and simple lines. Minimalist in its design since there are no carvings or inlays. They can come with drawers.

3. Mid-Century- Created in the 1950s - 1060s they are characterized by their clean, simple lines. Extremely popular in today's designs. Works well with may design styles.

4. Parson- Modern table with four flush equal, square legs that are equally as thick as the top. The table can rectangular or square. 

5. Modern - This furniture was produced in the 20th century. Simple, clean lines, clean shapes.
6. Contemporary- Very similar to modern, the difference? Contemporary refers to what is popular in today market.

7. Rustic- Countryside, old fashion best describes this style of table. Most of the time the material is wood, it may have metal.

8. Coastal - Made famous by coastal living. These pieces are light in color. They tend to be wood and have natural shapes — a casual and organic feel to them.

9. Industrial - They tend to have the look and feel of factory tools. They utilize metal and wood. More of a rough-hewn construction. Very appealing in many designs.

10. Vintage- From the days-gone-by. But they can also be quirky in design. Think flea make finds.

11. Folding Table- Great for saving spaces. They are flexible, portable and convenient. 

Materials Styles:

1. Wood - There are many different varieties of grains and color. By far the most popular material. But wood is susceptible to water, so you must be careful.

2. Metal - Easy-to-clean, durable and very popular in design. Usually complemented with glass, wood, or stone.

3. Glass- This style can be traditional or modern. Keep in mind rings and spills will be visible on the glass. Needs to be cleaned often, may not be sensible with young children.

4. Stone - Slate, stone, marble, to name a few. There will be upkeep to this as the stone will need to be sealed.

5. Acrylic - Has the look of glass but allows for versatility. It can be shaped into any form. Much safer than glass. It was once popular in the '50s and is now making a huge comeback. Tends to lend it's self to a more contemporary design.

6. Upholstered- If you want a cushy place to rest your feet, then look no further. These tables can be covered in fabric, faux leather or genuine leather. They can also have storage. 

The last thing you should know before choosing your table is the height and width. The height of the table should be anywhere from 1"-3" below the sofa. The optimal height for the coffee table should 18" -20".  Keep a minimum of 15" between coffee table and sofa. That's it!! 
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