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Helpful Tips For The Use Of Drapery Lining

The question is often asked, to line or not to line? The use of drapery lining has benefits both aesthetically and functionally. Lining custom draperies adds a richer, lusher look, and it’s very important to help protect the main fabric from fading, fraying and...

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Four Ways to Use Draperies Other Than Windows

Door Draperies: This was a trend during the Victorian era. It was a way to express opulence and wealth and fit into the notion that “more is better.” Door draperies are still being used, but it’s uncommon to see them. A potential client once asked for an estimate, but...

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So Many Choices for Roman Shades, Part 3

In addition to classic and hobbled, there are other styles of Roman shades. We have the London shade, relaxed Roman, Austrian shade, balloon shades, and the mock Roman. London shade: There are several styles of London shades (sometimes called dog ear shades), as you...

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Learn How To Dress a Window Within a Niche

When you need to dress a window in a niche and there’s very little room for installation, wood blinds or shutters are a great solution! The room in the illustration above was an actual project. As you can see, the room is very small. Our client needed a window...

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2017 Top Trends in Window Treatments

2017 Trends in Window Treatments: Simplicity is “en vogue” If you’re of a certain age, you will remember that window treatments in the 1970s and 1980s—especially custom draperies—tended to be elaborate, ornate and, some would say, “over the top.” I remember that time...

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Is Your Guest Room Ready for the Holidays?

If you’re planning to celebrate the holidays this year with guests from out of town, ask yourself if your guest room is ready for guests. Often we decorate our guest rooms for couples, but sometimes it happens that our guest is a single guy or gal. How do we decorate...

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The Piano Room Project – Serene and Comfy

“Piano Room” was the project we created for our client in Plainfield. The teenage daughter plays the piano, and the room needed to be serene and comfortable so the entire family could thoroughly enjoy her performances. The room had walls with a faux finish that was a...

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Top Ways to Make Your Dining Room Special

Do you want the expected or the unexpected in your dining rooms? Lovely evenings are spent in dining rooms of all varieties, but I would like to share several photos that illustrate the unexpected, creative use of fabric in dining rooms.          ...

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An Old Chest of Drawers Gets a Facelift!

Yes, we are the window treatment experts, but, we provide other design services as well! I received a call from Mary, a good client from Naperville, who is debating whether to keep her bedroom set, which has sentimental value, or donate it. I took a good look at the...

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Commercial Draperies!

Creativity is not only for residential projects! Being creative while respecting budgets, public safety, building codes, and practicality are traits every interior designer must possess. When designing for a commercial project, interior designers are faced with many...

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Top 12 Trends in Window Treatments

Clients often ask me about window covering design trends, so I thought I would share the Top 12 trends in window treatments that I and my design colleagues have noticed recently. Trend #1 - Simplicity Simplicity.  Draperies with crisp, clean lines enhance the...

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Lutron Residential Solutions

Lutron, best known for its light control and dimmer switches, a while ago introduced a line of window covering shades with brand names such as Serena, Sivoia, and Caseta Wireless that will enable the user to control lights, shades, and the thermostat – from anywhere...

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Decorating Outdoor Spaces to Enjoy Life

Finally, summer is here and most of us can’t wait to take advantage of our yards, decks and patios. I think it is a perfect time to write about how to turn your outdoor space into your own private retreat, to enjoy the best that life has to offer. When I think of the...

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Sheers Only?

Sheer draperies (“sheers” is the shortened version) could be the most dynamic, impact creating, and statement-making window treatment! Sometimes when I suggest sheers only, I get this look from the client (REALLY?). Many clients think that having only sheer treatments...

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Bead Trim Possibilities are Endless!

Bead trims for window treatments are a little bit like the icing on the cake.  The possibilities are endless! Just ask your Window Covering Design specialist to find high-quality, unique bead trims. Bead trims surged in popularity several years ago and they are still...

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Considering Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters not only add beauty, elegance, poise, and dignity to any home, but they also represent great value! Here are five reasons why you should consider plantation shutters for your home: 1) Rich-looking wooden shutters can complement any style of...

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Go Green with your window treatments

Have you considered going green with your window treatments and using recycled hardware for your window treatments and draperies? Here are some advantages to using the hardware mentioned above: All the pictures below show recycled hardware from RMCOCO! They look...

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Do not underestimate the power of pillows!

During the course of an interior design project, when it is time to consider pillows, there is often no money left in the budget and the pillow project is cancelled.  This is an unfortunate occurrence. Pillows are important elements in establishing the “feel” and...

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Do the Rooms in Your House Flow?

It is human nature to appreciate beauty and to want to live in an environment that has harmony and is reflective of the homeowner’s style. I have worked with many clients who are talented and naturally creative men and women, but who have not quite developed an eye...

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Custom Draperies vs. Ready- Made

Why Clients Buy Custom Draperies vs. Ready-Made I asked my clients what makes them buy custom draperies. Here are the answers: Ready-made looks very skimpy and drab. They are either too  long, too short or not wide enough. Often, store bought draperies are only 36’’...

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October is Child Safety Month

October is Child Safety Month! The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are urging parents and caregivers during October to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords that can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children,

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Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters not only add beauty, elegance, poise, and refinement to any home, but they also come at a great value! Here are five reasons why you should add shutters to your home: The rich, wooden shutters can be added to any type of interior space, whether the...

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Scary Windows will not scare us!

October is the season of cold weather, vibrant colors, apple orchards, pumpkin picking, and Halloween! While your children are dressing up in fun and scary costumes, take some extra time this month to dress up the scary windows in your home. I’m talking about those...

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October is Child Safety Month

The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are urging parents and caregivers during October to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords that can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young...

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Blackout shades are not only for bedrooms!

If you have a media room, then room darkening are probably on your wish list! We can dress your windows with beautiful draperies and roman shades that will be decorative and add style to your space when open. Draw them closed and you can really “set the stage” for...

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Design your own shade!

Good morning, Chicago, Naperville, Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Plainfield, Illinois We have some exciting Window treatment ideas  for you! You can design your own shade with comfortex window fashions, see the link below:   comfortex3 Call (630) 420-0800 for...

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Dining Rooms with Style!

Watch the video below, we provide style, elegance, sophistication, class and beauty! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCDS_3esbWQ] Call us for free estimate, 630-420-0800....

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Commercial Draperies!

Creativity is not only for residential projects! Creativity can be in Commercial projects too! Being creative while respecting budgets, public safety rules, and practicality are traits every interior designer must have. When designing for a commercial project,...

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