Susan’s Blog

Considering Pleats? My Tips for Choosing Pleated Drapery

Considering pleated drapery? Confused about which type of drapery pleats or heading to choose? The choices are endless when it comes to drapery pleating. When my clients ask for pleated drapery panels, my creative juices start to flow! Most clients ask for pinch pleats or …

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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 …

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Making Small Rooms Seem Larger

Clients often ask me to make their living rooms or dens seem larger. I follow some (or all) of these techniques in the process of making small rooms look more spacious: Place an area rug in the room to create a space within a space. …

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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 “comfort” …

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Guest rooms! What can they tell about your hospitality?

Making a space welcoming and hospitable is the goal when designing guest rooms. Whether designing a guest room in a large suburban space or in a compact city dwelling, each has its own challenges. With careful planning and creativity, guest rooms will be an expression …

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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 challenges: We need to be creative and unique …

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Transform the look of your home with Roman Shades

Roman shades are becoming more and more popular, but there are a few pieces of advice I would like to share about them. When selecting your fabric, make sure to use solid-color fabric or fabric with vertical stripes. Look for cotton fabric, because it has …

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Drapery Trunk Show!

Drapery trunk shows are provided by Gailani Designs Inc, annually. A drapery trunk show is a casual gathering for our clients and there friends to share ideas and different styles of drapery designs, including what is new in fabrics, trims, hardware for draperies and the …

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