I'd like to discuss how I help customers go about selecting the right fabric for window treatments and upholstery. Most customers are overwhelmed by the amount of choices we carry at my studio and they react many times like a deer in headlights. There are basically four steps to choosing the correct fabric for a project. The first step is what I consider to be purely instinctual. You decide on the color scheme and only select fabrics that catch your eye for no reason other than that you like it. This forces the customer to think freely and outside the box. The second step is when you choose whether the colors you picked work well. For example, if you're looking for gray fabrics you want to make sure that its not too taupe, or too blue or too brown in tone. In the third step you decide if the pattern and scale of the fabric is cohesive. This is where one makes the most amount of mistakes. I usually do a lot of hand holding during this phase. I make customers aware that you don't mix floral with floral or large patterns with large patterns. You try to pick fabrics that are of opposing patterns, scales and texture to create the right balance. The last step is taking your fabric choices home and see it in the light of your room. Its amazing how different fabric looks under office lighting and then in your own home.
Not only do interior designer use accent colors. Graphic designers use accent colors to attract customers to products and content in magazines and TV advertising. Painters used accent paint colors to help define the architectural details and spaces in a home. When it come to window treatments and upholstery accent fabrics and colors do the following:
(A) It allows the customer express their own personal style and individuality.
(B) It can create the mood in a room. For example, soft neutral fabrics evoke a sense of tranquility and reflection. Bold fabrics make the atmosphere in a room more vibrant and inviting.
(C) When it comes to the change in weather one has the freedom to transform their environment with every season in an eclectic variety of fabrics and colors that define the coming spring, summer and fall.
Spice up your life!
Nov. 8rd 2018
GOOD REASONS TO SLIP COVER YOUR FURNITURE.
Many home owners that are on the fence about whether to buy a new piece of furniture or doing upholstery especially when they have small children and pets. this is a common problem with high traffic areas like living rooms and dens. It makes no sense to buy new furniture or go through the expense of reupholstering especially if it's going to get stained and beat up. The perfect solution is having us make a custom fitted slip cover. We can find you an affordable fabric that can easily be removed and cleaned. My slip cover professional comes to your home. They then cut and pin the slip cover fabric on site just like fitting a dress. You get to keep your furniture and we return a few weeks later to install your new slip cover. Many people will think you got new furniture. Don't worry we won't tell them that its just slip covered.
Nov. 17th 2018
NEW ROLLER SHADE DESIGN
Every few seasons we get new products that revolutionize my window treatment business. In the past few years motorization has advanced and allowed customers to easily control the lighting and privacy in parts of their home that were hard to reach or access. It also added convenience and modernized cellular shades and silhouette shades with a touch of a button. This past week I met with one of my shade manufacturers and he showed me a really interesting new European roller shade system that I decided to rep at my studio. It works as both a sheer and black out roller shade. The shades are designed where the sheer and black out are staggered one behind the other. So in the morning you can keep your sheer shades down and in the evening you can lower the black out lining behind it. The sheers come in a variety of colors and beautiful textures and patterns. the black out lining also come in different coordinating colors. It's very modern and Euro cool! Even my wife is already hocking me to get them in our home. If you got design problems we have the design solutions.
December 11th, 2018
MEETING A DESIGNERS AND HOME OWNERS EXPECTATIONS
I recently met with a designer and his new client at a job site in Franklin Lakes. The home was new construction with lots of exposed windows. The home owner was worried about privacy, sun light and safety. They were expecting to use the same type of shade in all the window. Well, we ended up having to use the following:
*Cordless shades in the kids rooms for safety.
*Remote control shades in hard to reach places like the master bath and two story foyer.
*Top down bottom up shades in the walk in closet.
*Heavy duty loop control shades on the large windows and slider because of the size and weight.
What made the designer and client most content was not that all their problems were resolved, but that we customized each room to suit the customers personal taste and needs.
January 9th, 2019
NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
The new year always fills people with excitement ,as well as, anxiety. One begins to reassess their life and how quickly time passes. The enjoyment of seeing family and kids only reminds you of how much you wish to get done. When everybody leaves after the holidays one becomes very aware of all those projects that you never got to or completed. Its actually the perfect time of year to get your window treatments and upholstery done. Many of the workrooms are quiet and just getting back from the vacation. That means that whatever material or custom projects that are ordered will get their immediate attention and better turnaround time. So seize the moment and get rid of that old decor and bring in the new.
January 17th 2019
NEW HOME OWNERS DILEMMA:
All new home owners suffer from a very common dilemma when it comes to window treatments and upholstery. They have to decided between (A) whats practical or necessary and (B) whats a luxury or decorative item. The practical things have to do with privacy and protection from the sun. They include cellular shades, roller shades, silhouette shades or wood blinds depending on your taste. When it come to luxury items you have to decide between drapery, roman shades, pillows and upholstery. Our job is to assist all our customer in bridging these problems. When you make a appointment with us for a consultation we can discuss with you all the variety of fabrics, product, and different design solutions available. Our objective is to come up with a creative solution, as well as, meet the customers practical needs. Its all about getting the right balance!
January 30th, 2019
DEALING WITH DRAFTY WINDOWS
Baby its cold out side! With the frigid cold weather hitting the east coast a lot of home owners are having to deal with drafty windows. We provide two types of custom window treatments solutions for older homes with this type of problem. You can have your custom drapery or roman shades lined with black out lining. It not only blocks out sun light but also creates a vapor barrier against blistering heat or cold breezes. Another option are cellular shades which are very popular because they come both cordless or with remote control. The honeycomb design of these shades capture the heat and cold inside of each cell even if they're light filtering or with black out. Customers not only like the look of these products but the biggest benefit is that they notice their heat and air conditioning bills come down. Its important not only to dress yourself for the cold weather but decorate your home against it as well!
February 7th, 2019
BIGGER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL SILHOUETTE SHADES
Silhouette shades are the most elegant and luxurious of all the shades one can purchase. The vanes were only 2" but they have now grown to 2 1/2" and even 3"deep. The wider vanes imitate the size of wood shutters but with a softer look. They have the option of either light filtering or room darkening and have continuous cord loop control or remote control. Most customer leave them down as sheers and adjust the vane of filter the the light during the day. This product is beautiful all by itself or with a simple pair of stationary drape in front. Its a clean sophisticated window treatment that works well in homes of any style. These shades are more expensive than most others but are worth every penny!!