Monday, September 15, 2014

Things to consider before purchasing your fabric

Today's goal is to make fabric selection more overwhelming than it already is :) There are tons of options out there: heavy weights and lights weights, cottons and linens, textures or patterns, and then of course every colorway imaginable. There is such a wide variety of fabrics because not every fabric is right for every space. There are important things to keep in mind when selecting a fabric. The best way to make sure that you pick the right fabric is to order a swatch. I cannot stress enough how important this is.
If you are purchasing a fabric in store, they will usually have a few pieces on hand that you can take home for a swatch. If you can't obtain a swatch for some reason, there are things you can do in the store to inspect the fabric. 
  • Unroll a bit of it and hold it up to the light. 
  • Gather some of it together to see how it will drape.
  • Examine as much of the fabric as possible for flaws.

When you have your swatch, here are the things to consider when testing it in your home:

1) Weight. Heavier weight fabrics will offer a more luxurious feel to your space. They are best suited for full length curtains with crisp header options, like pinch pleats, and other headers that will create luxurious pleating. Lighter weights offer a softer feel to the space and are much more informal. 

2) Texture. Having a swatch of a textured fabric is super important. The way light plays on texture is something you can only see when you have the fabric in the space it will be used in. It should be observed in the daylight with natural light and then again when it is dark outside and using artificial light inside. Light will play on the nap of velvet, the shimmer of synthetic fibers and the sheen of chintz differently in both types of light. 

3) Patterns. Patterns are usually applied to nontextured fabrics, though this is not the case of all patterns. A pattern may be printed, embroidered or woven. A sample of a pattern is very important. I sometimes recommend a customer purchase a yard of a fabric with a pattern on it if they plan to use it for draperies. The way a fabric looks flat in the sample image is not how it will look when it is draped and pleated. Stripes look less rigid, bold patterns are softened, and small scale patterns can be lost altogether. 

I get customers all the time that just tell me a color they want and then say they leave it up to my judgment to select a fabric because all the options are so overwhelming. I know that adding all this considerations makes it more daunting. But I can assure you that if you go through the steps above you will be confident in your fabric choice and not have any second thoughts about it after you have seen the fabric in action in the space you plan to put your home decor items in.

And as always. please feel free to ask me for help with a fabric selection. I know very well all the choices that are available and how overwhelming it is. I am happy to help.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Fabric Finds! NEW Imperial Trellis Colors!

Friday Fabric Finds!

Imperial Trellis CRAZE! 

The shade that gets THEEE most attention in our shop and on our website is the Imperial Trellis in Citrine Roman Shade I made for Fran at greenstreet blog. 

The first question we get is, "What colorways does this pattern come in?" We usually resort to doing a custom color on But the fabrics available on spoonflower, while being quality fabrics, are just not the quality of the flax linen that the true Imperial Trellis pattern is printed on, I wrote a blog post once including all the color varieties in one place. It can be seen here. 

My supplier, Lynn Chalk, wrote me to inform me of the latest Imperial Trellis colors! And now I want to pass that info on to you!

The pink color is the one I get asked about the most. I am so glad it is now available on the higher quality linen flax fabric. 

And the best part is that Lynn Chalk has them discounted from their original price of $215.00 per yard!

Remember that they holidays will be here before you know it. It's time to think about getting your windows covered before guests arrive :) Consider using the new Imperial Trellis! Write me today!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ask Melissa: Why do you not make shades for extra wide windows?

Ask Melissa:
Why Don't you make shades for extra wide windows?

There are several reasons we don't make shades for extra wide windows. 
1) Fabric. Fabric is only 54" wide, typically. Wider shades would result in having seams put in the shade to add pieces of the fabric for width.
2) Ribbing. The ribbing on our shades is created with wooden dowel rods that only come 48" long. 
3) Weight. Wide shades get to be extremely heavy and difficult to manage. They are difficult to raise and lower and the cording system can wear down quickly because of the weight. 
4) Weight, again. Wide shades can be droopy because that much fabric being supported by just wooden dowels can cause drooping.

We will occasionally make shades wider than 52", but we don't recommend going much wider than that. I do wider shades on a case by case basis.

We do have some solutions. We recommend putting two shades on a wide window.

Putting multiple shades on wide windows gives you more control over the lighting in your space.

The shades are also easier to use when they are lighter and have a left and right pull control.

For shades going on the same window we always match up the patterns so that the shades flow nicely.

We also make our mounting blocks a half inch narrower than the shade in an effort to eliminate the gap between the two shades. 

For window near each other, but not quite the same window, we always make our shades identical so they will match in your space. 

We will consider doing extra wide shades if they are for decorative purposes only and made to be non functioning. In this case we can create the shade without seams in it by using a fabric with a print that will allow to be turned sideways, or using a solid. We can also add to pieces of fabric to the sides of the main panel to make up the width if you don't mind the seams. 

I made the shades above for Melanie at My Sweet Savannah. They are two non functioning roman shades made out of linen for two wide windows. The one on the right measured 72" wide. Since it was a solid color we could turn the fabric on its side and use the length for the width since we are limited by a fabric's 54" width. No seams!

Feel free to ask a question here in the comments or send one to my email and we'll get you an answer on a future "Ask Melissa."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Giveaway winner and a coupon for all!!

Giveaway Tuesday winner:

Kayley! Congrats!

Kayley won a 12" by 18" Imperial Trellis in Citrine pillow cover! Our other participants in the giveaway were given an additional ten percent off their custom window treatments order on top of the ten percent coupon we offered to everyone for a total of twenty percent off!!

We are offering to everyone through Friday September 19th, 2014, a ten percent of labor coupon on your next custom window treatments order! The coupon is WTbMBlog and is good in both our etsy store and our website.

I hope to hear from you soon and help you do design your next custom window treatment!

If custom work is not in the budget, please check out Swags Galore for a huge variety of window treatment options.

Monday, September 8, 2014

What we've been up to and what you can expect

Good morning! I wanted to take a post to share with you what we've been up to. I touched a little in my last post about how I was taking this past year to get a good solid team in place before returning to the blog to let you all know what we can handle now. We've still been producing a lot of window treatments in that time and I wanted to share some of our recent work with you. We have been teaming up with several designers and here's what we've done.

I made these roman shades for Melanie Metting of Henry Kate Design, Co.
The fabric was an imported hand embroidered silk from India. Stunning!

These are a set of relaxed roman shades made for Aimee Wine Interiors.
The fabric is Isadella Coral in Navy by Premier Prints. Perfect in this themed bedroom.

For this project, I teamed up with Kristen Forgione of The Life Styled Company. They are our ribbon trim roman shades made with a canvas base and 2.25" wide ribbon in the color Millennium Silver. 

We have also added a clearance section to our etsy shop in addition to the one here on our blog. We put items in there such as things that our seamstresses made in training. 

We're excited to be coming back to the blog and returning to

Ask Melissa
Give Away Tuesday
Sponsoring Families
And The Ugly Fabric Challenge!

As well as many other fun things, of course. 

Stay tuned for the latest in window treatment design and the latest in decor fabrics!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Where we've been and where we're going.

Where we've been and where we're going.

Earlier this year I did some work for Bellini Baby Furniture. Our shades are not being sold through them as they just do furniture. I helped with their staging set ups. The shade in this image of their "Jessica" dresser is our bordered shade with a four inch border down the length sides and across the bottom.

Our Flat Roman Shades were also featured in HGTV magazine.

We are looking forward to this fall when we will be featured in the Land of Nod catalog! 

Enjoy more pictures from Michelle at Land of Nod on her blog by clicking here. Thank you, Michelle, for the amazing opportunity! We are grateful to be a part of this project!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Giveaway Tuesday!

Giveaway Tuesday!!!

We're coming back to the blogging world with a bang! We're giving away an Imperial Trellis pillow cover measuring 12" by 18"!

To enter just leave me a comment with a way to contact you (a blog address or email address, etc). Then become a follower on our blog!

To everyone who doesn't win the cover, become a follower of the blog and leave me a comment here. Then get TEN% off your next custom window treatments order!!! Use code WTbMBlog on our website or mention it to Ashley when you are designing your custom window treatment order in our etsy store.

Giveaway will run from September 2nd through Monday September 8th at midnight. 10% off coupon is good in our etsy store and on our website. Coupon is good from September 2nd through Friday September 19th, 2014.

Thanks for stopping by!