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!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Returning to the blog world!

Hello readers! We have spent this year up till now restructuring the business. We now have a much more efficient way of handling orders and have an extremely talented team assembled and ready to tend to your window treatment needs.

We have a great team assembled. Allow me to introduce them. First, if you aren't talking directly to me then you are talking to Ashley Peters! Ashley lives in Oceanside, California. She is a veterinary technician and in the Army Reserves! AND she answers our emails, distributes quotes and addresses many of the questions our clients may have.

This is Ashley with 8 Saint Bernard puppies she helped deliver a few months prior to the photo.

Natasha Hartman lives in Madison, Wisconsin and makes our Flat Roman Shades. She is currently learning the Greek Key Roman Shade as well. She is mom to a two year old daughter and maybe more coming soon, but that's not my business to share. . .  ;)

Karyn McBride lives in Tucson, Arizona and makes Flat Roman Shades and Relaxed Roman shades. She is mom to a daughter and is taking a little break from working for us as she expects baby #2 any day now!

Shantelle McBride lives in Peyton, Colorado and makes our Flat Roman Shades, Ribbon Trim Roman Shades and Cordless Roman Shades. She is mom to four! Shantelle and Karyn are married to brothers. So they are sisters in law. Lots of fun!

Heather Pilz lives in Clay, New York. She makes our Flat Roman Shades and our Nonfunctioning Roman Shades. She is mom to three, two daughters and a son. She has been with our team the longest of its current members.

Jeanelle Stark lives in Roanoke, Virginia (with me)! She makes our Flat Classic Shades and Nonfunctioning Roman Shades. She is mom to four boys! It's nice to have a seamstress that lives nearby!

Janeen Syme is returning to our team. She was with us a few years ago and is coming back! I consider myself very lucky to have her rejoining the team. She made lots of customers happy in her time with us :) She is mom to two daughters and a son and lives in Orem, Utah.

And let's not forget Garren, my husband. :) He cuts all the mounting blocks and dowels. And he keeps the books for the business. He is. . .  well, amazing, supportive, encouraging, . .  you name it!

And there is me, Melissa Laymon. I am mom to one son and one daughter. We all live in Roanoke, Virginia. I make all the styles of window treatments :)

And we are pleased to be adding Batya and Leena Harrel to the team! They are currently in training and will be making Flat Roman Shades, curtain panels and valances. They will be joining our team in September. I also hope to add another member from my husband's family in California. She is very talented and I hope to convince her to hop on board!

We've got a solid team of extremely talented women and we're ready to handle this upcoming holiday season. The fall and winter are our busiest times as people prepare their homes to receive guests during the holidays. If you haven't started thinking about that, get some ideas together and send them our way! We're ready for you!

I have trained all of these women myself and they have been on them team for several months now. I've been waiting to introduce them because I've been taking the time to make sure they put the Window Treatments by Melissa standard into each of their pieces. And after a few months on board, I am now confident in saying that each of this woman will deliver a quality product that will meet your needs and be a pleasing addition to your home. We take care to mind even the smallest of details here at Window Treatments by Melissa. You can expect quality functional products when you order from WTbM.

I hope you will consider us for your window treatment needs. Please contact us and let  us know your ideas. Share your inspiration photos with us and we will provide you with custom window treatments that will complete the look and feel you are trying to achieve in your home.

Thank you for considering us and for reading our blog. I look forward to hearing from you and creating something beautiful for your home.