Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Case For The Drape

As a designer I know how important drapery can be in a room. And as a consumer I know how important it is to get the best value for my dollar when I make a purchase for my home. So when a new client calls for drapery and says she has been living without them, for the past 7 years I was surprised. After all, you can’t miss what you’ve never had, right? Well not in this case. She clearly knew that her space looked sparse, cold and unfinished and needed drapery. Perfect timing for her as we were having a “Drapery Sale” and she wanted in on the savings. Smart girl!

Dining Room BEFORE

Dining Room AFTER
After the initial phone conversation and some photos she sent by email, I was able to define her style and the room’s color palette so that I could choose fabrics for the drapery project. She also mentioned that there were existing drapery rods above the windows that once held draperies from the previous home owners and that she would like to keep them. And making the project even more interesting, she mentioned that she wanted orange draperies! I paused and asked her why and she said “because I have orange accessories in the room”. Now I’m really interested!


Living Room Sofa Wall BEFORE

Living Room Sofa Wall AFTER
Arriving at her home with several fabric books, I find a beautiful living and dining room! Lovely neutral carpeting, exquisite custom painted walls, wonderful original wall art, handsome furniture and last but not least, several unadorned windows with wooden drapery hardware placed above them and no draperies! All that was needed to make this space come alive were the draperies!


Living Room BEFORE

Living Room AFTER
After looking over several fabrics in the room, I convinced her that “orange” might not be the best choice for drapery panels but that a deep, earthy, flax color, with just a bit of orange embroidery, would be best and give the room some dimension, warmth, and texture. She trusted me and agreed! The finished project speaks for itself and my client wrote this;

 “Toni I absolutely love the drapery! You said it all, it finishes the room! I didn't realize how stark naked it looked until I came home last night and I thought, YES it’s finished, Perfect!  The result was absolutely fantastic and provided the finishing touch to our living and dining room. Thank you Toni for all your help”!

If you have a room or rooms in your home that look “almost” there but just “not quite”, maybe it’s draperies that you are missing.  Trust me when I say, “let me make a case for the drape”!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Drapery Color by Tiffany & Co.

We adored it! The color, No. 1837 on the Pantone Matching System chart. Tiffany & Co.’s color, the cardboard packaging and even the ribbon is trademarked. I discovered this while working with a graphic artist in creating a new logo and choosing a similar color for my decorating business, Marie Antoinette Interiors. 
 

Some call it Robins Egg Blue or Forget Me Not Blue, I call it delightful! The Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman said, “It evokes positive thoughts and reactions”. Loving the color so much I just couldn’t resist using a comparable color for the new draperies in my interior design office.  After all, my work is all about “positive thoughts (my designs), and positive reactions (from you and in your home)!
 
Here are the steps taken to creating any custom window treatment, for myself or for my clients.
 
Find the right fabric!  This is the first step and the one that takes the longest. I research many fabric company’s offerings in a color close to the Tiffany & Co. blue. This entails combing through lots of fabric books. I have 17 possible fabrics!
Order the fabric sample memos from the fabric company! I tape them to the wall close to the window in which they will hang. I have 9 possible fabrics and by process of elimination I have a winner!
Design the window treatment! A classic style, straight French Pleated panels flanking both sides of the french door on a simple brass rod. I added off white sheer between the panels in the same style, again harkening back to Tiffany’s white bow color combination. And in the spirit of my logo’s tag line, “fashionably tailored spaces”, I added a Tiffany Blue banding on the sheers to give them a tailored look.
Fabricate the drapery! Once the fabric, linings and hardware are ordered, a detailed work order is given to our workroom that carefully and skillfully cut and sews the drapery according to my custom measurements.
Installation Day! This is the day we see the vision come to fruition. All the work in steps 1 through 4 is realized when we hang the drapery and dress the window.
 

Color is a very big part of a room’s ambiance, and in this case it set the stage for a sophisticated elegance that the room required. I couldn’t be more pleased with my new draperies in my favorite Tiffany & Co.  color. And yes, it seems that Kate Spade also liked the color and  used a comparable color on their "work tote bag" (as seen on the floor in the photos above)!  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Once A Year Drapery SALE

Now is the perfect time to update your windows with new draperies and make your rooms look stunning!
 
With 20% off you can afford to give your home that finished look of
 custom draperies in your own style.
Plus, a free one hour in-home drapery design consultation
to help you choose exactly what you want.
What are you waiting f
Call Toni Berry at 925.862.9064 now to get an appointment
for your free drapery design consultation!

 
Only once a year do we offer this exceptional value: all styles of draperies, and all hardware.
Let your friends know about this great opportunity!
 
We Make House Calls
 
so call 925.862.9064 to schedule your
free drapery design consultation appointment today!
 
ALL of our drapery styles, in hundreds of fabric choices, including our NEW Greenhouse Fabrics and all hardware selections are 20% off.
 
We'll bring the fabric and hardware samples to you and we'll design the custom treatment to fit your windows and your budget perfectly in the comfort of your own home!
 
Sale Ends October 31st