Ready-Made Window Treatments….In today’s world…ooolala!

Covering the openings to interior space is not a new issue…but in today’s marketplace can be a very perplexing area for most home owners.  We have an abundance of product options open to help us  to be sensitive to the outside we  want to see ,and the inside we want to enhance and perhaps protect.  Our windows and doors are an opening and a link between the world outside and our most intimate spaces within.  As in all areas of design form follows function.   So before getting too carried away with choice for yourself…carefully consider what you want to see or not see.  Do you need absolute privacy? Do you need to insulate a cold area in winter or block the harmful and fading sun?  Do you want to see the beautiful landscape from inside or hide what may not a scenic view? By answering a few simple questions of your needs or wants…the exact product starts to come into consideration.  I will deal more with what to choose in later blogs…but for now I want to make some great suggestions for on-line shopping.  As always, my local customers bring me to blog ideas.  The question of what to do with a patio door to a screened porch was put to me last week.  Even though this customer has used custom draperies in other areas of her home I suggested a high quality ready- made product.  Easy to install and easy to order and very easy on the pocketbook! Ready mades run the gamit of formal to casual.  Here’s one of my favorite spots to shop  www.silktrading.com . In 2001 they introduced their “Drapery out-of a Box” line and as they say offer “immediate decorating grativication”.  You’ll notice wonderful header styling and with 26 showrooms across the country, it’s likely you’ll find one close to home.

yummy panel in silk

yummy panel in silk

Another favorite shopping spot of mine is : www.antiquedraperyrod.com  offering not just ready-made drapery options but a wonderful array of rods and fittings.   The draperies are wonderful silks- to eco friendly cottons. 

finials extrodinaire!

finials extrodinaire!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally for Silks,Velvets,and fabulously textured Belgium Linens check out  www.RestorationHardware.com.  The big surprise is their outdoor panel offerings made with sunbrella fabrics.  I have the linen panels in my own house and am amazed by the weight and craftmanship.  Restoration has a great selection of rods and finials to match any decor.  

Silks, Velvets and Linens at Restoration Hardware

Silks, Velvets and Linens at Restoration Hardware

By making a “ready-made” selection today you do not have to sacrifice quality at all.  Just measure, measure, measure ….to prevent a mistake in length or width.  Have fun shopping and creating your own ‘lil nest!

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May 15 2009 01:19 pm | Finials and Window Treatment

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