Vintage Pieces

12 Dec

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Are you feeling afraid to add an antique to your modern decorating style? Relax! A vintage pieces2vintage piece complements almost any décor and adds your own personality to a room.

Sometimes we envision antiques as being overly formal and hundreds of years old. But many antiques are much newer and more relaxed in style. In addition to Victorian furniture and even older, more traditional pieces, think:

– Sleek mid-century modern pieces
– Art Deco pieces from the early 20th century
– Casual American pieces from the 19th century and earlier

vintage pieces3You can purchase antiques from a variety of sources. Best of all is using a piece you’ve inherited from a dear friend or family member because of the memories of that cherished person. It’s also fun to pick up an antique when you go on a vacation, because these pieces bring back good remembrances, too.

Some delicate antiques need tender loving care, while others are solidly constructed and may be already distressed, with surfaces that are painted, stained or unfinished, so there are no worries about spills and dents. Someone else has already broken them in for you!

When you think about adding a vintage piece, think beyond just furniture such as chairs, vintage pieces4end tables, dining tables, Bombay chests and desks.

Think also about beautiful vintage accessories, including:
– Lamps
– Mirrors
– Rugs
– Posters, and
– Knick-knacks.

Don’t be nervous about mixing a vintage piece with your modern décor. A touch of the old will refresh your look!

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Ottomans In Room Design

5 Dec

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Also called hassocks, footstools or footrests, ottomans have so many more uses that just resting your tired feet. They are perfect for living rooms, bedrooms, home offices and dens.

Ottomans provide:

  • A place to set a tray of drinks or a plate of cookiesOttomans2.2
  • Extra seating when you have guests
  • A convenient surface for playing a game of chess or checkers
  • A seating area to put on shoes and socks
  • Some provide extra storage inside

 

Ottomans are super flexible because they can ottomans2.3be moved around a room, against a wall or under a table.

They come in all shapes, sizes, fabrics and styles to complement any décor and any size constraints. In addition to the typical square or rectangular shape, think oval or round.

You can use a fabric that matches your bedding or furniture to make the ottoman blend in – or choose fabric that contrasts to add an engaging accent.

Consider an unexpected color or bold print to call attention to this flexible piece of furniture. Or drape a scarf, pashmina or throw over an ottoman to add drama. ottomans2.4

If you’re worried about dirt from people’s feet or staining from spills, you can even slipcover your ottoman.

This season, add an ottoman to your interior. Then start thinking about all the ways you can use it!

 

Ready to make a change? Contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co for help with your next design project.

Whimsical Décor

21 Nov

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Be brave and add a bit of whimsy to your décor

What is whimsy? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as the quality or state of Whimsical Decor2being whimsical or fanciful. Other words we can use to define whimsy in an interior design plan include quirky, funky, playful, unusual, or unexpected.

Adding a touch of whimsy to your home décor requires a bit of courage and confidence; however, it ensures that your house isn’t a “vanilla” interior like everyone else’s. It also takes some imagination, which is what really Whimsical Decor3adds your unique personality to the look of your home.

Whimsy works best in interior design when used in small quantities and in a surprising way. If you use too much, your home could look like a carnival fun house.

The whimsical element can stand out from among the rest of the furnishings because it is different in shape, style, color, design or scale – or is just totally unexpected!

Design elements that work well for adding a bit of whimsy include: Whimsical Decor4
– Unusually patterned or textured window treatments, rugs or carpeting
– Wall art or sculpture
– Unusually shaped or colored furniture
– Unexpected wallpaper
– Stencils or murals on the wall, ceiling or floor
– Surprising fabric on a chair or sofa (or slipcovers if you want to make a smaller commitment!)
– Decorative accessories such as throw pillows, bed linens or table linens
– Display of a collection that is unusual; for example, kitschy souvenirs or unusual photos

Be adventuresome this fall and have some fun by adding whimsy!

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Beautiful Area Rugs

7 Nov

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Add warmth and beauty with an area rug

Area Rugs2Even though rugs are a design element that we walk all over, they are an important part of your interior environment and a perfect addition to create warmth, definition, and beauty in a room.

Rugs make us feel good in so many ways – by making our feet happy as we move around the house and by adding a warm finishing touch that can be playful or sophisticated, modern or traditional.

Beautiful rugs are functional, too.

Area rugs also add function: They are an acoustical damper, keeping noise down from Area Rugs3heavy footsteps and children playing. They also work to square off functional areas of a room; for example, the conversational area of a room and the dining area.

When selecting a rug, take into account the floor under the rug, too. For example, add soft wool to hard wood, smooth silk to rough stone, or thick shag to flat tile.

Area rugs come in so many choices.

Consider the many choices of color, style, price and material when you select a rug, such as:
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– Abstract patterns
– Faux animal prints
– Ethnic looks
– Historic Oriental rug designs
– Traditional wool or silk
– Practical cotton or blends
– Avantgarde designs and materials
– Shaggy synthetic fibers

Step on it this season and add a new rug! It will add luxury and depth to your room.

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Dramatic Windows

31 Oct

 

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Open up your design plan with dramatic windows.

DramaticWindows2Windows can make a room appear more airy and spacious, and they add so much drama! It could be the shape of the windows that’s interesting or the size (really large!) or the view outside (really spectacular!) that adds the pizazz.

Non-standard windows may already be in a house you’ve built or purchased. Or you may be planning a renovation and thinking of adding new windows. Depending on the size and shape of the window you select, specialty windows work in almost any room of your house!

Specialty windows expand the elegance and interest in a room.

Specialty windows come in many styles including:DramaticWindows3
– Arches
– Circles
– Skylights
– Angle tops
– French doors
– Bay and bow windows
– Corner windows
– Hexagons and octagons

 

Add window fashions for privacy, light, and temperature control.

DramaticWindows4At first, most people plan to keep their large windows uncovered to highlight their beauty and the view outdoors, but often window fashions are needed for light, privacy, and temperature control. It can be a challenge; however, many window treatments work beautifully for these dramatic window styles.

Depending on your window shape and location, one of these window treatments from Hunter Douglas may be the perfect solution:
Duette® Honeycomb Shades
Silhouette® Window Shadings
Pirouette® Window Shadings
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades
Heritance® Hardwood Shutters

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Upgrade Your Home Office

26 Sep
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Shape your home office into a space with personality.

Office2Do you have a home office that’s an afterthought, that provides function but with little thought to aesthetics? If so, consider upgrading your home office into a personalized workspace that’s embellished with beautiful furniture, color, artwork and rugs. Make your home office both warm and efficient, by including the right touches.

 

Office3A functional desk is key, as is a high-quality desk chair that’s the correct height and provides comfort for YOU! But don’t just focus on function. Shop for stylish furniture that makes you feel good to be in your home office and proud to show the room to others, rather than shutting the door when friends and family come to visit.

Here’s what you should consider when redesigning your home office:

  • Customize the space for the tasks you want to complete there, whether it’s major desk work every day or just checking your email once in a while
  • Add good illumination that includes ambient lighting and task lighting at your desk
  • Think about all the devices you need to accommodate, including computer(s), printer(s), charging stations, file cabinets and more
  • Establish a method to hide clutter and cords

More ideas to consider:

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  • Consider open shelving to display work-related memorabilia, as well as closed cabinets to store office necessities like paper and toner cartridges
  • You may even want to change the name of your room to a study or library to make it sound more beautiful! 

Make your home office into a reflection of your personality this season.

For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

The Case For Glass Tables

19 Sep

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It’s clear – a glass table will add interest to a room, whether it’s a dining table, coffee GlassTables2table, console table or occasional table. Glass is a crystal clear choice for a table because it almost disappears. Because there’s no opaque surface breaking sight lines, a glass table makes a room seem larger and it emphasizes:

  • The texture and weave of your rugs
  • The beauty of your hardwood or tile floors
  • The craftsmanship of table legs or pedestals
  • The personality of collectibles you display on the tabletop
  • Even how adorable your dogs or cats look sitting under the table!GlassTables3

Glass tables come in all shapes, sizes and styles – even ones that complement traditional interior design styles. Instead of a typical square or rectangular table, think round, oval, hexagonal or freeform. And glass doesn’t have to be crystal clear; it can be colored in so many shades. Also consider a two-level glass table. It’s a beautiful way to display collectibles on the bottom level, yet still have space on top for beverages, snacks and a flower arrangement or two.

Make sure you work with a professional to select a glass top table. Tempered glass should GlassTables4be thick enough for your table’s function, and should be beveled or curved on the edges. Also make sure the glass has no nicks or chips. In terms of practicality, glass tables are easy to clean; however, they do show fingerprints and dust. Open up your interior living space with a glass table. It’s clearly an excellent choice!

 

For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

Rosé Is Not Just For Sipping

12 Sep

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Rosé is becoming more and more popular as a light and cool beverage option. It’s also a perfect choice to revitalize your interior design plan. This soft color was popular in

Add a touch of rosé to make your interior crisp and refreshing.

interior design in the 1980s and called dusty rose, and it’s now gaining popularity as rosé. Rosé is a soft color part way between red and magenta in hue, and then toned down to a lighter shade. Just like the wine, this decorating color can range from the lightest of pinks to a more hearty shade. Other names for this color are blush, rose pink, light apricot and peach haze.

Rosé is a smart decorating choice that’s a bit more sophisticated and subtle than more

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Rosé works equally well for modern or traditional interiors.

typical pink tones. This subtle shade of pink doesn’t have to look girly or frilly. It’s a smooth tone that works equally well for modern or traditional interiors. Rosé goes well with many colors including violet, gray, beige, black and white. And it looks fabulous with almost every shade of blue and green, including powder blue, sky blue, mint, sage, forest, teal and acid. You can even pair it with bright red, pink or orange!

 If you’re not sure you’ll like rosé in your home environment, try it for just one element…
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Ideas for adding this subtle color to your décor.

Such as:

  • A small piece of furniture
  • Slipcovers
  • Throw pillows
  • Bed linens.

Or accent just one wall of a room with rosé paint. Add a touch of soft and calming rosé to your interior this season. It’s an intoxicating choice!

For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

The Perfect Kitchen Table

29 Aug

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Selecting the right kitchen table will make it the anchor for one of your most-used rooms. Consider a table that will meet all your needs, from homework projects to family meals, and from a food preparation work surface to a casual spot to drink tea or coffee with friends.

Just like the design of your entire kitchen plan, kitchen tables are available in many

Make your kitchen a popular meeting place

colors, sizes, shapes and styles. The perfect table for you will be different than the ideal table for other people.

Think about how many people you want to sit comfortably at the table and how you want them to feel when they spend time in your kitchen.

 

Also think about how you want your kitchen table to function. You may want a table that

Consider your needs and wants.

you can move, even one with locking wheels, so you can keep it in the center of the space most of the time, but have flexibility to move it against the wall to serve buffet food or drinks.

Then consider your style preference – modern or traditional, neutral or full of color, sleek or country. Some people prefer a retro look, with vintage chrome or laminate. Others like the feeling of a sidewalk café with a French bistro table with metal chairs. Still others cozy up to a traditional distressed oak table with wood chairs.

Low-maintenance surfaces work best.

When selecting the perfect kitchen table, also think about maintenance. A durable, low-maintenance surface will probably be high on your priority list, so your kitchen table can accommodate all your needs. Many surfaces are easy to clean and maintain, including butcher block, tile, marble, glass, laminate and some antique woods because they’re already distressed! Add a new table to the mix, and make your kitchen a popular meeting place for family and friends.

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Bring Green Inside

22 Aug

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Create a natural, peaceful feeling with green home accents.

Green is a natural choice for home decorating. This color range from the world’s forests, meadows, and gardens brings a feeling of the outdoors to the inside of your home.

Green design elements bring the outdoors inside.

For home decorating, you have so many choices in the green family, from rich and lush, to calm and serene, to bold and brilliant. Because green comes in so many shades, it’s a very flexible design color.

Just think of all the beautiful natural names for green hues: sage, lime, spring, forest, emerald, mint, fern, grass, avocado, jade, apple, celery, and pistachio.

 

Naturally, you have lots of possibilities to add green to your décor, whether in small GreenHome3touches or major design elements:
– Painted walls and paint stenciling
– Wallpaper
– Upholstery
– Drapery fabric and window coverings
– Bedding
– Painted wood furniture and kitchen cabinets
– Rugs and carpeting
– Lamps and light fixtures
– Accessories such as throw pillows, vases, and artwork
– Tile countertops and backsplashes

It’s usually best to stick with one or two shades of green. Use neutrals to finish your design plan. You can also add small touches of a complementary accent color, such as pink or yellow.

Finish your design plan with neutral colors.

Colors that work well with green tones include:
– White, gray, and neutral beiges and creams
– Browns, camels and taupes
– Pinks, reds and salmon
– Small touches of blue, black, yellow or gold

Looking for a more natural feel in your home environment? Add green this season!

 

 

 

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