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Indoor Outdoor Decorating For Summer Enjoyment

21 Jun

Blending your interior and outdoor living spaces enhances summer enjoyment.

Creating an outdoor living area that feels like an extension of your indoor space makes for a seamless and unified transition.

If you focus on your outdoor living space as much as your indoor design style, you’ll gain a welcoming look that makes it easy to glide effortlessly from indoors to outdoors and back. You’ll find that you use your outdoor space more, whether it’s a deck, terrace, garden or large backyard.

So many materials work well both for indoors and out, including teak, stainless steel, rattan, wicker, easy-care fabrics, glass and more. Focus on beauty, as well as function, for your outdoor living elements, so they don’t look like an afterthought, but rather a design style that’s coordinated with your interior décor.

Some design ideas to link your adjacent indoor and outdoor spaces include:

  • Use similar colors, materials and styles inside and out.
  • Introduce a few soft surfaces outdoors, such as rugs, throw pillows and soft upholstery.

More ideas are:

  • Hang soft, translucent window fashions that make the outdoors look closer.
  • Add matching accent pieces indoors and out, including table linens, lanterns, candles and flower arrangements.
  • Plan adequate sun covering outdoors, using umbrellas, awnings or a built shading structure, so you’re willing to keep the windows and window treatments open without sun damage to furniture and floors.
  • Use ceramic stools, durable tables and easy-clean dining chairs that you can move in and out as the need arises.

Bring your outdoor and indoor living spaces together for summer relaxation with family and friends. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

8 Feb

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

Looking for new window treatments? We have a variety of custom shades and sheers for every room in your home. With so many designs to choose from, you may start to feel overwhelmed with the choices. At Delux Drapery & Shade Co., our services include in-house design, meeting budgets, measuring and certified installation. Our staff will provide you with guidance and options based on your preferences, needs and budget to find the perfect shades or sheers for your home!
Types of Shades and Sheers

  • Cellular Shades– These shades, also known as honeycomb shades provide great insulation, which makes them energy efficient for any duette_northwood_sequoia_detail2016season. They can be compressed tightly to maximize the window’s view. They are available in an impressive range of light-control fabrics, with the choice of hundreds of colors and textures. They are offered in various types to meet your desired look such as Duette®, the Alustra® Collection of Duette® Architella®, Duette® Architella®, Applause®, and Pleated.
  • Roman Shades– These shades have soft pleats that fold when they are raised. They are vignette-detailoffered in a great selection of fabrics and colors, with both light-filtering and room-darkening options. They are offered in a wide selection of types such as Vignette®, the Alustra® Collection of Vignette®, Design Studio™, and Solera®.

 

 

  • Roller Shades- These shades are easy and simple, providing a clean look. They are offered in large range of sturdy and beautiful fabrics, as well as types such as Designer Roller Shades, Designer Screen Shades, and the Alustra® Collection of Roller Shades.
  • Woven Woods– These unique shades utilize fibers and textures to create a natural look. They come in large selection of shade styles provenance-detailsuch as Provenance® and the Alustra® Collection of Woven Textures®
  • Sheers– Our sheers, offered in the Luminette® style are great for wide windows and sliding doors as they provide great light-control and privacy options. They come in a variety of colors and sheer and drapery-like fabrics.
  • Shadings– Our shadings offer options for light-control and privacy, a well as UV silhouette-detailprotection. They come in a large selection of colors with adjustable fabrics vanes. They are offered in various types such as Silhouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Silhouette®, Pirouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Pirouette®, and Nantucket™.

 

The Best Place to Find Custom Shades in Ann Arbor

Now that you know the difference between all the different types of shades, it’s time to stop by your favorite family owned business, Delux Drapery & Shade Co., offering expert decorating and friendly service since 1942. We are located in Ann Arbor, MI and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities. We offer a large selection of custom Hunter Douglas window treatments with a showroom in Ann Arbor.

We also offer free in-home consultations to ensure that your window treatments fit perfectly in your home. We pledge to give the absolute best service to you and guarantee your complete satisfaction. If you are ready to choose the perfect custom shades for your home, then do not hesitate to contact us!

A Casual Dining Spot Helps People Feel At Home.

8 Dec

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Formal dining rooms are a fabulous part of a house and home. But just because you have a formal dining room, casualdining2doesn’t mean you can’t have a casual dining space, too. Why not create a flexible and beautiful spot for unplanned get-togethers and daily family time – from lounging in the morning with a cup of coffee to afternoon homework to late evening talks with a cup of tea? And when guests are invited, it’s nice for them to be close to the cooking action, enjoying a pre-dinner beverage and chatting with the chef!

A casual dining spot is usually in the kitchen or great room, but it can becasualdining3 somewhere else too, maybe even outdoors if you live in a year-round moderate climate! And it doesn’t have to be a stand-alone table and chairs, but instead can be a counter top with high stools or a built-in table with a banquette. Practicality is key when creating a casual dining spot.

You will want to plan for:

  • Washable surfaces
  • Comfortable seating
  • Flexibility to use the space for homework and as a buffet
  • Durable materials for chairs or stools, maybe even washable slip covers
  • Good lighting, since this area may be used for schoolwork or catching up on email
  • Open shelving nearby so family and guests can help set the table or hand the cook a serving dish or pot.

casualdining4A casual dining spot can come in most any decorating style. A contemporary look with mid-century furniture will give off a casual vibe, while a traditional or country look will feel comfortable and safe. Don’t worry about everything perfectly matching in style or material. Part of the charm of casual dining is its unpredictability. Think kid-friendly, family-friendly, and friend-friendly when designing a casual dining spot in your house. You and your loved ones will love the spontaneity this flexible space provides.

 

 

For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

A clean and simple design style can make your life less stressful.

16 Mar

The look of your home can give you peace of mind and a sense of calm.CleanandSimple2

Many of us have feelings of stress because we’re overwhelmed by the demands in our lives. What better goal to consider in your home decorating plans than to create a home environment that’s calming and relaxing, both on the eyes and on the soul.

Simple doesn’t mean plain or unattractive. Simple design can create a sophisticated, traditional, elegant look or a modern, minimalist feel. The bottom line is reducing chaos and over-decoration, and minimizing clutter and confusion.

  • Plan only one or two focal points per room, so you can really “see” the beauty, rather than having a hodge podge of color and design elements.CleanandSimple3

  • Limit the number of colors in your design and stick with gentle colors, rather than bold primary colors.

  • Make color transitions gentle. Avoid making too strong a statement between dark and light colors, such as black and white. (However, keep in mind that you may want energizing colors in a room; for example, in a kitchen or home office where you’d like to be engaged and active.)

CleanandSimple1Once you’ve created a simple, clean design, enjoy it! Allow yourself relaxing time to read a book or watch your favorite TV show, without answering the phone or responding to text messages. Spend time with your family or friends in a quiet way, without over planning your activities.

Achieving a calm and simple home environment can help you find peace of mind every day.

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A Beautiful Entry Hall Will Impact How Visitors Perceive Your Home.

13 Jan

Entry1This important room can introduce drama and beauty to your guests.

After visitors walk in your front door, the entry hall (or foyer) is the first feeling they get about your home. Make sure it’s a good first impression by focusing on this small, but oh so important, part of your house!

 

Since the entry hall is a small space you can afford to be extravagant and add drama. Consider these ideas:

Consider these ideas:

  • Use bold and rich colors or striking black and white.entry2
  • Add mirrors to make the room appear larger.
  • Explore the idea of shiny, lacquer or faux finish walls.
  • Accent with a touch of metallic finishes, including gold, silver, bronze or copper.
  • Install a front door that looks distinctive even from the inside.
  • Purchase a dramatic light fixture or lamp.

It’s nice to include a table and at least one chair or bench where people can stop to put on their shoes, but too much furniture will collect junk on a daily basis. A coat rack or umbrella rack can add welcome functionality. Also take time to select artwork, rugs and light fixtures. When selecting colors for your foyer, think about coordination with the rooms you can see from your entry hall, probably your living room and maybe your dining room.

Entry3If you’re thinking about a remodeling project, you can redesign your front door for more drama, even adding side and top windows to bring in more light. If you don’t have a separate foyer, be clever in your decorating to make this area appear as a separate space, using your flooring, furniture and artwork selection.

 

Want to make a good first impression? Focus on redesigning your entry hall this season!

 

 

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Decorating with less will give you more! A more beautiful interior, that is.

14 Oct

That’s the philosophy of a minimalist decorating style.Minimal1

Minimalism is a streamlined and organized look that makes you feel calm and relaxed. But don’t worry; a minimalist interior isn’t entirely bare! It still includes beautiful furniture, flooring, window fashions and artwork. Within the idea of minimalism, there are lots of choices of your look too, from beachy vibe to Asian zen to high-style sophisticated.

Some people think the best thing about minimalist décor is that you have to get rid of the clutter! That’s why cabinets, closets and other out-of-sight storage are key. And minimalist Minimal2décor is easier to clean since there are fewer elements to dust, mop and vacuum.

Minimalist colors are usually muted and monochromatic. White is the most common color for minimalism, but you can also use soft earth tones like beige, taupe, tan and gray. In minimalism, a variation in texture usually takes the place of a variation in color.

Use these tips to create a minimalist style in your home:Minimal3

  • Make one element the focal point in a room, then the other pieces can support it.

  • Have mostly clear surfaces, with very few, well-selected décor items atop tables and floors, such as one sculpture or one vase of flowers or one photo of your family.

  • Hang a limited number of pieces of artwork on walls. Leave some walls without artwork, and the art you have will stand out even more.

  • Almost always use solid colors, not patterns. Then use textures to create the visual interest in a room.

  • Use calming colors for furniture, flooring, window coverings and bed linens.

  • Start by making just one room in your house minimalist and simple to make sure you like the minimalist style.

Make your home more peaceful by following a minimalist design strategy.

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Home Office Not Just For Function

2 Sep

A home office is not an impersonal work cubicle.

Make it a warm, inviting space personalized with color, artwork, rugs and memorabilia, as well as totally functional.
So often, our home offices are an afterthought – a room that’s functional, but not fashionable, and often they end up

as the place that collects clutter. Don’t let that happen to you! Make your home office a reflection of your personality, as well as a functioning room for the tasks you need – or want – to do there.
Whether you call this room a home office, a study or a library, your first HomeOffice3consideration is to customize it for the tasks you need to complete. You may need this room for heavy-duty desk work on a daily basis, or just use it once in a while to check your laptop or write a few personal emails.
Most important is a desk that works for you and a good quality desk chair that’s the right height and is comfortable for you. And why not buy a stylish desk and chair, instead of the cheapest functional pieces of furniture you can find? Good lighting is key too – not just ambient lighting, but task lighting on or above your desk. Think ahead about all the devices and equipment you need, including computer(s), printer(s), file cabinets and more.

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Other enhancements to consider include:

  • built-in shelving to display work-related memorabilia, including certificates, diplomas, awards and photos
  • closed cabinets to store necessities that don’t look very pretty – envelopes, paper and toner cartridges
  • a system to hid the “ugly stuff,” such as modems, routers, surge protectors, chargers and those oh-so-many cords that go along with all of the above
  • window fashions that block the glare on your computer screen that happens at certain times of day or certain times of the year

Whether you use your home office to complete important work assignments or just read the newspaper, take the time to make it a place that reflects your personality.

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Is It Modern or Is It Contemporary?

12 Aug

Is It Modern or Is It Contemporary?

“It’s great to design a beautiful, modern, sleek home like you’d see in a magazine. But if it doesn’t suit your lifestyle, it’s really wasted.” – Candice Olson, Interior Designer on HGTV’s “Devine Design”

When decorating, we look for labels to define our space.  Traditional? Modern? Contemporary?

However, descriptions are commonly misused. The mix-up between modern and contemporary happens because there are some crossover aspects. Learn some of the basic differentiations and you can set them apart.

Modern1Modern: 1920s – late 1980s
Modern design refers to the modern art movement in the 1950s, also known as Mid-century Modern. This design relies heavily on graphic shapes and sharp, continuous lines and is extremely minimalistic.

 

Minimalism
Minimalism plays an integral part in modern design and became its own movement in New York in the 80s. The Modern2basic principle “less is more” was the approach for this design. Detailing on moldings or excessive use of textiles is not a practice. In modern design you won’t see figurines or vases as accent pieces. Any crucial items, including books and keepsakes, are kept out of sight. Modern homes are often far more comfortable than they appear, due to the way they are streamlined for efficiency. This design can be thought of as bare, but in reality it takes a lot of planning to include what is absolutely necessary in the home. Nate Berkus, an interior designer seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, said “In a minimal interior, what you don’t do is as important as what you do.”

Colors
The majority of modern homes use shades of black and white exclusively throughout the home. Bold colors are used as accents to help break up the neutrals and provide focal points. These colors are introduced sparingly and found in abstract art, a single piece of furniture like a red sofa, or a solid color rug.

Contemporary2Contemporary: 1990s – now
Contemporary design is a little trickier to define. Better Homes & Gardens describes contemporary design as the use of clean lines with a casual atmosphere, open spaces, neutral colors and elements, and materials inspired by nature.

 

 

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Contemporary interiors feature tone-on-tone palettes, relying heavily on brown, taupe, cream and pure white. Shots of color are sometimes found on an accent wall or wallpaper. Natural fabrics such as silk, wool, linen and cotton are used for their textural aspect and inherent neutral hues. However, a bold color or geometric pattern may be brought into the design with pillows, a rug or a throw.

 

Glass3Furniture & Lighting
Furniture is made of light-colored woods that have minimal graining, glass, and a variety of metals. These pieces have clean lines and smooth surfaces without any carving or adornment. Silhouettes are slim without being dainty. Lighting is used as an artistic statement as well as function. Lamps have straight lines and sleek metallic finishes with a special shade. Recessed or track lighting draws attention to well-placed art and accessories.

So as you see, there are similar features in both styles. The main question to ask yourself is, are you looking for the warmth and comfort of contemporary design or are you interested in stark, streamlined look that modern design offers?

Adding Built-ins Maximizes Your Space

10 Jun

Adding built-ins maximizes the floor space of your home.

Use them for dramatic displays, hidden storage, entertainment center or extra seating.

Built in shelves with an assortment of vases.

Built in shelves with an assortment of vases.

Storage is a challenge, especially since we Americans like to accumulate “stuff.” And almost nothing detracts more from a beautiful interior design plan than lots of clutter and chaos. A great solution – and one that can add beauty and a focal point to your home – is built-ins, including cabinets, shelving, seating and more.

Built-ins are appropriate for almost any room in the house – family rooms, kitchens, home offices, dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms. They can also be used to separate areas of a large room or fill an awkward space in a corner or below the stairs.
Think outside the box when planning built-ins for almost any room in your home:

  • To serve as display space around the fireplace
  • For seating as a built-in banquette in the kitchen
  • To display treasures and books along a wide hallway
  • To hold audio and video equipment as your entertainment center
  • To create a hidden desk inside a closet
  • For storage at the bedside or even under the bed
  • To put away dishes, glasses, serving ware and linens in the dining roombuiltIns3
  • As a casual place to chat or read with a window seat

Consider adding built-ins to your home to maximize space, get rid of clutter and add beauty.

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Plantation Shutters, A Brief History

27 May

Why are plantation shutters so expensive?

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Shutters have been dressing windows for centuries.  You may associate them with the old south and the regal look they gave the massive homes, but they have been around since ancient Greece.  In that tropical area, they served three functions: protection from the weather, ventilation and light control.  They originally had fixed louvers and were made out of marble which is what made them so strong against the weather.  However, the marble is what made them only affordable to the wealthy, thus their prestige begins.

plantationshutters2As the popularity of the shutters spread throughout the Mediterranean, wood became the new norm.  The louvers became moveable and created more functionality.  In medieval Europe they served as a security measure with a steel bar that locked them close .  And because of their increased function, you began seeing them in palaces, like The Andul Royal Palace in India  or the Palace of Versailles in France.

 

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Then as the Spanish and the English started colonizing the Americas, the shutter fad came with them.  The southern states, taking after the Spanish influence, began using them in their large manor homes where they took on the name ‘plantation shutters’. In the south, you saw the use of large louvers and they were almost always painted white.

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In the New England area, the louvers were smaller and used in a café style, similar to how they were in England during the Victorian Era.

 

 

 

 

If you’ve ever gone shopping for shutters, you’ve probably had the jaw-plantationshutters5dropping experience of the first time you heard the price.  Shutters are definitely an investment.  They are durable, stunning to look at and their functionality is unparalleled.  They just happen to be the most expensive thing you can put on your window.  Shutters are the ONE window treatment that add to the appraisal value of the home so consider how this may help you in the future.  But after hearing the back story of their evolution, you can see they stand the test of time.

 

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