The Yellow Cape Cod

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Services Provided
Affordable design services for real people, nationwide!

Areas Served
Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Columbus, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Boston, Denver, Seattle, Washington, and more…services available nationwide.

Business Description
Houzz Contributer. Sarah Macklem is a Home Stylist providing affordable design services for real people around the globe. Sarah also writes the popular Home Design Blog:

Certification and Awards
As seen in: Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Romantic Homes Kitchens and Baths Magazine, Cottages and Bungalows Bedrooms and Baths Magazine, DStripped Magazine,,, Hobby Farm Home Magazine, Ladera Ranch Magazine and more...
Detroit, MI US 
Sarah Macklem 
Available Upon Appointment,
Detroit, Michigan,
United States, 48228 
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Hi there, it is "Crevecoeur" by Martha Stewart.
last Sunday at 12:29pm   
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To Chop or Not to Chop?

Karate-chopped pillows pop up in design photos all the time — to the delight of some, the dismay of others. Here's why Full Story
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Thanks everyone for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Annamcarter, Thanks! The wall color in my dining room is "Crevecoeur" by Martha Stewart.

Hi MaggieNZ, the polka dot pillow cover and feather insert are from Potterybarn.
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C) De gustibus non est disputandum.
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In agreement that it's both contrived and pretentious.
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Curtain Speech

Learn the basic terms for parts and styles of draperies and curtains to get the look you want Full Story
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Wildflower Designs Unlimited, LLC
I was a window treatment specialist for almost 40 years. Styles come and go, standard fullness changes and local preferences vary dramatically. When I was a young student doing my OJT in a "drapery workroom", the standard for fullness was only double and hems and headings were turned under 1" and then 4". Far less full than todays standard unless you buy your window treatments at K-Mart. But then all things Country came into popularity in this rural area along with gathered cotton curtains up to 5 times fullness and always tied back. Thankfully that style passed.
There was a time when every middle class home hired someone like me to design their window treatments about every 15 years like clockwork. That has all changed with the younger generations as they do the Pottery Barn thing and send their possessions to a landfill every 5 years or so. Notice I refer to the Middle Class. The only Upper Class people in this area, those who still want the luxury of custom window treatments hire designers from more urban areas.
What I am trying to express is that home-owners have the right to decorate their homes as they wish, styles come and go and as a designer, you can only guide your clients in what is appropriate. If they truly want swags or lace or Austrian shades, so be it. But our job is to design them tastefully. I find it truly arrogant when designers feel they must have a "signature" look and refuse to listen to their clients and their real wants or desires. Even Austrian shades or antique satin swags can be designed tastefully..... It's all a matter of skill.
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Leah McGrew
I only worry about privacy in the front of my house, but I'm not that concerned about looks. The back of my kitchen has no curtains at all, the trees provide the privacy in the summer when most people in the apartments out back might be standing around looking at us. The other reason for curtains in my house is in the bedrooms for light control. Here I have the issues of window air conditioners, and the curtains have to be above them.

I have made most of the curtains in my house, or at least adapted bought curtains. I personally don't care for the "puddling" of drapes, but that's because I have 2 blind roommates and cats who think puddled drapes are good places to sleep (actually attempted to pull down a drape in the living room before I replaced them.) I now have tab top curtains in there with pockets, just because I think they are cute. These are one of two sets I bought and the only one I haven't actually sewed to adapt, instead using cute, cheap, broaches to pin it up over the ac and to keep them closed. I would actually love to make my own out of old jeans and have even smaller pockets but that's a chore for a different time.
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Review by stephgerrity:

Sarah created a design plan for my kitchen. It turned out beautiful. Also gave me a plan for my family room and suggestions for my living and bedroom. Very he...
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Sarah Macklem and her team at the Yellow Cape Cod provided a very reasonably priced design plan and follow up guidance on implementing the design plan for two r...
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Sarah focuses on designing spaces using some new items but also reusing existing items wherever possible. She is also wonderful at repurposing items and creatin...
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Sarah Macklem from the Yellow Cape Cod has completely transformed our house into a home. We needed help pulling rooms together, using new pieces, as well as fu...
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Amazing job. We shared one idea for the nursery and she ran with the theme. We were completely surprised and could not have dreamed how beautiful it was. Fro...
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I am a professional home stylist operating a busy online interior design studio. I provide hundreds of custom room designs to 'real people' around the globe ea...
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