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How to Choose the Right Window Shades

Should you roll with rollers or do as the Romans do? This mini guide to choosing window shades can help Full Story
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JAC Frances
I got rid of very dirty wooden shutters over my kitchen sink the previous owner had for many years. I put in a clean, white roller shade that can easily be cleaned and disappears. Bought at K-Mart for $36.
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kmc34
The patterned shades in the third photo are the answer to my light/privacy dilemma. Where can they be purchased? I've searched for "patterned shades" but can't find any as gorgeous as those shown.
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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.
April 6, 2014 at 6:24am     
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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.
last Wednesday at 10:02am   
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Expand Your Horizons With Map Wallpaper and Decals

Set sail for adventurous rooms with map wallpaper, decals and nautical charts Full Story
     Comment   March 23, 2014
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Uppercase Living Ind. Demonstrator Jean Danieu
Uppercase Living's "Vintage World Map" from our Decorative Prints Collection (removable & reposition able vinyl decal) is available in 3 sizes. For sizes and pricing visit my website: http://jeand.uppercaseliving.net/DesignItems.m?DesignId=3927&MenuLinkKey=products&CategoryId=223
June 22, 2012 at 5:03pm     
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Decaleco
Here are a modern wall world map made with squares and a USA map (a good way to remember the location of each state or to put on some red dots showing the places you have been to).
August 15, 2012 at 2:18pm   
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