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Lincoln Park Family HomeTransitional Living Room, Chicago

Elizabeth Taich Design is a Chicago-based full-service interior architecture and design firm that specializes in sophisticated yet livable environments.

Example of a mid-sized transitional formal and open concept dark wood floor living room design in Chicago with gray walls, no tv and a ribbon fireplace —  Houzz
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homedesign09 wrote:Jun 25, 2015
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    Elizabeth Taich Design

    Thanks for your comment. Please feel free to check out my Houzz profile or website, www.elizabethtaich.com

  • J. Robinson
    I had a pair of cornices made by a skilled carpenter so I could cover them myself. I lined the backs with a new white window shade I cut to fit. Then I padded the front and sides with batting, tautly covered the batting with white sheeting as a liner, and then covered the cornices’ fronts and sides with the plaid fabric I had chosen for the room. It took a long time as I matched the plaid layout for preferred display for the area and for matching each other.

    Whether necessary or not, I used an iron and pressing cloth to be sure the fabrics were smooth and pristine. I also folded uniformly and made sure the inside borders of the fabric matched in size and were even.

    Having glued the white shade liner to the back side of the cornice, making sure its grain was straight and aligned, I used a high quality staple gun the carpenter had loaned me. I was able to do the project without staples showing due to the plaid pattern as I recall. The two goals beyond function for my placement of staples were that they had to be aligned and straight with the fabric, and that I not staple the batting and lining in places I would need to staple the outer upholstery. Fortunately, with much time in analysis and planning, nothing had to be redone, and every staple remained in place. I made the hems deep all the way around so that from a sitting vantage point, only the plaid fabric would show. That included working carefully with corners on the inside of the cornices. It was worth every second of planning and effort.

    This project took me all night and part of a day standing at a high counter to work, and taking occasional breaks to sit. It was my first time doing such a project, so someone else might have worked more quickly.

    It cost me materials, time, and payment to the carpenter who returned to hang the cornices. He believed I saved a lot of money by doing the upholstering myself and suggested a great amount I cannot recall. Neither do I recall what I paid him, but it was worth his price to me.

    Depending on time and energy, I probably will hire a professional for the next cornices, particularly because I want covered piping and know it would take more time. I want the perfected skill of a professional for such a project and am not as young as I was when making the first pair. The result of the first project still pleases me, and I enjoyed planning and learning a number of years ago.
fraidym wrote:Nov 24, 2014
  • Brandi Williams-Moore

    Beautiful! Who is the rug by? What is the design and pattern?

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    Elizabeth Taich Design

    Thank you for your question! It is an Oriental rug that we found in a showroom here in Chicago.

almousherji84 wrote:Apr 6, 2014
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    Elizabeth Taich Design
    We incorporated ideas from two sofas that we liked and had it custom made.
  • almousherji84
    Very beautiful result! .. thank you for your kind reply
smurtagh wrote:Dec 7, 2015
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    Elizabeth Taich Design
    Thanks for your question. The rug is really beautiful and one of a kind. We purchased it at a rug dealer here in Chicago.
melissastabler wrote:Dec 3, 2015
payne74 wrote:Jul 7, 2015
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    Elizabeth Taich Design

    Thanks for your question. They are roughly 15" in height. Width depends on the window. I can't recall exactly the width that we made these but in looking at the photo, they appear to be around 3' in length.

homedesign09 wrote:Jun 25, 2015
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    Elizabeth Taich Design

    Thanks for your question! Yes, we designed the cornices and had them made by our custom window treatment people. The fabric for the drapes was a linen from Kravet and the decorative tape on the cornices was from Fabricut (a Greek key).

a_cioara wrote:Apr 22, 2015
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    Elizabeth Taich Design
    Thanks for your question! To be perfectly honest, I don't know the color. The room had just been painted before my client purchased the home, and she really liked it so we kept it. I tried to find a color similar in my paint books but had a hard time find an exact match. Sorry that I couldn't be more help!
neolson wrote:Dec 10, 2014
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    Elizabeth Taich Design
    Thanks for your question! I believe that the overall depth of the cornices were about 8" deep to allow for the two layers of drapes. Regular drapery tracks were used.
ellenwilner wrote:Sep 11, 2014
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    Elizabeth Taich Design
    Thanks for the comment! The fabric is a soft polyester that was purchased through Kravet.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

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Karen Egly-Thompson added this to Your Guide to Window TreatmentsNov 19, 2015

Getting It DoneHow long will it take? When ordering a custom treatment from a designer or window professional, expect to wait about four to eight weeks. This can vary based on fabric availability and workroom and installation schedules.Best time of year to do this project: Ruggiero says the spring and fall are the best times to get a jump-start on new window treatments, because most manufacturers offer free upgrades twice a year, like cordless or top-down, bottom-up options.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

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Laura added this to webuser_835209346's ideasJun 7, 2019

Love this valance design with sheer type material

nch208
nch208 added this to nch208's IdeasMay 26, 2019

Cornice over large window span.

dmcornwell
dmcornwell added this to Mirador livingApr 4, 2019

Curtains. Side panels w sheers underneath

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hudson morrow added this to Interior Architectural FeaturesMar 25, 2019

I love the wood color and wall color

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niccidhg added this to Window TreatmentsMar 5, 2019

Cornice boxes, sheers w. drapes

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