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New Trends in Window Treatments – and How You Can Make Money Selling Them

​with Veronica Marr

Do you have clients who are interested in window treatments, but you just don’t feel like you know enough to advise them? Would you be interested in an additional stream of income selling window treatments – without all the stress? Then join us for October’s webinar New Trends in Window Treatments – and How You Can Make Money Selling Them with Veronica Marr of VOOM Window Fashions. With her 25 years’ experience as an interior design professional, including everything from simple consultations to full scale home renovation design and beyond, Veronica knows all about window treatments – and now she’s sharing that information with you! So join us Tuesday October 13th from 7-8 pm ET for our monthly webinar. This webinar is FREE for ADE members, or for the low cost of $24.95 for non-members.

Register here: http://www.associationofdesigneducation.com/ADEClassDescriptions.html

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New Trends in Window Treatments – and How You Can Make Money Selling Them

​with Veronica Marr

Do you have clients who are interested in window treatments, but you just don’t feel like you know enough to advise them? Would you be interested in an additional stream of income selling window treatments – without all the stress? Then join us for October’s webinar New Trends in Window Treatments – and How You Can Make Money Selling Them with Veronica Marr of VOOM Window Fashions. With her 25 years’ experience as an interior design professional, including everything from simple consultations to full scale home renovation design and beyond, Veronica knows all about window treatments – and now she’s sharing that information with you! So join us Tuesday October 13th from 7-8 pm ET for our monthly webinar. This webinar is FREE for ADE members, or for the low cost of $24.95 for non-members.

Register here: http://www.associationofdesigneducation.com/ADEClassDescriptions.html

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giraffe manor

So, the house next door to us just sold, after four years of being empty. They appear to be gutting it, and workers are there every day moving and building goodness knows what. I am happy it sold, and glad that the house will be lived in again. It has been neglected for so long, but it has good bones, and is historic; all it needs is a little tender loving care. It will be wonderful for the house to become a home again.

But, I don’t have a lot of curtains in my home. I like to see the sky during the day, and am fortunate to have a lot of trees and wildlife where I live. Plus, I tend to have a penchant for hanging other things on the wall, so to add window treatments kind of messes with my design, and can really overwhelm the already existing decorative clutter.

I know window treatments can be beautiful, and are immensely practical, but they are not my favorite thing. For those that remember, when I tried to buy Living Room curtains several years ago, I actually ended up with cream colored blankets and handmade copper curtain rods (which I still have). And, my bedroom has two panels that are too small to close (that was all they had, and they were in the loveliest moss green suede…sigh… Totally ignoring their lack of function, and opting instead for their fickle and pretty looks).

Not that I run around doing rude and unsightly things in my home (well, apart from Naked Tuesday) but now that we have new neighbors, I have to re-think the windows in a couple of my rooms. It actually makes me feel like my own worst client, because I know what I need to do, but I am metaphorically stamping my feet because I don’t want to do it. Still, getting changed in the morning, peering across the trees at the contractors, is making me a little unsettled. Realistically, unless they are about 15 feet tall, with the world’s largest telescope, they can’t see a thing, but it falls into the “If I can see you…” category of thinking.

I think that window treatments are a bit like deciding what clothes to wear:

  • Decide on the occasion (the reason you want/need them).Are you blocking out the light, hiding from the neighbors, or just want something pretty to match the sofa?
  • What is it going to be worn with (other pieces in the room).Is your room minimal, busy, colorful, utilitarian, modern, organic, traditional?
  • Check the size (length and width of windows and ledges).Do you want the entire window covered all the time? Do you want an abundant look, or for it be more tailored. Higher than the window, or inside the molding? Do you enjoy cleaning blinds, or are you a once-a-year-in-the-washing-machine type of person?
  • Stick to your budget. If you can splurge on custom window treatments, then do that, but if not, don’t be afraid to look at the ready-made items at the larger retails stores. (They have easy return policies, a large selection, and prices are very reasonable).

See, if giraffe’s move in next door I’m in trouble….(especially on Tuesday’s).

http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/

Photograph from The Giraffe Manor in Kenya (definitely adding this place to my bucket list). 

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Do you ever gasp at things that make you happy? An image, or a color, that is so perfect you can’t believe it existed without you knowing about it?

The other day I fell in love with a curtain. Yes, a curtain! For those of you who know me well, you know that the curtains in my living room are, in fact, cream blankets from Walmart; a solution that happened on a cold February day, after weeks of looking for the “perfect’ curtain. Not my first option, they ended up being what I love the most; hanging casually from old, copper pipes with distressed curtain hooks. In fact, the process was so time consuming that I had no option but to write about it. http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/2009/05/cautionary-tale-of-curtains.html Anyway, I recently saw some curtains that I loved, and it reminded me once again how difficult it can be to choose them.

I think, the first thought should be whether your need is driven by beauty or function? Of course, ideally, everything in life should be a combination of both, but in reality that rarely happens; to get there can take far more time than any of us have. Regardless of why you need them, spend a little bit of time wondering about your curtains before you buy.

In my living room, for example, I have three very large windows, each over 10 feet wide. I wanted a curtain that insulated the room in the Winter, but was not so decorative that it conflicted with my need to scatter random pieces of art onto the walls. Hence the cream blankets; they are simple, but warm, and I love the thick texture against the painted walls.

Like most things, we can get bogged down in the thought process, but going forward is always easier than we think. Decorating your windows should be fun, just ask yourself a few easy questions before you begin:

Do you want the curtains to be purely decorative – a statement of color or pattern?  Then choose with no restrictions. Buy what you love. Remember to open the packet, and hang them up (or lay them out on the floor) before you throw away the receipt. Any curtain will look totally different when it is opened up into a 4 foot by 7 foot panel.
– Are they something that you are buying because you “have to”?  Be understated/neutral/classic in your decision. For total anonymity, try to match, or use a shade similar to the wall color.
– Is keeping in warmth, or shutting out sunlight, important?  Spend extra time researching speciality curtains. They may cost a bit more, but will definitely solve your problem.
– How much do you want to spend?  Be realistic with your budget. Don’t be lured into things you cannot afford. Find your favorite, then see if there is a less expensive option available.
– Is your room large or small, ceilings high or low?   If it is small, then choose curtains that are similar (or complimentary) to the wall color. Hang them above the window for extra height. Too much pattern, or opposing colors, will break up a room, making it appear smaller. If ceilings are very tall, check the length before you buy.

The gorgeous photograph above is from http://searchingforstyle.blogspot.com/2009_01_01_archive.html A lovely blend of pinks that are elegant and feminine, without being too “precious”. The curtain is crushed silk.

Wendy E. Wrzos http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/ and www.thebluegiraffe.com

 

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