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Category: Curtain Rods

For Sale.

 

When potential homeowners are looking for a new house, one of the most important things on their ‘must have’ list is how much natural light comes into the various rooms. Whether or not your home is lacking a great deal of windows or if your home is flooded with light, window treatments will draw the right kind of attention to your windows if you do it correctly.

 

Where do you start? What’s in and what’s out in today’s décor? Vertical blinds – out. Take them done right away or risk giving your home a stifling 80’s feel. You’re better off with no window treatments at all. Get rid of those old plastic roll-down shades too.

 

Look at the windows throughout your house and determine a couple of things. Will the room or the particular window in question look better without any window treatments or are there issues of privacy in the evening hours if you don’t have window treatments up?  There are lots of choices to help you get started, and they all provide different features and benefits.

 

Blinds

We threw away the plastic ones, but  wood or bamboo blinds are fine. Put them in the bedrooms or home office. Bamboo blinds are a good choice because they provide some color and texture.

 

Roman Shades

Just like the blinds, Roman shades are installed inside the frame of the window and they tuck up upon themselves as they are raised. They are perfect for smaller windows or in kitchens or baths.

 
Valances & Cornice Boxes

A valance runs along the top of a window giving it a finished look. It may be used alone, or with another window treatment. A cornice box is similar, but it is typically used as decoration and to hide the drapery rod.

Drapery/Curtains

Draperies can be sheer, allowing light in but still maintain privacy, or they can be the blackout variety to keep the light and heat from penetrating the room. The type of fabric you choose will help determine how rich and lavish a room feels. Even the type of drapery rods and hardware will significantly add to the overall look of the window. Draperies can be puddled at the bottom, knotted at the middle, or tied at the sides for any number of different looks.
Tired? Change your mind yet about putting your home up for sale? Don’t despair. We’ll stop here for now and let you take a breath. Have a cup of tea and rest up because tomorrow we will install the window treatments!

New Year, New Home

 

It’s a new year, time to make some changes. If one of them is a relocation, then it’s time to put your best foot forward in your home. The most important thing to do when preparing your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Come up with a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to go. One of the major contributors to the cluttered look is too much furniture. When a professional stager arrives at a home they often take away almost half of the owner’s furnishings, making the house look much bigger. You don’t have to pare down that drastically, but do take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.

 

There’s a common belief that a room will feel larger and be easier to use when all of the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that really isn’t the case. Furnish your space by floating furniture away from the perimeter. Move sofas and chairs into cozy conversation groups, and set up the pieces so the traffic flow is obvious. This will not only make the space more user-friendly, it will also open up the room making it seem larger.

 

If you have a room that is a place that just gathers junk, repurpose it into something that will add value to your home. The simple addition of a comfortable chair, a small table with a lamp in a stairwell will convert it into a cozy reading spot. Or lay inexpensive rubber padding or a carpet remnant on the floor of the basement and toss in a few cushy pillows. You now have a new meditation room!

 

One of the things that make a staged home look so warm and inviting is great lighting. Did you know that many homes are improperly lit? To fix this problem, increase the wattage in the lamps and fixtures. Strive for a total of 100 watts for every 50 square feet. It’s best to have at least three types of lighting: ambient), task and accent.

 

Window treatments are another part of the lighting equation. They should be kept simple to allow lots of light in and to brighten up a room. Lighting has the power to make a room feel brighter and conversely appear much larger. When it comes to staging less is always the best option and clean lines is what buyers want to see. The more  light you are able to bring in the more spacious the room will appear. Neutral tones work best for staging. Cream or white roman shades are also a good choice and you can add a dash of color with a ribbon trim you sew or glue onto the shade.

 

This is a lot of direction for one day. Go through your home today and start moving the furniture and getting rid of the clutter. Think about the curtains, and we’ll talk again later.

Happy New Year!

 

Happy New Year from your friends at Continental Window Fashions! Who knew there were so many things you could do with drapery hardware aside from hanging beautiful curtains and draperies.

Throughout this past year we’ve build party rooms outside, created seperate spaces in dorm rooms,built playspaces and doors out of curtains. We even learned how to properly make a bed and paint a bathroom.

Who knew curtain rods and finials could not only hang curtains, they could hang christmas stockings and wrapping paper, even become holiday decorations themselves! We’ve attached hardware to plaster and lath, a canopy to the ceiling and even made a door and one room into two with curtains!

Join us in the new year and see what else drapery hardware can do for your home.

Color Psychology 1.0

We often look at the home décor process as a simple matter of what looks attractive. However, advocates of the feelings evoked by color  believe that the colors you use choose for your home can have a profound effect on the emotional welfare of you and your family.
Color is a universal language. The color you chose for your walls isn’t just a matter of artistic perception. It’s a tool that can influence behavior and emotion. If you like the idea of using color to create an emotionally healthy home, first consider the primary function of each room. Then pick a base color. Although it can’t be scientifically proven, some shades work better than others at inspiring certain activities.
In the living room and foyer warm colors such as yellows, and oranges, and the earth tones like brown and beige work well because they’re thought to stimulate conversation, to encourage people to sit around and talk. Because they invoke warmth, they encourage the connection with other people. Cassidy West curtain panels come in calming shades of chocolate, blue-brown and wheat, and come in cotton, polyester and flannel, giving you a good jumping point for your warm and encouraging space.
If you have fond memories of hanging out in the kitchen when you were a child, it might make sense to recreate that color scheme in your own kitchen. If there’s no particular color scheme (gold and avocado don’t count) that you remember fondly, reds and yellows can be great colors in the kitchen. But beware if you’re s keeping tabs on your food intake, as well as  stimulating conversation, reds may prompt you to eat more!, Think about your favorite fast food  restaurants; the restaurant industry has long recognized the appetite-stimulating power of a red decor. However, since it’s stimulating to the appetite, red is great for a formal dining room. Not only will it encouraging conversation, it sharpens the appetites of your guests and may even make them think you are a better cook.
The bedroom is the sanctuary where you go to relax and reconnect. Cool colors found in the blue, green and lavender families are thought to have a calming effect. The darker the shade, the more pronounced the. For a serene environment, a glacier blue with mixed with chrome accents is just the ticket.

 

Party Outside

 

It’s rare that we think of our outdoor spaces, the patio, the yard, the carport, as extensions of our home. But, depending on where you live, they are serviceable for three or even four seasons. Isn’t it time to make them comfortable and inviting? Outdoor shades like those from House Parts will not only add to your decor, but provide you protection from the hot sun. Shades and curtains also can partition off your space and shield you   from the neighbors.

 
With the help of tension rods, curtains can hang easily in your outside space. Continental Window Fashions offer tension rods that are not just for the bathroom anymore. If you have two points to wedge the rod between, there is an easy way to hang your curtains on the patio or porch.

 

Installing tension rods between the posts of your porch is so easy. Hanging curtains does not have to be a chore. In many cases, a simple tension rod fits your needs. This type of  window treatment does not require nails or a hammer or the need for drilling holes,  lending themselves to quick installation. The rod stays  in place by tension  the two walls or posts you suspend it from.

 
Crisp, plain white curtains work really well to lighten up and cool the look of an outdoor space. Or give your patio the look and feel of a romantic tent open to the air with crisp white drapes. Not feeling the romance? Try stenciling solid-color drapes to give them a quirky or rustic outdoor look. If a child’s birthday party is in the works, make a panel out of every color fabric a colorful outside space.

 
So why settle for a boring outdoor space? Hang some curtains, maybe some fairy lights, and party on!

It’s Time for A Little More De Cluttering

 

It’s another day, time for another de-cluttering adventure!

As the most private room in the house, it’s easy to let the bedroom become derelict. dirty laundry on the floor in the closet, magazines piling up on the bedside tables, dust bunnies, bags, children’s toys, all of it ends up here. It’s a shame, because a serene bedroom promotes restful sleep and helps reduce the stress of demanding days.

While other rooms may be difficult to downsize because they perform so many roles, the bedroom is actually very simple. All you need are the basics: nice bedding, crisp window treatments, lighting, a hamper, alarm clock, a candle and a small vase of flowers. Graber swag holders and tiebacks will compliment your windows by creating an elegant touch. Use the Windsor C-Ring Swag holder to create theatrical looking poufs or Bishop’s sleeves. Or use any of the swag holders as medallions to hang all types of draperies from. They are great when trying to cover arch windows.

As you pass through each room, think about the tools you reach for the most and to put them within easy reach. Long-handled wooden spoons will look great in a crock on the kitchen counter and a pot of fresh herbs in a sunny window looks inviting near the stove. A sturdy basket by a favorite chair will hold all of your magazines yet to be read. You will be surprised at the beauty in useful objects when they are artfully displayed.

A good policy to institute with your family is a “One In, One Out” policy. Let something go every time you bring in something else. This way you will easily stay on top of the clutter before it reaches heroic proportions. Like caring for a garden, a little each day will help your home flourish.

De-Cluttering and Organizing for the New Year

 

De-Cluttering and Organizing for the New Year

Have you ever realized that now is the time to get organized, to sort through your stuff and get rid of what you don’t want and put what you want to keep in an appropriate place without much anguish? But then suddenly you hear that little voice whispering “I can do this later, maybe tomorrow”. That voice can convince you that you can get organized anytime you want. It persuades you that the window of cleaning opportunity is always open. No. Sorry, it does not work that way. Stuff happens that makes it impossible to concentrate on the organizing process. Those things may go on for a long time. Day-to-day living eats up our time and energy. Many times we end up stuffing things in drawers, stashing them under the bed, or even throwing some out, just to keep our heads above water. We assure ourselves that we’ll get a grip on it very soon, and yet soon never seems to get here.

Organizing our stuff is a passion of mine. I consider cleaning out my junk drawer fun. I love labels and have been known to put my books and colored pencils in rainbow order. Laugh if you must, but over the years I’ve developed a simple routine for trimming down and crafting order in my home. How? It’s relatively easy when you stop hyper-ventilating. What exactly is clutter anyway? Unfortunately it is a sign of procrastination. It is the blender you’ve been meaning to fix, the overdue library books and the piles of paperwork and junk mail waiting to be sorted. De-cluttering requires decision making, some that you may have been putting off forever.
So what’s first? Clutter clearing is physically and emotionally fatiguing, so now is the time to gear up and fuel your motivation. Here are a few questions you might like to ponder over a cup of tea before getting started: How will clearing the clutter from my home make life easier? What is the most challenging area to work on? In three words, how do I want my home to feel when this is done?

Let’s begin by making a quick sweep of the whole house, picking up the obvious clutter. You know what these are; items going to the trash or to recycling, the things you have been meaning to return to your neighbor, and other things you know can’t stand to look at. This first step is meant to be easy and fast. Turn on some music, gather a few bags and set the timer for 15 minutes. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel after a short clutter-busting spree! If you find yourself saying “I might need some of this one day…!” be honest. Do you really need twenty ratty old towels, or will a couple of nice fluffy ones do? When you pare down to what is really loved, needed, and actually used, the cupboards and shelves are not going to be horrifying to open every day.

Collections can be wonderful additions to your home, but they usually take on a life of their own and end up getting out of control. By narrowing the focus of the collection, you will be able to create a more interesting and cohesive display. Find one location where all of the pieces can sit together for maximum impact. Perhaps a slim shelf made with a slim cornice board held up by Kirsch Alexandre Brackets will fit the bill.
Take another deep breath now. Go back to your cup of tea. This has been a great start on the road to de-cluttering! Let’s meet again tomorrow.

New Year, New Look

 

The New Year is coming faster and faster, it’s time to get the house ready for a fresh start. One of the harder rooms in the house to decorate is the bathroom.  It’s simple if you look at the common denominator: the bathroom window. By dressing it with a beautiful valance, a colorful roman shade, or plantation wood you can enhance and relax the room, even as you keep the busy world at bay.

Window treatments are as diverse as the sizes of windows they cover, and a unique designer look can be achieved that will fit your budget. In the bathroom, mini-blinds are often paired with valances. The blind offers concealment, and the valance adds warmth to the room. Stylish ready –made valances especially those that are lined can be purchased relatively inexpensively leaving the remainder of the budget for an elegant rod and a store-bought mini-blind. Most simple drapery hardware with decorative finials can be used as a valance rod. Graber Adjustable Cafe  hardware is designed to complement their  decorative Traverse Rod Collection. The cafe  rod sets include the necessary hardware for installation.

If you are looking for a more stream lined effect, Gila privacy window tint has a frosted look that allows you to look out but keeps others from being able to  look in, or perhaps you want a more decorative window. Floral etched glass in a design that coordinates with a wide variety of decorating motifs can be easily added with to any window or glass door with Etched Art Window Film adhesive-free, vinyl film. The film  adheres to smooth glass or plastic through the use of static electricity, without glue or adhesives and is completely reusable. Etch Art window films incorporate real glass for an authentic sparkle and shimmer. Not only does the film enhance the décor of your room while providing privacy, it helps reduce heat and saves energy. Steam and moisture will not affect these window films so it’s also great for the shower door.

If you want to repeat the mini blind theme in your bathroom, you can pair them with valances or with café curtains. If the valance is being hung on a rod, make sure you have enough material to cover the required area including any additional length needed to wrap the material if needed. When attempting to lengthen a window or make it appear larger, avoid covering a large amount of glass. To minimize the appearance of a window, use a longer style of valance that provides more glass coverage. It will not only provide privacy but will let in lots of light through the upper half of the window. I would not recommend hanging long curtains or draperies in the bathroom or powder room because they will get wet and moldy. A window treatment that uses a variety of textures, from fabric to wood would be better. Valances should not cover more than the top third of the window.

What’s next on our New Year’s reboot? Let’s stroll through the house and see!

New Year’s Reboot

 

As New Year’s Eve approaches we start to think about how to reorganize our lives, how to ‘do better’, to ‘eat right’, etc. An easy step toward starting the New Year right is to put your home in order. Simplify. Start by taking down heavy window coverings and replace them with simple shades. Natural light in the kitchen is essential; you spend a lot of time there. Shades offer a privacy treatment and still allow plenty of light. One example of an attractive pleated shade are the Lewis Hyman Sun Solar Shades. They are energy efficient, and reduce cooling costs and block the sun while still letting in air and light.

 

Too much direct sunlight is also an issue in kitchens, making them hot and unpleasant to work in. Simple wood blinds or woven wood shades, like the Bamboo shades from Lewis Hyman are of the highest quality and will add a touch of the tropics to your decor. They come in several colors and styles to choose from, If you need to add more privacy, just add a roman shade privacy liner to keep our prying eyes and light.
The kitchen typically has lots of straight lines- the cabinets, the appliances, the counters – try adding a window treatment with soft curves to open the space up, especially in a small kitchen. Arching a valance is a good option, especially over the sink where we spend too much of our time. Curved curtain rods can not only be hard to find they can be a challenge to have custom made. Since most windows are not the same it requires a company that knows what they are doing to get things made right. Continental Window Fashions specializes in custom bending and curving of curtain rods. Traverse rods for bay windows are functional and serve their purpose but putting up a decorative curved rod changes the look from ordinary to amazing.
Next time our New Year’s reboot will change up the windows in one of the harder rooms in the house – the powder room! Get your tape measure ready, there’s a lot to do.

It’s Party Time!

 

It’s still holiday time, in fact, next week is New Year’s Eve! The weather report in the south is projecting a balmy evening, the guest list is planned, the freezer is stocked – there’s only one problem; no party space. The dining room is microscopic, and the family room is home to every plastic toy known to man. And we all know that once armed with adult beverages, even the most careful of guests can cause serious damage resulting in broken glass, hurt feelings or ruined furniture. A solution- take the party outside to the carport! How? Following are a few simple, cost-effective ways to restyle a parking space into a party space. By introducing pattern, color, draperies and lightweight furniture, your carport will never tell anyone that it was once dressed in oily leaks and muddy tire marks.

 
To begin creating the illusion that a car was never housed within its walls, start from the ground up.Paint the  flooring with  contrasting colors to create a graphic pattern mimicking a rug-like appearance will hide the floor’s dirty past. Don’t get carried away, stripes are the way to go as they are simple and quick to create.

 

Wash down the surface with a hose and let it air dry, then paint the entire space a solid base color using a roller. Once it is dry to the touch, use painters’ tape to mark the stripes. Start with the accent color, reposition the tape as necessary, and then paint your final color. Wait at least 4 hours before stepping on the newly painted space.

 
Proper seating is key to keeping your guests comfortable. Sturdy, lightweight chairs made of metal or plastic can be found at discount stores and yard sales. Don’t worry about the color because you’re going to paint them. The cushions aren’t a problem either, because they are easily changed. Lightly sand the existing finish off the chairs. Add a coat of spray primer, then a coat of high-gloss spray paint. Remove the existing cushions with a screwdriver, remove the old fabric, and use a staple gun to attach the new fabric.
The entire neighborhood isn’t invited? No problem! Attach drapery hardware to outdoor walls or beams using flanges and metal screws. Attach the curtains with rings because you will want to easily remove them after the party when you put your car back. To give the drapery panels a more custom-made look, it’s all about the fold. Once the panels are all attached, run your fingers through the back and front of the fabric, creating a fold from the top all the way to the bottom.

 
Every party space has a great light fixture. To ground your temporary outdoor dining space without having to fuss with electricity hang paper lanterns in contrasting colors; with some hook eyes and string. Add battery operated tea lights inside instead of true candles. Bring in a table draped in a coordinating cloth; add food, music and friends, and the celebration is on!