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Put Away Your Hammer

 

Not all of us can walk through our home with hammer and nails in hand. If your lease or dorm rules prohibit you from nailing up drapery brackets you need to find a get creative. One solution would be to use a tension rod from Umbra which will allow you to hang lightweight curtains without mounting hardware. You can also use tmporary hook. The kind that stick on the wall and then remove with out damage. As long as your window treatments are not too heavy, either method you select will be adequate for holding up the hardware.

To install a tension rod, measure the length and width of the inside of the window frame. Choose a curtain made from lightweight fabric. The length should ideally be equal to or slightly shorter than the length of the inside of the window frame. The width can vary, depending on how much fullness you desire. Tension rods are adjustable within a certain range. Be sure to pick the longest rod that will fit in your window to ensure the greatest amount of spring tension to keep the rod secure. Turn the end sections of the rod to change the length, making it slightly less wide than the window opening.Slide the curtains on and then place the rod near the top of the wiindow frame at a spot where the hem of the curtain will brush the window sill.

If you decide to uses temporary hooks, attach them as you would nails – one on each corner of the window just outside the frame. It’s best if you leave the hooks in place for about an hour to let the adhesive set up. When picking curtains for this application, make sure the weight of the fabric does not exceed the combined weight of the two hooks.

Sometimes a sheer curtain or one that is lightweight enough to hang from either of these two methods isn’t quite enough. Designed to cling to your window through the use of static electricity, window cling film from Etch Art is completely removable and reusable. Installation is easy. Just wash the window, trim the film to size and apply a layer of water to the window. Place the film against the window and squeegee away any excess water and air. Add a decorative touch or use privacy films to help keep any eyes from looking in.

Now there’s no excuse to be stuck with boring apartment or dormitory vertical blinds ever again. Put away your useless hammer and get out your ruler or tape measure and get to work!

What Exactly is a Bay WIndow?

Bay window is a common term for a protruding window construction. Most of the time they are polygon shapes or square in design, but they also may curved. In its most basic form, a bay window consists of two protruding windows. A bay window can add depth and architectural elements to your home, and provide a wonderful opportunity to stretch your decorating muscles. A bay window can be a cozy place to sip your coffee, or it can provide a frame for a picturesque view.

 

The best part of the bay window is usually the view. Don’t take away from this natural asset by overpowering your window with clutter. Consider the room you’re window is in. If it is adjacent to a busy dining area or kitchen, it’s probably best to minimize the decorations. However, if it bookends a grand library or formal dining room, color, texture and pattern would be the ideal enhancement.

 

If you have a bay window, you really must have a window seat. There isn’t anything nicer then curling up with a good book in the afternoon sun. If your window did not come with a seat, put wall cabinets in under your window and top with bright cushions. If that will not work, place a comfy chair or some floor cushions next to it. Just be sure to give yourself the chance to linger comfortably and enjoy the view.

 
Another tip is to frame your window with color: add some potted and hanging plants and flowers that thrive in sunlight. They will enhance the view of your yard and bring some nature into the room if yours is a city view.  There are also so many choices when it comes to window treatments for your bay window. A classic Roman shade or blind is versatile and will help avoid over-decorating the space. Shutters, either wooden or sleek metal, are perfect for creating a private, cozy nook.

 
Draperies and curtains will add bright color and texture to your window. If you want to extend the appearance of width use curtains or drapes to cover the walls framing the area. This technique will let in the sunlight while keeping the charm and color of curtains. Sheer curtains are also an option to keep your window private without blocking the light. Sheers will add texture to the room and can be dressed up with bright curtain panels or valances.

 

A bay window can even be a child’s special place to dream and play. It’s easy to find kid-themed decorations that can be anything from stars to dance to transportation or sports. Base your decorating theme on your child’s interests. Don’t worry if his interests change; most window cling decorations can be designed to be temporary and will not hurt window glass, walls or window seat if they need to be removed.

 

We’ll look some more at this topic next time. In the meanwhile, start that template we discussed the other day and order your hardware so we can get started!

Victorian Elegance

Although Queen Victoria died in 1901, her influence in the design world was still felt well into the 20th century. Victorian style is known for being detailed, high-spirited and busy with ornamentation. However, in the kitchen, a more subdued and practical approach needs to be taken to window treatments in order to keep the room as a functional space. It is possible to create custom-looking, Victorian-style window treatments for your kitchen and still maintain modern practicality.

The valance is the standard Victorian window treatment. Typically they are box shaped, with variations in embellishment, edging style and accessories. A valance is a scarf for the window top, mooring it to the room. Victorian valances were known to integrate various clothing styles of the day: the festoon and the cascade. The festoon detail was comprised of a ribbon of fabric, draped or scooped to create a folded, teardrop affect. A Victorian kitchen curtain may have two or more festoons across the front to give fullness to the valance and show off rich fabric. The cascade, a panel placed on the sides of the valance, was a tapered, gathered piece that went down the sides of the window. It’s particularly good for the kitchen because it is up out of the way, and lets in natural light while adding color and texture to the décor. The valance will also hide the curtain rod or top of the blinds .A valance can be detailed with fringe, tassels or beading for an even more ornate Victorian flair.

 
Another practical kitchen window design element is the wooden or bamboo window blind. In the late 1800s a variety of window coverings made from coated hardwood or bamboo made for sturdy, functional shades to darken a room. In the kitchen, blinds are practical and lend a modern link between traditional Victorian decor and contemporary design. Pair your blinds with a stenciled curtain or tasseled valance and your kitchen window treatment will look authentically Victorian.

Another window “treatment” that was extremely popular during the Victorian period was stained glass. The late Victorian era was influenced by Tiffany’s fluid, organic designs. Purchasing and installing a stained glass window can be prohibitive. Etch Art Stained Glass design has an easy way to transform any window into beautiful stained glass that will look like it cost hundreds of dollars. The privacy design obscures visibility through the glass during the day and night. The film adheres to smooth glass using static electricity instead of glue or adhesives and is completely reusable. In fact, Etch Art window films incorporate real glass for an authentic sparkle and shimmer and filters 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Add a lace valance and your kitchen is on its way to Victorian elegance.

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.

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!

A-Z Window treatments and Curtain Hardware. QUIZ

 

You’ve made all the way through the A-Z Window Treatment lessons! Ready for a Quiz?
1. Narrow tubular pleats, used on stationery panels
2. Sheer under curtains that hang next to the window
3. A flat paneled fabric shade that folds up into accordion pleats
4. A drapery header with a series of large cylindrically shaped pleats
5. Decorative fabric sashes that hold drapery panels open
6. A fabric shade that pulls up into soft swags
7. A very full fabric shade often sewn with inverted pleats between each swag
8. Sewn to form a reverse box pleat
9. An milky looking layer sewn inside a drapery to block light
10. A shallow decorative box designed to conceal drapery hardware
11. Decorative embellishment attached to each end of a curtain rod
12. A large cornice piece that entirely frames a window
13. A fabric window topper typically 12 to 18 inches long
14. A channel sewn to the top or bottom of a curtain
15. A window treatment of fabric swathed over the top of a window
16. Short curtains hanging from a curtain rod
17. The place on each side of a window where a drapery folds back when fully opened
18. Length from the front of a drapery rod back to the wall
19. A cascade of fabric hanging down the sides of a window

 

A. Pencil pleats
B. Goblet pleats
C. Roman Shade
D. Glass curtains
E. Inverted pleats
F. Blackout lining
G. Tiebacks
H. Roman shade
I. Balloon shade
J. Austrian shade
K. Finial
L. Jabot
M. Lambrequin
N. Return
O. Stackback
P. Swag
Q. Café curtains
R. Rod pocket
S. Cornice
T. Valance

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A,D,H,B,G,J,I,E,F, S,K,M,T,R,P,Q,O,N,L

A-Z Window Treatments and Curtain Hardware Part VII

 

 

Are you interested in learning even more about window coverings and curtain hardware? These terms will help you become more informed about wrought iron and wooden drapery hardware. This is the last segment of your go-to guide to curtain and drapery hardware.

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Window Scarf: A long piece of fabric casually draped over a pole or rod at the top of a window much like a valance. The center is gently pulled down to create a soft curve.
Wrought Iron Rod Sets: Looking for a complete line that includes everything from iron rings and brackets to several different finial choices? LJB Wrought Iron Drapery Hardware designs wrought iron drapery rods, finials, brackets and curtain rod rings. All finials, brackets and rings are solid wrought iron and are available in a variety of sizes. All wrought iron curtain rods can be cut to size, these are not telescopic. Need 110 double curtain rods? No problem, you can order extra-long curtain rods up to 16 feet from LJB.
Wooden Drapery Hardware and Curtain Rods: One of the largest selections of wooden drapery hardware can only be found Continental Window Fashions. They feature wooden drapery rods from all the major manufacturers like Kirsch, Paris Texas, and the Finial Company. First you can select your choice of wood poles, then the wood drapery rod brackets followed by the wooden curtain rings of your choice. To finish off your wood drapery hardware you can also select the available wood curtain rod finials or simple wood end caps. Its mix and match at its best!
Wooden Hardware from the Finial Company: Custom wooden drapery hardware items are hand finished to your specifications. They start with unfinished high quality raw materials and finish everything from your order at once to match perfectly. If you’re looking to make a statement with your window treatments, the Finial Company is the way to go with literally hundreds of combinations to choose from.
Wooden Hardware from Kirsch Buckingham Drapery Hardware: Kirsch Buckingham wooden drapery hardware is all hand finished and custom order only. This is Kirsch’s high end wooden drapery hardware collection. Kirsch offers a large selection of decorative curtain rods, finials, rings, brackets, hold-backs and sconces. If you’re looking for drapery hardware to match your exquisite taste, then look no further. Available in 1 3/8 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch diameters.
Wooden Traverse Rods from Kirsch Estate: Kirsch Estate Ultra wooden traverse rods emphasize sophistication while traversing heavy weight draperies of up to 56 pounds. Indulge your imagination with the numerous finials and finish selections that coordinate with the Kirsch Buckingham collection.
All of the Estate Ultra traverse rods come complete with the necessary brackets and 3 traverse slides.
Wooden Trends Collection from Kirsch: 1 3/8″ Wood Trends drapery hardware collection is one of the best-selling wooden drapery hardware lines in the United States. Kirsch’s reputation for quality curtain rods is obvious in number of components offered, such as swivel sockets, hidden brackets, wooden elbows and decorative hold-backs.
Wooden Somerset Collection from Paris Texas: The Paris Texas Somerset Collection is a breathtaking collection inspired by the architectural elements found for centuries in the gardens of England. Picture Somerset Collection filling the window niches of your home with design inspiration taken from classic urns, benches and statuary.
Wooden Collection from Robert Allen Costume: Antique hatpins discovered in a Paris antique market were the inspiration for this collection. The use of opaque and translucent materials in classic forms is a luxury for your home.
Wooden Vesta Highland Timber 2 3/4 Inch Collection: Vesta’s Highland Timber 2 3/4″ collection features a gallery of masterfully carved wood finials and drapery hardware accessories. All components are made available as unfinished and in stain-grade so that they become the blank canvas for your own unique interpretations.

A-Z WIndow Treatments and Curtain Hardware Part II

 

Are you interested in learning more about window coverings and curtain hardware? Let’s continue with these terms and become more knowledgeable about fan shades, finials and traverse rods.
This is part two of your go-to guide.

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Decorative metal valance curtain rods: Most simple decorative curtain rods can be used as a valance rod. The decorative rod is used when you are looking for something that has ornamental finials on the ends. Graber Adjustable Cafe Curtain Rods are designed to complement the Graber collection. All cafe curtain rod sets include the necessary hardware for installation.

Decotrax Collection: The DecoTrax collection by Vesta features precision extruded aluminum traverse curtain rod tracks. The track system is easy to customize as it is sold by the foot.

Draw Draperies: Draperies that hang from a traverse rod and can be drawn to open or close over the window.

Double Fullness: Using fabric for curtains or draperies that is twice the measured width of the window. Double fullness creates a fuller look and that is more pleasing to view than skimpy fabric.

Drapes: A decorative piece of material usually hung in loose folds and arranged in a graceful design from a window.

Draping: The technique of looping and securing fabric in graceful curves and folds.

 

E
Envelope Shades: Casual curtains attached to a mounting board and hung as a pair of flat panels. The bottom inside corners are pulled out and hooked onto the wall.

Estate Traverse Rod: Kirsch Wood Trends wood traverse rod is made for pinch pleated draperies.

Estate Ultra Metal Traverse Rods: Kirsch Estate Ultra Metal Traverse rods offer the quality of the Kirsch heavy duty traverse rod using an attractive decorative metal fascia. Able to traverse up to 56 pounds, this 2″ metal estate traverse rod can support elegant draperies that have been lined and interlined. The heavy duty ball bearing carriers allow for a smooth closure time after time.

Etch Art Static Cling Window Film Dark Tint Privacy: Use Etch Art blackout film to add privacy and darken a room by reducing the amount of light coming through the glass. Great in bedrooms, home theater rooms, home offices, and rooms you want kept dark. Vinyl window film is 8 mil thick and filters 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Window films help reduce heat and save energy as well as protect your furnishing from premature fading.

 

F
Fan Shades: Arcs of fabric pulled together in the center by cords and rings fastened to the back of the shades. The arc, or fan, faces down. When lowered, the shade becomes a flat panel.
Finial: A decorative piece attached to the ends of drapery rods. Usually made of wood or metal and can be many sizes and shapes.

Finial Company Drapery Hardware: Finial Company custom drapery hardware items are hand finished to your specifications. If you’re looking to make a statement with your window treatments, the Finial Company is the way to go with literally hundreds of combinations to choose from.

Finish: Product applied to fabric as a protection against water marks and fading.

French Door: A door with rectangular panes of glass. A French Door is usually hung as a pair of doors in one frame, with both doors opening outward.

Fringe: A decorative trim sewn onto the edges and hems of curtain panels and rugs.

Fullness: Refers to the width of the fabric in relation to the curtain rod

Tint Your Windows in One Day

 

Looking to install your own  window tinting? Look no further than Gila window films. Gila has provided window film products designed for the do it yourself window film consumer since 1978. Gila has created a static cling solar window film that is easy to apply, durable and an affordable alternative to professional installation. Made from vinyl and plastic, Gila Window Film reflects the majority of the sun’s heat coming through your windows. Not only that, it can do the opposite: in winter, it helps your house retain heat. In addition, Gila Window Film will block exterior glare, an especially important factor if you live on a busy street, and it will reduce any fading of carpeting, fabrics or anything else affected by UV rays.

 

Platinum All-Season Heat Control Film LES 361 comes in a package that contains a roll of film that is 3 feet by 15 feet. In its rolled-up state, Gila Window Film looks reflective and silvery. Don’t panic; your house will not look like a skyscraper in an office park. Once on the window, the film has just a slight tint–no mirror effect at all.

 

Gila Window Film is not difficult to apply. As long as you have a large, clean, flat working surface and a long straightedge (maybe a drywall square), you’re good to go. Cut the film slightly larger than the glass. Remember that the film is slippery and does take some patience (Save the coffee for after you’re done). Guess what – there is no sticky adhesive to worry about. Spray the solution, put down the film, readjust if necessary, cut the excess, and you are ready for that cup of coffee. If you see a mistake even 3-5 days later you can pull it up and reapply it.
Continental Window Fashions will add beauty and elegance to your window. Make your dreams come true with Gila Window Film. With 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone

GIVE YOUR WINDOWS A FACELIFT!

The 20th century has seen the explosion of the Do It Yourself generation. Now, giving your home windows a face lift is as easy as 1-2-3.

Introducing Window Film, the newest, most innovative and cost effective method for changing the look of windows, glass doors, mirrors and even shower doors. Designed to cling to glass surfaces through the use of static electricity, these  window cling films are completely removable and reusable. With many different types of Window Film to choose from, any look can be achieved. Enhance the beauty of a room with decorative window film like ‘etched’ or ‘stained glass’ featured in our Etched Art collection. These static window films add a decorative touch, or add privacy to block that unwanted view. We also offer a line of Window Film that focuses on sun and heat control, Gila.  Gila has created a  static cling solar window film which comes in three different colors that is easy to apply, durable and an affordable alternative to professional installation. This window tint film reduces the effects of the sun’s harmful UV rays and stops excessive heating after intstallation. The Gila heat control window tint also reflects up to 55% of the summer heat, which will save home owners hundreds of dollars yearly in heating and cooling costs alone. Nothing is easier than static window film. Installation is a snap. Simply  wash your window, trim your film to size and apply a layer of water to your  window to easily set the film in place. Then squeegee away any excess water and  air and you’re done. That’s it!  No muss, no fuss!  Since all window film is removable, reusable and does not use any adhesives, it makes it the perfect Do It Yourself project.

 Window film is safe for dual windows and  allows the decorative, creative genius inside you to come out. Add flair to the patio sliding glass door, bring life to that old bay window in the living room and reduce your heating and air conditioning bills. Whichever way you look at it, window film is the way to go!