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Dressing Your Patio Door

 

Patio doors are lovely because they bring the outdoors inside. However, there comes a time when drawing a curtain over a patio door is necessary. Curtains give privacy to a room and shield it from the hot summer sun and frosty cold air of winter. If you extend the curtain rod past the patio doors, the curtain can stay out of the doorway and provide an unobstructed opening to the outdoors. Hanging a curtain rod can be accomplished by following simple directions using a few simple steps.

 

*What is the curtain’s stacking width? In other words, what is the width of the curtains when they are pushed open? Put the curtains on the rod and lay them out on the floor or a table, and push them to one side. Measure the width of the gathered end. This is your stacking width.

 

*With a measuring tape, measure from the upper right corner of the door frame out the number of inches of your stacking width. Mark the spot on the wall with a pencil. Do the same thing on the left side of the door.

 

*Measure up at least three inches from your corner marks. This is where the rods will be attached to the wall. You always want to be sure that the closed curtains will cover the frame at the top.

 

*Measure from the mark on the left over to the mark on the right. At the halfway point make another mark. This is where the middle support bracket will go.

 

*Attach your brackets, hang your rod and enjoy the view!

Your Bay Window

 

Bay windows are fashionable features in many homes. Their  unusual angled shape is striking in itself, and they  let in plenty of natural light and provide panoramic views However, when it comes to hanging  curtains and curtain hardware, many homeowners are often perplexed as to  how to handle the window’s unusual shape. Often these windows have a window seat as well. Don’t let the challenge of curtain or drapery hardware frighten you away from  drawing attention to this lovely spot in your home. There are some creative options for bay window hardware that are fairly easy to install.

Bay window curtain rods are designed in several pieces but work together as one rod. They are specially designed so  that each of the three rod sections is individually adjustable in length. This allows you to tailor each rod section to your specific bay window for a custom fit. Graber makes custom bay and bow window traverse curtain rods that are heavy duty and designed to carry about 1 1/2 pound per foot. Great if you are planning on hanging lush draperies. Graber’s rods are custom made traverse rods that are made to your exact measurements. They suggest that you make a template to help eliminate any possible mistakes due to inconsistent window shapes as well as take precise measurements. As a matter of fact, call them, and they will gladly walk you through the process.

 

Once you receive your hardware, what do you do next?

 

*Have someone on hand to help if you choose to hang curtains on one bay window rod. A bay curtain rod is basically  an adjustable track that can be bent to conform to the contour of the windows allowing the draperies to hang along one rod instead of three separate rods. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for hanging the bay curtain rod. Use the included hardware and drill holes to firmly secure it in the woodwork.

*Slide the curtains onto the rods before mounting them. Adjust the curtains to make them hang evenly along the rods.

*Add tie backs for a decorative touch. Put
the tie-backs at the approximate level of where there would be a window seat.
There are so many options with a bay window and so many ways to dress it, and to utilize it. Check back later as we discover how to live with a bay window.

Jewelry for Your Windows

 

Drapery rods and rings are the jewelry of your windows. They add shimmer to enhance metallic finishes in the room, or if they are bamboo, iron or rich woods, they add a hint of sophistication and the finishing touch to the dressing of the window. If you decide to use finials, the little sculptures of wood, iron or bamboo on the end of the rods, it’s as if you’ve added a tiara to a head full of curls.

 

Like any dress fitting, the hardware for your windows needs to fit properly. When measuring a window for decorative hardware, follow these simple steps:

 

*Measure the width of your window treatments, noting whether or not taking you want to mount hardware on the wall or directly on the window trim.
*Allow 1 1/2″ – 3″ on each side of the window for when the drapes are open all the way.
*Consider any extra wall space needed for decorative finials: the rod dimensions do not include additional width added by each finial.
*If you want to make the windows appear larger, mount the curtain rod 6″ above the trim and allow the rod width to extend 3″ beyond the window’s actual width.

 

Most drapery hardware accessories are designed to provide stylish accents to complete the look of your window treatments. Tiebacks can be used to hold draperies off to the sides of a window and can be as simple fabric strips or can be more elaborate bows. Holdbacks will offer the same functionality as tiebacks, but they consist of rigid, decorative materials that are secured to a wall providing a holder for keeping drapes and curtains in an open position. Rings, clips, hooks and pulls are what connect drapes and curtains to the rod and may be either hidden or decoratively visible. Styles range from simple, unadorned wrought iron rings to clips with decorative leaves or stars. Drapery jewelry can take a number of different forms, such as covered buttons.

 

If what you are looking for is a completely different look, install a hinged rod. This type of rod allows you to swing curtains back and forth, covering the window when you want it covered and keeping the curtain in another spot when you don’t. Do be sure that it is installed in an area where the curtain provides some decorative value when not covering the window!

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!

The Shower Curtain Dilemma

 

Its holiday time and company is coming to stay at your house. Is there anything worse than stepping out of the shower and into a puddle of water? Hanging a shower curtain not only gives you privacy as you shower, it keeps the water from splashing out onto the floor. Shower curtains can be functional: used simply to prevent water from getting on the bathroom floor or they can also be decorative and add to the beauty and charm of the room. How high you hang the shower rod will alter both the look and the effectiveness of the curtain. Hang a curtain higher on the wall and add tie-backs to enhance a whirlpool tub, or choose a straight curtain sitting 1 to 2 inches above the floor to cover a plain tub, or hide unattractive glass shower doors.

Look around the room and consider the elements of the bathroom before choosing the perfect height for your space. Choosing the right shower curtain is critical to designing your bathroom. Pay particular attention to the shower curtain rods and rings,like those from Kirsch,  the more overlooked of the elements, when refurbishing the room. Rather than focusing on buying a bath rug or towels, hang your shower curtain in an uncommon way to add interest to that aspect of the room.

When shopping for a shower curtain, consider your needs. When thinking about function; plastic and vinyl shower curtains are the most waterproof. In form however, cotton, linen or silk curtains look more decorative and lush. For the best of both worlds, choose a waterproof shower liner and a more attractive fabric curtain. The shower curtain is usually chosen based on the design of the room; the liner meanwhile serves a more practical function.

Even though the average shower liner is inexpensive, the quality will vary. A less expensive shower liner will work alright, but it will probably not last very long liners since they are exposed daily to soap and water , and a good quality curtain will be easier to maintain than lower cost ones. Shop for a heavy duty liner for optimal maintainability.

The final step to installing a shower curtain is to put up the shower curtain rod. If you are using a mounted shower curtain rod, as opposed to a tension rod, accurate measurements are needed because you are going put holes in your wall. How high do you want the rod to be? Remember, the shower curtain should hang no less than a 2-3 inches from the top edge of the tub.

Next, mark the height on both walls. Before installing the brackets on the walls, it’s a good idea to hold the rod up to the marks and make sure you have marked the right spot and the rod is level. Next, screw or nail the brackets to the wall. Be sure to use the proper screws for you wall. Drywall requires anchors! When the brackets are mounted, thread the shower curtain onto the rod and fit the rod into the brackets. Done. Take a shower or relaxing bubble bath, and marvel at your work.

Finials for the Holidays

 

Decorated wooden finials make perfect ornaments for children. Let your kids paint their own, or get the whole family involved in this easy holiday project! The Finial Company has just what you need to get started. All of their 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. But today, let’s use them for Christmas decorations!

1: Twist a wine cork onto the screw end of the finial, or remove the screw altogether with a pair of needle-nose pliers and replace it with a screw-eye style hook.

2: Paint each section of the finial using colors of your choice. Add details with a craft paintbrush.
Or try spraying one with white gloss and antique another with gold paint and a tiny bit of glaze. Let it dry for about 10 minutes and then wipe it off. The paint stays in the crevices and ‘ages’ the body of the finial.
Another painting technique would be to paint them all one color, (mine are blue), and then add glitter.

3: Insert a screw eye on top of the finial and thread with twine or a ribbon to hang.

A Pretty Detail for Lovely Windows…

 

If you’ve longed for a romantic country inn look for your interiors, try the simple freshness of white lace curtains. With paired with jewel toned holiday ornaments nestled on the window sill, they are simple, traditional and beautiful.
White lace curtains are appropriate in nearly every room in the house. They are a fresh alternative to heavy drapes and mini-blinds. Hang them alone where you do not need nighttime privacy or light control, use them over simple window shades or blinds, or hang them under fabric panels that will draw closed at night.
The fullness of lace curtains should be a minimum of 1 1/2 to 3 times the width of the window. In other words, if your window is 24″ wide, the curtain panel should be between 36″ and 72″ wide. In general, the more sheer the fabric, the more fullness may be needed; additional fullness will often give more window coverage.
While lace has associations with country cottage styles, it carries formal roots from drawing rooms and works well in traditional or antique settings.

 
Following are a few suggestions to decorate with lace curtains that are sure to create the preferred effect:

*Add decorative tiebacks to each side of window frames to increase the window treatment options. Select something whimsical, such as an animal or something traditional, such as a knob or disk.
*Integrate the lace curtains with the room’s furnishings by adding a valance. Select one that picks up a primary color from the room’s furnishings

*Arrange well-established potted palm near the lace curtains to make the most of the filtered light and bring more nature into the decorating scheme. Tropical plants such as bromeliads and African violets do well in filtered light. It’s also a great place for your Christmas tree. From the street the lights will shine with a filtered glow.
*When hanging lace curtains or sheers use a translucent rod to keep the harshness of the metal showing. The Graber Collection offers a 2 1/2 Inch Clear / Frost Dauphine Rods that will hold the curtains securely, yet not stand out through the lace.

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-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.

To Finial or Not to Finial

 

Curtain rod finials can be seen to act much like a barometer of public taste. Many designs look back toward  gothic and neo-gothic architectura for finial design, while other contemporary finials reflect minimalist, art nouveau and other traditional styles of décor. The different materials used are as wide as the range of designs available with brass, stainless steel, various woods and aluminum being pressed into service with a variety of finishes such as ‘satin steel’ and ‘antique brass’. The strength and durability of modern alloys have lent themselves to amazingly intricate and stunning designs.

When deciding on the best curtain finials, look at the shape and material. These elements should coordinate with your curtains and window wall, as well as the whole room. The best curtain rod finials will coordinate with the colors of the room, and capture it’s mood and flavor.
In a casual, beach-inspired decor, colorful, finials will fit in with the theme and overall outdoor feel of the room. In a more traditional space dressed with heavy, formal drapery, classic wood-turned finials would be a far better choice, the same way metal finials with a scroll design will complement wrought iron furniture placed in the same room, adding cohesion to the decor.

A fine choice for finials is Orion Ornamental Iron, Inc. a design studio for decorative drapery hardware, located in North Hollywood, California. Orion’s products are hand-crafted and hand-painted at by skilled artisans. Orion’s team of designers, skilled artisans and crafts people has created a unique range of drapery hardware products including, rods, cornices and crowns, swag-holders, brackets, batons, and iron/wood combinations. Orion finishes are quite extensive in style and scope and include two distinct finish groups: 35 finishes for Iron Art, and 11 wood stains for Wood Art, to match many styles and tastes in home décor.

 

When measuring for drapery hardware, consider where on the wall or window frame it will be mounted. Allow extra wall space for the decorative finials, as the rod dimensions do not include the additional width required by each finial.

 

• Measure the width of the window with a metal tape measure. When mounting the hardware along the trim choose a rod size to fit the required width edge to edge. If you decide on wall mounting, then choose a rod size several inches longer than the width of the window, to accommodate brackets and finials.
• Remember to allow for the ‘stay back’ – the space along the sides of a window taken up by a curtain when it is open. About 1 1⁄2″ to 3″ on each side of the window should work.
•If making the window appear larger is your goal, choose a rod that is 10″ to 12″ wider than the window. Walls mount the rod; leave 5″ to 6″ of extra space on both sides. Hang panels at both ends, just covering the sides of the window.

Continental Window Fashions is proud to offer the Orion Collection. With free shipping orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday – Friday, Continental Widow Fashions strives to make your ordering experience as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call toll free at 866-375-4500.