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Holiday Prep Starts Right Now

There’s no need to redo your home for the holidays. A few simple touches will make your space warm and inviting. By adding red and soft green tones a living room and adjoining dining room will become cozy and intimate for the for the holiday season. By adding just the right decorations in just the right colors, these two rooms are suffused with a fresh and exciting holiday spirit.

 

Here’s how to create a joyful atmosphere in any room:

 
1. Use area rugs to lend warmth and create a nice foundation for holiday decorations. The high quality decorative rugs from MOMENI, Milliken and rug pads by JADE come in hundreds of accent rug styles, shapes and colors to fit any decor. Whether your home is in need of contemporary rugs, traditional rugs, children’s rugs or anything else in between, you will find a decorative rug that will fit in perfectly.

2. Layer window treatments to make a room cozier. Umbra Serif Double Curtain Rod Systems are a complete telescoping double drapery rod system in one package. Each set includes 2 rods, 3 brackets and mounting hardware, allowing sumptuous drapes to encase your windows.

3. Add winter themed shades or a garland of juniper branches embellished with greenery and sugared berries on a chandelier.

4. Dress up an existing corner plant with a few strings of small lights.

5. Show off your fireplace with a collection of brass candlesticks and ivory candles with juniper around the bases.

6. Exchange framed art above a fireplace for a holiday wreath of juniper, sugared berries and glass ornaments.

7. Repeat some of the elements to pull the room together. By spreading an accent color around the room and choose holiday decorations that go well together you will have a cohesive look that will welcome your guests. Try to use the same greens and accents throughout a space such as sugared berries and glass ornaments on garlands, wreaths and in bowls.

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 III

 

Are you interested in learning even more about window coverings and curtain hardware? These terms will help you become more informed about headers, Hopper windows, jabot, and knotting. This is part three of your go-to guide.

G
Graber Drapery Hardware: Since 1939 Graber has been in the drapery hardware and curtain rod business making quality hardware at competitive prices.
H
Header: The top edge of a rod-pocket curtain that forms a ruffle when the curtain is on the rod.

Helser Brothers Drapery Hardware: Helser Brothers recognizes the critical role strong manufacturing processes, precision metal working, tight tolerances, and extremely high quality would play when combined with over-the-top customer service. Competitive and simple pricing, guaranteed quick turn-around time, original custom designs, and a six-point check and balance system to ensure clients get exactly what they order each and every time.

House Parts Drapery Hardware: House Parts has been in the business of making high quality drapery hardware since 1979 at some of the most competitive prices. House Parts Draper Hardware captures the aesthetic qualities of both European and American craftsmanship in the replicas that the company produces.

Hopper Windows : These windows are hinged at the bottom and open inward from the top – the reverse of awning windows.
I
Inside Mount Drapery Rods(Wooden): Continental Window Fashions offers several options for wooden inside mount curtain rods.

Iron Art by Orion Swing Arms: A high end, elegant and sturdier swing arm and crane curtain rods. Made of high quality iron, Iron Art swing arm curtain rods from Orion are able to hold heavier drapes than other swing arms. Available in custom lengths, various mounting plates, 3 projections and a 35 Iron Art finishes.

J
Jabot: A piece of fabric, long or short, which drape down on either side of a swag or valance, often pleated and tapered.
K
Kick Pleated Valances: Valances that are constructed like box pleats, but with the pleats spaced further apart.

Kirsch Drapery Hardware: No matter what type of curtain rod or drapery hardware item you are looking for you can find it at Kirsch. Traverse rods, wooden curtain rods and finials are just a few of the collection that Kirsch has to offer.

Knotting: A technique used when looping and arranging fabric panels.

Add a Little Faux Bamboo to Your Home

 

Bamboo is making a comeback as a design material this year, but this time, it has more range than ever. If you would like to introduce a subtle bamboo element into your window treatments, try incorporating bamboo hardware. Bamboo shades and blinds offer a warm color alternative to stark, cold colors of metal Venetian blinds. You can pair your bamboo blinds or shades with any style of curtain, from floral chintz to tasseled golden velvet. Bamboo shades and blinds can also be used without additional window decoration for a modern look.

 

Sometimes it’s not possible to incorporate real bamboo into your life. Phase II Bamboo Hardware is carved out of wood poles to simulate the real look of bamboo. Your finishes and looks will be more consistent than what real bamboo can provide. Made from wood and resin, faux bamboo rods let you create stylish and exotic themes for your home reminiscent of a tropical vacation. Phase II bamboo rod diameters are 1 1/4 inches. They are available in two color finishes: Mahogany and Oak, at 4 foot, 6 foot, and 8 foot lengths. When choosing Phase II bamboo rods, it’s important that you realize that although we will not cut these poles down for you, they can be cut down at home. How? Take equal amounts off each end of the pole. Easy! Need a pole longer that what is listed? Simply connect 2 poles together with a connector screw and use a center support bracket to hide the seam giving you an extra-long curtain rod.

 

Phase II bamboo drapery hardware items are in stock and usually ship in about 7 business days direct from the manufacturer. Continental Window Fashions will give the home or business owner who is looking to add beauty and elegance to their windows a chance to make their exotic decorating dreams come true. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 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

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.

Doors No More

 

Are doors an advantage or not?  Some doors are, of course, unavoidable necessities, but the majority are simply a nuisance and a bore. Curtains are a simple, elegant alternative to use for closet door. They work well in children’s rooms because they eliminate the possibility of pinched fingers and the inevitable angry slam. You can select curtains in colors that match the wall paint to create the appearance of a seamless transition from wall to closet, or you can use the curtain to achieve a focal point and bring in needed color, style or texture in a room’s decor.

 

Determine:
Will the entire door opening be covered?
Will a curtain draped with a holdback on one side satisfy the look?
Will sconces holding a rod with curtain match the decor?
Will tie backs be used?
Will the curtain be hung in the opening?
Will the curtain be hung above the opening?
Do you want to camouflage the opening or create a focal point?

 

Instructions:
1. Place a tape measure below the top of the door frame and measure the width of the frame. The measurement is the length needed for the curtain pole.

2. Purchase inside-mount sockets to hold the curtain rod. Sockets come in different sizes and the pole must be able to fit inside the socket. ONA wrought iron curtain rod brackets are individually handmade and finished exactly to your specifications. All brackets are made to coordinate with the rod size and style that your order. Most brackets are drop in style with a set screw to hold the curtain rod in place after installation.

3. Position the socket on the inside of the door frame, 1 inch from the top of the door frame. Use a pencil to mark the placement of the screw onto the inside door frame.

4. Use a hammer and nail to create a starter hole for the screw. Pound a nail ¼ inch into the wall and remove the nail. The hole makes it easier to drill the screw.

5. Hold one socket against the frame and match the hole in the socket with the starter hole. Use a cordless screwdriver to drive the screw and attach the socket. Attach the second socket using this method.

6. Place the curtain onto the pole and place the pole into the sockets.

 

Continental Window Fashions will give your home added beauty and elegance and give your windows a chance to make your exotic decorating dreams come true. 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.

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

 

 

Mirrors come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. They are truly a versatile, decorative element that give instant polish to a room. A mirror can illuminate a dark corner; add elegance and drama even create the illusion of space. If you have a large wall that needs a decorative touch try making an elegant mirror arrangement instead. Select different size mirrors and shapes and one large one for the centerpiece. You can use mirrors with or  without frames.

Howard Elliot mirrors consist of innovative designs, far-reaching varieties of style and sizes and unique combinations of raw materials. At Howard Elliott great pride is taken in manufacturing to exacting standards. All of their mirrors and decorative accessories are hand finished and most mirrors have a 1” bevel.

An arrangement of mirrors on the wall will give an impression of a shattered-and-scattered mirror. Attach the mirrors to the wall with glue or liquid nails. Why not hang a round mirror in the center and surround it with square, oval or diamond shaped mirrors.
If round isn’t for you, use an oval mirror in the center then place the others in a diamond shape around it. Don’t space everything evenly – put a few only inches away from the large mirror and some even closer. Others can be further away. Put more mirrors along one side of the large center mirror for an asymmetrical design.

Continental Window Fashions are the ones who will help you add beauty and elegance to your home and give you the chance to make all of your design dreams come true. Howard Elliot is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 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

House Parts Drapery Hardware Has it all!

Continental Window Fashions is now featuring the House Parts Drapery Hardware, a prestigious line of decorative metal hardware designs to accommodate even the most discriminate of tastes. House Parts has been in the business of making high quality drapery hardware since 1979 at some of the most competitive prices. At House Parts Draper Hardware, we continue to capture the aesthetic qualities of both European and American craftsmanship to replicate the distinct design features that are in demand today. Uniquely designed with elegance that is unsurpassed, this drapery hardware is classic, contemporary, traditional and retro, a beautiful accessory to any home decor. All pieces are hand-cast and hand-finished. Inherent variations add to the unique and individual charm of each piece. Some originals are from National and International museums, private collections, and dismantled historic structures. Artistic and technical knowledge, as well as skillful molding result in brilliant hardware not found in typical collections. Talented artisans who have worked for the company for many years are behind the unique construction and hand finished pieces House Parts Drapery Hardware is proud to offer.
Drapery hardware from House Parts is ready to ship to you very quickly.  Available in just days instead of weeks, House Parts is a great choice for quality drapery hardware at an unbeatable price. With all of the popular wooden drapery pole sizes along with complete metal sets and 1″ wrought iron, House Parts has all of the styles you need. And, don’t forget to check out the House Parts Iron!

Continental Window Fashions is the company to turn to for window treatments.   House Parts Drapery Hardware is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection of high quality drapery hardware to their appreciative customers. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions is dedicated to making your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is always available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.