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Mother Always Said “Make Your Bed!”

 

Making your bed is something your mother told you was a requirement in life, so for years you probably didn’t do it. But now, after all those years of mutiny, some holiday company is coming to your house and you’re not sure how to start putting your bed back together after all these years.

Do you even have the proper bedding and linens? What’s under the bed? Give your bed a finished look and hide the junk underneath by adding a bed skirt. A bed skirt should be the size of your mattress and has either ruffles or panels on two or three of the sides. It lies between the top and bottom mattress. The next layer on a well-made bed is a mattress pad; they come in various prices and cushion thickness. There is an amazing difference in your comfort level when your mattress is covered with a mattress pad. Next, on top of the mattress pad, fitting on your top mattress with elastic corners, is the fitted sheet.

Fitted sheets are easy to put on your bed unless your sheets don’t come with elasticized corners. In that case it’s time for the hospital corner. Line your flat sheet up with the top of the bed and making sure the sides are hanging down evenly. Tuck the end between the top and bottom mattress. Stick your whole arm under there to make sure the sheep is snug and lying flat. Take the corner of the sheet directly below the end of the mattress and bring it up to the top edge towards the top of the bed forming a rigid triangle. Holding your triangle in place, tuck the remaining fabric between the mattresses. Perfect corners!

Now comes the blankets and comforter. Veratex Toscano Bedding will add a beautiful new look to your bedroom. The soft elegance of the opulently traditional Toscano bedding collection by Veratex Bedding makes this ensemble the perfect centerpiece for your bedroom décor. The collection features a blush ground adorned with elegant embroidered emblems in warm taupe, finished with beautifully tailored flanges.

Last but not least are the pillows. For a comfortable and a polished look you’ll want at least four pillows. Two should be covered in regular pillowcases, and the other two should be covered in decorative shams that will bring the look of your bed together. Add a nice throw blanket at the foot of the bed and your room is complete.

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-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.

W
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 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.

A Stylish Option for Your Windows.

 

 

 

Window valances are a stylish window treatment option, but it’s important to find one that fits your style. They are also a cost effective way to add interest to an otherwise plain and boring window. Valances come in an abundance of styles such as balloon valances, swag valances and box pleat valances. Adding a window valance as part of your window treatment opens up a wealth of opportunities for expressing your creativity. A valance can add elegance and sophistication to a window, or it can add whimsy and artistic flair to the entire room. You can make your own at home for a fraction of the cost of new and they will give your windows that custom-made look.

There are times when you just want to do something out of the ordinary when decorating a room. You can add a wooden valance to your window and paint it or enhance it in a most unusual way. One example would be to attach dried grass to it for an island themed room. Or, you could paint it in a unique manner. Adhering collectibles such as buttons, shells, or various other objects to the wooden valance would certainly personalize the valance.

Things you will need:
Measuring tape
Fabric
Thread
Curtain hardware from Kirsch Drapery Hardware

Measure the width of the window to determine how much fabric you will need. How long you want the valance to hang from the top? 10 inches is usually recommended. Add 2 inches at the top for the rod pocket and 1 inch to the bottom and sides for the hem. For a box pleated valance, you will need to add an additional 2 inches for each pleat.
Turn the top of the fabric under 1 1/2 inches and pin along the fold line. Sew along the folded edge to create a 1 1/2-inch rod pocket. Create a 1 inch hem at the bottom and sides. If you are adding trim to the bottom of the valance, now is the time to sew it on as well.
Use a power drill to hang the hardware for the rod. Kirsch’s LockSeam curtain rods are the strongest and most versatile rods on the market today. They are enclosed on the back side to provide added strength and durability by preventing sagging, twisting and bending with out  exposed edges to snag the  curtains. Lockseam curtain rods are available in single, double, extended and even triple curtain rod configurations.
The rod should be installed on the outside of the window frame for best results. Thread the rod through the pocket at the top of the valance and hang it on the window. Done!
Continental Window Fashions are the answer to your dreams when you are seeking to add beauty and elegance to their windows Kirsch Drapery Hardware and Accessories is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection of high quality drapery hardware to their loyal customers. 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.

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.

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

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.