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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!

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!

Rebirth of the Window

 

The term “Renaissance” actually means “rebirth.” It refers specifically to the rebirth of learning that began in Italy in the fourteenth century, spreading to the north, including England by the sixteenth century, and then ending in the mid-seventeenth century. This period was witness to an enormous renewal of interest in and study of classical antiquity.

 
Yet the Renaissance was also an age of new discoveries, both geographic (exploration of the New World) and intellectual. Each kind of discovery resulted in changes of tremendous import for Western civilization. In science Copernicus attempted to prove that the sun rather than the earth was at the center of the planetary system. In religion, Martin Luther challenged and ultimately caused the division of one of the major institutions that had united Europe throughout the Middle Ages–the Church. As a matter of fact, Renaissance thinkers often thought of themselves as ushering in the modern age, as distinct from the ancient and medieval eras.

 

Just as the Renaissance represented a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries, you too can introduce a renaissance into your home.

 

The new custom Renaissance collection from Kirsch features designer-inspired color palettes, exquisite textures and beautiful fabrics that reflect timeless fashion and sophisticated style. They have created a collection of decorative hardware with a modern upgrade and an old world look and feel. Royal etiquette and majestic wealth come to mind when selecting this hardware. Handcrafted wood and resin pieces in the 2 inch diameter really make a statement. Show everyone you know exactly how to dress a window with this beautiful Renaissance drapery hardware from Kirsch.

 

Kirsch also offers a broad variety of quality Decorative Wood Drapery Hardware in 1 3/8 Inch, 2 Inch, and 3 Inch diameters. The Wood Trends Collection offers finishes and styles to match just about any decor, and the contemporary Wood Trends Urban Comfort Collection provides a sleek, modern alternative. Seeking an elegant, classic look? Consider the beautiful designs and finishes in the Renaissance Collection.

 

True to the tradition, each piece of the Wood Trends collection is classically styled in rich colors to coordinate with other wood furnishings in the home. Kirsch has also given new life to a style from a period filled with stories of royal etiquette, majestic wealth and incredible artistry. Beautifully finished and adorned with handcrafted finial designs, the Wood Trends Renaissance Collection manifests views of supremacy.

 

Whatever your take on the rebirth of your windows, Kirsch will lead the way.

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.

All Books Deserve to Be Cozy

All Books Deserve to Be Cozy

One of the many difficulties of having a small room is that if one or two things are on the ground  the whole room looks cluttered. To combat this problem, anything that you can put extra  stuff in to keep it off the floor is a must have. Buy a good sized 3 drawer storage bin and then use the top for holding larger   items, like your microwave or your printer. Also think about having a cute cup on your desk for all of your pens and pencils and highlighters.. In the spirit of keeping things off the floor and into compartments, try using a book cozy. It’s a hanging book shelf made in a few minutes from a couple of easy to use supplies.
Umbra Curtain Hardware is the worldwide leader in casual, contemporary, affordable designer drapery hardware for the home or home away from home. Umbra designs products for every room, including window treatments, curtain clip rings and decorative drapery finials and rods. Shop Continental Window Fashions for all of your decorating needs!

Book Cozy
A 47-inch by 42-inch piece of fabric
Umbra Serif Double Curtain Rod Set
Drill and drill bits
-Level
-Stud finder
-Pencil
Instructions:
-Fold the fabric lengthwise, with right sides facing, so you are working with a double thickness rectangle that is 47 inches by 21 inches.
-Using a 1/2-inch seam, sew the fabric together around one of the short sides, the long side and about half-way down the other short side.
-Turn the fabric right side out through the opening.
-Sew the opening shut by folding the raw edges toward each other, then top stitching down that short end of the rectangle.
-Now you’ll need to sew casings for the dowels on the two long ends of the rectangle. Working with one side at a time, fold the long end over so it overlaps by 2 inches. Stitch all the way down the length of the fabric. Repeat on the other long side.
-Now you can mount the hardware. Locate two studs 47 inches apart on the wall where you want to hang the book cozy.
-Using a level, mark the locations where you’ll need to drill lightly with a pencil, then drill the holes for the screws.
-Screw the brackets onto the wall. Hang the fabric on the dowels, and insert the rods into the brackets.
-Load with books. If you screwed the hardware into studs your book holder should be able to handle a good amount of weight, but don’t go too crazy.

Continental Window Fashions is proud to present the Umbra 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

An Exotic way to Display your Family

 

Faux bamboo originated in Asia. Western traders discovered it along the Silk Roads and brought it to the West during the 18th century. Even Louis XIV used the faux-bamboo motif at the Palace of Versailles! Not to be confused with natural rattan, faux-bamboo is man-made through a meticulous process. Each piece is cast from a hand-crafted mold and then assembled together. It works anywhere, from beach retreats to city flats.
Bamboo drapery rods and drapery hardware accessories from Phase II are made from carved wood and resin that simulate the look of real bamboo. Phase II Bamboo rods are 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.
We love to link our outdoor spaces with our indoor spaces and we love to create interiors that are both beautiful and hospitable. Bamboo makes this an elegant possibility. It’s rare to find a piece that works just as well on the porch as it does in your foyer. Just a piece or two of bamboo can instantly downplay a formal space or liven up a boring room. Why not create a rotating display of cherished family pictures? A stylish, interchangeable hanging display can be put together easily .Suspended a collection of neutral-toned s frames from extra-wide, striped ribbons looped over a handsome faux-bamboo curtain rod from the Bamboo drapery rods collection from Phase II.  After hanging the curtain rod, determine where the frames should fall. Try staggered heights, as this creates a less formal look. After filling the frames with photos turn them face-down on a flat surface and attach a length of ribbon to the center of the top and bottom edges of the frame with a staple gun (hot glue would work, too), allowing a “tail” to trail out from the bottom. The looped ribbon then slides onto the rod — and slides off easily again when you are ready to change your display. Tip: Choose shallow brackets so your rod sits relatively close to the wall — if the frames hang too far away, they may swing a bit instead of facing straight ahead.
If you are looking to add beauty and elegance to your home Continental Window Fashions will make your design 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

DIY Installation of Cassidy West Drapery Hardware

Cassidy West Drapery Hardware has been providing top quality drapery hardware for over 20 years. Leading the industry in creative design and craftsmanship, they hand craft every drapery rod giving it uniqueness and character that is rare in today’s mass market world.

Cassidy West Drapery Hardware is made with plantation wood, wrought iron, nickel, and hand blown glass. They never use plastics. The Contemporary metals are affordable and adjustable. Cassidy promises authentic, eco-friendly materials, handcraftsmanship, magnetic brackets, and easy installation.
If you are a do it yourself decorator, the Cassidy West Hardware system is easy to install following these simple steps:

  • Step One: Using the Bracket Mounting Template
  • StepTwo: Drill two pilot holes per side for each shown above, mark the location on the wall for bracket (3/16″ drill bit) insert wall anchors and the mounting screws.
  • Step Three: Hang draperies on the rod and place into bracket

Located just outside Orlando, FL, Continental Window Fashions will give the home owner who is looking to add beauty and elegance to their windows a chance to make their dreams come true Cassidy Drapery Hardware 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.

Window Tint in an Afternoon

Looking to install your own residential window tinting? Look no further than Gila window films. Since 1978 GILA (pronounced heela) has provided window film products designed for the do it yourself window film consumer. Gila has created a static cling solar window film that is easy to apply, durable and an affordable alternative to professional installation. This window tint film stops excessive heating after 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, for example 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.
Tools you will need to apply your window film are: a squeegee handle, squeegee blade, edging tool, utility knife, lint cloth, and application solution.  This is available in a complete application kit.
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