The season of Thanksgiving is here again!  It is the Harvest Season, and a time to reflect on all we have to be grateful for.  You may be thinking about that all-important Thanksgiving meal.  Ahh, the great American tradition of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and of course the all-important stuffing.  The inevitable green bean casserole which is nicely compensated for by the oh so delicious pumpkin pie.  Of course, the meal really starts with the ambiance set by the dining room design and decor.  The traditional harvest colors of orange, red, yellow and brown are most commonly used and abundantly available, however, non-traditional color themes can be just as festive.  So, how do you bring the perfect thanksgiving design to your dining room? thanksgiving-1The design will begin with and focus mostly on your table, with various secondary design elements adding to the atmosphere of the space.  The table design is all about building layers, coordinating your pieces to pull together an overall aesthetically pleasing look.  There are several things to consider when contemplating Thanksgiving Day design for your dining space.  Do you prefer traditional or contemporary interior design, simple or more elaborate design?  Let’s consider some of the design layers for your dining room table.

The heart of your table design begins with the centerpiece you choose.  This choice will dictate the color scheme and additional elements of your table.  The options, of course, are endless. One of the simplest and most readily available choices is to use seasonal vegetables and fruits.  Bringing the outdoors in for the harvest season can really add to the festive feel of the day.  Think pumpkin design for a very easy seasonal touch and flowers that include traditional harvest colors.  Use fresh produce such as squash, apples, and corn as part of your design.  Consider using other outdoor elements like tree branches, colored leaves, and green plants as part of your centerpiece.  Adding candles to the table can bring a very romantic feel to the dinner, especially if you are planning an evening meal.  Play with color, possibly picking one traditional Thanksgiving color to emphasize and accenting it with non-traditional colors.thanksgiving-2 Once you have decided on the all-important centerpiece design it is time to consider the other components of your table.  Do you want a tablecloth and runner, or maybe just one but not the other?  The fabric you choose should be complementary to the centerpiece colors and textures.  If you are creating an elaborate centerpiece, you may want to go simpler with the tablecloth and runner.  Next, consider your place settings.  What dinnerware, silverware, and glassware would you like to use?  Again, it depends on how formal you want your space to be.  Maybe you have purchased special dinnerware specifically for the occasion that you want to highlight (in which case all other design choices will center around the dinnerware).  Another layer to consider are the napkins and napkin rings, choosing napkins that will complement the colors and textures you’ve already chosen.  If your overall design plan is very simple, you might want to choose very elaborate napkin rings to add a design element that will stand out and really make a statement.  Adding place-card holders or decorative placemats is another way to add a layer of design, and again, can be quite simple or very elaborate.  thanksgiving-3Once the table design is complete, you can move on to the rest of the room.  Consider adding the same centerpiece elements to other surfaces such as a buffet.  Changing existing artwork to coordinate with your holiday decorations is another design layer that can easily add to the Thanksgiving experience. Adding custom curtains with seasonal colors will complete the continuity of the overall design of your dining room. thanksgiving-4Creating your Thanksgiving Day oasis can be as simple or elaborate as you want.  Let your imagination run wild.  It is a great excuse to flex your creative muscle and have fun designing a space that both you and your guests can enjoy.  Your design will enhance the overall atmosphere of the day, helping everyone to get into the holiday spirit, making it more fun and pleasurable for all and giving everyone a memorable experience to truly be thankful for!

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Over the last century, there has been a shift in American society and how we live our daily lives.  The way Americans work is also shifting and where they spend their days has taken on new importance.  Slowly fading are the days of Americans spending eight hours a day in a tiny, impersonal cubicle.  In its place, the desire for a visually pleasing workspace is increasing and millennials may well be the driving force behind the movement. blog-october-2-aFor several years, studies have been done on the aesthetics of a space and its influence on the individuals occupying the space.  For example, the influence of art in healthcare has been linked to efficacy rates of patient recovery.  According to workdesign.com, “In healthcare settings, the display of nature scenes has been linked to lower levels of patients’ perceived pain, stress, anxiety, fatigue, and general distress, and is usually gauged to be a positive distraction (one that elicits good feelings and holds attention without causing stress, thereby blocking worrisome thoughts).  Patients also socialize more with each other, are less restless and quieter when nature scenes are on view”.blog-october-2-bIn the same way that art has been proven to be beneficial in healthcare, it is now proving to have great value in the workplace.  Understanding the importance of art in a workspace and the influence it has on employees is gaining momentum.  According to Minted. “Resimercial is an interior design style for commercial spaces that embraces form and function – the softness of the residential design and the high-performance functionality of commercial; comfort is the new cool…in order to attract and retain the best talent, interior designers are shifting to create commercial spaces that employees want to be in”.

Studies now show that art in the workplace can enable creativity, productivity, and overall increased wellbeing.  Karen Gelardi, creative services manager for Designtex Surface Imaging, says “Creativity is about thinking about things in a different way.  You need it whether you’re a programmer or a doctor or an accountant; by having artwork around you, your mind can wander and make new connections.  It can be soothing or inspiring.  It can lead to a different type of focus”.  Coordinating your artwork with other elements in your space such as flooring, furniture, custom window treatments, or custom pillows can complement the overall aesthetic of the workspace and enhance the visual pleasure of the artwork.blog-october-2-cResearch by the University of Exeter School of Psychology found that individuals working in a workspace with art and plants (enriched environments) were 15% more productive than workers in spaces that did not have these.  It seems employees agree as a recent survey by the Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. and the International Association for Professional Art Advisors found that 94 percent of employees agreed art enhances the work environment.

 

The evidence supporting the value of art in the workplace is compelling and appears to be on its way to becoming the norm in the modern 21st Century workplace.  As American society continues to shift and evolve, the workplace will too.  The workforce will continue to look for satisfying work experiences, including workspaces that are visually pleasing and feel good to be in.

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It is Fall.  The invigorating crisp fresh air and the leaves changing from their summertime green to bright reds, vibrant oranges, and crisp yellows.  Fall, the season of harvest, of Halloween and Thanksgiving, pumpkins and apples, festivals and corn mazes, yes, it is Fall again!  What better time to update your interior design and bring a little Fall into your home?interior-design-tips-for-fall-1Fall décor can start at your front porch and be as simple as adding a new fall themed wreath to your door. A DIY wreath can work wonderfully using items like tree branches, pinecones, acorns and colored leaves. Of course, you can’t go wrong putting a few carved Jack-o-lanterns on your porch to welcome your guests, it is after all the season of Halloween. Your front hallway can reflect Autumn by adding candle lit lanterns and colored vases filled with branches and leaves.
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One of the easiest ways to bring Fall into any room in your home is through the use of fabric.  Simply adding custom drapes or custom pillows in Autumn colors can instantly bring the feeling of the season to your space.  Try adding a beautiful Fall inspired throw blanket to your family room filled with the warm colors you love and a texture that will feel good on those chilly evenings that are sure to follow.  A new Fall-inspired comforter and bed sheets in your bedroom can breathe new life into space, making it feel warm and cozy as the nights grow longer.  Add a new table cloth or runner to your dining room and exchange kitchen and bath towels to add the colors of the harvest season to those spaces.  Changes can be big or small, subtle or elaborate; have fun with it, adding colors and textures you really love to your home.interior-design-tips-for-fall-3Another great way to bring Autumn into your interior spaces is by adding artwork with outdoor seasonal landscapes.  Change a few pieces of pottery and sculpture that reflect the season by color or theme.  Try adding baskets filled with Fall colored plants, leaves or branches to bring the harvest feel indoors.  Again, bring in pieces you really love, pieces that make you feel happy.

Adding the colors of Fall to your home is easier than you may think and can be splashed around a room by adding a variety of accents.  You can get as creative as you want.  The goal is to have fun with your design, let it be a reflection of who you are and what you love about Fall.  The options are endless; you can go all in and transform your rooms completely to a Fall wonderland or just sprinkle a little Fall color around.  Changing up design elements is a wonderful way to renew and refresh your home, allowing you to “Fall” in love with it all over again.

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In our last blog we discussed the functionality and style (aesthetics) of window treatments for your home.  Today, we will discuss some of the different types of window treatments available.

CURTAINS AND DRAPES

Versatile custom curtains and custom drapes are classic treatments that can be contemporary or traditional in style.Curtains and drapes add just the right amount of softness to a room and work wonderfully to add color and pattern, giving a room depth and texture.  Drapes can give a sense of greater height to a room by adding a vertical line.Hanging the drapes high (close to the ceiling) and allowing them to “kiss the floor”will make the room feel larger.a-guide-to-window-treatments-part-2-aSelecting a fabric that works for the room, is an important part of the process.Long, velvet drapes give a dramatic romantic feel while linen and silk fabrics give a lighter luxurious feel.

Pattern can make a big statement in your space.  Be sure any pattern used on drapes is consistent with the style of your room, whether casual or formal, contemporary or traditional.  For example, you don’t want to use a casual gingham pattern in a formal room. Or a multi-colored floral in a contemporary room.  Consider the weight of the fabric. Do you want heavy dramatic fabric or lightweight and translucent sheers that allow natural light to filter through?

Fabric liners attached to drape panels help to regulate the amount of light in your room and can provide privacy. Liners can partially or fully blackout light.  Decide what type of lining you need based on the room and what its main function will be.

a-guide-to-window-treatments-part-2-bYou can add decorative accents with the hardware you choose for curtains and drapes.A decorative rod consists of a pole, brackets, and finials.  You also may choose to use rings or grommets on your drapes.Hardware can be very contemporary or traditional and will add to the overall aesthetics of the window treatment. Typical materials are wood or metal.

SHADES

Simple and elegant, shades cover windows from top to bottom when closed to provide privacy and style in your space.When used with curtains, valances or cornices, shades blend form and function in both casual and formal rooms. Awide variety of functional and decorative window shades are available to accommodate specific needs and personal preferences.a-guide-to-window-treatments-part-2-cSolar shades are designed to reduce glare from bright sunlight as well as provide protection against ultraviolet rays.  Roman shades complement any decorating style or color scheme bringing a tailored look to any room andare an excellent way to add color and texture.  Roller shades give the window a clean, contemporary appearance.  Natural woven shades add a textural, natural feel to a space.  They are made from eco-friendly, renewable sources, such as bamboo, exotic grasses, reeds or wood.  Cellular, or honeycomb, shades are designed with open pockets between two or three layers of material.  This design provides an insulating layer between an interior room and window, helping to maintain a more consistent room temperature.   Balloon shades form folds along their base when open, framing the window with a romantic look.

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Blinds are crafted with slats of metal, wood or other material, and are classic window treatments that provide excellent control of privacy and light levels in the room.  Wood blinds bring an organic feel to the room, while metal blinds add an industrial touch.

a-guide-to-window-treatments-part-2-eVertical blinds that stack to the left or right of the window work well spanning sliding doors or wide windows.  Today’s updated versions of vertical blinds include a sheer over the span of vanes to soften the look or panel tracks which offer flat panels that slide open.Regardless of the blind type, pair with drapes or valances to add color and sophistication.a-guide-to-window-treatments-part-2-fVALANCES AND CORNICES

Short and sweet, valances and cornices add decorative interest to any window but work especially well as kitchen window treatments.

A valance is a fabric treatment installed at the top of the window and offers the option of any style fabric to be used.  Valances can be installed on a decorative or hidden rod.a-guide-to-window-treatments-part-2-gCornices are typically wood or upholstered.  Mounted to the wall, cornices are well-suited for rooms without architectural details like crown molding.  Both valances and cornices pair well with sheers, curtains or shades and are great way to bring in color, texture, or pattern.

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Window treatments are big deal when considering how to design any room in your homeWith so many options to choose from, trying to find the best fit can be overwhelming. When selecting window treatments for clients, we consider several factors to be sure we get it right. Some things for you to consider when choosing custom window treatments are: functionality, style, and type of material.  Do you need to block light, create privacy, or just add to the visual design of your space? Can you layer more than one option? a-guide-to-window-treatments-part-1-aIn terms of functionality, window treatments can meet many practical needs, especially when layered. Curtains or shades lined with blackout fabric will fully block light from the outside. Shades or blinds paired with drapescan block all angles of the windows to provide maximum privacy at night. Sheers will allow plenty of light into a room, reducing the need for lamps during the day and making them a sound option for living rooms, dining rooms and patios.

When it comes to style there are so many things to consider! What style do you prefer? What type of ambience do you wish to create in the room? There is such a huge range of style options from; classic, traditional pleated drapes to contemporary curtains, blinds and shades, making them a simple way to transform a room and add personality. The way a window is “dressed” (or not) sets the tone of the room.

Choosing the best quality materials for window treatments is important. Fabric, wood and metal elements can all be brought into your space adding to the overall design of your room.
High quality materials will also add to the longevity of your treatments. Custom window treatments are an investment, be sure to get the best quality for your budget.a-guide-to-window-treatments-part-1-b

When contemplating what window treatments will work best in your home, it is important to take your time and consider each room individually when selecting window treatments; don’t feel like what you select in your living room must apply to your dining room, kitchen, and bedrooms. Each space in your home isunique and functions differently. For example, you may want to create privacy and block out light in your bedroom (function) while creating an atmosphere conducive to a peaceful place to rest and recharge (style and materials).  Those exact needs will most likely not apply to the other spaces in your home, where the need for function and aesthetics will strike a different balance.  Of course, as with any good design, you DO want to make sure the rooms flow well together, so you will want to choose colors and quality goods that coordinate well together.

 

a-guide-to-window-treatments-part-1-cChoosing the right window treatments for your home may at first seem like a daunting task, but it is one that pays off in a big way because nothing makes a room look more polished and finished than custom window treatments.  To learn how to measure windows correctly for your window treatments and more interior design tips, please visit our website www.thecontemporarycurtain.com.  In our next blog we will continue our discussion on custom window treatments and the specific options available to you.

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