In the world of window treatments, blinds can be a great solution to a window dilemma.  So, you have decided you would like to use blinds for your window treatments, very quickly you realize choosing the right type of blind for your window may not be quite as simple as you thought.  Blinds still have two basic types, Horizontal (sometimes referred to as Venetian) and Vertical.  In this blog, we will break down the various types of Horizontal Blinds available today and review some pros and cons of each.

Horizontal blinds are typically 1” or 2” slats laid in, you guessed it – a horizontal configuration.  Horizontal Blinds open and close in an up and down motion and have an option to adjust the slats, allowing them to tilt for light control throughout the day as well as privacy. REAL WOOD BLINDS

Real wood blinds are a very popular option.  They look beautiful and are always classic, working with most interior styles.  A great advantage to using real wood blinds is that they weigh less than faux wood options and for a larger window, the lighter weight can make a big difference.  They tend to be the most expensive blind and should not be used in high humidity areas as they are also prone to warp when exposed to moisture. FAUX-WOOD BLINDS

Faux wood blinds are a great option for many.  They are made from a wood and plastic composite that makes for a very durable product, which is one of its greatest advantages.  Faux-wood blinds are also a budget-friendly option; they cost less than the real wood varieties and aesthetically have come a long way, looking great in any space.  They are also a wise choice if you want a wood look blind in a high moisture area, as they will not warp.ALUMINUM/METAL BLINDS

Aluminum or Metal blinds can offer a more contemporary interior design element than other blinds.  They can be equally budget-friendly as Faux-Wood blinds, although not quite as durable.  They are also an excellent choice for use in a higher moisture area, such as bathrooms and kitchens. VINYL BLINDS

Vinyl blinds have come a long way.  They are a good choice for someone on a tight budget, as they are typically the least expensive option.  You can get a great looking blind that can handle high moisture areas.  They are not as durable as their counterparts and can end up creasing if bumped too hard.

Blinds have evolved over the years.  The quality options available are perhaps greater than they have ever been.  Take your time and explore all the choices.  You will undoubtedly find the perfect blind for your window!

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If your life is feeling a bit stagnate and you are looking to rekindle that creative spark, then travel may be just the ticket.  The Dalai Lama famously said, “Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before.”  We gain so much from travel, a chance to interject new energy into our lives, broaden our horizons, and introduce a fresh perspective.  If you are looking for a magical place to visit, with extraordinary architecture and a great history to boot, why not try Edinburgh.  Scotland’s capital city is divided into two distinct sections, the Medieval Old Town, dating back to the 15th century, and the Neo-classical New Town whose development started in the 18th century. On a recent trip to this charming city, my fellow traveling companions and I were mesmerized by street after street of incredible Gothic Architecture in the Old Town, oozing with history, one can easily see how this city helped inspire J.K. Rowling while she wrote Harry Potter.  The famously curved Victoria Street, the mysterious Closes (alleyways), and gargoyles protruding everywhere; one could imagine a wizard hiding around every corner.  With Edinburgh Castle perched high on the hill and Holyrood Palace resting comfortably below, High Street, The Royal Mile in Old Town, is an absolute joy to explore.  St. Giles Cathedral, the Grassmarket, there is so much to see!  Spring for a knowledgeable walking tour guide, as this is a city to be seen and experienced on foot.  The Architecture is a treat for the eyes, and one is not quite sure what beautiful site to focus on first. The New Town of Edinburgh is visually very different from the Old Town.  It was meticulously planned by famous architects of the time, including John and Robert Adam (1728-92), Sir William Chambers (1723-96), and William Playfair (1790-1857).  There is so much to see here; the famed Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens, Scot Monument, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Calton Hill to name just a few.  Calton Hill, according to theculturetrip.com, offered a view back down Princes Street that was “Robert Louis Stevenson’s favorite of Edinburgh, and the collected monuments occupying this hillside are some of Edinburgh’s most architecturally significant works.”The Royal Yacht Britannia is another must-see while in Edinburgh.  Docked in Leith, walk where royalty has been, see where the Queen spent her time while onboard, a place she once described as, “one place where I can truly relax.”  Find out where Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales spent their honeymoon and Princes William and Harry spent their summer holidays.  When you are done with your tour, make sure to visit the Royal Deck Tea Room, perched perfectly atop the yacht with a view out over the water and the Firth of Forth bridge, it is a delightful spot to enjoy afternoon tea. A trip to Edinburgh is a trip through time.  The city oozes history and the electricity of that history pulses through its streets.  The famous Scottish hospitality is evident everywhere and Edinburgh’s unmistakable architecture inspires new possibilities and vision for your future.  Rest, relax, and vacate your lives for a while.  Let the cities energy seep into your soul, allowing for renewal, helping you to see the world and your role in it a little differently than before.

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When choosing new custom drapes, the seemingly endless options can feel overwhelming.  There are so many design considerations including style, color, and material.  Today we are going to discuss some basic drape styles.

There are a few questions to contemplate when trying to determine the best drape style. Questions like, what is the overall look of your space and what role do you want the drapes to play, is your room formal or informal, are the windows and therefore the drapes going to be a primary focal point in the room, will the drapes need to serve a functional role or are they strictly aesthetic?  Answering these questions will help direct your style choice.

Hardware

First, we will consider hardware and perhaps the biggest question when determining style; how are the drapes going to function?  Will they need to be opened a few times a day to block light or for privacy? Are your drapes serving a more decorative purpose? Determining function will affect the type of hardware you will want to use.

The two standard types of hardware are non-mechanical and mechanical.  A Pole Rod (no mechanics) vs. a Pinch Pleat or Ripple Fold on a functioning rod (mechanics).  If you need to open and close your drapes several times, a day a functioning rod with mechanics will probably work best.  Not surprisingly, in terms of cost, drapes with mechanics typically have a higher cost than the non-mechanical options.

Heading Styles

Pole Rod

A Pole Rod has no mechanics and is used for a simple rod pocket, a hidden loop style, rings or grommets, or if purely decorative can even include a drape over style.  This look is more about aesthetics than function.  This is a style to choose when you want the specific look of the drape but does not need the drapes to function for privacy or light blocking.  The Rod Pocket is a very traditional choice and is not as convenient to open and close as other options. The fabric is gathered at the top of the drape creating a pocket that the curtain rod will slide through.

Grommet Drapes hang from large rings at the top of the drape (known as grommets) that the curtain rod will slide through.  It creates very even pleats and can be very decorative but again, may not be as functional as other choices.

If you need the function of mechanics, you will want a pinch pleat or ripple fold.Pinch Pleat

Often called a French Pleat, Pinch Pleat is a very popular style used in spaces that are looking for a more traditional design.  Several different heading styles fall under the Pinch Pleat category and some of the more common ones include, tailored pleat, box pleat, inverted pleat, and goblet pleat. These drapes will have pleats created by gathering folds of the material together every few inches and attaching them together about four inches from the top.  Drapery pins are used to attach the drape to the hardware and often use an attached baton to pull open and close.Ripple Fold

The ripple fold has a more updated look and works well in contemporary interior design.  The drapes hang on an easy to use track and typically open and close with a cord control, making these a great choice if you need the functionality of opening and closing several times a day.  The ripple fold style does not use drapery pins and is a big advantage in the care and cleaning of custom draperies as they are much easier to take down and hang up than Pinch Pleat style drapes.  This style drape usually uses less fabric and therefore may be less expensive than other options.

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Is it time to update your outdated kitchen cabinets?  You may wonder where to begin.  What options might work best for your kitchen?  We will discuss the different types of kitchen cabinets and the pros and cons of each.   

RTA and Stock Cabinets

RTA and Stock Cabinets are the least expensive option and most readily available.  These cabinets are pre-built to standard sizes and therefore limit the design options for your space.  RTA stands for “Ready to Assemble” and will be shipped unassembled.  Because they come in standard sizes, Stock Cabinets can be bought right off the shelf or delivered in a short period of time, usually 1-2 weeks.  Do your homework with these cabinets and make sure you know what material is being used in their construction.  Cheaper material is sometimes used in order to keep costs down and may not be what you expected.  Cabinets made with particle board will likely not hold up as well over time and is vulnerable to warping when exposed to excess moisture.Semi-Custom Cabinets

Semi-Custom Cabinets are just what the name implies.  These cabinets still come in the standard sizes however, there are some customizable options with this choice.  You can change drawer sizes, door fronts, and cabinet depths.  Semi-custom allows for some customization while still managing to keep costs down.  As these are not typical stock cabinets it can take a few weeks from order to delivery.  Again, be sure to confirm the construction material used to be sure you are getting what you really want.Custom Cabinets

Custom cabinets are just that, custom.  Anything is possible, cabinets can be made in any size you might need, and this allows for the most flexible design potentials in your kitchen.  With this option, you can make use of every inch of space, optimizing your storage capabilities.  It will probably come as no surprise that this option is the most expensive and will also need the biggest lead time and you should anticipate it taking several weeks from order to delivery.  Also, do not assume that the word ‘custom’ is synonymous with high quality. These cabinets can be made with a variety of materials, from high-quality wood to particleboard.  Be sure to do your research, if you want real wood cabinets, make sure that is what you are getting.

A kitchen cabinet remodel can be an exciting prospect and perhaps a bit daunting.  There are so many options available today.  Take your time, do your research, create a plan and if you need help, reach out to a Certified Interior Designer for guidance.  The kitchen of your dreams is possible, and the pleasure derived from spending time in a space you truly love is priceless.

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The Winter Season is upon us once more, and it is the time of year we tend to live more inside than out.  How do you freshen up your homes interior for winter and make it space you want to spend time in?  Why not use Feng Shui to make your space feel more comfortable?  Feng Shui works on the premise that everything is energy, and in our home, we want to get good energy flowing. Cambridge.org defines Feng Shui as “an ancient Chinese belief that the way your house is built or the way that you arrange objects affects your success, health, and happiness”. Last year, we introduced Feng Shui and its basic principles;  Feng Shui is based on good Chi, the lifeforce energy, and it is about the balance of yin and yang (masculine and feminine) energies as well as the five elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water).  Feng Shui is about creating spaces that “flow” the Chi energy in a way that adds value to the quality of your life and this principle fits very well with Contemporary Interior Design. According to morrisfengshui.comIn Feng Shui we focus on nurturing the chi of the earth. This is the chi of nature and our surroundings, the environments we live in, and the spaces we create. We choose our homes, lots and residences by examining the flow and quality of the chi of the earth. We correct, adjust and enhance the environments we live in to improve the flow of energy so we can feel supported by our homes. 

One of the easiest ways to start this process is to simply de-clutter your home.  It is a great time to re-evaluate the things you have in your home and purge what is no longer serving you.  This will create space to bring in new items that you will love and appreciate.  According to livestrong.com, “living in a house or apartment that’s cluttered, dark or just doesn’t feel right, can make you feel energy-depleted and depressed.  The goal of good feng shui is to get the positive energy flowing to where it’s needed to revitalize your environment and invigorate your life.” Adding color and elements that will help you “Feng Shui” your space can be as simple as adding a few new things into your space, like new custom curtainscoordinating custom pillows, artwork, or plants.  It really is about creating a space that has balance and feels good to live in.  “If you have too yin of a home, over time, you can become depressed,” says feng-shui consultant Katherine Graham. “And if you have to yang — too upbeat — a home, over time, you could suffer from exhaustion or burnout.”  So, take a moment to de-clutter your home, remove items that do not bring you pleasure or serve a purpose, add items that will bring you joy and re-arrange your spaces using the ancient art of Feng Shui, creating balanced, peaceful spaces.  Thus, allowing you to relax and enjoy your home during the long winter months and adding to your sense of happiness and well-being. 

For interior design tips or to design custom curtains online, please visit our website: www.thecontemporarycurtain.com 

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