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We are often asked "When is it worthwhile to reupholster a piece of furniture?"
We believe there are three things to consider.
This client and I found two chaises we loved. We had an upholstering firm bring in a frame, adapt the features we liked, and covered it with a fabric that matched the wallpaper.
These two favorite gliding chairs needed recovering. A hard wearing simple stripe fabric was used to blend the colours of the room.
This room presented some unique challenges. The couple did not want the palladium style windows covered. The doors opened inward. They did not want to see drapery rods. She wanted roman shades and he wanted drapes. He also wanted the window covering near the window to be able to open slightly for fresh air when sleeping.
Solution: A custom made, roman shade was inset in the window behind the bed (and in an identical window on opposite wall.) We used the same roman-type fold with the same accent fabric and created a small valance over the door to hide the rods. The center door drapes were made to operate as a pair. The two end panels are on one way draw tracks. This allows the side panel by the bed to operate independently.
This ruffled eyelet curtain is on a pocket rod and held up with a tie back holder. The fabric can be slipped out of the holder and hang loose when privacy is needed.
These drapes have a heavy thermal lining because so much sun comes in the top window. While it was tricky to install the track, it is a simple traverse rod installed above on the wall and the drape slides back and forth behind a simple wood pole.
These little windows open into the room and are very close to the wall of the window well. We needed something that would allow the glass doors to open and still provide some light control. We used pleated shades (with blackout backing) because the head rail was narrow, not very deep. Therefore, it did not interfere with the window opening.
I like to show off the architectural features in a room, rather than put a pair of drapes on each window we treated the wall. This way you take in the 2 windows as one and this appears to expand the width of the room.
How did we treat this beautiful, oddly shaped window on the left? We did nothing! It is an east facing window and does not pose a light, privacy or heat issue. By not covering the transom windows on the other wall, a relationship between the two walls of windows was maintained. The simplicity of the blinds on the window and door allows this feature window to remain the focal point.
This client wanted the living room separated from the dining room, but wanted both rooms to look like they could stand on their own. The living room has a one way draw drape on each window and the patio door also has a one way draw. The center panel in the room was installed as closely to the door as possible in order for it to appear to be part of both the dining room and the living room.
We were trying to create an old tin ceiling effect in this country kitchen. This was cheating big time. The ceiling had stick on ceiling tiles, so we just used this paintable heavy wallpaper that has a tin tile impression. We painted it black. When it dried, we took a sponge; dipped it in liquid copper (a craft item!) and gentle rubbed it over the paper. The liquid copper stuck to the raised areas. We put copper handles on the dark stained cabinets. It was fun to do and it looked pretty original.
This was a small guest room in a cottage where the client wanted her grandchildren to be able to lounge, watch TV and still bed able to sleep over. 2 single beds were placed at right angles to create a sectional sofa. We turned the fabrics for the fitted bedspreads so that the pattern ran sideways like furniture rather than up the length of the bed. The extra shams finished the sofa effect. A small padded valance was made out of the same quilted fabric as the spreads.
The previous owner had wall to wall drapes, sheers & valances and the walls were painted in a peach sherbet colour.
This client wanted the space calm and simpler. We took a warm taupe colour from the large painting on the right, cut the sheers down to fit the window, added the pillars and crown moldings, used a similar plain pole for the simple, more contemporary valance witch was repeated on the window at the other end of the room.
Description; this fireplace was standard red brick and looked very dated. Because it was a bit dark and went to the ceiling, it tended to crowd and to dominate the room. The easiest way to update the room was to paint the fireplace cream, add depth to the wall colour, change carpet to hardwood and install modern Ambio blinds (see blinds).
The ceramic hearth is framed in hardwood rather than just having the hardwood butt up next to it.
The client fell in love with this pricey paper and it was more formal than her entrance was. To cut done on cost, we found beautiful, small co-coordinating stripe wallpaper. She had a carpenter working in the basement, so we had him take a 2 X 6, router out some lines, create a column effect, add a little trim at the top and voila! New, formal doorway entrances. Adding the wainscoting rail was easy. The stair railing and posts were a yellow oak and looked out of place with her cherry furniture. We painted over the oak and now you see the whole entrance instead of the staircase.
This wall of windows obviously had some that were hard to reach. We typically motorize the high blinds. Silhouette blinds with a remote control allow you to rotate the vanes open and closed, as well as, to raise and lower the blinds. The top centre window has a specialty blind. Because of its shape, it is stationary and the vanes do not move. It still looks beautiful open even when the other blinds are closed. This client decided to motorize all the other Silhouettes and the Luminette blind on the door. It makes for quite a show when all the blinds are opening together!
These Ambio blinds have a continuous cord and the blind will roll up inside the head rail, right out of the way, and allowing maximum clearance for exiting the door.
I typically put two blinds on a patio door, this way one can be down and the other is up while the door is being used. These will fit inside the frame if you have about a 2 inch depth. Watch that your handle doesn’t interfere with operation of the blind.
This Hunter Douglas sheer Luminette blind is in keeping with the formal setting of the room. It draws back like a drape, but has vertical vanes that rotate open and closed providing total privacy and excellent UV block. They can be one way draw or centre split, and can be motorized.
These are Hunter Douglas’ new Pirouette Blinds. Usually we split the door into 2 blinds, but in this case we covered the door with one blind. We did this to maintain balance with the other windows which were about the same width.
These shutters are a bi-fold application on this patio door. By doing them this way, we maintain the symmetry with the shutters on the window, which are also bi-fold. You can have four panels fold back in the same direction if you need more clearance to get through the door. We have also done them on panel tracks. One panel of shutters slides in front of the first panel. This is very sleek and avoids the problem of panels folding into the room when the space is tight. However, when the panels pass in front or behind each other, the vanes have to be closed. The drawback to this is that it cuts down on the light in the room.
Vertical blinds are still one of the easiest and most economical ways to treat a patio door. They are actually making a comeback and all suppliers are coming out with lovely new fabrics in current colour palettes.
These cellular blinds are so easy to operate and when raised, hide completely up under the valance. Once again, we have used two blinds on one door. It is more practical to be able to have one down and one up on a well-lit day, also it's easier to raise two small blinds individually then one big heavy blind.