Love This Fabric!

sewinitWe love this new custom window treatment for a client in Richmond. The beautiful rich color is so warm and inviting. Taking the time to match the patterns perfectly makes all of the difference in the world to the finished effect!

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Fresh Custom Looks for French and Sliding Doors

roman shadesCustom curtains in Richmond are just a phone call away with Sewinit’. And when it comes to fresh custom looks for French doors and sliding doors, Karen can create your one-of-a-kind window treatment.

Sliding glass doors or french doors can be problematic when it comes to window treatments or even providing privacy for your home. But now there are some new ways to use window treatments to beautify even the oldest windows or outdated sliding glass doors.

Try these ideas:

  • Use side-mounted panels that are only on either side of the doors/windows. Mount the draperies on short rods. Mount them higher than the top of the door for an even more dramatic effect. This works well for windows that don’t need to be covered for privacy.
  • Use a valance mounted above the door – use a zig-zag border for visual appeal and side panelsto make an old window appear new.
  • Roman shades are a creative and excellent alternative! They can be working Roman shades or faux shades, depending on whether or not you need them for privacy.
  • Hang long panels that stay to each side of the door during the day, but that can be pulled together for privacy or at night.
  • Working Roman Shades on French Doors
    Working Roman Shades on French Doors

    Use a one-sided panel that can be pulled across the door for privacy – use a light-weight fabric that doesn’t bunch too much when pulled to the side.

  • Grommet-top panels mounted with large rings will be visually appealing and slide easily.

Contact Karen to discover the possibilities!

Create Affordable Custom Window Treatments

Fringe takes plain curtains to "WOW!"
Fringe takes plain curtains to “WOW!”

Wondering how to get beautiful custom window treatments and custom accessories without breaking the bank? In addition to working with a local seamstress like Karen at Sewinit’, there are some other great tips that make it even easier and more affordable than you thought possible:

  • To get an expensive look without spending a ton of money on fabric, purchase beautiful trims, cords, tassels and fringes. They dress up even the least expensive fabrics and Karen knows how to make them work!
  • Don’t cover the window – expose it! Create window treatments that frame around the window and allow all of the light to come in. Hang rods high enough that window treatments just touch the top of the window. They make window treatments look more elegant and custom.
  • Don’t be afraid to use color (although neutrals are beautiful too)! You can use a vibrant color to give a richer look to window treatments and bring the walls to life. Or if you prefer to stay neutral, use a vibrant color on pillows and accessories to make the window treatments even more beautiful.

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    Check out this unusual border! Beautiful!
  • Shop for fabric at discount stores or on the close-out table of more upscale stores. Karen can help you find great prices on fabric too!
  • Use inexpensive cords or ribbons to tie back full draperies for an elegant effect. You can change out the tie-backs inexpensively and easily to change up the room for seasonal variation.
  • Allow curtain to “puddle” on the floor – this immediately gives a more expensive look when done right and it just takes a bit more fabric.
Kingston Valance with fringe
Kingston Valance with fringe

Give Karen a call and discuss your needs with her. She can help you find affordable fabrics, decorative options, and beautiful window treatments!

Pops of Color Create Designer Rooms

pops-of-color-bannerNothing says ‘custom’ or ‘designer’ like pops of color! When it comes to creating window treatments or anything else for your home, you can start with a neutral base, add pops of color, and you have a room that is fit for the front cover of a designer magazine.

Consider creating an all-white room and let pops of color bring it to life.Or use contrasting colors like black and vibrant fuschia to make a room ‘pop’!

Custom sewing makes it all possible. You can choose the fabrics you love for window treatments, pillows, duvets, window seats, shams, and more!

Browse these ideas and then let us know if we can help you create your own dramatic room by using custom window treatments accented with lots of pops of color!

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Balancing Color and Design for Custom Window Treatments

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Various patterns in complementary colors create an inviting room.

When it comes to decorating, nothing is more frustrating than having a beautiful wall color and not being able to find the perfect window treatment or other fabrics.

Complementing and highlighting the wall color is essential to bringing the room together in just the right way. Choosing a color scheme early in the process is important – but don’t worry – if you already have fabrics you want to keep, complementing them with new fabrics in the same color family will work nicely.

Here are some tips that will help you create the most beautiful window treatments:

  1. Decorate from floor to ceiling, going dark to light. Keep floors dark, window treatments in a middle range and the ceiling light for the most soothing effect.
  2. Choose window treatments and fabric before you choose a wall paint color – it will be much easier to match the wall color to the fabric than the other way around! Nothing is worse than having a beautifully and freshly painted room and not being able to find a coordinating fabric  to accent the decor!
  3. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Using stripes, solids, florals, and other prints works quite well when there is unity in the color scheme. Complementary colors are key and sticking with 3 basic colors will keep it all unified.
  4. Too many colors make a room appear disorganized and distracting. The room should flow from floor to ceiling – creating an inviting and warm welcome. Choosing a color scheme is usually one of the first steps in the design process, because color can be used to create a focal point and set the mood in a room. Colors like coral, red, and peach create a cozy feeling. Cooler blues and grays might be more welcome in south-facing rooms. Bright colors against a light background appear to fill up a wall, but those same colors against a dark background will not appear as bright or large. Consider the effect you want when choosing your color scheme.
  5. Colors may change from day to evening as the light shifts, so if you have a lot of windows with lots of light during daytime, consider the effects at night too.
  6. The actual design is important:
  • colorVertical lines add height and create a feeling of dignity and formality.
  • Horizontal lines are more casual and give a sense of breadth and size.
  • Diagonal lines attract attention and are best used as details or supported with vertical lines.
  • Curved lines soften the mood and keep window treatments from looking too stiff.
  • Bands, borders, and trims are a good way to emphasize line – for example, vertical lines add height and pull the eye upward for a more dramatic effect, while horizontal lines are more casual and give a greater sense of breadth.

Contact us if you need help choosing fabrics and creating the design you desire for your home. We’re happy to provide you with an in-home consultation free of charge when you purchase custom window treatments and other accessories from Sewinit.com.

Contact Karen at sewinit1@gmail.com.

Bring a Bedroom to Life with Color

The assignment?

“Please help me brighten up my drab bedroom. I’m tired of the drab color on the bed but I don’t want to go too crazy. I’m afraid of too much color or pattern.”

For someone who is a bit shy about making major changes in the big things in a room like comforters and window treatments, pillows and throws are the perfect alternative. Using a traditional white fabric for the bedcover was the perfect backdrop for colorful pillows that pop! Adding some pillow shams and adding white pillows of different sizes made a big difference.

The new colorful striped pillows and a fresh new throw at the bottom of the bed complement the new wall color and bring it all together. It’s that simple!

Now whenever she’s ready for a new makeover, we’ll trade out the pillow covers and throw for something new and fresh.

And maybe she’ll be ready for a vibrant new colored comforter cover by then!

 

Bay Window Treatments

Does your living room feel especially hot? Summer sun can be especially problematic when you have large open bay windows in a room. Although they are beautiful adornments that allow light to flood your living space, there are times when it might be nice to prevent some of the sun’s heat from driving you to crank up the A/C.

And you can create beautiful window treatments for bay windows that liven up your living space and make it feel cool and comfortable. There was a time when the only window treatment for a bay window was to leave it bare.

Not any more!

Swags for bay window mounted on boards

Bay windows defy all tradition with today’s window treatments. Consider something new and different:

  • Long, flowing panels carefully hung around the window to make it appear like several smaller windows.
  • Vibrant colored solid panels on either side of the bow, with an incredibly beautiful contrasting patterned valance across the entire top of the box.
  • Swags for a bay mounted on boards for a more dramatic effect.
  • Wide panels on either side and a panel in the middle to anchor the window — all of which can be drawn together during the hottest part of the day, or pushed back for optimal outdoor views when you choose.

Let us help you find the perfect solution for a bay window by custom-designing the perfect window treatment for your home. It’s an inexpensive way to get a great facelift!

Richmond Custom Sewing Solutions for Designer Looks

We’re working on some fantastic window treatments, pillows, and accessories for a client’s home and it’s coming together nicely.

We started with the current furnishings and worked from there to add splashes of color with fabrics that pulled it all together. Using multiple patterns with similar colors helped unite two different sitting areas.

Adding sofa pillows with a unique texture bumped it up a notch. Going from ordinary to designer look was quick and easy. Watch for more as we unveil this beautiful change!

 

Patterns that Work

A recent visit to check out some carpets left me thinking about how difficult it is for some people to mix and match patterns and color.

A woman was looking at rug samples with a saleswoman and she commented, “But I have curtains that have stripes in them, so I need a solid rug. The patterns won’t match.”

The saleswoman handled it quite well without embarrassing her by explaining that although it was taboo to mix patterns many years ago, it is the best way to decorate today. She showed her how she can take a family of colors and then mix solids, stripes, florals, geometric patterns, and a variety of other patterns for a very pulled together look.

I realized that many people aren’t able to really see how patterns work together without a little help. If you’re wondering what will work in your home or office, give me a call and let’s discuss the use of patterns to bring in a designer look.  With the right patterns, we can create window treatments, pillows, cushions, duvets, shams, and other accessories to make them work for you.