Fresh and beautiful roman shades

It’s been a busy couple of weeks!

We are so in love with this adorable roman shade we just created for a client. The fresh crisp white accented with the gorgeous blue is beautiful and really brightens up the space.

Do you need to freshen up a space or need some design help with window treatments, bedding, or pillows? Give us a call to get on our schedule – we’d love to help you.

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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

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Bring a Dull Room to Life

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Vibrant panels!

We are working with lots of fresh beautiful fabrics right now and we just love the bright colors of 2013! Cold winter days are brighter with fresh window treatments, new pillows, and a bright new bedroom ensemble.

Wall colors that complement the fabric are just the thing to bring a dull room to life.


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!

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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.

Turn Outdoors Into an Extension of Your Home

Looking for something new for your outdoor furniture to avoid spending lots of money on new furniture?

Our Richmond sewing expert can show you how.

You’ll love all of the latest bright and colorful fabrics that hold up well outside. Cushions make outdoor seating much more comfortable — and throw pillows add a special touch that makes your outdoor space warm and inviting.

We can coordinate your outdoor pillows and cushions to match the exterior of your home and your natural surroundings. Or carry your color scheme from inside your home to your outdoor surroundings too.

Whether you’re looking for custom window treatments, custom pillows, or anything custom sewn in Richmond, Karen is the Richmond sewing professional who can make it happen!

Give us a call and we’ll show you how to turn an outdoor space into an “outdoor room”!

The Color of Spices

Wondering about the best colors to use for your home decorating and custom window treatments?

Maybe the answer lies right inside your cupboard! Did you know that many people are turning to earth-tones and colors that are reflected in herbs and spices?

Tangy orange and vibrant red make a beautiful splash when paired with chocolate brown, beige, and other spicy colors. Golden hues of yellow paired with natural green is restful. These are some of today’s most popular colors – even during spring and summer.

Maybe it’s because they bring more of nature indoors, or perhaps because they’re easy on the eye and you can add accents that draw them out for richer color.

Whatever the reason, they work. So if you’re confused about color, open your pantry and you may find the perfect color combinations for your home and your custom window treatments.