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The Beacon / Interior Views / December 2014

Tis’ the season to be jolly! So why not experience joy in every moment and action? Traditionally, the years end brings people together to celebrate and share in the gift of giving. Oftentimes, the idea of this exchange becomes stressful because of perceived ideas. Giving is not exclusively defined by the wrapped gift. There is a much more precious present that of lending a helping hand, extending a kindness, or expressing words of support. Best when given freely without commitment and most enjoyed when there is an element of surprise. Consider ways to enjoy the present without the concerns of the “present”. Make yours a season of joyful moments!

As we once again find ourselves amidst the holiday season with all of its excitement and splendor, we may also find ourselves in the hustle and bustle of crowds and long lists of things to do to make but another memorable holiday season! The beauty of any holiday can be found in the richness of its traditions, all to be shared with family and friends. Reminded of holidays filled with joy while others fell short due to some situation of life, every holiday was made richer when traditions were shared with others without expectation of outcome.

Traditional activities yield most wonderful memories. Personally, I have no specific recall of the gifts unwrapped over the years. However, I do recall with peace in my heart, the laughter and tears, the surprises, the looks of pride and pleasure on the faces of those we shared our holiday celebrations. Simple or elaborate, the value was not in the perfection of decorations or gifts, rather in the lasting memories these activities created and we continue to share.

Consider your own family traditions. […]

By |December 16th, 2014|Creativity, Inspired Thoughts, Published Articles|0 Comments

The Beacon / Interior Views / November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! May all celebrate this Holiday season with festivity and gratitude by focusing on the many blessings received in every moment of time. A special holiday, Thanksgiving, is a time for social gathering with family and friends, reflection, and a time to appreciate the abundance we receive in our lives. Although things may feel less than perfect or even scarce at times, simple or grand, there is always reason to experience gratitude!

Personally, I am so very grateful for the enjoyment I have through my business, Village Interiors. November is our anniversary month and we are celebrating our twelfth year for having our custom interior decorating studio and workroom! Since taking over the family business, founding in 1969 by my parents Bob and Muriel Sylvester, the workroom established in 2002 has provided me the opportunity to enjoy each and every day as I go to what most will call work. I can honestly say that I enjoy what I do…thus to me, it is not work. I am filled with gratitude and am very blessed with our creative, talented design team, and the many clients who trust us with creating beautiful interior accents for their homes. Many Thanks!

Years prior to establishing the workroom, an article I read described creativity in terms of an equation; “vision + passion + action = creativity”. This would be formula has guided my direction all of these years and still rings true for me today. When situations become challenging or seemingly impossible, this simple equation defines the process to resolve most any issue. IF one of the elements is weak, the creative process becomes weak. It is a simple formula to follow in any situation.

The holiday […]

The Beacon / Interior Views / October 2014

Awareness is the first defense in preventing hazardous situations. There are many household items that in the hands of a curious child can turn into potential hazards. Window coverings are common household products that require proper use to maintain safety. October is designated by the Window Coverings Safety Council, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, as National Window Coverings Safety Month. In an effort to bring awareness and responsiveness within regards to window covering safety.

Parents and caregivers are proactive and wise to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords that pose a strangulation hazard to an infant or child. The WCSC and CPSC recommend retrofit or replace corded products with those that are designed with safety features. Further, they recommend, “that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.”

Corded window coverings are ranked as one of the top five hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying from accidental strangulation with window cords. Many older products may not have the safety devices that the window coverings industry has instituted in the newer product designs. There are many innovative products designed to minimize or eliminate the possibility of hazard from occurring. The window coverings industry is being proactive by designing products to offer safety, convenience of use, and keeping in mind the beauty of the home. Making window fashions safer for homes with infants, young children, and pets must be top priority!

There are products available that are cordless alternatives. When cords cannot be avoided, there are other safety features; cord tensioner and cord cleat that either hold cords taut or allow the excess cord be wrapped. Ideally, it is best […]

Feature article in the “The Beacon” magazine – October 2014

Interior Decorating Studio is in its 12th Year of Service
The company is diversified and has available a seasoned, experienced, and knowledgeable staff
  Jupiter – After having reinvented a business her mother founded 32 years ago, Nancy Sylvester Abbott is now in her 12th year of operations with Village Interiors, 1615 Cypress Drive. She introduced a workroom in 2002 and completed an upgrade a year ago making for much more efficiency, then in September of the same year added her daughter, Sarah, to the staff. Nancy explained, “We needed to diversify and create a smoother and more flexible system of operations. With Sarah coming into the business, we’ve been able to accept more business, work towards becoming a totally green company and establishing a format whereby we can offer the consumer alternatives in their window treatment needs. By becoming a green company, we not only recycle, but are making strides in product usage.” With more flexibility, Nancy is able to spend more time upgrading the company website and blogging about interior ideas for more comfortable living. Further, she is planning to breakout with more services to better serve the community, such as holding regular classes to teach others about sewing and various window treatments and adopt a program whereby students can shadow her work, as well as the staff’s. Also, Nancy is still working on building a more productive online store. “Window treatments are changing considerably,” Nancy says. Village Interiors is doing more contemporary work now using soft colors and whites. More outdoor treatments are also being requested, such as cushions, curtains, etc as more and more people are adding outdoor kitchens and lounges on their patios – more or less taking the inside comfort […]

The Beacon / Interior Views / September 2014

Thinking about a career as an Interior Designer or Decorator? Or possibly, think it just might be fun to acquire a basic knowledge in design to develop your personal design projects. There is a distinction among the Interior Designer, Interior Decorator, and the Do-It-Yourself adventurer. Most significantly, the difference is in the level of formal education and credentialing one must fulfill.

As a young girl in High School, I dreamed of a career in design. Having a natural talent with clothing construction, pattern making, and a working knowledge of fabrics, I enjoyed creating beautiful gowns form family and friends for many special events. As life takes us on many paths, my journey took me the long way around to the present day career of enjoying ownership of a decorating studio and workroom. Still, the sound of the sewing machines and scissors stitching and clipping through yards of fabric is music to my ears. And, of course, the satisfaction that comes with the completion of a beautiful designed project, acclaimed by a satisfied client is the mark for a job, “well done,”! How I love the creative atmosphere of working with a home interior, clubhouse, stage set, and more…each offers a creative edge.

With the world of HGTV, we have the image that design projects can be completed simply within the constraints of an hour of prime time, even with the commercials! Oh, the illusion of television! Just as TV provides us an illusion about design, do do people romance the profession of design. How much fun it must be to play with color, select lush fabrics and decor, and simply be in creative play all day long! It must be nothing but pure fun, […]

By |September 11th, 2014|Creativity, Inspired Thoughts, Interior Decorating|0 Comments

The Beacon / Interior Views / August 2014

Looking for window treatments that provide a controlled light source, privacy, UV protection and energy efficiency, while satisfying aesthetic appearance can be an overwhelming process because there are so many products available to serve many different design styles and functions. However, the process can be simplified by considering several factors beyond the choice of color, texture, and style.

Shade systems are one type of window covering that can be used alone or in companion with other layers, such as, drapery and valances. Shades provide a broad range of versatility and may be the solution to enhance a window functionally and aesthetically. With many factors to be concerned, how does one make the correct shade system choice? Identifying the key reasons a shade may be needed or wanted is the first step in considering the products that are best suited for the window style and situation. Let’s consider a few of the many options!

First, by determining the directional light source of a window, products can be selected for energy efficiency, light diffusion, UV protection or combination of these issues. Generally, windows facing the north may require more energy-efficient specifications, while a southern exposure may require more light-diffusion qualities to protect the interior environment. East and west windows generally have bright, warm light in the morning and afternoon, respectively. More often than not these windows require shade systems to provide light diffusing qualities and UV blockage.

Once the direction of a window is considered and the light source controlled, the next factor one might consider is the need for privacy. The privacy factor is one of a personal preference based on the location of the window area, the function of the room, security issues, and view. Consider […]

The Beacon / Interior Views / July 2014

Essence, according to Webster is “the permanent as contrasted with the accidental element of being; the ultimate nature of a thing esp. as opposed to its existence.” Take a moment and reflect on the Essence of your home. What are the special elements and characteristics that make your home environment unique and personal?

Having the privilege of being invited into many homes, the opportunity to view the lifestyle of people from all walks of life and experience exists. Their home interiors are usually an expression of their composite experiences and interests. Their home interiors are usually an expression of their composite experiences and interests. Artwork, photography, family heirlooms, the simple knick-knacks all are expressions of their experiences and enjoyments in life. Standing alone, these artifacts are nothing more than objects. However, mixed with the element of the human experience, they evoke emotion, an element of purpose, Essence. Like architectural monuments and historical artifacts, these objects may withstand the test of time and be associated with some memorable event or purpose. They decorate the home interior and embody the ideals and interest that creates the Essence of the home.

How does the designer create and develop Essence in their design and compliment the Essence of their client? The art of interior design is like working a blank canvas The initial concept may be from a single idea and from that idea, unfolds the masterpiece, the rest of the creative process having been put into action. By learning about the client through a getting-to-know, fact-finding consultation, to learn about their lifestyle, personal interests, and viewing the home surroundings, the designer is able to process this information into a visionary concept. Applying this vision with enthusiasm, this […]

By |July 10th, 2014|Custom Bedding|0 Comments

Protecting Your Home’s Interiors from the Elements of Light…

How do we protect our home interiors from the elements of light and heat? With homes today being built and remodeled to allow in more natural light, no longer is privacy the only issue to consider when designing window treatments.

Energy efficiency and protecting the interiors from the sunlight’s ultraviolet (UV) rays now become important considerations. Sunlight’s UV rays can be destructive to home interiors, causing fading of fabrics, furniture, floorings, and artwork.. Prolonged exposure causes discoloration, dry rot, and weakness of fibers which eventually may cause tears, cracks or splitting of fabrics and furniture. This being the problem, there are solutions!

Window coverings are one of the most efficient ways to save energy, provide UV protection, as well as privacy and decorative style. Dressing windows with energy efficient treatments will create added value and protection against heat intrusion and loss, glare and sunlight’s UV rays.

The technology of fabrics and textiles has improved dramatically over the years. Inherent characteristics of natural and synthetic fibers, along with applied chemical processes and fabrication provide for a variety of new fabrics and products which can be created into energy efficient window covering systems. Decorative fabrics, blackout, thermal-suede and a variety of other linings and inner-linings and can be constructed into stylish draperies, valances, shade systems and more…. Choosing fabrics for their functional characteristics as well as their distinctive design style can create a more enduring product for your window treatment.

Layering soft treatment with other shading systems; blinds, verticals, shutters, and shades (i.e., cellular, pleated, woven woods, sunscreens, and roll-ups) can create window treatments with versatility of function and aesthetic appeal. Like fabrics, selecting shading systems for […]

By |July 2nd, 2013|Interior Decorating, Window Treatment Ideas|0 Comments

Passementerie—the Sugar & Spice of Decorating

Do you like icing on a cake, displays of attitude, style, drama, creative adventures? Possibly then you are a personality which also enjoys the use of passementries in your design projects. Passe….what you ask?

Passementerie (pahs ‘mahn tree) sounds like a scrumptious dessert, right? Actually, it is a delicacy of another kind. A French word meaning “add-on”, this is the term used in the world of design to identify the array of specialty trimmings, often elaborate and utilized to embellish window coverings, bedding ensembles, furniture, accessories and much more. Trimmings are applied to create a mood, denote a style period, or simply to display a creative embellishment. It adds flair and attitude to an otherwise basic design form. They are the applications which change ordinary into extraordinary!

Passementarie constitutes are variety of trims and decorations; buttons, braids, borders, bullions, cords, fringes, gimps, ruches, and more which fall within the classification decorative embellishments. They are available in a multitude of colors, styles, and textures. Feathers, beads, bobbles, wood, and acrylics all can be implemented in the creation of novelty and elegant trimmings. Experimentation with different types of elements and materials, “added to” a decorative design project allows for creative zest and personal expression. For example, draperies serve a functional purpose. However, beyond the pure form and function of a drapery, trimmings applied add an element style, flair, and can assist in setting the ambiance of the design arena. Trim designs can define and change the plain and ordinary and evoke ideals of romance, fantasy, exotic, and more. The creative opportunities are endless.

Trimmings are manufactured in a variety […]

Motorized Window Coverings & Custom Draperies

Motorized Window Coverings:

Need privacy and light control for one of those hard to reach areas where it is difficult to operate a drapery or shading system? Trying to find a solution for that bank of windows which takes time to individually operate, or tired of climbing into the bathroom spa to close a shade? There are solutions! Through the use of motorization and automation there are options.

Remote controls have made their way beyond garage door openers and TV controls and are available as options in window treatments applications. Most of the shading remotes operate through an infrared sensor located on or near the shading headrail. Depending on the shading product, remotes have the featured abilities to lift, lower, rotate, tilt and traverse shade or drapery systems.

More elaborate systems can be designed with the use of motorized traversing rods.. The size of motor and type of wiring required is largely dependant on weight of fabric utilized in the window covering, and the aesthetic and functional requirements. Systems can range from a simple motorized traversing drapery treatment to fully automated treatments which are wired to function in synchronization with other activities to create a specific mood or ambiance.

Historically, automated window coverings have been driven mostly by high-end residential and commercial markets. As these products have developed so has the technology to better provide it to the mass market. The leading fabricators for shading systems have recognized this innovation as a value added product to the mainstream market thus making it more readily available and affordable for the consumer.

As the consumer it is important to identify and understand […]