Interior Decorating

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 […]

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, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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What’s in a Drape? Custom Draperies the Way We See It…

What’s in a drape anyway? There are many techniques which can make the finishing of a window treatment much more luxurious. Some of these techniques are simple changes of header styles, embellishing leading edges and hems with trims, welts or bandings. Each can create a unique finishing detail to a drapery.

Dressing your windows in style can range from the very simple to the very elaborate. Simple techniques can be used to create even a flat sheet into a fun and fanciful treatment. The truth be known, anybody can make their own curtains. However, personal creativity, time, desire, budget and space are factors which may dictate the route taken, whether home-created, ready-made or custom-made. Each offer levels of service and knowledge which affect the outcome of your window finishing.

Whether making your own drapery, buying ready made or relying on a designer or workroom to custom design your window treatment, certain drapery knowledge and terminology may be helpful. “Sew What’s” in a drape anyway?…..

Header refers to the top of the drapery. Headers can be flat, pleated, shirred, bound, smocked and more. Depending on the header style selected, buckrum, a stiffening material or special tapes may be utilized to create the header detail.

Hem Allowances may vary depending on the desired outcome. Custom workrooms have traditional standards which provide a rich and elegant finish which allow a drapery to hang gracefully. Hem and header allowances must be added when purchasing yardage to create a drapery. Not planned in can be a costly error if fabrics have been purchased and are no longer available.

Linings are available […]

Creativity, Vision, and an Interior Decorating Studio

CREATIVITY what a wonderful word! A few years ago I read an article which defined creativity. It surmised that Vision + Passion + Action = Creativity. So touched by this expression, I wrote it down and preserved it as my own personal mantra and would be formula to propel me on my journey to re-establishing Village Interiors which was “created” through the vision of my parents, Bob and Muriel Sylvester.

Since 1969 my parents together established Village Interiors which later was solely operated by my mother, Muriel. November 2002 was another milestone for Village Interiors where daughter was provided the opportunity to carry on with the family business. What a wonderful opportunity and challenge! Now, November 2004 marks our 2nd year since re-opening with an on-premise workroom which offers custom decorating services and specialty window and home furnishing designs with a haute couture flair. What “creative” fun we have!

We extend our sincerest “Thank You” to our community and especially to our clients whom have come through our doors with their support and confidence. The relationships we have built through mutual trust and understanding has provided us the freedom to continually practice the art of creativity. We are so very proud of our many successes and the compliments received.

Creativity is an art and a process. The process begins by listening to the client and developing an understanding of their desired outcome on a project. The initial vision an individual perceives about the design of their home interiors is very personal to them. By listening and observing, the creative coordinator is able to step into ACTION by selecting styles and textiles […]

Decorating Tips for the Holiday Season

Decorating for the Holiday Season? It’s a fun and fanciful way to get into the spirit of the season. Yet, so many things to do and so little time. How will it all get done?

One of the hardest things we find to do in the decorating studio is meet deadlines because we’re working in a creative mode. Creativity does not just happen it is created and sometimes takes a little extra time. With all of our best laid plans, situations arise which cause us to schedule, reschedule, plan, change and plan again.

Planning for the holidays is similar to the situations we face in the studio. Decorating and planning the home for the joy of family and friend gatherings, searching for or making the all perfect gift for that very special person, wrapping, cooking and the list goes on and on…… All of these details require creative planning and timing and sometimes things just don’t work out as planned. What is one to do? STOP & BREATHE! The Holiday Season is supposed to be fun and fanciful! So, why not consider some stress busting ideas to make your holidays simple, fun, and fanciful! How, you ask? Some ideas which may help;

When feeling stressed, STOP, BREATHE & TAKE NOTICE! Enjoy the color, the music, the lighting of your surroundings. Around all of the hustle and bustle, the long lines, there are things to enjoy just by taking time to breathe and notice.

SMILE & LAUGH! It’s healthy and it’s contagious! You may never know the difference your smile or laughter makes in the life of another.

EMBELLISH with simplicity. Scented candles […]

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