Window Treatments

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 / 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 […]

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 […]