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on design fabrics: the difference between a nice room and a fabulous one Soft fabrics, whether for drapery, upholstery or bed linens, are the jewels of any room. They add colour, texture, pattern and flair. The right drapery style, for example, in the right fabric, with the right hardware, can transform any space. Choosing the style and fabric that will best suit your by Paula Grypma windows and the mood you are trying to Outlooks Design create is key. For example: soft side panels in a silk velvet or pure linen will help to create an elegant effect in a living room, while a simple roman shade will create a relaxed atmosphere in a family room or den. But remember that drapery is not just beautiful: it can also provide insulation and soundproofing, and black out the morning sun so you can sleep. Drapery hardware, too, is very important to the style of a room, and has come a long way in the past few years. Today, hardware is both extremely functional – no more fighting with a sticky or tangled cord – and highly decorative. The latest motorized rods, with remote control, are incredibly convenient, especially for larger windows. Drapery hardware can also contribute to a room's overall look and feel. A wrought iron rod with fancy finials, for example, adds old-world charm, while a Europeanstyle track system embedded in a ceiling makes for a contemporary look. Track system finishes range from modern polished nickel to hand-rubbed bronze and everything in between. You can even have your track custompainted to match your wall or fabric colour. Don't forget about other soft fabrics! Recovering antique or heirloom pieces has always been a great way to keep something you love looking wonderful and a natural part of your current design aesthetic, but the growing trend today is to recover lesser furniture pieces as well – the merely tired or out-of-date – instead of relegating them to the basement or tossing them in the landfill. It's good for the environment, usually less expensive than buying new and your recovered furniture will always be one-of-a-kind. Reupholstery or slipcovers are both usually good options. Slipcovers are particularly versatile because you can change them easily. They can be used on virtually any kind of furniture to change up the look of an older piece, hide an unfortunate mistake, match a new wall colour or the changing season. With both slipcovers and upholstery, you have the option to introduce signature details, such as contrast piping or inverted pleats, to add even more zip and style. One more area you shouldn't overlook: custom bed linens. Make your bed an oasis, an escape from the rigours of your day, by using luxurious silks or comfortable cottons to create beautiful duvet covers, cozy quilted comforters and bedspreads, elegant bed skirts and, of course, fabulous throw pillows. I guarantee you will relax more and sleep better in a room that feels like the best hug you ever had. For more information visit www.outlooksdesign.com.

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Seaside Magazine May 2013 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...

Seaside Magazine May 2013 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...