Riche Home and Lifestyle - February '21

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TIMELESS WINDOW TREATMENTS

COLOR CRUSH: THE NEW BLACK

BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL

RICHE

February ‘21

home & lifestyle

Photo:JosephLapeyra/Luxe.


From the Editor

HELLO DEAR READER! I hope this finds you and your loved ones in good health. I’m sure I’m not the only one noticing time passing by a lot quicker. It’s already February! Normally, we would be readying ourselves for Mardi Gras, which for obvious reasons will not happen this year. But, since we are creative and resilient here in New Orleans, Megan Boudreaux came up with Krewe of House Floats. Thanks to her ingenious idea, even people in Australia are in on the idea. Visit kreweofhousefloats.org for more info. Meanwhile, here in Nola residents are going above and beyond decorating their porches or facades this year. Each neighborhood has a Krewe and a theme. And the results are amazing! This gave way to the term Yardi Gras! Also, there's "Floats in the Oaks," a drive-through at City Park to view 40+ floats, light installations, and more. It's a fundraiser for our beloved park and tickets are limited. The event runs February 4-14. Find a link on page 9. It's amazing how we come together in times of adversity. New Orleanians know how to pivot! Quite frankly, I feel both Yardi Gras and Floats in the Oaks will become a tradition. I hope so. It’ll add to the fun. Anyway, I wish you a happy and safe Yardi Gras, and I hope you remain positive, whilst negative (Covid-wise). Till next issue, Regina Correa

Regina Correa Designer/Editor

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3 Window Treatment Styles That Are Timeless They will always be in style!

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Inspiration Timeless window treatments to inspire you.

Color Crush

Navy Blue for every aspect of your home.

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To Travel Virtually is a Gift

A Brazilian Carnival Parade awaits you.

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3 Window Treatment Styles That Are Timeless

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indow treatments are an essential part of the finished look of a room. They add drama, frame the view, add color, texture, dimension, provide privacy, and at times they even add insulation. A carefully created window treatment will transform and enrich the ambiance of any room. Window treatments can vary greatly depending on the look and feel you are after. At times, the room will dictate what would work best. Although there are a few instances where a window does not need any treatment, most of them do. A window that is well dressed in layers that add to the function and character of the space is simply beautiful. Window treatments, aka window coverings, are divided into two categories: hard treatment and soft treatment. Hard window treatments are those made with hard materials such as wood, vinyl, or metal: shutters, blinds, shades, and cornices; whereas, soft window treatments are those made with a soft material or textiles such as cotton, linen, silk, polyester, nylon, etc... In this article, I will focus on soft treatments since they are the most common, timeless, and more impactful in the overall look of a room. In the realm of interiors, there are a plethora of soft window treatments. The three most commonly used are drapery panels, curtains, and soft shades. These three types are classic, therefore always in style. In general, drapery panels and shades are formal, and curtains informal. Drapery panels are usually hung in living rooms, dining rooms, libraries, home offices, and bedrooms. That does not mean you could not hang a soft shade or curtains in any of these rooms. At times a combination of both creates the perfect look; it all depends on the look you’re after. Unlike soft shades, drapery panels have a variety of pleats that transform the feel and look of it. The most

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commonly used are pinch pleat, french pleat, inverted or reverse pleat, flat top, tab top, and grommet top; each style will give a specific look to the room where they are installed. Panels are usually lined and at times interlined for better hanging, to protect the fabric from sun damage, and to create light filtering effects. They are always floor-length, mostly hung on a metal, wood, or acrylic rod above the window trim, however, there are exceptions. Curtains differ from drapery panels in that they are informal and made with much lighter fabric: usually sheers with no lining. They can be seen in kitchens, sunrooms, breakfast nooks, etc... They are available in different lengths and are also hung on metal, wood, or acrylic rod above the window trim and at times, halfway down the window for privacy or a french look. Soft shades come in a wide variety: roman, london, balloon, cloud, etc...and are commonly seen in kitchens, bathrooms, studies, laundry rooms, and powder rooms. The roman shade is the most popular and comes in different types: flat, relaxed, ripple fold, and tulip. It hangs mounted either inside or outside of the window frame. At times they are installed underneath drapery panels or curtains for a layered, more polished look. One key component in making a decision about your space and your taste in window treatments, ceiling height, is a major factor when deciding which treatment is best. Some window layouts defy traditional approaches and in those special situations, contact your favorite designer to show you the path to the best solution for an amazing result. Drapery panels, curtains, and soft shades are the window coverings that are always in style. In my 15 years as a designer, I’m yet to see anything else that will outdo these three types. Even those who opt for a hard window covering end up adding a soft treatment layer as it adds beauty, color, and grace to the room. It softens up the hard edges thus enhancing the overall look.


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Inspiration Soft window treatments: drapery panels, curtains and roman shades to inspire you.

This window dressing is beautifully layered with linen fuchsia drapery panels and inside mounted relaxed roman shades. The panels add color and grandeur by emphasizing the ceiling height.

Flat top curtains in this bathroom provides privacy when needed and frames the outdoors beautifully.

Inside mounted relaxed roman shades add a tailored look to these kitchen windows.

This outside mounted tulip roman shade adds grace and privacy in this bathroom. Aspect Creative Agency

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Color Crush Navy Blue: The new black? Named after the blue worn by British Royal Navy officers since 1748. Pairs well with oranges, greens, reds, and yellows.

Architectural Element

Abstract Acrylic on Canvas Textured Shimerring Wallcovering

Sleek Sofa Wingback Chair Velvet Drapery Panel

Floor Lamp Round Tufted Ottoman

Cabinetry

Wall Color

Credenza

Dining Chair Faux Fur Throw Pillows

Decorative Trim

Gas Range

Shag Area Rug

Tufted Velvet Bench Furniture Hardware

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Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Octagon Shaped Stool


Design Notes Draperies must always touch the floor. Curtains should, too, unless they are cafe style curtains. When deciding on the finished length of your draperies and curtains, keep these three styles in mind: Touching Sweeping Puddling

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Flat top drapery panels finished in puddling style.

Amy Studebaker Design

Pinch pleated drapery panels finished in touching style.

Apartment Therapy

Grommet top drapery panels finished in sweeping style.

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Mindful Thoughts Poetry has the power to touch us in profound ways. I hope this beautiful poem inspires you, too.

The Miracle of Morning by Amanda Gorman

I thought I’d awaken to a world in mourning. Heavy clouds crowding, a society storming. But there’s something different on this golden morning. Something magical in the sunlight, wide and warming. I see a dad with a stroller taking a jog. Across the street, a bright-eyed girl chases her dog. A grandma on a porch fingers her rosaries. She grins as her young neighbor brings her groceries. While we might feel small, separate, and all alone, Our people have never been more closely tethered. The question isn’t if we will weather this unknown, But how we will weather this unknown together. So on this meaningful morn, we mourn and we mend. Like light, we can’t be broken, even when we bend. As one, we will defeat both despair and disease. We stand with healthcare heroes and all employees; With families, libraries, schools, waiters, artists; Businesses, restaurants, and hospitals hit hardest.

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We ignite not in the light, but in lack thereof, For it is in loss that we truly learn to love. In this chaos, we will discover clarity. In suffering, we must find solidarity. For it’s our grief that gives us our gratitude, Shows us how to find hope, if we ever lose it. So ensure that this ache wasn’t endured in vain: Do not ignore the pain. Give it purpose. Use it. Read children’s books, dance alone to DJ music. Know that this distance will make our hearts grow fonder. From a wave of woes our world will emerge stronger. We’ll observe how the burdens braved by humankind Are also the moments that make us humans kind; Let every dawn find us courageous, brought closer; Heeding the light before the fight is over. When this ends, we’ll smile sweetly, finally seeing In testing times, we became the best of beings.


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To Travel is a Gift Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The winner of Carnival 2020 in Rio de Janeiro. Via: Enredo e Samba

Brazil is worldly known for its Carnival. However, Rio's stands out for its luxury and grandeur. I am highlighting it here so that you can get a glimpse of it, and hopefully, you can visit one day, if you haven’t been. I can say it's an experience like no other. Much different than our Nola Mardi Gras, the parades in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are actually a competition. Everything starts with a song that is created around a specific theme and everything else revolves around such theme: floats, costumes, how well the story is told, how happy and organized the parade is, etc...Every single aspect of the parade is judged by a "grand jury" (there are about 9 categories with 5 judges each). In the end, the one with the highest points wins the competition. I hope you enjoy it!

We know how to pivot in times of adversity. Since Mardi Gras has been canceled due to the pandemic, people came up with solutions to the problem. Besides Floats in the Oaks, happening at City Park from Feb 4-14, Yardi Gras and Mardi Gras House Floats have been taking over the city. Check # yardigras and # hiusefliats2021 on Instagram here and here. Happy Yardi Gras!

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*About the Designer/Editor: Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Regina Correa came to visit New Orleans in 1999 and never left. She holds degrees in Interior Design and Art History, loves red wine, traveling the world, architecture, museums, music, nature and walking around our beloved City Park.

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