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The Construction Zone was once again a highlight of the show floor, with busy hands-on classes and plenty of visual delights, including the 2016 Window Fashion Artisan Project installations.

THIS ISSUE /IWCE 2016 WORKROOM FOCUS THIS ISSUE 12 Self-Employment Support Systems It’s important to surround yourself with positivity. By Maria Bayer 14

Look Forward and Focus Commit to being fully planned and being fully engaged in the actions required to achieve those plans. By Gail Doby

16 Joint Effort Drives New WCMA Safety Program “Best for Kids” certification for window treatment products available through third-party testing. By Ralph Vasami 18


From Function to Fashion A brief history of how the most decorative element of our industry came to be. By Jana Platina Phipps



Get in The Zone IWCE 2016 Review Highlights from the Construction Zone, including the vignettes from the Window Fashion Artisan Project.

40 Brewed to Last  An emphasis on the long road and taking pleasure in deliberately slow processes will result in a cozy, comfortable palette, predicts Hilde Francq. 42 Shine On  A thoroughly modern approach to metallics can be seen in all aspects of interior design. 60

Unquestionably Creative IWCE 2016 Review The winning projects from the 2016 Ingenuity Workroom competition demonstrate amazing solutions to complex window treatment requests.

66 A Winning Approach  The best projects from the Budget Blinds “Inspired Drapes” competition.

EVERY ISSUE 6 Viewpoint: What We’re Loving Now Recent projects from our contributors social media pages. 8

Viewpoint: Our View President/CEO Grace McNamara

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e know that one of the things you like best about this magazine is the inspiration we bring you—you’ve told us that these window fashion profiles help you design and fabricate fabulous projects for your clients. So in this issue we feature three fantastic sets of winning window treatments, each with a different focus. For those of you that weren’t able to attend IWCE this past January, you’ll have a chance to see the Ingenuity Workroom winners that were first announced at our awards night. Our coverage of these wonderful projects starts on page 46. And watch your inboxes, as the 2017 competition will be announced soon. Another great feature of IWCE is the amazing Construction Zone, coordinated by Terri Booser, that’s always humming with hands-on demonstrations. For the past few years the visual highlight of the Construction Zone has been the installation of the Artisan Projects—the results of a weekend of



intense learning, creativity and fabrication. These innovative, surprising and often whimsical life-sized vignettes are among the most frequently photographed elements of the show. See these designs and more from the Construction Zone starting on page 20. We’re also proud to feature the top projects from the recent Budget Blinds “Inspired Drapes” design competition, featuring first and second place winners in five different categories. Many readers were surprised at the “soft treatment” focus of the projects when we first featured this competition last year, but the Inspired Drapes division of Budget Blinds has been an enormous success. This issue also introduces a new column contributed by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) which addresses important issues facing our industry, including cord regulation and child safety. Be sure to stay tuned and know what your responsibilities are regarding safe window coverings.

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hat do you do when people in your life don't think you have a ‘real’ job because you work for yourself or you work out of your home? It could be a phone call during work hours from your friend asking if you saw the latest episode of “Orange is the New Black.” Or your husband assumes he can schedule repairs, deliveries and vet appointments because you'll ‘be home’. Never mind you're juggling two client meetings, a deadline for your biggest client, and your assistant just called in sick. To keep my confidence up I developed strategies to deal with many of these misconceptions. I hope these insights help you navigate what can be a tricky entrepreneurial path. It’s Not You… The first thing to remember is that it’s not about you. People often make comments stemming from ignorance or fear. And nine times out of ten, the doubt they express which seems to be directed toward you, is really their self-doubt being projected onto you. Business ownership, after all, is not for the faint of heart. You have to wear a lot of hats, take a lot of risks, and trust that you’re taking the right steps to grow your business. Most people are not cut out for it, so it’s often their in12


securities coming out because they’re afraid to take that risk themselves. Home + Business Even before I started my business and had a corporate job, I would work from home. As soon as that happened, my friends and family acted like I was on vacation—never mind that I was working 60+ hours a week. This response made me realize that most people have no conception of the discipline it takes to work from home, much less run a business. So what do you do about it? For those that are truly unsupportive and have bad energy, it may be time to move on, or at a minimum, distance yourself. People come in and out of our lives all the time, and every business owner I know—including myself— has had to distance themselves or break free from negative influences in our lives. There are even many experts who say that if you want to be happy and achieve your goals, you must guard what messages you allow into your head. Letting negative influences go is not mean; it’s establishing healthy boundaries. If they won’t change, then it’s time to let them go. Family + Business There will be times when those unsupportive people are people you can’t let go—like close family. In those situations you must set clear boundaries and explain why you need their support.

If you can, sit down with them and give them a glimpse inside your business so they can get a better understanding of your world. Explain that your business is very demanding, and it’s imperative that you’re able to focus on growing it, and you’d love their support. And if there’s someone in your life that just doesn’t ‘get it’, the best strategy is not to talk about business with them. Keep the conversation about things you have in common. Some people just can’t relate to things they don’t know. Perhaps most importantly, surround yourself with positive people who lift you up, as well as with positive messages. I listen to “The Secret” audiotapes whenever I need a dose of positivity, and it always makes me feel like I can accomplish anything. Find those positive influences in your life, and you can do the same! V

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t occured to me, as I wrote this article while I was finalizing my corporate taxes, that many business owners often look backwards instead of focusing on specific steps they can take to grow their business in the future. If you look at your signed proposals, financial statements or your bank statement, all of the results that you are viewing are already in the past. This provides a good snapshot of what you did to create your current financial situation, but do you have a vision of the future? Move Forward by Working Back I encourage you right now to sit down with a blank piece of paper and write down three projects that will bring you closer to your financial goals if implemented. Seriously, do it now. OK. Ready for the next step? Write down the last step you need to complete to accomplish that project. For example, if you wrote down “Connect with five high-end real estate agents,” what would the step right before actually having a “connect” meeting be? Will you confirm the meeting with a handwritten note? Then the step before that is to write the text for a handwritten note so someone else on your team can send out that note. Keep working backwards, and then you’ll get back to today. Once you have a complete plan, you can add the steps 14


of the process to your calendar, and assign tasks to others by looking ahead and deciding on a due date and creating a delegation plan. Short-Term Schedules for LongTerm Goals It’s easy to get caught up in the daily avalanche of emails, texts and phone calls, but that means you are allowing other people to control your results. Instead, make sure you’re working at least four to six hours a day on tasks that move you toward your goals and actually increase your financial success. Set time aside twice a day to “react” to other people’s requests (preferably midday and at the end of the day). Commit to your results, create the plan before you start your day, and stay relentlessly focused and you’ll achieve greater results more quickly. Another key to staying “present” and focused is setting boundaries. When you say “yes” to anything, you’re saying “no” to everything else. Choose your yeses carefully and base your focus based on what you ultimately want to achieve. Write down your one, three and five year goals. Build plans around your one year goals, and manage in 60 or 90 day increments. Adjust Your Focus As you can see, looking forward and then applying backward planning, documenting tasks and due dates and then staying firmly focused on today’s activities that will help you achieve

your ultimate goals will make everything easier. Focusing on past results and getting obsessed with reviewing them over and over again ensures that you will repeat those same results. Keep in mind that excuses aren’t productive, instead be proactive by focusing on your ultimate goal. Moving forward, commit to being fully planned and being fully engaged in the actions required to achieve the plans. V

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indow coverings must meet a variety of consumer requirements including light control, privacy, ventilation, energy efficiency, aesthetics and affordability. However, product safety in homes where young children are or may be present is a priority for the window covering industry. In order to provide enhanced guidance and heightened assurance for consumers with young children concerning the correct window covering products to choose for their homes, WCMA has created the Best for Kids certification program. It is a joint effort between manufacturers, retailers, and safety organizations to educate consumers on the risks of corded window treatments and to improve safety across the industry. This program will certify that window coverings meet the program criteria and thus allow consumers to easily identify products manufactured in accordance with the program criteria. This certification program will also allow retailers to easily promote certified products. To be certified under this program, manufacturers must have their prod16


ucts tested by a designated independent third party. (Editor’s note: At the time of publication, the designated testing facilities include Bureau Veritas and Intertek.) Once a product passes the third-party testing, the manufacturer will be allowed to label the product with the Best for Kids certification seal. The manufacturer will also be allowed to identify all eligible products as certified under the Best for Kids program in all advertising and on all packaging and merchan-

of the ANSI/WCMA A 100.1 standard (the “Standard”). The Standard encourages continuous innovation as manufacturers and fabricators strive to provide the broadest range of window covering products for the greatest range of consumers possible. The new certification program, however, is designed to add an additional means by which consumers, designers, landlords, and child care facilities can identify and select the window covering products that are most suitable for homes and other facilities where young children are expected to be present. V Ralph Vasami is the executive director of the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA). Future pieces from WCMA will address the association’s work with the Department of Energy regarding energy-savings and window treatments, information on standards, and other relevant industry topics.

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A brief history of passementerie

From Function to by Jana Platina Phipps

Beautiful but not strictly essential, trimmings rise and fall in popularity with the state of the economy. Looking at the slow and steady resurgence in business since 2008, the trimmings category is finally primed for its comeback.

Guilded Embellishments However, it wasn’t until the 16th century in France, when an artist’s guild of passementiers was created, that trimmings advanced to status of art. In this exclusive guild, an apprenticeship of seven years was required to become a master artist.

What we think of as embellishment today started out as humble, utilitarian tools. Dating back to the nomadic tribes of the Middle East, cords were made to help construct tents, and woven bandings were used to tie provisions onto pack animals during travel.

The first passementiers tapped the technology employed by textile makers to invent primitive machinery that twisted cord, made warp for tassel skirts, and wove narrow bandings. The resulting pièce de résistance? The tassel! The function of the tassel was to prevent the unraveling of a cord used on clothing, cushions or draperies. But stylistically, it became the object these

As usually happens when cultures evolve, what was functional eventually becomes beautiful. In this case, artisans adopted these useful materials, giving trimmings decorative merit.

ABOVE: Antique Afghani tent pole bags used for storage. Photo courtesy of the British Museum. RIGHT: A French tassel and coordinating trim circa 1780. FAR RIGHT: A contemporary French Republican Guard in uniform embellished with gold braid and fringed epaulettes.



guild members used to showcase their artistry and present to patrons to get commissioned work. The tassel was also the object that apprentices would exhibit as their “thesis.” Passementerie was a sign of economic status and social distinction. The handwork was time consuming, elaborate and expensive, often utilizing gold thread. In fact passementerie or passamaneria in Italian literally translates to “turn by hand”. These embellishments distinguished the aristocracy and their royal interiors with decorations of frogs and embroidery, tassels and fringe. Epaulettes and passementerie also decorated military officers and clergy, as they continue to do today.

From Artisanal to Industrial It wasn’t until after the American Revolutionary War, when the trade route from southern France opened up, that passementerie was finally exported to the United States. Its popularity peaked during the Industrial Revolu-

tion, when mechanization overtook the pure handwork production of passementerie—and created the trimmings industry we know today. More people had access to embellishment that had formerly signified the interiors of the titled classes. As trimmings gain traction once again, the trend of embellishment has evolved to a more subtle or stealth version of its French predecessor. The application of modern trimmings can solve fabricating challenges and evoke various design styles; modern, traditional or transitional. In upcoming columns, I will share how modern trim applications can elevate your work with designer details and promise you will never look at trimmings the same way again. V

Jana Platina Phipps is well known as a trimmings designer with a refined vision for the use of trims in home furnishings, fashion and luxury DIY. Affectionately called Trim Queen by her clients, she adopted the moniker and launched her blog "Trim Queen Chronicles" in 2013, and now shares inspiration of modern embellishment and creativity daily via her social media channels.

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Get In The Zone Always a “fan favorite” the Construction Zone was once again a center of activity on the IWCE show floor. Organized by Terri Booser, Studio of Drapery and Fabrication Arts, and assisted by her Husband Jeff, this year’s Construction Zone featured 40 how-to sessions. Nearly half of these were hands-on opportunities to learn new techniques—all as a benefit of attending the show.

The roster of talented instructors included many of the workroom professionals who participated in this year’s Window Fashion Artisan Project—and their finished concepts anchored the Construction Zone. Over the three days of the show the Construction Zone provided a space to share knowledge and insight, network, admire craftsmanship, be creative and have fun. Sincere thanks to the Boosers for all their help, as well as the other Construction Zone instructors: Cathy Tucker, Ann K. Johnson and Michele Martinez. Sande Dori, a workroom owner with 45 years of experience, volunteered to help out in the Construction Zone and shared her take. “It was so much fun to see the creativity and to help develop wonderful ideas outside the average day-to-day projects. I am so thrilled to see these arts continue and loved sharing my experience with them. It was truly a privilege!”

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Carla Ballman, SPring Creek Designs, LLC, DenNison, MN Steampunk Serenade “I loved the idea of creating something steampunk,” said Carla Ballman. “The retro-futuristic mix of Victorian and Industrial Revolution influences offered the opportunity for so many unique design elements and layers.” Ballman started with sheers gathered on a rod, then tied back behind the drapery panels. The soft cornice featured two fabrics layered with Skirtex as a stabilizer, while a jabot edged with metallic beaded bullion fringe peeks out below. The smocked swag, embellished with small gears, is mounted behind the cornice and secured at the top with another gear and knob element. The square rod and rings play off the circular gears while the plumbing fixture finials make an inspired reference to the steampunk theme. “I would like to extend my appreciation to Staci Faulkner and Alexandra’s Custom Draperies for hosting the WFAP fabrication weekend, as well as allowing us to use their designers to help with paint selection and selecting items for the tablescapes that were used for the vignette,” said Ballman.“Thank you also Terri Booser for managing all aspects of the Construction Zone and the WFAP, and Jeff Booser for helping with the construction of our vignettes.”


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Terri Horton, Puget Sound Draperies, Enumclaw, WA Bird Song “The perfect moment of tranquility for me is to sit by an open window, feel the sun on my face and hear the sound of birds singing,” said Terri Horton. “The beautiful peacock and floral fabric was my starting point to capture that mood.” She created an arch-top Roman shade to follow the graceful curve of the rose vine rod, with a complementary wood branch rod used as a weight bar at the bottom of the shade. Inquisitive birds decorate both rods, relating back to the design theme and the main fabric. Flanking the shade are two columns of light—a bottom cornice anchors each column, while tulip-shaped top cornices pick up the flower motif. A textured sheer is shirred and backlit to connect to the top and bottom cornices. Each is then layered with a section of decorative iron work, an allusion to a metal garden gate. Additional details include banding and beaded accents on the cornices, as well as upholstery tacks accenting the peacock eyes and elements of the flowers.


Fabrics and trim: RM Coco: Roman shade: 23ST/S25. Sheer: Polaroid in ivory. Bottom cornice: A0497 in zest. Top cornice: A0503 in zest. Accent banding and welt cords: Osiris in indigo. Beaded trim: T1095. Decorative hardware: Orion Ornamental Iron, Inc. Diamond Head: Upholstery tacks in Kaleidoscope UTDS15. WF-VISION.COM | MAY/JUNE 16 | 31



Olga Polyanskya, Drapery Expressions and Blinds, Colorado Springs, CO Happy “I knew from the beginning that I wanted to make it not only kid-friendly but to be a part of a child’s play room,” said Olga Polyanskya. “I wanted it to be fun, visual and something that people would recognize the song inspiration right away.” While Polyanskya knew her design included an enormous amount of detail, she didn’t consider that one of her biggest challenges would be to find the right blue and yellow stripe for her columns. So she created it by sewing strips of the yellow “Minion” fabric over the yellow of a striped fabric to create her perfect match. The leopard print was chosen to reflect the “wild” aspect of the Minions’ personality. “Knowing that Rowley Company was the WFAP workroom supplier sponsor, I decided to use as many workroom items as I could to implement my design,” she explained. “With the variety of products the company offers, my imagination went wild. I used different sizes of grommets and buttons and decorative nail heads on different cornices and the stage and different sizes of welt cords including micro cord for the glasses. My workroom supply list was two pages long!” Her ingenuity included using shade cord cleats and buttons for lips, wood tassels for the hand and feet, grommets and layers of FirmaFlex cut in circle for the eyes and many other clever ideas. “I am so thankful for all the help I received—the instructors and helpers at the fabrication week in Houston were an amazing group of people. I would have never finished my project in such a limited time with out their assistance!”


Fabrics: Greenhouse Fabric: 2337CB in Island, Platinum in Riviera, Eggplant, Jade and Glow, Valencia in Orange. Workroom supplies: Rowley Company: Grommets in black and nickel, upholstery nails in nickel, various buttons, bell-shaped and large hourglass wood tassels, shade cord cleats, welt cord in various sizes, FirmaFlex, upholstery batting, iron-on adhesive web, linings and Velcro. WF-VISION.COM | MAY/JUNE 16 | 33



Rachel Barrera, Shorty's "Window" Collection, Houston, TX I Just Want to Dance With you “My initial idea was to create the illusion of two windows with my design,” explained Rachel Barrera.“The idea of a country twostep was in my head and things just took off from there.” To create her “two-out-of-one” treatment, Barrera started with a center panel installed higher than the side panels, all hung from 3" hardware to add architectural impact. Three tiers of ruffles, in a complementary pattern that is repeated on the Roman shades, are a beautiful accent to the striped panels, which themselves are made from piecing three different colors of a single pattern.


Drapery fabric: Wesco Fabrics, Scroll Works in Nautic, Linen and Teal, with Henna for the buttons. Roman shade and ruffles: Wesco Fabrics, Guided Tour in Wedgwood. Beaded trim: Rose Lace & Braid. Decorative Hardware: The Finial Company, 3" fluted rods in rose gold with 3" metal rings. Center finials: The Finial Company, 3RF10. Side finials: The Finial Company, endcaps 3EC. Shade topper: The Finial Company, crest C7. Shade hardware: Safe-T-Shade. WF-VISION.COM | MAY/JUNE 16 | 35



Julie Wood, The Leading Edge DRapery, LLC, Derry, NH Flowers on the Wall “My frequent collaborator, designer Renee Rucci, was interested in starting a fabric collection and was researching images,” said Julie Wood. “She found this floral and it jump-started both the initial design process for her collection and the custom fabrics used in this treatment.” Rucci and Wood sent the floral image to Adaptive Textiles and asked the company to develop the repeat for the drapery fabric. Once that pattern was approved, an element from the bouquet was used to create the pattern for sheers, while colors were selected from the image and used to create the custom horizontal stripe. The window treatment was designed to showcase these patterns as well as the concept of pattern development, with punched tin accents featuring the bouquet on the cornice and textile block-print fragments as art on the wall.


Drapery fabric and stripe: Adaptive Textiles, custom patterns printed on Oyster linen. Sheer: Adaptive Textiles, custom pattern printed on linen sheer. Accent fabric (used for welting and on footstool): Carole Fabrics. Cornice: Center floral motif, hand embroidered and beaded. Tin elements: Country Accents of PA. Misc. supplies: Rowley Co., nail heads and custom-covered buttons. WF-VISION.COM | MAY/JUNE 16 | 37

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The Internet has truly opened up new interests to explore and new connections to share these interests with; but being constantly online, via smart phones, smart watches, smart cars and even household appliances has its limits. Sometimes we want to get away from the digital world, to do things with our hands, tinker and experiment. “As a reaction to too much input, many people consciously choose non-digital experiences,” explained Hilde Francq, of the Dutch trend firm Francq Colors. “We long for the tactile and want to stimulate our senses, leaving the speed and transience of the digital world behind us to seek concentration and focus, quiet and time to organize our thoughts.” Which means FOMO (fear of missing out) is often being set aside for JOMO (joy of missing out). ¶ Francq has dubbed this trend “Brew”, referencing both the rise of hand-crafted coffee and liquor, as well as the warm, almost cozy, color palette. “We see more attention being paid to analog, slow processes—in food, furnishings and other important areas of the home,” she added. Brew consists of sand and clay colors, complemented with soft pink and off-white. V



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Christi Adams, Christi's Windows, LLC Workroom of the Year and FIRST PLACE, TOP TREATMENTS PROJECT OVERVIEW A formal living room, visible immediately upon entry, needed a design that was inviting and elegant without being overpowering. The idea of swags and sheers was welcomed, but how to best execute the idea was tricky. “The swags are designed of varied widths and set at differing heights, so the treatment appears floating in the space,” explained Christi Adams. “But finding the right fabrics to achieve this—soft and airy while having enough body for the swags and to conceal the motorized track for the sheer, turned out to be more challenging than I anticipated.” Adams asked Celia Schauble, of In the Pursuit of WOW! Design Studio, for her advice. “We have worked together for over a decade, and it is a joy to be able to brainstorm with her over difficult projects,” explained Adams. “She suggested using three separate fabrics with differing textures for the swags, and then proceeded to find just the perfect selections.” 48



After drafting and finalizing the swag patterns, the next challenge was trimming. Schauble had suggested ordering extra crystals from the custom lighting in the room, and these were used as the jabot points, but for the rest of the edging Adams hand applied Swarovski beads. The gilded scrollwork pieces at each peak were custom made to the exact size and scale necessary. Finally, in order to enhance the “floating� concept, Adams hid all evidence of the L-brackets used mounting with swags underneath the boards as well.


Credits: Workroom: Christi Adams, Christi's Windows LLC, Chandler, AZ. Designers: Christi Adams with Celia Schauble, In The Pursuit of WOW! Design Studio, Scottscale, AZ. Installer: James Fuller, House to Home, Peoria, AZ. Photographer: Rene Dejoras Photography. Sources: Swag fabrics: Ardecora, silk embroidery, 15314-684; H & R Ecovel, velvet in natural; John Brooks, blue silk 2531-07. Sheers: Rubelli, Avorio in Cream. Crystals: Swarovski, H201001cy, H20660cy and H 201712gb from Fire Mountain Beads. Decorative hardware: Helser Brothers, Corazon Manchester. Motorization: BTX rod via Arizona Custom Designs, integrated into a smart home system. WF-VISION.COM | MAY/JUNE 16 | 49

2016 INGENUITY WORKROOM COMPETITON Christi Adams, Christi's Windows, LLC SeCond Place (TIE), SPECIALTY WINDOW FASHION PROJECT OVERVIEW This very large bow window required a design that would balance the space and while the scale of the design presented certain challenges, it also offered Christi Adams the space to truly highlight the main elements of the linen toile used for the swag and jabot valance. Through meticulous cutting and piecing, Adams positioned the vase and flower motif centered on the swag while the birds lined up perfectly facing each other on double, goblet-pleat jabots. In addition, the long outside cascades were also fabricated as part of the same piece, making for a very large valance that is finished off with a coordinating tassel trim on the bottom edge. Underneath this Adams created a cornice featuring a handpleated skirt made with a delicate silk and mohair fabric in pale 50


blue. The cornice, hinged for ease of delivery and installation, was equipped with carefully placed screw eyes to mount the valance. Once the valance was positioned, it was secured to the cornice with staples hidden under the jabots. Sheer Roman shades, trimmed in hand-applied Swarovski pearls, were motorized for easy control. The room was completed with a variation of the design placed over the door and small window in the kitchen area.


Credits: Workroom: Christi Adams, Christi's Windows LLC, Chandler, AZ. Designers: Christi Adams with Celia Schauble, In The Pursuit of WOW! Design Studio, Scottscale, AZ. Installer: James Fuller, House to Home, Peoria, AZ. Photographer: Rene Dejoras Photography. Sources: Valance fabric: Vervain, Douchette in Azure. Cornice fabric: Clarence House, Cottingly Mist in 34638-2. Trim: JF Fabric, 89009 62J5191 Shades: Carole Fabrics, Demroy in Beige. Pearls: Swarovski, H20128GP and H 201529GP from Fire Mountain Beads. Roman shade motorization: BTX via Arizona Custom Designs, integrated into a smart home system.




Credits: Workroom: Barbara Albrecht, The Drapery Source, Inc., Lisle, IL. Designer: J. A. Adams Interiors, Glen Ellyn, IL. Installer: Custom Drapery Installations, Lisle, IL. Photographer: James D'Ambrosio, Glen Ellyn, IL. Electrician: Tom Gale of Glen Ellyn Homes. Sources: Face fabric for canopy and bedspread: Fabricut, Anticipated in Mineral. Sheer: Fabricut, Marvelettes in Sky. Contrast lining: RM Coco, More in Green Tea. Cord: D'Kei, C1413 /TR. Additional pillow fabrics include: Beacon Hill, Twombley in Tourmaline; Fabricut, Sister Sister in Flax; RM Coco, Dexter in Nutmeg and Glisten in Oakwood.

Barbara Albrecht, The Drapery Source, Inc. First PlaCe, Bedding & Pillows Project OVERVIEW This ornate canopy needed to mount to an angled ceiling and include two functional chandeliers inside. A special four-inch pocket was included in the canopy structure to house the electrical components and supports for the chandeliers, and a dry-fit of the entire piece took place prior to final fabrication. This required careful collaboration with the project electrician. Decorative faux wood accents were wired to the front panel of the canopy, while inside strands of sparkling beads were attached to the perimeter to reflect the light of the crystal chandeliers. Both the canopy and the bottom edges of the throw-style bedspread feature curves that follow the lines of the headboard and footboard, and are trimmed in Ultrasuede for additional emphasis. A reversible double woven taffeta and chenille fabric was used for the canopy and bedspread, eliminating the need for lining and reduced the overall weight. The bedspread was constructed with a separate pillow tuck to accommodate the pillow takeup, which allowed the sides to fall evenly. The rest of the project includes a contrast-lined box-pleated dust ruffle, two wedgeshaped cushions, six decorative pillows and a round bolster that sits on a tufted bench at the foot of the bed. The palette of soft blues, greens and golden neutrals is sparked with an assortment of beads, tassels and trims on the pillows, resulting in an updated take on old-world style.




Gillian Wendel, The Wendel Works SeCond Place, Bedding & Pillows

Project OVERVIEW “My client dreamed of a romantic retreat, a beautiful room full of artistic touches,” said Gillian Wendel. “An artist herself, she admired handwork and cherished the knowledge that her furnishings were created by people whose talents she valued. A hand-smocked panel sample captured her attention as she recalled doing similar work on her daughter’s dresses years ago.” Wendel’s challenge was then to transfer that inspiration into an overall master bedroom design. The dark wood bed formed the basis of a palette filled with silvery blues and copper browns. A tailored quilted comforter is a stage for an assortment of pillows including a ruched copper silk that echoes the draperies. But the highlight is definitely the scaldino, or throw, that pulls the entire room together. From the gathered copper silk end-skirts with cascading bullion to the insets of smocked silk accented with gold beads, it is a true piece of art. The windows in the room included two single windows flanking the bed and adjacent large sliding glass door and French doors. Gathered shaped valances with hand smocking were made for the single windows. Each valance is three widths and each pleat features a hand beading accent. This approach was also carried out on the full length draperies. “To give these panels the fullness needed for hand smocking that meant three widths for each section totaling approximately 45 feet of hand smocking and beading,” explained Wendel. “Including the bedding and window treatments, this project required more than 75 feet of hand smocking!”


Credits: Workroom and designer: Gillian Wendel, The Wendel Works, Pinehurst, TX. Quilting: Yentrinh Ho. Installer: James Sides, Conroe, TX. Photographer: Sherry Patrizi, Patrizi Photography, The Woodlands, TX. Sources: Bedspread fabric: Robert Allen, Quilted Dots in Tide. Damask:  RM Coco, W079124, color 156. Drapery fabric :  Fabricut, Shalini, color 118. Silk accent fabrics: Creative, Nashik in colors 210 and 285. Bullion:  Trimland, 1138 in color 9730. Onion Fringe:  Trimland, Facination in color 9730 Brush fringe: Marco Valdo, Genova in color 765 Tie backs:  Trimland, 3950-10 in color 730 54


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Olga Polyanskaya, Drapery Expressions and Blinds FIRST PLACE, Curtains & Draperies

PROJECT OVERVIEW Inspired by a picture of two-color wide stripe silk pinch pleated draperies, Olga Polysanskaya’s client requested a similar look for her master bedroom. But once Polyanskaya had a look at the room, she knew that something more was needed. She started by researching for a similar but distinctive fabric and discovered a sewn stripe, made from a combination of a silk solid alternative with an embroidered sheer embellished with crystals. “It was such a beautiful fabric, I wanted the pleats to emphasize the design, but not in just an ordinary manner,” she said. “To help my client to visualize, I created a sample with eight different pleat styles on the chosen fabric.” She loved inverted pleats and she also loved goblet pleats with buttons, but that option was too feminine for her husband’s taste. The final combination of two different pleats—an inverted pleat and a tie pleat—was chosen for their unique look. For this design, the inverted pleats were folded in such a way that ¾" of the solid silk would show each side of the pleat. The addition of three self-covered buttons on the middle of the inverted pleat added a little more emphasis to this design element. Due to the pleating, although the finished width of the panels was 20", it took nearly two widths per panel. Another issue that needed to be addressed was that the fabric did not match selvage to selvage, therefore before the width could be sewed together a section needed to be removed to match the pattern repeat. A further complication was that, due to the beading on the sheer, these pieces then needed to be hand sewn. Given the lightweight nature of the fabric, the panels were interlined. To keep the brushed surface of a typical interlining from showing through the sheers, a combo lining (one that is napped on one side only) was used instead, with the smooth face to the lining facing the sheer.


Credits: Workroom and designer: Olga Polyanskaya, Drapery Expressions and Blinds, Colorado Springs, CO. Installer: Grigoriy Polyanskiy, Colorado Springs, CO. Photographer: Grigoriy Polyanskiy, Colorado Springs, CO. Sources: Drapery fabric: Wesco Fabrics Inc., Neverland in Mistic. Drapery lining: Angels Distributing. Button forms: Rowley Company. Decorative hardware: House Parts Inc., 2" Historical Gold Collection. 56



Olga Polyanskaya, Drapery Expressions and Blinds SeCond Place , Ingenious Installations PROJECT OVERVIEW “Commercial projects come with their own set of issues,” said Olga Polyanskaya, “and often those that start out relatively straightforward can quickly become very complicated.” In this case, the client requested fully operable, floor-to-ceiling blackout draperies for a bank conference room. The initial call left Polyanskaya thinking that her only decisions were pleat style (ripplefold or pinch) and installation position (ceiling or window frame). But a detailed onsite measurement revealed that much more needed to be addressed. The window was 22 feet wide with a 12 foot ceiling and a 4 1/2" window sill. Even the longest double brackets installed into the frame wouldn’t provide the necessary clearance, so the ceiling seemed the best option. However, given the weight of a pair of blackout draperies at this size, the hardware would have to be installed into the studs—but these couldn’t be found. The only option left was to install into the soffit. This was possible by installing the cord-draw track backwards, with the track’s cord channel upfront and carriers on the back, which worked because the track was hidden 12" under the soffit. However, the cord draw master carriers now had snaps on the back side and the snap tape was also sewn on the back, which meant they wouldn't connect. In order to connect draperies to the carriers, the snap tape with first three snaps (for the master carriers) had to be sewn to the front of the panel so that way they could be matched and snapped together. The rest of the snap tape was sewn in the normal way and the white snap tape under the soffit was not visible.


Credits: Workroom: Workroom: Olga Polyanskaya, Drapery Expressions and Blinds, Colorado Springs, CO. Designer: Alexandra Urice, Alexandra Interiors, Oklahoma City, OK. Installer: Grigoriy Polyanskiy, Colorado Springs, CO. Photographer: Grigoriy Polyanskiy, Colorado Springs, CO. Sources: Drapery fabric: Meyer Drapery Services, Inc., FR 3457, color 12. Drapery lining: Angels Distributing. Hardware: Rowley Company, 4001 cord draw track system components. WF-VISION.COM | MAY/JUNE 16 | 57


Elizabeth Gerdes, Stitch Above The Rest, LLC with Ann K. Johnson, SEw Easy Windows First Place, Specialty Window Fashions PROJECT OVERVIEW When Elizabeth Gerdes first saw these two enormous (23' wide by 14' high) windows, the client was desperate for something to replace the cornices that, installed only six years earlier, had already warped and disintegrated due to the intense sun. “She still had traversing drapery panels and sheers,” said Gerdes, “but needed something to not only cover the hardware, but to treat the entire space as one magnificent design.” Gerdes designed a series of swags in various sizes that would overlap and accent the arch of the windows, hung from a cornice box mounted in the wall space above the window. This would allow for multiple colors of fabrics to all show, blending with the fabrics in the drapery panels and sheers that were already there, all while keeping most of the new design out of the damaging sunlight. Each of the eight swags measures roughly 4’ x 8’ and the finished cascades measure approximately 60" long by 25" wide. The cornices boxes were made in two pieces for each window, with each box measuring 1' deep x 11’ long. Medallions in the center, accented with large tassels, cover the cornice seam and overlapping swags. “This was a big job on all levels, from the scale of the windows to the amount of time and fabric—nearly 100 hours from initial consultation to final installation, and more than 50 yards of fabric,” said Gerdes. “But all effort was well worth it—I definitely have a client for life!”


Credits: Workroom: Elizabeth Gerdes, Stitch Above The Rest, LLC, Woodstock, GA with Ann K. Johnson, Sew Easy Windows, Avon Lake, OH. Designer: Elizabeth Gerdes. Installer: Dave Starner, Starner Finishing Touches, Woodstock, GA. Sources: Swag fabric: Catania, Diamond Slate. Cornice fabric: Catania, NonDiamond Slate. Trim: Conso 6" Bullion Fringe from Fabric and Fringe Warehouse. Interlining: United Supply #755888-1405. Blackout lining: United Supply #80185109202320. Center Medallion: Custom made with Trend double tassel tieback. 58



Credits: Workroom and designer: Leigh Anderson, Willow Drapery & Upholstery, Glenview, IL. Installer: Garrett Swanson, Willow Drapery & Upholstery. Photographer: Barry Rustin Photography, Wilmette, IL. Sources: Fabric: Lee Jofa, Lily Pulitzer Well Connected in Green Aqua, 2011101153. Wall padding: Active Foam, .6 oz Active Dacron.

PROJECT OVERVIEW The design for this sunroom—an asymmetrical octagon—called for padded upholstered walls with matching Roman shades. "I love that the walls are part of the treatment. It’s not often that I get to combine my two workroom divisions, upholstery and drapery, so closely in the same room,” said Leigh Anderson. Given that the client had requested that the absolute minimum amount of fabric be used, Anderson was thrilled to obsess over these type of details. “The key was to label each octagon wall by letter and make a corresponding wall elevation to show cut length and seam placement. That made it much easier to check my work, confirm the yardage calculations, and coordinate the fabrication between the two divisions,” she said. Using the half-width cut off from the Roman shades for the upholstered wall, along with adding side leg returns to the shades, meant it wasn’t necessary to upholster behind them. Anderson not only met the client’s request for minimal yardage, but provided a truly finished look. With this attention to detail, it’s no wonder the octagon is now everyone's favorite room in the house!



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Dao Zhou, Drapery Designs First Place, Ingenious Installations PROJECT OVERVIEW The client had committed to a whole-home renovation that focused on clean, modern interior design, with every element carefully chosen to support a sophisticated overall look. “By the time the window treatments for the dining room came to us, the client was firm in her decision for ripplefold sheers on simple traverse tracks,” said Dao Zhou. “She wanted the windows to be a soft background instead of being the focal point of the room's design.” However when Zhou went to measure, she discovered there was no room to install the hardware—the frames were set directly below the molding. A ceiling mount would have disrupted the visual balance in the room and mounting in front of the windows was clearly not an option. Instead Zhou and her team moved the crown molding off and away from the wall to install the traverse track behind it. “The solution revealed a new design approach,” she said. “Instead of two separate pairs of panels, we could now install one pair to cover the entire back wall for an even softer background and seamless design.” The resulting miminalist design provides the exact subtle, contemporary atmosphere the client envisioned.


Credits: Workroom and designer: Dao Zhou, Drapery Designs, Gaithersburg, MD. Installer: James Doyle, Drapery Designs. Sources: Sheers: Stout Fabric, Sherwood in Ecru. Hardware: Kirsch Architract Series 93001 60



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Susan Kostelecky, SK Designs First Place, Upholstery & SLipcovers PROJECT OVERVIEW The client’s “magic chair”, a 1940’s rocker known for soothing three generations of children, was in great condition but was ready for a facelift. The client wanted to use the vintage barkcloth from a set of draperies, one of several treasures she had in her “fabric stash” was the main design element. “The four barkcloth panels showed some wear, minor stains and stitch marks from an estimated 60 years of life,” said Susan Kostelecky. “After removing all stitching and hems, careful analysis showed that there was enough undamaged fabric to pattern match the front of the chair to the top and bottom of the seat cushion.” The rest of the slipcover would be pieced with coordinating fabrics from the client’s “stash.” Kostelecky’s next step was to determine how to attach the slipcover to prevent shifting, provide a snug fit, and reveal the wood trim on the front arms, a specifc client request. Her clever solution was to add a knife-pleated ruffle at the bottom edge of the slipcover. This allowed for a Velcro placket to be added to attach to the underside of the chair frame, permitting a snug fit that would not shift once the slipcover was in place. A coordinating ruffle was then added at the outer edge of the chair back. Enough small pieces of barkcloth fabric remained to create a boxed pillow for the chair and also for contrast inset pieces in the bedding’s scaldino at the foot of the bed. The client was thrilled with the finished product, and there are now two more grandchildren enjoying the family’s cherished "magic chair"!


Credits: Workroom and designer: Susan Kostelecky, SK Designs, Houston, TX. Photographer: Brandy Stoesz, Brandy Stoesz Photography, Houston, TX. Sources: All slipcover fabrics were provided by the client including the green print barkcloth, a vintage fabric reclaimed from draperies. 62



Patrick O’Hern, Sage & ivy designs Second Place, Upholstery & Slipcovers PROJECT OVERVIEW When Patrick O’Hern picked up these chairs—one antique (on the right) and one reproduction—both appeared to be in good shape. But once stripped of their upholstery, the horsehair and cotton batting of the antique chair fell out into a pile of debris. Because the goal was to use upholstery to better coordinate these two similar, but not matching chairs, O’Hern then had to proceed very carefully. “Rebuilding of the deep tufting on the seat backs and pulling buttons and pleating was very tedious, especially on the antique chair because I no longer had anything left to guide me,” he explained. “It was a matter of determining pattern place, to visually assist with coordinating the chairs, as well as the placement of each button and pleat.” While he did reupholster each in the style similar to the original look—channel tufting with button accents on the reproduction and diamond button tufting on the antique, he recommended the chairs be finished with a double welt instead of the original gimp. “The client had moved to the beach and wanted these chairs in the master bedroom that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. The style of the room is transitional and the chairs are Victorian, so the fabric choice was for traditional design in a current color palette that matched the seaside atmosphere,” said O’Hern.


Credits: Workroom and designer: Patrick O’Hern, Sage & Ivy Design, Pace, FL. Photographer: Sean O'Hern, Sage & Ivy Design Sources: Upholstery fabric: Waverly, Treasure Trove in Sapphire . WF-VISION.COM | MAY/JUNE 16 | 63


Lee Frew, Lee Frew Custom Drapery Studio Second Place, Top Treatments Project Overview For this contemporary room, the designer specified a cornice with a stylized nailhead motif set against a solid fabric to highlight the graphic chain-like design. Because there are Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades on the windows, the cornice components could not have legs in the angle supports. Instead, the three pieces were constructed with two sets of industrial strength two-inch hook-and-loop straps. The cornice was lightly batted for a more contemporary feel and self-welted on top and bottom. To apply the nailheads, two different templates, one for the end sections and one for the center, were made of poster board. The nailhead positions were then transfered to the cornice with chalk, then punched into the cornice with an awl before finally inserting the nails. Using the awl prevented many bent nailheads and the overall look is clean, sleek and graphic, just what the client and designer requested.


Credits: Workroom and installer: Lee Frew, Lee Frew Custom Drapery Studio, Arlington Hts., IL. Designer: Pam Nichols, Nichols Design, Kildeer, IL. Photographer: Beth Ehlert, Beth Ehlert Photography, Lake Geneva, WI. Sources: Cornice fabric: Trend 02691in Taupe. Nailheads: Rowley Co., upholstery nails UN28/AB. 64


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The 2016

Budget Blinds

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Dawn Cameron & John Atkinson Budget Blinds of Medicine Hat, AB First Place: Combination Treatments For a ‘lotto home’, a charitable fund-raiser for the Medicine Hat Kinsman Club, Dawn Cameron and John Atkinson worked closely with both the builder, Bravada Homes, and the interior designers Heather Koch and Jennifer Attfield, the mother-and-daughter design team at Sofas & More. “To be honest,” said Cameron, “the last several lotto homes had been a bit dull, and the window treatments clearly an afterthought rather than an integrated part of the design. So our goal was to make sure the window treatments were practical while truly enhancing the home.” The rich colors used in the living room (above) contrasted with the warm whites used in the kitchen, but because 66


these rooms were part of an open floor plan, the window treatments needed to coordinate as well as provide a range of functions. For example, the cordless roller shades feature a 4% openness solar screen fabric that maintains the view while preventing glare. Stationary pinch pleat side panels on the picture window add softness to the large expanse, while sleek cornices contribute to the clean-lined modern look. Sources: Solar shades: Horizons Window Fashions, Nature View 4% in Sepia. Valance: Horizons Window Fashions, V24 premium top treatment in Antiqua Slate with contrasting folds in Hickory Evening. Draperies: Horizons Window Fashions, pinch pleat stationary panels in Antiqua Slate.

Quent Blodgett Budget Blinds of Boise, ID Second Place: Combination Treatments A grand stairway with an impressive, south-facing French door and window combination required a carefully nuanced design solution. While the client loved the light the windows provided, it needed to be softened. Sheer Roman shades in soft white were selected for this purpose, the color and fabric chosen to help provide the right lighting balance. While the original design concept was to provide fullyfunctioning draperies, in order to increase the diffused light in the entry this was modified to stationary pinch

pleat panels over the side windows. The metal rod and finials were specified to complement the design of the iron and wood staircase with complementary tie-backs for the panels as a final touch.

Sources: Draperies: Lafayette Interior Fashions, Select Masterpiece in Marcella Autumn 4A5-055. Roman shades: Vadain Comfort Collection, Kate 6001. Drapery hardware: Rowley Company, LLC, Aria Collection with bird cage finial in oil-rubbed bronze. WF-VISION.COM | MAY/JUNE 16 | 67

The 2016

Quent Blodgett Budget Blinds of Boise, ID First Place: Curtains & Draperies Quent Blodgett was called in by Angela Incelli of Les Bois Interior Design to deliver custom draperies for a recently redesigned living room. A fireplace with a floor-to-ceiling stone surround (not shown) serves as the focal point for the room, so Incelli requested window treatments that would make a statement in the updated room, but without distracting from the new fireplace. Previously the windows had faux wood blinds, but as the windows and sliding glass door open onto a private patio and features views of the river, a modern, more decorative approach was a better fit for the new design. Blodgett initially recommended ceilingheight panels of warm grey silk to soften the room, but Incelli expressed some concern. 68


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As a compromise, Blodgett suggested installing Europleat panels from rods dropped 6" from the ceiling so that the fireplace surround would remain the tallest element in the room. “The dramatic tone-ontone silk draperies, taken to the ceiling, create height and drama without overpowering the room's other finishes,” said Incelli. “The unique ceiling mounted hardware treatment added just the right amount of interest and really showcased the luxurious panels.”

Sources: Drapery fabric: Fabricut, Inc., Trend 07835-ID in Cinder. Workroom: Springs Window Fashions. Drapery Hardware: Rowley Company, LLC, Aria Collection, Orbital bracket with end caps in brushed nickel.

Stephen & Tiffany Strong Budget Blinds of College Station, TX Second Place: Curtains & Draperies After an initial installation of motorized solar shades on the lower section of this window wall, Stephen and Tiffany Strong were called back in to this client’s home to help create something special. “Because no solar shades were installed on the arched window, the client was concerned about the light and heat coming in, as these windows face west,” explained Stephen Strong. “But she also wanted something beautiful that would coordinate with the arched ceiling without blocking too much of the view of the pool.” The Strongs recommended a fabric in rich browns that would complement the woodwork and the furnishings. Medallion-mounted tab-top panels follow the line of the arch in the center window, and help

create a symmetrical arched effect on the flanking windows. The gracefully swagged panels feature blackout lining and cover much of the upper window, cutting down on glare and heat build-up, while leaving most of the lower windows open, while adding a warm, traditional design accent to the room.

Sources: Solar shades: ASM roller shades in Suntex 80% brown, with Somfy RF battery powered motors and fabricwrapped fascias. Fabric: Lafayette Interior Fashions, Collins in Coffee. Hardware: Kirsch Designer Metals , 4 1/2" Camber medallion in Venetian Bronze. WF-VISION.COM | MAY/JUNE 16 | 69

Stephen & Tiffany Strong Budget Blinds of College Station, TX First Place: Decorative Hardware The Strong’s client from their winning Curtains & Draperies project has a home with an open floor plan, so a decorative treatment that coordinated with the living room was also needed for the adjacent dining room. The Strongs used the same antiqued bronze medallions, but this time as an element in a swag valance with cascades that frame the window. To add more interest to the treatment, a flat cornice, upholstered in a coordinating stripe, was used underneath the valance.

Sources: Swag fabric: Lafayette Interior Fashions, Collins in Coffee. Cornice and contrast lining fabric: Lafayette Interior Fashions, Barrett in Granite. Hardware: Kirsch Designer Metals, 4 1/2" Camber medallion in Venetian Bronze. 70


The 2016

Budget Blinds

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Michael Burwell Budget Blinds of SW Colorado Springs, CO Second Place: Decorative Hardware The client for this recently renovated home is a health and wellness coach. She was looking for window treatments that were fresh, modern and natural, to fit with the new look and feel of the home. “Privacy was a concern, but not at the expense of natural light,” explained Michael Burwell. An unlined, woven wood Roman shade features touches of sage green and provides gently filtered light. Stationary side panels with a micro vine and leaf pattern are topped by a unique valance with tab-hung hardware.

There are five windows in the room that were treated similarly, but each had some idiosyncrasies. A corner window required an elbow join for the decorative hardware and there were also specialty-shaped windows in the double-height room that needed to be treated. Sources: Draperies: Horizons Window Fashions, pinch pleat panels in Rustica Cream. Valance: Horizons Window Fashions, V28 Top Treatment in Rustica Cream. Decorative hardware: Kirsch, Designer Metals 1-3/8” in dark oiled bronze. Woven wood shades:Horizons Window Fashions; Classic Roman in Francisco Basil. WF-VISION.COM | MAY/JUNE 16 | 71

The 2016

Budget Blinds

design competition

Richard & Beverly Suel Budget Blinds of Louisville East, KS First Place: Soft Shades A frequently used door to an outdoor living space had featured a 2" faux wood blind that “banged” everytime someone used the door, and the client definitely wanted a change. The drapery and valance in the breakfast area used this stylized floral fabric, so Richard and Beverly Suel suggested the same pattern for a roller shade equipped with an “easy stop” system. The shade valance was designed to mimic the shape of the drapery valance and used the same tassel fringe. “The customer loved the shade so much, that we provided another shade for a door in the laundry room, also using COM fabric and trim,” explained Beverly.

Sources: Fabric: Lafayette Interior Fashions, Makhail in Noir. Workroom: Horizons Window Fashions, soft roller shade with contempo valance. Trim: Fabricut, Inc.: 72270-ID Porcini 72


Stephanie Wojcik Budget Blinds of Naperville, IL Second Place: Soft Shades “While shutters covered the lower portions of the windows in this kitchen, the client requested some type of decorative top treatment to address the upper sections of the windows, as the room received intense afternoon light,” explained Stephanie Wojcik.

shutters in the rest of the room, while this window received a custom Roman shade with tassel trim. “The client loved this fabric so much when she spotted it that she ended up repainting the whole kitchen to coordinate with it,” said Wojcik.

The mood she wanted was decorative and modern, with the window above the sink the only one without a shutter. So top treatments were fitted over the

Sources: Fabric: Lafayette Interior Fashions, Shasta in Dove. Trim: Creative Fabrics, Malibu in Seagull. Workroom: Christine’s Draperies. WF-VISION.COM | MAY/JUNE 16 | 73

Richard & Beverly Suel Budget Blinds of Louisville East, KS First Place: Top Treatments Recently completed draperies in the master bedroom meant that the store-bought designs for the adjoining master bath looked a bit sad by comparison. So the Suel’s were welcomed back to upgrade this window as well. “Because there was plenty of room both above and to the sides of this window, I decided to mount the treatment several inches above the frame to draw the eye up and give the illusion of height,” explained Richard. The curved, double-layer valance coordinates with the colors and patterns used in the bedroom and bathroom while making its own statement. A delicate crystal trim was used at the bottom edge, a detail picked up from the bathroom’s chandelier.

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Sources: Fabric: Horizons Window Fashions, Valdosta Cliffside in Mist. Trim: Fabricut, Inc., 71620-ID in Linen. Workroom: Lafayette Interior Fashions, layered scallop valance. 74


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The 2016

Budget Blinds

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Sonja Skogerson Budget Blinds of Paramus, NJ Second Place: Top Treatments This full kitchen installation was a two-part project. The cordless wood blinds were first installed two years ago as part of a full kitchen remodel. A year later Sonja Skorgerson was called back to provide a more glamorous finishing touch to the windows. “The family spends a lot of time in their beautiful kitchen and they wanted the window treatments to fully reflect the upgrades they had made to the space,” said Skogerson. The silvery grey geometric fabric was used for a set of upholstered cornice boards, a design selected to add elegance and integrate the different sized windows, with a mini cornice installed on the door. 76


Due to the geometric pattern of the fabric, a simple, straight-edged, padded cornice with a self-welt was selected. “The client and I determined that draperies near the dining table would be a bit of a nuisance, especially with small children,” explained Skorgerson. “The cornices add height and detail to the space without having to worry about little fingers.”

Sources: Wood blinds: Springs Window Fashions, Signature Series 2" in Shimmer. Fabric: Fabricut, Inc.: 45670-ID in Silver. Workroom: Drapery & More, Inc.


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