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Kitchen design trends in new construction

I am currently helping 3 customers with the interior design of their new home which are under construction and at different stages during the building process. I love  helping our clients with creating furniture floor plans, lighting selections, flooring and tile selections, furniture and window treatments selection, etc., but when it comes to creating functional interior spaces, I find the most joy in designing kitchens and master bathrooms. Our  interior spaces constantly change and evolve over time with new building materials, new design styles, design trends and so forth, but kitchens in particular have changed and are changing more than any other area in our house to make it more user friendly, functional and spacious.

Technology has entered the kitchen in full force with gadgets, appliances and integrated technology which you can find from faucets  (sensory and hands free) to the fridge ( alerting you when groceries are running low) to the lighting.  Designs, materials and textures  are getting more streamlined in the overall aesthetic, more simplistic, brighter and cleaner and they are fun to work with, with so many choices available. Shelves and  The drawers are structured to leave a lot less waste of space. One of the foundations to a functional kitchen is kitchen storage. You would be left with endless frustrations and challenges with inadequate or ineffective storage. I remodeled my own kitchen three years ago and put a lot of thought into how I  use my kitchen (I love to cook) how I like to entertain (which we do a lot) and how it will make our kitchen the most functional it can be. Appliance choices of course are a huge investment and take up a nice chunk of your kitchen budget. […]

Custom curtains or custom draperies?

Today I had somebody come into the store,  inquiring about custom draperies. This nice lady called them custom curtains, however was not sure if this is the proper terminology to use. We hear it all from side panels to draperies, curtains to window coverings. I found this quote online” Although many people think CURTAINS and DRAPES are the same thing, since they both cover windows, there is a difference by definition and use, even though most of us use the word interchangeably. Curtains usually are a lighter fabric, thin or sheer. They are not lined and won’t block out light”.

I agree to some point regarding the weight and quality of the window coverings, however I also think that draperies usually are “custom” and hand made, where as curtains can be found “ready made” at stores. Drapes usually are much nicer in quality, always lined or interlined (or with blackout lining), made out of heavier fabric like velvets, damask, nicer linen fabrics or blends. The top of a drapery panel is also usually pleated and there are several different styles of pleats available. Our most popular pleat is a pinch pleated panel because it stacks nicely and gives drapery panels the fullness they need. ( There are also pencil pleats, goblet pleats inverted pleats).

So there you have it :) the difference between custom curtains and  draperies.

Why and when to hire an interior designer, decorator

I recently came across a great article why it makes sense to hire an interior designer or decorator. As many larger cities, Knoxville has an abundance of furniture stores and design companies, however not all are created equal. All of us offer different services, fees, specializing in new construction and remodeling, custom window coverings and draperies, gifts and accessories, lighting, rugs, etc.

Some of the most interesting facts are that you actually safe money when hiring an interior designer. It can help you avoid making costly mistakes that will not only help you safe money but can increase the value of your home. Especially when selling your home – interior design is essential when listing your home. It can help boost buyer appeal and set your home above the competition.

Another great point is that an interior designer or decorator  can give you a professional assessment of your situation, that will lead to a solid plan of action. Order of things in a design plan a ski in determining what can be repurposed or should be edited. This will not only affect the budget but help you to spend it more efficiently. An interior designer offers an extra set of eyes but these eyes are trained to see and noticed things that you may not.

 

Also  a designer can keep you on budget and save you time and effort.  In particular this will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. I decided will have this readily on hand.  Also the designer will be able to build a stronger bridge between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design  misses in your overall plan-  again this is crucial in managing […]

Google review from design client

Tina gave us a 5 star review on google. It is always great to hear from happy customers!

Tina S.

We have worked with Wolfgang to decorate two homes – one new and one older home. He transformed both homes beautifully. Our current home is now warm and inviting. I love the decor he chooses from furniture to light fixtures to rugs! He recently helped us with exterior paint colors which are perfect. He’s fun to work with and a very talented interior designer. I highly recommend Wolfgang for interior and exterior design.

(owner)
5 days ago
Tina,
You have great tast and enjoy beautiful yet functional designs. It has been fun helping you with your house in Mallard Bay and your new home and I love making your house even more beautiful. It’s great how we were able to incorporate existing furniture and decorations into your home and how we are adding new ones! Looking forward to seeing the new light fixtures up and starting on your dining room drapes and window treatments!

Window coverings and motorized drapes

I have been making custom window treatments, window coverings, custom bedding and draperies for about 20 years with my own company here in Knoxville.  I thought I have done it all, I thought I have seen it all, and  I always feel that there is no job too small or too big for us to handle in our workroom. Well, the job that we are currently working on might prove me wrong. The custom window treatments are  approximately 200 inches tall and on a motorized rod which is also around 200 inches in width. The draperies are pinch pleated with a decorative banding on the leading edge. We are fabricating 4 panels for a custom home and the necessary amount of widths to make this window treatment functional is 10 widths. Due to the amount of fabric (determined by the width and length) our draperies are quite heavy and we are getting quite the workout to complete these functional window coverings. The panels will be operated two ways. Either with a remote control or by wall switches which have been installed as well.