Farragut interior design and decorating

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UNO de 50 trunk show at showhouse

Today we are set up at the Alzheimer’s of Tennessee home and garden tour show house for a trunk show with our jewelry Unode50.

We are showcasing new jewelry design, new styles and other designers from Knoxville are featuring accessories from their stores.

The Show house has been a big success so far, raising money for this amazing organization and a cause that touches so many lifes.

This year we designed the Great room for our homeowners Scott and Hope Davis with furniture from Taylor King, Our House design, Currey and company, Surya rugs, visual comfort, and many more. The custom window treatments were fabricated in our own workroom and are made of embroidered linen fabric in an off white color. The drapery hardware is wrought iron matching some other elements in the house.  The showhouse is open Tuesday through Saturday  11- 5 pm, Sunday from noon to 4 pm. Wednesday and Friday late night 6-8 pm.

 

 

Alzheimer’s show house in Knoxville

 

It is almost time to open the doors for the show house benefiting the Alzheimer’s Tennessee foundation. We are designing the great room and chose beautiful furniture from Taylor King, Our House Design, Surya rug company, Currey and Company, just to name a few. After our initial meeting with the Homeowners a color pallet of off whites, grays, light blues and blush tones was decided on which creates a theme throughout the house.
A beautiful hand crafted sofa from Taylor King and swivel leather chairs with nail heads provide ample seating and the rug adds splashes of color. The theme of the large Currey & Co  chandelier with twigs and branches repeats in the drapery fabric design. The linen draperies are non-functional, however add texture and design to the room. The iron base coffee table with custom painted wood top and drawer as well as two column side tables finish the design of the Great Room.

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.