Window coverings

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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.

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.

Custom roman shades

 

Making functional Roman shades in our custom window treatment workroom  has gained  quite a bit in popularity over the last few years. Not only are they beautiful, but they also help with heating and air bills and usually require quite a bit less of fabric than full size panels. It is a different, more minimalistic look, but are a great solution for some windows, especially when combined with full size draperies in other areas of the house.  The three most common styles of Roman shades are either a flat Roman shade, a hobbled Roman shade, or a pleated Roman shade. They can also be light filtering or blackout (room darkening) which are very desirable for bedrooms, living rooms or movie rooms.

Of course another option would be to make your Roman shade motorized, or to accessorize it with a stainless steel chain versus a plastic continuous cord loop. The consideration usually is if your Roman shade is going to be an inside mount with in your window frame, or an outside mount. If it is an outside mount, then I recommend to create a valance on top of it in order to hide your Roman shade.  As you can see in the attached picture, the Roman shades are mounted inside the frame and do not require a decorative top treatment.

Fabric choice with Roman shades can be a little bit of a challenge.  You do you want to make sure that the fabric has a certain thickness which is appropriate to create folds, but not too thick where the cords on the back are not able to handle the weight of the fabric. Also heavy and bulky fabric will not be able to stack nicely when the shade […]

Google review from design client

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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!

Living room design

 

Here is a living room design which we recently completed. The homeowners  old living room furniture was in a darker color scheme, more traditional patterns, as well as lots of brown wood tones.  The design goal was to update, brighten up the room, make it more transitional, non functional window coverings, and seating for approximately 6 people. We were able to reuse the old drapery hardware, we hired our friends from The Painted Room here in Knoxville, TN who always does an outstanding job for us. Not only were we able to get exactly the color scheme that we were looking for, but we were also able to save some money and put it towards new furniture. Our sofas and side chairs are from Taylor King ( we are a local dealer in Knoxville for Taylor King), the rug is from Surya and our new casegoods are from Universal Furniture.  We especially liked the lighter color scheme on our TV console and the matching coffee table. We also  fabricated pillows in our own custom workroom with the same fabric as the draperies, and a floor lamp from Visual Comfort was placed next to one of the accent chairs for additional lighting.

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.