'Windows'

Greenery~Pantone Color of the Year 2017

January 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Let’s start off the new year with some color, Greenery to be exact. Greenery is the name given to the green color chosen by Pantone as the Color of the Year for 2017, every year Pantone names a color of the year according to what they see taking place in the world as well as moods and attitudes. Greenery is a bright shade of yellow-green that will definitely help you bring the outdoors in if that’s your goal. Greenery is meant to mimic the first days of Spring and a new beginning. Green is one of my favorite colors, it pairs so well with other colors and as I’ve said before it’s almost like a neutral color. Join me for a look at Greenery and see if it inspires you, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting Horizontal

March 8, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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There are always rules for everything, don’t run with scissors, say please and thank you and don’t wear horizontal stripes but that doesn’t necessarily apply to our windows. I keep coming back to window and drapery treatments that are done in horizontal striped fabric. I’m not quite sure what it is that appeals to me, I’ve always loved stripes, whether vertical or horizontal and big stripes in bold colors. It is possible to find striped fabric to make the window treatments, but if you can’t find the color combination you’re looking for you can always have a reputable seamstress/tailor or a fabric workroom make the drapes using fabric in the colors you want. I also think it would be fun to have a pattern on one of the colors, you know a navy and white horizontal striped drape with a navy pattern on the navy portion of the drape. I think the horizontal stripes are fun and dramatic and the bigger the stripes the better. Here’s a look at some examples of horizontal striped drapes, I definitely need these. Enjoy!!!

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Window Dressings 101

February 24, 2016

By Tab Byrum

I had a meeting with a client yesterday whom I’ve been helping with a new office, we were working on picking something to cover the large windows at the front of his offices. He needs something that will block out a lot of the UV and heat from the sun, the office faces south and gets a great deal of light for much of the year. While I was getting ready for this meeting and researching different types of window coverings it got me to thinking about all the different types and before I knew it this post was writing itself.

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There are so many choices when it comes to ways to dress a window, do you want to simply make it attractive or do you need something that is utilitarian and serves a purpose, or perhaps a combination of both looking attractive and being functional? My client and I are leaning towards sun blocking blinds on the windows and fabric window panels to soften it and dress up the windows. Let’s look at the myriad of choices in how to dress windows, from blinds to shades and drapes, we’ll cover them all and hopefully give you some “enlightening” ideas. Enjoy!!!

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The Leading Edge

August 10, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Leading edge detail is when the vertical inside edge of draperies are decorated with a ribbon, a decorative tape or some type of fabric that is in contrast to the drapery fabric itself but coordinates with the decoration of the room. There are some gorgeous decorative trims and tapes out there that are available at fabric and craft stores.

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When I was a kid I remember everything had ball fringe on it, and ball fringe is still popular today. There are some trims that are very elegant and bring in very classic themes like a greek key or a floral element. Leading edge detail is a great way to embellish store bought window treatments, if you find something that goes with your room in a store but feel they are too plain or simple have a decorative edge added, this also applies if you are having drapes specially made for a room, purchase a less expensive fabric for the drapes themselves but then splurge a little on a trim for the leading edge.

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Change Of Plans

April 30, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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Last fall I told you that we were planning on doing lots of work to our house here in Oklahoma City, at that time we had just met with someone and discussed remodeling our kitchen, we even picked out cabinets, granite and worked out the layout of the cabinets with him. After a lot of thought we’ve decided to postpone the kitchen remodel and do some other things to our house that aren’t as glamorous but very important, we are getting a new heating/AC unit for the house, new windows and if there’s money left in the budget we will be getting a storm shelter.  The heat/AC unit is being installed this week and we’ve met with the window people, picked everything out and are waiting to hear back on cost of what we picked.  We’ve been very lucky in that our air conditioning unit has lasted as long as it has, it’s about 20 years old and we’ve lived in fear it would die during one of our 100+ degree Oklahoma summers.  While these things aren’t as fun as a new kitchen and floors they need to be done and will save us a lot of money in the long run on our utility bills.  So far making decisions on what we want hasn’t been too difficult to make, but there are certainly a lot of choices, especially as far as windows are concerned.  Today I’m sharing some of the beautiful window choices that are available in today’s market, let me know what you like and if you’ve already been through this. Enjoy!!!

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