Friday, May 19, 2017

Vinyl Mini Blinds: Can They Look Stylish?

We have an extensive selection of sizes of vinyl mini blinds. If we don't have your size, they can be custom cut to fit very inexpensively.  Talking to a customer from the Northeast, I learned that vinyl mini blinds can be hard to find in local stores.  This inexpensive option is still very popular in most of the US. However, with all the options out there- like shades, faux wood and wooden blinds - making this affordable option look good requires a little thoughtfulness.
Here are some ideas:


  • Use a valance.
  • Add a cornice board.
  • Use crown molding.
  • Add some curtains.


Shop our huge list of vinyl blind sizes here: https://www.interiordecorating.com/blinds-shades.asp


Friday, May 12, 2017

What You Need To Know About Curtain Rods

Curtain Rod Sets vs Custom Components

A curtain rod set includes the rod, finials, brackets and mounting hardware.  The rod is usually in two pieces that fit together to create an adjustable length.  The finials screw on or are molded with the rod itself.  A curtain rod set is easy to install and less expensive than custom components. Traverse rod sets are also available. 

Custom curtain rod options are practically endless.  You can achieve the look you want with many fabulous color choices and finial styles.  Finial refers to the decorative end piece that attaches to the end of the rod.  Finials are made of resin, wood, metal or iron.  www.InteriorDecorating.com presents our custom curtain rods so that you choose the finial first and the rod components that match second. 

When shopping custom curtain rods, you can order an extra long pole in some collections up to 16 feet.  If you want to avoid oversize shipping charges, divide the length in half and order a splice.  Most custom rods can be cut to size for free.

If you have questions about ordering a curtain rod, please give our knowledgeable customer service a call at 1-800-590-5844 or email us at info@interiordecorating.com

Friday, May 5, 2017

Upcycled Furniture

Finding a good bargain at a flea market or garage sale can make your day.  Turning something old into something usable and new to you is good for the environment and your personal economy. There are so many good ideas on the internet that it can be daunting to know when you do find a good bargain.  If you are like me, there are 100's of ideas floating around in your brain and focusing on just one is difficult.

"Follow your heart, because it won't be a bargain or a great find if you don't use it," Lara Spencer     When you are shopping, make sure the piece is solid but you don't need to worry so much about details like finishes, paint jobs or fabrics, since those things can all be changed. 

We have plenty of bargain fabrics on www.InteriorDecorating.com so that you don't break the bank turning that trash into treasure.  https://www.fabric-textiles.com/discount-fabrics.asp

Friday, April 28, 2017

TwinLight Shades

Product Spotlight:

TwinLight roller shades feature alternating bands of solid and sheer fabric that can be rotated to achieve privacy or view through. It's a unique twist on a traditional roller shade.  These shades create a modern look in your window.

Friday, April 21, 2017

What is a factory allowance on vinyl blinds?


www.InteriorDecorating.com sells boxed vinyl blinds. The stock size blinds have a size marked on the box but the actual slats and headrail are 1/2 inch narrower.  This allows for the blind to install properly and move within the window.  This matters when you are installing inside the window frame.  These blinds can also be custom cut if you can't find the size you need.

Always remember to measure your window and not the current blind.  Order based on the exact measurement.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Maxwell Color Theory Fabric Books

Spring means new fabric books at www.InteriorDecorating.com.  They come in by the box for days during the spring.  We all love looking at the beautiful new fabrics.  New online this week is the Color Theory Volumes I and II by Maxwell Fabrics.  Color coordinated fabrics perfect for drapery and curtains, bedding, pillows and upholstery, these fabrics are priced starting at $30 to $50 per yard.  Guaranteed first quality fabrics, these modern fabrics ship directly from Maxwell to your door at discount prices.  If you want to see and feel the fabric first, we have swatches available.

Color Theory Volume I

Indigo
Sandy Beach
Seaglass
Stone Gray
Sunset

Color Theory Volume II

Fool's Gold
Full Bloom
Mallard
Rockstar
True Blue

Friday, April 7, 2017

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

Don't you love beautifully decorated Easter eggs?  I do.  Looking at all the ideas on the internet, we think to ourselves "I can do that".  So we did. We followed the instructions from the Martha Stewart video for creating silk dyed eggs.  We took some discontinued silk samples and some white fabric and followed the instructions.  Looking at the eggs boiling in the pot and all the dye in the water (it was deep purple),  I was afraid I was going to be writing a "what not to do" video. Luckily, our eggs turned out beautifully.


Friday, March 31, 2017

News Today: Robert Allen and Duralee Merge

Today Robert Allen and Duralee announced their merger.  We had heard rumors that it was coming.  For us, these are both popular brands.

Here's a quote from the new CEO:
"The Robert Allen Duralee Group is now one of largest companies in the industry. We have an expansive product line—more than 45,000 SKUs of fabric, trim, decorative hardware and furniture within multiple brands to cover virtually any design style. At the same time, The Robert Allen Duralee Group honors the family legacies and experiences of Duralee and Robert Allen through the distinctive capabilities and product offerings from each company. Both The Robert Allen Group and Duralee will continue to operate as separate divisions and will continue to sell products unique to their respective brands."

Sounds ok to me - wonder what will change in the next few months?  We will see.  Shop fabric on www.Fabric-Textiles.com

Friday, March 24, 2017

Gray - is it the new neutral?

Gray brings other colors to life.  We associate the subtle shades of gray with strength and knowledge.  Even Pantone had the following to say about Gray: "While we do not typically think of gray as a trend color, grays continue to be in the spotlight. Serious, thoughtful, chic and elegant, gray signify subtle sophistication. Harkening back through time yet also emblematic of modernity and technology, gray speaks to the rock solid stability that we need to support us today and carry us into the future."
One of our reps was in the office a few days ago and said "Gray is the new neutral".  I did repaint my living spaces with a gray paint a couple of years ago.  The rep was introducing a line of kid-friendly cordless wood composite blinds that have a couple of gray colors that are very popular.  What about you - would you but up gray blinds?  Check out this new wallpaper book - Eclipse with lots of gray wall coverings.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Do you like Kilim and Ikat style fabrics?

Some of the most popular global and ethnic style fabrics we see are modeled after patterns found in traditional Ikat and Kilim rugs.  These styles seem to have staying power as many new fabrics we see follow this design motif.  On our website, www.InteriorDecorating.com, we have a slideshow with examples and historical information.  Check it out >