Friday, September 22, 2017

Today's Traverse Rods

When I started working at www.InteriorDecorating.com, I did not know what a traverse rod was - well, what you called it anyway.  My Mamaw always had them in her living room so I knew there were drapes that could be opened and closed with a cord.  Now, after many years of selling all types of curtain rods, my knowledge has increased exponentially.  Just in case you don't know what to call those curtain rods that allow you to open and close them by pulling a string/cord or using a baton, they are traverse rods, traversing curtain rods, curtain rod track or ceiling track.  There are probably more names, but those are the main ones.

This week I just finished adding a new, budget friendly line of traverse rods by Aria.  These modern traversing rods are baton drawn - which just means you pull them open with a baton - think hotel curtains.  The Aria H-Rail traverse rods are sold in kits with everything you need to hang your drapes.  With six beautiful finishes like Brushed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Matte Black, Brushed Bronze, Antique Brass and Satin Nickel, you are sure to be able to match your current decor.
The kits come with end caps for a modern and sleek look, however, there are several finials (decorative end pieces) that are available as well.

Please give us a call if you have questions, we can help.  1-800-590-5844
Aria Traverse Rods >

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fun Friday: Houzz Decorating Style Quiz

Check out this quiz on Houzz - What's Your Decorating Style Quiz

Just for the record - I got Transitional which is what I thought I was.
Your style is … Transitional!
Transitional: You’re not too modern but not too traditional, either. You’re a gracious host, and you love to break out the fine china even when you’re just eating pizza. You prefer a home full of beige and other neutrals. You like simply framed artwork that doesn’t cause too much of a fuss. Serenity is your goal at home. You are transitional.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Top 10 Interior Decorator Tips

#1 Know Your Value - your time and ideas are just as valuable as the tangible items you sell.
#2 Don't Skimp on the Sofa - choose well-made and comfortable so it will last a long time.
#3 Drapery Panels Must Go All the Way - if you are going to the floor, go all the way.
#4 Gold and Silver - they really can go together.
#5 Hang Artwork Correctly - 3 to 8 inches above the furniture.
#6 Practice Your People Skills - you have to be able to work well with people.
#7 It's Not About You - you may have a great sense of style but you have to follow your clients wishes.
#8 Know Your Local Laws - as a designer you must know the city and state building codes.
#9 Comfortable - remember that a space should be comfortable not just pretty.
#10 Be Prepared for Problems - items don't come in on time, your measurements were off, the client changes their mind, and so on...

If you need a good source for fabrics, window treatments, blinds, wall paper and all things home decor - check out www.InteriorDecorating.com


Friday, September 1, 2017

Let's Talk About Drapes

Window treatments can completely change the look and feel of any room. If you have gone from bare bones windows to adding at least a valance you know what window treatments can do. Just like a vehicle, there are so many "makes and models" it can be overwhelming figuring out what all the different types look like and what will ultimately suit your needs best. I have pulled together some of today's most popular drapery panel styles in the hopes that it will enlighten you and make your decision making easier.
First let's look at the most common types....

Tab Top drapes are stylish and clean. They remove the need for drapery rings thereby keeping the look simple, yet attractive. Tab tops are a very modern look.
Rod Pocket drapes are the most common drapery type. They are simple, traditional and for those sewers out there are relatively easy to make.
Grommet Top drapes like tab tops are stylish, modern, clean and minimalistic. Grommet tops are growing exponentially in popularity and many drapery hardware companies are beginning to manufacture designer grommets to add that special touch.
Pinch Pleat drapes give your window a luxurious, designer look and feel. These are typically used with drapery pins, curtain rings that use gator clips or traverse rods.
Inverted Pinch Pleat drapes works great if you are wanting your panels to stay stationary. Inverted pinch pleat drapes bring a fullness to your window and your room.
Goblet Pleat drapes are considered to be among the more luxurious designs for window treatments. They are better suited for curtains that are both long enough to graze the floor and are fully lined to maintain their unique shape.
Cartridge Pleat drapes  are tailored and sculptural with smooth unbroken folds, this treatment gives a sleek, streamlined look that works well in just about any setting.

No matter the style you choose you can't go wrong with drapery panels. You will absolutely love what they will do for your room.  www.InteriorDecorating.com

Friday, August 25, 2017

Trend Fabrics


Trend Fabrics are sophisticated yet affordable.  You will find designs by Vern Yip and Jaclyn Smith.  Decorators and designers know that you will find the look you want with coordinated fabrics, trim, wall coverings and window treatment hardware.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Perfect Wedding Gift

Is there such a thing as the perfect wedding gift?  Probably not.  However, we carry a line of beautiful and exquisite jeweled picture frames and other gift items made by Olivia Riegel.  Each piece is crafted beautifully using Austrian crystals, sleek metals and enamels.  Give the glamorous life to someone you love with a beautiful bejeweled box, umbrella, vanity mirror or picture frame.  They also offer wedding accessories like ring bearer pillows, serving sets and flute sets for the wedding toasts.

Shop Olivia Riegel >

Friday, August 11, 2017

Jacobean Floral Fabrics

Chromatics Vol XXV
Old is new again. We see it all the time. As I regularly add new fabrics to our website, www.InteriorDecorating.com, I get a glimpse of what is popular in fabrics today. One of those fabric designs is Jacobean Florals. These fabrics have a distinct design pattern. You will probably recognize the design style, but don't know what to call it.

Jacobean florals are based on popular embroidery styles from the era of King James I of England in the first quarter of the 17th century. The florals have a distinct and exaggerated whimsical look. Characterized by a scrolling vine with stylized flowers, these beautiful fabrics provide a rich and sophisticated look.  Shop Jacobean Fabrics >>




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Friday, July 28, 2017

Today's Wallpaper - What to Look For

Today's wall coverings can be easy to remove - just look for Non-Woven wallpapers.   These technically advanced wallpaper materials were introduced to the market several years ago. Made of a fibrous material, non-woven wallpapers are easier to install and even easier to remove! They will dry-strip from the wall, usually leaving the wall smooth and abrasion free. Many Non-Wovens are vinyl free making them an environmentally friendly wallpaper option. 

What is the difference bewteen prepasted and unpasted wallpaper?


Prepasted wallpapers have an adhesive applied to the backing which is activated with water.

Unpasted wallpapers do not have paste applied to the backing.  Most of these can be hung with standard wallpaper pastes available at your nearest paint and wallpaper store unless the instructions give more specific directions.


Some wallpapers are listed as strippable and some are peelable - what does that mean?


Strippable wallpapers can be dry stripped from the wall without leaving any backing behind. These are the most removable papers in the market and are usually printed on a Non-Woven substrate.

Peelable wallpapers will peel off the wall, leaving some of the backing behind. The backing can be often removed with soap and water, but sometimes a wallpaper removal solution may be necessary.

Information from Brewster Wallcoverings.  New Brewster Wallpaper Collections on www.InteriorDecorating.com

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Cleaning Code S

Cleaning Code S


"S" what?  Upholstery fabrics use a standard set of cleaning codes.  Most of the fabrics we see have a cleaning code "S" or they may say Dry Clean Only.  So what in the world does that mean?  Use a solvent based cleaner - not water based.  Another option is to use a professional dry cleaning service.

This site has a nice review of several cleaning products available > 


For more information on cleaning codes, check out www.InteriorDecorating.com

Friday, July 14, 2017

Keep Cool in Style

Are you looking for a stylish way to keep cool?  These non-permanent, movable fans are available in many styles and colors for both indoor and outdoor use.  Some of the floor fans feature adjustable heights.  The outdoor fans can be fitted with a mister that really amps up the cool factor.  You can find traditional wood styles to ornate resin looks to sleek metals like copper and stainless steel.  If you don't want to install a ceiling fan and a box fan just isn't the look you want, these decorative floor and table fans are the perfect choice.
Shop DecoBreeze Fans >