Friday, October 19, 2018

Time To Go Cordless

Time To Go Cordless

New Safety Regulations for Window Coverings

Effective December 15, 2018

The Window Covering Safety Council in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a significant change to window covering standards. As of December 15, 2018 all ready made blinds must be cordless. Once current inventory levels of corded blinds are depleted, all the consumer will see are cordless blinds in the big box stores both locally and online. All types of custom blinds are exempt which will allow consumers to order window coverings with cords if so desired.

Why such a costly change? The concern is for the safety of our children. With an average of 12 children a year dying from strangulation from cord entanglement and 20 a month being take to the emergency room, the time has come to make a significant change to protect our children. has already prepared for this change.  You can order cordless blinds online today. The new blinds feature easy to use cordless lift systems. If you want to see how they work, check out our informative videos on our 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Arched Window Products

One of the products offered on is the notched pin strip.  This product makes it easy to hang draperies inside an arched window.  Check out this video:

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Fabric Focus: Alexander Henry

Unusual. Distinctive. Fun. Vibrant. Novelty. All words that describe the cotton fabric prints from Alexander Henry. These popular fabrics are loved from fashion designers to home sewers. If you are looking for something unique, you will find it in these designer fabrics.

Alexander Henry is located in Burbank California and is run by the De Leon Design Group—Marc, Phillip and Nicole de Leon.  Each pattern is designed by in-house artists  who paints each pattern by hand. 

Of the essential studio process, Nicole de Leon explains, "We are painters and we love to paint, and we love that the process is organic and sometimes wonderfully unpredictable. Moving and blending the media is vital to the process." Phillip de Leon, her brother and design partner concurs, "As a fabric company and as painters we feel tied to the tradition of old world textile design. There is an intimacy to our finished product that I believe our clients notice. When we introduce a collection, our customers approach each design as something unique, where the hand of the artist is definitely in evidence."
Don't you just love these new fabrics?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Ripplefold Curtains

Ripplefold window treatments are gaining in popularity in the residential market. A common look for commercial spaces, the ripplefold carrier system creates a sleek, elegant wave like pattern visible on both sides of the curtains. When the curtains are open, they require less stackback space and provide more exposure to the glass.

 When choosing ripplefold curtains, you need to choose either a butt master carrier or overlap master carrier. 

Center Draw: Butt master will provide a continuous fold look but will allow some light to filter in between the center crack. An overlap carrier will cover the light gap but create a flat center.
Left or Right Draw: A butt master carrier will have a continuous wave look with the curtain panel wrapping completely around the end. An overlap master carrier will create a flat look on the end.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Interior Design Quotes

Random Interior Design Quotes

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"Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated." Paul Rand

"A house is much more than a mere shelter, it should lift us emotionally and spiritually." John Saladino

"The best design projects are the ones where people broke the rules." Nate Berkus

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep." Scott Adams

"If you love something, it will work. That's the only real rule." Bunny Williams
"I think your eye will gravitate towards the colors that are right for you—you don’t have to be a design expert." Joanna Gaines

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Traverse Curtain Rod Terms

Left Draw, Right Draw, Center Draw - What do these terms mean?

Traverse rods include a track with carriers that are pulled with a baton or cord.  They can even be motorized. So what do these terms mean and what do I need?

Center Draw: Two drapery panels split in the middle.  When the draperies are open, one panel stacks/draws to each side with the opening in the center.

Left Draw: One panel that opens to the left and closes to the right.  When the draperies are open, the panel stacks/draws to the left.

Right Draw: One panel that opens to the right and closes to the left.  When the draperies are open, the drapery panel stacks/draws to the right.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Fun New Fabrics from Premier Prints

Premier Prints, a southern based company, produces fun prints for home decorating.  These fabrics are washable and inexpensive.  You can use these cute fabrics for just about any project you want.

  • Throw Pillows
  • Wall Hangings
  • Curtains and Valances
  • Table Linens
  • Doll Clothes
  • Aprons
  • Home-made Gifts
  • Occasional Use Furniture
There are more than 500 new fabric designs on our website:

Here are some of my favorites:

Friday, April 20, 2018

Abstract Fabric Makes a Comeback

Abstract designs are making a comeback. Some of the patterns are reminiscent of popular designs in the 1980's while others are new and fresh.  These popular styles will give your home or office a modern, contemporary feel.  Create bedding and accents for your home decor with abstract fabrics for upholstery, draperies, bedding and pillows.  These fabrics would also make lovely wall art, screens and soft window shades.  Take a look at some of the new abstract fabrics on

Friday, April 13, 2018

Clean and Organize Today

Why does it take putting your house on the market to get all those little projects done?  Why can't we have a nice, updated house while we live in it?

Let's get to work. First, make a list of all the things you want fixed or updated. Most of the projects on my list did not take that long to complete and I really do love the results. I have wanted my front door painted for years. It took about 2.5 hours - with my husbands help - to get it completed. That's it and I love it.

Of course, regular spring cleaning would make some of the work much easier.  Have you started your spring cleaning yet?

If you vinyl mini blinds and the slats are broken or missing, we have budget-friendly blinds in 100's of sizes. They can also be custom cut to fit your window. Shop Blinds

Another quick and easy fix - make a cute pillow cover out of some new fabric - just slip your old pillow in and you have an instant update. Here's a link to a no sew pillow how-to >

After you make your list, number them in order of priority.  Budget for your needed supplies and stop putting the projects off.  You will feel so much better when your house is fresh, clean and up-to-date.