Saturday, March 16, 2013

Window Treatment Trends

Nothing can transform a room as quickly and effectively as a well thought out, beautifully designed window treatment. Window treatments don`t just dress up a window; they`ll also tone in with the shades and textures of your furniture and flooring. Whether you`re trying to create a look that`s casual or formal, whimsical or elegant, innovative or traditional, the right window treatment will go a long way toward creating the distinctive look and ambiance you`re aiming for.

If you`d like to update your living spaces, then adding new blinds, curtains or window shades can help you to modernize the most outdated room. Here are a few of today`s most fashionable decorator trends in window treatments.

Wood Grains

If you`ve been looking at model showcase homes recently, you`ve probably noticed that at least one room will have wood grain blinds covering the windows. Today, wood grain blinds are more popular than ever and can be found in a variety of woods. In past years, bamboo was especially popular, not only because it`s a relatively inexpensive and sustainable wood, but also because of its lightweight texture. Within the last several years, however, decorators have started to favor wood grains such as birch, maple, cherry and mahogany.

Decorators are also enthusiastic about some of the newer wood grain blinds with woven accents reminiscent of grass or bamboo reeds. These look especially decorative in a casual, airy room with lightweight wood and wicker furnishings.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds continue to be popular with homeowners and decorators alike. Seen from a distance, vertical blinds give a first impression of sharply pleated curtains and for many homeowners they offer far more visual appeal than traditional horizontal blinds. Vertical blinds are available in both wood grains and fabrics and are made to fit just about any shape or size of window.

Luxury Fabrics

If you think that velvets and brocades are only suitable for the inhabitants of Downton Abbey, then think again. Today`s decorators are waxing enthusiastic over the most luxurious silks, crushed velvets and damasks, even for the smallest of areas.

Luxury window fabrics can dress up the plainest room and make it sparkle with rich jewel tones. Just add a few gold fringed tassels and your room will be fit for royalty. If you prefer, you can also opt for a more contemporary feel by choosing luxury window treatments made of faux fur, suede or leather.

Pencil Pleat Curtains

Pencil pleat curtains are back in style and more popular than ever. With their thin, soft precision pleats, they add texture and a touch of traditional elegance to any window.

You may associate pencil pleat curtains with your grandmother`s house, but today`s pencil pleat styles are made in modern, no-wrinkle fabrics and colors. Best of all, they require very little maintenance, so you don`t have to worry about ironing those tiny pleats all day the way that your ancestors did.

Shades in Bold Prints

If you`re thinking about buying shades, it`s time to go for the bold choices. Shades are hot right now, especially in big floral, striped and geometric prints that are reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s. Relatively inexpensive compared to other window treatments, brightly patterned shades can bring a welcome deluge of color that will liven up even the most boring, monochromatic room.

Whether you`re looking at pencil pleat curtains or other fashionable designs, make sure that you choose something that you like and will enjoy living with. In the end, the most modern trends may not appeal to you and you may prefer something more traditional. The good news is that with the wide variety of materials, styles and colors available, you`re sure to find whatever you`re looking for, whether it`s a traditional, softly billowing pencil pleat curtain or a heavy, luxurious royal purple brocade complete with gold tassels.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cookers and Ovens

Once you have designed your new or remodeled kitchen, it`s time to make some crucial decisions on choices that will impact your kitchen`s look, design layout and overall functionality. The right cooker is essential to your new kitchen. Before you commit, go over the features and styles available so you find the stove that will meet all your needs.


Most stoves come in various colors, so you should be able to find the cooker with the features you want in a color that will complement your design scheme. Basic neutral tones, such as black or white, will work in just about any kitchen. Consider sticking to these neutral tones if you`re a frequent remodeler, as neutral colors will fit into more design styles than more rare ones.
If you think you want to keep your kitchen`s new design for a long time, you can go with a stove in a more unusual color, such as red, black or stainless steel. While stainless steel appliances are common now, the silver may not be in certain design schemes.


The basic energy type you`ll have to pick between is gas and electric. Both have their own pros and cons. If you have pre-existing hookups, you may want to stick to the type of stove your kitchen has the connections for. Budget-wise, which type will cost you less to run depends on the cost of electricity and gas in your area.

Gas cookers offer more control over the heat, especially in the oven, than electric cookers do. However, electric stoves are often easier to clean and cost less than gas stoves.


Once you`ve decided the energy type for your new cooker, you`ll need to choose a design. The three most common designs are the slide-in range, which fits between two cabinets but doesn`t have finished sides, the freestanding range, which has finished sides and the drop-in range, which is built right into your cabinets.

Your design choice must fit into your kitchen`s layout and design scheme. The cooker should not take up too much space or be difficult to get around after installation. Measure your stove space multiple times so you know how much room you have to play with and don`t end up with a cooker that won`t fit into your kitchen.


Ovens come in conventional, convection and combinations of both as far as the internal heating structure goes. Conventional ovens use the heat generated by the energy source and natural airflow to heat foods, while electric convection ovens use a fan system to heat food more quickly. Combination ovens use elements of both heating types and do cook food faster than conventional ovens.

Consider your particular cooking needs when you`re deciding on a heating element type. Convection ovens do heat quickly and many users experience a lot of trial and error when it comes to determining the proper cooking time. If you`re not cooking for a lot of people or are often distracted while you`re making dinner, a conventional oven may be a better choice for you. If you`re planning on larger cooking sessions on occasion, consider a combination oven.

Depending on your particular cooking needs and your kitchen`s design, a wall oven might be an option. You can pair the wall oven with a cooktop instead of choosing a more traditional cooker. Wall ovens and cooktops take up less space, so if you`re concerned about room, look into both of these options. Cooktops can be built into countertops or kitchen islands, giving you functional cooking and prepping space.

Research features and prices, such as timers, before you make your final choice. Many stove models, such as the Rangemaster Classic Deluxe, come with electronic baking features for the oven.

Monday, January 9, 2012

French Country Style Kitchen

Today I have a kitchen that's done in one of my favourite styles.

[Green and ivory french country style kitchen with bronze-colored metal light fixtures]

This "french country style" interior is a sophisticated combination of peacefullness, softness, and richness. Look how refined its color palette is!

And also notice how charming are the bronze-colored metal light fixtures and furniture elements. There was definitely a lot of talent applied to this room.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Green and White Christmas Interior

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

[A green and white interior with a white Christmas tree]

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cool Christmas Wall Decorations

Here are some cool ideas for Christmas decorations:

[A red wall with a Christmas tree sticker]

[A living room with a wall which is decorated with snowflakes]

[An interior with red and white paper bells]

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bedroom Design for Child Cheerleader

Megan Gates is an active blogger who provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to New York Real Estate, Nassau Rentals, home improvement and the latest architecture, design and fashion. Follow her on twitter @MEGatesDesign.

If your daughter is a cheerleader, the odds are high that she is obsessed with it. A lot of young girls dream about being cheerleaders when they grow up. When they actually get into junior high and high school, they are dedicated to this dream. They can even take it on to college if they work hard enough, so you would do well to promote your daughter's obsession in any way that you can. This may mean decorating her room to match her chosen pastime. Below are a few different ideas for things that you can do to really make her bedroom a special place.

Put Up Her Medals
Many cheerleaders are involved in competitions. They can get medals when they win over other teams of cheerleaders from other schools. If your daughter has been in some of these competitions and she has won them, you can make a shelf for her medals. A good idea is to make the top of the shelf flat and empty; you can use it to set up plaques and similar rewas. Below that, you can put some pegs where her medals can hang on their bands.

Paint The Room With School Colors
Your daughter probably has a lot of school spirit if she wants to dress up and cheer for them all of the time, so you can paint the room with the same colors. You can just use the main color - blue, for instance - for the walls. You can then use the secondary color - white or yellow, for example - for the trim. If you want a less intense look, you could just paint the walls white and then put strips of blue and yellow around the top. You could also paint the trim these colors.

Put Up Newspaper Clippings And Photographs
When your daughter has been in competitions or led the cheers at games, she has probably been photographed for the local newspaper. You should take these photographs and frame them. There are also team pictures and individual pictures taken at most schools. You can frame these as well. You may even want to get a large frame that can accommodate many pictures. You can then put them all in the same place so that she has a nice collage of her and her team.

Give Her Outfit A Special Place To Hang
Lastly, you may want to create a place where she can hang her cheerleading outfit. This could be as simple as putting a hanger on the wall. It could be more complex, though, if you want to transfer a small closet into a place where the uniform can be displayed. You could even do this in conjunction with the pictures so that she can have everything in one place. By setting her cheerleading outfit aside from all of her other clothes, you will be showing her that you support her in all that she does and that you also think that her pastime is important.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Cabinet with Cool Primitive Style Decorations

Take a look at this cabinet!

[A modern cabinet with cool primitive style decorations]

This interior grabs attention because of the way it blends disparate styles. These primitive style decorations make a perfect addition to this modern minimalistic interior, don't they?