What size and shape should I make a window valance? 5 tips designers like Candice Olsen use for making window treatments!

The size of your valance is based on three things, how much wall space you have available, whether you prefer to hide your blinds behind the valance, and what the room size dictates.  1) Create a paper pattern!  This will help you visualize the best size for your valance. As a rule of thumb, we […]

How to furnish and paint a room with slanted ceiling or dormer walls?

A low slanted ceiling or dormer area can look amazing with a few designer tricks. Here we’ll provide tips for painting and furnishing a room with slanted ceilings and dormers, so they’ll be architecturally appealing. 1) PAINT THE SLANTED CEILING!  If the slanted area is the same color as the walls (instead of ceiling white) […]

What window treatments are best with a window seat?

Window Seats with window treatmentsAFTER ABOVE, BEFORE BELOW With a window seat, it’s best to use a valance or a roman shade instead of a drapery panel. Notice how the drapes & roman shades start close to the crown molding, this creates the illusion of height, to make the ceilings feel taller.  It allows you […]

What type window treatment is best for french doors? 6 must read interior design tips!

Window treatments for french doors can be the same as the other windows in the room….see below. Notice the drapes are hung on the outside of the window frame, so they do not affect functioning french doors. Drapes at a french door have numerous advantages: 1) They draw the eye towards the french door, to […]

Custom drapes versus store bought? What type window treatments are best?

Trying to decide between custom drapes versus drapes on line or in a store? Here we will list  the pros and cons so you can make the best decision.   Custom drapes hung OUTSIDE the window frameso they don’t block light, yet they’re wide enough to cover a 64″ wide area 1) Custom drapes can […]

4 interior design solutions for a luxurious romantic bathroom!

Interior designers have 4 solutions to instantly help your bathroom feel more luxurious, inviting and romantic. In no particular order – here we go –  1) Add a chandelier – it’s a quick way to achieve a unique look! 2) Add valances or roman shades. Hang them as high as possible to make the ceilings […]

Roman shade or drapes? Which is better for privacy?

If you’re trying to decide between shades and drapes for window treatments, know that they both have advantages.  A roman shade will raise and lower for privacy, but one disadvantages is if it’s an inside mount (as shown here) it will block some view even when it’s raised.  Roman shade (right), full length drapes (left) […]

How to upgrade a boring bedroom on a budget! 6 must read photos and tips!

Is your bedroom bland and boring? Ready for a quick makeover or a total room transformation but don’t want to replace the furniture?  Here’s your inspiration to create the WOW factor without breaking the bank.  1) know that new furniture is rarely the solution, if anything, that will make the least amount of impact. 1) Paint […]