Client Reveal ~ Pillows & Window Treatments

Last week, I shared a client's install with beautiful window treatments; today, I am sharing a second recent install - this time with more than just window treatments. This couple contacted  me wanting to spruce up their neutral family room and unadorned foyer.

The family room, before:

family room before

and after:

gray and blue family room

We started with a new rug. We chose one that is still neutral, but that also brings in shades of blue and warm tans to relate to the wall color.

neutral and blue floral rug

After selecting the rug, we started to look at fabrics for new pillows and window treatments.  We chose four fabrics that are a mix of fun, colorful patterns.

blue & gray pillows

We repeated one of the fabrics (the stripe on the right) to use as the window treatments.  They have a lot of windows in the space, and we decided the best option for window treatments was to frame the French doors that open out to their deck.  Adding window treatments to every window in the room would have overwhelmed the space.

gray and blue family room

Here is a close-up of of the window treatment fabric - the blue and neutral stripes coordinate perfectly with the rug.

window treatment close up

They have satin nickel hardware throughout their kitchen and family room, so we repeated that with the drapery rod and finials.

top pinch pleat window treatmentsIn their foyer, they needed a few pieces to add functionality and personality.


foyer before

She found a rug that she loved, and we used that as the inspiration for the space.

blue damask rug

Next, we added a bench and a shelf with hooks.  To bring in more color to the space, we choose three blue fabrics for a bench cushion and pillows.

foyer with bench

Now, they have the perfect space for storing shoes, coats, and bags.

foyer with bench

A close-up of the fabrics:

blue pillows on a foyer bench

I love mixing and matching patterns.  It is also fun to see how new fabrics can completely transform a space!

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Client Reveal ~ Window Treatments

Hello and Happy 2015! The end of 2014 kept me busy with client work, and I had two big installs for clients last Friday.  The first install I want to share is the home of a couple with two young boys.  They are a busy family and recently completed a few renovation updates in their downstairs. They contacted me to help them with the 'finishing touches' of a few spaces.

Clients frequently ask me, "Are custom window treatments worth it?"  My answer is always: "Yes!"  They make such a big impact in a room, and with the perfect fabric and beautiful hardware they are an investment clients are always happy they made.

Here are the three rooms we worked on in their home to bring the perfect window treatments to the space.  (Each room still needs a few pieces and accessories to finish it off, but the window treatments give them a good place to start and find inspiration).

Family Room

Here is their family room, before:

family room before

They had already selected transitional chairs (with a complementing sofa on the other side of the room), a geometric rug, and aqua and tan pillows throughout the room.  The windows were just too bare, and they wanted a functional treatment to close for privacy.

Their family room, after:

aqua and tan family room

A fun, aqua and ivory 'wave' fabric compliments the other fabrics and patterns in the room.  We also selected a sheer that can open and close to allow for privacy when needed.

aqua window panel and sheer

Satin nickel hardware coordinates with the hardware on their built-in bookcases.

aqua window panel and sheer header

The sheers, closed:

aqua window panel and sheer

or open: aqua and tan family room

Either way, these window treatments help to complete the family room!

Living Room

The living room is "Mom's room" - a place to read, relax, and make phone calls to dear friends.  She choose shades of teal and gray for the room, and she plans to bring in art work with greens and pinks.

The living room, before:

living room before


teal and gray living room

teal and gray living room

When we held up the fabric we selected for this room, we knew it was 'the one'. It has an updated-traditional feel to it, and the color palette matched perfectly with the space.

teal bird fabric window panel

We also selected satin nickel hardware in the living room to coordinate with the satin nickel nailhead trim on their gray leather wing chairs.

teal bird fabric window panel

Dining Room

Their dining room is a mix of traditional, family pieces, with more contemporary accent pieces.

Here is the before (and you can see some of the fabrics we were debating between):

dining room before


gray floral dining room window panels

This gray and white floral fabric is the ideal balance of formal with a little bit of playfulness and youthfulness to complete the space.

gray floral window panels

The black hardware coordinates with the chandelier and helps draw the eye up in the room.

gray floral window panels header

In these three spaces, the window treatments are beautiful highlights that help each room feel closer to being complete.

Stayed tuned for the second install!

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Window Treatments & Wall Colors ~ Client Reveal

Back in August, I received an email from Hanna: “Hi Cathy…My family and I recently moved to Glen Allen from Connecticut and I could use some design/decorating help with making our new house feel like home.”

Over the next few months, Hanna and I met several times to help her vision come to life.  Hanna has a good design eye, but wanted help pulling everything together in their new home.  She had already visited a few fabric stores and was willing to have fun with color choices.  Her main goals were to choose paint colors for the majority of the house and to add window treatments to the downstairs rooms.

We started in the Living Room and Dining Room.

dining room window treatments detailHanna found the brown floral silk and the tan silk at Williams & Sherrill.  With the expertise of Christine from Iron Gate Interiors, we designed complimentary window treatments for the adjoining rooms.

Dining Room

dining room window treatments

Living Room

living room window treatments

living room window treatments

As I mentioned before, Hanna was willing to have fun with color.  To complement the fabric, we chose three shades of blue to use on the walls.

All Benjamin Moore:

living and dining paint colors

Painting the tray ceiling in the Dining Room the lightest shade of blue gives the room added interest without being overbearing.  Here is an angle where you can see all three colors (dining room on the right, living room on the left):

dining room ceiling

The kitchen contains an eat-in area and also opens up into the family room.  For paint colors and window treatments, we were working with the existing granite in the kitchen and their current sofa.

In order to coordinate with all of the pieces in both rooms, we choose Benjamin Moore Gray Mirage 2142-50 – a nice blend of gray and beige with a hint of green.

BM Gray Mirage

Again, we enlisted Christine’s help and decided on neutral linen pleated window panels with a contrasting trim.  We repeated the same fabric and trim on all three windows in the space in order to keep the two rooms feeling connected.

Family room

family room window treatments

Kitchen & eat-in area (Notice the cute idea for hanging Christmas balls!)

kitchen bay window

bay window panelsFor the window over the kitchen sink, we decided to go with a Relaxed Roman Shade.

kitchen sink window

The red and green in the trim helped tie in the couch to the rest of the space.

kitchen sink window detailTrim detail:

green & red trim

I also helped Hanna and Peter choose a few other paint colors.  For their foyer, stairway, and upstairs hallway: Benjamin Moore Brandon Beige 977.  Brandon Beige is one of my favorite neutrals right now – sometimes it reads gray, sometimes it reads as a rich beige, and sometimes it picks up a hint of green.  It all depends on the light and the time of day!

BM Brandon Beige 977

In the downstairs bathroom we repeated the Rendezvous Bay 726.

BM Rendezvous Bay

For their Master Bedroom, we chose (Benjamin Moore):

master bedroom colors

And in the Master Bathroom (Benjamin Moore):

BM Prescott Green

I really enjoyed working with Hanna and Peter.  They were delightful and friendly, and helping them feel welcome in Richmond was truly a pleasure.

A big thank you to Hanna and Peter for giving me the opportunity to work with them, and for allowing me to share their pictures with you!

º Would any of these paint colors work in your house?

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