Aug 31, 2007

Decorating Tip of the Day

Large pieces of furniture, like sofas, should be in neutrals to really anchor the room. Then the dramatic punches of color need to come from the art work, accessories and window treatments.

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Aug 30, 2007

Decorating Tip of the Day

In order to figure out what size of rug will fit your space, try laying a bed sheet on the floor and fold and unfold until the dimensions to look right.

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Aug 29, 2007

Decorating Tip of the Day

Keeping things organic looking try: branches in a vase (a maintenance-free alterative to a plant), a jute rug, and our new line of organic natural cotton fabric draperies!!

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Aug 28, 2007

Fabric Spotlight

Crash Linen Cabernet is a fabric in an eye catching, robustly deep wine color. That has the sensuous feel of organic linen and 100% Polyester makes this fabric an economical choice.

The swatches of this fabric are absolutely free of charge, just order one today!

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Aug 27, 2007

Decorating Tip of the Day

Large pieces of furniture, like sofas, should be in neutrals to really anchor the room. Then the dramatic punches of color need to come from the art work, accessories and window treatments.

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Aug 24, 2007


Piedmont Silk Cream is one of our fantastic fabrics. It has a creamy, ornate circular pattern on a soft and golden back ground. It has a fairly small pattern repeat and is a Rayon Cotton blend. This fabric is very versatile. It could go in a very formal, traditional room or in a contemporary,sophisticated room.

Order a free fabric sample today!!

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Aug 23, 2007

Decorating Tip of the Day

Does your 8 foot ceiling feel real low like it’s caving in on you? Try painting the ceiling a very ever-so-light robin’s egg blue. Then, hang drapery panels close to the ceiling… It feels as though the ceiling has lifted!! Like the blue sky has taken the ceiling a way.

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Aug 22, 2007

Decorating Tip of the Day

Having trouble coming up with colors for your room? Start with what I call an “inspiration piece”. It can be your favorite picture, glassware, or pillow that will be in the room. Draw the colors and style from the piece and let your creative energy flow.

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Aug 21, 2007

Decorating Tip of the Day

Be creative with your draperies. Bright colors or interesting
patterns can make a neutral room the most dramatic room in
your home. A soft color can bring a touch of femininity to a
dark, masculine room. And consider how the colors in your
draperies can pick up on different upholstery, pillows, table
skirts and rugs to tie everything together to have a designer's

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Aug 20, 2007

Bookshelf Decorating

Are your bookshelves junky and an eyesore?
Here are a few tips to turn the shelves into designer looking focal point in your room.

  1. Instead of lining all of the books side by side, try stacking some of them horizontally.

  2. If the book has a beautiful cover, showcase it by placing it on an easel.

  3. Group collections of accessories by similar sizes and color for a more uniform look.

  4. Arrange all accessories in odd numbers.

  5. Place some accessories on stacked books to create different heights.

  6. Bring all vertical placed books to the edge of the shelves instead of pushing them to the back.

  7. Leave some empty spaces.

  8. Shelves should be about 2/3rds full.

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Aug 17, 2007

Light Bulbs

What is the best light bulb to set a soft atmosphere? That is a question I ask myself every time I stare at the vast wall of selection of light bulbs at my local hardware store. Decisions, decisions I wish a package would just jump into my cart and I would be done with it! After lots of hit and miss trails I have found 65 watt soft-white incandescent bulb really are the best for soft lighting. After this remarkable discovery, my hubby replaced all of the bulbs in our house with CFL’s. Well, it is better for the environment!!

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Aug 16, 2007

Chenille Velveteen Khaki is a durable but
very plush chenille texture with a slight and
subtle sheen. This luxuriously Synthetic blend
is very neutral in color. This fabric is perfect
for any style of room, whether the room is
timelessly traditional to sophisticatedly contemporary.
All swatches are free of charge!!
Just order one today!!

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Aug 15, 2007

Decorating Tip of the Day

Luxurious fabrics such as silks, velvets, leather, and suede do not have to be expensive to achieve a designer look. There are brilliant synthetics fabrics here at Factory Direct Drapes that can fool even the trained eye.

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Decorating Faux Pau --- Don’ts in the Interior Design World
  1. Hanging Draperies too low. Accentuate the ceiling height by placing hardware much taller than the window height.
  2. Over Done. Too much of a good thing can be, well too much. Simple accessories are just fine.
  3. Hanging Art Too High. Hang art work where the center of the piece at eye level.
  4. Karate Chopping Pillows. Leave the karate at the Dojo not on your pillows
  5. Pillow Overdose. Too many throw pillows can look like you are trying too hard to achieve a designer look.
  6. Over Done Window Toppers. Again too much is too much, Swags, cascades, jabots, rosettes…. Too much, all you need are drapery panels, a scarf valance and some beautiful hardware brackets and call it a day.

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Aug 10, 2007

Are You Crafty and Bored with Your Window?

To add interest to your room, try Painted curtains. Buy our sheers either tab top or even rod pockets sheers will do. Then go to your local craft store and buy fabric paints. Anything goes — from polka dots, to mod geometrics, to flowers. Use your creative freedom to have a style all your own.

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Aug 8, 2007

My Favorite Room!!
I love this sitting room, it looks so peaceful. It makes me want to crawl up in one of those chairs with a good book and a cup of steaming hot tea. It is so important to make sure that the window treatments help set the atmosphere of your room. Do you see how the casual scarf accentuates the window? It gives the window softness without being over-bearing. You still get all of the natural sunlight and the glorious view of the surrounding lake. Zen-like rooms are easy to create when using soft, airy, and gentle casual scarves like this room.

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Aug 7, 2007

What is your style?

Relaxed, informal, comfortable. Overstuffed upholstery; textured fabric covers; earthy, neutral colours; natural materials
Sleek, streamlines, simple, bold colours, metal and glass, leather, minimal pattern
Distressed/painted woods, plump sofas with raffled skirts, floral prints, gingham and plaids
Formal, symmetrical, damask and chintz, dark polished woods
Mixing of two or more styles together
What ever you style is have fun, be bold and let your creative energy roam free!!!!

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Aug 6, 2007


Our fantastic Botanica Camel European in style, luxurious fabric. This timeless and traditional leafy pattern fabric is graced with a subtle cross-hatched background. The color palette is of rich, warm tones and soft shades of ruddy fawn and dusty rose. 100% Rayon has a slight sheen and elegantly simmers when the light hits it just right.

The swatches of this fabric are absolutely free
of charge, just order one today!


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