Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Custom Window Treatments vs. Store Bought Curtains

When selecting new window treatments for you home, one of the first decisions you must make is whether you want custom or store-bought. While store-bought treatments may be a faster, easier, and cheaper way to go, there are a few advantages to custom treatments that you may want to take into consideration.
Store-Bought Curtains

Custom Silk Grommet Panels Lined with Blackout

The first advantage is lining. Custom draperies are fully lined making them heavier and fuller. Most custom drapes weigh around 2lbs. per panel whereas unlined store-bought drapes usually weigh less than 1lb per panel. It is possible to find lined store bought curtains, but unfortunately they are usually lined with cotton percale fabric, which is thin with a low thread count and adds very little to the curtain. The thicker poly-cotton lining of custom curtains also helps block the sun as effectively as possible.

Another (and probably the most obvious) advantage of custom window treatments is that they are tailored to your needs. Store-bought curtains are designed to please the majority of consumers, but your windows may not be like the average consumer. If you have a window that is unusually large, for example, it would be very difficult to find that size if there was a specific color scheme that you were trying to match. Having your treatment custom-made gives you a wide variety of color, print, and size options that most store-bought treatments don't offer.

Triple Width Velvet Pinch Pleat Drapes

Finally choosing custom window treatments will ensure that they will last longer. this is because the quality of custom made treatments is better than that of store-bought curtains. Also if you have a treatment custom made, you are getting the look you want opposed to the look that is available. You will be happier with the window treatment for longer because it was exactly what you wanted for the room.

Custom London Shades

Custom London Shade

Custom Flat Roman Shades

Yes, having your window treatments custom-made will most likely cost you more money and take a bit longer. But, when you take these advantages into account, you'll find that it just may be worth the investment. There are many more reasons why custom is better than store-bought but the most important one of them is simply value. Custom window treatments pay for themselves all the years they gracefully cover your windows.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Upholstered Headboards

Upholstered Headboards are everywhere, and why not, they are classic and timeless. They add elegance and sophistication to any bedroom. They can be seen in the most traditional of rooms to the most modern.

Below are some of my favorites that I wanted to share with you.

I love the traditional lines of the bed below, the soft muted colors are both calming and relaxing.

The bed below has to be my favorite, I love the tufted look with the elegant trim.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Seven Great Gift Ideas that Dad will Love this Father's Day

Surprise Dad this Father's Day with a gift as special as he is. We've put together a streamlined Father's Day guide to help you discover the ideal gift for dad. look for personalized and traditional options, as well as gifts tuned to his affinities and personality: the gourmand, techie dude, business dad, outdoor buff, jet setting traveler, sports enthusiast, music and media hound, and even clever ideas for the dad how has it all.
Motorola Xoom

Robot Sold by CB2
One of a kind recycled iron robot salvages the idea of mechanical decor.

Geneva Sound System - Sold by CB2
Maximum hi-fi sound blast from minimal IPOD/Phone-ready design.

Life Saver Survival Kit - Sold By CB2
Survival kits packs seven lifesaving functions into one compact tool.

Here's To Dad's Root Beer and Snack Sampler - Sold by Red Envelope
This quite literally will make his face light up out of the box it arrives in.

HARIO V60 Kettle Sold by Amazon
For the Coffee Connoisseur who enjoys a delicious cup of pour over drip coffee that's all the rage right now.

Radar Golf Ball Finder - Sold by Rader Golf
If your dad is serious about his golf game, he probably spends a fair amount of cash on golf balls.