Drapes length – to puddle or not to puddle
- Lots of puddling is not in fashion. A 3-4 inch puddle is the standard now, so that you can actually pick up the hem of the panel and let it fall softly into place.
-When the ceiling or floor is uneven, puddle your drapes a little so you can hide the asymmetry of the space, to create a cohesive and professional look.
After a decade long making drapes, we want to share with you some of the formulas used by very successful designers to create beautiful luxurious drapes.
How full should your drapes be?
- Use at least 2 ½ times fullness for pleated drapes.
- 3 times fullness for each panel will give the aura of opulence, it’s so luscious, so stunning and so rich.
-Interline or lined the drapes with blackout lining, this allows you to achieve consistent color on the drapes, so the patterns and colors will be intact and true, also it prevents a washed-out look when the sun light shines through the drapes.
- also when you line and interline the drape, it makes your drape so plush and full that it instantly creates a luxurious and elegant look, unless you are using a sheer fabric.
Drapes is considered one of the top ten list of design elements in a home. They bring so much to a room that they are considered a necessity when decorating a home. Incorporating drapes into your space is a great way to create a cohesive look that is not only beautiful, but that also promotes an ambience that is cozy, romantic and a world of softness. Drapes is like a beautiful head of hair, it creates an aura, it frames and beautifies!
Throughout our decade long conversation with clients about draperies, we found that people are resistant to drapes, but why are they resistant to drapes if they make a world of difference? – The list of excuses can be endless: I have beautiful windows, I don’t want to cover them up, or I love my view – I don’t want to block it. I love the clean minimal look. Another popular excuse is this: I don’t need curtains, I already have mini blinds.
For all the reasons not to get curtains, I can argue against each point
Now that winter is over, we wanted to remind our client to remember to take care of their solid wood furniture. So your solid wood furniture will last a life time and age beautifully.
• Dust often. Small particles of dust may seem harmless, but enough buildup can scratch the wood's finish. Dust at least weekly with a soft, lint-free cloth. Stay away from Pledge and other dust polish, as they contain silicones that can soak into the grain of the wood and damage it for good.
•Watch humidity levels. Try to keep humidity levels in your home between 40 and 45%. It’s important to keep your home with a/c or de-humidifier in the summer month to prevent your furniture from warping. If the humidity gets too high, Parts of your wood furniture may absorb excess moisture from the air and expand, and could potentially warp.
• Nourish your solid wood furniture. It is said that if wood furniture could talk, it would be crying out for water during the dry winter months. During winter when heating systems run, the relative humidity of a home's indoor air can plummet to 13 percent or less--drier than Death Valley. That dry air steals moisture wherever it can--walls, floors and furniture. Dry indoor air can suck enough moisture from its surroundings to do permanent damage to wood, causing it to crack or split. These past winter months been especially long and harsh, So it’s very important that you give nourishment to your solid wood furniture -- by rubbing it thoroughly( please follow the grain pattern of the wood) with a hard, carnauba wax to help protect it from drying . We recommend feed-n-wax to polish your furniture once every 3-6 months.
Daily Dos and Don’ts
Blot clean all spills immediately.
Use coasters to prevent sweating beverages from leaving rings on the finish.
Winter months tend to collect more dust as winter forces humans to turn up the heat, in order to keep the heat in, doors and windows are kept closed. An unfortunate side effect is dry air, this can let dust levels increase as the dust that would land in places easy to clean begins to settle on high surfaces like window treatment. Come spring, for allergy sufferer or anybody wants to have a healthy environment, it is important to give your window treatment some cleaning, your house will be free of allergens and dust, so it will look fresh and clean for the rest of the year.
1. Don’t dry clean or wash your draperies. Most drapery fabric is not washable. There are very few exceptions to this. If you try to wash your draperies, the lining and face fabrics may shrink or not shrink in different ways. So, the lining may end up being longer than the face fabric. The same holds true for dry cleaning.
2. Steaming your drapes and roman shades, all our shades and drapery panels had underwent intensive steaming prior to installation, so it’s safe to steam them again, you can also achieve the dressed and renewed look after the fabric been steamed. We recommend a hand-held steamer, it can achieve this look effectively. Steaming is also a good way to kill off allergens.
3. Vacuuming really is the easiest and best way to care for your window treatments. We recommand an old piece of panty hose to cover the end of an upholstery vacuum attachment, so that you don’t suck the fabric or trim into the vacuum. Vacuuming gets rid of dust as well as allergens, it keeps your home healthy!
3. Use a lint roller. This is especially helpful if you have pets who may rub up against the bottom of your draperies.
4. Spot clean when necessary.
5. Finally, if above methods don’t work, call the professional.
Winter Care for solid wood Furniture
As Winter is approaching, we would like to remind our client to take proper care take of the environment the wood lives, in the winter month when heating systems run, the relative humidity of a home's indoor air can plummet to 13 percent or less--drier than Death Valley. That dry air steals moisture wherever it can--walls, floors and furniture. Dry indoor air can suck enough moisture from its surroundings to do permanent damage to wood, causing it to crack or split.
To help protect your wood furniture from the effects of winter's desiccating dryness, take these steps:
1. Change your thermostat settings gradually as the seasons change. We recommend placing solid wood furniture in room temperature (68 – 72 degrees Fahrenheit) with a relative humidity between 40-45%. Use a humidifier, preferably one with an automatic control system that can sense the humidity level and adjust itself accordingly.
2. Carefully consider the placement of your furniture. Avoid direct sunlight, heat sources, and bright lighting. Also, do not place solid wood furniture within close proximity to radiators, heating vents, space heaters, ovens, or wood burning stoves.
3. As wood is a natural material, it needs to breath, and live in an environment that will let them thrive, do not use vinyl table cloths and/or glass tops on your solid wood furniture especially table tops, as these things might cause the wood to warp and crack.
4. Rub it thoroughly with a good-quality furniture polish to help protect it. We recommend fed-e-wax. Rubbing it along the grain of the wood, it nourishes the wood and helps to condition the wood.