Monday, July 29, 2013

NEW Contemporary Pleated Shades

Something old is new again! Hunter Douglas' NEW Contemporary Pleated Shade collection offers an extensive fabric collection featuring bold colors and modern prints. Customers will have no trouble finding a fabric to fit any decor and any budget. Come check it out!

Botanicals - Eucalptus

Langley - Ecru

Vertex - Winter White

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Valance and Cornice Window Treatments

When adding a valance or a cornice to your window it creates a more tailored look and can pull a room together.

Valances work well on their own but also work well with a wide range of window treatments. Depending on the size of a valance it can visually shorten, lengthen, or streamline a window. They also provide a way for disguising hardware from a window blind.

A Cornice just like a valance provides a convenient way of hiding hardware. The most common type of cornice is a box cornice. Typically made of wood and upholstered, a cornice could be the finishing touch to a design scheme. When choosing your fabric keep in mind the decorative style of the room, it is best to choose a fabric that looks good when displayed flat. 

Contact one of our Interior Design departments if you are in need of window treatment help.

Monday, July 22, 2013

"Smart Fit" Cellular Shades

Contray to popular belief you CAN mount your cellular shade INSIDE your window frame! You no longer need 2-3" of recession to mount a cordless/top-down bottom up cellular blind. Exclusively made by Norman Window Fashions, the "Smart Fit" option allows your 3/8" pleat cellular shade to be mounted inside the frame, requiring only 1/2" to 3/4" of recession! Finally, you CAN let your beautiful molding show.

Stop by any of our Interior Decorating departments to look through the available fabric colors. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Entryway Inspiration

Your entryway is the first area in your home that guests see. Make it inviting but also include your own personal style. Here are ideas from Better Homes and Garden that are sure to get you excited to update your foyer with either paint or wallpaper.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Selecting Fabric - Things to Keep in Mind

Using fabric is an instant way of adding color and pattern to your decorating scheme. Fabric window treatments are most successful when coordinated with the other elements in the room. Here are a few things to think about when selecting your fabric.

Heavy materials: More suited for structured treatments. Gives the room a more warm and cozy feel.

Lighter materials: Work best in an informal setting in a style such as a tab top. The fabric creates a light and breezy look.

Large scale pattern: Best displayed in a flat treatment.

Small scale pattern: Use when material is gathered or folded.

When you are working with a particular color it is easy to pair solids with geometrics and floral prints. 

Green is considered a soothing color and works well in all designs, floral, geometric, check and leaf designs. Red and pink work well with green.

Neutral colors ranging from cream to beige have always been the staple color. Usually when the colors are light the fabric tends to have more texture and definition.

Blue and Yellow have always been very popular in our region. Not only do we sell a large number of blue wallpaper we also sell quite a bit of window valances with some hue of blue.

Red and Purple are very opulent and generally are used in more traditional designs. If you are aiming for a distinguished time period choose velvet, damask or satin.

If you would like help selecting fabric for your project, call or stop in to speak with one of our decorators.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Schumacher Luxe Lodge Wallcoverings

Schumacher has taken wallcovering to another level with their latest collection Luxe Lodge. The texture of the wallpaper designs will surprise you. From leather to snakeskin to wood grain this book is filled with wallcovering surprises.

Click here to view more wallcovering selections from the Luxe Lodge collection.

The Cody Snakeskin (in color Malt) pattern is a classic snakeskin design and is printed on a heavy matte nonwoven ground. Subtle variations of tone mimic the look of real snakeskin when applied to walls.

The Wyoming (in color Gunmetal) pattern was designed by combining Italian faux leather with an embroidered design that is reminiscent of a chain link. Its textured appearance and rich shades of gunmetal grey and raven black add drama to a range of interior spaces.







The Brazilian Cherry Woodgrain (in color Cordovan) is within a group of embossed and printed vinyl wallcoverings that creates the appearance of exotic woodgrain, but offers the ease of application and durability. These faux bois wallcoverings are available in a range of natural shades, including Ash, Brazilian Cherry, Ebony, French Walnut, Macassar and Zebrawood.







The Canyon Leather (in color Saddle) is an embossed acrylic wallcovering and has the appearance of textured leather. It is available in eight classic shades, each of which would be suitable for a wide range of interiors, including libraries, dens and offices.


Monday, July 8, 2013

ben Exterior Paint

Premium performance, exceptional value!

If you are looking for a premium quality 100% acrylic low VOC exterior paint with great performance and good value give ben a try. A few great features are fade and mildew resistant, superior hiding and touch up and also low temperature application down to 40 degrees.

ben Premium Exterior Latex Flat
The Flat sheen is the least shiny finish and is the best choice for hiding surface imperfections.

ben Premium Exterior Latex Low Lustre
The Low Lustre sheen provides excellent hiding with a durable sheen. 

ben Premium Exterior Latex Soft Gloss
The Soft Gloss sheen is a durable finish great for windows, shutters, doors and other trim work.

For more information on ben Exterior paint click here.

Friday, July 5, 2013

NEW Williamsburg Paint Colors

Trend meets Tradition
Benjamin Moore teamed up with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to create the Williamsburg Color Collection. The 144-color palette is based on actual hues that existed centuries ago, discovered through examination of period documents. The collection of vivid and intense hues includes colors not previously associated with the 18th century.

Stop by all three of our stores to view the Williamsburg color collection.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Deep Dramatic Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore has created deep dramatic color schemes. They are very helpful when deciding where to put colors in a room and also what colors work well together. With these handy looks it becomes a little easier - all you have to do is choose one main color and use the others for accessorizing. Take the plunge with one of these deep colors or stop by one of our paint departments to look through the Deep Dramatics brochure.

Colors left to right: Stonington Gray HC-170; Pottery Red 2085-20; Normandy 2129-40; Chantilly Lace OC-65; Flint AF-560

Colors left to right: Nantucket Gray HC-111; Montana Agate 056; Marblehead Gold HC-11; Carrington Beige HC-93; Secret AF-710

Colors left to right: Frappe AF-85; Castleton Mist HC-1; Scenic Drive 697; Char Brown 2137-20; Cotswold AF-150

Colors left to right: Brookside Moss 2145-30; Gossamer Blue 2123-40; Almost Black 2130-30; Harvest Time 186; Calming Cream OC-105

Colors left to right: Delwood Sand 1019; Yellow Squash 2161-50; Chambourd AF-645; Greyhound 1579; Cloud White OC-130