Wellness in the Home

Wellness in the Home

Whenever we prepare to install a project, we always plan for those finishing touches that not only make the design come to life, but that complete the environment - the atmosphere we’re trying to convey.

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Window Treatments - An Opinion Piece

I'm finally getting around to having window treatments made for our kitchen. Our kitchen (we remodeled last year) is lovely, and doesn't necessarily need treatments, but I think it might give it a more polished, finished look.  That, and I remembered I have a large remnant of Katsugi I've been dying to use forever.

I'm planning to do relaxed (fixed) roman shades. - something like these

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I know it sounds strange, but I have this love/hate relationship with curtains, etc.  Outside of the wide blinds we have for privacy, the windows in our house are bare.  Our home doesn't get a ton of natural light, so I don't want to do anything to impede light coming in.  But, there's more to it than that.  I have what might be called curtain paranoia that stems (I believe) from being too roped into the world of decorating.

What I mean is - the gorgeous, custom window treatments we see in magazines cost


of dinero. Often, it's those custom treatments that make a room look complete, pulled together.  But cheap window treatments can do the exact opposite.  They can take a room that was looking nice, and downgrade it.

I once read a fellow decorator say something along the lines of, "If you can't swing $5000 on curtains, don't bother at all," and it's that kind of thinking that keeps me in stagnant curtain mode.  I don't have 5k in the curtain budget, so rather than go inexpensive and risk cheapening the room, I just don't do anything at all.

Thing is, that line of thought doesn't play well with a lot of clients.  People want to be able to have nice curtains, etc without blowing out their budget.  There has to be a middle ground. And this is how I found it:

 1)  I bought my high-end fabric from another designer who sells her remnants at a greatly-discounted price.  I highly recommend her site -

The Designer's Attic

.  Often, she has smaller yardages, but if you're flexible and looking for inspiration, Shannon's your gal.

2)  I found a seamstress via Craigslist.  DISCLAIMER - this is my first time to work with her!!  I'll update once everything is done, but my point is - look for a knowledgeable seamstress with experience who may work out of his/her home.  They have less overhead, and are often not as busy.  A go-to workroom is a decorator's best friend, but if you're competing with a lot of other people's projects a) yours may not get priority and b) it'll cost you more.

3)  Go with more practical options.  Because I don't expect to ever want to close the shades in my kitchen, the ones I'm having made will be fixed - meaning, they will appear to be operable, but won't be.  This saves yardage = $$, but the look will still be custom.  The same thought can be applied to other rooms.  A standard curtain panel runs 3 yards, and many times, you'd want a more plush look than that would allow.  So, you can see how quickly you could get into the 10+ yard range.  Decent fabric, liner, hardware, labor - you can do the math.  But, if your style will allow it, a lovely and tailored roman shade can give you a lot of custom bang for the buck without all that yardage.

I picked up on a lot of gorgeous examples of roman shades in lieu of curtains in designer

Erin Gates'


Elements of Style

 - a great resource, btw.

photos via


So, my takeaway is:  don't let high-end decorating ways deter you from pursuing a custom look.  It can be done.  It just might take a little more research and legwork.  Totally worth it, if you ask me.  Stay tuned for the reveal of my custom/savvy spender kitchen shades.

Your Questions, Inspirations, etc..

tony duquette's dawnbridge
Just a real-quick post today, as we're still enjoying the five-day National Holiday that is Carnaval.

First: How Totally THERE is that malachite/cheetah pattern combo? Of course, it's via Tony Duquette's Master Mind, and I'll still draw inspiration from it. Lots.

Second: I want to answer your questions/comments - I really do, but it's rully frustrating when I can't reply to you via email because, well, you haven't put your email into Blogger, and all I get for a return address is: .
I've investigated other comment/reply platforms, but they seem to have as many cons as pros. So, unless you have a better suggestion, perhaps you could help a girl out! If you use Blogger, here's how to do it:
  • Log into your Blogger account
  • Go to your Dashboard, then Edit User Profile
  • Select "Show my Email address"
  • Under "Identity," fill in the email address you'd like to receive comment replies to.

Now...to answer a few of your questions from the Dallas Client post:

The fabric for the curtains is Sarita. We bought it via Lewis & Sheron - as far as I know, we cleared out the last of their yardage, but it's possible you could find it from another vendor.

The new kitchen hardware pulls are the Lugarno knobs are the Gilmore line from RH in polished nickel.

The lantern pendants over the kitchen island are the Bolton lanterns via PB - they were on sale, and are no longer available, but the Gothic would give a similar feel.

Hope that helps, mi amigas. See you tomorrow for a special Fat Tuesday post!

Design Dilemma Sources: Jana's Room

Shortly after I posted the update on Jana's room, I realized I hadn't sourced a thing, and several of you have commented or emailed wanting some deets....

That Faburlous (typo - I'm keepin' it!) Wall Color: Benjamin Moore - Harbor Gray
You all seemed to love it in Jana's room, and you've probably seen it before...

BM harbor gray chip

Fabric for armchairs: Calico Corners Key WestMid-Century console (found via Dallas Craigs) in the sitting room nook: repainted Krylon Sun Yellow

Gray silk ikat accent pillows: from this Ebay vendor, and I can just about guarantee you won't find better prices for this look.
French Bulldog silhouette: Mod-Dog.com (sooooo ordering one for my sister and BIL!)
Sunburst Mirror above mantel: Jana's own DIY version - see here