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Custom Drapes and Swags: The finishing touch

Designer Luisa Tchang approached us while working with her clients on a complete do-over renovation,  she needed just the right finishing touch for the only window in the new master bedroom!  The overall feel was to be soft, impromptu, and feel very elegant.  The custom drapes were going to have to live up to the new finishes; gorgeous custom millwork, stunning marble tile and crystal which were already in place to set the stage.

Every custom drapery project comes with its own set of obstacles, challenges and call for creativity.  This window presented us with a little awkward bulkhead that was in just the wrong place and had just the wrong sort of uneven quality that it absolutely needed to be covered up.  So, on to problem solving!

Our list then looked a little like this: hide the ugly bulkhead, add luxury and elegance, create a soft and impromptu feel (nothing too structured or rigid), and glam it up baby!  Check, check, and check.  Louisa selected a gorgeous pale silk damask from Joanne Fabrics and a soft satin champagne for the reveals.  We then proposed a swag valance with soft curves and delicate jabbots, decorative side panels with an angled hem and decorative tie back, all which would frame the window and the layer of pinch pleat sheer drapes which would be operable for privacy.  Phew!

The look came together and the result was just what the designer ordered, the final finishing touch on a glamorous master suite fit for her wonderful clients, who were thrilled!

Louisa and client having a chat before the reveal :)  Ps - the girls are sitting on a custom diamond tufted bench top upholstered by Fabulous Furnishings to match the existing hand crafted headboard!

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Getting set up and setting everything just right!

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A happy designer and her happy dance!

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Complete and sooo Fabulous :)  Ps – here is our custom tufted ottoman top again!

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Drapery Hardware: The unsung hero

Written By Date: February 20, 2014

Drapery Hardware

It is often overlooked when fabulous fabrics are the main focus, but drapery hardware is the jewel that adorns the finished product and shouldn’t be ignored!  Luckily hardware suppliers are stepping up the anti and are producing unique and spectacular designs, their finishes are becoming just as exciting as the custom drapes themselves.

Jonathan Browning Hardware

Jonathan Browning Studios crafts unique cast bronze hardware to die for:

 Your hardware options:

Being aware of your options where is comes to drapery hardware is the first step.  It’s easy to get stuck with the old faithful types; fluted wood, brushed or nickel finishes with clean contemporary finials . . . and wrought iron!  Although yes, they have their places, using something extra special gives you bragging rights and a nod to your keen eye for detail :)  So, here you are, some of the products available to you right here in our showroom for your next project!

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Pretty reflections; This line of hand crafted silver catches all kinds of light and gives a beautiful mirrored effect.  Pair it with a solid silver finial (*like this acorn shape) or glass to be uber chic!  Find more here:

swarovski crystal drapery hardware   contemporary acrylic drapery hardware finials

crystal and acrylic drapery hardware finials    acrylic drapery hardware finials

Joanne fabrics “Evolutions” line features Swarovski Elemnts which are manufactured in the Austrian Alps, paired with the clean look of the acrylic rod we fell in love and hung 4 of these beauties in our showroom (*hint* that means they are on display here just for you).

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Maxwell Fabrics “Manhattan” line expertly exhumes it’s title . . . sleek and fabulously unique just like it’s name of origin.  This collection comes with the option of adding a secondary track for layered treatments.

Jonathan Browning Hardware drapery


Jonathan Browning Hardware drapery rod

More from Jonathan Browning . . . couldn’t resist.  SO YUMMY.

Don’t forget we produce all styles of custom drapery.  For your next project call us for an in home consultation or send us pictures along with overall measurements to get a quote started!  We can’t wait to hear from you :)


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Arts and crafts sofa reupholstered in luscious green velvet fabric!

Happy Valentines day :)  I thought this would be a great blog to write on love day, about a sofa and a happy family story I fell in love with!

art and crafts sofa

We were contacted just before Christmas by a young family who was in possession of this old sofa that had been passed down to them with strict orders to never let it out of the family.  They absolutely loved it but it was in deseprate need of repair.  It wasn’t the right time for them to make the investment themselves so our client immediately thought of her dad.  It was a special piece that Dad had always had his eye on and made the kids promise that if they ever let it go, that it would be to him.  So they started secret talks with mom to gift it to their father for Christmas, she would finance the surprise and it was to be a great gift from all.  Inevitably it was decided that dad should be involved in the process, choosing fabric, discussing details and so on, so they spilled the surprise and he was thrilled!

The kids drove the sofa all the way down from Pemberton (where it had been stored for many years) and sadly parted ways with it.  They were, however, comforted to know it would soon be enjoyed again, and would stay in the family.

Shortly after Dad came into the shop to meet with us about the project. The sofa was meant for his study and he knew exactly what he wanted in terms of texture and colour! A short piled green velvet fabric trimmed with a matching green gimp was what his heart desired.  The sofa was in rough shape and had to be stripped right down to the bare frame. The coil springs were completely replaced, and repairs to the rickety wood frame were tended to.  The original dusty horse hair and hay filler were removed and replaced with new rebound foam.

This would get anyone sneezing!

sofa stripped down for upholstery original antique upholstery padding

Before and after. The green really suited the piece and was happy they kept the sofa true to itself!

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upholstery process antique sofa details - Copy

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