Window Treatments for Curved and Arched Windows

In Florida in particular, architects and builders love to put in large windows with semi-circular glass above the square window. This creates a logistical problem when it comes to window treatments…where does the rod go?  Above the arch? Between the arched window and the square/rectangular one underneath on the ‘transome’?

Here are a couple of ‘tricks’ that I use when designing window treatments for this style of window.

This window treatment was drawn for a client with arched windows.
This window treatment was drawn for a client with arched windows.

First, make sure you don’t ‘cut off’ the window by putting the rod at the transome, especially with low ceilings as this will ‘cut-off’ your visual scope and make the ceiling look even lower making the room feel smaller.  The rods can be placed above the arch instead, lengthening the windows.

You want to draw the eye upwards to the ceiling therefore making the window and the room feel larger, and more spacious without loosing the architectural details of the arch, of course.

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The cornice boards are placed above the arch to maintain visual interest.

Here is a treatment I used for my client recently, who had a more modern/transitional decor style. I simply dressed both sides of the window with cascading panels and small cornice boards.  As the blinds addressed the privacy issues, the drapes simply enhanced the decor by adding color and texture to the room.

Medallions placed above the arch.
Medallions placed above the arch.

Medallions are also a good alternative, especially for a more traditional or Mediterranean look.as they can be very ornate.  This is also good for clients that wish to reduce the light coming through a window or need to have the ability to close them. Tassels can be hung to add even more detail to the medallions.

When I work with a client to design their dream window treatments, I always provide several sketches of the client’s windows and what the treatments will look like. Please contact me at 321.368.5138 or Design, Drapes, and Decor for more information on my custom window treatments.

– Cindy

“Key West Chic”

Whenever I think of Key West, I think of traveling all those miles in an un-air-conditioned Chevrolet with the windows opened and the fresh smell of sea and sand as we all made our way to the small hotel where we would vacation…

The thing about the Florida Keys is the Cuban and Caribbean influences as far as color is concerned…You will see a lot of “Sherbet Colors” as I call them…paler shades of pink, orange, yellow, blue..more pastel in nature.

So, I set out to create a cute piece of furniture that recreated some of those images…First, I wanted a softer paler green…I achieved this by mixing Antibes Green with Pure White.
I then added a small amount of Florence and a tiny bit of English Yellow.  Remember that one of the beautiful things about Annie Sloan Chalk Paints® is the way they blend together so easily giving you hundreds of possible combinations. Get creative!

The piece after a quick cleaning.
The piece after a quick cleaning.

1) I took a small chest and wiped it clean of dirt.

Preparing to 'ModPodge' the map to the table surface.
Preparing to ‘ModPodge’ the map to the table surface.
The top of the chest after the first round of ModPodge, and trimmed to fit.
The top of the chest after the first round of ModPodge, and trimmed to fit.

2) In order to make the top of the piece unique and thematic, I took some wrapping paper styled as a huge map.  I applied MogPog to the entire surface to help seal the map onto the wooden top. I pressed on the map trying to get out any air bubbles – use a dull, flat surface to push the air bubbles to the edges to get rid of them. While it was drying, I took a razor knife and gently cut it to size removing extra ‘map’ hanging off edges.  After it was dry, I took some watered down mogpog and painted a coat over top to seal the map and it’s edges.

The chest after its Pure White coat.
The chest after its Pure White coat.

3) I then painted my chest with Pure White.

The chest painted in the hand mixed green.
The chest painted in the hand mixed green.

4) Then, I painted on two coats of my ‘hand mixed’ light green that I prepared with Antibes Green, Pure White, Florence and a tiny bit of English Yellow.

5) When dry, I applied a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax to the entire piece, including the top, and let dry.

A closeup of the results of distressing.
A closeup of the results of distressing and a light Pure White coating.

6) I distressed the piece heavily so that it would have that sun bleached, weathered patina.  I lightly painted the hardware with Pure White.

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The final piece!

7) I finished it off with another thin coat of wax and then buffed…and, what do you think??  I can definitely see this in a Key West Bed and Breakfast!! Give it a try!

– Cindy

Revive Tired Furniture with a Nautical Look!

As an Interior Designer, one of the most common problems clients face is what to do with outdated furniture that are simply too good to part with.  The finishes are often dulled and dirty from years of use, but the quality of wood and workmanship make it a valuable piece….One such client was Barbara.  Her Henredon dresser had been an big investment 25 years ago and she hated to part with it, but it didn’t match her new Florida home.

The original Henredon dresser.
The original Henredon dresser.

Her bedroom had been painted a deep royal blue.  She loved Nautical decor and “beachy” looking accessories since she had lived up north most of her life…

My suggestion was to ‘paint’ the dresser with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Barbara was extremely nervous at the prospects of the dresser never being the same again…Would she like the finished piece?  Would it look good in the room?

I supplied Barbara with a small example of the finish to take home and ‘live with’…After a few days of looking at the sample board, she agreed to have the piece painted…

A sample board of the proposed finish to the dresser.
A sample board of the proposed finish to the dresser.

First, I painted the  whole piece Napoleonic Blue.  After it dried, I painted over the whole dresser with Pure White.  I then waxed it with clear wax, and distressed it  with sandpaper.

A closeup of the distressed corner, with the Napoleonic Blue shown under the Pure White.
A closeup of the distressed corner, with the Napoleonic Blue shown under the Pure White.

I diluted some of the white to do a ‘white-wash’ effect on the very unique hardware on the piece. This allows the ‘metal’ finish to show through but freshens up the oxidized bronze hardware. I always try to use the existing hardware as not  all knobs, handles are with created equal and the right size can be hard to find.

Tape off the hardware to for the first pass of Pure White Chalk Paint.
Tape off the hardware to for the first pass of Pure White Chalk Paint.
The freshened up hardware.
The freshened up hardware.
Hardware that has been ‘white-washed’.

I re-waxed the piece with clear after distressing and buffed it with clean t-shirt cloths.

The finished product, complete with Nautical-themed accessories!

The end result was a Nautical themed dresser that looked amazing against her blue walls…Now, she can enjoy the piece for another 25 years!

If you’re interested in having a piece of furniture you own revived with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, you can reach me at 321-368-5138 or visit our website: http://www.designdrapesanddecor.com/

– Cindy

 

Check out our Etsy store!

I’m excited to announce the opening of the Design, Drapes, and Decor Etsy store! I’ll be posting an array of products including custom florals and hand painted furniture! Below are some examples of the exciting products that are available for purchase.

Large florals
Large florals
Extra large florals make great accents!
Extra large florals make great accents!
Use florals to tie in vivid colors in your interior
Use florals to tie in vivid colors in your interior
Use small florals to add visual interest
Use small florals to add visual interest
All florals made using high quality silk flowers
All florals made using high quality silk flowers

 

 

“Going Green” with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®

One of my favorite colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is Antibes Green…it’s cheerful and fun! I think Antibes is best utilized when combined with a mixture of Clear Wax and Dark Wax. Here’s an old headboard that I breathed new life into for my design studio.

The original, old headboard before painting.
The original, old headboard before painting.

1) I painted the headboard with Antibes Green, using Arles for the yellow accents.

Headboard after painting.
Headboard after painting.

2) I then applied Clear Wax and Dark Wax to taste

3) This process was repeated on a small accent piece to accompany the bed.

Antibes Green and Arles to match the headboard
Antibes Green and Arles to match the headboard

4) Add some colorful pillows and you have a bold, crisp look!

Pillows to bring out complimentary colors
Pillows to bring out complimentary colors

– Cindy

Faux Stenciling…Saves Hours!

If you are as busy as I am, then you’ll appreciate this quick and easy way to get a fabulous “hand painted stencil look” for your accent piece.

Accent Piece
Accent Piece

1) I had some cream “wallpaper with gold leaf” pattern gathering dust in the corner of my design studio that I decided to use. Find some wallpaper that you have available, either vinyl or paper.

2) Paint the entire piece the color of the background of the wallpaper. In this case I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Old White.

3) I ‘mog-poged’ (decoupaged / glued on) wallpaper to the top of the piece and door panels. When it was dry I put a ‘watery’ coat of decoupage over the wallpaper, especially on the edges of the paper on the top so it wouldn’t start to peel off). Let dry.

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4) I put a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Clear Wax over the entire piece.

5) Distress the piece as you desire.

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6) After distressing I added a mixture of Dark Wax and Clear Wax to different areas of the piece.

7) All done! I always love to add the “jewelry” at the end.

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– Cindy

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