H&R Drapery exhibit at recent ASID trade show at the International Design Center in Estero, Florida

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Wide selection of drapery hardware available to add drama and elegance to your windows

There is an enormous selection of hardware available today. You can get wood traverse rods in smooth, fluted, or reeded styles in any number of stained or painted finishes. Iron rods have long been popular and they come not only in the traditional black wrought iron, but in some amazing faux finishes. Bronze and brushed nickel rods are making their way into not only contemporary rooms, but transitional ones as well. I recently saw a two-inch brushed nickel rod used with grommet linen draperies that was absolutely stunning.

For those who prefer the time honored look of a wood rod and rings, there are many to choose from. Popular today is the 2 inch diameter rod and I’m beginning to see more and more of the three-inch wood rods being used, especially in large scale rooms with high ceilings. These, when paired with bold, decorative finials, can add a lot of drama to a room.

And speaking of drama, have you seen the finials lately? Finial shapes, sizes, and styles continue to evolve. I’ve seen everything from whimsical monkeys and frogs and kid’s soccer balls to ornate, hand carved old world finials and even ones made of beautifully cut lead crystal. Medallions, which I’ve always thought of as finials for your wall, are being used not only as holdbacks, but to hang draperies. They are especially nice accenting those hard-to-treat arched windows. Even brackets and rings, pieces that were once thought to be primarily utilitarian, have now reached another level of design. They are as decorative as the finials. It almost makes you want to run out and redecorate! With so much to choose from, you can hardly go wrong.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Remodeling? How much time should you plan for window treatments?

It’s never too early to start planning. The process is a long one and the more upfront planning you do, the more satisfied you will be with the end result.

First, consider what windows you wish to dress and which ones are the most important. This will help you in developing a working budget. Then, clip drawings and photographs of treatments you like from newspapers and magazines. With a good idea of what you like, and a workable budget, you are now ready to talk to your H& Drapery window treatment designer who will be able to help you finalize your designs, show you fabrics, and develop a budget.

She will also be able to help you to coordinate your fabrics with your existing room d├ęcor. There are hundreds of fabric styles, colors, and textures to choose from, so allow yourself some time for this step. You will also want to select any trims or embellishments at the same time as well as appropriate hardware.

Once the selection process is complete, your H&R Drapery window treatment designer will provide you with a written cost estimate and an estimated timeframe for fabrication.
Fabric is ordered and shipped to the workroom where your treatments are fabricated. This could take anywhere from a day to several weeks, or sometimes even months depending on where your fabric originates and whether or not it’s in stock.

The workroom fabricates your treatments. This step usually takes anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the complexity of the designs and the time of year. Once your window treatments are finished, your H&R Drapery window treatment designer will arrange to have them installed.

Many people wait until right before the holiday season to have work done—this is the busiest time of the year for window treatment professionals and often projects are delayed. It’s best to order early.

H&R Drapery, 1791 Trade Center Way, Suite D, Naples, Florida 34109
239 566-2929 FAX 239 566-1129
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Sunday, July 13, 2008

If You Can Imagine It, We Can Make It...Designer Draperies Made In America

At H&R Drapery we bring years of industry experience and innovative craftsmanship to every project. How successfully your vision translates into the language of fine fabrics depends a lot on the workroom you choose.

H & R Drapery has been fabricating window treatments for Southwest Florida’s most prestigious designers for over 18 years. We understand the importance of developing relationships and maintaining high quality standards. As your partner, we want you to be successful. We work with you to determine specifications and determine concepts. And we are readily available to answer your questions and assist you with your work orders.

Not a designer? Not to worry. We have an inhouse designer who is available to help you with all of your window treatment needs.

H & R Drapery fabricates custom cornices, valances, swags, draperies, bedding, table lines, and headboards. We carry fashionable window treatment hardware from name brand manufacturers as well as Hunter Douglas and Graber blinds and shades.

We invite you to come visit our workroom and meet our staff. We’re open daily from 7 am until 3:30 pm.1791 Trade Center Way, Suite D, Naples, Florida 34109.
239 566-2929 FAX 239 566-1129

Visit our website at http://www.hr-drapery.com/