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

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Luxurious bedding gives you an oasis at home

Nothing pampers you like a bedroom dressed in luxurious bedding. We've done many layered looks with bedskirts and comforters and lots and lots of pillows, but if you want a more tailored look with some softness, why not try a shirred bedspread with bolsters instead of pillows? The look is inviting and elegant but not fussy.Detailing like the decorative tassel and contrast welt adds interest. We lined this bedspread with black satin and used black cording.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

New window treatments and accessories give you a fresh, new look without the cost of a total redo

The economy has many people scrambling to keep costs down and often that means they're staying at home more and spending less on outside entertainment.

It's a great time to focus on what makes you comfortable at home. Simply changing out your window treatments, adding a new valance over existing treatments, or putting a splash of new color on your sofa or your bed with bright, cheerful throws and pillows can provide you with a great new look without breaking the bank.

Maybe you're draperies are looking tired. A new valance or cornice can frame them and provide a striking accent to what you already have. The addition of sheers under the draperies will give you a softer, more light filtered look and that creates a whole new ambiance in the room. A coverlet and new shams can give your bedroom a fresh update.

By changing only a few things, or layering over what you already have, you can have a fresh new look with a small investment.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Simply 66 makes changing privacy curtains a snap

I've been talking to hospitals and healthcare facilities lately about a great new product I'm selling called Simply 66. They are privacy curtains that embrace the idea of "one size fits all". While the top mesh strip may vary in length and width to accommodate space requirements, the fabric part of the curtain comes in 66" square modules that snap to the mesh. This makes them a "snap" (if you'll pardon the pun) to install, launder, and replace. As a panel becomes soiled, that panel can be removed and replaced with a clean 66" module rather than laundering the whole curtain. This saves laundry and labor cost and reduces the amount of water required--something we're all trying to do in an effort to make our facilities "greener".

ADO Smart Fabrics are antibacterial and odor neutralizing

Another interesting product that's been on the mark for awhile and is popular in Europe, is ADO Smart Fabrics. Manufactured with silver ions, Smart Fabrics prevent bacterial setting--the ions actually intervene in the bacterial metabolism and prevent its multiplying. And this fabric neutralizes the odor in the air. In spite of regular cleaning, odor-causing bacteria often stick to fibers and can cause infectious diseases or allergies when they come into contact with skin. The BioProtect technology in Smart Fabrics selectively destroys pathogens upon contact before they can spread across the fabric surface.