Thursday, November 19, 2009


I am proud to be the newly elected Secretary for the NE Ohio chapter of the Window Coverings Association of America. I look forward to a great year with a terrific group of people. Check out the association at to see what we are all about.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Color Theory

Color Theory
Learning the basic "language of color" will help you achieve your decorating goals.

Hue identifies the general family of a color, such as red, yellow, blue or green. The traditional color wheel is made up of twelve color families: red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue-red-violet, violet and blue-violet.

Color Wheel
Colors on the opposite side of the wheel from each other are called complementary colors. In combination, these create striking contrasts. For less contrast, choose colors next to each other on the color wheel, which are called analogous colors. Choosing colors of different tints within one color family creates a monochromatic color scheme.

Warm or Cool?
Different colors in the same family may be described as being "warm" or "cool." Colors with yellow undertones will seem warmer, while the same color with blue or red undertones will appear cool. Cool colors - blue, green, violet - invite relaxation and thought. Warm colors - red, orange, yellow - encourage conversation and play. Sherwin-Williams color experts suggest using both warm and cool colors in rooms where you desire balance and variety.

Value describes how light or dark a specific color may be. On Sherwin-Williams color strips, lighter values are at the top, mid-tone values are in the middle and darker values are at the bottom. When you combine colors from a single color strip, you're creating a monochromatic color scheme - perfect for creating a sophisticated, spacious look in a single room.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

5 Dos of Drapes

5 Dos of Drapes

For years it seemed that every designer under the sun was maximizing each room’s exposure to the sun’s rays by leaving windows starkers. But modernism has now embraced ye olde yard goods as part of the mix (especially the glamorous mix), and curtains are definitely back. Here are some tips:
Cover an entire window wall (or two) with crisp white sheers. This will not only soften the room but heighten the drama (and glamour quotient) and make the room seem more finished. It’s also the best way to handle oddly shaped or asymmetrical windows. In his Washington, D.C., living room, designer Supon Phornirunlit ( matched the art on the walls to that on the pillows, all of his own design.
Curtains are not just for windows anymore. You can have a drapery wall without even having fenestration— and you can hang art in front of or behind the curtains (if it’s sheer enough), as designer Joel Agacki did in his 750-square-foor apartment in Milwaukee.

Interior draperies—those that stand-in for walls instead of just hanging in front of them—are a terrific and inexpensive way of setting off one room from another visually, especially in small spaces. Designer Kelly Monnahan hung this silvery mesh on a simple hospital track between the living and dining rooms of his Boston loft for more elegant, more intimate entertaining.

Nothing says luxury like deep folds and a fabric that’s lush to the hand. In his own New York City apartment (on the parlor floor of a classic town house), designer William Sofield indulged himself just as he does his clients with simple, rung-hung drapery panels—of heavy-grade cashmere. (A simple rule of thumb for curtain fabric, from designer Raji Radhakrishnan “Don’t put anything on your windows you wouldn’t want to wear against your skin.”)
For maximum glamour, draperies should puddle or at least break (which means they’re a little bit longer than the distance between the rod and the floor). For a client in Atlanta, designer Jill VanTosh created simple sheer panels with loops for hanging but added a thick taffeta border which give the curtains the look of a wedding gown with a hint of train.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Nap time

I walked out to get the mail from the mailbox the other day and spotted this cute little gal napping just behind in the dead grass along the ditch. It was so snugly and cozy, that it never noticed me retreiving the mail, and was still sound asleep when I returned minutes later with my camera.
It finally awakened to the sound of my digital camera bleeping to let me know I was focused. It turned and looked at me, almost as if it knew that I wouldn't bother it, and then tucked it's head under it's wing and went back to it's probably much deserved nap. After some quick research, I believe this to be a female Oriole. I had always thought they were mostly black with orange tipped wings. But there are several with the bold yellow color.

So on behalf of naps and a black and yellow and white color scheme, I bring you bold decorating ideas. Enjoy!

This is a small selection of soft black, white, and yellow fabrics now available from The Impeccable Nest for use in or on any of your drapery or soft furnishings. A great way to bring a little sparkle of sunshine into your home. Yellow is an easy color to integrate into a room, as it coordinates well with so many other colors.

I stumbled across quite a few great vignettes at They show quite a bit of grey and yellow, which I think is very chic and fresh.

Then I ran across a blog dedicated completely to Black, white and Yellow....go figure!

Check out and all of their unique finds such as these shoes. As mentioned in the blog comments, I don't think I'd ever wear them, but how fun are these? And what a great inspiration for decorating. If they make you smile, then the color scheme could be great for a cheerful spot in your home. Look to every day items for your color inspirations for your home.

Here is a picture seen on Point Click Home. It is a subtle yellow color scheme with a twist. The yellow this time is on the ceiling and helps to draw the upwards and emphasize the high ceiling and architectural details. Notice that yellow accessories are scattered sparingly throughout the shelves in small doses to help the eye travel down to the soft yellow sofa. This blast of color has a great impact.

These last two pictures are perfect representation of great use of the color scheme. Both are bright and cheerful with a mix of color and texture. Again, the yellow is repeated in more than one element. This is key to good design. I have heard it said to use a color in at least three places in a room. Now that's an easy design tip that anyone can achieve easily and inexpensively.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

One Heck of a Color Story Inspiration

I cannot think of another fabric line that makes me think of summer fun more than the line by Amy Butler Design. Her bright colors tell a story and are so overwhelmingly inspirational. Her patterns for quilts and bags are for sale through better fabric and quilt retailers. All of the fabrics and inspiration pieces that I have chosen are from the Nigella and August Field lines and all are "home decor" weight fabrics. She also has several great lines that are quilting and fashion weight fabrics.
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Here is a glimmer into Amy's studio and workspace. Check out that color story wall in the distance. How can you not be inspired by that? I think it is absolutely amazing.

These round floor pillows with pom pom trim are just absolutely adorable. What a great way to add a touch of sunny whimsy to a space.

These are a pillows referred to by Amy as Gumdrop pillows. Again, patterns are available thru retailers listed on her website. Or, if you're not into tackling this size project on your own, contact The Impeccable Nest to make one for you in your choice of our wide selection of custom order fabrics.

Wouldn't these be great for a child's playroom? Or, I think they would be great on a sunporch to put your feet up on and relax.
The bright colors in her collections mix and match so easily and are a great way to add color to nuetral rooms.

All images shown are copyright of Amy Butler Design/Art of the Midwest llc, and are taken directly from her website.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

All American Colors

Red, White & Blue

It is already mid June. Independence Day is right around the corner. Today I have chosen a red, white and blue color scheme that is easy on the eyes and gives you that comforting feeling of home with fresh new fabrics in updated styles.

Beautiful softer versions of the traditional Red, White and Blue evoke the feeling of apple pie and front porch swings.

All of the selections shown are from ROMO fabrics and are available for purchase through The Impeccable Nest LLC. Other colorways are available in most patterns shown.
There are fabrics available for upholstery as well as fabrics that are suited for draperies and other soft furnishings such as pillows, roman shades and bedding. These fun, updated styles are a great way to update an old or handed down piece of furniture, instantly adding new pizazz to your rooms.

Adding a fabric with a geometric pattern to a softly shaped curving antique or reproduction chair is a great way to update a space and bring yourself into the new Modern Traditional style of decorating. Making a fresh piece with that reassuring feeling of "home." Notice the silveer finish on this chair. If you have a chair that needs revitalizing, we can refinish it in a metallic finish to catch the light in the room and add that touch of shine.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Crisp, Clean - Black & White

Black & White
Always Classic. Always Fresh.

Modern. Traditional. MOTRA.

Here are today's pics of some great Black & White decorating items that are out there for sale online...some were even "on sale" at reduced prices...
The first few that I stumbled across are from
Of course, I'm drawn to this shower curtain with the bright yellow birds! What a cheerful way to start your day? A great find for summer!

Love the simplicity of this bedding. Would be GREAT with white linen unlined Roman shades on the windows with black inset banding.

And of course we can decorate our children, too! What a cute washable, reusable bib!

Here is a "Tiffany"chair offered by Carolina Accents. I like the touch of whimsy in the floral pattern.

Interior design closely follows fashion. These dresses translate well into dinnerware pieces and a fresh reception tablescape. (my apologies for losing the photo credits for these two!)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Pairing Lamps with Shades

I have this very good friend that did not have one single lamp in her entire home until last year. So I am thinking that maybe there are others out there that just aren't sure what to purchase. I stumbled across this fantastic series on Southern Accents website that offers fantastic info on styles. Enjoy!
Lampshade Lessons
Whether you are purchasing new lamps or just want to freshen the look of the ones you have, the right shade makes all the difference. "For some of us, nothing makes a greater impact in a room than a properly chosen lampshade," says Stephanie Reeves, owner of Edgar-Reeves Lighting & Antiques in Atlanta."Scale, shape, fabric, trim, and lining all need to be carefully considered. It is a subtle but important element of a well-put-together room--almost as important as the lamp itself. The entire mood of a room can be altered by the addition of the right lampshade, the right light, and the right amount of it."

Urn Lamp
This shape goes back to the time of the Greeks. The glass base makes it versatile. It could work in a living room or library with a silk shade, on a porch with a card (paper) shade, or as a focal point in a kitchen. Because of its strong color, it could give punch to a room by itself or complement an overall design as a pair.Oval knife-pleat shade in silk. The cream silk provides warm, beautiful light. If you want a little more pizzazz, put a trim on the shade.

For the Formal Setting
Knife-pleat shade with cut corners in silk. This combination would be found in a formal room or in a spot where a really special lamp is needed.

Clean Lines
Rectangular hard-back shade in silk. The straight lines of the shade complement the clean lines of the lamp. The combination looks sharp and chic.

Candlestick Lamp
Candlestick lamps are most effective in pairs. They can be used either on the same surface, such as a chest or tabletop, or separately on two surfaces that are smaller and somewhat close together.Rectangular shade with cut corners in linen. Strong, clean lines present a traditional face. A contemporary fabric would make it look more current.

New Look, Antique Style
Square shade in sheer silk. The compact size with accentuated height balances well with the shape and gives an update to an antique style.

Feminine Details
Knife-pleat shade in silk with collar. This feminine detailing goes well in a bedroom or dressing room. The round shape reflects the round base.

Vintage Tin Lamp
We find it more interesting to pair round and square than to put a square shade on a square base. Notice how the shade hits above the cap and does not rest on the top of the base.Oval knife-pleat shade in cream silk. This makes the lamp look a little larger and gives it a slightly edgy look.

Simple Silhouette
Knife-pleat drum shade in cream silk. We like the silhouette: straight lines that are well-proportioned.

Traditional Look
Box-pleat shade in ecru silk. This shade is narrower than the first, giving the lamp a more traditional feel.

Stacked Spheres Lamp
Stacked spheres give the overall appearance of a column-shaped lamp. This one is made from wood, gesso, and silver gilt.Hard-back drum shade in natural linen. This shade gives the lamp a cool, clean, sophisticated feel and could work in a variety of spaces.

Reading Light
Hard-back half-shade in kraft paper with black trim. This architectural shade is great for reading, with light thrown from the top, bottom, and back.

Style Sense
Shirred shade with flat cut corners in sheer silk. The room where this lamp lives has a great sense of style. Nothing has been left to chance.