Friday, February 5, 2010

Crazy for Purple


Word is that the Maison & Objet Interiors show in Paris last month featured purple at every turn. Designers have been reporting dusty, muted purples, paired with greys and beiges. They also saw a variety of painted finish furniture instead of the standard stained mahogany, cherry and various wood finishes we see so often here in the states. Those "blonde" and washed finish furniture pieces should start popping up on our side of the pond within the next few years.

This recent install over Behr "Fudge Bar" paint was designed specifically for insulating qualities because of the drafty windows.

The first layer is a flat roman with heavy bella notte duette blackout. It is a very lining with a soft layer of "batting" attached to it. The shade has hidden "wires" added during construction to the inside to ensure perfect folds each time it is raised. I was skeptical that the faux leather would cooperate when operating it, but was pleasantly surprised that it works effortlessly!

The second layer is a soft cornice with an arched bottom. (Not pictured is an armoire with an arched top. We actually used the exact same curve from this to design the cornices.) They were a great way to introduce pattern.
And the third layer are the lined and interlined drapery panels that are pinch pleated and hanging from the beautiful oversized medallions. A detail that is hard to see is a microcord at the top edge of the panels to continue the line started across the top of the cornice. Also, the lead edge has a box pleated contrast fabric that can be dressed out to show more or less at the bottom. The tassel fringe has been hand sewn.