October and November are typically two of the busiest months in our industry. Why? Well everyone is of course trying to give their homes a new quick makeover before the relatives arrive for the Thanksgiving holiday. I bet you knew that because I bet you’re one of the ones doing exactly that… the last minute scramble. Luckily for you we have 95% of our orders made and shipped within a week. But don’t start breathing that sigh of relief just yet! One thing we can’t control is fabric availability and we hate to disappoint. So if you know what you want to order, please don’t delay!
Items that are on the tops of customer’s list right now include new decorative table runners, chair seat cushions, decorative fabric place mats, fabric napkins and window valances when it comes to the holiday season.
Another really hot item this time of year is thermal lined drapes. It is the time of year to prepare for the cold! I can’t begin to tell you how many thermal lined drapes we have made in the past few weeks – our customers are preparing well! We offer thermal lining on our Custom Rod Pocket Drapes, Pinch Pleated Drapes, Grommet Drapes, Back Tab Drapes and Tab Top Drapes. So whatever your style is, we have a style drape available to keep you toasty this fall and winter.
Okay – You want to give your room some character, warmth and depth. Here are some quick inexpensive ways to accomplish your goal.
Layering will add warmth to a room. If a room appears cold and boring adding layers of fabric can turn up the “heat” and give the room some needed textures. For example, add a rug, add cloths to the tops of tables, add custom made decorative throw pillows of different shapes and sizes to that boring couch and add accessories that have texture. Your room will gain instant warmth.
Hint: You can use beautiful placements under lamps. Try placing a smaller square table cloth on your table (on the diagonal) so that the corners are on each side of the table as opposed to the corners of the table – leaving the corners of the table exposed. Or try crisscrossing two table runners for a different effect. If you have a favorite table cloth now, try getting some bold colored fabric napkins to coordinate with your table cloth. If you have curtain panels up now that you love – try adding a valance that compliments the room or add custom length drapery panels to the window that currently has only a valance to spice up the décor you already have!
Texture will add depth to what might otherwise be considered a rather flat fabric or element. Many of today’s fabrics are beautifully accented with texture. A certain amount of texture should be introduced in every décor. It will visually stimulate the eye, and help produce a beautiful room.
Texture can be added with materials that have a “character” of their own such as wood, wicker, tile, marble, glass, fabric and metal. It can be added with decorative embellishments such as tassels, bows, cording, and other decorative trims. You can add warmth with faux painting techniques, wallpaper and window treatments to name a few.
The most important part of decorating is obviously creating an atmosphere that makes you feel good and comfortable. Many times we try to copy a decor we see in a decorating magazine because it looks stylish and later realize that the room wasn’t created so much to be lived in as it was to be looked at. As long as you stick to what appeals to you and colors you enjoy, it’s hard to go wrong.