Hollywood Style- (ssshhh… budget satin!)

May 31, 2011

We recently completed an installation for a talented designer/retailer group in Atlanta.  They have been working with a client as she settles her home with new furnishings and finishes.  Because she and her family may be relocating soon and window treatments usually stay behind, the client was not anxious to spend a lot of money on drapery fabric.   As a result, she chose a very reasonably priced satin fabric for double europleated drapery to complete her living and dining rooms.

Fabric can make all the difference in drapery fabrication.  Any workroom can tell you that some fabrics are a breeze to work with and some make you want to get out of the business!   Working with a “dress” weight satin does have it’s challenges- and in some cases might not be suitable for drapery.  After inspecting the fabric, we knew some hand sewing would be required to keep the seams smooth and eliminate puckering.  (Machines tend to pull and add tension- can’t be helped).  We also realized that this lighter weight fabric might not drape as well as the client would like.   To tackle these issues, we started with adding a higher quality, 100% cotton liner along with a light interlining.  Doing this added weight – which helped the fabric “drape”. We also decided to use a stiffer buckram than is normally used for our europleated headers; giving the pleats a more defined shape.

Pewter Satin Drapes Beautifully...(a few fabrication tricks helped!)

The result was a truly stunning drapery.

The dining and living rooms are now finished, with the drapery adding just the right amount of sheen and luxury.

The hardware was a continual in both rooms; treating all windows as one.  A 1″ diameter, pewter finish  in iron – all custom- with very little bracket obstruction was designed.

One of the most rewarding parts of what we do is working with visionary designers.  Taking a design idea and bringing it to life takes attention to detail and a knowledge of what our clients are trying to create. It’s our job to know what fabrication technique is needed to make it happen.

Mirror Image of the Living Room... Satin and Sensational!

Check out how wonderful the rooms look!  As always, drapery helps complete the overall design and we are proud to say that all clients involved are more pleased than they thought they would be!

Have an upcoming project?  Trusting the right workroom to complete your vision can be scary.  We work hard to make the finished project just what everyone is looking for… sometimes even better!

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