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Interior Design Philadelphia: Drapery Selection

7 Feb

Hidden tab panels

Hey there lovely readers!  In an effort to keep this blog as diverse as our design business we will begin adding some interior design posts in addition to our regular posts about home staging.

As a designer there are certain decor issues that drive me crazy.  Top of the list, short curtains!  A curtain that rises above the baseboard is like pants that rise above socks.  Otherwise known as floods!  Fret not, if you are suffering from flood curtains I’m here to give you some tips on selecting and hanging curtains that will add drama and beauty to your space.

For starters it’s important to measure your wall from floor to ceiling.  Next you want to select your drapes making sure the length is the same as the height of the wall.  There are several types and styles of drapes to choose from.  Here’s a little cheat sheet to help with your selection:

  • Grommet top: a more casual, contemporary look.  Easy to slide open and closed.
  • Hidden tab: a elegant, classic look.  The back tabs create soft pleats in the front of the panels.
  • Pole pocket: traditional look.  The pole runs through the curtain scrunching the fabric at the top of the pole.
  • Ring top: can got traditional or modern depending on the hardware.  Rings clip to the top of the fabric also easy to slide open.

Rod pocket

Hanging your curtain hardware will depend on how high you can hang it without the curtains raising above the floor.  I highly recommend hanging the rod as high as possible.  Floor to ceiling drapes make a room look bigger and more dramatic.  Your drapes should just brush the floor and  a little puddling is okay.  If too much fabric gathers at the floor you will need to hem the drapes.  Don’t sew, don’t worry!  Hem tape works wonders and all you need is an iron!

Grommet top

I hope this helps!  If you need help with your interior design project email amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com and for a list of our services visit our services link on the blog home page.

Thanks for keeping up!


The Staging Chick

Home Staging Fishtown, Philadelphia PA

30 Aug

I hope everyone made it through the hurricane without too much damage or stress.  I live in Roxborough (up the hill from Manayunk).

I shot this video on Sunday afternoon (Manayunk Flood). Mother nature’s fury never ceases to amaze me.  Our house made it through ok, just a little leaky window.  I hope yours did too!

Two weeks ago I staged this property in Fishtown, right off Girard Ave.  I’ve done work for this builder before (see 1643 S 5th) and I’m always so impressed with the attention to detail his properties posses.

This home is new construction with a patio, open floor plan, speaker system throughout AND a roof deck.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if I was in the market this would be mine.

You’ll also notice the wall colors in his property are nice neutral grays.  I think that adds so much warmth and I also think buyers will appreciate that this home is move-in-ready, paint and all!

I’m really pleased with the end result, my favorite room being the master bedroom.  Want to live here, get more details Fishtown Real Estate.

Hope you’re enjoying the week!


The Staging Chick

Trash-to-treasure: sittin’ pretty

11 May

I’m so excited to finally unveil my most recent trash-to-treasure creation.  This chair is one of four rescued from the side of the road (see Before and After: more trash to treasure).

To create this look I first primed the dark wood with a white spray primer.  The primer made the “hair” on the wood stand up so I had to lightly sand the surface before applying the pink paint.  Unlike the first trash-to-treasure chair project I opted for spray paint this time around.  Not only does it save time but also allows for a smoother finish.

In total I used three cans of Rustoleum Berry Pink gloss paint.  I made sure to cover the entire chair including the underside of the legs.  When the paint was finally dry I covered the seat with fabric batting and began upholstering.

A project of this nature could be completed in one weekend depending on weather conditions (when using spray paint I always recommend painting outdoors).

This chair is my psychedelic Alice in wonderland masterpiece.  It could easily become the main conversation piece of any room.  However, although the colors are bright and it makes a statement I think this piece could also blend in with the right decor.

What made me paint a chair bright pink?  My only answer to that is ‘why not’?  I knew this chair should be glossy pink the moment I saw it.  I like to call myself an on-the-spot designer.  When I walk into a room I get an instant feeling about the arrangement and color.  The same is true for furniture.  I can look at a piece and I have a “vision” as I like to call it.  Sounds clique, but it’s true.

This chair is currently for sale.  If you would like more information please email amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com.  Thanks for reading and stay tuned for our next home staging post!