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Paint Color Matching?

Paint Color Matching?

  • 16th April 2016
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Lets pretend that you found a sweater that you coveted. The color was what grabbed you but the price was out of range. Not totally, but more than you wanted to pay for a sweater. So you started hunting and found one almost exactly the same color but for a…
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Solar Shades 2016

Solar Shades 2016

  • 2nd April 2016
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Last year I wrote the annual shade column in May. This year it seems that spring has not Sprung but rather Leaped and I’m getting more and more calls about solar shades. What I said in last year’s column was mostly about the sun and light blocking properties of solar…
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Pick a Lane

Pick a Lane

  • 20th March 2016
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Had occasion recently to help a lady choose colors for a new build. Also had another person involved in the process who wasn’t color savvy at all and who had too much input. Didn’t go well. Here’s why: The client would not pick a lane, and the second person told…
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Custom Workroom Conference

Custom Workroom Conference

  • 11th March 2016
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In the drapery business, we do our work in “workrooms”. That’s the industry speak for the place where we work with our machines, big tables, irons and all the gadgets and gizmos we use in our trade. It’s where we make drapes, slipcovers, pillows, duvets, valances and whatever else we…
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No More Colour Confusion

No More Colour Confusion

  • 26th February 2016
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Can you imagine being in a room with twenty-five other like-minded people being guided through a learning experience by the poo-bah of your industry? You get to ask her any question, get one-on-one time with her, make friends with other knowledge-seekers and have a great time doing it. That’s what…
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Three Drapes in One

Three Drapes in One

  • 7th February 2016
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A friend is posting an online countdown to spring with accompanying pictures of flowers, or fields of green, or sunshine. It’s just about the most inspiring thing I’ve seen online yet. I get a warm fuzzy feeling every morning when I anticipate standing in the sun, actually looking at all…
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The Cost of Doing Business

The Cost of Doing Business

  • 30th January 2016
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Did you see the post roaring around Facebook about the cost of running a restaurant and why the patron should not expect her hot water and lemon for free? ( She didn't have a clue about the cost of doing business.)  It was priceless. 'Cafe Owner Leaves Brilliant Response'  Having…
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Who’s the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

  • 12th January 2016
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We need to understand who the boss is in this tenuous partnership that is the decorator and her subject. (In case you are wondering, that’s you and your house. Or room, or whatever.) The boss decides the color scheme, has a whole lot to say about the style of the…
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Final Color Forecast 2016

Final Color Forecast 2016

  • 4th January 2016
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When I did the column on color forecasts a few weeks ago, most of the paint companies had announced that their color of the year would be an off-white. To which I said, ”Congratulations on actually listening to your customers.” The poo-bah of color, Pantone, had not yet announced, but…
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Duvets 101

Duvets 101

  • 22nd December 2015
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When I was a child way back in the dark ages, and  stayed over at my German-heritage friend’s place, we slept under big fluffy feather quilts.  No one else I knew had them and I thought they were really cool;  I couldn’t understand how something so light and fluffy could…
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