Rendering of front window

Old Dogs and New Tricks

I was doing some research the other day and came across a statistic that I thought I’d share: Ideas that are being explained with the use of verbal and visual tools are 6 times more likely to be understood than ideas being explained with verbal tools only.  I have known for a long time that the phrase ‘I just can’t visualize it’  coming from a potential client was one of my biggest hurdles to overcome. I can see the finished product very clearly in my head but I am not an artist.  So a few years ago I took drawing classes. I had to label the drawing I did of a shoe to explain what it was.   I spent hours learning how to draw simple examples of window treatments so I could better explain my vision but they never were to my total satisfaction.    As my business grew READ MORE

Soft grey bedroom

This is another rendering of a bedroom built around the beautiful fabric on the window treatments. The chair gets an update via a slipcover too.

A bit of a fantasy bedroom

Finished my course with this rendering of a fantasy bedroom. Not too gushy but why not a gold Rococo bed?

Visualize this

This is a rendering, a design scheme for a bedroom. The 3 part plan includes a mood board – showing various room elements, rugs, trims and fabrics. It also includes a floor plan, to scale, using the furniture and materials from the mood board. The elevation rendering shows how all the elements together would look as as completed bedroom. Also available are actual fabric swatches, a ‘shopping list’ of the furniture used and a detailed budget. This service is available from Design Sewlutions as part of the follow-up to an in home consultation or separately – done from e-mailed measurements and photographs. Contact me at 250-833-1120 for more information.

3 window design on a photo

Design on a Photograph

This is a really simple example of designing on a photograph. The first photo is the undressed window, the middle is a rendering done on the actual photograph (with some plants outside the window added) and the third is the finished drapes. If we have fabric chosen, I can take a picture of the fabric and apply it directly to the rendering as well. No more ‘trying to visualize’. I include this service as part of any window treatment contract.  

brown and yellow bedroo

Brown and Yellow Bedroom Done

This is the finished bedroom. The client will be selling her home in the spring so has opted not to paint the walls. If we were going to paint, we would use a really soft mocha. The little chair has several incarnations including as a 60’s Chair, one in black with 60-s abstract flowers. I  also used this mocha-based fabric to slipcover a wing backed chair. All the fabric came from the local Fabricland. The florals are both by Raymond Waites. Total fabric cost was about $250.00  The sheer was a steal at $2.99/meter, the throw was a remnant; $10.00, the floral was $6.00/meter and the bedspread is Rococco, color Maize.   The bedspread is actually a duvet cover with a 36″ extension at the top that allows for the pillow foldback.  Not shown is the bedskirt that is the same design as the valance, and the contrast pleated edging READ MORE

Brown and Yellow Bedroom Rendering

This is the design on a photograph rendering  for the window treatment.  We wanted a classic design, something without ruffles but one that  suggested a country feel. The rendering uses the actual fabric we chose.

Off-center window

This is the before. The window is off-center on the wall by 2 feet, so the sheers – a really cool eye-lash fabric- have been offset so the window treatment is centered on the wall.