Roman Shades Weren’t Built In A Day – What Until You See!

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Last week we focused on draperies and then we took a break to deal with some common window treatment problems. Today, the topic is Roman Shades.

Years ago, I used a workroom whose owner is Italian. She could not say “Laurel”– she always called me Laurrrrie.

She would say,

“Laurrrie, all you do are drrrapes and Rrrroman shades.”

Pretty much. I have done valances but the number of times, I can count on two hands. To see one job where we did valances, please click here.

The number of times I’ve done a swag is at most two times, but I think only once; It was a relatively loose swag.

Roman shades?

Hundreds.

While I’ve never actually made one, I’m well-acquainted with how they are constructed.

And the pitfalls.

Today, I’m going to share all of that with you.

 

The Advantages of Roman Shades Over Drapes

 

  • They are usually a lot less money.
  • There’s less fabric,
  • less labor and no
  • no expensive hardware.
  • Installation costs less too.

There are different types but I’ve only done three different variations.

 

FLAT FOLD

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SOFT FOLD OR RELAXED SOME CALL IT

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WITH TAILS OR SOME SAY DOG EARS

 

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There’s another type with permanent pleats. I forgot what it’s called but it’s too much fabric for my taste.

 

Inside Mount vs. Outside Mount

Inside, is duh…inside the window frame and IMO usually preferable, especially if there’s a pretty window casing.

Outside mount is when the shade is outside the window frame. There are a few different reasons why we do that sometimes.

  1. there is inadequate space to install an inside mount shade. (more about that in a sec)
  2. it’s in a bedroom and the inhabitant(s) need/want the room to be very dark. There are gaps in an inside mount shade
  3.  There are multiple shades and some are inside and some are not.
  4. There’s another shade that’s inside the window frame. That could be a roller shade, wood blinds, I’ve even seen two Roman shades together!

 

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Here are some other outside mount Roman Shades.

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Love the cornice over the outside-mount Roman Shade with red trimming.

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Love valance over the shade with trim detail.

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As well demonstrated in the charming room above, the outside shade should hang out about an inch on each side of the window frame.

While we’re on Greek Key for trim, here are a few more. Just because I love it so!

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Designer – Jessica Waks

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This is actually a roller shade, but she used DUCK TAPE for the trim. Here’s the tutorial.

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I cannot find who did this, so if anyone knows, please tell me. It gives a clear diagram of how to apply a Greek Key border. Love this!

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Kayes Curtain and Blind Warehouse

This is a wonderful bank of Roman Shades in a sheer linen. Please note that you won’t have complete privacy. I also love the extra flap detail at the bottom of the shade.

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The flap is necessary any time there is a trim one wants to see on the bottom.

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty.

How a Roman Shade is Made

 

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In case you didn’t realize, this is the back side of the shade. :]

I’ve never done the kind of Roman shade with the dowels, but it’s a nice look if you don’t mind the horizontal lines.

All Roman shades have rings and nylon cords that go through them to pull the shade up and down. This one above has a clutch mechanism under the board.  For years, I didn’t use the clutch because one time very early on, one broke. But the last few years, Cristina has been doing them with the clutch for me and it is so much easier because you don’t have to wrestle with the cord or tie it up around a cleat in order to keep the shade up.

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Leatherwood Design

Here’s one without the dowels and without the clutch. This is a flat fold with five rows of rings. And yes, they are sewn on individually–by hand. There is a ring tape, but that can only be used with a blackout lining, unless wants to see the tape.

Please also note that one often sees the rings and/or where they are sewn on— and the cords— especially with sheer Romans.

The shade is mounted on a 1″ x 2″ board is running with the wide side parallel with the window frame.

This next part is important.

If you are doing an inside mount and space is tight, you can have your workroom run the board the other way. That is what we did for the green shade above. You can have as little as 1/2″ to work with.

There are some who will say that’s not enough, but we do it ALL the time! I did it in my old house. (below) It is alright if the shade protrudes up to 1/2″. It’s not noticeable. (and yes, those are the same finials I use for the curtain rods used as weights for the cords)

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my old house

Here is a tutorial about how to make a Roman Shade. I think I would rather eat oatmeal for a month, rather than attempt to make one of these things. If you don’t already know, the art of making these fine shades is quite detailed and the reason why custom window treatments cost so much.

Something to be careful about

Usually I prefer not to use blackout lining, but sometimes it’s necessary. One of those times is when you’re using a crewel fabric. They tend to have a mess of threads on the back and when the light shines through, you’ll see them. Therefore, it is necessary to use a blackout linking. Here’s a job a few years ago, where we had that situation.

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I’m seeing this more and more. It’s a big production, but quite doable.

Long Windows or banks of windows.

 

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Marisa Lafiosca

When there is a mullion in between the windows we can do separate shades.


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If there is not mullion, then there is the option to do one long shade

or break it up between windows leaving about a 1/4-1/2″ between shades.

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Wonderful shades!

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Love this long shade at the JK Place in Florence

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Beth Web via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Gorgeous bathroom with lovely sheer linen shades.

This brings me to another common problem with Roman Shades.

 

The part of the window that needs to be covered in a bathroom is the bottom, not the top usually.

There are two solutions. One is to do the shade as below which we needed to do anyway.
In any case, what I do for all of my Roman Shades is make a permanent pleat at the bottom and then when down, it’s not just a piece of straight fabric hanging. But then, I suggest raising it a few inches from the sill. The first two are frame. Exposing 4 or 5 inches of glass isn’t enough to see much.

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There is a third option which is the top down shades. I found a tutorial on how to make them.

 

I tried years ago, to have my workroom make them and I was told they could only be done in a factory. I don’t know. Anyone have any experience with that?

Otherwise, it is possible as in the Bronxville Bathroom to mount the shades part of the way down as in the lovely room below.

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Martha O’Hara

This is also a situation where they broke up the long expense with three shades. Really well-done.

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This is a big month for me!

Thursday evening, the 7th is the Westchester Home Awards where I am up for two awards for Best Bathroom. (the one above with the wallpaper) and Best Dining Room. You know the one! It is open to the public if anyone is in Westchester County and wants to come. I believe it costs $25 to get in.

Mid-April is the High Point Market where I was selected to go on this special tour.

I know. Holy Crap is right!

THEN on April 23rd… I will be unveiling the Laurel Home Curated Paint Collection.
And man, I can’t tell you how much you’re gonna love this. Well, I hope you will!

More about that very soon.

And the end of the month I am FINALLY going to Italy. I have never been but it’s been a dream for many years. I’m going with the Design Blogger folks; it’s a great group! A trip of a life-time.

xo,

Laurel

  • Gogogramma - July 17, 2017 - 8:06 PM

    Laurel, having two roller shades with self-valance made for my glass four-panel slider doors (two end panels and two sliders). Has to be outside mount. Should I mount up to ceiling (11″above trim mould), or mount just above trim mould? Hope you can answer and thanksReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - July 17, 2017 - 8:26 PM

      I wish I could help you out but it’s impossible to give advice without being there. If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do, and you’re there, how am I supposed to do it without being able to see what’s going on? no worries. I get dozens of comments and emails of this nature every week. Dozens. It’s not easy, is it?ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Meals - July 4, 2017 - 4:51 PM

    Dear Laurel,

    I am looking at Roman Shades for a couple different projects, but I can’t help from wondering, is it standard for the public view to be of the back side of the shades, curtains, blinds, or whatever you’re using indoors? When I pull up to my house and can see the symmetrical windows on either side of my front porch and the back side of different patterned curtains that don’t match, I just wonder if that’s the prettiest presentation of my house from the street. Yeah, the inside is most important, but I guess I’m a stickler for outside presentation, too, and I don’t know what the solution is, or if I’m just being too picky!!!

    The other situation in which I’d like to use Roman Shades is in my husband’s office. He has a glass window in his office, and on the other side of that window is the hallway that clients would pass through. Is it fine for them to walk past and see the back side of shades with all the cords? Or does it really not matter? I’m obsessing over making the public side perfect. I think he needs privacy, of course, but looking at that picture you posted above of the back side of shades, I’m second guessing if that’s the best type of window covering to use when people will be walking right next to the window and see all the cords and the mechanism at the top.

    Best regards,
    RebeccaReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - July 4, 2017 - 9:39 PM

      Hi Rebecca,

      I understand that you have a lot of questions. But it’s not possible for me to give you an appropriate response from where I’m sitting.ReplyCancel

  • jan - February 7, 2017 - 3:57 PM

    This is super informative! I’m wondering if you happen to know where to take classes on sewing the different shades?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 7, 2017 - 11:32 PM

      Hi Jan,

      Sorry, I don’t know. Perhaps you could try researching this online.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - January 9, 2017 - 1:20 AM

    Wonderful post Laurel! Super thorough. Couple things I’ve found – watch using blackout lining with light colored face fabric. Some have carbon sandwiched between two layers and wherever a needle pushes through you run the risk of a small black dot appearing on the face. I’ve had great luck using a thermal lining with or without interlining to hide strings etc. and provide room darkening. As for pricing drapery vs. shades, it’s all dependent on the fabric choice. Drapery panel labor for things like basic pinch pleats is super affordable, but obviously a single window could require 12+ yards of fabric. Romans are generally more expensive to produce, but use considerably less fabric.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry - October 24, 2016 - 10:22 AM

    Hi Laurel, you are the best! LOVE following your blog – you certainly have a keen sense of humor! I recently purchased your rolodex and was specifically looking for your source of C-rings and the workroom you use to fabricate drapery panels. I’m an interior designer too and have had some pretty bad experiences with workrooms through the years! :-((( Would love to start using someone that you could recommend. Thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - October 24, 2016 - 12:43 PM

      Hi Sherry,

      Thanks so much for your kind words and order! Antique Drapery Hardware is in the rolodex and has C-rings. In fact, I get all of my rings there. They sell retail and also to the trade.

      As for workrooms– ugh. I don’t have any to recommend unless you are local. If so, please write me privately through the contact page. ReplyCancel

  • Betty - August 29, 2016 - 7:22 AM

    Hi Laurel, I’m having someone over today to discuss Roman Shades for my L/R. The terms Roman Shades and Roman Blinds are they interchangable or is there actually a difference between the two? Thank you so much,ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 29, 2016 - 11:59 AM

      They are the same thing. But in this case, it’s a shade. Blinds usually have slats.ReplyCancel

  • Betty - July 10, 2016 - 6:05 PM

    I have a question about window coverings. In my living room there is a transom window I want to put a curtain on- it is not above a door. I know what I want, I have a vision, but have no idea what it is called. It is like an Austrian shade/curtain (??) the puffy ones and it is made of strings/fringe (?) that go horizontally. I’ve spent lots of time on Google, but can’t seem to find it. Yes, yes I know it may just be in my head, but I think I’ve seen these maybe in an old horror film (I can be weird) on windows of Victorian buildings. Any ideas what I’m talking about? Thank you, :((ReplyCancel

  • Libby - April 6, 2016 - 12:03 AM

    Laurel, I want to especially express my love for the bathroom pictured above that you designed. The marble and the grisaille wallpaper are so beautiful. The room is so harmonious. The big window is great and the shade is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Libby - April 5, 2016 - 4:51 PM

    The itinerary and guides for Italy sound fantastic. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you for the Westchester Designer Awards.

    These posts on window treatments are very informative and really pull a lot of knowledge and experience together for us. I have found installers don’t want to deal with plaster walls. In the last post you mentioned c -rings. I want them! You wrote that there is a source in the Rolodex so I’ll check out my copy!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 5, 2016 - 7:40 PM

      Hi Libby,

      Thank you so much! I’m shocked that I’m even in the running for anything. So, I’m fine whatever happens.

      The C rings can be found in the very first resource in the chapter in the back that has the three dozen or so sources that I can’t live without. ReplyCancel

  • Ann Fulton - April 4, 2016 - 2:27 PM

    Laurel, once again, you just knock it out of the park!!!! (How’s that for opening day?!) I wish you would write a book because then I’d have every one of your posts in my hands, in one place, and could use sticky notes for ones like this … or the one on draperies. You are just outstanding as a writer and designer and explainer of all things. I’d give you the key to my house in a second, and say “whatever you like, have at it. My favorite colors are blues and greens.”ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 4, 2016 - 11:48 PM

      Hi Ann,

      As we say in the biz #idealclient. LOL Keys to the house indeed! I don’t think I’ve ever had that, but sometimes I want to say, just fork over the cash and come back in three months. haha! However, there are the times when the client comes up with a great idea I hadn’t thought of. Over-all, I guess collaboration works best. As long as they agree with me. hahahaha!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Byrne - April 4, 2016 - 8:32 AM

    Great inspiration here- I love Roman shades !
    Good luck on your wards and we will just mad each other in Italy. Have fun!!
    Xx
    LynnReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 4, 2016 - 10:32 AM

      Thanks Lynn. I can’t tell for sure, but it sounds like you will be there too? That would be wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Dolores - April 4, 2016 - 8:02 AM

    What a wonderfully exciting month April will be for you! I’m most excited to hear that the month will end with a trip to Italy- for me, nothing could be better than being in Italy- it is a magical country no matter where you go. I am just so happy for you! Congratulations..ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 4, 2016 - 10:31 AM

      Thank you Dolores. On top of it, the people running it have left no stone left unturned to make the trip especially wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Lidia - April 4, 2016 - 3:15 AM

    Thank you Laurel for the wonderful insight on Roman shades.
    On another note- in reference to your award winning bathroom is the white paint cotton balls? Exquisite!
    Blessings.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 4, 2016 - 10:30 AM

      Hi Lidia,

      It is actually white dove. I had to over-expose the images because they said they were too dark for print. The light was a little low that day.ReplyCancel

  • Frances Pusch - April 3, 2016 - 8:49 PM

    You seem to have quite of following of workroom owners!

    As one of them, I so admire that you actually know the technical end of window treatments. Not every designer does!

    One thing I noticed for the photo of the shade from Leatherwood Design (I call the owner, Deb Cronin, the queen of roman shades. She’s amazing!!), anyway back to the photo of her shade…it most likely does have a clutch, but the mechanism is to the front of the shade and is then covered covered with a short valance. (You can’t see it because the photo shows the back of the shade.) This is called a reverse mounted shade. You can tell because of the eyelets near the top is where the lift cords switch from the back to the front before threading into the clutch. Reverse mounting means the shade can hug the window as it comes off the back of the mounting board. This is sometimes preferable design-wise.

    Deb’s shade also shows ladder tape that the lift cord runs through. This is one of the solutions that makes it child-safety compliant, something the other workrooms commented on. Without it children have died as a result of getting their heads caught behind these cords, or in those that hang on the side of the shade that raise and lower it (if not held down with a tension devise). It sounds creepy, and is rare, but should be a major concern of anyone who makes or sells roman shades, not to mention any one with children and shades in their home.

    Have a wonderful trip to Italy!! My dream is to some day rent a house there for a month… I’m holding onto that dream!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 3, 2016 - 9:42 PM

      Hi Frances,

      Apparently, there are a lot of workroom readers. I didn’t know that either! And I’m honored to have y’all here. I’m just finishing up my 20th years in business. Before that I worked for someone for four years. I think I mentioned this before, but they do not teach any of this in interior design school! Shocking, I know.

      I did not know about the reverse mount Roman. How interesting. I am thinking that would be for a very deep window but am not sureReplyCancel

      • Frances Pusch - April 3, 2016 - 10:56 PM

        Reverse mount shades are particularly good for roman shades on French doors. Even if you turn the mounting board on its side for a minimal projection you still have a gap or 1/2 – 3/4″ when the shade comes off the front of the board. Reverse mounted, off the back, it sits flush against the door frame– also helpful when wishing to minimize light allowed into a room. It is mentioned in this video from one of the trade supply sources using their E-Z Rig but will work with any lift system. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My5G8pRq510&ebc=ANyPxKrLm4kbfVvPJeAVgzxrWd_6-n_MzD0-gVO301BQap358KHNUhVMaheT-y9FdlSdgGfkbMlq
        There are so many variations and methods and supplies in window treatments, its a constant learning process for workrooms. It is also why I find it such an stimulating profession. Now time for this sewing nerd to stop typing!!
        I really LOVE your blog and look forward to it every Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • Janie - April 3, 2016 - 12:16 PM

    Great, but where if at all do motorized drapes fit?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 3, 2016 - 9:32 PM

      Hi Janie,

      There is such a thing, of course, but it’s not anything I’ve ever done in any of my jobs.ReplyCancel

  • E - April 3, 2016 - 11:31 AM

    You are amazing! Thank you for this informative post. So happy for your future travels. EReplyCancel

  • Emma - April 3, 2016 - 10:48 AM

    Your posts are so informative. Thank you so much for sharing! Any thoughts on roller blinds? I have beautiful windows in new house and hate to cover them up – or the view/light. Roman blinds do cover up the top of the window frame or the lights. Something about the simplicity of roller blinds appeals but mount/cradle seems to always be bulky (minimum I’ve found is 2 1/4 inch) – at least at the shops I have looked at. I don’t see why it needs to be so bulky. Anyone seen shallower roller blind mounts? Many thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 3, 2016 - 9:30 PM

      Hi Emma,
      I’ve done roller shades on occasion and yes, I believe that the mechanism is pretty standard. Sometimes they stick out an inch or so and that’s okay. I have a client who has them already and they had to do quite a number to get those things up.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Erlam - April 3, 2016 - 10:46 AM

    Gretchen brings up a good point about the cord safety standards. Anyone who makes and sells non-compliant blinds may be liable in the case of strangulation or injury.ReplyCancel

  • Gina - April 3, 2016 - 10:36 AM

    You’re just so awesome! I’d love to follow you around for a day! Thanks for the great posts, as always!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 3, 2016 - 9:27 PM

      Gina,
      I could definitely use someone to follow me around with a broom and dustpan, please. lol But I don’t think that’s what you had in mind.ReplyCancel

  • Moise - April 3, 2016 - 10:29 AM

    Laurel,
    These window treatment posts have been so timely as I have just had the bedroom windows replaced in our home. I think about window treatments and just want to collapse. So. Many. Choices. I just feel paralyzed. This was helpful and cemented my choice to do Roman shades in my boys’ rooms. I don’t know if you are willing to give any more information regarding price. I would love to even see a bell curve- 85% of Roman shades occur within this price range. Bon Voyage! Enjoy your upcoming trip.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 3, 2016 - 9:24 PM

      Hi Moise,

      Oh gosh. That is a sticky wicket for sure regarding price. It depends on a lot of factors such as the geographical location and experience of the workroom. Is it one person or many people? Do they work out of their home or do they have a hefty overhead?

      The other thing is size. Most designers and/or workrooms charge by the square foot and then there’s installation.

      On top of that is the fabric and any trim work.

      But… if you get on the Smith and Noble website, you can put in the measurements for your windows, select a fabric and that’ll give you an idea at least as a starting point. It won’t include installation, of course. ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Granger - April 3, 2016 - 9:49 AM

    Hi Laurel,
    I’m loving your window treatment posts, it’s my favorite subject ! Thanks for including my black and white Greek key shade. Romans and panels are definitely the most popular items made in my workroom. Please make sure your workroom is up to date on all the current child safety standards. Congrats on all your upcoming adventures. I’ll be at market too !ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 3, 2016 - 9:19 PM

      Hi Tammy,

      I’m so honored to have you here! I always hope I have my facts straight. I think most people don’t have a clue about what goes into making window treatments.

      If you see me at market, please stop me to say hi!ReplyCancel

  • suzanne - April 3, 2016 - 9:29 AM

    Fab post Laurel! Iam thrilled for you that you are going to Italy! You will not be the same after that trip. Savor every min and linger in the places that speak deeply to your heart. You will come back full of inspiration and your head so full you may explode. LolReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 3, 2016 - 9:11 PM

      Hi Suzanne,

      Oh, thank you! I am sure I won’t be the same. I feel very blessed that I can do this now.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - April 3, 2016 - 8:59 AM

    Another very informative – and for me very timely – post. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - April 3, 2016 - 8:01 AM

    Laurel, your blog posts are so informative (and beautiful).
    Thanks!
    You’re going to Italy and it’s your first time – you will love it!ReplyCancel

  • Suzette - April 3, 2016 - 7:57 AM

    Great article! I wish you well on the two awards you are up for and I cannot wait to see your paint collection!!

    And Italy! How exciting!! Congrats to you all the way around. I learn so much from you and love your teaching and writing style. It’s like talking with a friend. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 3, 2016 - 9:07 PM

      Oh that is so sweet Suzette. I really cannot believe my good fortune recently. I lost my BFF last year and I am positive that somehow she has something to do with it. Or maybe her death (and 17 month illness prior) was the catalyst to propel me forward.ReplyCancel

  • eileen - April 3, 2016 - 7:26 AM

    Thank You for the pictures of all the roman shades. they are my all time favorites.
    I have a small problem, i have a double window pleated roman shade in my bedroom. It is a inside mount. (which i am sorry I didn’t do the outside mount) the cord is a chain and it has started to ripe my fabric from pulling it up and down everyday. The store i purchased from is out of business. Also the back of the RS has a problem with one of the lines of string that go up and down. Is there anyplace you know that does repairs. I live in Bucks County,Pa 18977
    Any help would be greatly appreciated
    Keep up your great work and look forward to hearing back from you
    EileenReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 3, 2016 - 9:04 PM

      Hi Eileen,

      I’m sorry, I don’t know of anyone in your area, but I see that Kristine answered you. I love stuff like that!ReplyCancel

    • Kristine Robinson - April 3, 2016 - 9:30 AM

      Eileen, I’m an interior designer in your area, and Imwould recommend Grace Irene. Window Fashions for your problem. I use Grace all the time, and highly recommend! http://www.graceirene.netReplyCancel

  • Ellie - April 3, 2016 - 5:07 AM

    Oh please let it be April 23rd tomorrow because I cannot wait to see your paint colors! Just can’t wait! How about an insiders sneak preview? 😉ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 3, 2016 - 9:02 PM

      Hi Ellie,

      Sorry, but I am working feverishly on it to have it ready by the 23rd.

      Believe me when I tell you that I am obsessing on each color–144 of them. Final answer. (I think) I started working on this last summer!

      It’s not going to be just a list of colors. There’s going to be a lot of detailed info about each color + what trim colors to use and a lot more.

      Phase II, I’ll be putting the colors into palettes. Each color will have its own palette.

      Phase III will be combining each palette with wood colors, stone, tile and one fabric to make the selection process much easier.

      These will be for sale, but the price won’t be more than a gallon of premium paint for each of the products.

      Hopefully, it’ll save people time, money and stress.ReplyCancel

  • carynia - April 3, 2016 - 3:43 AM

    Thank you for the great info about Roman Shades and the wonderful photos! Maybe I should consider shades as another solution my ‘problem child’ French doors and side windows! Hope you’ll bring home those awards, and Bon Voyage for your upcoming trip to Italy, which sounds truly amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 3, 2016 - 8:52 PM

      Hi Carynia,

      We do Roman shades on French doors all the time. We mount them on the wood frame just enough to cover the glass and a little extra on each side.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Villa - April 3, 2016 - 2:01 AM

    I found your blog late last year and really enjoy your posts. We bought a new build cookie cutter home in a suburb of Phoenix AZ in January. Lots to do with this blank slate. Window treatments are up next, but really all your articles are so helpful, fun to read, and I love your directness and bit of sass. Thank you for sharing and best of luck with the award!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 3, 2016 - 8:51 PM

      Thank you Christine! My mother actually DID wash my mouth out with soap when I was four.

      haha! Obviously, it didn’t help much.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Tegtman - April 3, 2016 - 12:32 AM

    Hi Laurel! Great article about roman shades! I do custom window treatments, and it’s always nice for someone to point out how much work goes into making roman shades! The only thing missing was all the new child safety cord standards. You can’t have any dangling cords anymore – even on cord cleats. It’s continuous cords or cordless. Though I’ll admit the cord standards keep changing, so it’s hard to keep track! 🙂 Oh, and the other type of Roman Shade is called a Hobbled Roman. And you’re right, it is a lot of fabric!ReplyCancel