Thursday, October 21, 2010

L is for “Lambrequin”

The ABC’s of window treatments

Our window treatment word for the day is “lambrequin”.  A lambrequin is basically a cornice with legs.  They are made of wood and then typically padded and covered with fabric but you could also use wallpaper or paint.  This style frames the window and looks good with a trim on the edge.


                                              Photo from Elle Decor

This historical drawing from The Smithsonian archives shows sheers and draperies layered underneath the lambrequin as well as ornate carved wood molding on top.


I love all the different shapes that you can design.   They can be traditional, modern even Moroccan depending on the shape and the fabric you choose.

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                                      Photo from Jackie Von Tobel

Interior designer Elizabeth Payne used a lambrequin in this years Kips Bay Showhouse covered with an Osborne and Little fabric and a small beaded trim on the edge.



I’ve done many over the years but this is the only photo I could find.  I made this one in three pieces to fit into a bay window and mounted faux roman shades underneath. 


They can work in kids rooms if you have the right fabric.  I made lambrequins for my son’s nursery and my niece’s room in my preblogging days so I don’t have pictures of them.


1.  It’s very important to get the proportions right so draw it to scale first.

2.  Use a tightly woven fabric and pay attention to the placement when designing the shape.  Plaids and stripes are the most difficult.

3.  Pay attention to projection when you are installing over shades or drapery.

Now I’m in the mood to make one !


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fall Decorating

It’s finally starting to feel like fall in NC……… well kinda.  I haven’t had to use the heat or air conditioner in about 2 weeks ! 
I don’t do a lot of fall decorating, but here’s what I’ve done so far, just the mantle and the sofa table.
I downloaded the skull and bat from The Graphics Fairy and printed it onto transfer paper.  Then I ironed them onto some scrap fabric and framed them in 5x7’s that I spray painted black.
You may recognize the urn and candlestick from a project I did last fall. The bat garland is by Martha Stewart from Michael’s.  (I had a 50% off coupon and had to buy something)
I wanted to make some spooky trees to go with the graveyard that I made last year.  A little spray paint, a trip to the dollar store and a walk outside…… super easy !
Sorry for so many pics but I’ve been playing around with my camera’s shutter speed and aperture settings and I needed a subject.
As much as I love the wall color (BM Dark Mustard)  in the fall and winter, I don’t think it will make it through another summer. 
Although, a cream slipcover for the sofa might make it bearable……….. thoughts ?
I’m linking to BNOP Met Monday Party and The Stories of A to Z.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Quote of the Day

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

  - John Quincy Adams


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fabric Covered Napkin Rings

Last winter I picked up four pewter napkin rings at the flea market for $1.00.
Some scraps of Tiger Velvet and a little hot glue were all they needed.
I’ll be linking to BNOTP, DIY Show Off and Making the World Cuter Mondays...... come on over and see some more before and afters.


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