ways to dress your windows

February 22, 2012

Have you ever wondered how you can dress your large, two-story windows? There are a couple different ways to do it. We have seen our share of window challenges over the past 10 years…

Here are some of the solutions we have come up with…

These tall windows are dressed with flowy sheer panels. We added a detail of shell trim towards the top to bring your eye up. The family wanted privacy but wanted light to still be able to filter through so we selected this subtle striped trevira sheer - it's beautiful AND durable to stand the beating sun.

This large two story hearth room needed some privacy and sophistication. We designed silk panels that open in the center, so the clients can take advantage of the great views. By bringing the panels down to the second tier of windows it makes the room seem more cozy. Since the fabric is silk, we had the panels interlined so the silk fibers will be protected.

In this large two story living room, the client wanted a way to soften the windows and still have privacy. We designed and installed four stationary panels on a long rod along with some honeycomb Hunter Douglas shades. By mounting the rod under the 1st set of windows, we brought the visual ceiling of the space down to make the tall space seem more cozy. The stationary panels feature an exotic pattern to bring in some attitude.

kitchen design solutions

January 25, 2012

Here is a snippet of one of our kitchen remodel projects. Our clients came to us to re-work their kitchen after we worked on their master suite a while back. They had moved into this parade home in the 90s and were in need of some updating.

Below you’ll see the before and after pictures and our problems and design solutions.

Before: The white kitchen needed some changes and updates.

a. problem: The clients were tired of their white cabinets and wanted something new. The existing cabinets weren’t constructed very well and didn’t seem to function the way that they needed them to. solution: We designed new cabinets and stained them espresso and outfitted them with pretty french brass hardware.

b. problem: The existing granite and cook top were still in great shape and the clients wanted to keep them. solution: We kept the floor plan the same to accommodate for the existing granite. The cook top stayed in the same place as well.

c. problem: The upper cabinets were only 15″ off of the counter top and this made working under the cabinets hard. solution: Since we raised the cabinets up to 18″ off the counter we selected new back splash tile. Now the counter top can be used to it’s full potential.

d. problem:  the microwave was only 14″ from the cook top so cooking in a tall stock pot was out of the question – it simply didn’t fit! solution: We relocated the microwave and designed a custom hood for proper space above the cooktop and the right ventilation.

e. problem: The current set up didn’t allow for adequate ventilation for the gas cook top. solution: The newly designed hood works great for venting and aesthetically fits into the new cabinetry since we framed it in the same wood as the cabinets.

f. problem: The glass cabinets made the existing kitchen feel too busy. solution: We designed paneled doors for most of the upper cabinets to create a more cohesive, clean feel.

g. problem: Once we took the microwave out from above the cook top, it needed a home out of the sight line. solution: We placed a new drawer microwave in the base cabinet to the right of the cook top to keep it in the work triangle, but to keep it out of the sight line.

h. problem: We felt that the base cabinets needed some details. solution: We added legs to the cooktop cabinet and the left and right of the sink. This breaks up the long, linear lines of the base cabinets and adds a custom feel to the new kitchen.

After: Once we studied the kitchen and came up with a list of problems, we designed solutions to make the kitchen more efficient and functional.

finished: Izzy’s bathroom

December 9, 2011

We blogged recently about Izzy’s bathroom and showed you a ‘behind the scenes’ snippet of what went in to building it…

Well now it’s done! Check out the final shots of the bathroom from all angles.

Here's Izzy's bathroom with the mirror, lights, and towel bars in place. See her lovely white and black mosaic floor tiles, the fun pop of glacier blue deco tiles on the walls, and Benjamin Moore's Dill Pickle on the walls!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The top shot shows inside Izzy's shower. We continued the deco tile in there, as well as the white subway tile. We had shampoo shelves installed to keep the bottles off of the floor. The bottom shot shows the bathroom from the shower area. There is a lowe vanity seat for Izzy to practice her make-up!

Hammers are being swung, concrete is being poured and measurements are happening for custom cabinetry. Yes – our project in Mendota Heights is in full swing and there is lots to update, so here is a smidge for you today…

 

Here are some snapshots of the progress so far…

In the top ‘before’ picture you can see that there was a screen porch on the right side of the house. Inside, we re-oriented where the kitchen is and now it will be to the left of screen porch. We decided to remove the porch for a couple of reasons… now there will be  more room for the herb garden, there is a better flow from inside to outside, and view from kitchen to pond is clear, where before the porch was blocking it.

In the bottom ‘before’ and ‘after’ picture, you can see that off of the new kitchen and dining room, we designed a covered patio space for grilling, eating and entertaining outside. The family loves to spend time outside and enjoy our beautiful MN weather.

The in-ground pool will see updates this spring.

 
 
 
 
 
 
While the pool is closed for the season, once spring comes around and renovations are made, this pool will be the go-to spot for the kids (and adults) to hang out at for the summer. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from the tennis courts, pond, and main house.

A couple more weeks have passed since our last project update . Check out the latest improvements on our project in Edina…

 

Top: Here is Izzy's bedroom earlier this summer before the windows went in. Bottom: This week her built in bookcases and bench were installed. What a great spot to sit and read!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Top: The upstairs family room before the fireplace surround and bookcases. Bottom: Jeff is working on installing the custom bookcases and mantle.

 
 
 

Top: This shows the wonderful in floor heating system in the master bathroom. Bottom: This week the tile and cabinets are going in! It's going to be beautiful!

 
 
We’ll have more to come shortly…  This week granite is getting installed, paint will be started, the wood floor should get stained and much more.  
 
The family is looking forward to being able to move in around Thanksgiving!

A couple posts ago, we blogged  about some pictures of window treatments “in process” as they were being made. Well just last Friday they were installed! Here are some of the pictures from that installation…

Oh what a different window treatments make!

Top: the stair windows before. Middle: Holly waving her 'magic wand' to get the pleats where they need to be. Bottom: the window after the panels were installed.

Window treatments really add a lot to a space. Before, this stair window was the first thing you would see as you enter the 3rd floor master bedroom; it was stark and cold and now Voila! The soft heathered fabric panels greet you. They are both beautiful AND functional since they block the bright morning light.
Below is the sequence of pictures from the bed wall. The window seemed small and disproportionate before the window treatments went up.
We added a double rod here; the sheers soften the window and add a layer of privacy while the fabric panels add a pop of color and provide the option to block out the light.
By adding the panels on all of the windows, the room feels more dressed up and a little like a fancy hotel.
What do you think of the transformation?

Top: the bed windows before. 2nd picture: Phil hard at work installing the double rod. 3rd picture: Phil and Dawn making final tweaks. Bottom: the 'aahhh' after.

One of our fabulous clients in Uptown in Minneapolis is anxiously awaiting her master bedroom window treatments. They will finish off her 3rd floor master nicely by adding color, texture, and by blocking the light on bright mornings.

Dawn, the talent behind Creative Coverings (our go-to workroom), sent us pictures as she’s constructing the panels this week…

It all starts with a fabric, an idea and a drawing...

 
 
 

Here, you can see how Dawn is prepping the lining by ironing it down and pinning it before she sews. This will then be attached to the panel fabric.

 
 
 

Next, she lays out the Romo fabric and begins to work on the hems.

 
 
 
 
 
These will end up to be three sets of fully functioning panels with pleats at the top. They’ll go behind the bed, in the seating nook, and on the stair wall.
 
Look for photos of the installation and of the finished panels hung in place in the next few posts!