Morelands can be used in so may ways. I recently completed a job with two windows in a spare bedroom. When I started the design I was not even thinking about a Moreland, I drew up several different top treatments and then the morland just poped into my mind and I decided it would be perfect for the location. The client has a TV on the wall so I wanted it to be just a little different on the side of the TV and the Moreland just seemed to fit.
Here are a few of my designs. I don't know why but the Moreland just seemed to fit the room.
John is now a Hunter Douglas Certified Installer.
Hunter Douglas, the nation’s leading window covering manufacturer, understands that a custom window covering is only as good as its installation.With that in mind, Hunter Douglas has made a significant effort in providing ongoing installertrainingevents to properly educate installers on the most effective and up-to-date methods of installing its innovated products, including Duette®, Silhouette®, Luminette®, Vignette®, and PowerRise, just to name a few.
Johnny recently attended the two-day Certified InstallerSM Training Event that was held in Broomfield, CO. This intensive training event, the only one of its kind in the industry, gives installers the tools they need to install window coverings more efficient and meet many of the challenges encountered during installation.
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“Our certified installers are the best in the industry,” says Andy Irwin, Hunter Douglas Senior Manager of Installer Training. “When they combine the two-day Certified InstallerSM training with our extensive online resources, which are available 24/7, we feel confident the installer is ready to tackle any situation.”
Johnny really enjoyed the time he spent with the trainers, we have been installing hard treatments for 27 years so installing was not new to us. It was a great two days and there are tips and trick that he was able to pick up during the two day training session that we will be able to provide to our clients in the future, it was well worth the time away from the business.
Designing your treatment with a window specialist. Did you know when working with a window specialist workroom they can sketch up your design to scale and add your fabric to the design. If you are still unsure the workroom may have samples they can share or even be able to mock up the design. Recently I had a client that wanted tab drapes but really could not visualize the design from a sketch.
Sometimes even a drawing to scale doesn't quite tell the full story. I was able to do a mock up of the design with different size tabs so she could easily see the treatment before she purchased. I used different color buttons to help with the decision.
The Vision 12 Awards competition; I was thrilled that my treatment received a award.
The treatment started out very simple; we had velvet brown panels that we were going to alter to fit another location in the customer's home. We added a 20 inch band at the bottom with a cord separating the two sections. We then added a silk panel behind the velvet panels to add some depth to the treatment.
The panels were then bishoped with beautiful tiebacks that the customer
The top's of the velvet panels were inverted pleats with
buttons at the base of the pleat. The edge of the velvet drapes had a tiny silk welt
cord, and the velvet drapes were lined with the same silk fabric. The
silk drapes were a brown silk that was shirred on a rod behind the iron
facia that held the velvet drapes.
This really ended up being a fun project that I was very proud of. To start with a treatment that needed to be altered to fit then end up with such a statement in a room just made us all smile and best of all the client loved the finished project.
This is the finished window unit. You can't see the left side, but you can see how this treatment added warmth to the client's entrance.
I can't believe I did not blog about my niece's wedding.
We had a Victorian theme for Ashley's wedding. Her dress was lace, so swags with cheesecloth just made sense
The buffet table had yards of swagged chessecloth, with silver and glass for serving behind the food table was more cheesecloth to make a beautiful backdrop for photos. Above the buffet table was Chinese latterns with tiny mirrors to reflect the beautiful day. All the flower arrangements were made by Judy (my sister)
Wedding cake table
The drink area, we offered, fruit tea, punch and water.
I can't blog about my nephew's wedding without blogging about my sister's wedding. It was a very busy weekend. Going to two weddings in one weekend, you are thinking that is doable. To have to decorate for two weddings in one weekend is another story. My sister got married on Sunday after my nephew on Saturday. The advantage is all the family that had to travel only had to come in one weekend. The disadvantage is it was hard work, and I was still recovering from the other wedding. Bobbie Jo and Butch were married in his backyard. I will say his backyard is made for weddings. The beautiful white picket fence around the yard with a gazebo in one corner and a beautiful pool with a water feature in the other corner is what everyone wants for a backyard. They brought in white benches for the wedding party and white folding chairs for the guest. It was a very small wedding, family only, but it was beautiful. We decorated the patio area with cheesecloth for the bride to make her entry into wedding. Our dad escorted her down the aisle and gave her away. We used white toile on the gazebo with flowers around the top.
There were candles lining the walkway has she came down the aisle, topiaries at the end of the path and flower arrangements placed entering the gazebo.
Toile was used around the garden, it was beautiful.
To me no wedding is complete without a picture of all the family.
My last wedding to decorate for until my children get married. Yes, all my nieces and nephews are now married and ready to start their lives.
Here is a picture of the Sanctuary. We stayed very traditional with white and ivory flowers along with the large "A"s for Apple the groom.
The cake is staying with the theme with ribbons around each layer with rhinestone buckles in the middle. The table and the beautiful backdrop for the cake and pictures were created my Judy and myself. The table cloth was straight with 5-inch tabs placed around the table with rhinestones on each edge of the tabs and tiny mirrors randomly placed. The edge of the table had wide rows of rhinestones with ribbon and a rhinestone buckle at the top of each tab. We spent several weekends cutting, hemming and adding the rhinestones. It was so much fun working together during the prep time and then the days of decorating.
This was the buffet area. Judy created beautiful rose balls that hung over the buffet. Everything on the buffet table was mirrored from side to side. The buffet table had a flat table cloth with 5- inch tabs with rhinestones down each side of the tabs with ribbon and a rhinestone buckle at the top, rhinestone ribbon connecting each section.
Guest sitting area for the reception, the flower arrangements were all created by Judy. Did you notice the green apples? Apples were part of the theme, can you guess the grooms last name, yes it is Apple. Green is the bride Mamie's favorite color.
Last is the area for the small thank you for each guest. We had apple jelly for each guest, to finish out the theme of the day. Judy created the labels and dressed up the jars.
Judy spent endless months working afternoons and weekends putting all the items together. My part was really the easy part a few weekends and the week of the wedding decorating. There is so much to do when preparing for a wedding. It took three days to decorate the church and then the fellowship hall. Some of the little details that have to be done never really show. With the help of family and friends, we created all the wonderful food. The food consisted of broccoli salad, pasta salad, cheese tray, ranch dip, fruit trays, fruit dip, vegetable trays, ham, chicken salad, pimento cheese, rolls, crackers, salsa, spinach dip, and chips.
I have been in custom window coverings business since 1985 and I have loved the industry from the beginning. I like to think it takes an artist to create the visions our clients see. I also love the option of offering my clients blinds as well as draperies.