Archive | November, 2011

Guide to Curtain Styles and Designs

For those of you that like the idea of using curtaining for a room but are unsure as to what style of curtaining to choose, I have decided to share a few of the curtain treatments I use for clients. Now, although there are a number of different treatments, I am going to list just a few popular ones, and hopefully this will give you some idea as to what style will best suit your room.
This is somewhat of a more traditional, tailored classic curtain. But I do believe it can be used in a contemporary setting, depending on what type of rail you decide to use and what the rest of the room setting is like. This curtain heading is quite timeless, especially if you decide to use a versatile fabric that is plain. Finishing touches could include tiebacks, either wooden / metal or fabric tie backs, possibly trimmed with fringing or braid.
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Eyelet curtaining is a popular contemporary style of curtaining. It gives a clean finished look. I like the idea of using patterned fabrics on eyelet curtaining as it shows the pattern off nicely and hangs beautifully.
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Personally this is one of my favourite form of curtaining finishes. It can be used in both a contemporary or classic room setting. Also known as the triple pleat, the length of pleat can be short or long. Long giving a lengthening feel or illusion of height and looks absolutely stunning with fabric-covered buttons, creating a tailored look.
Image courtesy of Curtain Works
Image courtesy of Curtain Works
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This is a formal and smart looking curtain and I believe you would require the space, both height and width in a room, in order to use this form of curtaining. Goblet pleated curtains are quote elaborate and the heading detailing would make for quite a statement. These goblet headed pleats are created with tape that shapes the fabric into neat cylinders.

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A tab top curtaining is a rather simple look and is suitable for either lined or unlined curtains. To add interest one can use a contrasting fabric or buttons for the tabs of the curtain.
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These curtains give the illusion of an unstructured, slightly feminine look. Again, they are suitable for either lined or unlined curtains. One can add detailing by using a contrasting fabric for the ties or edging. Just be warned, these curtains are better for windows that aren’t in regular use as the ties don’t move as easily. So perhaps use this decorative treatment to soften a room. 
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The ring and clip style of curtaining is probably one of the most inexpensive form of curtaining as there is no need for tape and hooks. Basically, the fabric is attached to clips, hung on rings. I wouldn’t hang very heavy curtains as the fabric will pull away from the clips with regular use. These curtains can be either lined or unlined, or even a voile if you are looking for something a little soft and whimsical. The rings are available in a number of different sizes.
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Organising my Office

Work is rather manic at the moment, so I decided to design and order a custom made pin board to help me keep track of presentations, installations, back orders and quotations.  I ordered the fabric from the talented South African based textile designers, Design Team and had iKhaya make it up.  It has place for pinning up notes, business cards, anything inspirational and on the right hand side is a panel of glass for making notes using a marker.
What do you think friends – don’t you think it looks great? 

Herewith the details of the fabric:
Design: Polka Dot Colour: Cream white on Duck Egg

Have a great week everyone!
lv Che’


Ikhaya’s new store

On Friday evening we attended the exciting launch of iKhaya’s new store, relocated from the well known Brand Street in Glenwood to the hip and happening 435 Windermere Road (now Lillian Ngoyi Road), Morningside, Durban. The space is literally twice the size of the last shop and is filled with so many more exciting new products.
I suggest you pop in for a rewarding feast for the eyes. For those of you not living in the lovely Durbs, contact Rhenda via her blog, here.
Have a lovely Monday all!
Lv Che’


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