One Famous Window Honors Our First Ladies

Happy President's Day!  We are honoring this day with the infamous White House West Hall Sitting Room's window and its transformation through the years as seen through the eyes of the First Lady - make that Ladies, dating back to 1888.  

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Frances Cleveland

This relaxed, garden atmosphere may give us a glimpse into First Lady Cleveland's personality.  The dramatic sheers showcase the beauty of the Tiffany window in or about 1888.

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Edith Roosevelt

Through the sheers and the year is 1904.  The scallops of the Tiffany window are barely visible as the window appears to have been changed during the Roosevelt Renovation.  The treatment itself is highly dramatic for the period with sheer sunburst arches and cascading swags. 

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Bridesmaids to Jessie Wilson in all their finery before our now renovated window.  The sunburst sheers still adorn the second arch and draperies are inset at the lower portion.  The year is 1913 and our First Lady at the time of the photo was Ellen Wilson.  

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Undoubtedly, the longest residency of the White House, Eleanor was a diplomat, an american politician and an activist.  Her straight-forward nature is visible at the window without any treatments, pomp or circumstance.  Photograph 1937.

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The Truman Reconstruction years 1949 - 1952

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Bess Truman

After the reconstruction, First Lady Bess' design is also simple in the treatment of the window with only a sunburst sheer inset in the lower arch.

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Mamie Eisenhower

The year is 1957 and we have an actual color photograph!  Fully draped with cornice box our window is dressed and the two chairs are covered in the same fabric.  Classic '50s style.

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A grand welcoming into a new era are the impeccable stylings of Jacqueline Kennedy.  Working closely with historians and curators Jackie's attention to detail and vision is realized to this day and set a new precedent for future First Ladies.

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Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson

1966. The fabrics have changed, but Jackie's design remains and it is absolutely stunning.  

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Pat Nixon

1969. Elaborate in yellow/gold one has to wonder if this was her color preference - so striking in comparison!

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Betty Ford

1974.  12 years, and three Presidential terms later, we have to consider is this the best window treatment for our window?  As Jackie's design was so publicized, and so loved, I would love to be the fly on the wall listening in on the conversations between the designers and the First Ladies.  

*Aside, the transformation may have been made by Betty Ford as I later discovered photos of the Fords flanked in the flowery design.

*Aside, the transformation may have been made by Betty Ford as I later discovered photos of the Fords flanked in the flowery design.

1978 - Rosalyn Carter.  One word comes to mind: Homespun.  Depicting the design of the times where florals ruled and you could even have fabrics matchy-matched to wallpaper.  

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Nancy Reagan

1981, was the year that Nancy Reagan took on the task of redecorating the White House in her own style.  There were many criticisms on the costs of her endeavors.  She wanted to bring their California lifestyle to their private residence in the White House, complete with her signature color Scarlet Red.  

"This house belongs to all Americans, and I want it to be something of which they can be proud."

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Barbara Bush

 On or about 1990, the furnishings changed, but our window treatments appear to be Nancy's.  The photo scene has been captured many times of the former First Lady's meeting with the incoming First Lady, and I don't think they were talking of decor.

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Hillary Clinton

1995.  Traditional elegance.  

Just like our own clients taking on a new residence, I love when they elect to keep the window treatments and work the decor around them.  Just my opinion, thoughts?

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Laura Bush

Photograph 2001.  Simple definition.  

This has to be one of the more popular ways to treat a large arch window today, exposing the architectural elements and preserving the beauty of our window.  Of course, today we would extend the drapery to the ceiling.  

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2009, or thereabout, Michelle Obama interprets the space into a well-appointed, yet casual family sitting room, and our window receives another makeover.  Ceiling mounted and wall-to-wall draperies with sheers - Yes! This is the treatment I was waiting for and suspect it is also the design that many households are still recreating.

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Melania Trump

Photographed in front of our window, but no treatments shown.  I guess we'll have to wait and hope that we will be privy to her design conquests.  Update to follow!

A few of our former First Ladies set the world on trend with their fashion and, notably, their decor choices.  "Our Window" as we lovingly called it throughout this BLOG,  is located in the second floor private residence of the White House.  Why did we choose this particular window above all others?  It gives us a glimpse into the many diverse personalities of our former First Ladies in their living space.  

I take great pleasure in the history of window treatments and how they evolve through individual tastes.  If you love the decorating history of the White House, we found a great source through whitehouse museum.org and give them photo credit along with Architectural Digest for the images we've used.

We leave you with this quote from President John Adams:

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President Adams and wife, Abigail, moved into the White House in March of 1797.  FDR had this John Adams quote carved on the fireplace of the White House State Dining Room.

Thank you for joining us!

Ten Decor Ideas To Boost Your New Year Goals

How are your New Year goals coming along?  The last few days of January has a few of us struggling along to keep them.  We've come up with a few fun decor strategies to give you the boost you may need to keep your goals going strong and they all start at home.
 

Scroll through our slide show using the arrows.  

What's worked for you to keep your goals?  Tell us in the comments and Happy Decorating!

How To Design Your Best Year Ever

How To Design Your Best Year Ever?

At Knight's we are not the trend-setting influencers.  We rely on what we see:  What our clients are shopping for, what products our local designers are working with, and what is new, newer and newest from our vendors. 

Natural, Neutral, and full of Texture is our theme for 2018!

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When you surround yourself with all that you love, staying true to yourself, you're always in fashion.

Whenever Possible, Start With The Floors

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Hardwood and wood-look flooring still reign supreme for the number one choice in flooring.  We are seeing that our clients are wanting to lighten things up with lighter stain choices and organic character rich in natural textures and carrying throughout the home.

Why start with the floors?  The floors are the largest surface in the home giving them the number one priority for making a big impact.

Hot Pick Patterns

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For The Love Of Carpet!  We cannot talk about 'starting with your floors' without the beauty of carpeting.  Whether you're choosing a wall-to-wall installation, making a stunning statement on your stairway, or complementing your hardwoods and defining interior spaces with area rugs - Carpets are here to stay.  

Our Decorator's Top Picks

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From our camera- shy Michael Fletcher. . .

Living large with Large-Format tiles in natural stone looks and concrete-like porcelains are suitable for 

residential and commercial spaces.  High sheen contrasts with the beauty of rustic-refinement. 

The continuous flow is outstanding with 59" x 118" tiles. 

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Patterns in tile are still so popular they drive us to new heights in design concept.  Stunning geometric patterns for the backsplash, but what we all consider to be a backsplash is changing its location taking over not just the splash but continuing to the ceiling.  That shows us all just how much we are loving the new shape of tile.  

May Your Walls Know Joy

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Neutral and Natural

 

Cork and metallic dance together for an incomparable texture that will have you staring at your walls in awe.  This unique design is brought to us by Candice Olson design for York Wallcoverings.

Our Favorite Walls Have Lots Of Windows

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From Diane:

"What I'm most excited about for 2018 is the motorization of window coverings.  The ease of access, the affordability, and the compatibility with other systems.  It's revolutionizing the way we look at dressing windows."

Location!  Location!  Location!

Motorizing, or automating your window coverings creates worry-free window locations.  With motorization you'll no longer struggle to operate those hard-to-reach windows, remotely operate your windows from remote locations, and, or set them all to move to your schedule.

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Linens!

"Happy New Year everyone!  I am working with a lot of fabric projects that are all linens.  Neutral and creamy textures for drapery with wider widths in lead-edge banding, florals with linen backgrounds, custom headboards with all the textural elements of, yes, Linen!  All in linen blends that gives a great hand to the fabric that is workable for all your projects."

_______ Marie Goldsmith

A Few Of Our Favorite Linens

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What Can We Help You With?

We always get a bit excited with the coming of the New Year as it's also the time our vendors unveil their new products!  That's me in the photo a couple years ago attending the Surfaces Trade Show in Las Vegas.  This year I'll be attending one of our vendor's shows in Southern California, while Michael and Diane take on Vegas.  What happens in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas ... They'll be reporting back with all the new news and we'll be sharing with you in our showroom, our website and here on our Blog page.  

How do we decide what products we bring to the Showroom?  Of course, the eyes have it.  What draws us in first is the look, then our inspective nature comes into play:  How will the product perform for our customers?  Does the quality of the product represent Knight's standard of excellence?  How is the product installed?  What are the manufacturers warranty guidelines?

From all of us at Knight's, to you and yours, We wish you a Very Happy New Year!

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There Is A Right Way To Clean Your Floors

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We've seen them! You've, no doubt, seen them too! Those cleaning hack internet articles that have you pulling out the mop and whatever method, remedy, additions to cleaners they are using to promote their own products - And, we say WAIT! What about my warranty!! Before you try one of these "hacks", let's talk about the proper cleaning, care & maintenance of your own floors, rugs, draperies and window treatments.  We'll get to some of this in our next Blog on care & cleaning.  Today our focus is hard surface flooring with a reference guide that you'll save (yes, please) to keep your quality purchases up to their intended performance.

What's got me going?  A recent "hack" of adding essential oils, now before you judge I love essential oils! Just not in a mop bucket with water intended to scrub any wood floors, especially our beautiful hardwood floors.  It's the easiest way to remove the natural luster of the hardwood and your warranty along with it.
So, what is the best way to clean, care and maintain the beauty of Hardwood Flooring? 
All of our vendors agree, it is with a floor cleaner specifically made for your hardwood finishes.
 

Water and Wood Don't Mix . . .

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A little snippet from our friends at Hallmark Hardwood Flooring.  For their entire article on care and maintenance click here

From Hardwood to Laminate Floors . . .
Friends Don't Let Friends Steam Mop

"But, my steam mop says I can."  I was at a clients recently visiting the laminate floors we had installed and there she was, her housekeeper, steam mopping away on our beautiful new floors!  True, many of the popular steam mop brands do list laminate floors right on the box as was pointed out to me, but don't you believe it.  Manufacturer's warranties do not include "other people cleaning" in their warranty, which brings us to "Friends don't let friends steam mop".
 

All Roads Lead To A Clean Sweep

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Then there's Vinyl Planking, with possibly the largest misconception for cleaning that we come across on a daily basis.  Did you know that steam mopping a vinyl plank floor, even the newer waterproof vinyl planks, that steam mops have the potential to damage the floor?  The steam results in dripping water that will seep between the planks loosening the glue that holds the planks in place and the heat from the mop will cause the vinyl to warp or bend.  The entire process will also dull the finish.  

What is recommended?  The "Laminate Floor Tips" video is a great start for your vinyl plank floors with these exceptions:  It is okay to lightly damp mop vinyl, ahem...lightly, and a Neutral-PH balanced floor cleaner designed for vinyl floors is the go-to for restoring the luster.

Do Use The Power Of Steam For . . .

Photo courtesy:  High Camp Home

Photo courtesy:  High Camp Home

With all of our "don'ts" we actually love saying "Do"!  And, we put the steam mop back into action when it comes to tile.  There are so many different types of tile to consider though, and I think this photo captures them all with natural stone and man-made tile as well.  Avoiding harsh chemicals is the best rule to follow along with these tips on how to clean the shower that apply just as well to your floors.  Click for more on cleaning tile.

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Thank you so much for joining in on this Blog post!  We do have an attachment to our floors long after the sale is through. Preserving the quality of the floors through care, cleaning and maintenance is a great first step to loving your own floors for years to come. We hope you'll help us get the word out to the world-wide web by liking and sharing this blog post.  If you do have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section, or give us a call at (805) 237-1400.  Happy to be of service.
Subscribe to our blog for part two in our cleaning series.... Coming soon!

Be Holiday Home Ready With Knight's Timeline To Success

As we embrace the cooler weather and shorter days,  we pause and we think:  "The Holiday Season is just a couple months away...aways away..." And, before you know it the Holidays are here!  It's that passing thought that has all of us at Knight's thinking that September is the month to BE HOLIDAY HOME READY.  You'll arrive FASHIONABLY EARLY with our Timeline to Success.

Six-to-Eight Weeks . . .

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Custom draperies set the stage to intimate gatherings, framing the window and completing the decor theme, but - YES!  You will have to plan on six-to-eight weeks from the time you place your order and that doesn't include the time it may take to select your fabrics and trims.  

Please include in your six-to-eight week timeline:  Custom bedding, decorative pillows & throws, valances, roman-fold shades, upholstered headboards and reupholstery too.  We are placing Shutters in this time frame also as depending on the type of Shutter, you'll want to allow anywhere from three-to-eight weeks.

Four-to-Six Weeks . . .

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Custom Area Rugs

Our own Jimmy Jewell is hard at work creating a custom area rug.  Our area rug collections are varied and do include quality wools and wool blends in today's traditional and trending area rug patterns.  We are also able to provide customization to our broadloom, aka wall-to-wall carpet selections,  designed with contrasting patterns & colors, cut to the the size you prefer with many choices of banding to finish off the edge.

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Specialty-Shaped Windows 

PLEASE ALLOW FOUR TO SIX WEEKS

Arches, Eyebrows, Angle-Tops, Ovals.... Your Specialty-Shaped Windows may require a template of the opening, making for a longer turn-around time to complete.

Two-to-Three Weeks

You'll want to add extra time - up to a week on installation for any patterned floors.

What's on your Holiday Home Checklist?

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All it takes is a little pre-planning to Be Holiday Home Ready, and at Knight's we strive to do just that for our customers - keeping to schedules, and allowing a little extra time for a smooth transition to new interior coverings.  Yes, we've got you covered with complimentary consultations for all of the quality products our Showroom has to offer and free sample check-out too.  Are you feeling a little stressed over managing your own timeline to Be Holiday Home Ready?  We provide professional project coordination and have a list of local reputable sources, complete with contractors, designers and services that bring a wealth of knowledge to your interior renovation project.

All of our timelines are to be used as a guide and do not take into account backorders, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances.
CLICK THE PIC FOR DETAILS ON OUR FASHIONABLY EARLY SAVINGS EVENT

CLICK THE PIC FOR DETAILS ON OUR FASHIONABLY EARLY SAVINGS EVENT

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 Contact us today on any questions you have on creating your personal 'Be Holiday Home Ready' Timeline & Enjoy!

What's Your Pleat Personality?

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Today, we are defining drapery design pleat-by-pleat and taking you on a journey to picking the perfect drapery pleat for your personal decor style.  From minimalist to ultra-chic glam, the drapery pleat defines your interior with personality. 
What's Your  "Pleat Personality"?

The Minimalist

Not to be interpreted as 'Modern', The Minimalist is more extreme with the least resistance of conflicting patterns and textures, selecting straight lines, mostly monochromatic, subdued and filling light into the space through highly dedicated over-sized windows.  Moody, dramatic and not the easiest of decor themes to pick the perfect pleat . . .

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The perfect pleat for our Minimalist room is really no pleat at all, but structure that gives the ultimate in straight fabric folds.  Our choice is from our friends at Hunter Douglas with the Vignette Traversed in the selection of Newport Linen.

Our Minimalist lightens up . . .

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Our Minimalist living room showcases the bare bones of the space with an expanse of tile plank flooring "Downtown" by Emser Tile in a light-airy setting.  Our draperies fade into the back wall and sofa colors with a pleat-style, yes, these draperies are pleated.  Ripple-fold pleats maintain structure from floor to ceiling.

Modern

Moving from Minimalist to Modern allows us more freedom with color, texture and pattern.  When I think of Modern interiors, my mind goes to Mid-Century Modern and the Mad Men TV series, edgy for the time period featuring specialty windows and wall-to-wall draperies.  Oftentimes, the pleats were hidden behind a soffit or cornice box.

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Today, the modern drapery takes on a new character, it is often the focal point or backdrop of the interior, losing the cornice box all together and not only extending wall-to-wall, but floor-to-ceiling for seamless beauty.  

Do's and Dont's:

Do emphasize the color in the room with the drapery.  Our Artistry Hardwoods are the scene stealer in this modern living room, but what's our go-to pleat?

Do emphasize the color in the room with the drapery.  Our Artistry Hardwoods are the scene stealer in this modern living room, but what's our go-to pleat?

 

Transitional

I do believe most of us will fall into this category: Transitional, the marriage of all things traditional and contemporary.  Contemporary styles do get recognized as Modern in design, however, they are more of what's now, and trending in today's fashion.

Transitionally Inspired, the same style of pleating, "French", is utilized in all three of our inspiration rooms, but the looks are totally individualized with fabric choices and placement.

Transitional Decor is that place to have fun with different pleat styles that make a statement on the window. 

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Add a little interest to your pleat with contrasting fabrics in cut-outs or banding.

From Transitional To Truly Traditional

True to Tradition and timeless in its function Traditional Interiors are indeed what has worked for years, and those same strategies for furniture and drapery placement still work today.  From the lived-in look of home to higher-end sophistication a traditional interior, is not complete without draperies.  
Pleat styles are timeless as well, with french and goblet pleats among the most popular.

Traditional style lives on . . .

French Country, Farmhouse & Cottage

In a more relaxed, comfortable, casual state of being, Traditional Interiors take a deep breath in all of our most desired Farmhouse decor themes, where every pleat tells the story, and that story is: Contentment.  Just as there is an art to relaxation, there is also an art to creating and customizing a relaxed pleat.  

Tip:  When you want the relaxed pleat, you will achieve the best results with customization.  One does not simply clip a ring to fabric and get the looks we've discovered in our inspiration rooms.  Custom drapery is key to your pleat success!

Rustic Refined. Chic. Glam.

A newer trend that is ever-popular among baby boomers (yes, I read that somewhere) is the emergence of great contrasts and there are no greater contrasts in interior design than that of Rustic Refined.  The contrasted elements are typically the distressed wood or aged stone floors, walls, and furnishings, paired dramatically with the sparkle of a chandelier, and refined with fabric draperies dripping in natural sheen and embellishments.  

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In my opinion

A rustic refined space is lacking in refinement if the draperies are not designed for the setting.  We've selected high-style, fully-interlined, relaxed-rouched pleating in Dupioni silk fabric to adorn the windows from the floor to the ceiling.  

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Worlds collide

Into the beauty with stunning aesthetics of lighting and drapery created to diminish the logs, Interior Designer Lisa Kanning, captures, and inspires us on to Rustic Refined.

Dramatic Finishes

A pleat by any other name is just..... French, Inverted, Boxed, Ruffled, Rouched, Goblet, Ripplefold, Inset, Slouched, Embellished, Smocked, Flounce, Tabbed, Pencil, Cartridge.

Did you discover your pleat personality?

We are thankful for our findings on all of the pleat styles we discovered through the media, our archives, and mainly on Pinterest, that brought this Blog to life.  The talents in designing the perfect pleat begin with a designer who has a vision for the space, which is then communicated, more than likely sketched, for the client.  Once that vision is met with excited approval, the designer relays the project to the workroom/seamstress.  Knight's is fortunate that we work alongside our workroom professionals to ensure that the drapery and pleat style is created to the fullest of our intent.

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Are you looking forward to designing draperies in your own home?

Aside from our complimentary consultations with our window covering professionals, we are able to assist you with your fabric selections from our vast library of designer-quality fabrics.  Our drapery hardware collections can be customized to fit any space, and our installers are experienced, personable and professional.

Please Allow Six-To-Eight Weeks

For Your Custom Drapery

Happy Decorating!

 

 

What's New In The World Of Window Coverings?

A few months back we attended the Hunter Douglas Premieres Showcase that introduced us to What's New In the World Of Window Coverings and we're here to say:  "We have many exciting, innovative Shades coming your way!"

Updating A Classic
Silhouette ClearView Window Shadings

Brilliantly engineered to control the sun's rays while preserving your impressive view with the classic, refined style of the original Silhouette, 'ClearView' presents a new offering in luxury window coverings.  

The Choices:  Silhouette with ClearView to enjoy outstanding views with light control.  Or. . . Choose the original Silhouette for a softer glow and more daytime privacy.            The choice is yours.

 

 

When Two Great Shades Come Together

You Get "Sonnette"

The New Shape Of Light is Curved . . .

What did the roller shade say to the cellular shade?  "Let's get together!"  And, they did in this ingenious design "Sonnette" joins the Ette-Elite in window fashions.  Available in two opacity options of Semi-opaque and Room-darkening with four fabric collections and 48 colorways that include the top-selling Duette and Pirouette colors.  

Watch Sonnette Here

Introducing DESIGNER Banded Shades

A fresh take on roller shades, DESIGNER Banded Shades feature a combination of sheer and solid fabric bands in a single shade.  Flexible functionality transitions between complete privacy, filtered light, or total view-through. Selections include three different band heights, along with three different band shapes, and an extensive fabric collection in 23 fabric styles. 
We cannot wait for the samples to arrive - Coming soon!

Soft-Touch Motorization
The Wand Does All The Work

Clearly, a must-have operation!  Soft-Touch Motorization is a battery-powered system with wand-controlled operation.  You gently pull-down to lower shades and gently push-up to raise them.
Currently available on Sonnette Window Shades only... but.... we'll hope for more applications soon!  

What Can We Help You With?

Hardwood Floors A Natural Beauty

Many years ago a wise man told me wood, hardwood, is a living, breathing thing.  Even long after the tree becomes a plank, solid or engineered, hardwood floors are ever-changing throughout their lifetime.  As a retailer of the most beautiful collections of hardwoods, I find those are words to live by.

Queue:  Acclimation

Photo courtesy of Armstrong Flooring

Photo courtesy of Armstrong Flooring

As we mentioned wood lives and breathes and to properly introduce hardwood flooring to your own home, you must acclimate.  Acclimation allows the moisture content of the wood to adjust to the conditions in the room by simply placing the opened boxes of planks in each area this process begins and will take a few days to a couple of weeks.

Ever-Changing Throughout Their Lifetime

Living....Breathing....Ever-Changing.... Hardwood Floors do require a little TLC.  Installing window coverings to block UV Rays and on occasion rearranging furnishings and area rugs will help your floors age evenly.  Age?  Yes, a natural process for hardwoods is aging, yellowing, fading, darkening and even lightening in certain conditions all accelerated by UV rays.

Highlighting Wood's Natural Beauty

You've done your research on the quality of all the different hardwood species, and are ready to make your selection and now you're wondering which finish and character will actually highlight the wood's natural beauty.  We're often asked:  "How will this look with my cabinets.... my furniture... my decor palette". This is a one-word answer, and that word is CONTRAST.

Photo credit top inspiration board from our friends at RMCoco Fabrics.  Photo credit bottom hardwood selections by Artistry Hardwoods with color-through technology.

Photo credit top inspiration board from our friends at RMCoco Fabrics.  Photo credit bottom hardwood selections by Artistry Hardwoods with color-through technology.

In this featured 'Inspiration Room' (above) the choices for a wood floor to accentuate the overall palette of the room, can be either the darker of the dark tones in the room which brings a subtle balance, or the lighter for a more defined contrast showcasing both the floor and furnishings.  

One of the more difficult rooms to find just the right contrast is any room with cabinetry.  

Let's talk kitchens....

Photo credit Hallmark Floors Alta Vista collection in Laguna

Photo credit Hallmark Floors Alta Vista collection in Laguna

If you've ever browsed through Houzz, you know that white kitchen cabinets are the most popular and that they haven't lost their appeal over the years.  The choices in floor finishes are limitless and trend towards personal preference.  The key here is the painted cabinetry island and balancing all the tones while at the same contrasting to highlight all three - the white, the black and, mainly, the floor.  

The darker the cabinets the lighter the wood floors and vice-a-versa.

Natural Hickory hardwood floors have so much character in their color variation they are a natural pick for the darker wood cabinet kitchens.

Found on Pinterest from the Wood Grain Cottage

Found on Pinterest from the Wood Grain Cottage

Cherry Woods, beautifully done!  The deeper coloration in the Cherry planks pick up the color in the cabinets and the contrast with white base and moldings is a stand-out.

And, with every design a little paint must have - Greige, the not so gray, not so beige color that's the new neutral for home decor.

When you have a true love for Greige, you don't just paint the Island, no...no...no... you paint the entire kitchen in your favorite color.  Now, what to do for the hardwood floor selections.  Of course, or should we say:  "HOPEFULLY", you selected your floors at the time you selected this paint color for your cabinets.  The cabinets are simply stunning and the floors must do their part not to compete, but to enhance and we've done our best with these samples from Homerwood in White Oak.  Why White Oak?  We are loving the natural, rich grains of the wood and have presented three choices of finishes, from the top we have Graphite, then Simply White, and lastly, but a lovely choice is Espresso.  We're leaving the decision to you.  Which floor do you choose to compliment the cabinets?

Inspired With Color

One of the things we love most about Hardwood Flooring is the natural beauty.  A beauty that can stand alone, but we see that's not so practical for our homes - just the floor.  We want to add layers of color and texture to emphasize that warmth and feeling of home.  When it comes to complimenting the color for hardware floors, we look to nature - the tree, and the leaf doesn't fall from the tree, and neither does the color.

Our first go-to is green - many, many shades of green

As the leaves change with the season, so does our color

Inspiration: Benjamin Moore's 2017 color of the year Shadow

Inspiration: Benjamin Moore's 2017 color of the year Shadow

Aesthetics

Homerwood's Hickory Natural

Homerwood's Hickory Natural

In our Showroom the Hickory Natural get so much attention!  The sample is pulled more times than we can count and wherever we go people want to know, "how do I decorate with this busy, but beautiful hardwood?".  We've put together a vision board for just this purpose.  Envisioning the build from the floor up and introducing the layers as we move throughout the space with paint, natural textures and textiles with complimentary tones that showcase the hickory wood floor.  

Earlier in describing the beauty of complimenting hardwoods with color, did we say: "Just the floor?"  Ahhhh, we did, but our reference has meaning; meaning that some woods are so pretty you don't want to put anything on them!  Enter the patterns, a truly stand alone floor.

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For the Love of Patterns

 Notably suited for entryways and hallways, and whole house takeovers!

The mix of board sizes creates interest in this stunner

Our grand finale!  Herringbone in mixed stains for a truly remarkable floor or wall application.

With over eight vendor choices in our Showroom, we are familiar with each unique quality they represent.  From the species of the wood, the hardness factors & how they perform to the way they are manufactured, our philosophy remains that providing a quality installation will ensure the natural beauty of your own hardwood floors.
We did go a bit long in this Blog, and there's a lot more to cover!  Do you have any questions/comments?  Please post them in our comments section, or better yet, stop by and say Hi!  We're happy to be of service.

 

Stay Cool with Knight's Summertime Favorites

One thing we know is true:  If it works to insulate and keep you warm during winter, it will also work to keep you cool in Summer.  Insulation is the key and we're not talking about what's between the walls, nah, come on.... This is Knight's!  We're staying cool with insulating products that are added after the home is built and beautifying as we go.

80-Percent?  Wow!  We agree that is a pretty big number.  Hunter Douglas developed this shade just to out-do what they previously had done with the original Duette Honeycomb Shade and that is to create next-generation energy efficiency with their ever popular honeycomb shade. 
How do they do it?  Read our previous blog on the Energy-Efficient Home

Our customers love the Duette Architella Shades and we've heard rave reviews on their energy savings up to months after the installation.  Making this our #1 pick for Summertime Favorites.

Our customers love the Duette Architella Shades and we've heard rave reviews on their energy savings up to months after the installation.  Making this our #1 pick for Summertime Favorites.

You had me at "Hotel in Hawaii"!!  So, what could possibly keep us cool with this option you ask?  The ability to control your shades at home from anywhere, and at anytime. Let's say you forgot to close the shades when you left for work, voila! One-touch application with Powerview Motorization and you're up to task.  Powerview also allows pre-programming all your shades to open and close to your specifications. Rise and shine with the opening of the shades, and time them to close with the heat of the day.  That's our "Stay Cool" tip and our #2 Summertime Favorite pick.  Read more on motorized window coverings.

You had me at "Hotel in Hawaii"!!  So, what could possibly keep us cool with this option you ask?  The ability to control your shades at home from anywhere, and at anytime. Let's say you forgot to close the shades when you left for work, voila! One-touch application with Powerview Motorization and you're up to task.  Powerview also allows pre-programming all your shades to open and close to your specifications. Rise and shine with the opening of the shades, and time them to close with the heat of the day.  That's our "Stay Cool" tip and our #2 Summertime Favorite pick. 
Read more on motorized window coverings.

Back to the 80% . . .

Okay, you're excited about the 80%, but not too excited about the honeycomb shades.  You picture Summer as a sheer gently blowing with the breeze, a good book, let's throw in a tropical drink with an umbrella.  Are you cool yet?  The Sheers of Summer can be had with a little technique we fondly refer to as "Layering". 

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This beautiful Sheer by Gianti Fabrics is just the beginning to our Summer Scene.

We've narrowed it down to three choices

You may have noticed that our three choices do include a honeycomb shade - that's to keep with our 80-percent.  It will be hidden when raised, installed neatly behind the sheer and when it's lowered you'll have the "cool" effects.  Your second choice for giving a layer of insulation to our dreamy sheer window is the roller shade and number three, a customer favorite, is the Pirouette Window Shade.  The best part of this Summery Sheer Window Scene is the variety of looks on one window:  Fully open, shade raised and Sheers drawn open to frame the window, and there's the fully closed shade and sheer both closed to "Stay Cool", then we'll raise the Shade and close the Sheers, ahhhh, how about this one?  Lower the shade from the top (top-down/bottom-up application) and close the Sheers.  So many options and we do love options!
What's your favorite?

Must Have More Sheers

This stunning scene is from Hunter Douglas featuring their Design Studio Roman Shade in Sheer fabric.

This stunning scene is from Hunter Douglas featuring their Design Studio Roman Shade in Sheer fabric.

We've turned the tables on our Sheery Summer Scene, or in this case turned the windows, by having the sheer treatment as an inside mount.  The drapery portion is what keeps us cool!  Select from thermal or black-out linings for the drapery for the highest insulation value - Is that 80%?  Yes, yes it is! It's also our #3 Summertime Favorite.

Add sheery elements of texture and light for stunning effects.  The drapery does the work of insulating.  It's all in the layering.

Stay Cool With Tones Of Blue

Accessories are everything.  Accessorize your walls with tones of blue they'll give you that cool-down feeling you long for, which, just happens to be our #4 Summertime Favorite.

A Great Segue, We're Off To The Patio

We've all done it, spent our mornings cleaning and preparing the patio for company only to realize a little too late, it's just too hot to step outside.  Here's our Summertime Favorites #5 to Stay Cool.

Outdoor Sunscreen Shades by Graber will not only cool down the patio they also cut the sun's glare and the UV rays.  Add motorization for worry-free operation.

Outdoor Sunscreen Shades by Graber will not only cool down the patio they also cut the sun's glare and the UV rays.  Add motorization for worry-free operation.

Keep those bare feet cool with area rugs (shown here Recife Saddle Stitch by Couristan)
Complement with fabrics made for the outdoors with custom seat cushions, table runners, and draperies- there's trims & tassels too. These specialty outdoor fabrics are fade and stain resistant and look beautiful too.
Need more inspiration for your outdoor space?  Visit our Showroom or see our Pinterest Boards

Now About Our Favorites ...

We love what we do and that's due in fact to the quality of products we work with on a daily basis that we've featured as our "Summertime Favorites".  Like what you see, the ideas to stay cool?  Contact us!  We're happy to be of service and provide complimentary consultations on "Staying Cool". 

It's Sum...sum...summertime with knight's

thanks for joining in!

Window Coverings In The Motorized World

Do you recall the first time you saw a window shade open as if by magic?  I do, and it's been a number of years back while I was out on a new commercial building and I was in awe, amazed, and asked "how'd they do that!"  Since that time motorization has become home-friendly and many times no electrician is required (more on that later).  Back to the magic and the second time that 'aha' moment came over me, I was watching the movie "The Holiday" you may recognize our cover photo of the bedroom in that movie. The scene where Kate Winslet over-tired from her travels reaches to the night stand and lowers the black-out shades with the click of a button, and there we all witnessed the immediate relief of staying in bed while lowering the shades and wished those were our shades. Well, they can be...

What's Available

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Drapery

Drapery Rods have choices in motorization and the ones we are excited about are the newer decorative rod selections.   No longer is just commercial tracking available, the choices have opened up to include several finishes with beautifully coordinated finials all operated on a motorized traversing system that will span up to 40 feet and offered in individual and multi-system operations. 

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Shutters

Newer in the window covering world are motorized shutters and we are featuring Norman Perfect-Tilt, radio frequency operation.  Gone are the days of the extension poles for those upper and hard -to-reach windows.  This remote control operation is outstanding to tilt the louvers in any direction you wish and entire rooms can be programmed to operate at the same time or program on a timer.  We must say:  This is one we've been waiting on!

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Shades & More

Where there's a window, there's a way to put a motor on it.  Hunter Douglas achieved the magic in motorization with PowerView.  With WiFi operation you are able to control your shades through the PowerView App integrate with the Pebble Scene Controller and not only can you operate shades through the App, but with remote control as well from anywhere, anytime.  Not interested in the App?  The PowerView Pebble Control is a remote control that similar to the App allows pre-set timing and operates up to six different groups of shades.  Remarkable & innovative!

Sneak Peeks!

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Coming Soon 2017

Later this Summer Hunter Douglas' newest release will feature two new shades with motorized wand control.  The Sonnette and Designer Banded Roller Shades. 
"Best invention I've seen in years".

Without Intimidation. . .

In our "What's Available" section we kept to just that: Types of shades, drapes and shutters that can be motorized. You will note that we did not move into the actual technology of each featured system, as they are personalized and customized to each customer's specific needs.  With that said there are a few questions and recommendations to consider to make a smooth move into the world of motorization without intimidation:

Building New?  This is the best time to meet with a window covering professional and coordinate with your electrician/technician for hard-wiring or integrating into Smart Home Systems.

What type of motorization will work best in my own home?  Frequency is what it's all about, especially when considering Wi-Fi operation. 

What type of system do I need to set all of my shades, shutters and drapes on timers?

I want to be able to operate the window coverings that are in my home from anywhere.  Is this available to me?

How far away from the shade will the remote control work?  In direct sunlight?

I plan on adding drapery panels over the motorized shades at a later date, will the shades still work once the drapery is installed?

You have questions?  We have answers!

Post your questions in the comment section below, or give us a call at 805) 237-1400 for a complimentary consultation.  We're Happy To Be Of Service!

To learn more on our Smart Shade Savings Event visit our Showroom, or click here for more information.

To learn more on our Smart Shade Savings Event visit our Showroom, or click here for more information.

What To Ask Before You Purchase New Flooring

When we think of new flooring we are apt to tune-in to popular decor trends, beautifully showcased in design magazines.  While our focus is on the beautiful, it's good to remember that these images are staged to draw our attention and may not offer the best solutions for your personal living space.

At Knight's we focus on our client's lifestyle ensuring the selection you make is the one you'll love for years to come.  Consider this:  Gravity dictates that with every step you take in your home, you're stepping on your flooring.  Whether in high-heels, cowboy boots, cozy slippers, or your barefeet, you deserve the comfort and quality suited to your needs.

 

To make the best selection start with these questions:

1.  How is the room used?

2.  Heavy or light foot traffic?

3.  Is this space the center of activity for my family?

4.  How much direct sunlight is in the area/floors?

5.  What flooring is best for my pets?

6.  How can we create a smooth transition to other flooring surfaces?

7.  How often do I change my decor, colors, theme?

8.  Is this floor CARB certified? 

Now make your own list and let's see how these questions apply to you.

As a small, family-owned business it is of the utmost importance that we continue to provide quality where it counts.  From the accountability of our manufacturers & vendors, to our own installation team and into your home - we've found these questions very useful in helping our clients make informed decisions and we hope you'll find them useful too.
You have questions???  We have answers!

The Last Step To An Energy Efficient Home

Recently we were called by a client to remove and reinstall her window treatments that we had done a few years back as she was having her windows replaced.  During our initial appointment she mentioned that the window "expert" told her:  "Once you replace these windows, you won't need these drapes"....  Say What!!!  Okay, okay I am thinking maybe he just doesn't like custom draperies.  Whatever his preference in window coverings, it certainly has ignited a spark to this blog: The Last Step To An Energy Efficient Home.
Sure, you've replaced the windows, given up the water heater blanket for a tankless system, set the thermometer to 68 degrees, swapped out the light bulbs while reminding the kids for the umpteenth time to turn off that light! and, you've even considered radiant heat flooring, but what's the common denominator to The Energy Efficient Home?

Common Denominator #1 The Rules

We do love this quote: "No rules, no right or wrong, just what you think is beautiful" and if you're at this stage in the renovation, certainly the window coverings must be considered for keeping the heat in or keeping the heat out of our Energy Efficient Home, which brings us to Rule Number One - Layering.

Layering - An Essential Guide to Insulating Windows

We're running hot and cold - maybe a t-shirt for today, and, then I better bring a sweater, a scarf, a hat.... you know the routine.  That same way we think of our daily wardrobe is also the way we should dress our windows.  With layers!  Layering the windows brings us the ultimate to an Energy Efficient Home.  The question must be asked then:  What are your windows wearing? Let's start with the foundation, fondly referred to as Rule #2

Common Denominator #2 The Foundation

Featured:  Hunter Douglas Duette Duo-lite

Featured:  Hunter Douglas Duette Duo-lite

The "foundation", simply put, is the shade, the blind, the shutter, the practical application that allows light, light filtering, light blocking, privacy, color, style and presents so many possibilities for our Energy Efficient Home by insulating the window. How do you know the window covering is insulating? ASK FOR THE R-VALUE, which leads us to our next question.

What's an R-Value?

Ahhhh, we are assured, by this chart, that the layers at the window do increase our energy efficiency.  Okay, we proved our point (insert wink) and we're moving on with our energy-efficient window covering foundations, yes, foundations, the starting point to great design.

Duette Honeycomb Shades versatility is unsurpassed with specialty shapes: The Vertiglide for sliding patio doors, operational angles and motorization.  One shade for all windows.

Duette Honeycomb Shades versatility is unsurpassed with specialty shapes: The Vertiglide for sliding patio doors, operational angles and motorization.  One shade for all windows.

Talk about R-Values!  It's been said that Shutters are like putting a door on the window.

Talk about R-Values!  It's been said that Shutters are like putting a door on the window.

Woven Wood Shades as insulators?  Yes!  With quality linings woven wood shades bring an unexpected element of texture and beauty to our energy-efficient window coverings.

Woven Wood Shades as insulators?  Yes!  With quality linings woven wood shades bring an unexpected element of texture and beauty to our energy-efficient window coverings.

Common Denominator #3 Layer With Drapes

We've offered up a few "foundation" ideas to start with and now for the grand finale...
The Drapery!  Nothing finishes the window like a custom drapery.  From the pleat style to the luxurious folds of the fabric, it's the lining that creates the energy-efficient drape.  Consider quality thermal or black-out linings and be sure to select a color for those street facing windows that coordinates with your home's exterior.

An uncovered window wants to be covered.  Will any combination do?

Drapery photo with decorative pillows from our friends at Stout Textiles with a few suggestions for our foundation covering.

Drapery photo with decorative pillows from our friends at Stout Textiles with a few suggestions for our foundation covering.

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This much I know is true, We Love Drapes!

With a fully-lined custom drapery you expand the options of your foundation window covering, (aka: common denominator #2), as the drapery becomes the major insulator - sheery, open weave fabrics become an option. Think back to when sheer drapery panels were combined with a full drapery all set-up on a double traversing rod.  A practical solution for its time that gave you the fully exposed view through the window when both drapery pairs were drawn, filtered light when the sheers were closed and so on.  With today's technical advances in window coverings, one shade will do it all and the drapery?  The drapery is the finishing touch that completes the room, and there we have it "The Last Step To An Energy Efficient Home".

Your Fashion is Our Passion, especially when it comes to window coverings and the energy-efficiency they provide.  All of the products we've featured can be seen in our Showroom and we're just a phone call away - at (805) 237-1400 - to bringing the Showroom to you.  Check out our Promotions Page to download a coupon for additional savings.  Thank you so much for following along with us!  To see more of our Blogging efforts on everything from the floors on up, there's a 'subscription button' at the bottom of this page.

We're Happy To Be Of Service!

Ringing in 2017 With A Few Favorite Things

Happy New Year!!

As we look forward to 2017, we look back over our year by turning to our most popular posts on Facebook.  Discovering that the photos our customers sent to us are by far the biggest draw.  It's no surprise that happy customers our are Favorite Things!
Click here for our photo gallery

With each new project we are inspired to do more, and more.  Ringing in 2017 we ask ourselves:
"What are your favorite things"?

When we asked Marie what product she is most excited about . . .

"I can picture CoreTec's new Vinyl Plank Designer Series in my own home!  It looks great, is incredibly durable, waterproof, and can be installed over existing hard surface floors.  CoreTec is currently working on a flush-mount stair nosing - Yes, it's the little things that excite me" _____Marie

"I can picture CoreTec's new Vinyl Plank Designer Series in my own home!  It looks great, is incredibly durable, waterproof, and can be installed over existing hard surface floors.  CoreTec is currently working on a flush-mount stair nosing - Yes, it's the little things that excite me" _____Marie

Looking at these photos can you guess what Diane looks forward to working with?

If you guessed the color purple, well, your mainly right, but if your guess is Benjamin Moore's 2017 Color of the Year, "Shadow" - you got it!  Over the years we've come to know Diane's love for the color purple, so her pick for 2017 shouldn't surprise us.  "Surrounding yourself in your favorite color and giving that color just the right color combination, will compliment beautifully.  No need to over-indulge (insert laugh) just focus on the overall look with textures and patterns and repeat a bit throughout your home."

If you guessed the color purple, well, your mainly right, but if your guess is Benjamin Moore's 2017 Color of the Year, "Shadow" - you got it!  Over the years we've come to know Diane's love for the color purple, so her pick for 2017 shouldn't surprise us.  "Surrounding yourself in your favorite color and giving that color just the right color combination, will compliment beautifully.  No need to over-indulge (insert laugh) just focus on the overall look with textures and patterns and repeat a bit throughout your home."

We all agree on these new picks. . .

The colors of the poms are the introduction to Distinctive Carpets & Rugs new product line offering various styles of carpeting and area rugs in any color you want and in any width up to 21-feet wide!  Larger widths equal less waste and seamless style.  

The colors of the poms are the introduction to Distinctive Carpets & Rugs new product line offering various styles of carpeting and area rugs in any color you want and in any width up to 21-feet wide!  Larger widths equal less waste and seamless style.  

MOTORIZED SHUTTERS  Wait!  What??  That's the response we get when we ask our customers do you want your shutters motorized?  We've been installing shutters for years and in the upper, or hard-to-reach windows, traditionally we tilt the louvers during installation and will offer an extension pole for adjustment. Not anymore with radio-frequency motorization by Norman Shutters you can operate the louvers from 65 feet away, set to a timer for auto-tilt to operate one room or multiple rooms all with a remote control!  

MOTORIZED SHUTTERS  Wait!  What??  That's the response we get when we ask our customers do you want your shutters motorized?  We've been installing shutters for years and in the upper, or hard-to-reach windows, traditionally we tilt the louvers during installation and will offer an extension pole for adjustment. Not anymore with radio-frequency motorization by Norman Shutters you can operate the louvers from 65 feet away, set to a timer for auto-tilt to operate one room or multiple rooms all with a remote control!  

With grey being the new beige we've noticed an uptick in requests for Carrara Marble... in the kitchen!  Noted for it's natural beauty and a true baker's delight for rolling out dough, it is one of the Marbles that is not recommended for the kitchen.  Then, there's Quartz!!  Quality natural quartz surfaces combine the charm of natural stone with supreme material strength offering an alternative to the much sought after Carrara Marble.

With grey being the new beige we've noticed an uptick in requests for Carrara Marble... in the kitchen!  Noted for it's natural beauty and a true baker's delight for rolling out dough, it is one of the Marbles that is not recommended for the kitchen.  Then, there's Quartz!!  Quality natural quartz surfaces combine the charm of natural stone with supreme material strength offering an alternative to the much sought after Carrara Marble.

Why look back when moving forward?

Looking back gives us the opportunity to improve our services, and more importantly, to provide only those products that live up to our standard of quality, and to our customers' standards as well.  We've developed one program that embraces just this and is also a great pick for starting out the New Year when time is of the essence.  Newer to our category of services is our Project Coordination, we work closely with you and your renovation team to establish budget, time-lines for scheduling,  and introduce you to any sources that may be needed to complete your project.  Walking with you every step of the way!

A Happy New Year, A Happy New Day
We're thankful for you in every way

Fashionably Early Holiday Savings Event

Company Coming?

You'll arrive Fashionably Early with these great savings on flooring, window & wall coverings to spruce up your home for the holidays.  Scroll down to see all our offerings.

Countdown to CrunchTime

I know, I know, I know!  Thinking of the holidays in September is just something we don't want to think of... But (and, there's always a "but")

Did you know that fabric treatments: Draperies, Valances, Custom Bedding, Decorative Pillows, Throws & Reupholstery can all take six-to-eight weeks to complete?  It's an industry standard that got us to thinking we need to be Fashionably Early!

Our Summer Shutter Sale was and is so popular that we're including the savings all September long.  Just $19.95 per square foot includes installation.  
You'll want to plan on a six-to-eight week delivery time.  Click here to learn more

Artistry Hardwoods

Newest to our collection of Hardwood Flooring is Artistry.   We are featuring the Norwood & Loft Collections with an installed sales price starting at $10.99 per square foot.  Artistry Hardwood Floors stand the test of time with through-body-color technology.  Speaking of time, you'll want to allow three-to-four weeks for your project.

What Pairs Well With Hardwood Floors?

Whether complimenting your Artistry Hardwood Floors with custom area rugs or installing wall-to-wall carpeting, you'll love the quality and design stylings of Tuftex Carpets and, you'll also love our Fashionably Early Savings of $1.00 per yard.
From order to install please allow about two weeks.

Yes, It's Vinyl

This newer design of Vinyl if going room-to-room-to-room!  Originally designed for commercial applications, homeowners are loving the qualities of Vinyl Planking.  
Update and enjoy with 5% off our collections of CoreTec Vinyl Plank.  You'll want to allow about 3-weeks from order to install.

Season of Style

In an attempt to keep with our Fashionably Early theme, you may have noticed we kept an eye on the schedule - from six-to-eight weeks out fabric treatments to quicker turn-around times with carpeting.  If you are looking for something more along the lines of the quicker, but want to make a stunning impact, look to the windows!  
Rebate savings on selected styles of Hunter Douglas window coverings begin mid-September and carry through the middle of December.  No worries, you've got plenty of time!

You’re Fashionably Early
Your Guests are Fashionably Late
Relax & Enjoy
You’ve got this covered with Knight’s

Knight's Carpets & Interiors "Fashionably Early Savings Event" pricing effective September 1 through September 30, 2016.  Call 237-1400 for free estimates

Shutters, A Better View

We love the our historic finds on Pinterest

We love the our historic finds on Pinterest

Shutters; the first window covering?  
The truth lies in the relics of yesteryear, dating back some 500 years to the Tudor Reign.  Wooden Shutters were built as doors over windows for protection, and certainly that "protection" wasn't limited to UV Rays.  There is also evidence of the Shutter in Ancient Greek times where marble was used in the same way.  
Leading us to believe that, YES, Shutters were the first window covering.  
Enter the discovery of glass for windows and the Shutter evolves with louvers and a new tradition in window coverings is born....  Classic and timeless let us walk you through all the elements of the Shutter in today's window covering.

classic appeal that stands the test of time, how do we find the perfect fit for our own windows?

Shutters find a home in any interior; be it modern, eclectic, traditional, cottage, or a walk in Tuscany, the shutter creates a harmonious platform to build on.  The first choice to make to showcase your interior style is the louver size, yes, in Shutters size does matter.

Your view to the world is enhanced by the size of the vane - the louver.  The smaller the louvers the less view through, vis-a-vis, the larger the louvers the more view.  Opting for hidden-tilt operation also increases the view and is a plus for smaller openings for a cleaner look.    

Now for some color . . .

You have an idea in mind, possibly something you've seen before in a friends home, magazine or maybe one of our showroom displays.  When it comes to selecting the color of your shutters, consider that shutters are a furnishing for your windows.  With Wood Plantation Shutters you will have the most options as they can be stained or painted in any tone the color wheel has available, and we all like possibilities. The possibilities of custom staining the shutters to match our hardwood floors, or painted in the same color as the existing moldings, or just a tint of the wall color to highlight both the shutters and the wall. 

And, then there was Faux...

Faux wood shutters first came on the scene in the 90's originally developed with wet rooms and humid climates in mind -  PVC as they're referred to:  Poly-Vinyl-Composite Shutters unexpectedly took over the mainstream Wood Plantation Shutters with the practicalities of resistance to fade, discoloration, warping and fire resistance all at a less expensive price point.  There are many different qualities of PVC Shutters and at Knight's we focus on the utmost quality of our products.... Which leads us to the latest addition to our showroom:  Introducing this amazing new product Solid-Core Vinyl Shutters with a sale to last all Summer long.
 

Photos courtesy of Norman Shutters featuring Solid-Core Vinyl Shutters.  The faux shutter that isn't so "faux" after all, better than vinyl and PVC shutters this new "Faux Wood Shutter" has a solid MDF Core for incredible density and strength.  Click here for more.

Photos courtesy of Norman Shutters featuring Solid-Core Vinyl Shutters.  The faux shutter that isn't so "faux" after all, better than vinyl and PVC shutters this new "Faux Wood Shutter" has a solid MDF Core for incredible density and strength.  Click here for more.

Specialty windows take the stage

Over the years in designing and treating so many window coverings, I have come to appreciate the simplicity of shutters for covering every shape of window; Arches, Circles, Angles, Bay, French Doors, and Upper windows.  Upper windows may not be something new in the world of Shutter coverings, but they are when you add a remote control to tilt and position the vanes throughout the day.  Shutters add a composed influence to the window and become an actual part of the architecture.

Create the perfect platform

From a design style point of view, shutters create the perfect platform to build on.  Sure, shutters are great as a stand-alone-window-covering with molding styles that can be upgraded to accentuate the details, but combine with fabrics and the look creates a balance to integrate within any design theme.  

Cafe Style.  Shutter placement to cover just enough of the window for privacy and light control.  Add a roman-fold shade in any style to compliment your decor....  Yes, two treatments on one window, the hard and the soft of it and it is one of my favorite window covering combos.

Cafe Style.  Shutter placement to cover just enough of the window for privacy and light control.  Add a roman-fold shade in any style to compliment your decor....  Yes, two treatments on one window, the hard and the soft of it and it is one of my favorite window covering combos.

Draperies.  Shutters are known as one of the best insulating window coverings on the market.  To enhance your coverage and block light-lines that appear through the closed louvers, consider a drapery allowing enough stack-back off the shutter and higher placement of the drapery rod to soften the look and allow you to coordinate your fabrics to the window.  There's nothing like a window that completes the room - and this is it.

Draperies.  Shutters are known as one of the best insulating window coverings on the market.  To enhance your coverage and block light-lines that appear through the closed louvers, consider a drapery allowing enough stack-back off the shutter and higher placement of the drapery rod to soften the look and allow you to coordinate your fabrics to the window.  There's nothing like a window that completes the room - and this is it.

Not to be combined with any other offers

Not to be combined with any other offers

We're Happy to be of Service!

Like a cool breeze on a hot summer's day, we are very excited about our Summer long sale on our newest Shutter line:  Solid-Core Vinyl Shutters.  Our $19.95 pricing reflects our enthusiasm as well, as we don't think we've seen this price point since the year 1995!
With this pricing choose from standard louver sizes and standard colors all included with installation for just $19.95 per squarefoot.
  There are upgrades available for additional charges and include decorative moldings, invisible-tilt operation, French Door cut-outs, and motorization.  Ask our consultant about any features you are interested in.
Schedule your free estimate at 237-1400 or call with any questions you may have.  

 

Design Your Way to a Better Night's Sleep

There's been so much on the news lately about sleep-deprived America that the thoughts about covering up and sleeping are actually keeping me awake.  Funny how lively our thoughts become in the middle of the night. . . Thoughts on how to prepare our beds, windows, walls, floors and ceilings to embrace that ever-elusive sleep.  But, can we really design ourselves to sleep?

If you've followed along in our blog or Facebook page, you know that we always, without exception, recommend starting with the floors.  Did I mention there is one exception to this rule?  No?  Well, we're making that exception now.  When it comes to sleeping and practicalities, the best place to start is with the windows.  Yes, the windows as in window coverings.  Let's break that down:  When was the last time you had the best sleep of your life?  I ask this of my clients all the time and more often than not, it's when they're away from home,  at a hotel, on vacation.  Reality strikes!  Blacking-out the lights of night are great for sleep.  
Here's how we do it one step at a time.

The Foundation

Photo:  Pirouette Window Shading by Hunter Douglas

Photo:  Pirouette Window Shading by Hunter Douglas

The foundation to a true black-out setting starts with the shade and we've selected this photo to show that even with the best intentions of blocking out the light by installing a room-darkening shade,  there are still light gaps that creep and crawl there way into your sleep.  Ahhhh, so why not just extend the shade by installing as an outside mount?  Sounds right, but you'll still get light gaps as the shade will not be flush to the walls.  Select the mount you choose, inside mount or outside mount and move on to layering your design to capture the light.... just like your hotel room.

The Cover-Up

Success is gained by installing our shade as an outside mount, capturing the side light gaps with fully-lined drapery panels and the top light gaps with a cornice box in a style that embraces your decor theme.  With this type of layering the foundation choice doesn't necessarily have to be room-darkening; the lining of the draperies will do the work just as well when closed.  

Look Up

I don't know about you, but one thing I've discovered in my sleepless tirade is that a white ceiling seems brighter at night.  Maybe it's just that we're staring at the ceiling waiting on the dreams to come.  It's on those nights that I want to be in a cocoon, surrounded in relaxing color - just like our featured room.  Carrying the wall color to the ceiling erases the starkness of that white ceiling and adds unexpected height to the room, adding layers of softness with an area rug and upholstered headboard.....   Now we're getting cozy!

Mom-somnia

Photo courtesy Hunter Douglas Duette Duolites, Black-out Roller Shades and PowerView App on Ipad. Click here to learn more

Photo courtesy Hunter Douglas Duette Duolites, Black-out Roller Shades and PowerView App on Ipad.
Click here to learn more

Mom-somnia:  If you've heard this term or know what it means, you have my sympathy!  
You're fully aware that a good night's sleep only happens when your little ones sleep, and to that I say -  all of the above applies. From "The Foundation" in our first paragraph to painting the ceiling a starry night; creating a call to sleep for the kiddos should be first on your list.  
"Why", you may ask use black-out shades when the night light is on?
A couple of things come to mind, firstly, light-filtering shades allow shadows into the room from the outside world... headlights of passing cars... street lights.... that darn moon...
The same things that may wake us up have a tripled effect on the kids and their over-active imaginations.  Installing kid-friendly black-out shades may just be your ticket to sleep.  
Kick it up to the next level with PowerView motorization and you can set the shades to open when you want the kids to wake up.

What do you think can we design our way to a better night's sleep?  
We believe you will with the tips that we've shared.  
Contact our showroom for a personalized consultation.  
You may just be a black-out shade away to peaceful slumbers.

Sweet Dreams



 

Meet The Experts Open House April 30th

This year's Meet the Experts Open House marks our
25-year anniversary!

As you can imagine, we're very excited for this year's event and thank you for checking in here.  
Our "Experts" are coming together in our showroom with the newest product lines that you love the most. . .  Vinyl Planking. . . Window Coverings. . . Carpeting. . . Tile. . . Hardwood Floors
What makes our event a stand-out?  Our MEET THE EXPERTS event is a personalized home show where you meet one-on-one with Factory Reps, Installers and Industry Pros to learn more about the product's quality and application for your home.

April 16th - This just in!  You'll want to scroll down to see all the offerings for our Raffle Drawing.



 

MEET OUR "EXPERT"
TOM GARNER, TUFTEX CARPETS OF CALIFORNIA
Enter the event raffle to win
a beautiful area rug
(it's the rug on the far right)

Tom Garner began his career in flooring in 1977 as a carpet installer in Lansing, Michigan.  In 1983 he relocated to Southern California where he installed carpet at first, but then quickly moved into retail carpet sales.  After eleven years of retail sales and management, Tom switched to working for a carpet mill and began his 22-year career with Tuftex.  We're so happy that Tom will be our "Expert" for all your carpeting needs! Click here to see more on Tuftex Carpets

Tom Garner began his career in flooring in 1977 as a carpet installer in Lansing, Michigan.  In 1983 he relocated to Southern California where he installed carpet at first, but then quickly moved into retail carpet sales.  After eleven years of retail sales and management, Tom switched to working for a carpet mill and began his 22-year career with Tuftex. 
We're so happy that Tom will be our "Expert" for all your carpeting needs!
Click here to see more on Tuftex Carpets

Meet our "Expert" Toni Huggins of Hunter Douglas
See the magic of PowerView Motorization
One raffle prize winner will walk away with the magic
of the PowerView Hub!

Toni Huggins has been a player on the Hunter Douglas Sales team for a little over ten years and her energy is contagious!  She absolutely enjoys working alongside her dealer partners (namely Knight's) and loves her 'dream territory'.  Her expertise in Hunter Douglas Window Fashions is a definite Must Have for our event.  Toni is very excited to meet with you, share design ideas, and talk about "putting a motor on it" with the new PowerView app. Click here to see more on Hunter Douglas Window Fashions

Toni Huggins has been a player on the Hunter Douglas Sales team for a little over ten years and her energy is contagious!  She absolutely enjoys working alongside her dealer partners (namely Knight's) and loves her 'dream territory'.  Her expertise in Hunter Douglas Window Fashions is a definite Must Have for our event.  Toni is very excited to meet with you, share design ideas, and talk about "putting a motor on it" with the new PowerView app.
Click here to see more on Hunter Douglas Window Fashions

when it comes to tile...
see what emser tile has in store
for your floor and more

 

We had so much at last year's event, we're coming back to do it again!  Of course, we're bringing along pizza stones for the raffle and great savings on the above featured products.  Very excited to be a part of Knight's 25-year anniversary celebration! Click here to see more on Emser Tile

We had so much at last year's event, we're coming back to do it again!  Of course, we're bringing along pizza stones for the raffle and great savings on the above featured products.  Very excited to be a part of Knight's 25-year anniversary celebration!
Click here to see more on Emser Tile

Meet our expert
ryan burns of CORETEC VINYL
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CORE

We've fallen in love with vinyl all over again, and you will too.  Our Expert Ryan Burns will walk us through the amazing properties of vinyl planking. The Core in COREtec is what makes this a truly unique floor with cork constructed in the underlayment.  Did we say "cork"?  Yes, we did and Ryan will be bringing along some local corkage for our raffle drawing. Click here for more on COREtec Vinyl Planking  

We've fallen in love with vinyl all over again, and you will too.  Our Expert Ryan Burns will walk us through the amazing properties of vinyl planking. The Core in COREtec is what makes this a truly unique floor with cork constructed in the underlayment.  Did we say "cork"?  Yes, we did and Ryan will be bringing along some local corkage for our raffle drawing.
Click here for more on COREtec Vinyl Planking
 

MEET OUR EXPERT SCOTT ASHMAN
design your home to fit your lifestyle
with hardwood or Laminate flooring

Are you wondering which wood will work for your home or office?  Scott Ashman's expertise in wood and laminate flooring is just the Expert advice we need to answer this question and more.   Hardwood or Laminate?  Custom Finishes?  Pattern layout?  Hardiness?  We came up with a few questions for Scott, now the question is:  What your's???   We have three outstanding product lines being featured for our event:  Mission Collection Hardwoods,   All American Laminates and Homerwood Hardwoods.     

Are you wondering which wood will work for your home or office?  Scott Ashman's expertise in wood and laminate flooring is just the Expert advice we need to answer this question and more.  
Hardwood or Laminate?  Custom Finishes?  Pattern layout?  Hardiness?  We came up with a few questions for Scott, now the question is:  What your's???  
We have three outstanding product lines being featured for our event:  Mission Collection Hardwoods,  
All American Laminates and Homerwood Hardwoods.  

  

Did someone say prizes?

What would a party be without goody bags?  Along with our Experts we've all been very busy bringing together some fabulous prizes for our raffle drawing and filling up the goody bags for all attendees.   This year's event is coming together with a ba-bang for our 25-year anniversary.  Can't wait to see everyone.  

What would a party be without goody bags?  Along with our Experts we've all been very busy bringing together some fabulous prizes for our raffle drawing and filling up the goody bags for all attendees.  
This year's event is coming together with a ba-bang for our 25-year anniversary.  Can't wait to see everyone.  

Had fun! Some great ideas in decorating.
You guys went above and beyond!
Knight’s has been our go-to for years and we love this show every year.

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Knight's, 25 Years and Still Smiling

I got together with the staff at Knight's to pose a couple of questions to Sheryl Knight on her 25 years as owner of Knight's Carpets and Interiors. A celebration of sorts and we had a lot fun reminiscing about our years working with Gordon and Sheryl, and hope you all will enjoy
"The Interview".

Close up and Personal with Sheryl Knight

How did you get started?

In 1978 we started our store "Knight's Floor and Window Coverings in Aptos, California.  That store originally belonged to Gordon's brother and we knew it would be a good fit for us.  So, that is, officially, where we started out.

Wow, that's 38 years ago.  What brought you and Gordon to Paso Robles?

Gordon was raised in Santa Maria and always wanted to get back to the Central Coast, so, we moved and started new in Paso Robles.  Fun to think back on those days with our daughters Carrissa and Eileen being involved in so many new things - 4H clubs, Cheerleading, Drama, new schools and really just making it all work in a town we grew to love so much.

Your 25 year anniversary is in celebration of your business on the Central Coast.  Where was that first location?

We opened our first showroom in January 1991 on Riverside Avenue and we still work with a lot of our original clients.
 

Thinking back on your years in business I am just now realizing that you've endured three recessions, all of which have hit the construction industry pretty hard.  What do you think has kept you successful in these industry down-turns?

Everyone struggles with the same challenges in business.  Cutting back, and knowing when to make those cut backs on all expenditures is a good rule of thumb.  The strengths I see are having a loyal clientele, the support of community and a good banker.

Do you have a most memorable project?

I would have to say the rebuilding of Flamson Middle School.  It was the largest job we had ever done.  We installed VCT Tiles, Commercial Sheet Vinyl and Commercial Carpeting throughout the new building.  
Another favorite was the Santa Lucia Bank on 13th and Spring Streets in Paso.  Our installers expertise and craftmanship really shined on this job where we inset carpet and did carpet carving as well.  

Those are great projects!   Looking back at the all changes within the flooring industry, what do you see as the most significant change or trend?

That's an easy one:  Carpet to Hard-surface-flooring.  Just a few years ago we started noticing that our Hardwood sales are surpassing the carpet sales.  I think this is due to increasing the home's value for resale.... possibly, and that Hardwoods are just easier to live with.

Outside of work, What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

That we've raised cattle and horses on our property in Paso.

Moving forward in the new location, what do you see the future holds for Knight's?

Over the years, we have helped our clients with many different sources to complete their projects.  I see this as a great value and we will be managing more customer projects - arranging movers, painters, and all of the sources needed to complete an entire project.  A whole house coordination and I'm very excited about offering this service.

Final Words???

(she giggles) When can I retire?  
How about a longstanding goal of mine?  My goal is to make our customer service the best we can be.  We have a really good team and everyone works together to do whatever it takes to make our customers happy.

We know this to be true.

Hi everyone! This is Troy.  You may have noticed my author title at the top of this blog.  Yes, I hijacked Sheryl's blog page to share with you all a little inside info about Sheryl and Gordon's beginnings.  It is of no surprise to me that our team at Knight's keeps growing.  Creating confidence in others, caring about their work within our community and the reflection of quality that it brings, are just natural occurrences that I've discovered working with the Knights.  And, there's more. . .
Sheryl and Gordon have been happily married since 1976 - just another milestone for 2016!
They have two daughters, Carrisa and Eileen who are both working in education, and three grandkids that they spend a lot of time with.  You may have even seen the kiddos in the showroom.  Carrisa's husband, Marco Montenegro, has given us the gift of his beautiful work in photography, enhancing our portfolio with images that we could never get on our own.  
Click here for portfolio.
If you've had any window coverings installed, you may have met Eileen's husband, Geoff Higgins.  Geoff has worked with us over the last few years installing and with our move to the new location, he is essential in guiding us all in being more computer savvy - still working on that one!
All-in-all, we're one, big, happy family!
 

 

 

 

 

An Easy Resolution to Keep You Smiling

I resolve to not make a Resolution...

Just the word "Resolution", will have many of us running the other way.  The fear of failure, among other bad words, is not a happy place to be.
So, when did this ritual of new beginnings start?  It appears New Year's Resolutions have been around some 4,000 years - twisting and turning to fit each time period's cultural needs and expectations.  An interesting read - click to see more

Cleansing mind, body, and soul

Okay, okay, I did promise to keep you smiling and here's my theory:  Outside of sleeping where do we spend most of our time?  For many it's work - yes, "the other bad word".  Whether you go to an office, have an office at home, or have a specified spot to take care of paperwork, the time we spend working, more importantly the workspace itself, should be embraced with all that inspires us to look forward to walking into our workspaces.

If we're happy in our workspace, the rest will follow.

I have nothing against clutter, and if you've ever seen my office, you'll vouch to this fact!  Clutter is not one of our bad words, in fact, I'm putting it in the happy category.  Oh, I've organized, time and again, only to come back to my glorified mess.  Here's the smile:  Let's give this clutter a backdrop - A color, a pattern, a texture - something we'll smile about each and every time we look up from our - CLUTTER.  Budget minded?  Painting is the least expensive thing to bring balance to your workspace and just think of it:  If you're going to paint that wall behind the desk, you'll have to clean your desk, point and match-"the rest will follow"...
 

Benjamin Moore's Trending Palette for 2016 has a color for every space.

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Elements of nature for a desk backdrop present texture to an otherwise boring space.  Wood, Stone, Grasses or Cork enrich the senses.  One tip to introduce a bit of texture:  Whatever selection you have made for your workspace flooring, order a bit extra for the wall and complete the look with a backsplash effect or full wall covering in fun patterns of Chevron, Herringbone, stacked stone, mosaic and more.  The inspiration is yours.
For selections of flooring click here or visit our showroom.

Did someone say FLOORS?

Tiles to take you in directions of color and pattern where the possibilities are endless.  
The first three picks in our photo collage are vinyl tiles from Mannington Commercial.  Vinyl tiles are durable, easy-to-clean, offering a unique look that is budget friendly.
Take a look now at the two photos on the end - carpet tiles - not just for the bank lobby.  Carpet tiles are a great pick for home offices too where worn traffic areas can easily be replaced by just replacing the affected area and not the entire floor.  See more here with the Mohawk Group.

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One of our favorite installations of 2015 is the Marley Floor and, as promised you can take it with you.  This amazing floor is a portable vinyl dance floor.  After all is said and done not all work environments are about an office workspace.  Wherever your work takes you, we have a floor for that.  Hmmmmm, maybe there is a resolution in my future...  Seeing this floor makes me want to dance, or exercise???  Maybe a bit cheeky, but we do have a great selection of rubber floors for exercise rooms.
 

Trending Fashions

Do you love some of the newer decor trends, but don't want to upset the flow of your home's decor?  The office is the perfect setting for the new trends you love:  Metallic wallcoverings, shiny tile floors, carpeting with a hint of glimmer and a little bit of glitter grout are all trends to brighten your day.  Add some dramatic features with lighting fixtures such as this
"Grayson Chandelier" from Oly Studio.  Instead of those dreaded mats under your chair and to add more pattern, add an area rug.  For more inspiration on office trends visit our board on Pinterest.

Transformation

Home offices that fit in the most unsuspecting spaces are found under the stairway or in the closet, and don't you love this drawer idea to hide away power strip plug-ins?

Taking time to live life will only inspire your work

We hope you've enjoyed our NonResolution, that may be a resolution after all.  I like to think of it more as gifting yourself with an inspired workspace that will make your New Year a happier place for your work to live in for years to come.

Holidays in the Well Lived Home

'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house . . .

Timeless updates that last well beyond the holiday decorating are the focus of "Holidays in the Well-Lived Home".  Give yourself a gift while at the same time entertaining family and friends.
Want to make a big impact?  Paint the front door!

We love this holiday color palette by Sherwin Williams.  Your guests will delight in the color of a welcoming entry door and you'll enjoy your new look for years to come.  Learn more about Sherwin Williams "Chip It"   **Always, always, always paint a sample swatch before beginning any paint project.  Computer palettes are deceiving.   Don't forget the welcome mat!  They make great gifts as well.  

We love this holiday color palette by Sherwin Williams.  Your guests will delight in the color of a welcoming entry door and you'll enjoy your new look for years to come.  Learn more about Sherwin Williams "Chip It"   **Always, always, always paint a sample swatch before beginning any paint project.  Computer palettes are deceiving.  
Don't forget the welcome mat!  They make great gifts as well.

 

We all have that one friend or neighbor that is always one step ahead in changing their decor with every season.  We stand in utter awe of their planning, their skills in announcing a new holiday is coming!  We love the effect and charm and secretly wonder:  "How do they do it?"
Well, dear readers, I do have one such friend whose creative juices are already overflowing into the next season before I've even planned how I'll decorate for this Season. So, I've tapped into her brain with the question:  

If you could choose one piece to carry through to every season, what would it be?

Gift yourself a few "vessels" as shown here and simply transform your space throughout the year.  The antique suitcase is a great vessel find! Of course, asking for that one thing and I ended up with two - no problem!  Compliment your design scheme with table runners.  Get out those fabric remnants or Gramma's lace doilies and highlight the Vessel Vignettes.  Given a couple of hours I could pull this off!  Love these Pinterest finds.  

Gift yourself a few "vessels" as shown here and simply transform your space throughout the year.  The antique suitcase is a great vessel find!
Of course, asking for that one thing and I ended up with two - no problem!  Compliment your design scheme with table runners.  Get out those fabric remnants or Gramma's lace doilies and highlight the Vessel Vignettes.  Given a couple of hours I could pull this off!  Love these Pinterest finds.  

I can't help but give a practical side note for your entryway:  Bullit-proof your floors!  
 Learn more here from our blog post focus:  The Well-Lived Home Entryways

Is it too late to add an accent wall?

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We don't think it's too late and an accent wall is the gift that keeps on giving.  You'll smile every time you walk by.  With York Wallcovering's new SureStrip papers you are assured of an easy on installation, and if you joined us at our Relocation Celebration you saw first-hand these papers are also easily removed.  

We're on a roll now and will carry our vessel creations throughout the home and use to coordinate our table centerpieces and trim the tree in our amazing color-scheme.    

Cue the tree trimming. . .

Real or fake, family-style or high-end design...
I wish, oh how I wish, someone would have given me these tips years ago.  Learning over the years time-saving techniques to filling my tree with decorations - key word "TIME SAVING".  Give me spools of wider width wire-rimmed ribbons, decorated garland, floral picks and sprays and I'll decorate tree after tree, after tree, and love doing it.
 

Once you have filled the tree with lights, or better yet start with a pre-lit tree, grab your decorated garland and from the top drape throughout the tree loosely, going around the tree horizontally.  You'll be coming back for a tuck here and there.  Now my favorite part the ribbon!!  Again from the top and running vertically, about 9 feet of ribbon for every foot of the tree.  Vis-a-vis, you'll need at least 6 - 9ft. spools for a six-foot tree.  Now weave the ribbon in and out from top to bottom at equal points of length all around the tree.  Fill in with your floral picks and sprays and a few ornaments that you used in your Vessel Vignettes and you'll be tree happy!

Let's get cozy

Even as a decorator the task of creating the perfect holiday scene has me feeling a bit  pressured.  It's important to remember that there is no such thing as "perfect" and for that very reason give yourself, and your friends, another gift this season of cozy comfort.  
I'm ready to wrap myself in these faux furs from our friends at Fabricut, and possibly recover the ottoman too. They look so divine I would not hesitate to leave my furry throw out on the sofa and invite someone to join me with a cup of a rich, hot cocoa made just for us adults - insert wink.  Of course, slippers we must have slippers in our "Well Lived Home".