With so many options in motorized window coverings: Apps, Remote Control, WiFi, Integration, Voice Control, How will you choose your mode to motorization?
This Spring invites us to design the beauty of light in our homes, opening the windows to all that is new with Hunter Douglas' latest innovations in window coverings. This Spring and every Spring we attend the Hunter Douglas Premieres showcase and once again our vision for your windows is refreshed with exciting options that will be arriving to our showroom very soon.
Motorization Steals The Show
We will do our best not to use the word "excited" too much in this blog, but we are excited about the advancement of PowerView motorization that now includes operating your Shutters. Think of those hard-to-reach upper-windows and you'll quickly understand why all the excitement!
Hello Google. Hello Alexa.
Have you ever thought I just want to tell Google to close my shades? The time has come! All motorized products are now compatible with Alexa and Google home automation voice commands.
All You Need Is a Soft Touch
With SoftTouch Motorization the power is in the wand control. A newer way to operate shades, yes, it is newer in comparison to standard operation options, but has been with us for a while now. The new news on the SoftTouch is that it is now available on all seven of these Shades:
Designing The Light - Day And Night
The DuoLite feature is now available on Vignette Modern Roman Shades offering two opacity options in one roman shade.
Provenance Woven Woods
We were introduced to nine new styles in the Provenance Woven Wood Shade collection -Nine styles! That gives us 41 new fabric and color choices and new valance options as well. Featuring lighter weaves in a neutral color palette.
Whole House Solutions
We love these coordinates!! Vignette Modern Roman Shades and Luminettes now have coordinating fabrics in the Sheer Linen Design to carry your look vertically or horizontally throughout all of your window types.
We had a lot of fun at this year's Hunter Douglas Premieres and cannot wait to meet with you to show you all the new trends in window coverings. You can't wait either? Contact us for a complimentary consultation with one of our window covering professionals at 805-237-1400, stop by the showroom to see our window covering gallery and take home the new Art Of Window Dressing magazine - free, just ask! You can also visit our Hunter Douglas Website with just a click here.
Putting the spotlight on just one of our carpet vendors, may have you asking: "Why Karastan?" It's the history of Karastan Carpet and Rugs and celebrating their 90 year anniversary that has us showcasing their time, experience, long lasting artistry and the innovation in the industry that put Karastan years ahead of the competition.
The Wonder Rug
A little history: Industrialist and retailer, Marshall Field simulated the hand-woven Oriental Rug which would revolutionize the carpet industry by creating a machine-made rug that featured all of the intricate designs and unlimited color variety of a hand-woven rug. This was the birth of Karastan's first rug mill established in 1926 and then in 1928 the machine-made rug was introduced to the public, with such an overwhelming response it was dubbed "The Wonder Rug". There's many more Karastan firsts and we encourage you to visit this timeline to learn more: https://www.karastan.com/celebrating-90-years.aspx
As a carpet aficionado I have always appreciated the quality that the Karastan family of carpets represents, but bringing it to our own showroom some twenty years ago was something I do remember being exciting about - and for that matter, all of us were like kids in a candy store oooooh-ing and aaaaaw-ing as each new pattern was introduced. Wools, wool blends, and the luxurious Kashmere are all a part of our every day work day now and we continue to be impressed.
Wools . . .
From the farm to the floor, wool carpets are inherently sustainable, naturally soft, yet durable and bring a natural layer of texture.
"Worstead Weave" as featured in our photo, is a Karaloc woven loop. Karaloc is the method in which a fiber is woven and is another first for the industry developed by Karastan in 1948.
Wall to Wall
Oriental stylings as a wall-to-wall installation? Yes, please! One of the many attributes of this look is having one room with a wall-to-wall installation, a customized area rug to coordinate for the adjoining hallway or...or...or... You can also take it to the stairs for an endless runner.
Imagine a carpet that feels as soft as cashmere! Kashmere is exclusive to and created by Karastan in today's popular colors and patterns. I have to admit I cannot walk by these samples without my hand luxuriating in the softness of this carpet.
"The best carpet ever invented - again!" SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet is the first new carpet fiber to be introduced in over 50 years and the only carpet with life-time stain resistance built into the fiber. First introduced in 2005 it quickly became Knight's number one selling brand.
This much we know is true: There is nothing as beautiful as well-designed floors and the combination of hardwoods and area rugs just happen to be our most popular sellers. The area rug serves as a welcome to defining spaces. What we've seen these past couple of years is the trend going towards a custom-fit. By selecting a wall-to-wall (aka broadloom) carpet and having it bound to your specific size for a custom area rug, the possibilities of style, pattern, shape and sizes are limitless.
To 'Live Beautifully' is the Karastan way and we are proud to be a part of their vision. When shopping for carpeting, knowledge of the product, the fibers, and how the carpet is made are all a part of our vision for you. At Knight's selecting and representing the best in quality is a team effort, from the sale to the installation you'll Live Beautifully for years to come.
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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!
When you surround yourself with all that you love, staying true to yourself, you're always in fashion.
Whenever Possible, Start With The Floors
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
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
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.
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
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
"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.
"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
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!
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 . . .
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
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 . . .
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.
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.
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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 . . .
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 . . .
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.
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.
You'll want to add extra time - up to a week on installation for any patterned floors.
What's on your Holiday Home Checklist?
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.
Contact us today on any questions you have on creating your personal 'Be Holiday Home Ready' Timeline & Enjoy!
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"?
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 . . .
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 . . .
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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"
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!
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!