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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".

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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".