Modern Romantic Decor

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Modern romantic decor is all about brining our childhood fantasies about living in a castle to life! It’s all about bringing a fairy tale to life within your home. You can easily user modern romantic decor to make your home feel as if you are living like royalty.

Elegant decor can make your room look dated. Sometimes it’s as if we stepped inside a time machine and flew into another century. But, there is a solution. We can mix modern design with traditional and elegant design to create a gorgeous and modern romantic room with these elements:

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How to Set a Table

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There comes a time in our life when we need to know how to set a table- we decide to host a family gathering on a Holiday, or a dinner party with friends. After days of planning the menu, organizing and decorating your home, it hits you: how the heck do you set a table? It looks intimidating, but it is really quite easy. Check out these how to set a table tips!

Place setting basics – First you have to learn where everything is supposed to go. There are two ways in which you can set a table: formal and informal. When serving a formal dinner, there are usually more courses, which require more utensils and dinnerware.

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Forks will be on the left, knives and spoons will be on the right. Everything is put in order from what you will use first to what you will use last. That way when you finish a course, the plate is simply taken into the kitchen and the next plate is ready to use. For example, your salad plate goes above your service plate because you will eat your salad before the main course. Utensils are used from outside going in.

Take a look at the diagram and imagine yourself experiencing the dinner. As each meal passes, the outer utensils will disappear one by one, as will the dinnerware.

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What Are Valances

What are valances? When people think about window treatments, blinds and shades are most commonly thought of. Have you ever thought about valances? They are commonly overlooked, which makes them a great selection to wow your guests. If you want to jazz up your wood blinds, or refine your elegant draperies, valances will not disappoint.

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So, what are valances? Valances are fabrics that hang loose from rods above the window. Do not confuse them with cornices, though. The two are commonly interchanged, but mean different things. Cornices are mounted on top of windows made of either wood boards or metal that can be upholstered with fabric.

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Blinds vs Shades

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Blinds and shades both spruce up the windows, so they have to be the same, right?  Wrong. Blinds vs shades don’t necessarily mean the same thing.  It is important to know what each word means to effectively communicate what you want in your space. Let’s go over some of their characteristics between blinds vs shades:

MATERIAL:  Blinds are made of hard materials such as wood, faux wood, metal, or vinyl. Shades are made up of soft materials like fabrics and woven woods.  These two both hang from the top of the windowsill.

LOOK: The easiest way to distinguish between blinds and shades are if the material has slats, or if it is one solid material.  Blinds have vanes, or slats, that allow you to adjust the amount of privacy and light you prefer throughout the day. They still allow you to look outside, even if they are fully lowered. Shades are made of one solid fabric that can also be moved to tweak your privacy and light preference, but only up or down.

LIGHT CONTROL: The flexibility in light control award goes to blinds. You can control if you want no light, full light, partial light, what direction you want the light to go, etcetera.  Let’s not completely forget about shades, though.  Sheer shades let the light to softly diffuse into the room, and thick shades darken the space.

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LIFESPAN: Blinds are extremely durable, especially if they are made of wood.  They are easy to clean, and do not fade with sunlight as quickly as shades do.  If you are looking to buy window coverings that will last you for years, blinds are the way to go.  Shades are harder to clean because the fibers in the fabric will collect dust and dirt over the years.  Sunlight can also weaken and fade your fabrics, especially if the color of your fabric is dark.  For a longer lifespan, buy shades that include lining.  The lining will act as a barrier and protect the fabric from sunlight.

DESIGN: Because shades come in a vast variety of fabrics, they offer a wider range of styles, patterns, and colors.  They can turn your room into an O-K room to a fantastically stylish room, and are fun to pick out! Blinds do not disappoint either.  These are the better option if you want to control your privacy, light, and furnishings without distracting from your design.

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Remember these characteristics between blinds vs shades when you are discussing window treatments with your designer, husband, friends, or searching for them on our site.  Shop our selection of Cellular Shades and get a free upgrade to cordless before the offer ends October 30th!

 

Unique Curtain Ideas For More Drama and Less Hassle

As I’m roaming through Pinterest, I quickly noticed curtains and drapes were being used for more than just window treatments.  Take a look these wonderful, unique curtain ideas and get inspired!

unique-curtain-ideasThe first unique curtain idea is for the bedroom! The drapes in this room give the illusion of height with their vertical lines extending from floor to roof. Changing the color of the drapes behind the bed also acts as a focal point to draw your eyes to that area.

unique-curtain-ideasUsing drapes in an entry way is another unique idea for curtains. Walking through that door and seeing that view would take my breath away. This entry screams chic! These drapes seem light and airy because of their white color and the way they fall to the floor from heaven—well, in this case, the ceiling. It creates an intimate, unique entryway with curtains to the bedroom, and in a sense, guides your eyes to look forward.

unique curtain ideasGot a cramped space? No problem, we have a curtain idea for you! In this case, they used drapery to hide the bunk beds from the living area when guests are present. This allows for an inexpensive and functional way to use a limited amount of area. Because the drapes and surroundings are white, it creates the idea of a bigger room.

Try creating your own unique twist with curtains in your home.  Use these ideas and explore the possibilities with our Window Treatments.