LH Interiors, Lisa Higgason, ASID, RID

Window treatments are, perhaps, the most important aspect of room design. The window treatments not only help define the style of the room but also are the main source of energy efficiency, protecting our rooms from heat, cold and sun damage. Most often, window treatments will be layered.

The first layer will usually be one of the many varying styles of blinds, shades or shutters and will be operated daily for light and privacy control. The shade and blind manufacturers are quickly keeping up with technology so we can control them via remote, a light switch or even the Internet.

The decorative layers of a window treatment can be as unique and varied as the room it complements. Whether sleek, clean and contemporary, rustic and rough-hewn or opulent and luxurious, there are fabrics and window treatment styles to coordinate. There has also been an explosion of fabulous new decorative drapery rods and accessory hardware designs lately.

We are seeing Zen-chic bamboo in Roman shades and decorative drapery hardware. “Luxe” fabrics which, as you would expect, are lush and showy with bold colors and textures that beg to be touched combine beautifully with the rich and opulent “Renaissance” wood drapery rod collection from Kirsch. Soft flowing sheer fabrics with gorgeous burn-out designs are used in both homespun and contemporary settings and can be used either lined or unlined depending on light control needs.

Today's offerings of fabrics are much more diverse than in the past. Our obsession with organic and natural products has paved the way for fabrics with anti-microbial and anti-fungal traits woven into the yarn. Besides stain, mildew and mold resistant fabrics, the concern of VOAs has lead to fabrics being dyed with non toxic dyes. The fabric manufacturers have greatly improved these types of fabric as far as color and print choices, and most importantly, the way they feel to the touch.

As with all room design, your lifestyle and preferences will dictate the choice of fabric, color, style and function of your window treatments. As a designer, my job is to help you make the best selections, using my vast suppliers and workrooms, to create an inviting space that you will enjoy for a long time to come.

Dining room with walls painted with Sherwin Williams GREAT GREEN and accented with white shutters on windows

The beauty of tile

Granite counter top with tumbled stone tile backsplash with small pewter tile accents placed on the diagonal

Decorating with tile is still one of the most popular and affordable offerings in the design industry. By using the new colors, textures and patterns, tile can make a space exciting, sophisticated and daring.

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Utilizing space effectively

Murphy bed wall unit with the bed down

No matter the size of your home, we all need to make the most of the space we have. Because floor plans are more open than before, many rooms must be multi-task areas.

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Make a statement with accessories

Tile mosaic decor

As we start a New Year and are packing away all the holiday decorations, I challenge you to take a fresh new look at your accessories. Instead of putting things back exactly as they were, move them around to a new spot or room.

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Decorating for the Holidays

Mantel decorated in Christmas garland, needlepoint stockings, red glass trees and new and antique elves

Believe it or not, the holidays are upon us and it’s time to start decorating!

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Enlightening ideas

Entryway chandelier with can ceiling lights

A “light” remodel goes a long way! An inexpensive way to freshen a home or office is by updating the lighting, which is often times, ignored. With new fixtures, fabrics and wallcoverings reveal true colors, corners brighten and lighting becomes an added accessory instead of just a necessity in the space.

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Designing with chairs

Massoud furniture club chair in a textured weave fabric with a Stanley end table and floor lamp, walls in Sherwin Williams #6141 softer tan

I have always had a fascination with and love of chairs (which may stem from having my very own wee little rocking chair as a child). Anything from the traditional Chippendale to the modern classic Barcelona chair, makes me want to run over and make myself at home in it. In a living room setting, sometimes the chairs get second billing to the sofa but I like to make them an integral part of the setting.

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The luxury of leather

Wood and leather settee

Leather is ever present and continues to be the most versatile of upholstery coverings. Leather is now made into a wide range of textures and hues and with proper care, will last three to four times as long as fabric. This is why it is important to buy well constructed leather upholstery pieces.

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