Custom Window Treatments enhance Contemporary Family Rm; Fairfax Station, VA

Custom Drapery Swags, Fairfax Station, VA, golden interiors inc

Elegant Blue & White Toile

Custom drapery finishes a room design more than any other design element. This very contemporary Family room and Kitchen dining area feel so much more inviting once the window treatments are installed. Drapery adds acoustical and visual softness and character to the rooms. Expert drapery designs are custom sized perfectly for the windows allowing for maximum viewing area and setting off the style of the room to match the homeowners taste.

Custom Drapery Swags, Fairfax Station, VA, golden interiors inc

Elegant Blue & White Toile with solid blue banding showcase the windows perfectly in this Contemporary Family Room Design; decorative pillows soften the leather sectional sofa

before photo Contemporary Family Room, Fairfax, VA goldeninteriors.com

Before Window Treatments & Decorative Pillows

Contemporary Family Room Interior Design, Modern Drapery Swags

Contemporary Family Room with Modern Drapery Swags

Kitchen Bay Window before drapery valances, goldeninteriors.com

Kitchen Bay Window before drapery valances

Kitchen Bay Window Drapery; Valances; Fairfax, VA

Bay Window Valances – London Shade detail; just enough to add the finishing touch

Custom Drapery and pillows, Interior design, golden interiors inc

Blue and White Toile Fabric Drapery Swags with Full Length Panels banded with solid blue fabric and decorative accent pillows enliven the all white leather sectional

Custom Sized Area Carpets or Rugs for the today’s Larger Rooms

Wood floors are the flooring of choice for today’s larger homes and open town homes as they are easy to keep clean, look great for years and define a classic, handsome character for the home.  Custom sized area carpets scaled to fit the rooms provide protection, acoustical softness, warmth and comfort underfoot and enhance the spaces that flow together dramatically.  Matching area rugs or carpets used throughout today’s open floor plans tie the spaces together allowing the eye to flow comfortably from area to area, and when selected to complement existing furnishings enhance the overall ambiance of the home.  At the start of any room/home design we begin with the floor coverings first as selections are limited and the floor

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covering encompasses the entire space.  Beginning with carpet selections first allows for easier coordination of fabrics, paints and finishes.  One can always fall in love with the fabric of their dreams and use the fabric as the basis of which carpet style would coordinate best with the fabric.

Custom area carpets are sized perfectly for each space and provide more design options.  There are many styles, patterns, color and design options to choose from as you now open up this important design decision to all broadloom carpet selections.  Traditional, transitional or modern selections are available when you choose to design custom area carpets, including very durable commercial carpet options.  Solid color plush, textured or patterned broadloom carpets make beautiful area rugs when bordered or edge bound with or without fringe detailing for modern designs.  Traditional and transitional patterned broadloom selections add design character as well as hide dirt better than solid colors.  They may be used on their own or bordered with solid colors and/or fabric insets providing a finished look.  In the photos you will see we generally use a small inside piping border with the main accent color and then a neutral solid color outside border to transition nicely with the wood floors.  Many manufacturers have broadloom selections available with coordinating borders for use to create carpets sized to your exact dimensions and provide the look of a hand-made Persian, Oriental or English traditional designs.

Custom carpets are sized to the inch fitting the room perfectly providing balance and harmony of the spaces in a way no other design material can.  Enhancements include cut off corners, asymmetrical shapes, matching patterned or coordinating solid color borders.  Custom staircase runners and matching Foyer area carpets with added fringe detail add a distinct, rich coordinated look to complement any color and design scheme.

Whether designing a new home or renovating your home the most important design decision begins with the floorcoverings.  Looking for something unique to fit your design sense and personality we can provide many options not available on the retail market including both residential and commercial carpets selections which work well with pets.  We have designed carpets as large as 14′-6″ x 15′-6″ for a Library with matching staircase runners and 18′-6″ x 11′-6″ for a luxury townhome Family Room.  Beginning the design process for larger rooms in today’s homes is easily accomplished with custom carpets designed to fit the spaces and furniture arrangements that enhance your existing furnishings allowing you to develop color concepts and pizazz with the rest of the furnishings and accessories.

Beautiful Sheer Fabrics – New Collection from Trend Fabrics

Combining traditional and modern design for an eclectic look, Trend’s exclusive embroidered collection features unique patterns on faux silk and organza ground cloths. Charm and sophistication with clipped embroidery diamonds on a delicate organza cloth, a dented stripe with whimsical leaf vines, creating a unique, stylish pattern. Displaying a clean and simple look, is a classic dented stripe on faux silk. The chic design of the appliquéd organza ribbon in a wavy stripe on faux silk, adding a modern touch to this collection.

Beautiful Sheer Fabrics – New Collection from Trend Fabrics

Combining traditional and modern design for an eclectic look, Trend’s exclusive embroidered collection features unique patterns on faux silk and organza ground cloths. Charm and sophistication with clipped embroidery diamonds on a delicate organza cloth, a dented stripe with whimsical leaf vines, creating a unique, stylish pattern. Displaying a clean and simple look, is a classic dented stripe on faux silk. The chic design of the appliquéd organza ribbon in a wavy stripe on faux silk, adding a modern touch to this collection.

Wood Floors – for Kitchens now being seen in Bathrooms

 

We are often asked what flooring to install in Kitchens and our recommendation is that the flooring of choice for over 15 years along the Northeast corridor is wood flooring.  Wood floors provide a warmth in appearance and texture, are easy to clean and if you drop something it may not break and most important they are not as taxing on your physical body.  Hardwood floors have natural variation in grain and texture and add warmth to any room or space.  They are hard enough to withstand daily living, will last for 25+ years and may be refurnished many times to maintain appearance (green design).   In Kitchens we select beautiful area carpets, with griper padding to cover major pathways and standing areas which add acoustic value and splashes of color.  At the kitchen sink if you are having standing issues you can get anti-fatigue mats and use them as padding under your beautiful area carpets.  Wood floors may be sanded, refurnished, recolored and brought back to their original lustre many times over their life span.  One never tires of the natural look of hardwood – it is the greener choice and your feet will thank you.

Farmhouse Kitchen - Wood Floors with Classic White Cabinets

Farmhouse Kitchen – Wood Floors with Classic White Cabinets

Now with Aging in Place being high on the minds of most remodeling projects designers are moving away from the old adages that wood floors were not used in bathrooms.  What if you had a flood or the tub overflowed with small children playing.  These are the typical excuses why bathroom design has always utilized tile flooring.  We are seeing more and more upscale bathrooms – homeowners where the kids have grown, being designed with Luxury Vinyl Tile wood plank  flooring.  The warmth of real wood adds much peace and calmness to any space that a cold tile will never accomplish, additionally your feet, ankles and knees will thank you when they no longer stand on a hard cold surface daily.

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Tile floors while beautiful with many selections, designs and patterns are very hard underfoot, always cool to the touch (no barefoot comfort), slippery when wet and everything you drop generally breaks.  Our main concern with Tile floors is that they are not good for people’s knees, ankles and feet. Standing on a tile floor provides undue stress on your body and most people stand in the Kitchen quite a bit cooking and cleaning.  Tile floors are work nicely in areas of the country such as Florida, Texas, Colorado, etc. where higher temperatures and increased air conditioning needs benefit from the cool surface of tile flooring.

The latest porcelain tile designs, growing at a spectacular rate include porcelain tile that looks like real wood.  The simulation is incredible in that the tiles actually do look like real wood.  Porcelain tiles are at least twice the cost of a LVT wood floor, heavy for floor loading and they are cold under foot;  great for pets who love to lay on a cold surface.    They can crack under undue heavy pressure and are not easily repaired.  Tile floors always have grout lines which are a constant source of maintenance.  Keeping grout clean is a homeowner’s nightmare and generally the tile floors need replacement in 10-15 years. Newly laid tile flooring is beautiful however the grout needs cleaning and replacement over time, within several years the color or design style will be out of date and you or the next owner will replace the floor; ripping it up & throwing the tiles into a landfill if not reclaimed by a quality recycling manufacturer.

If you love tile floors you can always add radiant heat with an additional cost to the remodeling project, additional energy usage and one more maintenance item for your home.  Save these beautiful upgraded porcelain tiles for the shower walls.

Remodeling your bathroom – think Luxury Vinyl Tiles in Wood Plank versions for a classic, elegant timeless look that you will not grow tired of.

 

Robert Allen – New fabrics from Larry Laslo

 

Beautiful new collections, great colors, harmony and pizzazz to

spice up a dull sofa with comfy throw pillows.

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     Neutral collection has historic pattern elements adding timeless classic patterns to work with for your next

project.  Any one of these fabrics would make an incredible bed spread,

quilt or comfy throw for the Family Room.

 

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Cheerful, colorful patterns to inspire your room redecorating projects.

Let the fabric begin your journey to a new, fresh, clean sophisticated look.

 

Robert Allen

 

Ready-made Area Carpets – Home Design Style and Color Palette Ideas

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Looking for beautiful area rugs to cover hard wood floors in your new home or townhome? Trying to find several carpets that coordinate throughout the main living level areas with wood floors? Today most home owners wish to design the main level of their home with a cohesive color palette that complements existing furnishings and looks great when your eye moves from one area or space to another. Well thought out complementary design concepts make the home appear larger. (Part 2 of 3 part series, issue one dated June 25, 2012)

Start with selecting matching ready-made area carpets for the Living Room, Dining Room, Foyer and adjoining hallways.  Adjacent rooms that flow off the main areas i.e.: Kitchen, Great Room, Sunroom; should have selections that coordinate comfortably for color, pattern and style with the LR, DR carpets. Ready-made selections are available in many standard size options:

10 x14, 9 x 12, 8 x 10, 5 x 7, 4 x 6, 2 x 3 and runners in 4, 6, 8 and 10 foot lengths

Some styles are available in 5 or 6 foot square and round shapes – great for Foyers

Many variation of sizes exist so review carefully if you are looking at the Nominal Size as listed above or the Actual Size. For example a nominal size of 5 x 7 could actually be 4′-8″ x 6′-10″ or a 9′ x 10′ could actually be 8′-9″ x 10′-6″. Carpets with fringe usually will list size with fringe and size without fringe. If not call for clarification should the few inches make a difference in whether the carpet will scale appropriately to the room size.  Carpet sizes vary greatly as the pattern style will dictate that the finished carpet looks best at certain overall size once they center the pattern field.

Ready-made selections work well for small townhomes and smaller scaled rooms. Starting the overall Home Design and Color Palette with the area carpet selections first allows you to build the home’s design concept and colors around the area carpets and enhance your existing furnishings beautifully. Whenever design options are limited this is the first product to begin your design selections. It is much harder to find a beautiful area carpet to bring the furniture, window treatments, fabrics and colors together when it is the last item purchased. Once you select a handsome classic pattern and design style for your main area carpets the rest of the finishes and materials will flow together easily.

Ready-made carpet styles are Persian, Oriental, Tibetan, or contemporary modern designs, with various patterns and color choices. Even with thousands of ready-made carpets you will still be limited by color, design and pattern options when trying to enhance your existing furnishings. With a lot of looking and testing out small samples you will find beautiful area carpets to tie all the main level living areas together. Know what approx. sizes you will need for all areas and eliminate any options that cannot work size wise for all rooms that need to match.  Catalogs and websites make looking a daunting task, search and find several options to choose from.  When buying from pictures either catalog or web, select 100% Wool Carpets.  Wool or silk carpet yarns have a welcoming luster that is hard to achieve with nylon. Great looking nylon selections are available from quality manufacturers yet it is impossible to see a carpet’s luster (sheen) until you have the carpet in your home. Safest to select 100% wool or 80% wool/20% nylon carpet from the start as they have a richer looking appearance. Wool is a natural fiber, easily cleans with hot water (great for pets) and is very comfortable to sit on. Nylon blends can be used in less formal areas of the home just review the sheen does not scream cheap knock off

After making several selections from catalogs or on line, cut them out and paste on a white background to view independently from the other items on the pages. Order test carpets of your favorites in the smallest size (2 x 3) which will work at any door opening or a Powder Room. Do not be surprised if when the test carpets arrive you are not as pleased with the look, color(s), plushness, sheen etc. You may need to order 4-5 of these small carpets to finalize your selections and see how the carpets look side by side before you see your design concept come to life. Keep the test samples as they are a minimal cost and will probably look great somewhere in your home without the hassle of returns. Small test carpets allow you to view the actual product and confirm you are happy with the color, pattern, style, thickness, plushness and luster once you have the real carpet in your home under your lighting. Now you can safely order large area carpets feeling confident you will be happy with the sections and not have to return them unless there are defects in manufacturing.

Black and Gold nylon selections in pictures are available is many patterns and color choices.  These handsome carpets do look and feel like real wool.  Call 703-425-9050 or send a picture of your room and we will assist with selection.

Or pgolden@goldeninteriors.com with Subject: area carpets request

Next up: Custom Made Area Carpets and Carpet Selections for Pet Owners

Kitchen Remodeling Toe Kick Drawer

The best options for base cabinets in Kitchen design today are drawers. Drawers provide more useful storage, are easier to use and cost less than door cabinets with roll out shelves. Roll out shelves are designed to retrofit existing Kitchen base cabinets when you are not replacing your cabinets. If you are purchasing all new cabinets for your kitchen definitely think drawer storage.   Highlighted in this photo is the hidden baseboard toe kick drawer.  A great place to store place mats and grill accessories. Provide them where ever they make sense and you will find they are very useful for dining table linens and much more.

Above the toe kick drawer are (2) 36″ width base drawers.  Vertical dividers are used to separate the interior space for storage coffee mugs, tall to go water bottles, coffee, teas and K-cups for the buffet bar area with the smaller prep sink.   30″ width drawers are in the Center Island with a custom insert for knives in the top drawer.  The lower drawers are utilized for colanders, small tray storage and dog accessories.  Drawers can be outfitted with peg board inserts for dinner plates, bowls or pots and pans storage.

This custom Center Island is finished with a Teal Gray Metallic Industrial spray paint that wears like iron.  The paint finish is also used on the light trim molding below the upper cabinets and as an added flat pyramid shaped embellishment on the cabinets which end on the countertop.  This keeps the color flowing throughout the otherwise white kitchen and adds a soft timeless finishing touch to the custom cabinets.  The baseboard is actually plastic laminate finish that coordinates perfectly with the teal painted finish.  No one can tell the difference and the plastic laminate is perfect for maintenance issues.

Ordering new cabinets – think drawers, drawers and more drawers!  Multi-purpose, customizable, easy to use, practical and budget wise drawers win out.