Quality interior decor that enhances your personal style
When thinking of updating or finishing your home's interior decor, it is often very important to source a designer who will enhance your style and who can provide you with quality interior services, decor accents, window treatments and furniture.
When it comes to decorating your home, there is nothing that will have a larger impact than investing in custom window treatments. Custom window treatments can be anything from elegant draperies adorned with swags. cornice treatments or board mounted valances in combination with roman shades, blinds or drapery panels. With the selection of fabrics and styles, the possibilities are endless. Any personal style can be enhanced by adding custom window treatments whether that style is an elegant traditional decor or one that is minimalist and contemporary.
It is usually very wise to choose a window treatment designer that seeks to enhance your style rather than to force their preferred style onto you. When choosing fabric window treatments, it is also critical to use a designer who operates their own workroom rather than a designer who is a middleman and uses another company to sew the window treatments. By buying direct from a designer with a workroom, a client benefits from not having to pay a middleman. It is also beneficial to work with a full service designer as they are ultimately familiar with crafting and designing window treatments as they actually sew what they design.
The selection of fabrics that can be used for custom window treatments is virtually endless as are the price points. No matter a clients budget, the most bang for that design budget should be the goal. There are many fabrics that look expensive that are not priced in the stratosphere and those can be an option for fabric intensive treatments that require more yardage such as drapery panels. An option to further enhance drapery panels, swags and jabots is to use a heavier interlining for fullness and to incorporate trims that provide further visual impact.
When it comes to offering the highest quality within a budget, window treatment designer Malgorzata Gleichman from Spiritcraft Design says "My design goals are always to maximize the visual impact of any clients budget". "By choosing window treatment designs wisely and being thoughtful about fabric yardage, no one can mach my quality and price point. I strive to make certain that my clients receive more than they ever imagined possible". Learn more about Spiritcraft Design
Again, a designer who listens and tries to maximize a clients budget will help in finding fabrics that fit within ones budget rather than skimping on design and leaving a less than custom look. More expensive fabrics can then be used for valance treatments and accents such as pillows as they do not require as much yardage as drapery panels. In fact, adding complimentary pillows or adding board mounted valances or cornices to the design can really take an interior to a showpiece level of splendor. For examples of designer decorative pillows, browse www.spiritcraftpillows.com.
An often overlooked custom window treatment option is the Roman Shade. Roman shades can block light, insulate, add texture, introduce color and with the right fabric, form panels of artwork that complete a room. Malgorzata from Spiritcraft Design often suggests using Roman Shades. She says that "with roman shades, a room can be completely transformed and they can be visually successful in any decor".
When it comes to furniture selection, we are all becoming too familiar with the subpar quality of products in this "throw away age". Furniture is no exception to this phenomenon and real value is attained by selecting quality in home furnishings. Quality furniture is harder to find today but there is no real value in furniture that lasts five years rather than generations. For tables, beds, casework, entertainment centers and other furniture, true value lies in solid hardwood furniture that will become family heirlooms rather than landfill material.
Solid Hardwood Furniture made with traditional joinery will stand the test of time. Heirloom quality furniture may seem to be a bit more expensive until one really looks at what is available today especially since the recent off-shoring trend has taken a toll on quality. There are many pieces of furniture available through stores or designers that may look nice until a closer inspection is performed. Many of these pieces are entirely made of MDF with paper thin veneers laminating the subpar structure.
With much of this furniture, the joinery is often suspect while the finish in "Walnut", "Espresso" and other marketed names is just a trendy way to hide the inferior quality beneath. These deliberately fancy finish names have hoodwinked furniture buyers into completely glossing over quality. With the weak MDF structure and paper thin veneers, there is no restoration possible unlike true hardwood furniture. It is not uncommon for an inferior made five year old $800 end table to be placed on the curb due to it simply falling apart.
There are only a fraction of quality furniture options as compared to only 10 years ago. Many popular names who made heirloom furniture for generations in the US are now gone or have moved to China or Vietnam. While there is some quality furniture being imported, the vast majority of furniture available today is very questionable in terms of quality. A few higher-end furniture makers have decided to stick with quality and remain in the US though. The better names are at the higher end of price points and continue to craft furniture that will last for generations.
One local furniture maker in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Spiritcraft has several lines of designs that incorporate prairie, mission, contemporary and mid century styles but also works with clients to personally design furniture pieces. A benefit from buying a piece of Spiritcraft furniture, besides the heirloom quality, is the hardwood that is incorporated into their furniture. Spiritcraft furniture is crafted from hand selected boards that come from very large and old trees that have suffered storm damage or have "passed on" by other means. The colors, grain, texture and quality of the hardwoods is amazing and is not found in any mass produced furniture.
By hand selecting hardwoods, tops are often grain and book-matched while the color and texture is consistent as each piece comes from the same tree. If you have never seen a book-matched figured Walnut table top, you are missing out on the best of natures artwork. Beyond the quality of the hardwood lies the joinery, which is the foundation of heirloom furniture. By employing mortise and tenon joinery, artful dovetails and other well designed joinery methods, their furniture will remain strong and will likely outlive our Grandchildren.
As for "value", Skip at Spiritcraft Design says "I craft my furniture with the idea that my clients grandchildren will be passing down my pieces to yet another generation" and that "one Spiritcraft cocktail table might well outlive ten to twenty tables that a someone might buy at a furniture store". When comparing Spiritcraft price points to other quality names, he adds "I try to outdo Thos Moser or Stickley quality but offer my pieces at nearly half the price".
In this day and age, we are too often marketed inferior products that are labeled as "quality" but time will certainly prove otherwise. We as consumers should remember that "value" is not entirely reflected in the initial price of a service or item and quality does matter. It is also worth noting that our support of local craftspersons helps our local economy and community.
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About Spiritcraft Design: Spiritcraft offers custom window treatments, draperies, valences, roman shades, Graber blinds and interior design services. We carry a full line of designer fabrics, drapery hardware and rods, blinds, shades and shutters and operate our own fabric workroom. Our clients purchase direct as we are the designer and the workroom.
Spiritcraft Design also designs and makes handcrafted furniture that is made to last for generations. Our tables, seating, beds, entertainment centers, dining furniture, slab tops and casework is crafted from exquisite local solid hardwoods. We use local downed and storm damaged trees for our hardwood which are "green and sustainable"
Spiritcraft Design, located in Crystal Lake, Illinois serves Barrington, Arlington Heights, Algonquin, Libertyville, Long Grove, Vernon Hills, Dundee, Cary and Glenview in the Greater Chicago area.
Page Updated Last on: Apr 29, 2011