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So the first steps of my master bedroom suite redo have been completed.  I painted the bedroom and bathroom (in one weekend, boy was I tired).  For the bedroom I chose a favorite neutral of mine, Benjamin Moore’s Shaker Beige.  To contrast in the bathroom I chose Benjamin Moore’s Tranquility.  Honestly, the Tranquility turned out more blue than imagined but I love the way it looks behind the Shaker Beige as you enter the bathroom from the bedroom.  I also love what it does to the accent border tiles.

View entering the bathroom from the bedroom.

In the bedroom we also mounted the flat screen TV on the wall which freed up so much space.  We moved the dresser that was under the TV, to the window wall.  Check out how the shades now pop against the Shaker Beige.

Dresser moved to window wall.

The mirror that is currently on top of the dresser will ultimately go above the new headboard which should arrive in January.  The chair that is currently there is left over from our old house and will be replaced in the near future.  I want to place a full length floor mirror on the wall perpendicular to the window wall and opposite where the chair is now.  Next will be adding the swing arm wall sconces on either side of the bed and I will be making two cornice boards to go over the windows.  The fabric has blues and greens and will help to unify the colors in the bedroom and bathroom.  The new shirred bedskirt, hopefully in January as well will also help to tie the colors together.  New bedding and accent pillows should finish off the fabric scheme.

In the bathroom you see two fretwork mirrored silver wall sconces on the wall.  These are from Bassett Furniture, one of our lines of furniture.  I just love the way they bling and their curves are so romantic.  Eventually I will find the perfect piece of artwork to go between them.  I just love how the new cafe draperies pop against the Tranquility.

larger view of bathroom. Hard to see but the accent tiles really pop with the new wall color.

The bathroom doesn’t require too much more.  New fixtures (towel bars, toilet paper holder, light fixtures, faucets and a few carefully placed accessories and this retreat will be ready for some nice long baths (as if there’s time).

Stay tuned for more to come soon…

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I recently gave a talk about the services that I offer to my clients.  Within the talk I spoke about custom window treatments and why you should choose them over store bought treatments.  Of course there are the basic reasons:

*The treatments are made specifically for your windows so they will fit your windows and your decor perfectly

*The craftsmanship should be substantially better than what you get at the store, giving your investment longevity and durability

*They are made specifically for you, for your taste and your decor.  You do not have to try to retro-fit something that may not work perfectly.

*Your choices are not limited by what is at the store in terms of design, style, fabric, etc.

*Better quality lining will protect your investment, your other furnishings and can even help conserve energy.

*Etc, etc., etc…

During my research for the talk, however, I found some interesting bits of information that I didn’t know before.  Did you know that on average people who buy store bought window treatments are replacing them yearly, while people who are buying custom window treatments are not changing them out for seven years on average.  That is so substantial to me because it really does help to justify the financial investment that you make when you purchase custom window treatments.  If you add the amount you paid per window for the store bought treatments over seven years, you can bet that you are probably pretty close to the amount you would have paid if you purchased custom window treatments from the beginning, and you wouldn’t have had to go through all that hassle.

Check out some pictures of beautiful custom window treatments we’ve designed.  Wait till you see what I have in store for my master bedroom and bathroom, and what I’m currently working on with other clients.  I have to say I am feeling creative with window treatments these days…  You can also check out our website to see more beautiful room photos at http://www.creativeeleganceinteriors.com.

Custom-made pole mounted swag valance for bay window.

Pair of pinch pleated stria (three color) draperies.

Custom-made flat roman shades with attached valance and contrast banding.

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