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How to Ensure “Curb Appeal” When Choosing Your Drapes

What looks good from the inside may not look good on the inside.

Some people may be so focused on what their window coverings look like from inside the house, that they do not even consider what they might look like to passers by. Unfortunately, these seemingly simple choices you make when you move into a home, may come back to haunt you when it comes time to sell the place.

Here’s an example of a set of window coverings that doesn’t look so appealing from outside. It looks bunchy, like they are the wrong size, and it just doesn’t appear to be a clean set of lines from the outside.

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One of the most important things to think about when selling a home is the curb appeal.

The first impression matters so much, which is why real estate agents always encourage you to tidy up your yard and mow the law when getting ready to show your home to buyers.

So when you are making changes to your home interior, or are just moving in and making purchases like window coverings, take the time to make the right choices, or get some help from an expert.

Now here are some examples of beautiful window treatments that are simple, but look nice and clean from the outside looking in.

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interior window coverings for curb appeal

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Want to ensure your windows have great curb appeal? Come talk to us! We’d be happy to help.

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A Guide to the Top Styles of Drapery Headings

Did you know that there several styles of drapery headings? It might be a detail that most people look over, but different types of pleat styles can change the look of your drapes completely.

Drapery headings can be a focal point of the draperies. You can choose a more classic look with a traditional pinch pleat, or a more modern look with a tacked pleat. If you plan on having full functioning drapes, you will want a pleat style that allows your draperies to stack, but if they are only going to be decorative panels, the pleat styles are limitless.

There are so many different options, which is why we’ve narrowed it down to the top six styles.

The Top Styles of Drapery Headings you can choose for your window coverings:

 

1. Flemish pleat

The flemish pleat has constant folds of fabric that keep the flow down the length of the drape. Pleat fingers are inverted and flow back instead of forward. Also known as an inverted pleat, reverse pleat, or tack roll pleat.
Flemish Pleat drapery headings

2. Traditional pinch pleat

The drapery is accented with tight, uniform pleats a few inches below the top of the drape. The pleats are spaced at even intervals to control the fullness of the pleated drapes and weighted at the bottom seams and corners to ensure even, smooth pleating and a clean, crisp appearance. The pinch pleat is a classic style that has been used for many years. They offer an elegant and sophisticated, timeless look.
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3. Top pinch pleat

Top tack pinch pleat drapes create a sleek header that controls the fullness. Similar to the traditional pinch pleat, except that the pleats are sewn together at the top of the woven stiffener, instead of a few inches down. Also known as the Euro pleat or Parisian pleat.
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4. Tacked Flemish pleat

Same as the Flemish pleat, except the pleats are tacked down longer.

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5. Tacked pinch pleat

Same as the traditional pinch pleat, except the pleats are tacked down to make them longer.

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6. Single fold pinch pleat

The single fold pinch pleat is fixed in place with woven stiffeners to create a soft, rolling effect that maintain the pleat shape over time.
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5 Reasons to get to know a Professional Design Consultant

Maybe you don’t think you need a professional Design Consultant to help you design and decorate your home. Maybe you think it will be too costly.

At Jabot, we know that sometimes a customer’s inexperience and making the wrong decisions on design can be very costly to update or re-do. A professional design consultant can ensure you make the right decisions for your home and your budget.

Here are a few reasons why hiring a professional design consultant (particularly one from Jabot Interiors!) is an excellent idea:

 

  1. YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START

    It can be overwhelming and paralyzing so much that you do nothing for a long time. No one wants to make a mistake, especially a costly one.
    Your Jabot Design Consultant will take all your needs and requirements into consideration.

  2. YOU ARE AFRAID YOU’LL BUY THE WRONG THING

    “There is nothing worse when a sofa is too small or big for a room, you played way too safe with your fabric choices, or put the wrong window coverings on your windows,” says design consultant Charlene Ingram. “Our job is to narrow it down and simplify things by asking the right questions so that does not happen.”

  3. YOU DON’T KNOW A GOOD CARPENTER

    A designer’s rolodex is a trove of resources — upholsterers, curtain makers, furniture makers, and painters, to name a few.
    (Bonus: If a design consultant from Jabot orders the work, they stand behind it.)

  4. YOU CAN’T CHOOSE FROM THOUSANDS OF PAINT CHIP COLOURS

    For example, there are over 1,000 shades of off-whites alone. At Jabot, we will help you pick out the perfect colour for your walls, ceilings, and trim.

  5. YOU LOVE DOING YOUR OWN DECORATING

    Fine — just start with a consultation. In a visit or two, we can help you choose paint colours, fabrics, and furniture arrangements, then leave you with a detailed plan of action.

If you are ready to begin decorating your home, please get in touch, and we will help you start planning and making beautiful and budget-friendly design choices.

Get to know Jabot: 5 Questions with Charlene Ingram

Charlene Ingram

We wanted you to really get to know the people behind the scenes at Jabot Interiors, so we did a Q & A session with Design Consultant and Owner of Jabot Interiors, Charlene Ingram.

Q: What made you get into interior design, and make the jump to opening your own business?

I always loved decorating from the time I was a young girl, I naturally just followed my passion. I worked for a large window covering chain for 3 years and ended up managing the North Vancouver location. I learned the the ins and outs of business there, but eventually, I knew I would be running something of my own. When I turned 30, I made the leap.

Q: How has your business changed over the years?

We started out with just window coverings which is the main part of our business, however, we have evolved into doing interior design as well. There are so many options of window coverings and ways that people do business, find business etc., that it’s not as simple anymore.

Q: What is the biggest thing you have learned in your 26 years of running Jabot Interiors?

That by trusting and believing in yourself you can make it happen, always!

Q: Where do you receive your inspiration?

Everywhere I look–and pictures of interiors. When I do a clients home, I do it from what I feel in the home, from them, and the space they have. I know it sounds funny to some, but when I am in the space, I intuitively get a connection to what it needs, and what I know the client will love. This is what is inspirational to me and when the client lets me run with it, it is very satisfying. I just feel sure; I don’t think, I know.

Q: What is your favourite part about owning your own business?

The freedom of making choices and decisions of your own.

Thank you for taking the time, Charlene!

Hunter Douglas Applause Shades

The benefits of non-hardwired motorized shades

Motorized shades have been around for a while now, but they were thought to be a luxury for elite homes due to the high cost involved, and were easily overlooked. Now, with the advancement of technology, many homeowners are finding motorized shades to be an affordable piece of technology, which can increase their home comfort level manyfold. Instead of the incessant tugging on the blinds to get them into the perfect position, motorizing can help get them into the correct position in one fluid motion. Few other window covering options can give you convenience, beauty, and security at the same time.

Motorized shades comes with various options. You can schedule the shades to open or close at a particular time of the day, or according to the intensity of the sunlight. You can also program it to perform your regular window routine while you’re away on vacation to increase your home security.

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Here are a number of benefits for choosing a motorized shade for your windows:

  • Motorized shades are great for retrofitting into a home that isn’t a new build and doesn’t have power running to the windows.
  • There is no electrician required for installation. You can do it yourself if you are handy with tools, or we can do it for you.
  • They can be integrated into your home automation systems such as “control 4”
  • Motorized shades can be operated from your smartphone. You can configure your phone to send out a signal to multiple blinds at once and open or close them simultaneously.
  • Motorized shades do not sport cords, and thus, gives it a clean look. Cords can also be hazardous in houses with small children.
  • They are great for high windows or skylights that are hard to reach. Sometimes the blinds on  high windows can be extremely heavy and are very difficult to operate by hand. With battery operated motorized blinds, you can easily bring the shades up and down at the push of a button.

At Jabot Interiors, Vancouver, we carry Hunter Douglas window coverings and they offer a wide range of options for non-hardwired motorization such as roller shades, Duettes, Applause, Silhouettes, Luminettes, Pirouettes, Nantuckets and more. These shades can either be plugged in or have a “AA” or “C” battery pack, which get replaced every year or two depending on the usage. Contact us for more info.