Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DIY Drapery Ideas: Luxurious Window Treatments with Valances, Swags, Scrolls and Holdbacks

How do you install custom window treatments when there is virtually no space between the window, wall and ceiling? We tackle this tough challenge in this short video. Take a peek to see how we approached this unique project... 



DIY Drapery Ideas: Luxurious Window Treatments with Valances, Swags, Scrolls and Holdbacks. Visit our site for more exquisite custom drapery ideas and 20% off with promo code CL01:
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Covered in this video:
 - Do it yourself drapes
- How to install custom curtains
- DIY drapes tutorial
- Window treatments
- Luxurious custom window coverings
- Galaxy-Design
- Decorative drapery hardware
- Draperies
- Hold backs
- Window treatment styles
- Swarovski Crystal drapery hardware
- Swags
- Window Valance
- French scrolls
- Swags

 {Anat} Welcome to another episode of Galaxy-Design's innovative design series. We are here in Lake Forrest, CA.


{Anat}  Welcome to another episode of Galaxy-Design’s innovative design series.  We are here in Lake Forrest, CA. 

{Steve}  Today we are going to be working on some windows behind us that we haven’t done before.  These windows are very large, they have a beautiful view and the client has requested for us to dress them.

So we are going to put up some of our Zodiac Valances and scarf swags which are all part of our custom do it yourself drapes packages.

We are also going to have some scrolls in this window treatment and I’m excited to show you how to install these window dressings up step-by-step.

Since we have shades on these windows, we have gone ahead and used our 5.5 inch arms that we put on the Zodiac valance that will allow us enough clearance for the drapes. 

Using our patented technology with the wire, we have gone ahead and slipped the fabrics onto the wire and the next thing we are going to do is slip these onto the nuts that are on the back of the Zodiacs and this will allow us to have full draperies put up.

{Anat}  So now that we put the panel on the Zodiac crown, we are going to go ahead and secure it.  Here is the nut that is going to go on the screw.  We are going to go ahead and screw it on this way.

{Steve}  So this is what they look like going up.  They are going to look really stunning once they are put up.  Now that I’ve got the fabrics put on the valances, I chose to go ahead and do the swags first as a first layer and then the drapes as a second layer.

So all I do is simply pull on the pleats and make sure they are gathered evenly before putting them up onto the arms on the top.

So in this particular job we had a little challenge to deal with in how we put the holdbacks up.  So we made these special holdbacks that will allow these holdbacks to still dress the windows in the front.  This is an item that we make ourselves and it is fashioned into an L-shape so that the holdback will fit into this window space that is very close to the wall.

I am going to go ahead and put these up.  Drapery holdbacks are usually mounted about 48 inches from the floor. 

This window behind me has no space from the wall whatsoever.  What’s unique about this particular Galaxy-Design product is that it can go literally right up against the wall. 

So for the scroll installment what I like to do is use two measurements that are ten inches in difference.  The first measurement I am going to do is going to be at 92 inches.  And the second measurement is going to be about ten inches into the window and it will be at 102 inches.

As you can see, our drapery hardware can go all the way up against the wall leaving only a one inch gap.

For this particular demonstration I have chosen to go ahead and put our holdback at the same level as the scroll.  By doing this it allows me to have a straight top on the swags to they look very level.  It has also covered the edge of the window.  That is the reason why we like to put the holdbacks right at the edge of the window.

When it comes to swaging the fabrics, how to hold them in place is always a question.  This is why all of our do-it-yourself drapery packages come with zip-locks.

Zip-locks seem to make this process quite easy.  Once you have gathered all of the fabric together all you need to do as wrap a zip-lock around it and then simply slip it over the arm.

Now that I have made the swags all I have to do is simply add another zip-lock, create a loop between the two and once I have done so all I do is rest it on my holdback.

Now that I have them done, both swags are meeting, I have a nice jabot in the center and all I do is simply slip the holdback into place and that will cover all the zip-locks so you won’t see any of them.

We have now completed putting up all of the hardware and the scarfs are up so now it’s time to put the finishing touches on this project.  

I always like to have the drapes steamed out.  This allows the drapes to relax and give us a nice dressing on the end. 

So we just completed the job and it turned out really nice and very exquisite.  The client seemed to like it very much.

{Anat}  And just remember, we don’t cover windows, we dress windows.

{Steve}  For more design ideas, visit our website at Galaxy-Design.com.

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