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How to Dress Custom Drapes for Tall Windows

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In our latest YouTube video, Steve and Anat show you the best way to dress up a tall living room window with swags, panels and crystal drapery hardware.

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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:

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.
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Window Dressing Ideas – Window Shades and Honeycomb Blinds in Ladera Ranch, CA

Window Dressing IdeasWindow Shades and Honeycomb Blinds in Ladera Ranch, CA. Visit our site for more exquisite custom drapery ideas and 25% off with promo code CL01:

Ideas featured in this video:

– Window dressing ideas
– honeycomb shades
– honeycomb window shades
– honeycomb cellular shades
– window coverings
– honeycomb blinds
– cellular shades
– cellular blinds
– room darkening shades
– room darkening blinds
– window shades

{Mallie} So welcome back to another episode of Galaxy-Design’s innovative design series. We are here today in Ladera Ranch.

{Steve} Yes, Daphne came into our showroom last week and she brought some pictures with her. She said she had some window treatments up and she wants to keep most of them, however she wants to take some of the window coverings out and bring it up to date.

Our goal is to go in and find out what we can do to take this place and bring it up to date and also enhance the quality of her life today.

Good to see you again. This is Mallie. Mallie is a co-designer and realtor and she will be assisting us today.

{Mallie} Your house is beautiful. I love the high ceilings. I see that what you’ve done is already beautiful as it is but tell me in your own words what you envision it to look like after we are done.
Do you want it to be elegant, soft, modern, give me a feel for what you want.

{Mrs. Turner} Well I’m going for a softer look. More of a straight line. The room is formal but not so I am kind of wanting to take the formality out of the room and make it dressy but casual. And more intimate.

{Mallie} Sounds good. And how do you feel? Are you aligned with that? Are you on the same page?
{Mr. Turner} I’m slowly getting there.

{Mrs. Turner} I like the cloud.

{Mallie} Yeah, I think it is really soft. And it’s not outstandingly white where it’s so bright.

{Steve} I like this one, I think it’s kind of clean. Sounds like we might have found something.

{Mrs. Turner} I like what you’ve found.

{Steve} OK, so we are going to take off the top of the window treatment and go ahead and take all of this stuff down. All this stuff is going to come down. We are going to take all of the drapes down, the shears, really bring the place up to date and spruce it up.

And I think that is a good move. We can start with this and we will leave that top part because that will bring the light into the room.

{Mrs. Turner} Yes, I think that’s going to be great.

{Mallie} So we are back at Daphne’s house and we put up the blinds about a week ago and she liked it a lot. She likes more of an airy feeling to the home more of an open feeling. Andrew on the other hand…

{Steve} He’s much more traditional. He likes things more orderly and a little bit more covered up so the plan is to go ahead and see what we can do to meet up between them and see if we can get them to agree on one design.

{Mrs. Turner} I like the open clean look.

{Mallie} I think if you put some light shears it will do both. It will still be light and airy in here, you will still have light and you will cover it up.

{Mr. Turner} Can you get something like a brushed aluminum or a rose that captures that and plays into this design?

{Steve} Daphne likes this. So this looks good against the blue as well and against that silver it would look really nice and it will stand out.

{Mallie} So Daphne, we started off in your living room and now we ended up in your family room. You decided to choose this room because it was a little easier to work on.

We started off with the valance boxes, the big blue boxes and the heavy, heavy curtains here and in your kitchen. Which is more of Andrew’s style. It is more extravagant more traditional style and you are definitely more of a calm subtle really collected style. You like straight lines on everything.

So you guys actually had differences but you did come to a conclusion. You went with the simple silver drapery hardware and some simple curtain swags that really brought out the design of the room.
How did you come to that conclusion?

{Mrs. Turner} What we learned was that we didn’t have as much in common as far as our décor tastes as we thought we did. So we decided that we would meet in the middle of the road. He would get some fabric and I would get my blinds and we would be fine.

{Steve} How was the experience for you from the beginning to the end?

{Mrs. Turner} It was good. It started out a little challenging like I said when I realized our tastes were different I became a little nervous because I had everything taken off of the windows and I was a little shell shocked. Actually Andrew was a little more shell shocked than I was.

But the way you guys came in and coached us and held us by our hand and you assured us that you would not leave us until we were satisfied. From the beginning to the end it was quite an experience. I would not recommend anyone doing this on their own.

{Steve} You know, the room actually looks phenomenal.

{Mrs. Turner} Yes it does and it really did soften it up and add some character to it. The way I had it was a little bare. So it added some character to it now.

{Steve} So what would you recommend?

{Mrs. Turner} Making sure you have a reputable consultant that has passion about what they do so they can guide you through the process. Otherwise we could have been fighting if it hadn’t been for you guys. So you guys kind of kept the peace.

{Mallie} I really appreciate you allowing us to come to that final decision that you and Andrew agreed on and you really allowed us to fulfil on our mission which is to enhance the quality of life.

{Mrs. Turner} You guys have done that. I can honestly say that. You guys were great to work with.

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