Friday, May 29, 2015

Former Housekeeper Turns Designer: Meet Our Jennifer Adams

Designer Jennifer Adams grew up in a small home that she shared with her family of six. Her family struggled to make ends meet. That did not discourage Jennifer. If anything, it instilled a drive that would eventually catapult her to become a successful business entrepreneur.

As a child she had a passion for decor and home furnishings. She loved redecorating her small room, and would make the most of what was available. She would help her mom make furniture, paint and make draperies. Anything to make the home appear nicer, with no money. Eager to take control of her own financial situation she started a maid service in high school to help put her through design school.

Eventually Jennifer launched her award winning Jennifer Adams Design Group with collections worth millions. She has appeared as a design expert on Better Homes & Gardens' "The Better Show" and as a lead designer on HGTV's "My First Place". She has also been featured on Fox & Friends giving great tips on how to maximize your bedroom for sleep from her book, Bedrooms That Inspire: Rest, Relaxation & Romance. All of Jennifer’s beautiful fabric designs are now available at Incorporate her gorgeous fabrics into your home as drapes, valances, roman shades or pillows and create a space you love coming home to.

Jennifer Adams Design Tip: “In the bedroom, the most important element is function. You want the window treatments to reduce the amount of light to ensure a good night’s sleep. It is recommended that the drapes have a blackout lining behind the decorative fabric of the drapes.”

Friday, May 15, 2015

10 Quick Tips from Professional Drapery Designers

It’s easy to get that designer look in your own home with a few quick tips from our Regal Drapes design team. Follow these guidelines to help make your home design project easy!

  • Start by considering the style of the room. Is it living room that you want it to feel casual? Or is your style more formal?
  • Consider function. Do you need to control the light? Do you want to stop that draft or boiling sun? There are various linings that serve different purposes depending on what you need.
  • Get ideas by looking through magazines, online design galleries, TV and movies. See what looks are trending now or what imagery catches your eye.
  • Having a hard time finding what you love? Why not look outside. You can always find inspiration in nature, either with color, texture or design. Bring the outdoors in and frame the view as you would a piece of fine art.
  • Start to pick out 5-10 fabrics that you really love. Order samples to test out what the fabric looks like in different lighting.
  • Create a monochromatic pallet room that can be popped with a bright primary accents and bold statement fabrics.
  • Dark colors can be used in small spaces and can create a dramatic area when combined with high contrast accents and furnishings.
  • However, don’t be afraid to try colors and patterns together - you don't know until you try it. Some of the best combinations come from thinking out of the box.
  • Almost done! Look at the wall with a critical eye. Is there a light switch or a thermostat that could be in the way? Is the window frame deep enough for an inside mounted shade?
  • Overall have fun - don't take it too serious! Perfection can come from the most unlikely mistakes.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Why Buy Custom Drapes?

Custom Drapes emphasize the style of a room.  Even though a room may be furnished with many high-end furnishings and architectural details, without custom drapes, a room may feel cold and unfinished. Custom draperies, valances, and Roman shades bring color and drama to a well-furnished room.

The unique texture and color of these 2 story sheer drapes completely dictate the unique style of this otherwise ordinary apartment loft.

Color? Choose Anything

When you select a custom window treatment you are open to numerous fabrics, therefore unlimited colors and patterns. This large selection will match your furniture and home d├ęcor better than a pre-packaged product. You will have a unique look that no one else will have. 

Add Your Personal Style

Want to create a room that is super formal or super fun?  Pick a print that tells the story. Choosing custom drapes can allow for a person to add additional flare and project the style in the room that they are hoping to achieve. Adding custom borders, valances and custom hardware can all reinforce a particular look.

Go Green & Save Energy

Functioning draperies can add to the energy efficiency of your home by providing thermal control. What good is a living room that feels drafty?  Why not create a space that is cozy and energy efficient.  Lining also protects the drapery fabric and your furnishings from the sun’s harsh rays, extending the life of the draperies and everything in your room.

Built To Operate On Your Window

Your treatment will be custom made for you.  Custom means custom fitting.  If it is designed to block out light, it will. If it is designed to hide an unsightly view of something you doing like inside the room, It will.  If it is designed to obscure the outside view, it can.  If it is designed to be decorative and not operate, it will take up the exact amount of space you design it for.  Stock “off the shelf” drapery treatments often do not operate or fall exactly where you want them.


The quality of the fabric and craftsmanship of a custom drape cannot compare with a packaged, stock drape. Custom drapes are hand finished, and built to last. Your money will not go to waste.