A master class in window treatments from three Summer show houses

Now that Summer is behind us and the kids are back at school I have been getting phone calls from new clients wanting to get their home ready for the upcoming holidays. The number one thing on their wish lists are new window treatments. Having just returned from visiting three different show houses I have to say, window treatments are taking on a main role in decorating. No more wimpy thin drapery panels that I remember from some of the show houses even just a few years back. Instead, I saw room after room of full luxurious panels and roman shades and the one thing they all had in common was some kind of embellishment. 

The Coastal Living Idea House  that I blogged about HERE was designed by Mark Sikes and although I loved his use of blue of white and the many layering of patterns, my favorite design element in the home were his window treatments.

blue drapery with leading edge trim

Linda Holt Photo

Gorgeous wide trim on the leading edge was on every panel and most had top banding or trim as well.

Roman shades with trim

Mark Sikes: Linda Holt Photo

Sikes also layered his windows with natural fiber shades which added texture but also helps protect the fabric from the harsh sun.

blue and white floral drapes

Mark Sikes: Linda Holt Photo

Luxurious pattern matched blue and white panels had trim along the top that coordinated with fabric trim running under the molding. The home has so many amazing details like this in every room. Speaking of details, Sikes even covered his drapery pull wand with matching fabric. Now that is something you don’t see very often…if ever!

fabric covered drapery pull

Mark Sikes:Linda Holt Photo

Natural fiber shades and a wide band of decorative trim added to the charm.

drapery panel with trim

Mark Sikes: Linda Holt Photo

Last week I visited the Hampton Designer Show House and this year there were two homes to tour. Each was very different in look and feel but the one commonality were statement window treatments in every room. Even the bathrooms were adorned with statement drapes!

Linda Holt Photo

Unless you are looking at the above photo on a large screen you won’t be able to see but pink pompom trim runs down the leading edge of the panels.

These sweet roman shades were trimmed with little crystal beads. They were so pretty glistening in the sunlight.

roman shades with crystal trim

Linda Holt Photo

I love the way these shears mimicked the lines of the layered custom molding that was throughout the home.

White shears with black trim

Linda Holt Photo

Eddie Ross trimmed the Roman shades in his room with a contrasting nail head tape.

Roman shades with nail head trim

Eddie Ross design: Linda Holt Photo

Rather than a sewn on tape, these panels in Rajni Alex’s room had a geometric design embroidered directly onto the edge of the fabric. (notice the rug is also embellished on the banding cloth).

orange drapes with embroidery edge

Rajni Alex Design:Linda Holt Photo

When you add trim to a drapery panel you need to decide where it should be placed. Some designers like to put it right at the leading edge of the fabric but others prefer it inset a few inches like this drape below.

winow panels with decorative trim

Linda Holt Photo

I did notice that Mark Sikes placed his trims right at the leading edge of the fabric on all his panels.

patterned drapes with decorative trim

Mark Sikes design:Linda Holt Photo

The one thing I should point out is that these beautiful trims and tapes add considerably to the cost of the drapery. In some cases the trim is even more expensive than the fabric. It does make for a beautiful statement piece in the room though and often times that makes it all worth it.

Lastly, I want to share one more trend with you that I have been seeing in both magazines and spotted at all three show houses I visited. The table skirt is back!!

blue and white table skirt

Mark Sikes:Linda Holt Photo

The one above was in a bedroom at the Coastal Living Idea House and the one below is from the Hampton Show House.

table skirt

Linda Holt Photo

I had this exact same style of table skirt in my own home back in the early 90’s. It’s a great way to add some color and pattern and also doubles as storage underneath. One thing I will leave you with is that sparse rooms and minimalism seems to be on the way out and layered rooms with “more is more” is making a comeback.

After just having downsized and donating 70% of our belongings I am very conflicted about this trend. Personally, I am loving me new very edited small living….however those window treatments are beyond beautiful!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on embellished window treatments but also what do you think about table skirts making a comeback? Do you like the more is more look?





17 Responses to A master class in window treatments from three Summer show houses
  1. Debra Reply

    Linda, please don’t let it be true minimalism is on the way out and table skirts back in! Less is definitely better than more in my book and although more adds charm and texture there’s just something freeing about less! Remember how good it felt to have less when we downsized? 🙂 The challenge is how to add charm and texture with balance and style while being cost effective. Fun though to see the embellished window treatments – creativity at work is always worthy of recognition. Thanks for sharing!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Hi Debra, now that I’ve downsized I have found living with less is definitely the way to go but living with things of quality that I truly love and use is my new way of decorating. Getting rid of 70% of our belongings has made me a minimalist but having a few decorative items of beauty and quality makes our little apartment feel like a home.

  2. Debra Reply

    Welcome, Minimalist! You’ve stated it well – a”few” decorative quality items that delight is all that’s needed and I suppose if a pretty table skirt adds pleasure then it merits a come back.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Amen to that!!

  3. Linda Pakravan Reply

    I like more is more when it is well edited/curated. So glad to see a return of layered and embellished windows.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      yes, I agree Linda, It’s all about the editing!

  4. Nitza Shawriyeh Reply

    Yes, Linda Holt less is more but like you say with things you love and things of quality, even a tableskirt. When it’s well done and not over the top, it can be quite effective. I love beautiful details on a window treatment. If done well and with the right materials, they are timeless!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Hi Nitza, Yes, I agree the secret to living a life of more is more is all about careful layering and ruthless editing.

  5. Allyson Paris Reply

    Hi Linda, I have noticed when seeing the photos of a show house I have visited that the rooms that seem over-the-top and perhaps even cluttered in person, photograph the best. It may be easier to live with a slightly more refined and curated decor, but for photos, more is more!
    Love the trims on Mark Sikes work, and especially the banding all around – they look so “finished.” As for the table skirts, I have a feeling my eye will change – but right now they look dated. Definitely more at home in a summer/weekend house.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Hi Allyson, yes, sometimes I think the more sparsely decorated roms look sterile and cold. Although I abhor clutter I do like a well edited but layered room. Maybe that is the perfect balance. As far as the table skirt, I’m with you. Right now my first thought is they look dated. A few months from now, who knows!

  6. Darla Powell Reply

    Wow. Such attention to detail! That’s a lot of work, lol. I love the bathroom and the pom poms. Not a big fan of the table skirt. That can go back in its little time machine. Very informative post.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Darla, the details were like nothing I have ever seen. Every room was filled with thoughtful little details.

  7. Mary Etta McCurdy Reply

    Yay for table skirts making a comeback. I love the layers of fabrics and definitely the embellished draperies. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Hi Mary, From the comments on this blog I guess you either love them or hate them. No mixed feelings on the table skirt comeback!

  8. Sharon Shearer Reply

    Linda, I went to the Hampton’s Showhouse also and this room by The Mine was my favorite, Its true, rooms with more in them look better photographed and this was truly a happy room. I loved it.
    I was hoping you could share some of the styles of the drapes, the first ones you posted are what style of pleat, Triple? Inverted? I love drapes and the table clothed table.. I took a picture of the same table..because it reminded me of all the tableclothed tables I had at one time, and now they’re Ok again.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Hi Sharon, yes, that room by Eddie Ross was one of my favorite rooms as well. Also, in answer to your question about the pleats, Sikes used Euro Pleats throughout the house. Sometimes they are referred to as French pleats but I know them as Euro pleats.

  9. sharon Reply

    Linda, I love everything! I would do this in my 1850’s home. For the warmth, and, the beautiful colors! Thanks for posting this. You’ve inspired me!

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