Photography captured by Ruda Photography.
When a custom drapery installation turns into a whole-home design, intentional collaboration and couture details make the entire project a work of art. Brenda Baxter, owner and principal designer of Custom Drapery Designs, received a request for draperies in a new Dallas home. During the consultation process, the clients expressed a desire for interior design assistance as well.
With that wish, Stephanie Freeman, CDD’s senior design consultant, hopped right in and began brainstorming and creating alongside Brenda. Their combined expertise resulted in elegant draperies intentionally kept in neutral tones. These intricate window dressings may be showstoppers in themselves; but their primary purpose lies in setting the stage for all the bright colors in furnishings, artwork, decorations and other design details to shine.
The home owners loved the idea of experimenting with color in custom upholstery and rugs. They welcomed bold, modern choices in décor and art as well. Between the clients, who were an absolute joy to work with, and the opportunity for Brenda and Stephanie to join forces in a mighty way, this project quickly climbed the ladder of favorites. And, we get to show two main rooms off to you now!
Architecture and design: a dynamic duo
With a little inspiration from the lovely arched doorways and windows, Stephanie and Brenda reflected the curves in the style of the chairs. They added depth to the design with a stunning cut velvet pattern on the two host chairs. The Robert Allen peacock blues and palm greens of all the chairs stand out against the cream-toned wool rug, as does the smooth espresso table with gold-toned “feet.”
The sideboard pairs perfectly with the table; and the lovely golden geometric accents and nailhead trim highlight the gold in each. These elements join with the modern painting and porcelain vases and bowl in Mediterranean jewel tones against a backdrop of metallic geometric embroidery fabrics and Roman shades. The linen/cotton draperies feature European top pinch pleat headings. This is a dining room worthy of many mealtime memories!
Beauty and brawn: custom installations require attention to details
All the creativity and brilliant planning in the world means nothing if great care and attention doesn’t accompany an installation. CDD employs the most conscientious installers for all the behind-the-scenes tasks. Without them the designs would not reach completion. From climbing precariously high ladders to lifting surprisingly heavy drapery panels and furniture to steaming wrinkles out of fabrics and wearing stylish blue “booties,” this team delivers every single time!
“Installation day was exciting with furniture and rugs moving in and drapery installers standing on ladders! Excitement and energy filled the rooms as each worked on their perspective jobs,” Brenda recalled. “It was great fun to have everyone collaborating multiple aspects which came together with one amazing finish. In the spirit of the day, lunch was provided; and, together, we all picnicked on the back patio, admiring the amazing backyard and White Rock Lake park view.”
Life and style: designs for daily living
This open concept living room and kitchen gave Brenda and Stephanie every designer’s dream—an extensive blank canvas to fill with unique brushstrokes. They certainly succeeded!
From the big picture of maintaining a flow through use of complementing colors in the living room and kitchen, to the details of perfectly pairing accent pillows with furniture, this room reveals new design delights wherever the eye lands. The inviting custom rug from Delos pulls all the color choices together and stands out against the softness of the sheer full-function draperies. Three modern art canvases behind the custom wingback chairs tie the whole home design together as well.
If you’re looking to redesign your entire living space—from the windows in—and want a team who care about the full canvas and each stroke that fills it, contact us today!