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Service offers house calls for dirty drapes

IADORE draperies. When they're designed well they function as light control, temperature control, and they give unmistakably beautiful ambiance to a room.

But what do you do when those beautiful draperies need cleaning? Usually draperies of good quality only need vacuuming with the soft brush attachment of your vacuum. But if your draperies are hung in the top window of a 16-foot wall like many are, they are difficult to reach and may be dangerous to execute. Some window treatments have been soiled by accident.

Gaining privacy with Shutterflex window screens

Gaining privacy without feeling like you're in a maximum security cell is a mission in itself, but when you also have to factor in environmentally sustainable design processes, it can leave you scratching your head.

Shutterflex has been an innovator in window screens, shutters and louvers for over 20 years, and is dedicated to providing a wide range of quality privacy and security products.

CURTAINS, CURTAINS, CURTAINS

Draperies and curtains play an integral part of the Christmas tradition for most TT women. For some people, without a new set of curtains, their Christmas is dull and drab. Some don't even feel the Christmas spirit unless they have their curtains readily prepared and according to one woman, curtain first and ham last. Some women wait until the clock strikes 12.00 on Christmas morning before adorning their homes with curtains.

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She custom-built a dream

Toronto architect and interior designer Dee Dee Hannah was driving through her Forest Hill neighbourhood a few years back when something caught her eye and twigged her imagination.

What she saw was a teardown on a 75-foot-wide lot. But what she promptly envisioned was an 8,000-square-foot, two-storey house in yellow-buff brick and limestone with a full basement walkout.

Tips for saving money, helping the environment

Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed. Set your ceiling fans to turn in the clockwise direction to help efficiently distribute warm air throughout your room. Keep draperies and shades on your south facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill. Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment.
 

Designer Sheila Bridges, Changing The Face of Toile

By Liz Seymour Washington Post Staff Writer

It doesn't get any more traditional than toile. First lavished on bedding and draperies in 18th-century France on the brink of revolution, the printed fabric is known for pastoral scenes of shepherds and shepherdesses on swings, with milk pails and courting on a garden bench. Always and invariably, they are white.

Flash forward to a 21st-century update: couples dancing with a boom box nearby, girls doing double Dutch jump-rope and a trio playing basketball. And, for once, they are black.

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