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spring is in the air

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

After a particularly tough winter here in New England, I don’t think I’m the only one who is READY FOR SPRING!   Give me sunshine!  Give me flowers!  Give me color!  Give me pleasant weather and cute sandals and iced coffee and spring cleaning!  Really?!  Spring cleaning?  You betcha.  I am ready to sweep away this filthy winter and make room for the inevitable mud and bugs of spring.

So what is on your To Do list ?  Here are a few springtime suggestions to consider:

Check for damage – how did your deck, siding, and roof fair the winter?  The endless onslaught of snow required many homes to have their roofs shoveled, possibly damaging shingles in the process.  Be sure to repair these areas sooner rather than later.

Wash your windows and treatments – let’s face it, washing windows is not what most consider to be a good time.  But it’s worth it!  Partner up and check it off the list – you will be glad you did :)  Take a moment to wash/vacuum your treatments too.

Declutter - I’m not sure any household is completely immune to stuff building up, falling where it may, quietly creating chaos in our lives.  Spring is an awesome time to tackle all that STUFF.  Trash, recycle, donate – you know the deal.  If it’s a keeper, put it where it belongs.   Overwhelmed?  Break it into baby steps by starting with just one closet, or set a timer to see what you can accomplish in an hour.

Add a splash of color – sometime around January I noticed that I was absolutely CRAVING color, but the answer doesn’t have to be paint.  A splash of color can come with an accent pillow on your living room sofa, a new hand towel in the bathroom, a flowering plant for your kitchen window, or a happy wreath to hang on your door.

Thanks so much for tuning in.  Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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thoughtful layering

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Window treatment is a term to describe how one decorates or covers their window.  The image of a curtain or some piece of fabric hung above or around a window may have come to mind for many of you.  Not only will I select ready-made curtains for my budget conscious clients, but I design custom treatments as well.

Window treatment can also refer to shades, blinds, shutters and the like.  Often times it is the thoughtful combination or layering of both types of treatments that create the best solutions.

That being said, I am very pleased to share that I am now a dealer of Graber window treatments!  While Graber may not have the name recognition of  Hunter Douglas, they provide quality options at reasonable prices.  This will allow me to serve my clients thoroughly and efficiently.

Have you noticed a drafty room in your home or office?  Now is the perfect time to dress your windows for the cooler weather.  Call or write today!

staying warm

Monday, October 7th, 2013

When we bought the house this summer, I already couldn’t wait for fall.  The thought of colorful leaves, festive pumpkins, and wonderful baked goods were highly exciting.  With October now upon us and a batch of apple crisp under my belt (literally), my focus has shifted to a more responsible viewpoint:  staying warm this winter.

Window treatments are an excellent way to improve the energy efficiency of your home.  I consider mine as an investment that will compliment years of pellets my husband will stockpile in our basement.  But the benefits don’t stop there!  Great treatments add privacy – especially valuable with the shorter days and longer nights of winter.  As an added bonus, updating window treatments can also be a great way to bring new life to a tired room.  With the holidays quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to get your home ready to impress impending guests.   

If you are looking to update the treatments in your home or office, please don’t hesitate to call.  I’d love to help you stay warm and fashionable this holiday season.

Finally, before I go, here is a tip I must share.  Window treatments are like dress shirts – they need to be ironed.  Messy, wrinkled, sloppy curtains look bad.  The creases from when you took them out of the package are not a design characteristic that was meant to be preserved.  Please iron your curtains people!


A new view

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

One of the things I love about interior design is the variety of ways that I get to help people.  From color and lighting to flooring and furniture, my job encompasses a great deal for both home and office.  One service I don’t often mention is window treatments.   Whether you are looking for ready-made or customized solutions, I can help.   Of course there are countless scenarios for wanting or needing new window treatments, but here are just a few:

Ugly or naked windows.  I help my clients appropriately dress their windows, functionally as well as fashionably.   Windows may be left naked because of a challenging style or shape.  Sliding glass doors, French doors, bay windows, cathedral windows, Palladium windows, triple hung windows, or corner windows would all fall under this category.  Another explanation for naked or outdated treatments in that the homeowner may simply be at  a loss for a solution.  This is the perfect time to call in for extra support and advice.

The custom treatment.  Some people simply love to have unique, personalized things.  Nothing wrong with that!  I provide custom design solutions and one of a kind creations as well the flexibility from shopping at home.  With an extensive fabric library, my clients are able to touch and feel materials in person.  Custom treatments allow for the freedom and creativity to design with every individual in mind.

Efficiency and control.  In addition to being pretty, window treatments are an easy way to help insulate your home or office in the winter and keep you cool in the summer.  Another primary function of window treatments is light control.  Whether you need to diffuse direct sunlight, reduce glare on your TV or computer screen, or block that pesky street lamp from outside your bedroom window, treatments are the trick.  Light control would also include room darkening options for those who work late shifts.

So regardless of your why, at least you know who.  Lavender & Lotus Interior Design is the place to call for help with windows.



Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

There are some qualities to a house that really make you just fall in love with it.  Windowseats do that to me for sure.  Check out these fantastic snuggle-up-with-a-book-or-maybe-just-daydream places.




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Style wise

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

When it comes to Art Deco, the word GLAMOUR says it all.   A middle ground for modernism, Art Deco was geometric, streamlined, super sleek and sexy.  This style occurred during the financial boom of the 20s-30s, but was short lived because of WWII.  Examples of Art Deco architecture include the Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and hotels in NYC as well as Miami.  

Characteristics of Art Deco include:  rounded silouettes, glossy exotic woods, sunbursts, chevrons, zigzags, shiny metals, mirrored furniture, bling, bling, and more bling.  Think Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  Think flapper girls.  Think King Kong.  Think the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz.           



I have a confession…

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

… I love to watch British television and movies.  Don’t judge!  There is something wonderful about their accents, the landscape, and the charming villages with cobblestone streets.  I find myself engrossed in studying the architecture, trying to understand the way they think, dress and decorate their homes.  Perhaps it is simply the cumulative experience of witnessing something unknown and exotic that is so fascinating to me.   

At any rate, this weekend I watched the critically acclaimed “The King’s Speech.”  Very good!  But what may have stolen the show for me was the Therapy Room.  The walls, the fireplace, the windows – amazing!!! 




Color… as promised

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Hello again!  I’m having such a great time with these colorful posts – hopefully you are enjoying them as well.  Next in our series is what I would refer to as Blue-Green or Turquoise.  

Although Pantone may have coined their “Turquoise” as Color of the Year for 2010,  I wouldn’t consider Blue-Green to be out of fashion.  After all Blue-Green encompasses a wide range of colors.  For example,  ”Quarry” is a hot color trend for Fall 2011.

Maybe it’s the soul of summer, but Blue-Green (or Turquoise) is really speaking to me.  :)




Color… as promised

Monday, April 4th, 2011

In what will be an exciting series dedicated to color, I have decided to start you off with one of my absolute favorites:  Green

Green is known to represent hope, growth, luck, nature, fertility, rebirth, peace, balance, luxury, prosperity, vitality, abundance, and more.  From yellow-green to blue-green, there are more variations of green than any other color in the world.  Green has become associated with environmentalism, and is considered to be Nature’s perfect neutral.  Enjoy!




Friday, April 30th, 2010

I need to tell you about a serious problem – a problem that has plagued homes and offices across the State.  Side effects may include nausea, indigestion, anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, insomnia, or increase in blood pressure.  Similar to the symptoms of ugly wallpaper, I’m referring to…


Aside from the obvious fact that they are ugly, window treatments in need of replacing may have been damaged from a climbing cat, faded from direct sunlight, or reflect the style of decades past.  I can help homeowners with custom designed window treatments, as well as with selection of ready-made alternatives.  What do YOUR windows look like?

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