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The woman who helped usher the interior design industry into full flower in the United States was prolific in putting out ideas that will help freshen up today's interior design business. Look at our latest Designer Monthly, Interior Design: Look Forward by Looking Back to Dorothy Draper.

Did you ever have a problem designing small spaces?  Take a look at how top interior designers solved this common problem in our latest Designer Monthly, How to Design Small Spaces at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.





Book Contest: Win the Curtain Bible

Don't know what to do with your windows?  Do they pose problems in size or proportion?  Or are you just bored with the same old window treatment?  Katrin Cargill will offer you new and wonderful solutions in her book, the Curtain Bible.  She'll show you how to make roman shades, valances, sliding panels and more.  Cargill also demonstrates how to add special touches to ordinary curtains like scallops, pleats and fringes. She also provides a list of suppliers for your own window treatment projects. 

Win a Free Copy


To win the book, please leave a comment below letting us know what your favorite window treatment is and why and we’ll select a winner by Monday, July 8th. We’ll contact the winner via email and announce the Curtain Bible book winner next week. Last week's winner of our Interior Transformations book was Lisa from North Carolina.

Reader Comments (13)

My favourite window treatment is the Roman shades because of their clean, simple lines. They are very versatile in colors/prints. Not only that, these shades are also very versatile and give good coverage of your widows from the sun. Since they are easy to maneuver, you can either have some sunlight, no sunlight or lots of sunlight in your room without having to afford style over function. You get both! That is why my favorite window treatment is Roman shades.
July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarley B
I love sheer curtains, because they give me enough privacy, and I still get the sunlight.
July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIlana
I am loving roman blinds right now made from colorful, cheerful fabric.
July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
My favourite window treatment is Classic Bamboo Roman Shades. Roman shades can add simple style and subtle color to any room.
Cargill also demonstrates how to add special touches to ordinary curtains like scallops
Add me to the Roman shades pile! I've been doing an almost no sew version with just looped top and big cord or ribbon tied vertically to hold it at the desired height. They lose some of the easy repositioning of their corded cousins but you now have window treatments you can change with the season, wash easily at home, and make for $30 or $40 instead of the usual budget of a couple hundred (or thousand) dollars for custom.
July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason Hamilton
I love all types of drapery! As a matter of fact I do custom drapes for myself and for several of my friends, and a few clients. I firmly believe that drapes are like icing on a cake. My favorite drapes are panels. I like simplicity and straight lines and I think that sometimes after adding all the accessories and various pieces of furnitures and the various colors and patterns...a long, flowing,simple panel of fabric just seals the deal.
July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia Grandison
My choice would be the promotion of lined drapes which provide energy efficiency in all seasons summer and winter and with the escalating power cost of energy in homes these will save you dollars by keeping your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. The drapes also provide a noise absorption and a greater resale value on your home if selling. Drapes provide a framework in a room and may enhance the existing ambience of a room.
The ease of use add to their value and the drapes may provide a contrast for the room or support the existing decor. The flexibility of drapes and their use cannot be found in any other window treatment. Drapes can be extravagant or simple depending on the style you choose but the choices are numerous which allows you to design to any clients style and decor.
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy Gawthorne
I tend to migrate more towards drapery. I think they have the most versatility in that you can choose different patterns/colors, textures/fabrics, heat/sound/sunlight reducing, etc. They can either transform a room and bring that pop you need in a neutral space, or it could compliment any decor you already have in your home. It can change the aesthetic of a room entirely with the right drapery.
July 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanalyn Francisco
Cargill also demonstrates how to add special touches to ordinary curtains like scallops.
I cannot agreee more!!
July 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergalerii perdele
going to try some of these out this afternnon and try freshen up our ready for next year!
August 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJosh
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October 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjohn
thanks for the information provided , as with an information , we are more familiar with the culture of other people who do not yet know
January 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKubah Masjid

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