For a charming escape to Paris, without the hassle of passports and jet lag, I highly recommend stopping by La Bergamote in Chelsea.
Upon walking into this quaint little patisserie, located at 177 9th Avenue, the first thing you notice is a giant glass display case filled with a variety of Parisene delicacies- golden, flaky croissants, glossy fruit tarts, light macarons, and a variety of gateaux that look too pretty to eat.
Francophiles will not only appreciate the food, but also the café-inspired decor, like the hand-painted mural, framed photos, and french country counter.
Horizon recently added Phifer SheerWeave roller shades to the windows at La Bergamot. The vinyl-coated fiberglass weave will diffuse natural light and manage heat and light from the sun, so the patisserie will be filled with a soft light that perfectly complements its french aura.
Multiple layered window treatments provide numerous benefits. You will save more energy easily. You even get to block out the light better, so that you can enjoy a peaceful, dark room when the mood fits. Although having a sweeping sheer drape can be nice from time to time, investing in shutters or blackout shades or other types of products can work well to give you warmth and added comfort. In addition, it creates a complete framing of the window. You get as much privacy as you want to have with this multiple layered look.
There are several options available to you. For example, you can invest in a solar shade, which is designed specifically to block out the light and to reduce the amount of heat that passes from the sun through the window of your home. That is a great option during the summer months when you want there to be less heat streaming in the windows.
You could work with roman shades that are on the top and side panels for each of the sides of the window, as well. Yet another solution is to use shutters at the bottom of the window itself. That will give you more privacy especially if you are located on the ground floor. Try a roman or balloon shade at the top of the window if you are interested in softening the look of the room and you want to have a complete framing of the window. This too gives you the added privacy that you are after.
As you can see, there are many possibilities to combine and many benefits when you choose a multiple layered window treatment instead of just a single one. Keep in mind that you can mix and match window treatments like this to get the look that you want and the privacy or energy efficiency you are after.
Drapability, a word not commonly found in the dictionary, describes just how well a fabric is able to drape or hang and fold. What you may not realize is that fabrics are able to drape in different ways and this is particularly important for anyone who is choosing drapes for an area of their home. If you were to select polyester and cotton blends to be used on your sofa, for example, or even leather, you would not have a problem getting these materials to fit well around the predefined shapes. However, if you try to drape them from a valance you could struggle to get anything that looks natural and flowing. There are solutions, though, such as thinner fabrics, using linens or even turning to silks.
Choosing the Right Drape Material
By taking the time to choose the right draping material, your window treatments will look just like you want them to. These tips will help.
Thinner fabrics tend to drape better as they are less restrictive in their structure.
Silk is one of the best choices for long, flowing drapes.
Linen also drapes well and it has been in use for years because of this ability.
Polyester does drape well, when properly cut and hung.
If you are unsure of how well a material will drape, pick it up and hold it above your head, allowing it to stream down your arm. This gives you an indication of just how well it folds or wraps. It takes only minutes to see what the drapability of any fabric is. Investing in the right type of material for the space completes the look, giving it an effective drape that helps the window treatments to work in the space. Before you buy drapes, consider the fabric and whether or not it is drapable in a way that enhances your space.