May 2017 Show house – Alnwick Hall

May is always show house month. A grand estate or historic home and property that is generally in a distressed state is chosen to be redecorated and restored to its previous grandeur by interior designers who bid for the chance to do a room.  This year the “Mansion in May” in New Jersey was Alnwick Hall – the Abbey at Morris Township and there were 41 interior spaces plus several garden areas.  So many were so beautiful, it was hard to pick a favorite.  The ceilings, too, were jaw-dropping!  What do you think?

 

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Biltmore Estate in all its Grandeur

We recently visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, which has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I was not disappointed. I especially love seeing all the fabrics and window treatments of the rich and famous from that era of long ago. The ceilings are also a work of art in many of the rooms, as seen here. The first photo is of the grand dining room. Here are a few photos of some of the treatments.

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Stay Warm this Winter

ArchitAs we brave the winter chills, are you feeling drafts through your windows? Did you know that up to 50% of your heat can be lost through your windows? Before you lose any more heat, why not consider some energy-efficient window treatments?

Hunter Douglas duette honeycomb shades are cellular shades that trap air in the cells to keep your home warmer in the cold weather and cooler when it’s warm outside. Duette architella shades are also cellular but with an extra layer which provides even more insulation.

Fabric roman shades are another treatment that will protect your room from the bitter cold. Roman shades are lined, and adding an extra interlining will keep the cold out. With roman shades, you have the choice of many different styles, and an almost endless selection of fabrics.

Draperies are yet another option, which can be custom-fit with your dimensions and extra linings.

Stay warm this winter – the groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter, which is no surprise to those of us in the Northeast!

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