Woven Woods and Drapery
designer and workroom Zahava Schwartz, Clear Eye Imp; Paramus, NJ, created this guest-bedrorup ‘window treatment for a client who “is very detail oriented, and yet whose home has a relaxed, French Country personality. A limiting factor in creating these treatments was that the client asked Schwartz to use a selection of fabrics that she had already purchased.
“In order to provide privacy and keep the relaxed, country look of the room, I used easy-to-operate woven woods under the drapery panels,” says Schwartz. “The woven woods were inside-mounted, expos-ing the window trim as much as possible.
” The drapery panels are made from four different fabrics, “combined to enhance the relaxed, French Country look with a little finesse.” The front of the panel is made from a large floral-leaf motif fabric, while the back of the drapery is in a contrast fabric with a small floral design. On the center edge of the panel the band was made with a striped fabric that was cut on the bias. In the seam combining the band to the face of the fabric, there is a welt made of a plain fabric. “In order to create a unique look, at the top of the drapery I made flat pleats facing the outside and decorated them with buttons of the contrast fabric,” says Schwartz. “The panels were pulled back in an untraditional way, showing the contrast fabric of the back.
” The natural look of the woven-wood shade, the contrasting white window frame, the complex panel fabrication, and case of use for the guest filled all or the client’s requests for this treatment. As Schwartz describes it, she balanced the client’s needs for “detailed perfection and simplicity” WF