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Inspiration: A Designer’s Memory Board

Memory boards tell a story with pictures, letters, colors and themes. It gives a better understanding of someone’s interests, and creates a vibrant focal point in any room, instead of using a plain cork bulletin board. It can celebrate important milestones and showcase an individual’s talents and accomplishments, or it can list daily chores and activities in the household.

I recently came across a blog titled “Living Saavy,” and couldn’t resist posting her idea of using a memory board for her next design project. Fabric samples, paint swatches, sketches, pictures and other accessories give it a clean and organized look, without taking up too much space in the workroom area. Plus, it shows off your creative side. The board is covered with linen fabric and nailheads for a unique touch. You can view the rest of her blog here.

Designer Memory Board. Photo courtesy of Living Saavy


If you want to create a memory board for your next design project, you can see our how-to instructions here. Put your special twist on it!

Our finished memory board!

Cabinet Curtains

Simple curtains can be added to glass front cabinets to hide clutter or as a way to soften and add texture or pattern to the room. Installing inside cabinetry can be a challenge as there is not much room for the hardware to project.  One solution is to use simple barrel style, close-fit brackets with 3/8″ steel rod.

Another option is to use hook and loop tape.  Rowley Company has a wide variety of hook and loop products including sew-on and pressure sensitive. For very tight projections, pressure sensitive adhesive backed hook strip can be attached inside the cabinet and there is also hook strip available that is attached to a rigid plastic strip which can be screwed into the cabinet.  The loop strip is then sewn on to the curtain and pressed to the hook strip.

Light weight materials work best for cabinet curtains and lining isn’t always needed, since light will not shine from behind.  A contrasting color will show off the mullions, or a matching color can be used is you want the curtains to blend in with the cabinetry.

Simple white-on-white curtains cover the bottom half of the cabinet glass.
A bright print fabric adds color to this cabinet.
Sheer material is the perfect choice for cabinet doors.
These cabinets do not have glass, a curtain creates a beautiful texture.  Simple ticking stripe creates a retro feeling. 
Lace create instant cottage charm.
A small pattern on the cabinet curtains compliments the toile drapery and herringbone tile.

An Inspiration: Relaxing by the Ocean

A fringed umbrella created custom designer shade.  Costal Living

The ocean is represented with every shade of blue from robins egg to teal and navy. Southern Living
This pillow from Cottage and Bungalow  is bright and cheerful, even if a little crabby.

Hand painted oyster shell pillows for the deck from Nautical Luxuries
Make any room feel like a beach cottage with simple ticking slipcovers from Nautical Cottage Blog
That’s pretty darned happy!  Cottage and Bungalow

Updated Swag Style

Swags have waned in popularity over recent years but the drape of a swag design is just as appropriate now as in years past if given just a few updates.



This double swag is mounted over a soft cornice.  The shape is reminiscent of a Turban Swag.   The ends fall from the board with a table cloth style drop instead of using a traditional jabot or cascade. Learn how to make this style in the webinar “Simple Swags for Casual Interiors” which is available on our website.

Using sheer to create a more casual swag has become very popular.  A sheer swag can be lined or unlined and is a very light and airy top treatment.  Customize with a light weight trim such as ball fringe or bead fringe.




Ruched Headings

Ruched headings are often used in formal living or dining rooms.  When made from silk fabric ruched panels create a dramatic, ball-gown drapery design like the beautiful examples shown below.
But ruched headings can also be used for valances, shades or shower curtains.
 The shower curtain below features a ruched heading. 

A large ruffle is sewn into the top of the shower curtain.
A tacking gun is used to create the ruching.

Custom Sewing Institute

 Thank you to Custom Sewing Institute for using Rowley products in the classes at CSI Camp March 9-11, 2012.   This years event had a circus theme and was described as the Greatest Hands-On Event on Earth!  The photo above shows attendees with their beautiful headboard samples.  
For more information about CSI events visit

Pillows with Split-Mitered Flange

We love the pillows shown in the May 2012 Issue of Traditional Home Magazine (“On the Line Design” pages 123 -131).  Designer Megan Perry Yorganicioglu uses the simplicity of color blocking and tailored flanges to accent plump knife edge pillows.

The same style of flanged pillow is used for Euro shams in the Master Bedroom.
But did you notice something different?  Take a closer look at the corners of the flanged pillows.  The flange meets in a miter but each piece is separate.  What a great idea!  When the pillow is filled and karate-chopped the flange creates a playful corner, a custom detail worth paying attention to.
How is this done?  The flange is cut in four separate pieces, with angles sewn at each end.  The flange pieces are then fitted to the pillow front. If the fabric is thin fusible stabilizer or interlining can be added but the corners do get bulky where the flange sections meet, so the flanges should not be too thick. 

To achieve the plump look of the pillows shown in the magazine, use a 10/90 or 25/75 down/feather pillow form. 


If you would like to make a Flange Pillow with a Split-Mitered Flange like this one, a free how-to guide is available on our website.



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