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BOOMER HOME: Should you stay?

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FROM CLOSET TO GRANDKIDS’ NOOK

Debbie Lovette, co-owner of Specialty Drapery, created a special niche for her grandchildren in a second-floor dormer room. She removed the closet doors and installed custom-built trundle beds draped with curtains that close like a tent.

 

SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY

Debbie and Tony Lovette, owners of Specialty Drapery, are making life easier for homeowners and helping them save energy costs with motorized window shades and drapes, as well as smart lighting controls and thermostats that can all be operated remotely through Wi-Fi.

Light and sleep loss

 

Lutron QS Sheer and Blackout Motorized Shade Video

Lutron QS Sheer and Blackout Motorized Shade

Sleep is directly connected to light and dark. Nature intended for us to wake up with the sun, and go to bed at sundown. When sunlight enters our eyes, it causes our body’s melatonin level to drop and increases wakefulness. Darkness causes our melatonin levels to rise and induces sleep. This delays your brain’s release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. Thus, the darker your room is, the more soundly you’ll sleep. Research has demonstrated that nighttime light exposure suppresses the production of melatonin, the major hormone secreted by the pineal gland that controls sleep and wake cycles. Therefore, a reduction in melatonin at night is associated with subjective levels of sleeplessness. But melatonin suppression has far worse consequences than simply poor sleep outcomes: it has also been shown to increase the risk of cancer, impair immune system function, and possibly lead to cardio metabolic consequences such as type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and heart disease. With serious consequences like these, preventing melatonin suppression should be a top priority in anyone’s healthy lifestyle.

At Specialty, we feature many types of room darkening window treatments. Call us to set up an appointment to see how we can help you sleep better.

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The Importance of Drapery Maintenance

Window TreatmentsYou have bought your dream home and then spent a fortune on having it furnished and fitted exactly as you wanted it. Now comes the hard part; the maintenance. In order to truly reap the rewards of all your expensive consumer durables, furniture, upholstery and artwork, you need to maintain them and follow the recommended care instructions for each one of them. Continue reading

Be in Complete Control with Automated Window Treatments

SD Automated ControlThese are technologically enlightened and advanced times. There are gadgets for doing almost everything, and for controlling the few things that cannot be done by machines. Such level of automation makes life easy. Most household items come with an automated remote control, including your garage, not to mention your car. People expect every certain aspect of their lives to be controlled by remote and automated tools. Now there are automated window shades that allow you to just install them and forget about drawing your curtains. Continue reading

What Everyone Needs to Know About Fire Retardant Draperies

Specialty Drapery is known for designing window treatments that meet the TOTAL needs of the homeowner/business owner.  We were recently called to The Doubletree Hotel on West Franklin Street in downtown Richmond to look at some white stains on the draperies in the third floor conference space. First Photo

Originally, a corporate design team from out-of-state designed these soft striped draperies using an inherently fire retardant fabric for the striped part, but using a solid cotton fabric for the decorative band along the bottom edge.  To meet fire codes that are in place for consumer safety, a topical fire retardant chemical was applied to the solid cotton band along the bottom. Continue reading

Prepare Your Home for the Summer With Some Tips from Us

The long winter is finally over and the sun’s out. Summer has arrived! You’ve probably been ready for the summer for months, but is your home ready? Here are a few tips on getting your home summer ready.

Get your Home Summer Ready

Master bedroom with circular windowMuch like you can slip on shades for your eyes, you can opt for shades for your windows, to prevent glare and UV rays. There are several options for window treatments. Solar shades, wooden blinds, cellular shades and plantation shutters are just a few of the styles in which you can choose from. These window treatments will let the sun in but keep the heat out. Wooden blinds are very flexible throughout the summer. Their slats can be adjusted to control light and ventilation. Plantation shutters offer the same benefit. Solar shades not only offer protection from the heat and fading but also allow you to maintain visibility out of your window when the shade is down. With the right amount of sunlight entering your home, your cooling costs could be reduced during the summer months. Your new summer window treatments need to be functional but also look great and complement your home. If you need assistance with styles and materials, Specialty Drapery can help you. Continue reading

Fun Craft Tips for Old Window Treatments/Shutters

bigstock-Old-woody-window-isolated-on-w-26478512Coming up with creative and innovative window treatments ideas is a challenging task even for people who love to decorate. There are literally tons of non-traditional and creative tips and options that can make the most of whatever window treatments that you have and impart to your windows a million-dollar look on a surprisingly lean budget. Have you ever seriously given thought to recycling your old items? Perhaps you inherited miles upon miles of lace tablecloth that have seen better days and are no longer as white as they used to be. You can still get more mileage out of these fabrics by converting them to interesting antique window treatments. All you need to achieve this magical transformation is a handy sewing machine and plenty of spare time and you will turn your dull tablecloths into artistic window curtain panels. You are of course free to add any frills you desire so long as they don’t impede the function of the window curtains. Continue reading