Interior Design

I cut up my son’s high school letterman jacket and turned it into an upholstered chair.

If you have grown children, you know they leave some things behind when they move into their new places, right?  Trophies, books, papers, and clothing like letterman jackets.  Sound familiar?  I bet it does!  And what do you do with all this stuff? Here's what I did with our son, Justin's Cross Country High School [...]

It’s been an eventful 2017 at Designs by Donna!

I hope your year has been a good one too and that 2018 brings you good health and much joy! At Designs by Donna my mission is: To use my passion, gifts, and abilities to bring joy and beauty into the lives of others through exquisite design, teaching, and sharing.

Difficult Fabrics – Silk Velvet Banding on Drapery Lead Edge

Working with difficult fabrics can be challenging and stressful unless you first determine your course of action.  This is the second edition of working with difficult fabrics.  I'll show you how I used upholstery weight silk velvet to make  narrow bands on  silk taffeta panels.  Now these are two fabrics that couldn't be more incompatible. [...]

Pattern Drafting For Custom Window Valances

Every custom made window treatment is just that - custom.   There is no such thing as a 'standard' window whether it be a single, double, or even triple window.   Each window has a different measurement.  That is why, at Designs by Donna, we draft a full size pattern for each of the window valances we [...]

Tableaux Faux Wrought Iron

Tableaux faux wrought iron is a customizable, light weight interior design and window treatment product.   Tableaux® provides the look and feel of wrought iron without the weight or cost. This Tableaux design has been customized to fit each of the opening sizes. The Tableaux used here is carved on both sides so it is [...]