Difficult Fabrics – Silk Velvet Banding on Drapery Lead Edge

The difficult fabrics narrow band looks beautiful.

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. […]

Fabric Check-In Process

Fabric and hardware

Fabric arriving at Designs by Donna is checked in and inspected as soon as it arrives.  Doing so may avoid delays with the project if any flaws, inconsistencies in the repeat, or wrong yardage amounts are found upon inspection.  And the same is true for drapery hardware received. There are a few things for you to check when your […]

Patchwork chair seats – the challenges, fun, & following my gut.

Patchwork chair seats

Patchwork chair seats and following your gut.  You may be wondering how these can possibly be related.  Well, really, they aren’t.  Except that because I followed my gut I created these one of a kind chair seats for the sample room here at Designs by Donna.  And I really like them much better than my original […]

A Pedestal Sink Skirt Adds Storage In A Powder Room

Pedestal sink skirt

A pedestal sink skirt was made for a pedestal sink in a client’s powder room.  Not only is this skirt beautiful, it is functional as well as it adds storage underneath the skirt.   The challenge for me was figuring out how to adhere the pedestal sink skirt to the pedestal sink itself.  Simply adding […]

Problem Solving Is One Of Our Specialties – Swing Door Top Treatment Kit

The final outcome of a bay window using the Swing Door Top Treatment Kit.

I love it when a designer tells me I’m a genius!  That is what designer Deborah Hebert and her client said after hearing I would be able to provide hobbled roman shades valances for the bay window in a breakfast room.  The problem, they thought, was the door on the right side which opens into […]