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.
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. […]
If there’s one thing I’ve figured out from teaching it’s that each person has a different way of learning. Some prefer reading to learn a new technique. Others prefer hands on in order to learn to do something. And still others want to watch the instructor give a demonstration and explain how to do something. […]
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 […]
Mistakes. We all make them, don’t we? Well, I know I do. Some are big and some are small. But I’ve found one thing to be true. It’s what we do after we make a mistake that turns it into either a success or a failure. Here’s how I turned a big, expensive mistake into a […]
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 […]
The first set of Ripplefold draperies I made was probably about twenty years ago. It was wall to wall and floor to ceiling and it was a cranberry, textured cotton fabric. Yup, it’s true, I remember the exact color and texture! Oh, and it was made using blackout lining. And twenty years ago blackout linings […]
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 […]
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 […]
Thanks to Sally Augustin,Houzz contributor and owner of Design With Science, for this great article on great scents to use in your home. 9 Smells You Actually Want in Your Home. Check out my page on Houzz for more ideas on how to use custom window treatments and soft furnishings in your home.