Resources

We recommend the following books for inspiration and information on a variety of window treatment styles and techniques:

AUTHORS: Charles Randall | Karla Nielson | Ann Johnson | Other

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Books from Charles Randall, Inc.:

The Window Decorating Book by Charles Randall and Kathleen StoehrThe Window Decorating Book by Kathleen S. Stoehr and Charles T. Randall

Coming soon! “An exceptional guide to window coverings featuring more than 800 photographs and illustrations, The Window Decorating Book is both unique and compelling in covering the scope of window products available on the market today. You will be encouraged to explore and consider all of your options, including sections on specifications and fabric quantities, should you wish to do so. The Window Decorating Book not only provides an inspiring visual catalog of ways to use draperies, blinds, shades, and shutters maginatively, but also delves into the details; providing vital information on the pros and cons of various products, and how to choose fabrics and treatments that create the right atmosphere for any room of the house.”

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The Complete Home Decorating Idea Book by Kathleen StoehrThe Complete Home Decorating Idea Book by Kathleen S. Stoehr

“The Complete Home Decorating Idea Book focuses on vertical and horizontal surfaces by examining not only windows, walls and floors but also celebrates the fifth wall-ceilings! Readers will discover the clever possibilities for treating surfaces of all kinds with paint, wallpaper, tile, stone, fabric and more. A book unabashedly low on copy and high on brilliant four color photography, trend expert Kathleen Stoehr (author of the already published Dream Windows and Dream Floors books) developed a unique concept to attract thousands of buyers to this all-encompassing book. Thousands of photographs, consecutively numbered for convenient reference, allow users to easily note potential colors, designs and interiors that appeal.”

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Books from Karla J. Nielson:

Window Treatments by Karla J NielsonWindow Treatments by Karla J. Nielson

“The task of selecting an appropriate window treatment for a particular window in a particular setting can be at once challenging and enjoyable-challenging because of the many factors to be considered (interior window requirements such as light, view, ventilation, safety, wall space, furniture arrangement, solar gain, and energy conservation may play an equal bill to site factors such as climate, orientation, prevailing breezes, architectural style, and setting or location); enjoyable because, when most or all of these factors and requirements are met, the window can truly be used to the best advantage, and the result can produce great satisfaction.” (excerpt)

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Interior Textiles - Fabrics, Application and Historic Style by Karla J. NielsonInterior Textiles: Fabrics, Application, and Historic Style by Karla J. Nielson

When it comes to both the technical and aesthetic considerations of using textiles in interior design, this book gives working professionals what they need to know. You’ll receive expert guidance to the process of textile specifications, selection, installation and maintenance, as well as an understanding of the properties of fabric types and a historical context of styles. Sustainable design and code issues are also considered. More than 500 illustrations and photographs elucidate key ideas. This survey of textiles for interior design is divided into three main parts:

Fabrics: The interior design textile industry and marketplace. A study of fibers, yarns, constructions, and finishes. Codes and “green” design.
Applications: Textile specifications and coordination of upholstery and wall coverings, window treatments, linens and accessories, and rugs and carpeting.
Period Style: Oriental styles, Renaissance and Formal styles, Medieval, Colonial, Country and Provence styles, Regional and Ethnic styles, and Modern styles.

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Interiors - An Introduction by Karla J. NielsonInteriors: An Introduction by Karla J. Nielson

Interiors: An Introduction offers an introduction to the elements, practice, and aesthetics of residential and nonresidential interior design. The text presents timeless design principles and elements and their application to interiors. In addition, the authors describe the numerous choices of materials, furnishings, and components used in interior design.

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Books from Ann K. Johnson:

The Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags - Volulme I by Ann K. JohnsonThe Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags, Vol. I by Ann K. Johnson

The Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags series is the leading industry reference for understanding the engineering of the basic swag pattern and adapting it to make a swag of any shape or size. The books can be used exclusively to draft swag patterns or in conjunction with your current swag patterns and templates. These books are a must-have for every workroom. Ann K. Johnson, a popular speaker and educator for the workroom industry, drew on her years of workroom experience and research to bring you the ability to draw your own swag patterns to your specifications. Time and again, readers have said that these books have allowed them to take on challenging swag projects with the confidence of spectacular results.

Volume I introduces the basic swag pattern and demonstrates how the components can be manipulated to achieve different looks. It concentrates on the three most popular swag styles: the basic board mount swag, the cutout (pole) swag and the point-to-point (drapery) swag.

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The Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags - Volume II by Ann K. JohnsonThe Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags, Vol. II by Ann K. Johnson

Volume II builds on that base to teach you the other three basic styles: the Austrian swag, the boxed swag and the arched swag. Finally, utilizing your skills in drawing the six basic swag patterns, it directs your approach to drawing a pattern for any asymmetrical swag style.

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Other Books:

Window Treatments Idea Book by Sue Sampson and Ellen DeLuciaWindow Treatments Idea Book by Sue Sampson and Ellen DeLucia

“One of the first things you do when you remodel or move into a new home is change the curtains. After all, new window treatments easily, quickly, and inexpensively transform a room. They turn an outdated room into one you want to spend time in, and they make a cold space feel warm and inviting. In the style of the best-selling Idea Books, Window Treatments Idea Book offers the latest ideas for decorating all types of windows, from standard to custom. More than 350 photos provide inspiration for all rooms in the house, from the kitchen to the bathroom, bedroom to family room and study. Recognizing that consumers also want to make easy enhancements to readily available window treatments and hardware, the inspiration is peppered with practical advice on how to quickly modify off-the-shelf window treatments and design tricks for hanging them. The breadth of information makes this book the one source homeowners need when picking out window treatments.”

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