Perfect Curtains: Smart and Simple Solutions Using Fabulous Fabrics

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Jacqui Small LLP, Apr 25, 2009 - Design - 192 pages
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The way we treat our windows has seen a dramatic change over the last few years. Traditional lined and interlined curtains with structured swags, pelmets and fussy tiebacks have been replaced by curtains that are more relaxed, lighter and multifunctional. There is now a vast amount of choice and very few rules –and the results are wonderful.

Perfect Curtains presents a collection of stunning new curtain designs and window treatments from homes in the UK, France, North America and South Africa, from decorative sheers to multi-layered solutions, from the understated elegance of natural linen to the luxurious appeal of silk. Stephanie Hoppen has interviewed designers, fabric manufacturers and curtain makers from around the world to offer expert advice on fabric choice, design, techniques and style to help guide you through the various options and find the best solutions for your home.

New technology in textile design has resulted in some amazing new materials and the variety can be overwhelming. Perfect Curtains lets the fabric take centre stage, with chapters focusing on plain and decorative sheers, natural cottons and linens, glamorous silks and velvets, lightweight and heavyweight woven wools, graphic and floral patterns, and other materials such as natural fibres. It looks at the very best examples of window treatments for every room and shape of window, with special attention paid to headings, hardware and details.

In each chapter, unique fabric palettes offer a handpicked selection of the most exciting new fabrics from leading international manufacturers, and decorator’s tips offer advice on poles and finials, headings, linings, layering, borders and trimmings.

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Kelly Hoppen MBE is one of the world's most influential interior designers. Her unique design aesthetic combines luxury with simplicity and has won her international acclaim and a huge following. Her celebrated interior design studio, Kelly Hoppen Interiors, has completed international schemes for residential and commercial properties, yachts and private jets, as well as the interiors for British Airways' first-class cabins. She also runs her own successful design school, where she shares her design secrets and offers advice to home decorators. Kelly's ability to inspire informal living by combining style with simple glamor is key to her successful range of home furnishings and accessories, sold through in outlets worldwide. Her elegant aesthetic has also been captured and made available to the mass market through an exclusive diffusion line for QVC in the UK. In 2010 Kelly also made the transition into fashion design with her collection of luxury organic clothing to wear at home. Her first TV series, Superior Interiors, in which she helped transform domestic homes, was aired on Channel 5 in Autumn 2011. Receiving an MBE in 2009 for services to interior design marked the pinnacle of her design career to date. Kelly adds her MBE to numerous awards which include Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year Award, EWAA Woman of Achievement Award, GRAZIA Designer of the Year, plus awards from Elle Decoration and Homes & Garden, and many more. Kelly's previous bestselling books include Kelly Hoppen Home, Kelly Hoppen Style and Kelly Hoppen Ideas.

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