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Designing With Carol

Dressed windows

Carol Collins, WFCP, Expert Yes, it’s time! Spring is in the air, and now is the time to start thinking about “spring cleaning.” We all have the connotation of spring cleaning as cleaning the closets, sweeping the cobwebs away and washing the windows, to name a few. Speaking of windows! Once the windows are washed,…

Designing With Carol

Carol Collins, Carol’s Custom Draperies & Interiors Design Professionals Whether you are attempting to design your new home, refresh the interior of your existing home or redesign your landscape, know that you don’t have to tackle these projects all on your own. It takes a broad set of skills to even start planning any one…

Designing With Carol: Small space organizing

Carol Collins, Carol’s Custom Draperies Don’t have a dedicated office? No worries. Carve out a small workspace in a guest bedroom, sitting room or even in the corner of the kitchen. Select a table of appropriate size for your space and make sure it has a drawer–preferably a drawer large enough to fit your laptop…

Designing With Carol

Carol Collins, Carol’s Custom Draperies Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Silver Bells, Silver Bells, I heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and then there are the words and music by Meredith Wilson, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Soon the bells will start. And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that…

Designing With Carol

Carol Collins, Carol’s Custom Draperies It’s time to think about decorating for the holidays. As we ponder where to start, let’s start “simple” and “made with love.” As time goes by I think more and more about American made. To break it down even closer to home, why not make your decorations yourself and even…

Designing With Carol

Carol Collins WFCP, Expert Carol’s Custom Draperies & Interiors October 15, fall should be in the air and winter just ahead of us. It’s time to start thinking about keeping our homes warm and toasty for the winter months and inviting for the holidays. Where do we begin? Let’s begin with a few simple tasks…

Designing With Carol

Carol Collins, WFCP, Expert Window Coverings Association of American recently posted, “Most consumers don’t know the benefits that eco-friendly window treatments can introduce to your home. In addition to beautiful design, window treatments that aim for reduced energy consumption can also lead to greater savings. “Without energy-efficient treatments, as much as 50 percent of heating…

Designing with Carol: A lesson in modern art

Carol Collins Modern art includes artistic works produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s. The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation. Some examples are: The Impressionism Movement, which flourished between 1873 and 1880 and…

Designing with Carol

My view of Monet’s garden

Carol Collins, WFCP, Expert Claude Monet (1840-1926) was not only a leading impressionist painter, but also a master interior decorator. In his own home in Giverny, France, he chose to color his rooms in vibrant and innovative hues. I had the pleasure of visiting Monet’s home and gardens in 2013. As the song lyric says,…