Traditional Windows

May 26, 2011

I installed these Roman Shade Valances a few weeks ago at a clients.  You would think a formal look like this went into the living room or dining room but no, I had these made for a dressing room… custom window-seat and pillows to match, of course… More is More when you’re going for a look like this.  Funny, the trend is to embellish less and embrace simple and quiet interiors more but there are those die-hard fans who love a swag and trim for days.  It’s not how I live but it’s fun to create for clients.  The trim featured on these valances is from the fabric and trim house of Scalamandre, part of what I call the “old school”.

In the 80 years since it was founded, the house of Scalamandre has always looked upon textiles as archeological artifacts and itself as the keeper of a historical record.  Would you believe  Scalamandre has done more than 600 historical textile reproductions in the United States and Europe. The company, in New York City, also produces custom textiles and trimmings for decorators and designers including myself… elaborate tassels and fringe, dimities and damasks and more prints and wovens than you could possibly use in a lifetime!  Adriana Scalamandre Bitter is the president of the company, and her husband, Edwin Ward Bitter, the chairman. Franco Scalamandre, Mrs. Bitter’s father, died in 1988.


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