TOP 5 MISTAKES IN SPECIFYING ROMAN SHADES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

TOP 5 MISTAKES IN SPECIFYING ROMAN SHADES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

We recently covered the basics of Roman Shades in a blog and also released a resource card for easy access to some of the most pertinent information. That being said the most difficult problem with Roman Shades is that they are still complicated and we often see mistakes in spec writing that lead to Roman Shades being manufactured and installed in a way that does not suit the reality of a space or the design intentions of a designer.

ARE THERE OTHER LINING OPTIONS?

ARE THERE OTHER LINING OPTIONS?

In this blog we will be covering the different lining options which are not considered in the blackout family. These linings will not insure light fastness and therefore are typically used as interlinings and/or linings at public space windows where a complete blackout scenario is not needed. 

QUALITY CONTROL: WHAT HAPPENS WITH YOUR COM FABRIC?

QUALITY CONTROL: WHAT HAPPENS WITH YOUR COM FABRIC?

We spoke at length in our blog titled “COM vs. Manufacturer Owned”, about Customer Owned Material. That is fabric which is purchased by a hotel, purchasing group or designer and sent directly to the manufacturer to be used in the production of specified treatments. We definitely recommend reading up on the differences before your next job. That being said we’ve written this blog to discuss what happens if you have chosen to purchase your own fabric and send it to Quiltcraft.

HOW DOES A ROMAN SHADE WORK?

HOW DOES A ROMAN SHADE WORK?

Roman Shades are a classic treatment that can add elegance to any guestroom. That being said Romans are both complex treatments to make and to specify. Our sales and production teams receive questions about the construction and elements of Roman Shades possibly more than any other treatment type. Therefore we are taking a concerted step towards offering some insight into the construction of Roman Shades and some important design elements to consider.

COURTYARD | CORVALLIS, OR - IN PICTURES

COURTYARD | CORVALLIS, OR -  IN PICTURES

Surrounded by the beauty and greenery that characterizes the Pacific Northwest, Courtyard Corvallis is located in the historic district of Corvallis between the Willamette River and local shops and cafes. Guests can stroll down the riverfront or visit Oregon State University Campus just blocks away. The unique location and surroundings offer great views through floor to ceiling windows unlike any other Courtyard hotel in Oregon. Despite the many charming attractions surrounding it, this Courtyard offers guests other opportunities without even having to leave the hotel. A refreshing lobby bistro, flexible work spaces and energizing workout rooms are available for every guest. Quiltcraft is proud to have partnered with Marriott to adorn the hotel's floor-to-ceiling windows framing the stunning views for guests to enjoy. Take a look at our team's work below.  

ROLLER SHADE TERMINOLOGY

ROLLER SHADE TERMINOLOGY

Roller Shades are busting onto the scene. A number of hotel brands have begun to create specs that nix traditional drapery altogether in the guestrooms. This is very much becoming the era of the roller shade….

WHAT IS A BLACKOUT LINING?

WHAT IS A BLACKOUT LINING?

Why do we line drapery? Seems to be a simple question but the reasons can be lost on some, especially when you consider the number of ‘linings’ that are offered and can be used. What are the differences between them all and what specific purposes do they solve that another does not?  We have many designers and purchasing agents asking these questions of our sales managers, so we get it. It seems that every lining or coating is created equal but they are not. Every lining has a purpose and role and that isn’t a point to be short changed.

JW MARRIOTT | SAN FRANCISCO, CA - IN PICTURES

JW MARRIOTT | SAN FRANCISCO, CA - IN PICTURES

Located in the shopping hub at Union Square, only 2 miles from AT&T Park, and a 7 minute walk from Powell Street BART Station, this elegant hotel offers guests easy access to all parts of the city. Nearby attractions include Chinatown and Ghirardelli Square. JW Marriott San Francisco has completed a multi-million dollar guest room renovation offering modern amenities and elegant details in both guest rooms and suites. Benjamin West did an incredible job picking every piece. Their newly renovated spacious and luxurious guestrooms have curved windows decorated with Quiltcraft produced sheer and blackout drapes. Their public spaces are coming soon so stay tuned for more pictures but in the meantime scroll down to see the new decor in the rooms.

WHAT IS FULLNESS (REVISITED)?

WHAT IS FULLNESS (REVISITED)?

Fullness, simply defined, is the ratio of fabric used to cover a set space. Fullness asks the question, 'if I have 100” of space to cover, do I need 100” of fabric, or 150”, or maybe 200”? What will these changes in the amount of fabric mean for the overall aesthetic? This is the essence of fullness.

JW MARRIOTT | MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - IN PICTURES

JW MARRIOTT | MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - IN PICTURES

Located in the heart of Polanco District in Mexico City, is the newly renovated JW Marriott. The upscale hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows that give guests a wide view of the city from the Spanish inspired guestrooms. Quiltcraft worked directly with Marriott to put drapes on the windows as well as sheer on the elegant canopy beds. Take a small peek into Mexico City through the hotel's windows in the pictures below!