Using Tassels, Fringe and Beads to Create Custom Interiors

From feathers to wood beads, hemp fringe to silk tassels, decorative trim adds a unique decorative touch to any home interior. By knowing where to use them, homeowners can create one-of-a-kind home accessories.

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Using Trim on Window Treatments

Window treatments are the final jewel in the crown of a well-designed room. While simple drapery panels or curtains are sufficient to complete a space, adding decorative trim brings a new dimension to the windows.

Trims of nearly any kind can be used on window treatments. On a pair of drapery panels, for example, adding fringe along the leading (inside) edge of each panel adds a touch of luxury. The fringe hangs dramatically in the window when the panels are pulled back using drapery tie-backs. This look can be achieved very successfully with beaded trim, tassel fringe, onion fringe or any other trim configuration.

Another way to incorporate trim into a drapery is to add it to the top, or header, of the panel. A row of decorative cord sewn into the seam a near the rod adds depth. In fact, cording or welt can be added to every seam in a panel, as a way to decoratively finish the seams. Long, silky bullion fringe is a dramatic way to add detail to the bottom of a valance or cornice top treatment.

Sewing simple flat woven tapes to the side of a Roman shade, roller shade or drapery panel adds other pattern and graphic impact to an otherwise simple window treatment. These tapes vary from very narrow to pieces several inches wide, and many come in elaborate woven patterns and brilliant colors.

Tassels come in all sizes; they are available in pairs, connected by a decorative cord, and also individually. Tassels and cord combine to create a lovely drapery tie-back. They can also be hung from the end of a drapery rod or a wood or metal tie-back for a custom touch.

Although adding trims to custom window treatments is common, even ready-made draperies can benefit from the addition of exotic fringes and baubles. A simple linen curtain purchased from a local department store becomes something fabulous when a little edge is sewn to the bottom seam.

Using Decorative Trims on Fabric Accessories

Home accessories such as pillows, bedding or lampshades make a great canvas for decorative trim. When adding trim to a pillow, the use of the pillow needs to be considered. For pillows meant to be used as a measure of comfort on a sofa or chair, soft trims such as fringe or tassels are best. Hard beaded trims or fragile trims incorporating seashells or feathers are better left for pillows meant only as a decoration.

Decorative cord sewn into the seams of a duvet cover brings elegance to a bedding ensemble. Before selecting a trim to use on bedding items, comfort and cleaning should be considered. Some decorative trims cannot be laundered, making them less desirable for use on top of the bed. These items would be better used on bed skirts or decorative pillows. Flat woven tapes come in all colors and widths, and add a splash of color or pattern to a plain comforter or pillow sham.

Beaded fringe makes a charming addition to the bottom edge of a lampshade. The light coming from the inside of the shade shines through the beads, creating a jewel-like effect. These are also great places to showcase fancy or unusual trims, including those made with sea shells, feathers, leather or other materials.

Using Trim on Upholstered Furniture

Aside from using trim on only the accessories in the area, adding it to the furniture itself creates a truly custom look. During the upholstery process, cord and fringe are sewn into the seams to create a finished look. Choosing trim in a contrasting color accentuates the lines of the sofa, chair or bench.

For wood-framed chairs, braided gimp is often attached to the seam between the fabric and the wood. Gimp is a narrow, flat trim, perfect for covering small tacks, uneven seams, and junction points. It is also sometimes used underneath upholstered furniture, to finish the piece beautifully.

For an easy decorative touch, a single tassel can be hung from a door knob, cabinet or furniture knob, or from the back of a chair to add a bit of elegance and softness to a room.

Surefire Money Saving Tips For Remodeling A Kitchen

Are you thinking of giving your kitchen a makeover but seem to be held back due to financial constraints? Doing any remodeling to any section of your home does require you to have some significant amount of money to foot the necessary expenses. However, it still is possible to remodel that kitchen even if you are working on a shoestring budget. Here are several surefire money saving kitchen remodeling tips that you can use.

• Know Your Finances

Always have and work with a budget because you need to be acutely aware of the much you intend to spend remodeling the kitchen. Make a list of the items you want to refurbish or change and the much it will cost you.

• Have A Remodeling Plan

Once you have a budget, you can draw a remodeling plan based on the much you will spend. In the plans, identify what you will repair, replace, and what will be a new inclusion into your kitchen. Also, know which aspects of the kitchen remodeling you will be able to handle yourself and with the help of family and friend and which will need you to hire professional assistance.

• Recycle, Re-purpose, Reuse

This is one aspect of interior design that is often overlooked. Several ideas can be found on It’s often overlooked but I encourage firms to always tell their clients to use what they already have. Often times, people don’t realize what’s available to them.  If you put the principles of recycling, re-purpose, and reuse, you just might lower your estimated kitchen remodeling budget. Quite often, it is not easy to know which items can be re-purposed or reused until you find another thing that needs to be replaced and you have something at hand that can work in its place. It only calls for a keen eye and a creative mind for you to make use of what you already have at hand.

• Diversify On Quality

Never skimp on quality in your bid to lower your kitchen remodeling budget. A more sensible approach would be to compare the quality of one material over another while consider the overall cost. For instance, you can opt to refurbish your kitchen counter-top with ceramic tiles as opposed to marble titles; the two are both high-quality materials that give a beautiful finish, but ceramic tiles are cheaper than marble tiles.

• A Bit of the Old with The New

If you have remodeled any other section of the house or not, the one thing that you will not is that remodeling is always not a complete makeover of the room. As such, the kitchen remodeling is a process that seeks to improve on the old by introducing something new. This ideology applies to every aspect, more so the kitchen style and decor.

While the remodeling may significantly affect the style of the kitchen, it most likely will not have a huge effect on the decor. The style is all about the kitchen layout and the placement of appliances and installations while decor will touch on the choice of color, textures, and patterns. Strive to find a balance between the old and the new in both the style and decor and you will manage to have a new look in your kitchen at half the projected cost.

On a side note, if you finally choose to take the plunge, watch this video to help you avoid any problems along the way:

Stone Fire Pit: Build Your Own at Home

The stone fire pit is a wonderful addition to any outside living area. If you choose to save some money and have some fun while doing so, you can build a stone fire pit yourself. This is not recommended to be a project for beginners, but if you follow these steps anyone will be able to create their own. There are many various styles of fire pits which range from fairly simple all the way to relatively complicated. Even the plainest types of stone fire pits look fantastic.

Starting off with the basic steps to create your own stone fire pit, choose a spot in your yard that will be large enough to accommodate your stone fire pit structure you plan to create. The spot you choose will need to be far enough away from any objects that are flammable. This includes tree branches, bushes, shrubbery, and others. Keep in mind that the walls of the stone fire pit are very thick, and will take up a large amount of space.

Next, find the center of the space you made for your stone fire pit and mark this spot with a stake. After that, take a string, tie it to the end of the stake, and stretch the string out to where you decide you would like the outer edge of your stone fire pit to be. Move this string around in a circle motion all the way around the stake to create the entire outer wall. Mark the line you created by either digging into the ground or marking with chalk. Clear this circle of grass and dirt to prepare for the next step.

Shorten your string by about twelve inches and create another circle from the center stake. This will be the inner wall of your stone fire pit, and be sure to clear the entire area between your two circles. Now you are ready for the concrete and stone. Mix the concrete and pour it into the evened-out circle created earlier in the pit area. Be sure that the concrete you mixed will go below ground level. Be sure to let the concrete set and dry completely before going onto the next step.

Now that you have created the base, you will need to use stones and mortar them up around the sides to create the walls of your stone fire pit.

Your stone fire pit should now be completed and ready to attract friends and family on your do it yourself home improvement project. Remember to keep all fire pit safety precautions in mind and have fun.