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Written by Bella Home Interiors on 15 April 2017.

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Connie Farley & Debbie Thompson, Bella Home Interiors, Pitman, NJ

After a recent kitchen renovation, this client was eager to now update her family room. The fireplace was to be part of the redesign and she wanted that wall to become a focal point for the room. With limited space on the right side of the wall the goal was to create a simple, yet elegant design that would work with the split arch windows flanking the fireplace and the angled ceiling, as well as the large window to the sunroom behind the sofa.

For the arch windows, flat, shaped pelmets are hung from medallions, a more contemporary alternative to gathered swags. A similar approach is used on the large window, with just barely gathered pelmets on either side of a layered cornice. Stationary panels were added to frame all the windows, but for the one window, finding room to install that panel proved challenging. The result was to gather the panel at the top with an Italian stringing method, adding tabs so that it could hang from the center medallion while a pin strip on the side provided stability.


PROFESSIONALS: Designer: Connie Farley, Bella Home Interiors LLC, Pitman, NJ. Workroom: Debbie Thompson Bella Home Interiors. Installer: John Farley, Bella Home Interiors. Photographer: Ronnie Bruce, Ronnie Bruce Photography, Sewell, NJ.

RESOURCES: Fabric: Kasmir Fabric, Kentshire in mahogany. Lining? Contrast fabric? Shades? Trim and tassels: Michaels Textiles, Beacon, Foghorn, and Montauk in celery. Hardware: Select Hardware, medallion, reeded pole, and Valencia finials in antique bronze.