A Design Idea

It all started with a photo on Pinterest from Better Homes and Gardens and a local interior designer.

better homes shade

She had a client looking for ideas for a roman shade for her bathroom. The room was in the middle of an upgrade and remodel. The homeowners were keeping the design and character of this 1920’s home to period. White subway tile covered the walls of the walk-in shower, with small hexagon black and white tile is on the floor.

I showed the photo to the designer, she shared it with her client – they loved it. “But can you make this a top-down-bottom-up shade?” Yes.

tdbuMichelleSince then, this photo of the finished shades has been one of my most repinned photos on Pinterest.This same designer has shared the photo with several other clients. I have now made 4 sets of these shades. Some open both directions. Some only pull up from the bottom.


serven shade2

After making the first few sets, I have finally figured out a simpler way of laying down the twill tape. I use an iron on adhesive tape.

iron on

First ironing the tape to the back side of the twill. Then after removing the paper backing,


I iron the twill tape in place. The twill tape is then carefully topstitched in place.


I would love to try other designs of twill tape or other trims.

trim ideas







London shades

London shades have been in my workroom for several weeks now. This is the first time I have made this design. It has taken some thinking, reading, designing, and lots of practice to get them to this stage. It is one thing to have a pattern, it is another to make that work for your customer’s windows. One finished, three more to go.

flat shade London shade

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