Interior Design

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FineDesign designed the interior of this Showcase Home by Birkey Homes and it has been a past showroom for FineDesign. The furnishings reflected the design philosophy of FineDesign. A beautiful, elegant home can be comfortable, welcoming and a source of inspiration and interest to all who enter. It represented the way people really live in their homes – with a mix of newer furniture blended with estate sale and family pieces. The art included original paintings by local artist, Laurie Balla, commissioned specifically for the home by Bronwyn.  Prints, museum framed antique maps and unique accessories were throughout the home.  Beautiful wool rugs anchor the space.  Items were available for purchase and changed as estate sale pieces were integrated into the design on a regular basis. The home was available for sale entirely furnished.

The Birkey Showcase Home is located at 51081 Kerry Glen Drive, South Bend, 46637 in Bradford Shores, off Ironwood.

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“Bronwyn has a wonderful sense of color, fun and style. She made our lovely home even more beautiful with excellent choices in furniture, fabric and paint. In addition, you gain a friend with Bronwyn as she incorporates the touches that are already in the home and makes old pieces shiny and new by putting them in creative spaces. She listens carefully. The end product always meets expectations.”

– Ilene and Rick Sheffer

 

Window Treatments

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Elegant drapery panels looked equally great in a traditional or contemporary styled room.

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Investing in quality fabric is the key; cottons, silks, and linens are preferable but sometimes a fiber blend will work as well. Pure cottons were the fabric of choice for prints, as 100% cottons took color the best and the pattern were the very clear and vibrant.

The windows looked majestic when the panels were hung on the outside of the window and up a few inches above the frame – six inches to ceiling height, depending on the room. The advantage to drapery panels is that they can move with you. They can easily be installed in the next home – they may have to be hemmed, but usually not. The rods can sometimes be adjusted as well. To give a more contemporary look to traditional pleated panels, the pleating style can be changed to a goblet or inverted box pleat instead of the butterfly pleat.

 

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In this bedroom a pleated drapery panel in a sheer fabric was installed wall to wall behind the bed to soften the room and to disguise the fact that the bed was not centered between the two windows.  Underneath the panel, a blackout shade was hung on each window to provide privacy.  The panel coulc be pulled back from each end past the window to open up the view of the beautiful woods behind this town-home, near the University of Notre Dame.