Friday, March 30, 2012

TGIFiles and Guest Posting at Oak Ridge Revival

Hi Everyone!! Today I'm excited about Friday and the upcoming weekend. I'm also very happy to be guest posting over at Oak Ridge Revival for Andrea's Friday Finds series.


Take a stroll over to check out what I chose as my Friday Find - Andrea's got lots of fun projects in the works that you'll like browsing through.

Check out this teaser of a design project Andrea is working's a good teaser...

Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge Revival

Different project but Andrea also just picked up these chairs from an Ebay auction for her own family's home - how great are they?? Andrea is going to be putting her own spin on these chairs, but I kind of like how they are right now too - that minty green/blue color that is so pretty.

Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge Revival

And speaking of minty...Emily over at Recently always gets me with her pretty round-ups that she does. Check out this lamp from Indigo I saw over there also is available in yellow (looks like the white sold out).

Photo courtesy of Indigo

That's all I got for today my friends. I'm looking forward to the weekend and spending some family time and catching up with friends.  We're heading into Center City tomorrow night for dinner with my high school friends. And hopefully stretching out the weekend as much as possible.  Have a good one and see you back here next week!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pattern Play - A Boy's Room

Continuing with my guy theme from last week, I wanted to play with a few fabrics that could translate into a boy's room and of course fabrics that would be tolerable for 5 years (is that pushing it?)

When I was doing some research of tween rooms for my e-design project the other day, I came across this shared boys room designed by Yvonne McFadden and thought it was great. The texture of the roman shade, the unique matching wooden beds, the great rug between the beds - a lot of nice features. A relaxed look but still appropriate for boys and neutral enough to take them through this room for years.

Source: via Holly on Pinterest

So with this room as my inspiration, I've pulled together a few fabrics that I thought would be something different for a boy's room.

What are your thoughts on using these fabrics in a boys room? The yellow is probably a stretch but I thought it was a nice way to keep it fun depending upon the age of the boys.

Have a good day everyone! The weather here in the Northeast is back and forth - a lot nicer today than the past two days but I think the plants and kids are all confused. Sheila had her heavy coat on yesterday and a lighter coat today - as long as we can get outside I'm okay with that.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Thinking About...A New E-Design Project

Today I'm excited to tell you a little bit about an e-design project that I'm working on...

I was contacted by Julie to help her out with her daughters bedroom. It's a tween room shared by her two daughters, ages 11 and 9.

Julie has great some great ideas for the room and a great sense of what is needed for the room. Julie reached out to me because she needed additional ideas on how to best get the room to function, layout, ideas on window treatments, accessories, and lighting. And that's where I step in!

The great thing about the room is that the girls have their distinct color preferences of choice (oldest girl blue/bright green and younger girl purple) and we're not changing anything about that which I love. I think it's important to maintain those color preferences for the girls, but I've given Julie a few ideas on how to provide some consistency and find common ground in the room.

So I'll be sharing more about this project with you soon and as things progress.

Do you know of any tween rooms that do not have lots of color in the room? Isn't it funny how our color preferences change over time as well? And maybe that has something to do with the path we lead in life...young and full of energy equates to lots of color and then as we get older we tend to lean toward a palette that suits our life, our profession, and our personalities.

Here are a few tween rooms that I came across on Houzz that I really enjoyed:

Londons Big Girl Room modern kids

Happy Glamorous Girls Bedroom eclectic kids

We're going to be taking elements of each of these rooms and adding them into Julie's girls room: artwork and photography on the walls, window treatments, lighting, some fun accessories, and a work/craft/game area.

I'll keep you posted and will be sharing some photos with you soon.

Have a good Monday everyone! I'm already enjoying my first cup of coffee for the day.

Friday, March 23, 2012


Happy Friday!!

~This photo is not going to do this book justice. You'll just have to check it out next time you're at your local bookstore. I came across Natural Companions by Ken Druse the other day while browsing at the book store. The pictures are really really pretty. You will not be disappointed if you're looking for a pretty botanical book. I wouldn't have the heart to tear it up, but these would make some really nice framed art.

~ Did you notice the indoor/outdoor fabrics I used in my Pattern Play fabric board this past Wednesday? They were from Perennials fabric and they have some great options. I discovered Perennials through a post on Katie Rosenfeld's blog the other day (a great post). She even did her own test of the fabric and I'm sold. It's a great option for a high-traffic areas or homes with children, pets, etc.

Left to Right: Pygmy Stripe, Sea Palms, Ripples

What is your experience with outdoor fabric in the home? Have you used Perennials at all?

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here next week!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pattern Play and Male Opinions

Do the males in your life ever have opinions on decorating and design? Fathers, sons, husbands, boyfriends, brothers, whoever. I'm really curious. Silly me texted my husband the other day (sorry honey!) and asked him a general question (silly me again). I asked him what fabrics he would want to have in a room if he had his choice. No idea. He needed a some guidance and suggestions.

I even showed him the start of this board below and asked his opinion...I was just pairing things together with "guy" in mind. 

He liked what I expected he would like, the wide stripe and the textured blue/beige blend fabric. You just never know - every person is so different with their preferences and opinions, which is why some of the pairings are quite unexpected but that's what makes design fun.

Have you had many male clients? Do you have any male clients in your own home with strong opinions or are they give or take? I'd like to think that guys get a small say in design decisions when it comes to the home, but I'm pretty sure it would probably be 80/20, maybe even 90/10? What do you think? Can you tell this topic has been on my mind recently?

Sources (clockwise from top): Perennials swish-grotto, Duralee 71044-326, Classic Lines in blue-green by Robert Allen, green geometric by Kravet, Bella Porte in charcoal by Dwell Studio, yellow matelasse by Waverly, Perennials zig zag in chestnut, Perennials wide stripe

Monday, March 19, 2012

Thinking About...Pinterest

How do you use Pinterest?

Here is how I've used it so far:

~ Collaborate on projects with clients (did you know you can "mention" another Pinterest user and they'll get a notification as to what pin you mentioned them on? For instance, if you commented on a pin that you wanted to bring my attention to, you could say, @Holly Gruszka this is a great way to utilize chalk paint for your buffet)
~ New recipe ideas
~ Inspiration for projects, interiors, client projects

Here are my top two tips for using Pinterest:

~ Always pin from the original source whenever possible (I actually only pin from original source any more and if I can't find it I don't pin it and I started going back through my pins and deleting any that I couldn't link to an original source.)
~ If you are pinning an original project, photo, or file from a blog, make sure you pin from the actual post and not from the blog URL.

Ok, now how have you actually USED Pinterest? Have you made any of those recipes? Or have you taken inspiration from a photo and utilized it for your own project? Or taken those tips and tried them out?

I've had some time to think about all of this, and I started going back through my "Pins" and reviewing what I pinned and thought about why I pinned (a great exercise if you haven't done it).

So today, I'm using my Pins.  I had some fun with a design board - creamy neutrals...

Sources: Fabric, Paint (Benjamin Moore 1479 - Alaskan Huskey), ceramic still life, sofa, LOVE this table, coffee print, ottoman

The sofa, fabric, paint color, and ceramics still life were all on my Pinterest boards.  I added in the other items that you see.

So what are your thoughts on Pinterest? How do you use it?

Friday, March 16, 2012

TGIFiles - Spring is in the Air!

Do you have signs of spring where you are? Temperatures here outside of Philly have been in the 60s and 70s all week and next week looks like the same. We've got birds chirping, flowers blooming, BBQ smells in the it too good to be true? I hope not! The weekend is here! But first, a few quick clips for you...

~ If you live in or near Manhattan (or going to be visiting) before May 6th, there is a Duncan Phyfe exhibit going on at the Met. I'd love to get up there to see it. I had found an article in the Wall Street Journal back in January and just got around to reading it. If you live in Texas, the exhibit will be traveling down to the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston on June 24th. Let me know if any of you go - I'd love to hear about it.

~ If you've been reading here for a while then you know I love my coffee, but do you think this is manly? I would certainly take it for my home in a second. (from the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago).

~ Amy Meier has done it again. If you have the opportunity to pick up the latest issue of New England Home, then you'll be able to see her beautiful designs in print. I had featured Amy's nautical kitchen project last year and that was a favorite of mine, but this home is really beautiful.

All photos courtesy of New England Home

~ Lastly, check out my latest Phantastic Phinds score...

I love it. It'll make watering my flowers in the house glamorous, and it sure beats the Solo cup I've been using. And, my photography skills still needs lots of improving, but I'm pretty proud of the lighting for this shot. If only we had this lighting throughout the house at all times.

I've got some fun projects to share with you soon too!

Have a wonderful weekend and as always thanks so much for reading!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pattern Play - Going Bold

I had a springy blue board pretty much completed and then I saw this fabric and started all over again.

The rich golds and reds really drew me in. It also made me think of my Suburban Entry design board as well. But how cute would it be as a cafe curtain in a kitchen or breakfast nook?

Cafe curtain with the bold floral, perhaps a banquette upholstered in the stripe, and then some fun pillows. Bring on the coffee and brunch!

What are your thoughts on this scheme? Would you use in a dining area or would you use it elsewhere?

Sources: floral fabric, 16x16 pillow, lumbar pillow, stripe fabric, diamond fabric

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tools of the Trade - Q&A with Cathy from Room RX

Today I'm continuing with my guest series, Tools of the Trade, where I invite a fellow blogger to share their background, tips, and knowledge on the field they know and love, interior design and decorating.

I put a little spin on the series and did a Q&A with another one of my favorite design bloggers, Cathy from Room Rx. I thought this was a fun way to ask those questions that you sometimes don't get answers to in blog posts, but at the same time learn a little bit more about the person and their outlook on design.

Cathy is a big supporter throughout the blogosphere and her talent and eye for design continue to "wow" me week after week. I always admire Cathy's use of color in her "Color of the Moment" posts that she does each week. Take a look at her most recent apricot inspired board and how she pulled together the sources and colors so beautifully:

And there's a lot more talent where that came from...enjoy my Q&A with Cathy...

Hi Cathy! Tell us the story behind Cathy Wall Designs. When did you decide to start your own business?
Holly, thanks so much for inviting me to share my story and my "tools of the trade" with you today.  Like many,  I have always been decorating my own spaces, from my bedroom as a kid, to my first apartment and then my homes.  As I was decorating the first home my husband and I owned, friends took notice and began to ask for help with their spaces, which I gladly did!  I started Cathy Wall Designs because of one friend who said she would not accept my help without paying me. The turning point for me was when a designer friend from Georgia asked if I would be willing to help her pull together a condo for her client who was moving to Chicago. She knew that I was tuned into local resources and together we collaborated with her client to decorate a 2 BR condo. After that, I officially "hung out my shingle" and by networking, gained some wonderful clients and projects. I had to start all over again when we moved from Chicago to Madison, but I have been lucky to be able to do this all part time so that I can still available for my family.

The Living and Dining areas from my first "official" design project...

~ You studied graphic design in college. How has that helped with your design work?
 The basics like Art History, drafting (yes, back in the day we did drafting, by hand), color theory, etc. are the same no matter what Art major you have. Studying art, specifically graphic design, helped form the foundation for my design sensibility and while I have never had a Graphic Design job, that background has played a role in every job I have had since college.

~ What is your favorite aspect of interior design?
I love helping people solve their decor and design dilemmas, from renovating a kitchen or bath to simply making a room look and function better.  That said, I get pretty excited and my mind spins with ideas when I am in the midst of a project. There are so many different ways of making a room come together, it's sort of like a puzzle and I enjoy the challenge.

~Here's a scenario: You're helping a client with their living room and they have pulled a few various example of looks they like from magazines but they're all very different styles. How do you help your client hone in on the look they desire for the space?

Typically I will ask them to make a note on what it is that appeals to them about each inspiration image. I also ask a ton of questions, that way I can make sure I head in a direction that will meet their needs. It is usually not too difficult to find a common theme in a client's inspiration pictures, whether it be color,  room arrangement or style, it just takes a bit of sleuthing.

~ This is probably a tough one, but can you name your favorite all-time project and why it is a favorite?
Every one of my projects gives me great satisfaction so it's hard to pick just one. A few more recent projects that I am particularly proud of are...

This bathroom renovation I did with my CSIL...long distance!

An office to craft room transformation.

A kitchen/dining room renovation...

I also love doing nurseries and kids rooms because it allows some out of the box thinking. The photo below was one of my first few Cathy Wall Designs projects.

And one of my most recent....

~ Another scenario: Your client has a budget of $5,000 to spend on sprucing up their living room. Where do you splurge and where do you save?
I am a firm believer in buying what you love because if you do, it will always be a part of your home. My advice in this scenario would be to find an inspiration for the room, whether a rug, artwork, fabric or a piece of furniture and go for it, make that the splurge.  From a practical standpoint, if the room already has that good foundation or inspiration, splurge on things that you will have for a very long time such as a classic, beautifully made sofa or chair, scrimp on some of the accessories or the things that may change over time. Another thing that is worth a splurge is using fabric to create custom pillows or window treatments, which sounds counter to what I just said, but can make the difference between a room that looks like it was purchased from a catalogue and one that is unique to the individual.

~ Switching gears a little bit and this might seem like a simple question but these days far from simple: How do you communicate with your clients?
With all of my clients, whether they are local or long distance, I use e-mail, texts and phone calls and most recently Pinterest. I create a Design Concept Board for the space we are working on which is another form of communication as it allows me to show my clients what I am saying and thinking about what will work in the space.
shades of pale
~ I'd love to know what a typical work day is like for you.
Every day is different, but one constant is that I am up by 6 AM most days since my kids are out the door starting at 7:15AM.  Because my kids are teenagers and pretty independent (they pack their own lunches!), depending on the day and whether my husband is in town, I'll get breakfast together and make sure they are moving along and then sit down at the computer and get my blog post up.  From there my days are never the same!  Usually I'll spend a little time reading other blogs and then it is on to my client work and other commitments. I am also quite involved in my community serving on 2 school PTO boards, tutoring (I have a hard time saying no to anything that involves my kids and school) and working with my local Habitat for Humanity.  Add to that kid activities x 3 and like most everyone, I'm pretty busy!

~ This year will mark 2 years of blogging for you. How has blogging had an impact on you and your business?
When I started Room Rx 18 months ago, I did so as a way to share my work without having a website.  Room Rx has proved successful for me and I can honestly say that sharing my process and finished projects has helped me garner many local clients in addition to a few long distance clients.  I believe that being able to see a project come together and understand the logic and thought behind it really helps people see the merit of working with a decorator or designer.  Blogging has had an unexpected benefit for me as well, allowing me to connect with like minded people who have a passion for design like I do. I feel so fortunate to be able to call so many of these individuals who I have never met in person, my friends!

~ Lastly, what's ahead this year for Cathy Wall Designs?
Fortunately, at the moment I have a few fun and interesting projects with some great clients. From kitchens, to family rooms to basement rumpus rooms, the next few months will be busy for me and I can't wait to share it all on Room Rx.  My hope is that those projects will help me continue to gain others.  A dream that I have is to be able to either hire a professional photographer to capture my finished work or to improve my own photography skills such that my photos do a better job of portraying my completed projects.

It sounds like you've got some fun stuff to share with us soon - looking forward to seeing more of your projects, Cathy! And thank you so much for joining in the series.

Being able to collaborate on design work both locally and long-distance can be a challenge, but Cathy certainly shows us how it can all be done so well. And then balancing a family and work in the community - whew! Thanks again Cathy! And be sure to check out Room Rx as you will certainly find yourself inspired after reading.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sharing a Mood Board - Suburban Entry

Took me a while to get moving this morning but what a great weekend and now a fresh week ahead!

Today is the first Mood Board Monday party of 2012 hosted by Sarah at pewter+sage. Of the three options that Sarah chose as inspiration, I went with this photography by Carl Christensen as my inspiration for the board.

I started to think of a suburban family home and a place where this family spends most of their time. I also wanted to do a neutral inspired entry to include a Windsor bench, and a few pieces to include a nautical influence as this family loves the beach and spends a lot of time during the summer at the beach.
The photography and Windsor bench were my starting points. I added in the neutral fabrics, pillow, and wallpaper and then kept building from there. I also wanted to do a few framed black and white art prints and photography to include their love for the beach. 

Two types of lighting are included in the plan - a flush mount for overhead in the entry and then two sconces on either side of the mirror. 

I love the accessories in this entry. The hammered bin next to the bench can be used for umbrellas or shoes. The bins under the console can be used for hats, gloves, or anything else the home owners need before leaving the house. I also included a box on the console to be able to access keys, sunglasses, important mail or paperwork, etc. 

Mixing finishes, metals, and wood was also a goal of this entry as well. 

Sources for my selections:
wallpaper - Candice Olson - so many great selections in her wallpaper collection. I've had a chance to view these in person and they are really pretty.

pillow - Etsy seller melongings

furniture - Windsor bench; Etsy seller Vincent Chicone, console; Hickory Chair

lighting - flush mount; Circa lighting, sconces; Restoration Hardware

Rug - Elte

Storage - magazine bin; Wisteria, storage bins under console; The Container Store, letter box; The Container Store

Art - coral; Etsy seller Driftwood Interiors, ribbons original pen and ink illustration; Etsy seller Virginia Kraljevic, bird art; Etsy seller Splodge Podge, girl with bird art; Etsy seller Mai Autumn

Other accessories - Mirror; Room and Board, brass sailboat; High Street Market

I think I've got everything included in the sources above. If I forgot anything that you have questions about let me know.

I'll be going over to check out the rest of the boards at Pewter+Sage as well as sharing my board over there as well. Head on over and take a look what everyone else decided to do with the inspiration pieces. You're bound to get some great ideas!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, March 9, 2012


Happy weekend (almost)! There's an excitement about Friday's, don't you think?

~ Some blog related business first...I set some goals in the beginning of 2012. Some of them big and some of them small. I was certainly elated when I already far exceeded my 20% increase in following goal. So thank you to each of you who have taken interest in West Pear Avenue and visit to read and explore.

You make it happen. I make it happen. We all make it happen. Quotes like this are quite motivating. I've read some really great quotes recently and they've certainly been inspiring.

~ The next issue of Lonny will be out tommorrow! Grab your favorite drink of choice and enjoy this weekend. We've got a busy weekend planned but I hope to squeeze in some reading time.

~ I'm so happy I came across the portfolio of Beth Webb. If you love exploring beautiful new interiors and learning more about the designer behind the photos, take a few minutes to check out the website for Beth Webb Interiors. Her website is really well done. There is a Q&A with Beth which I thought was a fun spin on a "meet the designer" type of background tab.

And my image of the week from Beth's portfolio:

~ I'll see you back here next week for Mood Board Monday!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Just Playing Around

Good Morning friends! We've had some spotty wireless connections here on the homefront, and since I do most of my posts on our laptop, that hasn't lent much time for me to get a post together.

But I was playing around a little bit with a design board and figured I'd show you what I came up with.

I call this vignette Uptown Chic. 

Design boards are like building blocks to me. I usually start with my inspiration (in this case it was the purple trellis fabric) and build out from there. A lot of times I'll draft up something small (like I did above) and then walk away for a while. I'll think about functionality, color, style, and of course product. 

For this vignette, I went from fabric, to leopard, to chair, to side table (like that stream of consciousness?). What I envisioned here was a woman's uptown apartment that had a sitting area for entertaining friends or having cocktails. And again, it's just the beginning of the story.

I hope to be back tomorrow with some TGIFiles for you. 

It's supposed to go up to 70 degrees here today in southeastern PA - spring is here! Birds are chirpring. Hints of green are sprouting from the ground - very exciting!

(PS - has anyone had problems saving Sherwin Williams color chips from their website? I never used to have problems but just recently I haven't been able to save them.)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Guest Series: Tools of the Trade featuring Lori May Interiors

Today starts the first post in my new guest series, Tools of the Trade, where fellow bloggers will share their background, tips, tricks, and general thoughts on decorating and design. I'm excited to get the series rolling, and really excited about my first guest that I've invited over today, Lori from Lori May Interiors.

Lori and I have traded stories about artwork, our kids, our love of design books, and of course decorating. Lori has been such a supportive blogger and friend to me and I'm very grateful to have her here today.

Not only does Lori have a well executed blog that you should definitely take some time to visit, but she's got some really beautiful projects under her belt as well. She recently completed an install of a gorgeous Nashville loft that is a must see for the before and after photos. Here is a preview of the magic that Lori created for the space...

Photo courtesy of Lori May Interiors

And then after we drooled over Lori's photos of this project, she even did a post with some background and tips related to the project which is just genius to me. I love a great reveal, but I also love to learn about the reason behind design decisions and how the project went from Point A to Point B and so on.

So without further delay, I'll let Lori jump in here...

Hi all, I'm so glad to be here today participating in Holly's "Tools of the Trade" series.  Let me start by saying that you hear bloggers say all the time that one of the best things about blogging is the friendships that you make along the way.  For those of you who don't blog this may sound strange, but it's so true.  And, no one is more supportive than Holly.  She is always there commenting and retweeting.  If she didn't come by, I'd probably contact her, because I'd be worried that something had happened to her!  It means the world to me to see her name pop up in my inbox each time I post.  We've never met, but I consider her a true friend in so many ways.  Her support is unwavering.  Thank you Holly.  Now on to my tools of the trade!

I am a self taught designer and I'll be perfectly honest in saying that I learn something new each time I complete a project.  But, today I'm sharing my go to tips/tools that I always use, time and time again.  They always serve me well.

1)  I ask my prospective clients to prepare tear sheets that they love before we meet for the first time.

It makes no difference to me if they're in a binder or just thrown into a plastic bin.  The idea is to see what they love.  It also doesn't need to be all home related.  It could be their favorite outfit, piece of artwork or vacation spot.  It all gives me an insight into their style.

2)  I also bring a binder of inspirational tear sheets to our first meeting.  It's a portfolio of different design styles and helps me to determine my client's likes and dislikes.  People know what they like when they see it, but sometimes it's hard for them to put it into words.  My binder allows me to show them many different looks and get their reaction.  It's also just as important to find out what they don't like as what they do.  Here are  a few examples of different styles.

Which one is your favorite?  Here's a hint, most people never choose just one.  But, the key is to find the one that makes you feel a certain way.  If that's how you want to feel in your space, then you've got it.

3)  Once my client and I are on the same page, I put together the design plan.  I'd love to say that when I make a presentation, my client loves it right away, but that's not always the case.  So, what's a designer to do?  I always have a plan B.  Here's a great example.

This is the first design plan that I presented to my client for her office space.  She liked it, but she didn't love it.

Here's my plan B.  The paint color and the fabric remained the same, but the color palette changed.  My client felt uneasy with the kelly green that I used in my first plan, but when I presented the lighter citron palette with a floral pattern, she was thrilled.  Had I not been prepared with a plan B, I might have left there that day without a new project.  Being prepared made all the difference.  You can see the office reveal here.

I hope my "tools of the trade" have helped you with your own home or business.  Flexibility and preparation is key.  Take your time, find what you love and always have a plan B.

Thanks so much for having me, Holly!

Thank you, Lori, for being my first guest here for the series. Your Plan B post is one of my favorite posts and really was a great lesson on being prepped for a client meeting. I also love that you included a small portfolio for us to look at to determine which design brought out a feeling if we were your client - I was drawn to that pretty open shelved kitchen.

This week also marks Lori's one year of blogging milestone, so take a few minutes to pop on by and say hello to Lori.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Thinking About...Window Treatments in Small Bedrooms

A good friend of mine had sent me a few photos over the weekend. She was rearranging some furniture in her guest bedroom. This bedroom is fairly small, but big enough to fit a twin size bed, a dresser, a night stand, and a large full-size mirror that she leaned against a wall.

I thought she arranged the furniture nicely and maximized the space in the room, but I commented that I thought the window (I believe the only window) needed some draperies even though it does already have blinds. She was afraid that draperies would take over the room, and I could understand her feeling. So I did a little research...and really it comes down to personal preference.

A Roman shade continues the neutral color scheme in this room and keeps the decor harmonious.

White sheers warm up this window and a good choice to balance the color and pattern in this room.

Stephen Shubel/House Beautiful, January 2009

Here's the look of a window with just blinds. Perfectly fine in this space with the bold color and the layout choices.

And then Tobi Fairley does white draperies so well in this small space. A large piece of artwork and hanging those draperies high give this small space depth and it really doesn't look so small any more, does it?

So I think it really does come down to preference and the look you want to achieve for the space. What are your thoughts on window treatments in small spaces?