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Best Baby Stores in DC

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Best Baby Stores in DC

OK, I know in this online world, who doesn't like to have boxes delivered right to them next day or even same day.  So many people want to support small local businesses.  I do realize it may be a little out of your way or cost $2 more but there are so many independent business owners out there working hard to provide customers with an amazing shopping experience.  So if you want to get out & shop in person, here is a list of the best independent baby stores in the tri-state area:

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What's on your Walls???

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What's on your Walls???

I am so thrilled to be out doing more installations in client’s homes of their furniture, bedding & window treatments.  It is so pretty to see it all come together. However, I am also realizing I want to leave them with beautiful art on their walls.

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The Everly & Monet Experience

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The Everly & Monet Experience

I was finishing up a consult with a new client the other day & as she was getting ready to leave she turned around & said that she was amazed at the large variety of vendors that we carried. She also never realized that there was someone who could help her navigate through this overwhelming baby process.

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Wonderful Windows

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Wonderful Windows

So you got some windows..... So you know you need curtains....... But getting window treatments right is a crucial part of any design. Especially because they are NOT cheap. Lately, I've been spending a lot of time learning more about the in's & out's of window coverings. There truly are so many things you need to consider up front. Not to mention where you exactly hang them. That's a whole other ball of wax. Thus, figuring all this all out can be very daunting.  So I sat down with the window treatment expert, my girl Laurie McParland of Picture Perfect Windows. We talked about everything you need to know to get it done properly.

#1. How Fancy do you want to go?

Beautiful Master Bedroom Drapes by Laurie Mcparland Designs

When clients sit down with me to talk about window treatments, I quickly try to figure out what route they need to go: 

What Dana Can Do........

We make simple flat panels. Many of the manufactures I work with like Bebe Chic & Pine Creek make lovely curtains. They can come with either a rod pocket or with buckram to be used with ring hooks or clips. They will always have a relaxed casual look. These usually run around $250 & include fabric.

What Laurie Can Do....... 

What can she not do?  You name it Roman Shades, Cornices, Balloon Valances.  She can do it all.  Especially when you want specific styles panels, like Toptack, Pinch Pleat, Goblet or Inverted pleats. Her styles are more structured & consistent. They will always look perfect. These usually start around $300+ Fabric by the yard

#2. How will you use them?:

It's important to know what you need from your window treatment. Are they going to just be decorative or functional.  Are you going to open & close them everyday. Or will they stay in place? How much light comes into the space? All curtains need to be lined! But do you really need a black-out lining? I say if sunlight is streaming in during nap-time, you need black out.

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#3. Perfect Functioning

There are so many ways to hang a curtain. For 12 years I have been designing & selling drapes to clients. Most often we use a simple 3" rod pocket. Well, I have recently learned that is wrong!! Thanks Laurie. To clarify, rod pockets are great for stationary non-working drapes. But if you want to move smoothly back and forth on the rod, you need to put them on rings. Then you attach the curtains to the rings with hooks placed in the back of the panel. Or you can use ring clips that attach to the top of the panel.  The clips are definitely more of a casual look. But they will both give you the functionality you are looking for.

#4. How to Hang?

When hanging curtains, there are few rules one must follow

  • The curtain has to go all the way to the floor. 
  • You want the curtain to make the window appear taller & wider
  • Hang the rod as high as you can
  • Stretch the rod at least 5" to 10" beyond the frame

I think Erin Gates of the lifestyle blog Elements of Style said it best. I have cut & pasted from one of her best blog posts. I could not have said it better & she only used 4 WORDS:

#5. Lauries's Pet Peeves

After 20+ years making window treatment for Bethesda's best. What are the things that absolutely drives her crazy.

  • Hanging curtains to the window sill (AS IF)
  • Buying "Ready Made Curtains" at the standard length that are too short. There is no standard. Custom gives you length that is right for your windows.
  • Not lining the curtains. Unless they are sheers. you shouldn't be able to see through them:)
  • Narrow Panels that are too small for the windows. Every window needs two panels. Each panel should be the width of the window. 

Laurie's Best Everly & Monet Rooms:

Laurie Mcpharland

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Great Beginnings Closed

I am sincerely saddened when a another store closes. Especially the ones owned by other small business folks who had an idea & just ran with it. I feel their pain. Our worst nightmare is "Going out of Business."  And that nightmare includes all the people who are left behind.

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Strollers 101

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Strollers 101

Strollers are one of the 1st things on a new moms list. If you have ever visited our store you will know I like to keep it very real & very simple. After over 10 years in the business & mom of 3 I've got some thoughts when it comes to the best ways to roll. 

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