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DeCocco Design is always changing--it's the nature of design!

DeCocco Design is always changing–it’s the nature of design!

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All kinds of festive design


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This has been a wonderful week.  I finished up the last design project for the year (phew!) and attended a holiday luncheon with my fab peers of the Alliance of Interior Designers.  AID is a professional organization for designers here in NC.  A better, more supportive, more talented, more beautiful group of creative geniuses cannot be found!  Our luncheon was held at the Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh.  Lots of festive sparkle greeted us right from the start.

Traditional holiday decor always brings a smile and a warm glow.

Traditional holiday decor always brings a smile and a warm glow.

Lots of swag on this buffet!

Lots of swag on this buffet!

IMG_2255 (640x480)IMG_2251 (480x640)IMG_2248 (480x640)IMG_2249 (480x640)IMG_2266 (480x640)Many of our members made the most of the opportunity to kick off their heels and take a breather together after a very busy year.  We can all tell you–the economy is picking up!

After the luncheon, the uber-talented Doris Raymond of Doris Raymond Interiors invited everyone over to her home to take a look at her national award winning kitchen. Click on this link to see photos of it.  It’s am amazing space, just jam-packed with brilliant ideas.  I had seen it before, but I hadn’t seen her recently renovated living room:

Look at this Christopher Guy mirror!

Look at this Christopher Guy mirror!

This mirror is on a wall that’s backed with ultra-suede.  Delishy.

Here’s Doris with her fox throw.  She’s talented and fun.



I went to the AID Facebook page and found this great picture of many of us to share with you:

AID 2012

We had a great time!



Still feeling the love from Thanksgiving


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One reason is because I’m still eating Thanksgiving food!  Gail brought us some of her pumpkin pie today and yesterday she provided turkey vegetable soup–both so delicious.  Since we weren’t  home for Turkey Day, we had no fridge groaning with leftovers, so we were happy to have some of hers.

The view from the Cafe in the Boston Museum of Science.

I know this is all so very “last week,” but we had such a great time in New England that I want to share a couple of pictures with you.  Our first stop in Boston was the Museum of Science.  I went there many times as a child, brought my kids there and now it was a pleasure to bring Grandboy.  It’s still SUCH a wonderful destination.

This house is about 250 years old!

We stayed in Amesbury, Mass. and took a walk every day through the neighborhood near the hotel.  I’m a real child of New England and delight in seeing the architecture of old–I mean really old–houses.

Simple, proud, warm.

One lovely house after another.  All of these homes look out onto the Merrimac River.  The Atlantic Ocean is less than a mile away.

Is this a barn or is this a barn?

A stately cottage.

I’d like to go inside to explore every room in this one!

This is the one I picked out for myself:

Right on the water and it’s either fairly “new” or full of updates. I love updates!

Simple, clean architecture can compliment the surroundings beautifully.

We spent a day in Falmouth, Maine with my sister.  This is her backyard view at dusk.

Dramatic, isn’t it?

And lastly I’ll show you my brother’s house, where we spent Thanksgiving:

Jim’s ranch – where the best cook I know lives!

Inside that house lives a kind, generous, talented, busy family.  The fireplace is always burning and friends are always dropping by.  My brother cooked one of those “trash can” turkeys for dinner (no trash cans are actually involved).  A 22 lb. bird cooked in 90 minutes and the result was incredible.

One more very important thing happened last week–a member of our team got married.  Congratulations John!



Cyber Monday deal on drapery panels!


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In honor of Cyber Monday, we’re offering our customers $20.00 off every drapery panel purchased throughout the day.  This offer runs from 12:00 midnight tonight (Sunday) until 11:59 p.m. on Monday night.

Window treatments to polish up your rooms.

Our Dots are dreamy.

Use the coupon code CYBER2012 at checkout and $20.00 will be deducted from the price of each panel.

Our reds are ravishing.

Remember that we’re always just an email away from personal attention and assistance with any questions you might have.  The email address is on the website,

Our patterns are plucky!

I hope you find some other great deals on Cyber Monday.



Living the Pottery Barn Life


Pottery Barn dining

Gracious dining a la Pottery Barn–love it!

The following piece was written by the fabulous Celia Rivenbark, and appeared in my much-loved News & Observer on Sunday.  As always, Celia makes me laugh out LOUD.  I asked her if I could share it with you here on the blog and she gave me her enthusiastic permission. Enjoy!

If only I could live the Pottery Barn life.  by Celia Rivenbark

Lately I’ve become obsessed with making my living room look like the ones in Pottery Barn.  Or rather the HomeGoods, Tuesday Morning, Target version of Pottery Barn because, let’s face it, I ain’t paying $50 for a pillow COVER.  You have to buy your own pillow insert int he PB world, which is goofy since you can get the whole thing put together everywhere else on Earth.

I realized things might be getting out of control when I compiled a “look book” of pictures ripped from the roughly 4, 067 Pottery Barn catalogs that come to me in the course of a fortnight. (OK, I don’t know what that is either, but it sounds like something you’d say if you actually owned a nail-studded velvet sofa from you-know-where.)

I find it oddly comforting to clip pictures of favorite table settings and candle configurations and stash them in my album.  Duh Hubby just finds it odd.  Correct conversational candle height is all that separates us from the savages, i tell him, but he doesn’t understand.

I find myself irrationally jealous of the PB families whose faces are never shown in the catalog but whose full lives require heavy molding-trimmed blackboard organizers with festively chalked reminders such as “Don’t forget passport!” or “Harvest Ball tonight!”  or “Regatta with Leslie & Paul!”  They lead such glamorous lives, these imaginary families.  Just once I’d like to see a chalkboard in the PB catalog with a barely legible reminder to “DVR ‘The Bachelor'” or, better still, a grocery list without “Brie, artichokes, fennel…” but rather “Mushroom soup, tots, lice shampoo.”

Duh, as you’ve probably guessed, has no interest whatsoever in home decorating. True story.  We recently visited an old college friend of his who had gotten a divorce.  In the living room of his bachelor pad were two items: a director’s chair and the cardboard box his big-screen TV had come in that functioned as dining table, coffee table and ottoman.  “Wow, it’s tough having to buy new stuff when you split, isn’t it?” I said.

He looked at me and shook his head. “What? I’ve been divorced for nine years.”

“At least this house has great bones,” I said, mentally picturing the fabulous weathered wood triptych of a vintage airplane from PB over his new tufted Chesterfield couch, also from PB.

“Huh?” he said.

I get it.  Duh also doesn’t understand oversized clock faces that don’t tell time or charming topiary in whimsical pots on the mantel to collect really high-quality dust.

One day, Duh arrived home to discover a bowl had been filled with wicker balls of varying sizes and colors.

“What do they do?” he asked, picking one up and eyeing it curiously.

“They don’t DO anything,” I huffed. “They just ARE.  And put that down!  It took me 45 minutes to get them arranged like the catalog picture.”

Yeah, that’s not crazy.

Thanks Celia!



Terms used in the world of window treatments, draperies, panels, curtains….!


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Today Gail is writing a post on the blog–yay! (Anne :~)

Hello! Anne has encouraged me to  join her on the blog, so here I am!  Anne will have to do the actual publishing as I’m the CFO of DeCocco Design Drapes and if it doesn’t have to do with QuickBooks, I’m lost–well, I’m also a little lost with QuickBooks, but who’s keeping track? Let’s talk about TERMS used in the world of custom drapes.  There are sooo many terms to know when it comes to window treatments, so it can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never sewn a stitch in your life.  Being the professional workroom adviser for our company, I thought it would be helpful to clarify some of the terminology  that often goes along with purchasing custom drapery panels for your home.  Knowing some of these basic terms can help you understand what the heck we’re talking about.  Here are some of the most common questions we get:

What’s a “Header?”

The Header is the style at the top of the drapery panel.  It can be as simple as a pocket that your rod can slip into, but most custom work features nicer choices to enhance the treatment.  The most widely used Header styles are pinch pleats.  These include a 3 finger pinch pleat (aka Butterfly), 2 finger pinch pleat, top tack pleats (aka European), cartridge pleats and inverted pleats (aka Box).  Another popular header style is a Grommet Header.  There are many variations of these headers and custom workrooms can create them all.  It just boils down to what YOU prefer! Here are some examples from our collection:

This is a classic 3 finger pinch pleat header, we call it the Butterfly. Always beautiful.

This is a top tack header – we call it the European. Love it!

This is a cartridge header. More contemporary-features quiet, clean lines.

This is a grommet header, in our oil rubbed bronze finish. VERY versatile!

What is the “Return?”

The Return is the outside edge of the drape that makes a 90 degree turn towards the window after the last ring (or grommet).  The return measures the distance from the front of the rod to the wall and is determined by the depth of the bracket that holds the rod up.  The standard return size is 3.5 inches wide, but can be customized, especially for large rods.  Once the panel is in place, you can hook it to the wall with a screw and a drapery pin.  It makes a nice, finished look.

We’ll use this picture of a grommet header again. Do you see how the drapery is returning to the wall? That’s the Return!

What is the fabric “Repeat?”

The Repeat is referring to the pattern that is printed or woven into the fabric and is repeated from side to side and top to bottom.  Every fabric pattern has a vetical repeat and a horizontal repeat.  The vertical repeat tells you how many inches there are from the top of one single pattern to the same point on the next one down.  The horiztonal repeat tells you the same thing–from one point on the pattern to the same point on the next pattern when you measure across the fabric.  All decorator fabrics list the repeat on the bolt or fabric tag, even if the repeat is “0.”  When making custom curtains, knowing the repeat of the fabric is key  to determining the correct yardage and having the pattern match on all panels.

Pattern repeats

This shows the repeat of some of the fabrics in our collection. Repeats are very important!

What is a “Break?”

Break is a term that designers and workrooms use and it is not referring to a lunch break, potty break or jail break.  It’s how draperies hit the floor once they’re hung up.  The break is the finished length of the curtain so they fully rest on the floor–like the way your trousers “break” at your shoe.

Two breaks – the panel on the left has a fairly pronounced break, while the panel on the right barely hits the floor.

Hopefully, this will help with a few of the terms used in custom window treatments. Now it is time to sit back with a big bowl of popcorn and a really good book in my hand–and by book…I mean QuickBooks!

With sparkle and texture,


My new foyer light fixture


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We’ve been living in our current home for 5 1/2 years and the dated brass light fixtures in the foyer and hallway have been begging for attention the entire time.  I’ve ignored them because I just haven’t seen any replacement options that I loved.  The ceiling is just 8 feet high and the foyer is tiny (so odd that this is the house of my dreams, but it is).  It can’t take much in the way of size or depth. This is the kind of fixture that we had:

brass light fixture

Oh so very brassy yet nondescript.

And then one day, there it was, in the Ballard Designs catalog:

Moravian star light fixture

A Moravian star!

I LOVE this light-have ALWAYS wanted one of these, but they usually come with one bulb, which is too dim for me.  This one has two bulbs!  And it casts such lovely shadows!  It says “Hello gorgeous!” to all who enter.

Foyer light fixture

Worth the wait.

So that’s the foyer light.  There are two more of those darn brassy fixtures down the hallway, so now I have to find their replacements.  Will keep you posted.

Hey!  I did it–5 posts in 5 days.  Quite the accomplishment (?). Next week GAIL says she’s going to do a post.  I can’t wait!