Thursday, May 21, 2009

Whew - What a Great Trip !! Here's Some Highlights

Debbie Green of Minutes Matter & Studio & Me

I'm back from my whirlwind tour of creative trade shows starting with the International Window Fashions Expo in Atlanta. It was a great show despite our current economy and I was so encouraged to see how enthusiastic and positive all of the attendees and vendors were. Vision magazine did an absolutely fabulous job of managing the show and putting on some great educational seminars and industry events. Thanks to Grace McNamara and her staff for providing such an invigorating and vital opportunity for our industry. I look forward to attending again next year!

Here's the Minutes Matter booth - always one of the most crowded spots on the show floor and not just because they were giving away fresh popcorn!

Pate Meadows Patterns

Just behind the Minutes Matter booth was Pate Meadows my favorite pattern design co. They introduced four new fabulous and truly innovative patterns this show. As always they were made up in the cutest selection of fabrics. These gals really know their stuff.

My daughter Angelica loved the York Wall coverings and Fabrics booth. They had beautiful dresses made up of wallpaper on mannequins in their display that were works of art.

As always the designer vignettes were fantastic. I forgot to write down who designed who so if you are responsible for one of the great treatments I am showing please let me know and I will add your name. Here are two very different designs using the same fabric. Love Them!

I liked this geometric fabric and the way the designer utilized it to form a dramatic border on the panel.

design by Robin Mcallister

This was Angelica's favorite vignette - I loved it to! The window treatment is great but I also loved the pillows, the mini chaise lounge and the surrounding wallpaper and draped walls. These vignettes are much harder to put together than you would think and it is a challenge to give the illusion of a real space with such a limited amount of room. I think this one did a great job of hitting those points.

Love the pillows and the combination of fabrics and trims.

Me and Angelica - this picture doesn't show how much my feet hurt - Ouch!!!

This treatment was truly innovative. The designer used glass mosaic tiles as a trimming element to create the square pattern on the leading edge of the panels and cornice. The addition of the beaded fringe on the swags and cascades balanced it out and the overall effect was reallly dramatic.

I was really excited to see a few treatments at the show that might possibly have been influenced by my book. This one was a real standout - I adored it!

Here I am with my fellow award winners at the WOW Awards ceremony. We had a great time. Congratulations to all of my fellow recipients your work was truly outstanding. Can't wait to see what you all come up with next year!

Check out my next post for more from the show including new hardware and beautiful bedding. See you then ......


Dian Garbarini said...

Green, black and white valance with Roman is Terri Booser. She did a beautiful job. Sheer overlay on that Roman--niccccce.

Southern Chateau said...

Hi Jackie, first off, huge congrats on your award! I love your designs and drawings and I own your window treatment book. Its a great designer resource. Also, thanks for sharing the pics of your trip to the Expo. I missed going this year so it was good to see it through your eyes. I won second place in commercial treatments in 2005 and the award ceremony was so much fun! Your work is wonderful. Carol

Renée Finberg said...

what fun !

great show.

Welmoed Sisson said...

Great pictures, Jackie! Looks like you had a wonderful time. The treatment with the big floral and geometric print leading edge is one that I did for the Trend Spot. It was designed so it could be changed throughout the show, by adding contrast panels, covered buttons, and by folding the leading edge.

K from WA said...

Wow... beautiful...

Really missed attending this year

Karen Erickson

cotedetexas said...

You look so pretty and that young thing, forget it - beautiful!!!!

Robin McCallister said...

Congrats on your award! You truly are a rising star! Thanks for the compliments on the vignette. That was mine with all the pillows. It was really fun to put together and I am so thankful for all the compliments. Could not have done it without the generosity of the vendors!