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The entertaining season is upon us!


The entertaining season is upon us!

 

As we fast approach the end of the year, the social calendar overflows with lunches and gatherings to catch up with friends and family. Who's hosting the get together? Some feel a heightened level of anxiety at the suggestion of hosting - what to cook, how to dress the table, what do I present the food on… No need to stress, here’s our quick tips on getting your entertaining table ready for some seriously great catching up.

 

Tip 1 -  Think of an overall theme. It’s good to have a theme in mind when preparing the menu and dressing the table, this will captivate and energise your guests. Choose a theme that represents your interest or suits your location. For us, we live on the water so our go-to theme is always coastal. Think blue coastal colours, relaxed vibe and seafood. Nothing too rigid, lots of texture and flowing fabric to set the scene.

 


Tip 2 - Select your dinnerware. Think about how many guests are coming and also the food you’ll be serving - Will you need centre plates, bowls or oversized dinner plates. Once you work out what dinnerware you’ll need for each course, you can then dive into your cupboards to pull together the perfect set. Always try to use what you have at home, or borrow any extras needed from friends or neighbours. 

 

Tip 3 - Organisation is the key (and outsourcing is not frowned upon!)

Pull out your dinnerware, napkins and place settings prior to the day of your event, this will allow you to clean any plates that may have a stain or to wash linen that needs a freshen up. It will also allow you to pin point any items you may be short of. 

Plan your menu, keep it simple, prep as much as you can the day before - that way you will have less to do when your guests arrive and you can spend the time relaxing and catching up. When all else fails and you are just too overwhelmed with cooking - call for take-out! Your guests are coming over to enjoy your company, they won’t judge!

 

Tip 4 - Linen

Don’t underestimate the power of linen. A linen table covering adds a level of sophistication to any sit-down meal.

Layer up your linen. You can go for a contrasting look between your table covering and the napkin to add another layer of interest. Or stick with the same coloured linen and add extra interest with contracting ceramic dinnerware. 

 



Tip 5 - Fresh Flowers

Always have gorgeous fresh blooms in the centre of the table. Keep in mind your overall theme and select flowers that fit within that.

 

Tip 6 - Comfort

Always ensure your guests have a comfortable place to sit. The more comfortable your guests are at the table the longer they will remain seated and enjoy the great conversation. If you are limited by your available seating, add cushions! Cushions not only provide comfort for a stiff-backed chair or a hard base, they also add a pop of colour and add another feature to your theme.



 

Tip 7 - Refreshments

Keep your guests hydrated. Always offer a drink on arrival and ensure you have the glassware table ready. If you are serving alcohol at your gathering, be sure to provide both water glasses and wine glasses on the table. 

 

Sit back, have a drink and relax - enjoy your catch up with friends and family!


QUICK TIPS!

Don't feel like you have to do it all yourself. Take-out is your friend when entertaining.

Make a game plan and write it out.

Hire help! There are lots of easy ways to source staffing to help make your event easier.


How to choose the perfect sized curtain for your space.


So often we have clients who just don’t know where to start when it comes to measuring up for curtains. Some have tracks, some don’t have any hardware, others are still doubling the material width they think they need to create fullness in their curtain. That’s why Leuvia have taken the guess work out of measuring up and finding the perfect fit. Our curtains are ready-made. The fullness, extra fabric and heading details have all been taken care of – all you need to do is find the right hardware, measure your window and then select the perfect curtain panel size to fit!

Before you do anything you need to know what hardware you’re using. Have you got an existing rod or track in place? Or do you need to start right back at the beginning and measure up for your hardware?


Measuring up for Hardware (Track / Rod)


Step 1.  Deciding the width of your hardware

Start by measuring the width of the window/door frame, then add 30-40cm (12-16”) each side of the window - if space allows. This measurement will be the width for your rod or track. Adding this extra space either side of the window will ensure your curtains comfortably cover your window, and will also allow for the material to gather on each side when the curtains are fully open. Mount the brackets to your rod/ track as per the above measurement and then add your finials onto each end.

Step 2. Drop length 

Where you mount your hardware in terms of height from the top of your window or door depends on how much space you have above your window and the height of your ceilings. Mounting hardware closer to the ceiling will create the illusion of larger windows and higher ceilings. There is no set rule as to how far above your window / door frame you should mount your hardware, but we often suggest closer to the ceiling is best. (unless of course you have sky scraper ceilings!!)


Ok so now we’ve got the hardware in place – let’s start measuring up for your curtains!

Step 1.  Measure the width of the hardware (not including finials – which are the fancy knobs at the end of the rod)


Once you have this measurement, you can then work out how many curtain panels you require. The width of the combined curtain panels you choose must be NO LESS than the width of your hardware.  


Important to consider: 
Do you want two curtain panels to meet in the middle of your window or door and draw back to either side, or one panel to cover the entire window? 
 If you want two panels to meet in the middle, you need to divide the width of the hardware in half and then select two curtain panels to match these sizes. Remember it’s ok to have a bit more fabric – so if you need an extra panel of fabric to cover the width of the hardware that’s fine. You just need to make sure that your combined width of panels is NO less than the width of the hardware.

Step 2.  The drop length you want for your curtains can vary depending on the look you are after:


For curtains with Triple Pinch Pleat heading, please measure the drop length from the bottom of the hanging ring (on the curtain rod) to the floor.

For curtains with Rod Pocket/Tie Top heading, please measure from the top of the hardware to the floor.



Based on the measurements you have taken in Step 1 and 2 above, you are now ready to select the ready-made curtains that fit closest to this size. Always go slightly bigger rather than smaller. (you can always alter the them)

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Step 3. Length alteration service for various finishes.
Curtain widths and lengths are not cut and dry, and a lot depends on the look or style you like. That’s why we offer an alteration service on our ready-made curtains' length. You can achieve different looks by simply adjusting the length of your curtain. According to the look you’d like to achieve as shown below, you can add the recommended amount of length to the curtain panel drop length you measured in Step 2, and then you have your final, final required size!



Keep in mind - Once you alter the curtains, we can't take them back!
The alteration will be conducted based on the measurements you provide.  It is your responsibility to ensure the correct measurements of your window or hardware. Please check the product details and measurements of the goods before placing an order. We cannot accept returns or refund if we are provided incorrect measurement, as the products are made to measure which can't be sold to other customers


So, go grab your measuring tape, and start measuring up for a set of the perfect sheer curtains!   

Sheers Curtains - How to dress windows like ‘The Block’


If you’ve been watching The Block this season you would have noticed that most of the contestants are using delicate sheer curtains in their rooms. Having a room with multiple windows is an asset to any space as they allow natural light to stream in, however multiple windows also makes privacy a challenge. That’s where the use of sheer curtains can help.

Sheers are made from a transparent material, some more transparent than others. Choosing the right transparency and fabric type will depend on your individual style and how much privacy you require.

For a really transparent, chic look that allows maximum light to stream in, look towards a Polyester / cotton fabric, this will give you a similar result to Jess and Norm’s main bedroom from The Block – Season 14.

Jess and Norm have opted for a pinch pleat header giving the curtains tight, even, pencil width pleats. This style of curtain header attaches to a curtain rod or track via hidden drapery hooks. In the case of Jess and Norm they have opted for a hidden track system behind a pelmet / recess.

Pinch pleat headers are a popular choice when using sheer curtains. This style of curtain header is also very practical as it can be used on both a curtain rod or track system – depending on your budget and the look you are after. 

For a more textured look, but still allowing plenty of light to stream in – a linen or linen blend sheer would be your go-to. It will provide you with more privacy, whilst still maintaining the natural light. A linen blend sheer will also add a relaxed, warm feeling to your space. The blend of a polyester within the linen will help the sheer to maintain shape and fall effortlessly to the floor.


Love the textured look of linen, but still looking to add a little more luxe to your linen sheers? Look towards a simple black trim on your curtains. Maintaining the relaxed, soft elegance of textured sheers but taking it up a notch in the style stakes with the luxe look of black trim.

If you’re still looking to push the boundaries and add more edge to your look opt for a soft black, textured sheer. Again, use a linen blend to add texture, allow the light to filter through and maintain a level of privacy.

Check out Bianca and Carla’s space from The Block Season 14. They have used the same black sheer throughout the majority of the apartment, creating a consistent, edgy feel throughout. 

The contestants from The Block know the impact that sheer curtains add to a room. Not only do sheer curtains look incredible, but they’re also easy to hang – and very affordable. 

Most Leuvia sheer curtains come with a Pinch Pleat Header with hidden drapery hooks, that can be adjusted to achieve different length finishes. This style of curtain header attaches to a simple rod with rings. For those looking for a more refined look, a track system may be worth investing in. Pinch pleat sheers are well suited to tracks or rod and ring systems. Tracks can be ceiling mounted, or wall mounted and the actual hardware can be covered by the top of the curtain for a sleek finish. 

Interior Designer Tip:Mount your rod or track as close to the ceiling as possible. This will create the illusion that your ceilings are higher than they actually are. You don’t have to install curtains limited to the size of the actual window. 

See how Courtney and Hans have mounted their tracks close to the ceiling and extended them beyond either side of the window – creating the illusion of a bigger window and higher ceiling.


When selecting your sheers opt for large wide ones or use multiple curtain panels hung next to each other to give a luxurious bank of free-flowing fabric. Most pinch pleat curtains and sheers will have extra fabric built into the header to allow for extra fullness and volume.

Need help measuring up for your curtains? Check out our helpful Measuring Guide or contact us for personalised measuring and window styling help.

My Ombre Interior Obsession - Guest Post by Cherie Barber



Ombre isn't new but it’s definitely now! And yes ... I'll admit it, it’s my latest renovation obsession.
 
Ever since the first dip-dyed trusses sashayed out of the hair salon, onto the streets, and into our fashion magazines, the world has been in love with these soft colour graduations from one hue to another. First devised as a way for colour curious to dip their toes into the world of hair colour without the threat of regrowth, the Ombre or Balayage technique involved lightening or colouring hair from the bottom up rather than the roots down. The result looked as though you'd been at the beach all Summer and the sun and surf had woven its magic.
 

Rocket forward a few seasons and adventurous stylists were blending pastels and more powerful hues to create styles that My Little Pony would be proud of. The trend moved into manicures, clothes, you name it … and then came interiors!

 

From fashion pages to the family room, now more than ever there are inexpensive ways to bring the Ombre trend to life in your home.



It was obvious that Ombre’s soft blending of colour would be a hit in interiors. And since it made its first splash, we've seen it used in so many ways. From wallpapers, to paint effects, mosaic tiles, and furniture finishes.
 

An Ombre wall treatment (be it paint or wallpaper) is a great way to play with colour without it becoming too overwhelming. Its subtle variations are so gentle to live with that you're less likely to get tired of it. When you're Renovating For Profit, it's a great on trend look that buyers will get excited about, rather than scared by.



It didn't take long for 'upcyclers' and interior stylists to recognise that Ombre was an easy way to revamp old furniture and bring it up to date. It's as easy as taking a paint colour you love and adding different amounts of white paint to create variations of that colour, graduating from dark to light. I love how it has been used on these drawers and wall shelves below.

 



But my latest Ombre obsession has to be these dip-dyed sheer curtains from Leuvia. I've seen DIY versions of these all over Pinterest with varying degrees of success. Most look 'clumsy and striped' rather than soft and graduated. It's the reason I've never bothered (or recommended) getting a pot of fabric dye and giving it a go.


So when I came across these sheers available in four shades (Slate, Caramel, Malachite and Sunset), I was won over. They're practical because the colour sits at the base of the fabric where curtains take most of their wear and tear ... and they're gorgeous because they allow light through the white top while allowing a colourful band to contrast against your furniture at the base.




I've recently used these in my own beach house near Byron Bay and a little boy's footy inspired bedroom, showing just how versatile these curtains are. The semi-sheer fabric changes the way light plays in your room and alters the mood as the sun moves across the sky and then dips beneath the horizon.

 




With pinch pleat tops, these sheers are full and wide (a versatile W262cm x L250cm), so they fit even the largest modern windows and sliding doors (get rid of those vertical blinds please!). Plus, Leuvia has recently introduced an alteration service so you can have them hemmed or altered to fit your windows perfectly!