How to Build a Pergola Style Upholstered Cornice

  My client had a number of oriental style accents and need new window treatments.  I suggested a pergola style cornice, showed her two sketches, she chose the one she liked best and I got started. <br>

She chose the bottom design which featured a stripe fabric in the center and on each end.  The end stripes would then line up with the stripe trim on the standing

 panels.<br>

A paper pattern was drawn.   Always remember to fold your pattern in half and trim again so both sides are the same.   Sing a felt tipped pen the pattern was traced on to 1/2" plyboard.<br>

Since the window was wider than the 8 foot length

plyboard comes in,  a piece had to be cut and spliced on one end.   It was secured with a 4" piece of plyboard glued and screwed.  The splice was used on the inside of the cornice so that it would not show.

A grid pattern was marked and cut out of the plyboard to lessen the weight but maintain stability.<br>

Side pieces were cut and aligned with the straight part of the cornice front, glued and screwed.  The board forming the top of the cornice was attached to the face and end boards forming the cornice "box." <br>

Two small end pieces were cut to align with the face board and were attached to the end boards of the cornice box.   A piece was attached to brace face board with the shaped end pieces.<br>

Here you see the final wooden frame of the cornice board.<br>

Black out lining is stapled over the geometric cut outs.  This is important to prevent the cut outs from showing through to the face of the cornice.<br>

Next the entire board is covered in heavy flannel inner lining.

Note that the flannel is stretched and stapled to the underneath part of the rounded portion on each end.<br>

Next fiber batting was spot tacked on the entire cornice board.

The Stripe pattern was cut apart and and stitched in place with the white fabric.

The cover was then stretched and stapled over

The cornice board.  *My earlier cornice blogs go into detail as to how to maneuver around corners and shapes.<br>

After the face fabric in stapled in place and trimmed, cut a piece of fabric a couple of inches wider than the depth of the cornice.

Lay it face down on the front of the cornice and staple the edge in place .

Then staple  cardboard stripping over the edge of the fabric just attached.  Be sure to align the top edge of the striping with the hard edge of the face of the cornice board.<br>

After the stripping is in place pull the fabric to the back and staple on the back.

Cut a 3" strip of fabric and repeat the process on the bottom edge of the front of the cornice board.

Line the inside with lining fabric.

Done.

Unfortunately the lighting in the house was so bad where it was installed I couldn't get a picture of the finished, installed window treatment.  It looked exactly like the original sketch.

Bill Gantt

Decorating a Home Library in Black and Gold

My clients had a small room across the foyer from their dining room we had just finished.  While I was flattered that by this time I had enough of their confidence, they said just decorate it and make it look good.  I suggested they let me think about the room and get back to them with ideas.<br>

INTERIOR DECORATOR INTERIOR DESIGNER

To my way of thinking every room should have a purpose.  I came back to them with four suggestions.  A music room, a library, a dressy intimate dining area, or a room to serve all three purposes.  We settled on the fourth.  Essentially it is a library that can serve the other purposes.<br>

On the right is the rough sketch I provided for what I hoped the back wall of out library would look like.

The clients had seen a black and gold neoclassic room set in my studio. The husband had particularly liked it, so we decided to do that theme in the library.

The first thing that came to mind for seating in this small room was a pair of swan arm settees.  When I contacted the company I had gotten them from before I learned that they had discontinued them.  I then remembered I had used them for a bachelor client's living room.  He had since married and had told me his wife didn't like them.  He still had them in the navy and red stripe we had ordered them in.  I bought them back redid the gold leaf trim striped them and recovered them in the black and gold stripe.<br>

We selected Fabrics and wallpaper for the room.

I then sketched three original window treatment designs.  Two had round cornices the shape of the window tops and one had a square top with the shape of the window cut out of the bottom.<br>

The square top one was chosen by my clients.

We decided to upholster the cornice in black velvet with inserts of a black and gold trellis like pattern that the wife was especially fond of.  Black silk was selected for the swag and jabots

and tie back panels.     Black gold tassel fringe and rope trim was used as well.<br>

While I worked constructing cornices, drapes and recovering settees, my client worked with my sketch and a cabinet maker to get the back wall finished.>br>

A beautiful neoclassic pair of sconce lights were ordered from Decorative Crafts.  My client and I went to a bookstore on Third Street, Midtown Harrisburg and found good buys on several old books.

An internet search produced necessary neoclassic art prints.<br>

The large and heavy porcelain bowl with bronze ormolu makes a bold statement under the framed print in the center of the wall.   The shelves were arranged with books and various mementos and accessories new and old.  It is a room I and my clients are proud of.<br>

Tie backs echo the insert in the cornice boards

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I hope you enjoyed sharing this experience with me.<br>

Bill Gantt

How to Make an Elegant Cornice and Drape for a Home Library

As with almost every project, my client was presented with 3 original 1/2 scale sketches.    Since this was a round  top window, two of the cornice designs were round top.  The one that was not round topped was designed so that the bottom had the same line as the actual window top.  We settled on the flat topped one.  Having done three round tops in the dining room, this was a nice change.

Round top option  1
Flat top  option 3
Round top  option 2




Once the final design was decided, the fabrics and trims were selected, noted on the sketch and the quotes done.

The quote was accepted and I started to work.

Marked up sketch  ready to start

Often when I do the sketches I'm not certain how to actually make what I've drawn.  The cornice was the biggest part of the challenge.  I decided to use 3/8" plyboard  for the main part of the cornice.  If the plyboad had been too thick, it would have been too heavy both physically and visually.

I used plastic molding to trim the cut outs.  With the use of a hair dryer, I was able to bend them to fit the shape.  Cutting the proper angle to fit the bottom corner was the hardest thing to get.   Luckily I didn,t have much trouble.


Paper pattern of cornice
Sides of cornice cut to fit over existing crown molding












Heating plastic moldinmgs into place



                                     
 






Main part of cornice is padded
Main part of cornice is covered in black velvet








Plastic moldings are gold leafed
1/4"ply board is cut to be attached inside








After the main part of the cornice was constructed, it was padded
and covered in black velvet.

Insert being prepared to go inside

To make the padded part behind the cut outs I cut a piece of 1/4"
plyboard with the same bottom shape and marked where the cut
outs were on the board.

Only the area of the cut outs was padded so that the two parts
would fit together tightly.


Finished cornice board
Next I cut the plastic moldings to the sizes and aqngles I needed.  They were primed and painted  an orangish color and gold leaf was applied.  After they were lacquered they were carefully fit into the cut outs and secured with finish nails.  The bracket element at the top was purchased, gold leafed and attached.


The Swag and Jabot were made of black silk and trimmed with  black and gold tassel fringe.  The tie
back drapes were made of the same silk.  Using a stripe from the neoclassic setee fabric, I added a
black and gold stripe trim.  The actual tieback merits close attention.  I made them to echo the design
of the cornice board.


Take a closer look at the tie backs










Stop by the studio and as always please tell your friends about my blog.




Bill Gantt
Starting October 20 , my blog will be dedicated to Holiday decorating.    How to make ribbon roses and wrap gift boxes like these.     How to decorate a Christmas tree.    How to make a 1/2 upside down tree .    How to make beautiful decorations from roadside weeds .    On and on.