Green is where the Heart Is for November 30th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 30 November 2016 05:00

“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.  Coincidence?  I think not.” ~unknown

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

I hope you enjoyed the holiday.  Now that we are wrapping up this wacky year, you may be thinking about 2017 and considering what you need to accomplish.  Don’t stress out.  This is a great time of year to start the thought process concerning redoing rental units and second homes. I have been helping my clients on Pleasure Island for over ten years.  I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work.  Experience is key.  
Generally, the months of January and February are pretty desolate around here, perfect to make improvements.  If we are doing re-upholstery, we will need to remove the pieces which may take 3-4 weeks for completion.   Slipcovers take the same amount of fabric and time and cost slightly less but the good thing is we don’t have to remove them from the premises.  We make our template on location, go away for a few weeks and return….waa laa…with a beautiful custom cover in tow.  
Window treatments are another product that can make or break a rental unit. In the 1980’s and 90’s it was popular to use vertical blinds for large sliders, especially oceanfront, but honestly, people really don’t like them.  If they are not of good quality, they break and yellow and get caught up causing cracks in the PVC.  Lafayette has a product called a Sheer Vision.  It has the function of a vertical blind but it looks really great because it is wrapped with a sheer fabric.  The softness lends grace to the room as the sun comes in, creating warmth with natural lighting.  Pricing depends on the size of the slider and the fabric chosen.  You can expect to pay from $1,000.00 to $2,500.00 if you have an 8 to 14 foot slider.  Hunter Douglas upped the ante with it’s product called Luminette.  It is made of fabric with no PVC and the vanes can be room dimming or light filtering.  It looks very sleek and contemporary but you may end up paying twice the price, depending on the size and fabric chosen.  Because of the cost I wouldn’t recommend it for a rental.  However, every time I sell them, the homeowner raves about them. They coordinate with Silhouettes.
When furnishing a rental, it is important to NOT use the cheapest products unless you want to replace them often. Panel tracks work like shoji screens.  They come in man-made products and natural woven woods depending on your preference. I would recommend the man made polyester, easy to clean with less upkeep when renters use the space.
Last but not least are fabric draperies.  Lots of people think grommet top draperies are the solution to sliders.  I disagree.  If the rod is telescoping it will produce a huge frustration when trying to go over the place where the little rod is inserted into the larger rod.  Rods need stability and center brackets prevent drapes from moving.  Also, grabbing the drapery and repeatedly tugging on it puts constant stress on the brackets.  I have a huge selection of appropriate rods that work seamlessly.
One product I LOVE is called a ripplefold drapery.  The fabric ripples back and forth with snap tape and the rod is super easy to manipulate. You don’t have to grab with your hands because wands control the panels, or if you prefer, you can use cords to operate.  
Don’t stress out. Ask an expert. You may be surprised how a little forethought will pay for itself in the long run. With the money saved we can stop at Port City Java, relax and enjoy coffee and a dessert. Call me. xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She specializes in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, re-upholstery, blinds, and custom paint color selections.  Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 30 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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