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Buffalo Check roman Blind Monika Hibbs





Drapes Q Design Centre Monika Hibbs





Drapes Q Design Centre Monika Hibbs





Drapes Q Design Centre Monika Hibbs





Drapes Q Design Centre Monika Hibbs





Drapes Q Design Centre Monika Hibbs





Drapes Q Design Centre Monika Hibbs





Drapes Q Design Centre Monika Hibbs



Oh drapery, how I love you so.  It is definitely one of my must haves in any home!  I just love how much warmer and inviting drapes can make any room.  Window coverings are one of the hardest choices to make for a home. I get asked questions about what to order or choose all the time. Do you purchase pre-made panels or order custom drapes to fit your windows just right? There is lots to think about when ordering custom drapery, including the price! But I have to say, that I will always lean towards going the custom drapery route. I really believe it will compliment your windows and room best!  All the window treatments in our home have been ordered and made by Q. Design Centre. It has honestly been my absolute favourite  experience when designing the perfect blind, drape, window cushion or even pillows and bedskirts!

Over the years I’ve had the hardest time finding the perfect shape, size, or fabric when thinking about drapery and additions to our rooms.   Q Design Centre can create whatever your heart desires: drapery, shades, hardware, pillows and my favourite bench seats!  All of the products are easy to order online, walking you through the entire process over email and everything is customizable so adding an extra detail is never a problem! Every item is made to order, so its perfect every time and the quality is only the best. I’ve been overly thrilled with every order, I know you will too! So, today I wanted to introduce you to my friends at Q. Design Centre, and answer some very important questions that many of you have asked about!

Lindsay Woods from Q. Design Center was kind enough to answer all of my drapery questions and now I’m going to share her answers with you!

1. Why do you think window treatments are important for a home?
The number one response we get when people install their draperies is: “I had no idea how much warmer the room would feel with drapery in it!!”  Plus, custom lined drapery offers the highest R rating for energy efficiency in your home, meaning it’s the best possible way to protect your windows from mother nature and as an added bonus, it’s pretty and softens the space and provides privacy!  Properly fitted drapery finishes the room and makes it feel like home!

2)  What trends are you seeing right now?
There is a really big shift back to full length drapery in light colours in natural fibres.  We don’t see valances or fussy treatments anymore.  Our clients want beautifully simple drapery and that’s what you will find in our online drapery shop.  Light, nature inspired fabrics, linens and linen blends (for anyone like me that can’t handle that “lived in” look), velvets and silks and pretty florals.  Ribbon banding is really popular right now for that tailored custom look.  We add it to drapery panels, roman shades and now bedskirts like in your guest room.  It’s just a lovely detail to bring the whole look together.

3) Who and what are you inspired by?
I’m a big lover of sentimental things and having 3 little ones at home may be effecting this right now but I’m just inspired by my clients who work the design in their homes around things that really mean something to them.  Adding perfect drapery, great lighting, rugs and toss pillows in and around your precious items just makes me smile.  Both homeowners and designers that can make beautiful spaces and include the art and the tokens that mean something to them and their clients is inspiring to me.  We have designer clients who clear cut the space and fill it with beautiful things that they source but the spaces don’t hold memories of trips or children’s art or family heirlooms and to me that’s a little bit sad.  If you can create a space that is pretty, inviting and also respects and honours the objects that are meaningful, that’s a true talent.

4) What’s your most creative/favourite project your team has worked on?
We love a challenge so anything tricky gets our attention.  We did these really intricate velvet panels with a laser cut embroidered floral edge band – it was truly incredible.  The amount of time and effort our team put into it was inspiring.  It’s featured in this month’s House and Home magazine actually!

5) Drapes or romans?  And when would you recommend one or the other?  Where should you mount them?
I love to see full length drapery whenever possible but some windows simply don’t allow it.  Dormers or windows in small spaces are perfect for roman shades.  Inside mount is always best for romans if possible because it’s nice to see the trim exposed framing the shade if you can.  For drapery, I like to see the rod mounted close to the ceiling but with a bit of breathing room, maybe 3-4” down is just right.  If there is a crown moulding I like to see it mounted as high as you can.

6) What advice would you give someone looking for drapery for their home?
Make sure you have someone who can help you get the sizing right.  Ill fitting drapery can make the room look worse.  We spend a lot of time with our clients both near and far making sure they get the right fit for their drapery and shades.  We have easy forms that guide them through measuring and we love if our clients can send a photo so we can understand what’s going on in the space before they order.  This part of the process is so important.  Also, when you buy good quality drapery and hardware, you only cry once LOL.  Invest one time and get the right thing, don’t cheap out and have to replace it in a year or two.  Custom drapery is an investment in your home and makes it feel so much warmer.  We are happy to help them get what they need!

To see full room photos of the above drapery click over to previous blog posts.
Lillya’s Nursery Blackout Drapes + Brass Hardware
Master Bedoom – Linen Drapes + Brass Hardware
Guest Bedroom- Banded Roman Blinds + Bedskirt + Seat Cushion
Kitchen Nook- House Linen Drapes + Black Hardware

Make sure to join the Q. Design Centre Mailing List ASAP for super amazing Black Friday Sale coming up!! Here is a hint to what’s to come!
First ever Black Friday “Patience Is A Virtue” 
40% off all hardware
40% off all pillows
15% off all House Linen drapery, shades and bench seats

Pear & Cinnamon Muffins



Veggemo Vegan Pear and Cinnamon Muffins Monika Hibbs



Veggemo Vegan Pear and Cinnamon Muffins Monika Hibbs





Veggemo Vegan Pear and Cinnamon Muffins Monika Hibbs





Veggemo Vegan Pear and Cinnamon Muffins Monika Hibbs





Veggemo Vegan Pear and Cinnamon Muffins Monika Hibbs





Veggemo Vegan Pear and Cinnamon Muffins Monika Hibbs





Veggemo Vegan Pear and Cinnamon Muffins Monika Hibbs





Veggemo Vegan Pear and Cinnamon Muffins Monika Hibbs





Veggemo Vegan Pear and Cinnamon Muffins Monika Hibbs





Veggemo Vegan Pear and Cinnamon Muffins Monika Hibbs





Veggemo Vegan Pear and Cinnamon Muffins Monika Hibbs



I just recently tried veggemo, a dairy free milk beverage that’s perfect for our every day cooking needs. It’s a great way to get all the nutrients of milk without the dairy in case you have a sensitivity,  or just prefer not to include it in your daily diet.  It’s made with vegetables: peas, tapioca, and potatoes… best part is it doesn’t look, or taste, like its made with vegetables!  Veggemo is a great source of calcium, Vitamin D and B12.  I love the fact that its also obviously dairy free but also free of most common allergens! Veggemo is also great to use for recipes in place of milk!  I made these vegan pear cinnamon muffins and below I’ve shared the recipe for you to try, if you’re not brave enough to just have a glass on it’s own.

Vegan Pear & Cinnamon Muffins
Portions 12 regular (6 extra large)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total Cook time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients:
2 pears, about 1 ½ cups, peeled and cut into cubes
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1 Tbsp. Coconut oil
2 Tbsp. Brown sugar

Dry
1 ¼ Cups all purpose flour
¼ cup of whole wheat flour
½ cup old fashioned oats
½ cup brown sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda

Wet
1 flax egg*
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup Veggemo
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice or zest
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Crumble
¼ cup old fashioned oats
2 Tbsp. All purpose flour.
2 Tbsp. Coconut oil softened
1/4 cup. raw sugar or brown sugar

Steps:

1. Pre heat your oven to 375 F
2. Grease or line a muffin tin (or alternatively an extra large Muffin tin with 6)
3. In a small pan melt the coconut oil, add in the cinnamon, sugar and pears, cook for about 5 minutes until just slightly softened and fragrant. Remove from the pan and place in a bowl in the fridge to cool down.
4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix the flax seed meal and water together and let it stand for about 5 minutes. We used 1 Tbsp flax seed to 2 ½ Tbsp. water to create “1 egg”.
5. In a medium bowl sift your flour and all remaining dry ingredients together, and set aside.
6. In a large bowl whisk all of your wet ingredients together, using a wooden spoon or spatula incorporate the dry ingredients and the cool downed pears. Fold everything together until just mixed (over mixing can create a “tougher” texture).
7. In a small bowl using your hands incorporate the ingredients for the crumble topping.
8. Using a cookie scoop fill the muffin liners just over ¾ full.
9. Top with a sprinkle of the crumble mixture.
10. Bake in the pre heated oven for about 18 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
11. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and then remove from the pan and continue cooling on a wire rack. Once completely cooled you can store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or alternatively freeze.

*To create the look, we did, thinly slice a pear lengthwise place on top of the muffin and sprinkle with some more raw sugar.

*If you find the liners pull away from the muffin this is just because they are moist. If you don’t wish to use muffin liners, you could brush the muffin tin with coconut oil and sprinkle in course sugar before filling them. This will give them a nice look and sugary crust on the outside!

Recipe created by MH Food Contributor Erin Creed.

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