Laura Wilder received her BA in studio art in 1980, and began her career as a graphic designer and commercial illustrator. When she was first exposed to the masters of the early 20th century, she was both stunned and exhilarated: the styles, techniques and philosophy bore an uncanny similarity to her own style and approach. Dissatisfied with designing for such clients as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microwave Pizza, she decided to make her way independently, studying block and screen printing and cultivating her own line of period-inspired prints and paintings. Now a Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan, Laura runs her own business and lives in Rochester, New York.|
Whether you live in the city or the country, you’ll always look out upon the entrance to a quiet forest when you place Laura Wilder’s Glen’s Edge in your window. Its boughs will sway with the gentle breezes and lend a placid mood to your house or apartment.
For the typical 24" - 28" wide bungalow window, a single 33" lace panel is perfect. For the triptych narrow-wide-narrow window configuration, a 20" + 33" + 20" works well. And for those wide 48" front windows, two 33" panels will gather nicely.
There is no exact formula for determining which is the correct measurement of length and width when buying lace curtains. Usually, the decision is based on one of two eras of decor: 19th or 20th century.
In the 19th century, Federal, Greek Revival, Early and mid Victorian and some Colonial Revival, window treatments were “fuller“ with more gathering using a ratio of 1½ to 2 times the window width as the curtain panel width. Our Cherwell, Grecian, Eastlake, Oak & Acorn, Old Colony and Regency panels work best in these instances. Also, it was custom to have the lace panels hang below the window sill, sometimes even pooling onto the floor although baseboard height was most common.
20th century Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Bungalow, Craftsman, mid-Century Modern and Mission window treatments were much ‘flatter‘ with much less gathering using a ratio of 1 to no more than 1 to 1½ times the window width as the curtain panel width. Our Art Deco, Ginkgo Leaf, Glen‘s Edge, Good Hare Day, Hunter Rose, Pine Cone and Prairie Sumac panels work best in these instances. The preferred length for this era is just touching the window sill.
As a rule, American home windows are between 25” and 30” across. Our 47” panels work fine for the fuller gathered look; our 33” panels are best for the flatter less gathered look. We also offer panel shortening (for $10 per panel) for the length you desire; please specify in the Order Comments of Checkout Step #5.
Extra-Long panels are available, please call.
If you are undecided which pattern, width and length will work best for your home, please request a loaner or two. We will send you some previously opened panels for you to try. Please plan on returning the loaners within 30 days.