A well-dressed window can really make a room. No one knows that better than Jennifer Assetto, the custom window treatment guru behind Ardmore’s In the Fringe. “Window treatments serve to soften a space, and they definitely make a room more inviting,” says Assetto, who also creates bedding, tabletop accents and more. “They’re often overlooked—and they shouldn’t be.”
Personal decorating style: Old World elegance meets modern-day comfort and convenience. I’m a Gemini, so I like both extremes.
Favorite room in her house: My third-floor bathroom, which has an old clawfoot tub and massive potential to be transformed into a quiet retreat—if I can ever make time to redecorate.
Most prized possessions: A bronze-and-marble ballerina statue given to me by my grandmother and a super-comfortable club chair I found at an estate sale.
Designer who inspires her: David Easton. I’m in awe of his attention to detail in all aspects of a space, right down to the window treatments.
Color she couldn’t design without: Red.
Design elements she loves: Metallic finishes. I often use black or antique bronze metal rods for my window-treatment designs, or even nail heads on a cornice or an upholstered piece of furniture.
Favorite rooms to design: Small, intimate spaces. I enjoy the challenge of maximizing a small space through the use of color, built-ins, arrangement of furniture, and properly proportioned window treatments.
Biggest decorating faux pas: Window treatments that are out of proportion to the other elements in a room.
Favorite project: A house on Spruce Street in Philadelphia. One of the owners liked antiques, and the other had a preference for contemporary furnishings. I meshed the two styles.