June 24th, 2014

Fabulous Interior Design Project for TannerMeyer – The James Lee House

The home at 690 Adams Avenue stands as one of the city’s most important residences and is a vibrant example of Memphis’ early grandeur and opulence.

Over the centuries, the families who have called this house home were deeply engaged in the development of every aspect of community life—from commerce and banking to benevolence and the arts.  It is hard to find another place in Memphis that so powerfully embodies all these forces for good!

The preservation of The James Lee House as a bed and breakfast affords you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a bygone era while enjoying the ultimate in luxury and comfort.  We invite you to make our home your destination for exclusive private dinners, tea parties, dessert receptions, rehearsal dinners and more

At TannerMeyer Drapery, Bedding & Blinds we are proud to have worked on such a beautiful and historic home.  When we were approached to work on all of the window treatments throughout the home we had to do what ever we could do be part of such a wonderful project.

TannerMeyer is proud to service the Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Olive Branch, Jonesboro, Jackson, Southaven, and Lakeland areas around the Mid-South.   We love providing beautiful drapery, curtains, blinds, shutters, bedding, rugs and wallpaper to our customers.  For more information, visit us at: www.tannermeyer.net.

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June 18th, 2014

Three Simple Questions to Design Success

By Kip Meyer & Tim Tanner

Tim Tanner and I have owned a drapery, bedding and blind store in Memphis for nearly a decade; first under a franchise name and now as our own, TannerMeyer. Throughout the years we have dressed thousands of windows and beds and have been blessed with thousands of happy clients! Working with so man creative, wonderful clients and designers has taught us many lessons along the way.

Two things we’ve learned is that most homeowners want to fill their spaces with products that are beautiful- but also affordable.  In the interior design world, it is easy to get lost in the world of $300+ per yard fabric and trims and over design yourself right out of most people’s pocketbooks. Though just about anyone can appreciate beautiful design, the most common feedback we have received from our customers is that they want the design process to be EASY while still achieving their desired look. We have also learned that the majority of customers shop two ways: by color and by price.

A third category that we focus on (which is often overlooked) is functionality. This often means light control issues. Will the afternoon sun fade the window treatment fabrics on the west side of the house? If not lined properly, the answer if definitely “yes.” Will light gaps appear where we least expect them? They certainly can if obstacles are not addressed before the purchase and installation.


This past summer, Tim and I visited the huge International Textile Market in High Point, North Carolina. We attended seminars on new and exciting fabrics, learned how to combine existing styles with new and innovative designs, as well as attended multiple seminars on color trends. We took the knowledge we gained from that experience and applied those tips and trends to our selections for the most recent VESTA Show Home and The James Lee House.

In the VESTA Show Home “The Maple,” we wanted to not only focus on the design of the home, but also on the products that offer great functionality and reliability. After all, these products affect the way we live our everyday lives. That is why in the kitchen, and the master bedroom we selected products never seen before in a VESTA Show. The “Silhouettes” and “Pirouettes” shades by Hunter-Douglas are not only beautiful, but they also protect wood floors, furnishings, and art work from fading by the way they filter light into a room. In addition to the function of these shades, they still allow you to have a view outside when the shades are open! When you want total privacy, the vanes of these products completely close, and when you want a full, unobstructed view, the shades completely disappear into their own head rail.

While cream and taupe have been common staples for the past five years, this staple neutral is changing. It is all about color, color and more color. In addition to more color, big & bold patterns are also making resurgence. The combination of a large scale and colorful print in an updated design keeps the Southern home traditional yet modern.

Another home we did was The James Lee House (www.jamesleehouse.com). This historic mansion sits in the middle of Memphis’ Victorian Village and owner Jose Velazquez has transformed this estate into a world class Bed & Breakfast.  The window challenges we faced here were many: a. create fabulous window treatments that not only portrayed the period the house was built but also create something more fresh and transitional, b. create window treatments that were fabulous but within the owners budget, & c. make window treatments that were 14 feet long that blocked light and drafts. In the picture you will see the living room and dining room. We got our inspiration from an actual picture of this fabulous room from the mid 1800s. However, we did not want to hang heavy Victorian velvet patterned drapes. The solution was to install natural free flowing silk drapes in a current neutral blue solid, and add lace sheers reminiscent of the “old south”. Not only did we achieve a fresh look but we combined it with period sheers. At the same time we played with linings and interlinings to achieve the thermal, light, and noise control necessary for the needs of this establishment.

Whenever you are entering into any design or renovation project, ask yourself the three simple questions. What is my vision or design? What kind of functionality do I want to achieve? And what is my budget?  If you are honest, one of these will outweigh the others. Either way, answering these three simple questions will lead you on your path to design success!

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November 6th, 2013

TannerMeyer at Vesta Home Show 2013

The 2013 VESTA Home Show is upon us! This year’s VESTA home show features six fabulous new homes in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the mid south.  Once again the show will be located in South East Germantown at St. James Place.

Event: 2013 VESTA Home Show “Home for the Holidays”
Location: St. James Place of Germantown (on Forest Hill Irene Rd. almost to Winchester)
Dates: Nov. 9 – Dec. 1, 2013 Open Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays)
Hours: Tues – Sat: 10:00AM – 7:00PM Sun: 1:00PM – 7:00PM
Tickets: Gen. Admission: $12 / Seniors(60+): $10 / Youths(7-14): $5

Parking: Free VESTA Parking will be available on-site.

TannerMeyer is proud to partner with Builder Dave Tucker and The Great American Home Store.  We can be seen in “The Maple” which is the first house on the left as you enter St. James Place.   Our products are featured on 24 windows and 3 bathrooms.  We have installed beautiful floor to ceiling draperies, hardware, and shades that include Hunter Douglas’ Pirouettes, Silhouettes, and Vignettes throughout the home.   Builders and designers are really going above and beyond this year and we are proud to be part of such a great show.

The Six Homes on Tour are:

1. The Maple  (TannerMeyer’s Home)

2. Mansion de Piedra

3. Bianco


  4. Monteleone


  5. Silverton


  6. Votre Maison


The Memphis Area Home Builders Association is pleased to partner with The Neighborhood Christian Centers to bring you the 2013 VESTA Home Show. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of general admission tickets goes to support the good work of this organization in our community.

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