Transform Your Home - One Room at a Time

Family Room | Living Room | Kitchen | Dining Room | Case Study: Manhattan Refresh

Bedroom

Design Challenge

In a loft studio apartment, there was the need for light control. But with standard window treatments, some of the unique architectural features would be lost. The trick was finding a solution that was visually warm and interesting, while functionally hardworking.

Solution

Light-blocking Honeycomb Shades with cordless top down/bottom up functionality met all of our goals. The minimalist aesthetic fits in with the modern environment, and the colorful fabric adds warmth and character. The top down/bottom up feature offers ultimate versatility in terms of light mitigation, airflow and privacy - and also happens to look really cool. A blackout lining added to the fabric shades on the small windows right next to the bed means the room is optimized for slumber. Pillows made from coordinating fabric pull the space together.


Family Room

Design Challenge

Dramatic, yes, but extra-large sliders that open from the center can put a kink in light and sound control when the space doubles as a screening room. The question became: how to block glare without forfeiting the view?

Solution

We hung a double rod with a sheer panel underneath and lined drapery on top so the view can be enjoyed glare-free - and light can be blocked for watching movies. The center opening matches the door placement so even when the drapery is closed you still have easy access to entry and exit.


Family Room

Design Challenge

A family room isn't inviting without some kind of light control. Here, a large sliding door needed a simple window covering for when the sun shines directly into the room. The goal was to find an option softer than standard vertical blinds.

Solution

Vertical Sheer Shadings gave the owner the light control of a blind with the elegance of a sheer drapery. The simple style works perfectly in the room, maintaining visual minimalism while feeling warm and welcoming.


Family Room

Design Challenge

A distinct window shape with two casements in a multi-purpose room requires both coverage and a simple, appealing aesthetic since your family spends so much time in the space.

Solution

Our custom pleated shades can be configured to unify odd numbered panels and enable easy casement access on either side, while the minimalistic style doesn't overwhelm but does provide light filtering or full coverage when desired.


Living Room

Design Challenge

This homeowner was seeking light control and privacy in her living room. She wanted a product that would look polished from the exterior, while allowing for a completely darkened interior for watching TV and movies. She also wanted a cordless product to optimize safety in her home since she has young children.

Solution

To tie in with the other furnishings in the room, we started with cordless wood blinds in Heritage/Vanilla finish. They're the simplest way to control light and privacy - slats open or close with a twist of the wand, and raising the blinds is not required. To block light completely for screenings with family and friends, we hung floor-to-ceiling panels from a rod that complements the dark finishes of the floor and wood furniture. For a finishing touch, we added custom pillows in coordinating fabrics.


Living Room

Design Challenge

A family room with three operating windows, and a less-than-inspiring view, called for privacy and light control, plus a little life added to the very neutral décor. Because they have children and pets, the homeowners wanted cordless products.

Solution

Cordless fabric shades in an updated Jacobean print add warmth and style to the room. Coordinating custom pillows tie the room together visually, while keeping the overall composition quiet and timeless.


Living Room

Design Challenge

With a dramatic picture window, it's easy to see why you'd be inclined to skip the window coverings to preserve the drama. But with what little is gained by doing so, a lot is lost - namely privacy and light control. The resulting impact: the mood becomes mellow.

Solution

The quiet, elegant look of Sheer Shadings preserves the window's drama - and the beauty of the view beyond. And the transparent fabric scrim also effectively cuts glare, protects furnishings from UV rays and provides the right amount of nighttime privacy for a central living space.


Living Room

Design Challenge

While large casement windows are visually striking, finding the right coverage can be challenging — especially when the opening is central.

Solution

A set of two well-placed fabric shades hung from the same headrail but operating independently is an effortless way to allow both sides of the casement window to open efficiently. The shades offer total control of both light and privacy, while adding vibrant color to the room.


Kitchen

Design Challenge

Even when your view falls short of breathtaking, windows play an important role. The trick is to play down the view while filtering all the beautiful light right where you want it - and also allowing for circulation of fresh air.

Solution

Top-down/bottom-up Honeycomb Shades let the owner bring light and air in from the top when wanted, while blocking the view. Built-in loop control allows precise placement of the shade so it's possible to control exactly what you want to see.


Kitchen

Design Challenge

If your kitchen window looks directly into the neighbor's house, chances are you want to filter that view. The key is making it look like you're softening the light and enhancing the window, not blocking what's beyond.

Solution

Natural Woven Shades are a wonderfully casual way to invite warm natural night into the kitchen. A valance in a fun graphic print picks up other colors in the space, which makes the entire room come together beautifully, but it also serves another purpose. By drawing attention to the window, you are celebrating its presence instead of covering it up. It's a subtle difference, but one goes a long way to making the most of your kitchen.


Dining Room

Design Challenge

This classic bay window with original mouldings is gorgeous, so it can be hard to imagine covering it up. But the truth is that when it's dressed properly, the whole space is far more enjoyable to spend time in. And, even with box panels and a chair rail, the room is understated. The homeowner was looking for an elegant way to add a little drama to the hard-to-fit bay window.

Solution

We started with wood blinds with ladder tapes to pick up on the wood finish of the floor and chairs, which builds on the custom look of the space. The red drapery fabric - suspended from a custom corner rod designed for bay windows - in a classic ogee pattern adds color and drama. And a crystal end cap plays brilliantly off the glass light fixture for a space that's polished and inviting.


Dining Room

Design Challenge

In this formal dining area, the two narrow windows flanking the sideboard felt cold and unwelcoming. There wasn't a need to completely cover the windows, but the homeowner wanted a treatment that would serve as a frame for the sideboard and make the room warmer.

Solution

To soften the many right angles and hard surfaces in the space, we started with drapery panels tied back and covered with our Tailored Swag Valance. The curves of the cascading fabric add warmth to the space while cutting glare through the window. The vibrant red fabric matches the existing chairs perfectly, creating a beautiful overall composition.


Dining Room

Design Challenge

The best dining areas are animated with color and conversation. In a space with an all-white palette, some pops of color were crucial to creating a lively atmosphere. Since all three windows here are operable, it's paramount that the shades open separately for optimal versatility in terms of air circulation and light control. There was no mounting depth, so the shades had to be mounted outside the window frame, but with two built-in cabinets abutting the windows, it's a tight fit.

Solution

Custom fabric shades in a cheerful fabric were a simple way to bring color and character to the room. Individual shades can be adjusted depending on the time of day, and all the windows are still accessible. The shades were sized to go perfectly to the edges of the molding without looking cramped between the built-in shelves.


Dining Room

Design Challenge

Architecturally interesting windows have a way of presenting design challenges. Here, flush panes mean there's no room to mount inside the frames, and oversized molding means it's tricky to mount outside the frame without hiding the beauty of the window. Further complicating things, some of the windows needed to open while providing light control.

Solution

Wood blinds sized to match the edge of the frame were the perfect way to enhance the look of the existing molding. Coordinating white blinds accented with ladder tape add design interest and make the composition look premeditated. Three separate blinds with a single valance keeps the large window looking unified, while still allowing each blind to be raised, lowered and tilted separately.


Dining Room

Design Challenge

Floor-to-cathedral-ceiling windows make a dramatic statement, but for this living space to be somewhere family and friends want to settle in and stay, there needed to be some light mitigation.

Solution

To maintain the striking modern lines while creating a versatile way to mitigate light, we installed custom sheer panels. The single swath of fabric from floor to ceiling heightens the drama while cutting direct sunlight at certain times of day.


Dining Room

Design Challenge

When you're lucky enough to have big windows that open up onto an expansive view, there's often the fear that window treatments will encroach on the beauty. But the reality can be that exposure itself is what curbs enjoyment of the space.

Solution

By choosing Solar Shades with Koolblack technology, you can preserve your view of the outside while reducing glare and heat transfer for a space that's far more inviting, day and night.


Dining Room

Design Challenge

In a space with a distinct minimalist style, it can be daunting to imagine drapes that won't compromise the great lines of the room. But the need for privacy and light control persists.

Solution

To complement the style of this mid-century modern dining room, the homeowner chose Roller Panel Track window treatments in a modern graphic print. The result is a space that feels as thematically cohesive as it is functional and inviting.


Formal Dining Room

Design Challenge

If the view is the focal point of a dining room but privacy isn't a concern, filtering — not blocking out–bright light during certain times of the day is essential.

Solution

The perfect complement to panoramic scenes and distinguished interior design, our sheer panels elegantly filter light while still allowing some of the view to remain visible.