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Windows With Bad Views

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Here in the Dallas, Texas area new homes are popping up everywhere. It is truly amazing. However, sometimes it seems as though the home building are piling these large homes one of top of the other. It almost feels like you can reach your arm out and touch your neighbor! We recently helped a client in Plano who had exactly this problem. Her home is stunning, but the distance between her home and her neighbors was less than eight feet. The view from her three large dining room windows were a brick wall along with the neighbors air conditioner unit and meters. This was definitely an issue as no one wants to look at that mess while eating a lovely family dinner. What a sore sight!

Our solution for this bad view is simple. We did not want to cover this windows with blinds or shutters as this was the only light entering this room. We still wanted to keep it light and bright. So instead of putting something heavy, we decided to go with a sheer drapery. It is a dining room, after all, so the drapery is a perfect way to dress up the room and solve the visual issue with the view. The sheer fabric we chose has a delicate pattern for added interest and style. The fabric is from a beautiful line in the Kravet Collection. We used a zip rod from Design Elements so they can pull the draperies open if they want to. This window treatment lets light diffuse into the room while hiding the ugly view and dressing up the room. Style and function! What a beautiful combination. If draperies aren't your thing, there are other window treatment options to explore. 

If draperies aren't your thing, there are other window treatment options to explore. 

In a room with more light, you might consider plantation shutters in the 4.5 inch louver. You can tilt the louvers slight to let plenty of light in while still hiding the unwanted view. Keep in mind, shutters will always take away more light because it is a heavy and solid window treatment, so make sure you have plenty of windows and an airy, large room.

Another option would be to look into Pirouette or Silhouette Window Shadings from Hunter Douglas. These two unique products offer the versatility and control most people love. In fact these are my absolute favorite window treatments to use in homes and ten times out of ten, my clients are thrilled. Silhouette shades with the Signature S vane will transform light. Fabric vanes float between two sheers that create a beautiful and functional look. This innovative design will defuse light and soften the view outdoors. They allow for daytime privacy and offer 88% UV blockage in the tilted position. Pirouette shades with its striking design will dramatically filter light in a way you've never seen before. Unless, of course, you're familiar with the product! These shades will give you a softened view to the outdoors along with giving you the look of a traditional fabric shade. Both of these beautiful window coverings come in a variety of fabrics giving you many textures and colors to choose from. It is easy to find the right fabric for your space.

You might even consider the Duette Architella Honeycomb Shade with the Top Down/Bottom Up design feature. This allows you to lower your shade from the top for maximum privacy as well as blocking unsightly views while offering light control. Duette® Honeycomb Shades are the original cellular shades, specifically engineered to provide beauty and energy efficiency at the window in both cold and warm climates. Their honeycomb construction traps air in distinct pockets, which creates insulation that can help lower your energy consumption and energy bills. Duette shades are available in an expansive range of pleat sizes, fabrics, colors, opacities and textures. Innovative operating system design options such as Top-Down/Bottom-Up and Duette Duolite® make these shades a top choice for any window, skylight or even specialty window shapes like arches, sidelights and circles.

The newest option to haze the ugly view would be to use Vignette Modern Roman Shades with the Duolite option. You can use a sheer fabric to distract, but not cut out light. For two opacities in a single shade, consider the revolutionary Duolite® option. Vignette Duolite combines a light-filtering or sheer front shade with a built-in room-darkening back panel both housed on a single roller to easily achieve the perfect level of light and privacy. My favorite fabric in this collection is called Layla and I can't wait to show you!

All of these beautiful shades come in a variety of lift systems including the PowerView Motorization from Hunter Douglas. Control your shades with the touch of a button or use the PowerView App! The PowerView App unlocks the full potential of PowerView Motorization. Using the App, you can control your shades with a swipe of a finger. Or, create customized Scenes that move the shades to positions you set, and automate those Scenes to operate on their own throughout the day.

Pirouette Shades - Refreshed & Refined

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Home in Lakeside where the customer wanted a beautiful view to the backyard. 

Home in Lakeside where the customer wanted a beautiful view to the backyard. 

 The perfect blend of flawless beauty and exceptional functionality.

Our innovative Pirouette® shadings feature soft horizontal fabric vanes attached to a single sheer backing, allowing for enhanced views to the outside while maintaining privacy and the full beauty of the fabric appearance on the inside. 

Light Control - Supervise The Sun

Soft vanes floating on a sheer backing put you in control of the amount of natural light that comes in, with dramatic effects. Transform harsh exterior light by diffusing it, spreading it evenly throughout your room, so you can maximize daylight hours and reduce your need for artificial light. Our beautiful sheer fabrics also softly filter out brightness, glare, and UV rays —protecting your furniture and flooring from fading.

Dramatic Softness

Invisi-Lift™ allows you to view through the sheer fabric and floating vanes with no obstructing cords or tapes, while maintaining a discreet level of privacy.

Sunscreen For Your Valuables

Protect your furniture, flooring and artwork from fading with at least 75% protection from harmful UV rays. The sheer backing allows you to keep your view while protecting your home.

Refreshed & Refined

New fabrics inspired by the organic beauty of raw silk and linen. A refreshed color palette, including 44 new hues spanning relaxing neutrals, sophisticated midtones and breathtaking pops of bold color. Check out the newly reimagined collection firsthand at Read Design in Plano and Southlake. 

Now through June 26th 2017 save with the Celebration of Light Sales Event going on now! For every 2 units purchased you will receive a $100 rebate in the form of a prepaid American Express gift card. 

Lift Systems

Pirouette comes with a variety of lifting systems including the highly sought PowerView Motorization. Manual lift systems include EasyRise and UltraGlide.   

Home in Castle Hills with view - Alustra Pirouette.

Home in Castle Hills with view - Alustra Pirouette.

The Alustra Collection

The beauty of Alustra Pirouette Window Shadings extends well beyond the windows. Created for those  who know every detail in a room is a reflection of their personal style, they infuse an aesthetic that adds impressive dimension and instills sumptuous ambiance. This captivating design merges unprecedented light control with luxurious textiles embodied with texture and sheen. With superior functionality, it beautifully complements the unique inspirations and stories that express the spirit and soul of a home. 

Hunter Douglas Pirouettes

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A Roman Shade with a View

We recently attended the Premier of Hunter Douglas’ newest products. There are many new and exciting window fashion products and some of our favorites are the newest fabrics in the Pirouette Alustra Collection. Our favorite “ Best of Both Worlds” Shades just got better.

The already amazing beauty of Pirouette window shadings just received a heightened level of style. The many new fabrics and colors bring these window coverings into an exclusive world of high fashion window treatments for the ultimate in style and sophistication. Striking design and dramatically filtered light. With Pirouette window shadings, the look and feel of a traditional fabric shade is enhance, the gentle pull of a cord lets you change a room’s lighting in a whole new way. Soft, horizontal fabric vanes close to filter natural light, or open to give you a perfect outside view. Our revolutionary Invisi-Lift system allows the vanes to float gracefully, and even when opened they offer UV protection and reduced glare through the sheer backing.

Let Light Create a Distinctive Manner of Expression

The dramatic backdrop of your View, the maximum view through to your beautiful landscape has been improved as the Pirouette Alustra Collection offers sheer backing in dyed colors for a softened viewing experience even beyond what made Pirouette window shadings remarkable in the first place. These Window coverings highlight the beauty of your view with with fabric vanes that adjust open for a range of levels that offer you light control at your fingertips. You can create the perfect atmosphere with these shades.

So many fabrics with new textures and colors offer so many possibilities in creating the perfect look for your home. Most all of Hunter Douglas lifting systems can be used with Pirouette including the new PowerView Motorization where with the touch of a button, you can control the lighting in your room.

Colleyville, Texas Installation

Recently we used one of my favorite fabrics - Valencia, color - Calatravafor our customer in Colleyville. She had called our Southlake Store for an in-home consultation. We showed her the new Alustra Pirouette and she also fell in love with the color and texture. It was the perfect treatment for her Family Room where the view to the yard was important. She now tells us she will be adding these shadings to her Master Bedroom and will use the room darkening lining.

Call Read Design Plano or Read Design Southlake to see all the newest Trends and latest styles in Hunter Douglas Window Fashions. All of the new samples are here and ready for viewing.  Our Designers can also help you finish the look with Custom Window Treatments including Drapery Panels, Curtains, and Top Treatments. Also make sure to get of the new Art of Window Dressing Books as our gift to you.

Don't miss out on the rebate savings now through June 27th!

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Season of Style Savings Event!

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It's time to decorate your windows for the holidays! Celebrate the Hunter Douglas "Season of Style Event," going on NOW through December 7th 2015... and save with valuable rebates on a selection of stylish Hunter Douglas window fashions. 'Tis the season to welcome guests into your home with energy efficient Duette Honeycomb Shades, light diffusing Silhouette and Pirouette Window Shadings, beautiful Vignette Modern Roman Shades and sophisticated Solera Soft Shades. But you've got to act now, because the season and this offer won't last long. Don't miss the Season of Style Event, now through December 7th 2015 and celebrate with valuable rebate savings on Hunter Douglas window fashions. Limitations and restrictions apple. Ask for details.

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