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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 - The Roman Shade With A View

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As you know, the Pirouette Shade by Hunter Douglas is one of our favorite products because of its versatility and beauty. It is a shade that can be used for nearly every window with so many fabrics, colors, textures and lift systems. We get excited when we can show customers this truly unique shade.

Pirouettes for a Prosper Home

A couple from Prosper, Texas recently stopped by our Plano Hunter Douglas Gallery. They were in the process of getting new windows in their breakfast room and kitchen and were needing new window treatments. Their first thought was just to replace the roman shades with something new. So we showed them all of the displays and explained to them the features and benefits of Hunter Douglas products. We then made an appointment for an In‐home consultation.

We were given a tour of the couple’s home and they showed us the rooms where they were getting new windows. The breakfast room and kitchen were their first project. These windows face the back yard where there is a beautiful swimming pool and beyond that a small lake. The couple loves to sit here in the morning and enjoy this view. But in the afternoon they do get a lot of sun streaming in. Hunter Douglas’ Pirouette was the Perfect Solution. This shade is what we call a Roman Shade with a view. It can be opened for complete view, closed for complete privacy , or you can open the vanes to give a soft view while still protecting from UV rays and glare.

What are Pirouette Shadings?

Pirouettes from Hunter Douglas are window shadings that give you the function of a window treatment with beautiful style you won’t find with a regular shade. Pirouettes feature soft adjustable horizontal fabric vanes attached to a single sheer backing to control light in an innovative way. With the pull of a cord or the push of a button, the shade transforms from cascading folds to contoured vanes, bringing light in and opening up the view to the outside. There are over 250 fabric choices with many different textures and colors. Pirouette shades are perfect for standard windows, large windows and specialty shaped windows.

The Perfect Solution

Right away we knew Pirouettes would be the perfect solution and once we showed these to our customer they were sold and excited. Because they recently painted the kitchen cabinets, we though they needed a soft color so we selected the Satin Fabric in color Vapor. This gave just a hint of color which was all that was needed. And because they have a total of 9 windows, we added PowerView motorization system with the Hub which allows the customer to control the shades from their smart phones or Ipads.

The Perfect Installation

Our own installers did a great job with the installation and set‐up of the PowerView Hub. And results were amazing‐ The Perfect Solution!!!

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Call either of our Hunter Douglas Gallery Stores and set up your own In‐home consultation. Our Designers will walk you through all of the products and will give you ideas for your own personal space. They will share with you all of the latest trends and newest styles including the latest in PowerView and Home Automation. We can also help you with Custom Window Treatments from Drapery Panels, Cornices , to any top treatment. We also do Reupholstey and have a complete line up of Wallpapers.

Hunter Douglas in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas.

We can help you with Pirouettes, PowerView Motorization, and all of the Hunter Douglas products in Robson Ranch, Denton, Southlake, Westlake, Prosper, Carrollton, Dallas, Highland Park, Allen, McKinney, Grapevine, Colleyville,

Arlington, Richardson, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Trophy Club, Lantana, Plano, Frisco, Celina, and everywhere inbetween

And Remember now until September 12, you can receive Rebates on Products with PowerView Motorization. Call or stop by for information

Set Your Scene

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PowerView Motorization - The Evolution Of Fashion In Motion

The new motorized operating system from Hunter Douglas lets you customize your perfect combination of light, privacy and warmth, keeping your home perfectly in sync with time of day and mood. Create personalized Scenes, schedule automatic operation or operate window treatments remotely ‐ all from your mobile device. PowerView Motoriztion take fashion in motion to a brilliant new level.


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Stay In Tune With Your Environment

With the PowerView Pebble Remote, choreograph exactly how the light will play throughout the home. It’s the ultimate control in the palm of your hand. Ergonomically designed, the PowerView Pebble is the perfect fusion of form and function. The Pebble is available in 7 colors and the Remote Module is available in black or white. 

Smarter Shades from your Smart Device

Our intuitive PowerView App for Apple and Android mobile devices is designed to complement your lifestyle. Create Scenes to balance different lighting and privacy need throughout the day. Adjust window treatments for temperature, privacy and security from across the room or across the world, using the RemoteConnect feature in the PowerView App.

Live In Perfect Harmony With Your Home

The perfect view or the way light is diffused... a host of custom Scenes can be balanced and blended all around your home. Our PowerView Pebble Scene Controller allows you to choose from a list of your personalized environment settings. From every morning to every night, every Scene is you creation.

The Art of Window Dressing is always supported by great design. A wide selection of sophisticated PowerView motorized products, styles, fabrics and colors ensure that when you opt for convenience you won’t ever sacrifice look. It’s the evolution of fashion in motion. It's innovation that's fashion forward.

Now is the time to move forward with your window covering project with valuable rebate** savings when you purchase select PowerView Shades through September 12 2016! Visit our Promotions page for more information.

PowerView Motorization is available on the following products:

  • Alustra Woven Textures
  • Applause Honeycomb Shades
  • Design Studio Roman Shades
  • Designer Roller Shades
  • Designer Screen Shades
  • Duette Honeycomb Shades
  • Luminette Privacy Sheers
  • Nantucket Window Shadings
  • Pirouette Window Shadings
  • Pleated Shades
  • Povenance Woven Wood Shades
  • Silhouette Window Shadings
  • Skyline Gliding Window Panels
  • Solera Soft Shades
  • Vignette Modern Roman Shades

Here are a few of our Motorized Projects


Call either of our store locations, in Plano or in Southlake to learn more about PowerView Motorization. Our Window Fashion Specialist will be able to help you with any question you may have about Automated Shades ‐ from PowerView with battery operation to Hardwiring. We can help you with finding the right solution for your project. Our Designers can show you the latest trends, current styles and colors. Read Design has been a leader in Hunter Douglas Window Fashions for over 25 years. And with our new Showrooms, can also help you with Custom Window Treatments, Wallpaper, Reupholstery, furniture and a lot more. Stop in today to schedule an appointment.

Window Treatments From Dallas to Fort Worth

We help customers from Grapevine, Lewisville, Plano, Carrollton, Prosper, Celina, Denton, Robson Ranch, Keller, Trophy Club, Dallas, Irving, Highland Park, Park Cities, Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Colleyville, Fort Worth, Rockwall, Murphy, Wylie and everywhere inbetween. 

Client Work: Amy's Custom Luminette Privacy Sheers - Frisco, TX

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Amy lives in Frisco, Texas and called us to help her with her sliding doors in her living room. The sliding doors look out onto their pool area so the treatment needed to give them privacy and also the opportunity to open up to the patio. Hunter Douglas Luminette was the perfect solution. We treated each door with a Luminette shade and for convenience to open the shade we used the PowerGlide motorized operating system. They look beautiful and were the perfect solution. But we still needed some color. We added a custom valance to the top and the whole treatment turned about beautiful. See the result below! Luminettes are a beautiful, sophisticated window treatment that is perfect for a traditional room but can also be used in a contemporary setting. You can easily add drapery panels or a valance for color. And they are perfect for any room!