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Just like any good book or movie, the process from conception to completion of a window treatment project can have more than a few interesting twists and turns.  Large open spaces give us ample opportunity to play with pattern, color and texture -- even in a neutral color palette.


  • Roller shades were chosen and installed for light control and privacy for the back patio windows.
  • Next, a body fabric and coordinate was chosen to make a box pleat valance.  Consideration was given to the careful placement of the pleats to hit at the center line of each window and the length to best show off the simple design.  
  • This large (220") valance was installed by (1) masterful installer!
  • Next the front windows in the dining area  were addressed.    The first thought was a top down bottom up roman shade.   A rendering was done and the fabric arrived for review.  After seeing a larger swatch,  and the original idea of roman shade was tossed out.  The fabric struck the homeowner as too heavy and dark for a roman shade.  (a great call on her part!)
  • The next iteration was to do decorative panels on each side of the bay window with the tone on tone damask, and a lighter honeycomb, offering top down/ bottom up feature for max light and privacy.  This was the agreed upon path- orders were placed on each piece... now to sit back and wait.
  • The fabric arrived and a call from the workroom began the design process again... did we know this particular fabric was railroaded?  Oye! This meant it was NOT SUITABLE for drapery usage with our design.... Railroading is an important detail that was left off the fabric swatch by the vendor!   Back that fabric goes to the vendor..... 
  • Emergency meeting with the client to review other alternatives.  Several fabrics were reviewed, and the final selection- this gold and grey damask on a white background was used for the decorative panels.
  • Whoosh!  It was a bit of a crazy ride on this one, but the client was so thrilled with the finished project.  She observed that some selections don't work out for a reason, and the necessary changes usually result in a better finished project.  What a wise lady- and a blast to work with as well!