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Creative Window Treatments for Bay Windows

If you have a bay window in your home, you have a dramatic focal point that you can dress and accent to complement the room and make a stunning impact. Bay windows project from a building’s facade and create a square or polygonal bay in the interior (bow windows project from the building in an […]

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Kristin Paton, Back Where She Belongs

An example of Kristin Paton’s work is this beautiful cook’s kitchen, which is part of a historic home in Cambridge. Back from a decade in London, Kristin Paton has moved her design firm back to the states. And we’re bloody happy about that! Her extensive travel throughout Asia and Europe has influenced her beautifully edited […]

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The Wide and Wonderful World of Custom Roman Shades

Custom roman shades are an elegant and versatile solution to any home’s decor.  The name seems to come from shades used in the ancient Roman Coliseum, where long poles were extended from the edge of a seating tier and pleated fabric was hung to offer spectators some shade, and then retracted when not in use.  […]

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Automatic Shades: A Moving Experience!

There are countless reasons to install blinds in any home with rooms exposed to direct sunlight. The convenience of moving shades should be clear, but recent advances in technology have made automatic shades practical, efficient and affordable. From security and privacy, to child safety and energy efficiency, automatic shades are an elegant, versatile, and modern […]

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Interior Wood Shutters — Any Window’s Dream

It’s that one window. You know the one — it’s awkward, not quite right.  Something about it is making the whole room feel a little… off. You walk in, and your eye goes straight to it. That’s not what’s supposed to happen — the magnificent chandelier deserves all the notice. The window is supposed to […]

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Benjamin Moore 2011 Colors & Window Treatments, Part II

And now a continuation of Ben Moore’s vision for 2011. ESCAPE An escape from reality is at play here, with frosted pearl and satin finishes. It’s a retro feeling of elegance and fairy tales. Think pink! We envision soft colors for shades and blinds (imagine motorized shades closing in synch and creating a dreamy soft focus). White […]

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Benjamin Moore’s 2011 Color Trends & Custom Window Treatments Part I

Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends and Custom Window Treatments We always look forward to Benjamin Moore’s color trend predictions to see what we’ll be matching our shutters, blinds and shades to in the coming year (we are, as you can imagine, fanatical about a seamless match). And while they’ve already come out with the 2012 predictions, we thought it would be […]

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Need Paint for Your Shutters, Walls, Trim? Make it Green.

Almost three decades ago the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began focusing on VOC’s, volatile organic compounds, and their adverse effect on health. “What the heck are those, you ask?” They’re compounds, found in many things, including the solvents in paint, which are not only harmful to people, but also to the environment. Paint companies began […]

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