Don’t Get Caught Naked

Did that catch your attention? Good!

There is no excuse for a bare window in your home. So let’s talk about dressing your naked windows.

Why does it matter?

  • Privacy for starters.
  • Preventing fading on fabrics and artwork from daily direct sun exposure.
  • Temperature control for your home during the hot summer and cold winter months.
  • Complete the look inside your home!

Floor to Ceiling Window DrapesDo not assume that people cannot see into your home during the day and early evening. Windows are transparent and can allow people to see inside. Angle, light and distance are a few elements that effect what people can and cannot see from outside your home.

What are your options for dressing your naked window?

Depending on the window and it’s location in your home in relation to the sun and neighbors you might want to consider drapes, blinds or a combination of both. Window dressings can be both aesthetic and functional as long as they are not left naked! With so many options for valances alone homeowners can feel overwhelmed or even worse, end up with an out of the box product that is not serving the right purpose.

If you are considering a window treatment from shades to a full window dressing, expect a little education. One of my preferred vendors is Hunter Douglas, offering dozens of products that are not only beautiful but functional with remote open/close and controlled light and heat transfer options. Finding the right blinds is more than selecting what looks good but what makes the most sense for your home.Naked-Windows

Valances are another option for dressing your naked window.  They serve an aesthetic purpose and really add punch to complete almost any room. Below are a few sketches from Stephanie Sipp on window treatment options featuring valances. You can compare the naked window to the other options and see what this might do for your space.


Artwork by Stephanie Sipp

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Claim your tax credit for the purchase of qualifying energy efficient shades.

Certain Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades may qualify for a U.S. Federal Tax Credit of up to $500! The federal tax credit is valid on qualifying honeycomb shade purchases made from January 1 through December 31, 2011. You can still purchase before Dec. 31 to qualify for the tax credit.

Purchase any qualifying energy-efficient Hunter Douglas products within the following collections: Alustra® Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades with certain fabrics and options.

– Don’t forget to save your original purchase receipts for the amount paid for the qualifying Hunter Douglas products. (Measuring and Installation charges are not eligible for this tax credit.)

– Fill out the Hunter Douglas Manufacturer’s Certification Statements and take it along with your sales receipt to your tax professional to determine your eligibility for this tax credit.

DECORATING TIP:  Further enhance the beauty of your windows and also reduce your heating and cooling bill by adding lined and interlined drapery panels with a top treatment.

For more information or to purchase Hunter Douglas products or Custom Window Treatments contact Pamela Kofsky of Elegant Interior Designs at 215-920-9655.

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