Window Treatments

Dated Valance Gets Makeover

Fabric Swatches “I have a valance that needs to be updated” was what this client in Glen Ellyn, Il said when she called us. The window coverings were the last step in a project that included new paint and crown molding in their new home. This...

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Selecting Window Treatment Specialist

An Educated Shopper Can Be Our Best Client Duette® Honeycomb Shades Want to know why?  It is an ongoing check on where we stand and an opportunity to put our best foot forward. A consumer can search and find the best match of window treatment service providers...

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Bathroom Window Coverings

Designer Screen Shades

We got a call from a young woman, almost apologetically, asking if we’d come out for only one room, her bathroom. With a commitment to meet our clients, we decided from day one that we would help those who would call us whether it was with help for one window or their entire home. For us, this is part of our commitment to true customer service.

Dated Valance Gets Makeover in Glen Ellyn IL – A Fairy Tale Ending

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Fabric Swatches

“I have a valance that needs to be updated” was what this client in Glen Ellyn, Il said when she called us. The window coverings were the last step in a project that included new paint and crown molding in their new home. This valance had once been perfect. Although, it takes a long time for the right custom drapery or top treatment to go out of style or become dated, they do and this one had.

It was once the perfect addition to the living room, but the other updates in the home simply made it look old and out of place. To my client’s surprise, she learned that her husband liked the existing valance even less than she did, and he was also ready for a change.

Mixing Window Treatments In The Home

Often clients find us through social media. Consumer’s count on the experiences of others to determine which companies they should invite in their home. This was the case when a young couple in a new custom home in Hinsdale, IL gave us a call. Having clearly done their research, this couple had an idea of what they wanted in terms of product and look. It was important to not have anything that looked cheap, but also not to go crazy with purchasing the most expensive window coverings for every window in the home. This is an outstanding approach for a client-provider relationship. We will work with you to determine what look works for your home and then which product will get you in your price range.

Hunter Douglas Window Treatments

Kitchen

Luminette® Privacy Sheers and Silhouette® Window Shadings

Our suggestions for this young couple were based on getting the most glamorous look and impact when you first enter the home – an open floor plan in front of a complete wall of windows. We selected vertical Hunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers and their horizontal companion Silhouette® Window Shadings across the entire back of the home. It is gorgeous!

Custom Window Coverings for Skylight Windows

 

applause_ultraglide_kitchen_1You’ve got a home with skylights. They are dramatic, they are beautiful, and the light is amazing; you envision yourself in bed looking at blue skies and bright stars. Skylights may even be why you fell in love with your home. Perhaps you even added them.

While you can reduce the amount of electricity you use lighting rooms with skylights, you may spend a lot more cooling these rooms in summer.

Which Custom Window Coverings Should I Choose?

Let the Home Decide

HouseBuilding a new house, moving into a new home, or remodeling your existing home are among the leading life-changing events that lead homeowners to purchase custom-made window coverings. These major moments don’t happen often. The same is true for new shades, blinds, shutters, or draperies. But when you need them, you want to do it once and you want to do it right.

When we walk into a home, often the client hasn’t purchased window treatments since their last move, which could be anywhere from a year to 15 years ago (or even more). The first thing we do is get to know you. All these small to ginormous holes in your home called windows set the scene and, in many cases, the comfort level in your home. To treat them right, we need to know who is going to be on the inside of the home and how we can make you the most comfortable.

Hunter Douglas Architella® Duette® Honeycomb Shades

A Honeycomb Shade That Delivers Every Time!

At Beyond Shades, when we consult with a client, it is important that we set proper expectations for more than how the various Hunter Douglas custom window coverings will look in their home.  It is just as important to be clear on how they will perform. Here are some of the many questions that we answer during our decision-making consultation.

  • Will it be easy to operate?
  • Will it let enough light in?
  • Will it keep the light out?
  • What is the difference between room-darkening and blackout?
  • Will there be cords?
  • How will I open and close the window covering if there are no cords?
  • If I select remote control, where is the remote?
  • Will it be easy to clean?
  • How do I clean it?
  • I have children or children who visit; are there any safety concerns with this product?
  • This room is too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter; what will help?

Window Treatments for a National Park

When you think of National Parks, you probably think of the great outdoors. The awesome vistas of the Grand Canyon. The spectacle of Old Faithful at Yellowstone. The rugged mountains of Yosemite.

But there are quite a few national parks in our cities. Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The Statue of Liberty in New York.

And coming soon, Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood, a stunningly preserved 1880s town important in the history of architecture, urban planning, industry, and labor.