Curtains Making A Comeback

Curtains in general have fallen out of fashion somewhat in recent years, with model flat panels and rollershades being the order of the day for many designers and architects, but this week Anne Marie Chaker reports in the Wall Street Journal that many interior designers are looking to women’s fashion to create windows with real sex appeal.

Translucent, softly layered window treatments are showing up in urban and suburban homes as energy- and cost-efficient alternatives to old-fashioned drapes and blinds. These neutral-toned window treatments feature clean lines and literally no frills—and no puddles, swags, jabots (cascade of ruffles) or lambrequins (decorative valances), either.

The article goes on to address heat reduction and solar protection for large windows through combining sheer curtains with either uv window film or solar shades.

The owner had window film applied, followed by white “sheer-weave” motorized solar shades to filter light but leave the view intact. Shades operating by wall-mounted controls disappear into a recessed ceiling pocket when not in use. Sheer, white-wool side panels hang in room corners and “soften the overall effect”.

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Motorized Shades a Remodeling “Must Have” According to Houzz

Home design community and website Houzz have announced their 2012 best of remodeling winners, as chosen by the Houzz community.

The Best of Remodeling award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from landscape architects to design-build firms. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the 1.2 million members, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 16.5 million professional images to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site and iPad/iPhone app. With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated vendors, but also those whose work visually aligns with their own design goals. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

Houzzers have their fingers on the pulse of what’s hot in home decor, and have identified remodeling and decorating trends:

Houzzers’ wish lists and must haves include practical choices like motorized shades; a central vacuuming system; dedicated craft room; radiant heating; well-placed outlets, switches and thermostats; and an integrated gadget charging station for phones and more.

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Somfy Tahoma Control System Now Hitting Window Covering Showrooms

CEPro reports today that Somfy, probably the most prolific brand of motors for awnings and window treatments has just wrapped up training the first batch of dealers for their new system. The Tahoma Home Automation and Energy Management System was announced last year, which is essentially a simple control system that can also control home lighting and all Z-Wave enabled products.

Programming and control of the devices can be done in the home through standard wall and table top controls, or “anytime, anywhere” via iOS apps and a standard web browser.

CEPro’s Julie Jacobson spoke with  business development manager Steve Iommi at last week’s Electronic House Expo.

About one-third of Tahoma dealers have window-covering showrooms, “and most of those are investing more in showing Tahoma,” according to Iommi.

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Somfy Tahoma IPAD shade control

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