{window treatment wednesday: Silhouette® A Deux window shadings}

silhouette a deux window shading

In addition to being awarded Product of the Year by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) Product Awards, the benchmark of industry excellence, Hunter Douglas had another exciting win. Silhouette® A Deux™ shadings was named Best Style Concept in the Specialty Applications Category.

Silhouette® A Deux shadings combines an independently operating room-darkening roller shade with a translucent Silhouette shading in one headrail.  Hmm…Window treatment terminology can be confusing at times; check out the video to see why this Hunter Douglas shade was given a prestigious award.

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{efficient window treatments for the workplace}

Office Window Treatments

My friend’s office is an atmospheric study of extremes: It’s freezing in the morning and heats up to an unbearable temperature in the afternoon thanks to its south-facing windows. She dresses in layers year-round and has a blanket and slippers on hand for the most frigid mornings, but wears light layers for the afternoon.

This week’s WTW is in her honor—there must be a better answer for her office’s climate extremes. We’re seeking advice from Minneapolis window coverings expert Shannon Scarrella about what can be done.

“There are many options that could work,” says Scarrella. “In the morning, she is probably looking to let some of the sun in and warm up the space, while doing the opposite in the afternoon. With her larger, industrial windows, sunscreen roller shades have multiple selections with varying openness factors.

{window treatment wednesday: clean your window treatments}

Get down to spring cleaning this season with your window treatments.

It’s time to tackle spring cleaning tasks, and depending on your routine and available time, you may clean your home from top to bottom, hit a few “must dos” or simply be too busy to even think about it!

If you do have spring cleaning plans, don’t forget about your window coverings. They can really collect dust and need a thorough cleaning periodically. To give us tips on methods and recommendations for cleaning window treatments is Hirshfield’s expert Shannon Scarrella.

  • Blinds, Plantation Shutters and Other Horizontal Products: “On the many horizontal products that are out there, the Swiffer works great,” says Scarrella. “I’m also a fan of the dust clothes that are available. For faux woods, I take a slightly damp rag and wipe it across the slats.”

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{window treatment wednesday: treatments paired with shutters}

Pair window drapes and shutters for a unique window treatment.

I saw this quote from Minnesota’s Charles Schulz and it made me chuckle: “Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.”

In all seriousness, though, we tend to have goals or visions in mind when we’re decorating our homes. Perhaps we want spaces in our home to be beautiful, impressive, warm, comforting, sophisticated, or playful. The space you’re putting together includes the windows and window treatments, which can influence a room’s atmosphere.

In some spaces, there are plantation shutters in place, but homeowners want to add another element to the window. Hirshfield’s window coverings expert Shannon Scarrella says that usually shutters are paired with drapes to add an aesthetic touch. “Shutters are for function—they control light, sun and privacy. Drapes, typically stationary side panels, add softness to a room or provide a decorative element.”

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{window treatment wednesday: international window coverings expo}

Expo highlights new trends in window treatments.

International Window Coverings ExpoIt’s the time of year when home expos, garden shows and other events get people looking ahead to springtime and mulling over projects they want to do around their own homes. Whether your wish list includes painting, redecorating or new window treatments, Hirshfield’s has ideas and inspiration for you.

A team from Hirshfield’s recently traveled to an international home show spotlighting window coverings, kitchens and baths, and new homes, highlighting industry developments. Shannon Scarrella was among the team and she enjoyed learning about trends that will affect window coverings this year.


Technology is still big and the engineering of window treatments keeps improving,” says Scarrella. “With motorization, things are able to be produced larger and wider than before. And motorized drapery rods were pretty fascinating—[now] they have batteries in the actual rod, allowing it to spin and operate the drapes.”

Motorized window treatments.

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{window treatment wednesday: how to wash drapes}

Clean your draperies for a fresh look in your home.

How to wash your draperies.

Wash your draperies with these tips.

Draperies that are regularly cleaned, washed, and maintained will look great hanging in your home for years. Keep your family breathing easy by removing dust and allergens from the fabric while keeping them looking fresh. Follow these tips for draperies you’ll want to show-off!

Tips to Clean Draperies

Make it a point to maintain your drapes on a weekly basis to avoid fabric that is dingy at best. Remove dust from the draperies with a vacuum. Use the soft brush attachment that is customarily included with your vacuum. Attach to the accessory hose and  sweep in an up and down motion across the fabric. A hand-held vacuum also works well for this task.

For deep cleaning, you’ll want to wash the drapes. CHECK THE TAGS FIRST. You may find your draperies are meant to only be professionally cleaned. Don’t do-it-yourself if the draperies are not specifically labeled as washable, the fabric is frayed, damaged, or faded, if the draperies are pleated, or if trim and other embellishments are not listed as color-fast. Once you check these details, you’re good-to-go to wash and revitalize your window treatment! Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: pet friendly solutions}

Pet friendly window treatment options.

Pet friendly window treatment solutions.Hirshfield’s Shop at Home service in Minneapolis is home to not only some of the best options the window treatment world has to offer brought straight to you, but it is also home to some of the most experienced and creative window treatment experts in the Twin Cities. Kathryn Gravening serves as one of those professionals offering up understanding of construction, fiber, color and design. To those with four-legged friends at home, she also has first-hand knowledge on how to select window treatments that owners and pets alike will love.

Window Treatment Tips for Homes with Pets

Are you a cat or a dog person? Window treatments depend on the pet. Most dogs and cats similarly like to watch the outside world. They are interested in squirrels, birds, mail persons, and neighbors. Or just lying in the sun. Rough life, right? Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: kathryn gravening}

Meet window treatment expert Kathryn Gravening.

Hirshfield's Window Fashions

Meet Hirshfield’s window treatment expert Kathryn Gravening.

Hirshfield’s Shop at Home service in Minneapolis is home to not only some of the best options the window treatment world has to offer brought straight to you, but it is also home to some of the most experienced and creative window treatment experts in the Twin Cities. Kathryn Gravening serves as one of those professionals offering up understanding of construction, fiber, color and design.

A styling background.

Graduating from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Kathryn is both stylish and savvy. Working at Fabric Retailers upon graduation built a foundation for her extensive fabric knowledge.

Kathryn has found a home in Hirshfield’s for her design knowledge. “Hirshfield’s believes in me,” Kathryn said. “It is wonderful to work with a company that has confidence in your abilities and gives you freedom and resources to get the job done. They give me the tools I require and provide training and inspiration.” Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: replacing window fashions}

Keep your home looking fresh with updated window treatments.


It’s easy to fall into a routine, oatmeal for breakfast, coffee with two sugars, windows with blinds. If you’ve always had a specific window treatment in your house, it’s easy to keep it without thinking twice. An updated window treatment however can do wonders for refreshing a room!

On average, people replace window treatments once every seven years. When you’re out of the market for that long, you may be unaware of all the new and beautiful ways to decorate windows and control the light. Before you begin shopping for styles, consider these window treatment aspects. Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: solutions for off-centered windows}

Window treatments for decorating with off-center windows.

off-center window treatmentsOff-center windows can make for decorating difficult. They make it hard to anchor big pieces of furniture, and can make a whole room feel lopsided. Window treatments can be used to your advantage as a centering solution. Kathryn, a Hirshfield’s Shop at Home resident window treatment expert, shares how to select window treatments for off-centered windows. Read the rest of this entry »


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