{window treatment wednesday: add personality with valances and cornices}

There are so many styles and fabrics available for your window treatments that it’s easy to forget one of the easiest ways to add another decorative touch — at the top. Valances and cornices add style and sophistication to the top of your window treatments, while also concealing the curtain rods or other hardware if necessary.

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Kellie Burke Interiors via House of Turquoise

What’s the Difference?

In some ways, valances and cornices are very similar. They both add style to the top of your window treatments, but a valance is a soft treatment — similar to a very short drapery panel — while a cornice is a hard top treatment.

The style of the customer’s home usually directs our Hirshfield’s Shop at Home designers to use one or the other. Dawn Feda says valances can appear much softer while cornices have more of a hard line. However, she points out that each treatment can be dressed up or down by adding decorative trims, contrast banding or lining, or unique shapes.

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{window treatment wednesday: national window covering safety month}

 

Cute laughing baby standing in a white round bed. White nursery for young children. Little boy learning to stand in his crib. Toys for infant cot. Smiling child playing with toy bear in sunny bedroom.

We expect parents to cover electrical outlets, put gates on stairs, and childproof their doors and cabinets, but we often forget about the hidden danger of the cords from window coverings.

Yet the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children accidentally becoming entangled in window cords.

Safety Month

That’s why the CPSC and Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) are urging parents and caregivers to check their window coverings for exposed and dangling cords as part of National Window Covering Safety Month.

The CPSC, WCSC, and safety advocates all recommend using only cordless window coverings or window coverings with inaccessible cords in homes with young children. “As a result of industry innovation, consumers have more choices than ever to purchase cordless products or those with inaccessible cords,” said WCSC Executive Director Peter Rush. Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: the next step in motorization}

The world of window treatments has certainly changed over the years — thanks to technology. We started with motorization. Then we added remote controls and apps. And we now have the ability to fully integrate those controls into a connected home.

So, what’s next in window treatments? Thanks to advances in low-voltage power, all of the window treatments in your home can be powered by the equivalent of speaker wire — which is why we’re seeing more “smart homes” being prewired for whole home integration. 

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Hunter Douglas has been on the leading edge of motorization for window treatments, and Shannon Scarella, Manager of Hirshfield’s Window Fashions, has enjoyed a front-row seat. She shares her thoughts on the latest changes in the world of window treatments — and the way it may change the way you plan your next home project.   Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: window treatments from the artisan home tour 2016}

We love to track design trends, and few places are better than the annual Artisan Homes Tour. It’s one thing to see a trend mentioned online or in a magazine, but the Artisan Homes Tour by Parade of Homes gives us a chance to see how they look — up close, and in person — and also see what interior finishes Minnesota and Wisconsin interior designers are using.

We shared an overview of the entire tour earlier this month, but this blog will focus on window treatment trends as seen by Cora and Judy from Hirshfield’s Shop At Home.

“Standout for me was the use of pattern in the drapery panels,” said Judy Ciacura, Hirshfield’s Shop at Home designer. Some of her favorites included: “Neutral background with navy or gray design, and the Moroccan pattern still seems to dominate.”

“A few things that stood out for me were the amount of woven woods featured in the homes,” said Hirshfield’s designer Cora Asp. “There were a couple of homes that had shutters in the bathrooms,” Cora noted,” and we saw lots of side panels as well.”

Hendel Homes 2016 Artisan HOme Tour

Hendel Homes 2016 Artisan Home

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{friday finds: best of the interior design trade shows in las vegas}

Our Hirshfield’s team recently visited Las Vegas for IWCE-Vision 16 (the annual International Window Covering Expo), along with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), and the International Builders Show (IBS).

Our group had the opportunity to visit with vendors, see new products, and participate in seminars and classes.  Those classes ranged from color, digital technology, business ideas as well as new inspiration from window treatments.

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Judy Ciaciura (Hirshfield’s Shop at Home) said a big trend at IWCE was “how trim detail is being used on drapery panels and top treatments. I saw less use of tassels and more flat patterned braid detail on the center lead edges of the panels,” she said, “as well as the bottom and sides of the tailored top treatments.”

Judy also noticed more selections of “bling” at the vendor booths: rhinestone cording, buttons, broaches, and appliques.

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“Bling” for window treatments

A collection of unique and artistic tiles caught Judy’s eye at KBIS. “Pera Tile seemed to be the standout,” she said.

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“The designs have so many pieces allowing for endless possibilities. From very busy and ornate to using small touches for a simple statement. I can just imagine the possibilities in how these tiles could be used as a whole or even as simple accents.”

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Judy also noted the large number of unusually shaped sinks and vanities at KBIS.

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Besides the design inspiration, the Hirshfield’s group also got some time together, according to Shannon Scarella, Manager of Hirshfield’s Window Fashions. “It is always a wonderful trip and allows our employees to build better relationships with one another as well as share their ideas and gain new ideas!’

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{window treatment wednesday: powerview earns interior design’s technolology award}

We’ve been raving about the PowerView Motorization System ever since Hunter Douglas unveiled the system last July. And a major design magazine agrees. PowerView recently earned Interior Design’s Best of Year Award for Technology.

Interior Design’s Best of Year ceremony was held at legendary architect Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in New York, where 975 designers, architects, and manufacturers gathered to learn the winners across 43 project categories, 61 product categories, and 11 materials.

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{window treatment wednesday: hunter douglas wins big at WCMA awards}

It’s awards season. The Golden Globes got us started, with the Oscars and Grammys on the way. But no matter how much somebody or some group cleans up at any of those events, it will be hard to match the showing Hunter Douglas made at the 2015 WCMA Product Awards.

Hunter Douglas won an amazing 31 awards at the annual Window Covering Manufacturers Association event, held this past November. All product award winners were recognized this past week in Las Vegas, at the International Window Coverings Expo. Hunter Douglas has received the WCMA Product of the Year award for the 15th time.

Hunter Douglas Silhouette® Duolite™ Shadings

The WCMA Product of the Year, awarded annually to the product that stands out across all categories and judging criteria, is Silhouette® Duolite™ Shadings, designed and engineered by the Silhouette® Product Development Team at Hunter Douglas.

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