Sunday, June 30, 2013

A New Window Treatment Transforms a Sliding Glass Door from Boring to Beautiful



A Beautiful New Window Treatment That Showcases the Sliding Glass Door

"I would like a new window treatment for my sliding glass doors. Would like to keep my vertical blinds and just have a valance above," said my client Sonja into the phone. "Can you stop by sometime this week to take a look?" she asked. 

On Friday of that week I visited Sonja's charming home.  She showed me her current vertical blinds which, if kept, would need to be moved over a bit.

Original Window Treatment

I asked Sonja why she wanted to keep the blinds and she replied,  "It's not really for privacy because we back up to a preserve. We need them for the afternoon sun which gets strong."  I suggested that there were 2 ways to go with this project.  The first way was to keep the vertical blinds, move them over a bit, and hide them with a panel window treatment on a decorative rod. When she needed the blinds, she could just pull them across, but they would be out of sight during most of the day.

The second idea was to remove the blinds and have a remote cellular shade installed.  We could do a valance over the top with a 2-tiered look in 2 different fabrics.  The valance would hang from 7 decorative medallions.  After much thought, Sonja decided upon the second option and was very pleased with the results.

Sonja had some solid-colored fabric and we selected a very attractive striped fabric to coordinate with it for the top layer. My window treatment fabricator, Tish Corbett, also embellished the valance by creating 7 little bells across it. (shown under each medallion)  David Miller, my blind vendor, did the shade and even had to notch it out at the bottom to accommodate the molding

New Window Treatment Wth Remote-Controlled Shade Down

New Window Treatment With Shade Up

Sonja and her husband Roy were so happy with this treatment that they ordered plantation shutters for the entire house from David .  

David actually makes his own  plantation shutters and can paint them any Sherwin-Williams color that you want.  I recently paid a visit to his warehouse here in Jacksonville, Florida and viewed the operation. 


 

The Construction of the Shutters  in Process



The Shutters Are Prepared for Painting






David With The Finished Shutters


David's favorite service is his shutters. He offers 2  1/2", 3  1/2", and 4  1/2" slats and can make plantation shutters for any sized window, even curved ones. What makes David's family-owned business unique, is that he does not subcontract his labor out.  His employees and he do the work and David personally takes all measurements in your home and does the installation. His shutters are priced very competitively and his work is guaranteed for life. Besides that, he is a very pleasant guy.  

If you are in the market for a window treatment, blinds, any type of shade, or shutters , please give me a call so you can meet David and Tish and have them work their magic in your home.  You will be just as pleased as Sonja and Roy were.






7 comments:

Roxie Tenner said...

Looking at the before and after photos, I could just imagine how happy Sonja and Roy were when they saw their new window treatment. It looks very elegant, and it's even comparable to the window treatments in hotels. #Roxie @ WindowTreatmentsPhiladelphia.com

Mary said...

Thanks, Roxie. We decided to do a treatment using medallions for a different look.

Li Ayers said...

The sliding glass door looked so plain, so it just really deserves to have a window treatment. I was amazed with the remote-controlled shade. Haha! It's surely an effective way to reduce the sun's glare. David did a great job! Such great projects will allow him to have more clients. He delivers great service! No wonder people are very satisfied with his work.

Li Ayers @ Dial One Windows

Katie said...

Great job in improving the look of your sliding glass door, Mary! A lot of people prefer having a sliding glass door instead of the conventional swinging door due to the fact that the former uses less space to function. Giving homeowners the more freedom in terms of designing their interiors. Good day! :)

Katie Nicoll @ Clark Adams

Mary said...

Thanks Katie and Li for your comments. David did such a great job on that solar shade that I ordered one from him for my front palladium window to block the strong sun from this western exposure. I am very pleased. I have a remote, also, which makes it sooo easy to use.

Belief Patrol said...

i am thinking of using the cellular shade for my (4) sliding glass doors. but it would be a bit much with remote controlled shades. i am wondering if i should use cordless or corded shades for this application? it looks nice and clean with no cords, but i wonder if opening and closing would be a hassle with no cords. your valence really looks great with these shades.

Mary said...

You can use multiple remotes. I just installed a shade over my palladium window and got the remote. Just love it. I think the cords detract from the look. Thanks for your comment.

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