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
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