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    Hunter Douglas Luminette Details on the blog www.WindowDesignsEtc.com

    Hunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers Control The Sunshine

    Hunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian Rye Beach, NH  

    What is a Luminette® Privacy Sheers

    Press play to watch the beauty and function of Luminette® Privacy Sheers

    Hunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers…..

    The perfect solution for wide windows and doors A vertical application with a sheer fabric to let light in and soft fabric vanes to keep light out.

    Categories:Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Luminette Privacy Sheers, Window Treatments

    #TBT in interior design. Peach and green bedroom from the 80's More on blog Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian

    #TBT – 1980’s Bedroom In Peach And Green Is Out Of Style

    It’s time to look back at the designs of the past. This 1980’s bedroom shows the era’s style.  Thirty-three years ago, when I started Window Designs Etc, the styles were VERY different than today. Fortunately, I invested in some good photography for my, then hand carried a leather portfolio. The photos do tell the story of how interior design and custom window treatments have evolved over the years.

    Categories:#TBT Throwback Thursday

    Black floral chintz tied tab panels in a dining room - See more at www.WindowDesignsEtc.com by Marie Mouradian

    Decorating With Black Is NOT Dark And Boring

     

    Decorating With Black

    Decorating with black details make this Southbridge, MA dining room anything but dark and boring. Custom gathered tied tab drapes in a lively black floral chintz frame the view. A whimsical hand crafted wooden drapery rod is a perch for black bird silhouettes. The coordinating Wilton Weave area rug repeats the black with vibrant floral pattern.

    Categories:Dining Rooms, Window Treatments

    Hand painted polka dot curtain rod. See more at www.WindowDesignsEtc.com

    Throwback Thursday – Nursery From The Early 90’s

    Timeless Nursery Interior Design


    Twenty-four years later and this adorable nursery is still in style today.  A non-gender specific theme of teddy bears is the theme for this Shrewsbury, MA nursery. A Designer’s Guild fabric was selected from London. Attention to detail is a true sign of custom.  Check out the hand painted rod the curtain ties onto.

    Categories:#TBT Throwback Thursday, Nursery

    TBT Throwback Thursday Holden Massachusetts classic pink and green swags and cascades compliment plaid chairs circa 1996. Please visit WindowDesignsEtc.com for more info.

    Throwback Thursday – Mauve and Seafoam Swags and Cascades

    Do you remember Mauve and Seafoam?

    Pinky mauve and seafoam green were popular colors 20 years ago.  Window Designs Etc. custom made these swags and cascades for a Holden, MA home. These are a variety of the traditional swag and cascades. Notice the style variety of the swags. Instead of the pleats forming at the ends, some of the pleats originate in the middle creating a fan effect.

    Categories:#TBT Throwback Thursday

    Design rendering of a custom window treatment with draperies and a scaloped valance with a center jabot and cascades at the sides. See more on WindowDesignsEtc.com

    Window Treatment Wednesday, #WTW, Which Valance Would You Choose?

    The home office/library of a CFL (Client for Life) in Princeton, MA needs updating. Here’s the BEFORE photo. The “pouf” valance is dated.  It looks like I got my days mixed up and should be posting in the #TBT (Throw back Thursday) series. Window Designs Etc. did not make this window treatment.

    Categories:Design Renderings, Library, Window Treatments

    Duette Honeycomb Shades by Hunter Douglas come in eleven distinctive fabric styles and over 130 colors are available from WindowDesignsEtc.com in the Worcester, Massachusetts area

    What Is A Duette® Architella® Window Shade?

    When it comes to dressing your windows with shades  Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades is the only brand you need. They are just as beautiful as they are beneficial Hunter Douglas says “Smart and stylish solutions. That’s our promise to you”
  • Textures and colors inspired by the latest fashions.
  • Revolutionary construction for improved energy savings.
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    TBT throwback Thursday Holden Massachusetts bathroom features a shower curtain, balloon valance over a Hunter Douglas Silhouette and a custom painted feature below the window circa 1997. More details at www.WindowDesignsEtc.com

    Throwback Thursday – A 1990 Guest Bath Design – Fabric Inspired Mural

    Styles and design trends have changed a lot in the 32 years I’ve been in interior design.  As I look back at photos of some projects, the year they were designed is evident. Were they fabulous then? Yes!  Are they still fabulous now?  You decide and leave your thoughts in the comments.

    Categories:#TBT Throwback Thursday

    #TBT Throwback Thursday Draped swags with cording and tassels on an arched top window Window Designs Etc by Marie Mouradian Sterling Massachusetts

    Throwback Thursday – A Design Blast From The Past – Too Much Icing

    Arch Top Window Treatment With Draped Cord – Too Much Icing

    Most of the McMansions feature large arched top windows the homeowner doesn’t know how to treat themselves.  No wonder us window treatment designers loved the architects of the 1980’s! This Sterling, Massachusetts client didn’t want anything too “heavy” on her window in the family room so we selected this light and airy neutral sheer fabric.

    Categories:#TBT Throwback Thursday

    TBT Northborough Massachusetts bay window treated with draped or throw swags wrapped around a fabric shirred PVC pole Circa 1989

    Throwback Thursday – 80’s Style A Design Blast From The Past

    Plumbing Supplies on the Window

    Do you remember what the 80’s style of window treatments were? What happens when a Master Plumber marries a custom window treatment designer?  Plumbing PVC pipe becomes the hardware on the windows of her designs! Yes, it was quite convenient for our professions to merge but we were following the 80’s style trend of fabric covered 2 1/2″ diameter rods.

    Categories:#TBT Throwback Thursday

    #TBT A look back at some designs from the past 32 years of Window Designs Etc. See more at http://www.WindowDesignsEtc.com

    Throwback Thursday – 1980’s Master Bedroom Design

    Design Blast From The Past

    Late 1980’s Master Bedroom

    What was the home decor style for a 1980’s master bedroom? Here’s a design blast from the past, the late 1980’s. Everything was roses and lilies and every other type of flower on a very large-scale.  Pastels were hot and mauve was the reigning queen!

    Categories:#TBT Throwback Thursday

    The relatives are coming for Christmas and you have NAKED windows! See some great solutions here

    More Holiday Solutions For Naked Windows And A Special Offer

    More ways to cover up your naked windows

    Yikes, the holidays came quickly this year, life got in the way and you just didn’t get to contacting me about those NAKED windows. Home Alone Now the relatives are coming for Christmas and you can hear Aunt Agnes saying “Dear, when ARE you going to do some decorating around here!”.

    Categories:Decorating Quickies, Window Treatments

    Candy canes make great window treatments! WindowDesignsEtc.com Please come take a look at more ideas http://wp.me/p2RXdv-vv

    Holiday Solutions For Naked Windows And A Special Offer

    Yikes, the holidays came quickly this year, life got in the way and you just didn’t get to contacting me about solutions for NAKED windows. Home Alone Now the relatives are coming for Christmas and you can hear Aunt Agnes saying “Dear, when ARE you going to do some decorating around here!”.

    Categories:Lifestyle, Window Treatments

    Relaxed Roman Shade- WindowDesignsEtc.com

    Window Treatment Wednesday – Relaxed Roman Shade

    Decorating Jargon or “Decoratise”?

    Have you ever been talking to someone and they are using words that appear to be a foreign language to you? When I’m listening to someone so entrenched in their field of expertise that they are using their own jargon, I’m lost. Although I consider myself pretty worldly, when it’s something new, I like it short and simple.

    Categories:Window Treatments

    Detail of valance is a variation of a balloon and relaxed Roman shade in white matelasse with contrasting yellow in the pleats.

    The Beach House Series – Sunshine Yellow Cape Cod Bedroom


     Sunny Bedroom 

    This Cape Cod bedroom is the final room I’ve decorated in the Cape Cod Beach House Series.  This room is like a perfect beach day with sunshine yellow walls and accents of seashells.  

    What’s wrong with this window?

      The homeowner added this beach theme lace ready-made valance onto the existing curtain rod.

    Categories:Bedrooms, Before and After, The Beach House Series, Window Treatments

    Hunter Douglas- Made in America, Hand crafted specifically for the consumer.

    Why Buy Hunter Douglas Window Coverings?

    Why Should You Buy Hunter Douglas?

    Top 3 Reasons – Why Buy Hunter Douglas Window Coverings?

    1.   Hunter Douglas is the leader in the industry with unique, award-winning designs and stylish, energy-efficient products.    They are the innovators of window treatment style and function.   That’s what you want for your home, right?

    Categories:Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Window Treatment Essentials

    Classic Swags And Cascades

      Classic swags and cascades Holden, MA are a classic window treatment. Classic swags and cascades Holden, MA lf Classic swags and cascades are not for those who want to do-it-yourself. This is truly a custom window treatment best constructed by a professional. Pleats are formed along the top with lots of fullness that falls into graceful curving swags. The fabric folds and tapers along the sides.

    Categories:Living Rooms, Window Treatments

    Trend Fabrics Timeless Embroidery and RM Coco faux raw silk

    In The Studio – Classic Swags And Cascades

    Classic Style

    Classic Swags and Cascades are Simple and Elegant 

    The design rendering to show the client exactly what the treatment will look like in the fabrics selected.  Classic swags and cascades are a timeless window treatment. The fabric is cut in a rather odd shape.  Pleats are formed along the top with lots of fullness that falls into graceful curving swags.

    Categories:Design Renderings, In the Studio, Window Treatments

    Custom window seat framed with swags and cascades, window seat cushion and decorative pillows

    View From The Window Seat

    Cozy Window Seat – Sterling, MA

    Swags and cascades embellished with tassels and trimmings frame the view of this cozy window seat. A cozy window seat comes into focus in a Sterling, MA home library.  The addition of a thick bench cushion and lots of custom pillows add to the comfort.

    Categories:Window Treatments

    Big Ideas I Learned From Vision 12 Chicago

    International Window Coverings Expo Vision 12

    Here I am before Vision 12 Chicago opens. I recently attended the International Window Coverings Expo Vision 12 in Chicago. It was FABULOUS!

    WFCP Advisory Board

    The WFCP-Window Fashions Certified Professionals-Advisory Board The collaboration, inspiration, and innovation of being with other window treatment professionals have left my head bursting with new ideas for the windows I treat.

    Categories:Window Treatments

    Room of the Week ~ Cozy Oasis

    Cozy up with a cup of tea as you armchair travel to exotic places 

    A place to sit, read, dream and reflect This anti room off a formal living room was designed as a garden room with three walls of windows and a tile floor.  The Worcester Massachusetts homeowner wanted a warmer feel for quiet conversation and reading.

    Categories:Rooms, Specialty Rooms, Window Treatments

    Tangerine Tango Walls and Pillows

    Tangerine Tango For Your Interiors

    Sophisticated~Dramatic~Seductive

    Tangerine Tango

      Pantone’s Tangerine Tango Tangerine Tango is IT. “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” A few more of my favorite rooms and custom window treatments I’ve done featuring Tangerine.

    Categories:Window Treatments

    Moreland Valance in Tangerine Tango

    2012 Color Of The Year ~ Custom Window Treatments in Tangerine Tango

    Pantone Announces

    Tangerine Tango

    The 2012 Color Of The Year

    According to the color experts at PANTONE in a highly anticipated press release early this morning, “The 2011 color of the year, PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, (my ever favorite pink) encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” Over the past few years orange has surged in popularity in both the fashion and home decor industries.  

    Categories:Window Treatments

    Cascade or jabot folded on pattern in red and gold with decorative trim. Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian www.windowdesignsetc.com

    In The Studio~The Details Of A Custom Window Treatment

    Custom window treatment details set them apart from ready made curtains. All window treatments are not equal.  Here’s a peek at some construction details.

    “To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.”

    Giorgio Armani The materials-A jewel tone stripe with a golden damask over weave from RM Coco and a decorative gimp for the finishing details.

    Categories:In the Studio, Window Treatment Essentials

    A professionally designed family room

    Room of the Week-It’s All About Comfort

    Comfort for Family and Friends

    A professionally designed room that incorporates many patterns blending together. The window treatments are a simple design that is made unique by the creative combination of fabrics. Pillows repeat the fabrics from the window treatments. Each of the accessories have special meaning to the homeowner. I was called into this home while it was undergoing a major remodel.

    Categories:Before and After, Family Rooms, Window Treatments

    Dangling shell detail

    Seashells And Window Treatments~The Beach House Guest Room

    Seashell Guest Room

    How do you decorate a seashell guest room on Cape Cod? With beach things of course!  Think light turquoise ocean, sandy beige beaches, blue hydrangeas,  bleached seashells, warm yellow sunshine and cool sea-glass.  I didn’t have to look far when designing for this couples relaxing retreat from city living.

    Categories:Before and After, Window Treatments

    Window Treatment Detail

    Successful Picture Window Transformation

    Earlier this week I installed this window treatment in a modest ranch in Holden, MA.  The elderly widower was so pleased by the transformation of his room I believe I saw a tear in his eye! Soft shaped cornice with shirred accent wrap, stationary pinch pleated side panels, 2″ Alternative Wood Blinds by Hunter Douglas Does this window look familiar to you?  

    Categories:Before and After, Window Treatments

    Where's This Window Treatment? Valance

    Where Is This Window Treatment? – A Fun Contest

    Have you seen this window treatment? Hey Worcester County readers, do you recognize this window treatment?   Sorry I haven’t posted to this blog in a while.  I have been immersed in a big project.  This special client has included lots of design consulting on color, artwork, furniture and of course custom window treatments.  

    Categories:Window Treatments

    Garden Room

    Room of the Week-Into the Garden

    Springtime all year round

    This garden room brings the outside in for a whole year of enjoyment. The custom window treatments are draped open swags that seem to float across the tops of the windows like a soft cloud floating by. Hunter Douglas Country Wood blinds in white provide sun, privacy and energy control while preserving the view.

    Categories:Specialty Rooms, Window Treatments

    Arched swags

    Elegant Arch Top Window Swags and Drapes

    An arch top window is dressed with custom made elegant swags and panels for a home office/library in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  A few weeks ago I wrote about this project In The Studio.  The yardage and rendering have become a reality. Elegant Arch Top Window Treatment Take a look at what this window looked like before.

    Categories:Design Renderings, Library, Window Treatments

    Room of the Week ~ Irish Heritage

    Pour yourself an Irish coffee and we’ll play a round of cards. Best of Luck!

    A game table and window seat provide extra seating in this Worcester, MA dining room. Game table area with silk taffeta relaxed Roman shades, tapestry window seat and custom area rug to reflect the client's heritage A one of a kind custom area rug was designed to reflect the client's Irish heritage.

    Categories:Custom Area Rugs, Dining Rooms, Window Treatments

    Window Treatments Sutton, MA Family Room

    Upholstered box cornices top a four-panel slider and three windows in this open floor plan Sutton, MA family room.  Draped swags soften the straight and hard lines of the cornices.  Decorative iron rosettes complete the corner details of the swags. Window treatments Sutton, MA family room, Looking down from the second-floor loft.

    Categories:Family Rooms, Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Luminette Privacy Sheers, Window Treatments

    The naked window - What does your window need? Privacy, sun control, security, insulation, color, decor etc. See the article on www.windowdesignsetc.com

    What Do Your Windows Need?

    Windows were created to let the outside light into our homes.  Homes have more and larger windows these days; I love those architects and builders!  Haven’t a clue what to do with your windows?  Here is a list of questions to ask yourself about each of your windows before making your decisions.

    Categories:Window Treatment Essentials

    Born on January 19, 2011

    Welcome to the wonderful world of window coverings blog. Good-bye to my old static website. Everything is converted over here so I can easily post my latest designs. All of the photos and articles from my original site will be inserted into this blog in the very near future. Designing you beautiful windows to view the world from.

    Categories:Window Treatments