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  • What Is A Duette Architella?

    When it comes to dressing your windows with shades that are just as beautiful as they are beneficial, Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades is the only brand you need.

    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.
    • Innovative lift systems with enhanced safety.

    Designed with a patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction, Duette Architella shades offer the largest selection of fabrics and colors in the industry.

    This is just one of the reasons I am committed to Hunter Douglas.

    Here are a few other reasons I think they are the best for your windows.

    Abundant Selection

    Eleven distinctive fabric styles and over 130 colors are available in Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades.

    Eleven distinctive fabric styles and over 130 colors are available in Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades are available in sheer, semi-sheer, semi-opaque and opaque so you can take control of your light.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades are available in sheer, semi-sheer, semi-opaque and opaque.

    The four opacities offer the widest range of privacy and light control.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades in Opaque Elan give the most room darkening effect, making it the perfect choice for bedrooms.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades in Opaque Elan give the most room darkening effect, making it the perfect choice for bedrooms.  This a teens room on the coast of New Hampshire.  I had so much fun designing the cornice with the nautical rope.  Notice how we shaped the cornice to follow the angle of the ceiling. Truly custom.

    The 48 Colors of Elan Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades

    Elan is one of the eleven distinctive fabric styles.  There is a color to fit every room style.

    ***Note all of the colors show white to the street for a uniform look from the exterior.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shade in Batiste with IllumiCell

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shade in Batiste with IllumiCell.

    IllumiCell is the Hunter Douglas exclusive clear inner cell that increases light transmission which enhances the fabric’s texture.

    Architella Batiste fabrics are as beautiful as they are earth friendly.  They contain recycled content and Batiste Bamboo is made up of 45% sustainable fibers.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella India Silk creates compelling design statements.

    India Silk creates a compelling design statement.   It has a tinted IllumiCell to enhance it’s woven texture. This is one of my favorite shades to specify.

    Energy Wise

    Patented honeycomb construction helps to provide superior energy savings both in winter and summer.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades can reduce heat loss through windows up to 40%Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades can reduce heat loss through windows up to 40%.

    Installing these shades significantly improve energy savings during the cold months.

    I can personally attest to how well Architella shades keep the cold out, I have them in my own home!

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades can reduce solar heat gain through windows up to 80%.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades can reduce solar heat gain through windows up to 80%.

    Reduced solar heat gain keeps your home cooler in the summer and lowers energy bills.

    Innovative Designs

     

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Top Down Bottom Up shade with LiteRise

    We installed this Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Top Down Bottom Up shade with LiteRise in a Sterling, Massachusetts bathroom.

    LiteRise is an intuitive cordless lifting system that provides an uncluttered look with no visible cords.  This makes a wise choice for child safety.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shade with Lite Rise for cordless Top Down Bottom Up operation

    Top-Down/Bottom-Up

    Open from the top or the bottom, or settle somewhere in between.  With this feature, you create the perfect balance of privacy and natural light.

    This is a perfect solution for bathrooms.  Who wants to be in the bathroom with the shade down and the light on during the day?

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shade with Ultra Glide

     

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shade with Ultra Glide.

    Ultra Glide

    Effortless operation with retractable cord eliminates cord pooling on the floor.  Ultra Glide is a Hunter Douglas Exclusive lifting system.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades with LiteRise provides an uncluttered look with no visible cords.

    This Sterling, Massachusetts kitchen has Duette Architella shades  over the kitchen sink and on a door.

    The LiteRise cordless lifting system means no tangled cords getting caught in the door.

    Duolite pairs fabrics of different opacities for optimum light control and privacy.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella with Duolite pairs fabrics of different opacities for optimum light control and privacy.  This shade has a semi-sheer on the top and an opaque fabric on the bottom.  It is two shades in one with all of the possibilities in between.

    Motorization

    Control shades from a hand-held remote, wireless wall switch or your mobile device with the Platinum App.

    Motorization can be entertaining too!

    Celebrating Hunter Douglas at a recent Premiers event for dealers who are committed to education.

    Celebrating Hunter Douglas at a recent Premiers event for dealers who are committed to education.

    Hunter Douglas Certified 2014

    I am proud to be a Hunter Douglas Certified Priority Dealer.

    The combination of Hunter Douglas’ innovative products and my interior design expertise; there is a solution for every window in your home or office.

    For a limited time only, there are rebates available on some of the Hunter Douglas products.

    Click here to see the latest promotions.

    Get started with shades for your home.

    Contact me today.

    I will guide you in the best decisions to make your house into a home you love.

    Hiring a professional saves you time, frustration and money. You, your family, your house and office deserve it!

    More information can be found at HunterDouglas.com

     

    I Brought You Some Springtime From China

     

    Springtime in China

    I was off on another exotic trip last week.  55 of us from the Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce, where I am a board member, traveled to China for a luscious taste of the Chinese culture.  It is a beautiful country, what I saw of it at least.

    One of the best surprises for this cold, winter worn soul was it was already springtime there!  Temperatures were in the low 70′s most of the time.

    The beautiful scenery and pleasant weather sparked an interest in how to make this feeling last.

    The Summer Palace and Longevity Hill in Beijing, China. Apple or cherry blossoms in the foreground.

    One of our first stops was the Emperors Summer Palace and Longevity Hill in Beijing, China.  A pagoda sits on a hill across Kumming Lake, pink and white apple or cherry trees blossom in the foreground.

    Pagoda fabric by Robert Allen pattern Big Spring color Iris. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com for further information

     This Robert Allen upholstery fabric has the same pagoda style with the floral branches.  The blue and white pattern or Toile would be great for dining room chairs or an upholstered cornice.

    Pink and white flower blossoms at The Summer Palace in Beijing, China. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com for further information

    Many of the trees that lined Kumming Lake at the Summer Palace were in bloom.

    Fabric of apple or cherry blossoms in white with branches. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com to order a sample or yardage.

     This blossom fabric appears to be made from the photo above.  Who wouldn’t want the fresh feeling of springtime blooms all year round?  Without the allergies too!

    Blossom Branch Lilac-Carole Fabrics

     

    It comes in pink too.  Can’t you just smell the sweetness?

    Pagoda bridge on West Lake in Hangzhou, China. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com for further information

     

    The jewel-like pagoda bridge on West Lake in Hangzhou, China was a popular scene for groups of young artists along the shore.

    Fabric Toile de Trees of Chinese scenery with pagodas, bridges, trees of Oriental design. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com for further information

    Toile de Trees fabric from Carole is as serene as the lake itself.  I would love to use this as pleated draperies hung from a bamboo pole.

    Centuries old Lingering Garden in Suzhouz, China. Apple or cherry blossoms with pagoda. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com for further information

    A pagoda in the Lingering Garden in Suzhou, China is the perfect location to meditate or practice Tai Chi. The Chinese people have a great connection with the outdoors.

    Jackie Von Tobel pillow cover in Pagodas- Magenta. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com for further information

    My design friend and roommate at Design Bloggers Conference, Jackie Von Tobel, features the pagoda in this pillow cover.  Please click here to see the complete fabric collection she has designed.  She is an uber talented artist with a keen eye for fresh color combinations and design.

      Bringing some of the Chinese designs into your decor makes your home into an everlasting vacation oasis.

    What do you have in your home to remind you of your travels?

    Please tell me in the comments below, maybe it will be my next trip!

    XOXO

    Marie

    Need help decorating?  Contact me today, I will guide you in the best decisions to make your house into a home you love to live in.

    Please don’t be shy.  Comment below, Pin to your favorite board, Tweet to the world, Give it a + on Google,  Post on your Facebook wall, E-mail to a friend, Link, Tumble and Stumble it…..Your friends will love it and so will I!

    What’s Your GREEN Decorating Style? This or That

    Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which it's loveliness arises

     

    Found here

    What’s Your GREEN Decorating Style?

    I love decorating with green!  I see green as a neutral that enhances everything else.

    Let’s have some fun today and play This or That.  I’ll show you two rooms decorated with green and you pick your favorite.

    Dining Room This or That

    What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com -- Mint green and white dining room from The Lennoxx

    Light mint green walls and a dark stained wood floor set the scene for this dining experience. Slipcovered white Parsons chairs are a contrast to the rich floor. Simple drapery panels in a slightly darker mint green dress the four windows. I would have installed the drapes further above the window since the ceiling is so high. Look how the crystal chandelier fills the space.

    The Lennoxx

    OR

    Coastal Living green dining--- What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com

    Green dining by the seashore. A blend of beach, rustic and comfortable elegance. Notice the seagrass rug and beadboard walls. The narrow rustic farm table seats many. Upholstered arm chairs and green patterned drapes make the room cozy and comfortable.

    Coastal Living

    Bedroom This or That

    Decosee modern green and white bedroom -- What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com

    A sleek modern white bedroom that uses green accents to drive your focus. I love how the paint is used on the lower half of the wall to “ground” the room. Painting the back of shelves makes objects pop. VERY interesting use of shades on the windows, varying the width, opacity and mounting height add so much style and function.

    The Decosee

    OR

    What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com -- Margaux Interiors Limited - Photo by Blayne Beacham

    A Southern bedroom of green and white. The green and white patterned walls create stunning backdrop for the upholstered white-winged headboard. White draperies are detailed with green banding. The pleated table skirt is reminiscent of a tennis skirt.

    Margaux Interiors Limited

    Living Room This or That

    What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com -- Robert Couturier on Cote de Texas 3-2013

    French antiques abound in this living room. Robert Couturier uses green stripe on the settee and those luscious butterfly Roman shades. Take note of the undershade in the white too.

    Cote de Texas

    OR

    Modern green and white living room -- What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com

    Two color decorating, how simple is this? The floor length green drapes frame the stunning view. Green accent pillows offset the starkness of the white sofa. The only thing I would do differently would be to turn the sofa around to face the windows.

    Home Design Inc.

    I have a whole board of green and white interiors over on Pinterest.

    What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com -- Pinterest Green and White Interiors

    Which Green and White Rooms are YOUR favorite?

    Tell me in the comments below.

    XOXO

    Marie

    Need help decorating?  Contact me today, I will guide you in the best decisions to make your house into a home you love to live in.

    Please don’t be shy.  Comment below, Pin to your favorite board, Tweet to the world, Give it a + on Google,  Post on your Facebook wall, E-mail to a friend, Link, Tumble and Stumble it…..Your friends will love it and so will I!

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

    #TBT A look back at some designs from the past 32 years of Window Designs Etc.

    Window Treatments Like Wedding Cake Icing

    Most of the McMansions featured large arched top windows the homeowner didn’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.  Decorative cording was draped over the custom painted wood holdbacks.  Matching tassels finished off the cording which highlighted the rich jewel tones of the furniture.

    Does anyone else think the cording and tassels look like fancy icing on a wedding cake?  It was considered the HOT thing of the 1980′s.

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

    This was the second house I designed for this client (I’ll have to go way back to find the 1st house photos).  I’m amazed and honored how many clients from my early days have become life long clients.  Last spring I helped make this client’s third house into a home.  The current house is much smaller with classic and clean decor.

    Fess up now, who had something like that in their house?

    25 + years later it’s pretty funny.

    Thankfully classic and timeless design is the current trend.

    Happy Thursday!

    XOXO

    Marie

    Need help decorating?  Contact me today, I will guide you in the best decisions to make your house into a home you love to live in.

    Please don’t be shy.  Comment below, Pin to your favorite board, Tweet to the world, Give it a + on Google,  Post on your Facebook wall, E-mail to a friend, Link, Tumble and Stumble it…..Your friends will love it and so will I!

     

    For The Love Of PINK

    Pink...It's not just a color it's an Attitude

    Vinyl decal can be found here

    Satin stripe from RM Coco Spring 2014 collection pairs magenta pink with grays and beiges

    I love the combination of the vibrant magenta pink with grays and beiges.  It’s a great pairing of neutrals with a pop of excitement, after all PINK adds a little drama to every room. This stripe fabric is in the Spring 2014 collection from RM Coco.

    Fabricut embroidered pink and taupe on a linen and rayon blend fabric Spring 2014

    Here’s another fabric that is quite neutral with a few pops of PINK.  This embroidered rayon and linen blend is found in the Spring 2014 Fabricut collection.

    Fabricut embroidered satin fabric new for Spring 2014

    Looking at this satin embroidered fabric, it is very neutral with golden wheat, taupe, gray and a very subtle pink.  Not all pinks have to be sugary sweet.

    Benjamin Moore paint deck showing an array of pinks. Notice the sweet names.

    This Benjamin Moore fan deck shows typical baby girl sweetness pinks.  Look at some of those names! Angel pink, romantic pink, sweet 16 pink etc feel a bit too feminine for you taste?

    Benjamin Moore Melted Ice Cream appears pink when placed next to white.

    How about this melted ice cream?  It appears pink against the white background, right?

    Benjamin Moore Fan deck of pinks with melted ice cream.

    Here it is to the far left of the original fan deck lineup.  Suddenly it doesn’t look pink at all.  I apologize for the differences in the exposure of my photos. This is why I only do paint consultations in your home or office where all other factors of the room weigh in.

    Benjamin Moore Melted Ice Cream is paired with Fabricut Picturesque Plaza

    Looking back at the embroidered satin fabric from the Spring 2014 Fabricut collection, imagine how walls of a bedroom would be in the melted ice cream with this fabric made into luxurious bedding. Neutral but calm and sophisticated.  You can see more of my favorite pink fabrics here.

    Pink is for Everyone!

    I Believe in Pink - Audrey Hepburn Etsy Elissa Hudson

    This adorable print by Elissa Hudson can be found on Etsy.

    For more PINKspiration visit my Pinterest board.

    What room would you like to add a touch of PINK to?

    HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

    XOXO

    Marie

    Need help decorating?  Contact me today, I will guide you in the best decisions to make your house into a home you love to live in.

    Please don’t be shy.  Comment below, Pin to your favorite board, Tweet to the world, Give it a + on Google,  Post on your Facebook wall, E-mail to a friend, Link, Tumble and Stumble it…..Your friends will love it and so will I!