ways to dress your windows

February 22, 2012

Have you ever wondered how you can dress your large, two-story windows? There are a couple different ways to do it. We have seen our share of window challenges over the past 10 years…

Here are some of the solutions we have come up with…

These tall windows are dressed with flowy sheer panels. We added a detail of shell trim towards the top to bring your eye up. The family wanted privacy but wanted light to still be able to filter through so we selected this subtle striped trevira sheer - it's beautiful AND durable to stand the beating sun.

This large two story hearth room needed some privacy and sophistication. We designed silk panels that open in the center, so the clients can take advantage of the great views. By bringing the panels down to the second tier of windows it makes the room seem more cozy. Since the fabric is silk, we had the panels interlined so the silk fibers will be protected.

In this large two story living room, the client wanted a way to soften the windows and still have privacy. We designed and installed four stationary panels on a long rod along with some honeycomb Hunter Douglas shades. By mounting the rod under the 1st set of windows, we brought the visual ceiling of the space down to make the tall space seem more cozy. The stationary panels feature an exotic pattern to bring in some attitude.

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Last year was a great year for our blog:

  • We had over 22,000 views in 2011 – that’s enough people to sell out the Sidney Opera House 8 times!
  • We posted about 100 blog entries.
  • Our viewers came from all over the world including, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Here is a brief “year in review” – a highlight of one blog per month.

In January, we blogged about kitchen space planning. We showed three examples of how one kitchen floor plan could be laid out.

For February, one of our blogs highlighted home furnishings and fixture products that are made in the USA. Some of the companies are even based in Minnesota!

One of our March blogs showed how commissioning custom art can be fun and affordable. We posted pictures of the artist at work as well as a short description of the process on how to go about making this happen for you!

In April we gave some tips on how to bring the outdoors into your home. We used our 2009 ASID Showcase home as an example.

During May, we posted a blog to get you inspired with color. We took examples from three of our past projects and broke down the colors for you.

In June we showed what a difference window treatments can make in a sunroom. We highlighted before and after pictures of one of our client’s homes on Lake Harriet.

Click back and check out our past blogs and get ready for another year of design tips, project before and afters, event updates, and everything hauthaus!

Happy 2012!

Before & After: sunroom

June 14, 2011

What a difference window treatments make!
 
 

Before: window treatments in the sunroom

 
 
 
This poolside sunroom needed a little help when it came to window treatments. We found a fabulous Kravet fabric that tied all of the colors in the room together. Our very talented workroom made our sketch a reality…
 
 

After: window treatments in sunroom

 The homeowners, who live on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, were thrilled when the treatments went up! It really softened the windows and gave a finished look to the much used room.
 
For other projects we’ve done, check out our website: www.hauthaus.com
 
 

bring the outdoors in

April 19, 2011

Here’s a quick photo reference guide on how you can bring the outdoors IN this spring and all year round!

 

a – Use a grass cloth texture on the ceiling. It brings the eye up, and adds another layer of texture to the space.  (We used flooring material on the ceiling, but wall paper or a faux finish painter could do the trick as well!)

b – Stop by Bachman’s or your local green house and pick up a large potted plant. We placed Fiddle Leaf Figs in the corners of this front porch. (Make sure to read the care tag on the plant to see if it’s suitable for your space!)

c – A really easy way to bring the outdoors in is to cluster a group of 3-5 small plants on a tray or in a bowl in the center of a table. Be sure to grab plants of varying textures and heights for the ultimate effect.

d – Large windows also help bring the outdoors in on this front porch. In the summer months, the windows can be opened to bring in the sounds and smells of the nearby trees and lake.

Wake up! The latest (and my favorite) color combo is Front and Center this season!

If you have been out and about lately, whether it’s in Crate and Barrel, Target, or to the showrooms at Interational Market Square, you have certainly noticed grey, white and yellow popping onto everything from tableware to dresses to the latest upholstery fabrics.

The past few months have certainly proven to us that neutrals, greys, and whites are everywhere. They provide a sense of stability and calm. The economy has a great infulence on color trends, and that has led us to where we are today with all of the grey.  But thankfully, yellow has stepped up and rustled the feathers of her neutral sisters! She is large and in charge. She is out to make you smile and put a little pep in your step! Is it working?

Have you noticed yourself gravitating a little farther away from the beiges and greys of yesterday and toward the fresh new idea of citron, lemon, sunshine… yellow?

The picture illustrates some of the fabulous new fabrics that are out and available to you as window treatments, pillows, or even on your sofa!

Be bold.

Be beautiful with the hot color combo: grey, white and yellow!