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Warm up your Windows

October 3rd, 2016

Warm up your Windows

By Mary Carol Garrity


I have fallen back in love with window coverings. Do you remember when we covered our windows in big, heavy drapes? I was not a fan. Then, as people grew tired of all that fussy finery, we gravitated toward clean, simple coverings like blinds and plantation shutters, or left our windows unadorned. Now, I think we’ve found our happy place right in the middle. Whether it’s a drape with a simple pinch pleat that breaks on the floor just like a man’s trousers, or a tailored Roman shade, today’s window treatments bring charm and character to a space without overwhelming it, adding that perfect finishing touch to a well-decorated room.

Make them personal
Window coverings can be like art, a focal point of a space. When our daughter, Kelly, and her husband, Britt, moved into their home, they did some major renovations, including creating a sensational kitchen. The window coverings, simple and striking, play a starring role in the beautiful space.

We’re seeing lots and lots of interesting trim on shades and panels now. And Kelly’s kitchen is a great example of how something as simple as an intriguing black outline on cream fabric can make your jaw drop. The crown jewel of this kitchen? The monogrammed shade. When I went to the fabric market this winter, I was wowed by the new looks in trims. Among my favorites were the variations on the classic Greek key pattern.

Add layers of interest
Customers often ask me if it’s OK to add window panels over other window coverings, like Roman shades, woven coverings like matchstick blinds, or plantation shutters. Yes! Yes! Yes!

Everyone has a different color quotient, but I am over the moon about the bold choice to layer two complimentary but very different fabrics together on a window. The panels give pizazz to the room all day long, but in the evening, when the shades come down, the room is extra special.

For years in my home, I resisted adding fabric treatments to my living room windows. I was pretty happy with the look of my plantation shutters and I was worried curtains would accentuate the irregular window spacing in my old house and make the room feel darker. But drawn by irrepressible desire to always add gorgeous new textiles to my rooms, I decided to go for it. To make sure I allowed in all the natural light possible, I hung the panels on the outsides of the windows. The addition of the curtain panels, a soft blue floral finished with a green flange, warmed up the room so much, I was sorry I had waited so many years.

Do you have blinds or shutters that you still like? Leave them up! Just finish them off with panels.

If your windows are bare, what about woven shades, like matchstick blinds or bamboo shades? These simple, rustic beauties even look at home in formal room.

Variations on a pretty palette
When I worked with my friends Julie and Mark on their country dream house, they wanted to create a family home that was filled with color and patterns. They landed on a palette of gray and yellow for a number of the rooms, telling the story through one beautiful window covering after another.

In their living room, the floor-to-ceiling windows got a zip of pattern, thanks to sensational Roman shades. The pattern is bold but, done in a palette of soft grays and yellows, it supports the design choices in the room, accenting without overwhelming.

The charming color palette of gray and yellow continues in the master bedroom. Once again, Julie selected a stunning combination of fabrics to bring the colors to life and make the room truly unique.

The floral fabric used in the panels featured had sweet embroidered centers.

I’m a big fan of the time-honored cafe curtain. Simple and sweet, these timeless treatments do an excellent job of allowing natural light into a room, yet provide privacy. Julie went with a darling black and cream toile for the curtains, an unassuming treatment that lets your eyes drink in the fabulous coral ceilings. If my laundry room looked like this, I might do the wash more often!

This article was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity’s blog at She can be reached at Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

The Importance of Proper Window Treatment Installation

April 18th, 2016


Many customers underestimate the importance of proper window treatment installation and attempt to install their new, custom treatments on their own. We recommend opting for professional measuring and installation services for a variety of reasons. These services are similar to an inexpensive insurance policy in that they ensure the fit and look of your window treatment is gorgeous.

Professional Measuring

There is often more to consider than the length and width of your window when it comes to measuring for installation. A few reasons to incur the modest fee of investing in this service are:

  • Architectural feature accommodation will be kept in mind – doors, radiators, moldings, etc.
  • Exact measurements will be taken.
  • Window treatments will be fitted in conjunction with valences and cornices to be sure everything functions properly.
  • Existing drapery rods will be evaluated.
  • If new drapery rods and support brackets are needed, there will be a plan for installation and advice on any additional hardware that may be needed.

Professional Installation

Window treatments are heavy, and when you have to hold 30 pounds of fabric panels while balancing on a 12-foot ladder while trying to adjust sharp pins, it can be quite difficult to execute correctly. Hiring professionals to install your custom drapery ensures the process goes quickly and smoothly. Reasons to splurge on this service include:

  • Installers are specialists, and they have been trained to do this job.
  • Installers know the tricks and hold the tools to make your window treatments look beautiful.
  • Installers have the skills to be confident that the weight of the treatment is properly supported.
  • Care will be taken to protect woodwork.
  • Installers will steam and dress draperies and shades.

2016 Trends

April 8th, 2016


This year’s hottest window treatments come in a variety of colors and textures, and they have the potential to really bring your room to life. So get rid of your boring old curtains and blinds, and update your space with inspiration from our list of the latest and greatest in window treatments.

Organic Materials

Window treatments made with organic materials are bringing nature indoors. This year it is all about natural elements and eco-friendly materials. To create an elegant, rustic look, consider pairing bamboo or matchstick blinds with natural woven shades and sheer, layered linen panels.


Layering metallic with the latest color trends is a home run. Silver, bronze and gold metallic fabrics are back in full force making their lavish appearances in living rooms and bedrooms across the country.


Neutrals are back, but 2016’s neutrals might not be what you are expecting. This year charcoal and slate are the new neutrals, and they are a perfect pair with metallic trends. Using darker neutrals adds sophistication to a room by their ability to frame a window.

Sheers Fabrics

A timeless trend is using window treatments that allow natural light fill a space. Using simple panels of sheer fabrics create warmth and depth in a room while still letting sunlight through. Sheers come in all sorts of beautiful colors, linen blends and even contemporary patterns.

Jewel Tones

The sophisticated colors range from deep reds to subtle blues, and they really have the ability to create a luxurious atmosphere fit for royalty. Jewel tones like amethyst and turquoise pair great with soft metallics like platinum or brushed nickel for added aesthetic.


Get creative and include patterns instead of a solid fabrics. Many contemporary and transitional spaces have large, geometric patterned draperies which create a focal point within the space.

Layer Shades

This year pairing blackout shades with sheer shades will be a hot trend. Typically, a blackout shade will be installed next to a window with a sheer shade layered in front of it.

What are Hybrid Shutters?

March 15th, 2016

New-Style-02Over the last few years, we’ve all heard about hybrid cars, hybrid flowers, and hybrid bicycles… but have you heard of a hybrid shutter? A hybrid shutter is a shutter that has the classic look of a traditional wood shutter with more industrially advanced materials.

Simply put, a hybrid shutter is part wood and part modern, composite material. In terms of its mechanism, this window treatment is nearly identical to a plantation shutter, and consists of louvers that adjust with a connective pullbar. The main difference between the two options is the building material. Plantation shutters are generally made of 100 percent wood, and hybrid shutters are a combination of wood and faux shutter material. Hybrid style and size options tend to be a bit more limited than full wood shutters, but more than likely, your needs can be met by a hybrid model. Hybrid shutters are also often much less expensive than solid wood shutters, allowing you to save a fair amount of money on window treatments.

A hybrid shutter model will afford you the same benefits as a plantation shutter, including sun protection, light control and added privacy. Plus they come with a stylish look and savings on energy costs. To learn more about our shutter selection, visit


The Benefits of Energy Efficient Window Treatments

March 2nd, 2016

Window treatments and coverings can do more than just tie a room together. The proper selection can actually reduce both heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Paired with adequately calked and weather-stripped windows, window treatments can reduce electricity costs and generate power. Check out some of the ways different types of treatments can be functional and fashionable.

Interior Blinds

Window blinds come with both horizontal and vertical slats, and each of these variations is effective when it comes to beating the summer heat.

Unlike shades, blinds offer flexibility in the summer, because you have the option to adjust the slats to control the amount of light and ventilation that you let in. They can also be adjusted to direct sunlight onto a light-colored ceiling which will diffuse light without much heat or glare. On a sunny day, blinds have the ability to reduce heat gain by 45%.



While it can be difficult to generalize a drapery’s energy efficiency due to the wide variety on the market, there are several factors that play into drapery’s ability to reduce heat loss and gain. Among factors to consider are fabric type (closed or open weave) and color.

During summer days, it is a good idea to close draperies that receive direct sunlight. Some studies have shown that medium colored draperies with white-plastic backing can reduce heat gain by nearly 33%. Alternatively, when the weather is cold, conventional drawn draperies can reduce heat loss by up to 10%. Considering this, you should close all draperies at night during winter months.


Surprisingly, window shades can be one of the simplest and most effective window treatments for energy efficiency. In fact, dual shades that can be reversed with the change of season provide for the greatest efficiency when the reflective surface faces the warmest side. The caveat here is that they need to be drawn all day to be effective. Additionally, shades should be mounted as close to the glass as possible in order to create a sealed air space.


Exterior shutters should be integrated into your homes architecture and may provide the best source of insulation. Most exterior shutters have operating systems that allow control from indoors which encourages daily use.

Louvered shutters work best to keep out the summer heat. They allow ventilation and block some direct radiation while still allowing natural light to enter a room. Solid shutters, on the other hand, protect against the winter cold and summer heat. Solid shutters are insulators consisting of wood panels, a vapor barrier and sometimes a decorative covering. Fitted properly, they provide an air space between the shutter and window. Roll-down metal shutters are great for protection but aren’t that efficient when it comes to saving energy.

Several other products that we offer have energy saving abilities.To learn more about our energy efficient window treatments, check out our stock which include a full line of Hunter Douglas products, blinds, drapery, shades, shutters, sheers and top treatments.



September 18th, 2015

Eye on Design Drapery, Shutters and Blinds is commemorating its10-year anniversary of serving thousands of home owners and business by providing beautiful and functional custom window treatments.

“FoScreen Shot 2015-09-18 at 5.21.59 PMr the last 10 years, Eye on Design has had the privilege of creating one of a kind custom window treatments for thousands of homes and businesses,” said Jennaver Brown, co-owner. “We are so grateful to our customers for allowing us to be part of their lives.”

Jennaver and her husband Gordon Brown, who heads the installation department, started Eye on Design in 2005 with a mission to create custom options for their clients to help meet specific goals for energy efficiency, light control, ultra violet protection, privacy and design.

Headquartered in downtown Belleville, Eye on Design has grown to become the region’s largest, most comprehensive Window Design Gallery showcasing the premier collection of Hunter Douglas window fashions and custom drapery which are handcrafted onsite in its own drapery fabrication shop.

Their dedication for providing innovative solutions has earned them a top reputation in the industry that now boasts a strong local base of clients, but also national accounts in the hotel and insurance industry.

“From our first window treatment at a home on the west end of Belleville to now covering tens of thousands of windows at corporate headquarters all across America, we have been truly fortunate,” said Brown. “

Eye on Design has been dedicated to keeping the environment beautiful as well. Since 2005, it has recycled or re-purposed and estimated 10,000 pounds of old window treatments through its Project RENEW window treatment recycling program.

“It all began in the homes of our clients in 2005 when they asked if we would take their old window treatments away,” stated Brown. “ We did and we found organizations that would re-use those that were still in good shape. Those treatments that had no life left in them, we dis-assembled and recycled the components. In addition, we recycle all of our packing material.”

Eye on Design Drapery, Shutters and Blinds is open Monday – Friday from 9AM to 5PM and by appointment on Saturdays. They offer free in-home consultation for all residential customers by calling 618.257.9750.