Interior Design Expert Advice - Four Part Blog Series
Join me for four installments with award-winning designer, Stephanie Holdren. Working in the design industry for over 25 years, Stephanie has worked in many different aspects of design from sophisticated Traditional and cozy Country French to striking Ultra Modern and retro Post Modern. Designing both indoor and outdoor spaces in primary residences and vacation homes, Stephanie’s expertise is both varied and extensive. A seasoned expert in Coastal-look design, Stephanie knows exactly how to tastefully bring this trend into your South Florida stylized home.
We will focus on South Florida design and how you can bring the feeling of our brilliant skies and balmy breezes indoors by using specific colors, textures and design elements. The lush landscape of sultry South Florida creates the perfect backdrop for every facet of Coastal-look, which can range from Coastal Glam to Coastal Modern Traditional and every imaginable style of interior design in between. Soft, sun-washed Caribbean hues, salvaged woods mixed with crisp linens create a casually elegant pallet to enhance any style of home décor.
If you’re moving to South Florida or, already own a home in the area, you’ll enjoy this Florida-specific design series. Catch up with Stephanie and I each week in January as we discuss trends in design, including which specific products are making a splash in the most highly styled homes of 2013.
This first week, we are discussing Window Shades:
Q: What is the most prevalent trend in window shades?
A: The vertical blind industry is being edged out by a new line of products offered by both Phifer and Hunter Douglas. Phifer calls the product a sheer weave shade, Hunter Douglas offers it as a designer screen shade. These products are available in everything from sheer to black out, motorized or manual and are dominating the market.
Q: What makes this product so desirable?
A: They were originally used in museums to protect art where they needed a high degree of protection from sun damage but with minimal design impact. They clean easily with any solvent, protect furniture and flooring from sun damage, along with electronics from glare and last but not least, reduce energy costs.
Q: What type of customer would like this product?
A: These products offer versatility limited only by your imagination. Both the Phifer and Hunter Douglas versions are what I refer to as the first layer. Their minimal appearance can stand alone as window treatment in more modern homes yet be easily augmented by another of layer of treatment in more stylized homes. For instance, adding a cornice, panels or draperies can significantly soften the edge between the wall and the shade and offer an endless array of design elements.
Q: When do you recommend home owners consider window shades?
A: Truly, as soon as they buy the home. This should be one of the first investments not only for obvious reasons like sun and glare protection but also, in those initial weeks of residency, a home owner may not be ready to make definitive design decisions but, they still need privacy and security. These shades install easily and significantly reduce energy costs, especially in homes along the shore or with a high degree of sun exposure. I suggest choosing a neutral color to match the walls and floors. If need be, homeowners can stave off making design choices for additional layers of window treatment until after they are settled into their home and begin choosing furnishings.
Remember, keep your first layer of window shades neutral in color, versatile in design and in our warm South Florida climate, be sure they are energy efficient.
Catch up with us next week when we discuss South Florida trends in Flooring!
You can contact Stephanie Holdren directly at [email protected] or 561-542-0001