Living close-in the city of Portland, Oregon has its advantages: Bike commuting along the river, walking to restaurants and coffee shops, and having three yoga studios within a mile are some of them. However, it also means living within Portland’s much debated urban growth boundary in neighborhoods zoned for high density housing. That’s why my client had set up her StyleMatch Consultation, she said: “I woke up one morning, and instead of looking at the sunrise over Mt. Hood, I looked directly at my new neighbor who was painting the ‘mother-in-law apartment’ he was bulding over his garage.” As we talked further, my client also admitted to running her airconditioner on hot days instead of getting a window covering to reduce the heat. This is something you may want to keep from your eco-conscious Portland neighbors, but I promised that only 240 million internet users in the US would have access to her confession. Color was important too. Besides this one French door, the other windows in the house had coverings that she had no plans to replace, so we had to choose a style, fabric and color that would coordinate. To add to the challenge, the ceiling above the door is slanted with little space to mount a blind and her husband has very contemporary taste and wanted something very sleek.
After much thought and careful consideration my client chose Hunter Douglas Skyline® Gliding Panels, a product that works a lot like Hunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers. Both products are installed on a horizontal rail and stack on the wall when open. The stacking makes them an ideal choice for covering doors. Unlike the Luminettes, the Skyline® Gliding Panels do not have vanes that open and close, but instead they “glide” to the side. As my client put it: “Skyline Panels have a less ‘dainty’ feel hence more likely to get my husband’s nod of approval.”
Getting the shade installed sparked quite a few ideas for new uses of the space including an office, a library or simply a gallery of family pictures. As I remember the space, she might be able to do all three!