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October 24, 2018

The Big Reveal – Emily Henderson’s Portland Project!

by Kim


When we found out Emily Henderson’s next big home project was in our backyard (we’re based in Portland, OR), we HAD to be a part of it. We’ve partnered with Emily on several home makeovers over the years, but this one may be are absolute favorite.

Here’s the backstory. Last year, Emily and her brother teamed up to gut, renovate and flip a home in one of the swankiest neighborhoods in metro-Portland. Because the average price tag in this area is seven figures, the quality of the materials and furnishings had to be super luxe and high-end. So definitely not your normal house flip. Every room was designed to be a showpiece and we couldn’t wait to provide the perfect finishing touch – custom window treatments.

The first step in the Decorview design process is the consultation. Midway through the renovation, we met with Emily and her team to discuss their design aesthetic and which rooms needed window treatments.

Because they were designing the home to sell, they wanted potential buyers to be able to visualize themselves easily within the space. This meant neutrals. But before you’re like “BORING”, we were able to add the wow factor with hardware, fabric texture and construction.

The house is actually pretty secluded, so privacy wasn’t a huge concern when picking out window treatments. Light-filtering and beautification were the main criteria in the selection process.

Emily LOVES roman shades, so most of the home’s windows feature this window treatment style, except for the media room windows which were flanked with custom drapery and the master bedroom which had both roman shades AND custom drapery (our favorite pairing!).

Several months later and just DAYS before the open house, it was time to install the window treatments. We had to wait for the floors, window molding and painting to be done before we could start the installation.

Side note: it’s never too early to start thinking about window treatments in the design process. The placement of light sconces, electrical sockets, molding, etc. can all impact the type of window treatments that will fit your windows and how they will be installed.

After the window treatments were installed it was time to PARTY! The open house was a blast and we had so much fun mingling with other Emily Henderson fans and getting a sneak peek of the entire house before it was revealed.

Fast forward to now, and the design reveals are here!


First up is the formal living room. For this space, Emily was most concerned about fixing a strange design feature. The two windows that flank the fireplace end about 2/3 up the wall, rather than running the full height. Visually it looked off, but it was too late to change the windows, so we suggested installing custom roman shades above and outside the window casing. The result turned out great and most people would NEVER know the secret that lies beneath them!


Next up is the Master Bedroom – our favorite room in the house. This space has a LOT of windows, which by day is a wonderful feature, especially in the gloomy Pacific Northwest. But come nighttime, it can be too bright to sleep, so light control was extremely important. In order to block out the most light, we recommended layering two window treatments – Hunter Douglas Solera® Soft Shades and custom drapery. The result is gorgeous. The custom drapery looks incredibly luxe and really softens the space. The shades add the perfect pop of color and texture without overwhelming the windows.

Office Window Treatments

This office may be small, but it packs a big design punch. To keep this room feeling light and bright, we installed Hunter Douglas Vignette® Modern Roman Shades in a gorgeous ivory tweed fabric. They add the perfect amount of softness and texture to the windows, while at the same time providing light control and privacy when needed.

Kitchen Window Treatments

If there was ever a kitchen to make you want to attend culinary school – this would be it. From the beautiful gold hardware to the rich color of the cabinets, everything in this space is perfectly on point. The only window was above the sink and very short in height. Mounting the window treatment above the window to make it seem bigger was out of the question because of the light sconces, so we decided to install Solera® Soft Shades because they feature a small headrail and stack.


This home had three beautiful, light-filled guest bedrooms making window treatments a must. That is of course if you like privacy and a good night’s sleep… For this room, we installed Hunter Douglas Solera ® Soft Shades in a soft white. By blending into the window frame and wall color, the rest of the room’s decor was allowed to take center stage.

[Fun Fact: This photo was featured on the cover of the June 2019 issue of Real Simple magazine!]


The window treatments in this room (Hunter Douglas Solera ® Soft Shades) were designed to add a pop of complementary color to the windows, perfectly harmonizing with the upholstered bed frame.


Although this room is located on the lower level, it certainly doesn’t feel like a basement bedroom, thanks in large part to the large windows. For this space, we decided to go with a classic Roman shade in linen gray fabric, matching the relaxed, layered feel of the bedding.

Emily Henderson Media Room Makeover Custom Drapery


The last room we have to reveal is the media room located on the lower level. This space features one long wall of windows making drapery a must for privacy and optimal TV watching. The wood drapery rod is an Emily Henderson favorite and has been featured in many of her home makeovers.

Interested in starting your window treatments project? Click here to sign-up for a free virtual or in-home consultation with a Decorview designer local to you!



Fabric junkie, who has been in the window coverings industry for 15 years. I view window coverings as a functional, yet stylish element of the room that should not be overlooked when decorating.

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