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November 4, 2014

I Don’t Do Windows

by Jo

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Part of the design process of any interior renovation is the consideration of how to cover the windows. While the aesthetic look is always important to the designer, the functional considerations are key.

The Sonoma Family Compound project (featured in the Sonoma Magazine issue on stands now) had very specific window treatment requirements. First of all, privacy was important in rooms, such as the master bathroom, where one large bay window exposed the entire room (and bather) to the exterior.

Custom Master Bathroom Window Treatments

Secondly, hot sunlight was a huge concern for the western-facing windows where the summer sun reflects from the patio and pool into the house. The harsh sun makes the house very hot in ninety plus degree weather, damaging interior wood and textiles.

Jo Toscana Kitchen Window Treatments

I had a good idea of how I wanted the window coverings to look, but I’m not an expert in window treatments. With all of the materials, functionality, and new products on the market, it would be very difficult to master the task. Many interior designers, myself included, refer to window covering experts for help.

Meet Janeen – She Does Windows

I met with Janeen, a certified Hunter Douglas designer from Décorview, to review the project and explain my needs. She provided samples and suggestions, both of which were hugely appreciated. She really knew her product.

Jo Toscana Custom Window Treatments

I was truly surprised (even excited) by the broad assortment of fabrics and materials — I had never seen some of them before. For example, Janeen had the idea to cover the guest bathroom window in a new metal blind with the look of galvanized steel…PERFECT for the country-modern look of the space. LOVED it!

Hunter Douglas Silhouette Shades

Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades in the master bathroom provide different levels of light and privacy.

Additionally, Janeen had a solution for the large west-facing kitchen window; a semi-sheer roller shade that blocks hot sun while still letting the light and view to come through.

Jo Toscana Kitchen Window Treatments

Janeen was quick to point out which materials and functions were most affordable, so I could choose the best solutions at the right cost. I was able to spend a little more where I wanted something special. For instance, Silhouette shades in the master bathroom provide different levels of light and privacy, and are crisp and gorgeous in the room.

Jo Toscana Custom Window Treatments

The final results are polished, perfect window covering solutions that not only add to the quality of the property, but function seamlessly. Window treatments are the icing on the cake!

Jo Toscana Studio Window Treatments

About Jo

As principal at TreeHouse Studio, Jo is a creative thinker specializing in multi-disciplinary design – with a broad scope that includes interior design, styling and staging, color theory, and graphic design. With a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Art and Design, and a long career in creative direction, Jo is comfortable in all aspects of the design process.

Expertise in color, composition, and space-planning make an easy transition between two- and three-dimensional design. Jo’s passion for materials, textiles, and furnishings enable her to create uniquely designed, livable spaces. Great design, be it graphic or interior, is always based on the end-user needs, aesthetics, and expectations.

You can follow Jo on her blog, Girl Named Jo.

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