Once we wrapped up the Portland Project (full reveal here!), designer Emily Henderson asked if we wanted to partner with her on her next big design project – The Mountain House. To give you some background, Emily purchased this 1960s home as a retreat from the LA hustle and bustle. Having grown up in Oregon, she was desperate for a place where her family could relax, reboot and connect with nature.
While many of the architectural features of the home were good, it was terribly outdated and had gone through several rounds of mish-mash extensions. Fast forward two years and the home is now a gorgeous, modern and cohesive hideaway for friends and family.
The first step in the Decorview design process was 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 the design style of the home was so modern, Emily wanted to make sure the window treatments looked lux, but at the same time weren’t too fussy, making Hunter Douglas Solera® Soft Shades the perfect choice for all the rooms. [Side note: Emily chose this window treatment style for many of the rooms in the Portland Project!].
Once the window treatment styles were decided, it was time to make two other important decisions – the lift system and fabric. Smart home functionality is very on trend right now, so it wasn’t hard to convince Emily to add PowerView® Motorization to many of the rooms in the house. In addition to being able to operate the shades with just a touch of a button (whether in the home or not), she can also program shades to move automatically to a schedule she sets. These smart features are very handy for vacation homes. Imagine getting halfway home only to realize you forgot to shut the shades. YIKES! With PowerView Motorization, you can just open the dedicated app and close the shades remotely. You could also program the PowerView system to open all window treatments upon your arrival/departure to save you the time and energy running around the house.
The final decision was on fabric. The home’s color palette is very neutral, so we recommended fabrics in soft earthy tones to match the rest of the décor. But don’t worry, the end result is anything but boring. Subtle texture in the fabric combined with Solera’s voluminous construction makes for a pretty amazing WOW moment at the window.
But enough background already! Let’s dive into the juicy bits – THE REVEALS! And first up is…
Downstairs Guest Suite
If there was one word to describe this room, it would be CALM. The neutral palette, sumptuous bedding and soft window treatments combine to create a space primed for relaxation. This room receives a lot of natural light, making room-darkening window treatments an absolutely must for a good night’s sleep.
The biggest challenge for this room was designing around the French doors. Because window treatments are generally mounted to the outside of a door (rather than inside mount like most windows), our designer chose the smallest head rail size available, allowing the window treatments to clear the door handle and hardware when drawn.
Upstairs Guest Suite
Next up is the upstairs guest bedroom. Another gorgeous space to relax and rewind in. The soft white Solera shades blend seamlessly into the walls allowing the rest of the room’s decor (OMG that bed!) to pop.
And we’ve saved the best for last. Emily’s master bedroom is hands down our favorite space in the Mountain House. The Scandinavian vibes in this room are STRONG and had a major impact on the style of window treatments she chose. Emily really wanted the white oak of the window frames to remain a feature in the room, which is why Solera shades were the perfect choice. She liked how short the stack is in comparison to traditional Roman shades. The white fabric blends perfectly with the walls, keeping with the minimalism vibe of the space. Check out this fun animation of the shades in action!
For visual consistency, we also installed the same room-darkening Solera shades in the master bathroom.
And that’s it! Another amazing transformation by the Emily Henderson design team. Excited to start your window treatments project? Click here to sign-up for a free virtual or in-home consultation with a Decorview designer local to you!