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The findings of a recent Houzz survey — its Second Annual Houzz & Home Report — was communicated to Houzz users this past week. The survey purports to be “the largest survey of remodeling and decorating activity ever conducted”.

You can see their full press-release – but here’s my summation of their 100,000-response survey findings:

  • more U.S. homeowners moving forward with renovations projects, compared to last year.
  • 53% of homeowners believe NOW is a good time to renovate; and 58% of those are planning projects in the next two years (and plan to hire professionals).
  • 3/4s of those surveyed believe NOW is a good time to buy a home.

The study “yielded detailed data at the national, regional, and metropolitan area level”.

Bathroom and Kitchens top U.S. renovation projects. Similar to this before picture already discussed in the blog post Renovation from ‘Ranch’ to ‘WoW’:




I pinned this fabulous decor solution for “dividing” a loft or studio space into separate living / sleeping areas, and am still struck by the elegance of this room. (The design is by Tobi Fairley Interior Design. The total home will surprise you! Check out Glenwood.) The more I look at this photo, the more I see what a clever solution the draperies have supplied to this home: surely the drape can be pulled to nearly encircle the bed. The touches of blue echo in both spaces; and the small touches of orange – pillows matching that open-wood side table – give these rooms an additional visual punch.

Another bedroom design, also by Tobi Fairley, is this wall of curtains:

bed with wall of curtain

This type of “dramatic backdrop” is something I need for my guest bedroom. The room is fairly small and the iron-and-brass bed (antique scrollwork!) is situated directly in front of a window — but the full-sized bed is wider than the window. A wall of fabric (especially such gorgeous, voluminous draperies as shown above) would make the placement of the bed look less due to happenstance and more “by design”!

{And don’t you just *love* the plaid duvet cover
and charming Monogram on the pillow??

living room & fireplaceEver Wish you could measure your windows this morning, order your custom-made window shades tonight, and receive an email that your order has shipped two business days later?

Now your wish becomes reality at


Introducing the CWS “QUICK SHIP” program: Our most popular fabrics and colors can be yours with less waiting. We still offer *FREE* UPS Ground shipping to the Continental US – but let us know if faster UPS delivery is desired.

Sally in Idaho orders a Top Down Bottom Up (Duofold) shade in color ALTO (see fabric sample) on Tuesday Night – with our new QUICK SHIP program that shade will be heading out the door in two business days. UPS will be standing at Sally’s door five business days later (unless Sally lives in the tiny area that needs one extra UPS day).

Bob in Buffalo wants a black out blind shading that street lamp in his guest bedroom. Gardenia is his color of choice, and he opts for ComforTrack Plus side tracks and the Smoothy Cord Loop lift option. He orders on Friday and by mid-next-week his order is boxed and ready to ship. Bob lives two business days from the manufacturing facilities of, located in Williston, Vermont.

Our QUICK SHIP is developed around our *POPULAR* fabrics and colors. What are they? Here’s a list:


  • ALTO (#100) – white
  • HARP (#101) – cream
  • MANUSCRIPT (#106) – off white
  • CAMEO (#108) – warm cream
  • DANCE (#118) – light taupe
  • VIENNA WOOD (#124) – dark taupe
  • FLUTE (#131) – dark grey [while supplies last]
  • MISTY (#132) – light grey [while supplies last]
  • BATON (#180) – sand

BLACK OUT fabrics

  • GARDENIA (#3200)
  • MUSLIN (#3202)
  • LATTE (#3224)

How to order? Start with your measurements . . . for windows and skylights. Other shades – even arches – available (“standard” production times apply, although rush requests are considered).

2-Day turnaround means:
This Living Room could have
new shades by the weekend!

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CWS offers custom-made cellular shades in both double and single cell light-filtering or blackout fabrics.

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