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As an avid photographer in the Age of Film, I first toted my case filled with cameras, lenses, and filters around such locales as the highlands of Scotland, the loughs of Ireland, and the Castles and Country Houses of England and Wales.

Despite the low light found in churches, I treasure images illuminated only by the sun beaming in the interiors of Chartres, Sainte Chapelle, or the Salzburger Dom.

My feet have tramped picturesque villages, towns, cities in old provincial seats of places like Savoy and Alsace. They’ve hiked the Alps, and crossed the Vlatava into a newly-liberated Prague.

When you have little money to spare, you learn to travel frugally. Walking cuts down on expenses.

I’ve always been a walker – though sometimes I’ve had to trudge four or five miles because the buses just weren’t running that day…

Then there are the walks along the beach; always a thrill. Or through a garden. Or along a canal to the next lock or windmill.

When you walk you observe such wonderful things: Like a red-rimmed doorway beckoning you to step into an inviting interior. What resides up there? Who will you meet?

Doorways, arches, windows — all have ample samples in my photographic portfolio of bygone trips.

So imagine my surprise when today’s email gave notice of a “popular” Pinterest board dealing with DOORS, WINDOWS…AND SUCH!  This I just had to check it out.

Susan Terrana‘s board on Pinterest has a FABULOUS collection of photographs — the red-rimmed door is one — culled from all over the world. Some places are recognizably FRENCH or SPANISH, CUBAN or ROMAN. Others make you sigh, “Where on earth could this place be?!?”

Here’s two of my favorite photos from Susan’s Collection: 

Photos of glass doors, of course, made me also think of our Cellular Window Shades

A Truly LOVELY Picture; so much going on in it aesthetically, artistically – as well, of course, as being a fabulous doorway in what must be a wonderful place to live: The wing-back chair, the plump white pillow in the farther room (I’m convinced the glass pieces are actually mirrors), the scent of the pink lilies in the air. A picture IS worth a 1000 words.

But what if that couch opened out into a sofa-bed for your incoming guests… Maybe they would LOVE a shade over the door for a bit of privacy.

Could I do that, though? I hear you say.

Probably —

Although there’s very little wood frame and a LOT of glass. Installation would have to make sure NOT to screw brackets any place where an edge of the glass might be nicked and the glass cracked.

TIP #1: a good rule of thumb is to measure at least an inch beyond your glass: Bottom and Sides.

A good two-inches is a real “safety” measure at the top, where your brackets will be affixed.

Look again at this door and its sidelights: very slim trim.

And I’m also seeing a protruding lockset, which undoubtedly is mirrored on the backside of the door.

TIP #2: make sure your shade can pass in front of the lockset on the door. If a Lever-style handle, and you want the shade between the handle and the door, check that there’s enough room to allow the shade’s bottom rail to pass between handle and door, AND whether you’ll have enough room to grip the handle without fumbling against the shade cloth.

Now, I don’t have access to this house and its door, can’t do any measuring, but where might I first consider placing my Cellular Shade?

TIP #3: Use an OUTSIDE MOUNT, which screws through the back of the bracket into the flat-area surface behind the bracket.

My choice would fall to that header which runs across the two sidelights and the door, located just below the wide arch. Yes, I’d leave the arch open. Privacy wouldn’t be an issue, and it’s such an architectural feature of the adjoining rooms. The Header is above the door area, which will allow ample room for raising the shade in order to pass through the open door. There also seems enough projection, so that the shade hangs straight down without any obstruction from the lockset. One shade, wide enough to cover the entire width, would be advantageous, practical, and cost effective.

In the end, your guests might say,



As owner of an “older home” (c1948), I’ve an interest in stories on replacement windows. The noise reduction! the increased insulation! As a Blindcrafter Team Member, found on the web at, the conversation also includes how shades can help older windows — which are often better built windows — out of the landfills.

Over the weekend, I watched a 60 Minutes episode on the demolition of foreclosed home in the Columbus, Ohio, area — truly, a great waste – of money, energy, goods; not to mention the foolishness of removing people from their homes which now are fodder for criminals stripping a property for items of a little worth (the guy on the segment mentioned: “They’ve even taken the kitchen sink!”).

So it was with great interest I read about a Vermont man who has been in the business of “redressing” older windows. The story ran in the free weekly newspaper, 7 Days, and was written by Amy Lilly. The company — which is bound to get some much needed publicity, is Open Sash, owned by Christopher Pratt. Amy’s story really tells you all you need to know, so I will let it speak to you – just click on the photo:


Other posts on similar subjects, include:


The moment I saw this photo, I knew it would be of value to our blog readers:

As you can see, the day was fairly bright — there is light coming through the SHADES, yet you are not able to see through them. This demonstrates that “sense of light” which I often mention to people inquiring about how a light-filtering cellular fabric looks when in a window.

This next photo is of great interest because of the top down, bottom up shade: Obviously, taken on a wintry day, the sun is quite minimal (pity us!); yet, the photo again illustrates how the light filters through the shade, as well as how much privacy they achieve.

And if you WANT to see out: Just Open Your Shade! Cellular Shades certainly are meant to be opened and closed with some regularity: what we call “cycling” the shade.

Stay tuned for more pictures!

Many people are interested in cordless shades, especially after recent concerns over child and pet safety. Be advised, however, of the steps you can take to keep cords out of reach: with cord cleats, velcro dots, cord guides. We take child-safety seriously at CellularWindowShades!

We also take our Production standards to stringent margins — and we found the combination of double cell blackout fabric (often desired in bedroom settings) with the Cordless did not function, over time, as well as we could have hoped. Therefore, in the spring the decision was taken to remove the double cell blackout fabric as an option for Cordless shades.

Q: So what is your option for the room-darkening effects of a blackout combined with the ease of the Cordless shade?

A: Single cell blackout fabric from the 1/2-inch, or Virtuoso line. This combination gives you the best product for ease of operation.

We also have available — at a terrific 30% off! — the 3/8-inch single cell “Fanfare” line. Please note that these fabrics are only available with the Standard Cord Lock or the Top Down Bottom Up operating features.

When in doubt: the Light Filtering double-cell fabric works for all the different lifting methods: Standard Cord Lock; Top Down Bottom Up; Continuous Cord Loop (the “Smoothy”); Cordless; as well as Motorized.

Check out our website for more information on lift operation choices!




It’s even Revolutionary!

No, this isn’t a picture of snow (don’t rush things!), but of COTTON BOLLS, ready for harvesting.

It’s not the material, per se, that make us blog today about cotton, but the COLOR: a beautiful, brilliant, natural WHITE. Ever seen anything like it?!?

The front inside cover of HOME TEXTILES TODAY, the “Business & Fashion Newspaperof the Home Textiles Industry,” has quite the evocative photograph, though their cotton bolls are “blown” and exceptionally full. But, as we discuss color, it’s interesting to see what seems hot and new on the following page: purples and hot pinks, jewel-like reds all pop from the photographs opposite.

As we’ve mentioned in an earlier post: don’t be AFRAID of color: embrace it! What beauty the “natural” white takes on when coupled with vibrant wall color and sparkling wood tones. Think of grandma’s crisp linen bedding, with hints of bright jewel-toned embroidery. Colors work best in tandem with each other, bouncing off, complimenting, contrasting. In a darkly-colored room, white shades will simply *sparkle*; but for those who adore brights and whites, think what tones of color on your windows could accent those important areas.

Color is the spice of life — add some to your home, today!

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