5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Our Showrooms

Over the past few months we’ve been expanding across the US and opening new showrooms by the week. Here are a couple of reasons why we think the brick-and-mortar experience is the best way to shop custom window treatments.


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In-person assistance


Meet with one of our design consultants — they’ll ensure you are asking all the right questions and considering every detail, in addition to providing expert advice and real-time price quotes. Meeting with a design consultant is a helpful way to begin the process because they can show you everything in person.




Interactive product displays


When you walk into a TSS showroom you’ll notice variety of window treatments mounted in a simple grid format. This allows you to effortlessly compare styles and fabrics. The displays are set up by shade type, so the store is as simple to navigate as the website.


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Inspiring ideas


Our showroom teams have a wealth of experience in the field. If you are apprehensive about taking on a window treatment project, then we are happy to make suggestions that are in line with your design vision. We also have large format window displays to spark ideas and inspire new projects.


Swatch pick-up


If you want to make sure a material will look great in your home, then pick up a selection of free swatches. Any fabric that you see on display is available in the showroom, and the design consultants can suggest options you might not have considered. It’s a practical way to browse our exclusive collection of 900+ materials.




One-stop shopping


The Shade Store can guide you through all steps of the window treatment process. Cross window treatments off your to-do list in one visit — design, selection, pricing, and measure + installation.



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City Guide: Designing Columbus

The Buckeye City is home to a thriving design scene.

On the occasion of our first foray into Ohio, we teamed up with Editor at Large to get a glimpse into the city’s interior, with local designer Peggy Snider of Snider & Metcalf Interior DesignSnider leads the way with the insider tips that she and business partner Bethany Metcalf abide by.


Snider & Metcalf - City Guide: Columbus


Snider & Metcalf - City Guide: Columbus

Recent work from Snider & Metcalf Interior Design


Columbus has long been considered a “test-market city,” representing “a broad spectrum of the fabric that makes up our country, from farmers and Bob Evans to Fortune 500 companies,” says Snider. The city’s diversity plays a role in design and architecture: Snider says that in addition to being home to one of the country’s largest public universities, “We have farmland and high-rises within a very close proximity. The city’s architectural landscape reflects these qualities in its urban neighborhoods, suburbs, and vibrant and growing downtown dwellings.”


What are Columbus’s top shops?


Caterina Ltd. in German Village and Bungalow Home in the suburbs offer a nice cross section of design options, from an intimate boutique to a midcentury modern resource,” says Snider. But the city does pose shopping challenges. “Finding high-end, quality antiques has become increasingly difficult in the Columbus market. We feel this is a void crying to be filled.”


Caterina Ltd. - City Guide: Columbus

Caterina Ltd.


The recent addition of The Shade Store is a promising one, she says, having perused the store’s catalogue for inspiration. “As most designers, we like to touch, feel, and see products before recommending them to our clients. Therefore, we are very excited for the opening of The Shade Store and look forward to visiting it soon!”

Inside the new Shade Store locale in Columbus. City Guide

Inside the new Shade Store locale in Columbus


She also recommends designers head to the Short North Arts District, known for its thrift stores (insider’s tip: check out the Grandview Mercantile & Revue on N. High St.), where designers can source period pieces as well as vintage and midcentury modern pieces.

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Grandview Mercantile & Revue


Where do you source inspiration?

Sniders says that clients dictate inspiration; listening to them may “take us to urban architectural delights, such as the Ohio and Palace theaters, the lovely gardens at the Franklin Conservatory, or a walk along the Scioto Mile, the beautiful riverfront park.”

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Franklin Park Conservatory


The city’s inspired location also inspires the designers. Columbus sits between the Olentangy and Scioto rivers, where the designers find “an abundance of natural habitat and nature to inspire,” including the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, a 10-minute walk from downtown. For New England inspiration, the pair visits small-town Granville. “Just 30 minutes east of Columbus,” Snider says, it “offers wonderful 200-year-old homes, boutiques, and inns, and is nestled in the Welsh Hills with picturesque landscapes.”
Where do you take clients for lunch?
Visit Northstar Café, which has several outposts throughout the city and is known for organic ingredients. Oldie-but-goodie stops include Lindey’s in German Village (Snider says she hasn’t had a bad meal there in 35 years) and Winans Chocolates and Coffees, a fourth-generation family-run business that delivers “the cutting edge in the world of flavors and premium quality” coffees and treats, says Snider.
Our new showroom is located at Easton Town Center, 3950 Townsfair Way, Columbus, Ohio. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.


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City Guide: Designing Mill Valley

With our recent expansion into Mill Valley, California, The Shade Store is drawing attention to the design scene in this picturesque Marin County enclave. Area interior designer Lauren Berry of Lauren Berry Design describes the area as “quietly upscale,” with locals “focused on luxurious, understated, natural materials, generally in neutral palettes,” and with an eye toward relaxed indoor-outdoor living. “This is a very active community with lots of kids and dogs, so clients are looking for comfortable, casual pieces that are well-made,” she says. “There are great local ingredients, and food plays a big part in people’s lives as well. So kitchens and great rooms are the feature.”


Berry walks us through the local landscape, sharing her shopping shortcuts and design savvy.


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Lauren Berry Design - Designing in Mill Valley


Lauren Berry Design - Designing in Mill Valley

3 images above: recent work from Lauren Berry Design


What are Mill Valley’s top shops and must-shop neighborhoods?


Berry shares her go-to roster of local shops: SummerHouse, Ruby Living and Hudson Grace in Larkspur Landing. She says the ideal places to shop are Mill Valley’s Throckmorton, Blithedale and Miller Avenues, as well as Larkspur Landing in Larkspur. The designer has used our shades in bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms “for both practical, functional purposes and to add a layer of interest,” and says she appreciates its “high-quality, well-edited fabrics and shade materials for all types of aesthetics.”


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Hudson Grace


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Ruby Living Design


What are the area’s best hidden finds?


According to Berry, Moss & Daughters is ideal for antique place settings and vintage finds, while Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts offers both a by-appointment gallery and in-home art consulting services. “Breitbard has access to a large, diverse inventory of pieces,” says Berry. “She will work with clients and designers in their homes to find the perfect pieces.”


Where do you source your own creative inspiration?


“Walking through beautiful neighborhoods for architectural and garden inspirations in towns like Ross, Belvedere and Mill Valley,” shares Berry, who also visits restaurants and hotels for interior inspiration.


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Balboa Cafe


Where do you take clients for lunch or coffee?


Mill Valley’s Balboa Cafe for lunch and Depot Bookstore & Cafe for coffee meetings are Berry’s dining spots of choice, as well as Rustic Bakery’s two locations: one in Larkspur Landing and the original outpost in downtown Larkspur.


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Lauren Berry


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Our Mill Valley showoom


The Shade Store’s Mill Valley outpost is located at 800 Redwood Highway Frontage Rd. Mill Valley, California 94941. The showroom is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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WestEdge Design Fair 2015 – A Recap

The Shade Store was thrilled to be a part of last week’s WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica, an exhibition of design-forward brands, artisans and manufacturers from across the globe. It was a great chance for us to meet longtime fans, make new friends and showcase our newest products and materials — including our exclusive collection from The Novogratz and our brand-new printed blackout roller shades!




As self-diagnosed design nerds, we were equally excited to scope out our neighboring booths for new finds — and we were not disappointed!


Philomela at WestEdge 2015

Philomela at WestEdge 2015


We crushed hard on the light-hearted fabrics and wallpaper from textile company Philomela. From Rorshach-inspired prints to playful polkadots, Philomela’s offering was unique and refreshing. We especially loved Bird by Bird (center of wall) — a fun pattern that reminded us of rustic woodblock prints and a certain Hitchcock film.


ShopFloor Design at WestEdge 2015

ShopFloor Design at WestEdge 2015


The folks at Shopfloor Design wowed us with their simple floating shelves in natural steel, pictured here with structured-yet-airy hanging pendants. Can’t wait to see what’s next from them.


Carl Hansen & Son at WestEdge 2015

Carl Hansen & Son at WestEdge 2015


Always on the lookout for other family businesses, we loved the offering from Carl Hansen & Son — a Danish furniture powerhouse with a long history in modern design. Their Oculus chair, pictured above, is an enduring classic — and comfortable spot to check emails during a busy day at a trade show.


Modfire at WestEdge 2015

Modfire at WestEdge 2015


Our final fave was the Modfire booth — showcasing a super-cool line of outdoor fireplaces inspired by sixties rocket design. The Phoenix-based company handcrafts each piece in their metal shop and offers a wide range of bright enamel and natural metal finishes.


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Vibrant colors and patterns at The Shade Store booth


Thanks WestEdge — we loved every minute of our stay in Santa Monica. Can’t wait to be back in town for the opening of our new showroom on Montana Blvd this winter!

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Design Consultants Pick Their Favorites

We talk quite a bit about style around The Shade Store showrooms: fabrics, fashion, current trends, etc.. Not surprisingly, everyone has a favorite Shade Store fabric and a reason why they love it so much! We decided to open up the conversation, company wide, and see if anyone would be interested in sharing. We got so many wonderful responses! So, without further ado, our design consultants pick their favorites!


Adrienne picks Under Over by Jeffrey Alan Marks

Adrienne picks Under Over by Jeffrey Alan Marks.


Adrienne loves Under Over by Jeffrey Alan Marks. In her own words, “It’s fresh, current yet timeless. The materials and colors are gorgeous – making a flat roman shade in Under Over perfectly flawless.”


Charlie's a big fan of Herringbone

Charlie’s a big fan of Herringbone.


Charlie is a big fan of Herringbone in any color. “It works great as drapery or roman shades and adds subtle interest to any style.”


Natasha has her eye on Leda Peony by DwellStudio.

Natasha has her eye on Leda Peony by DwellStudio.


Natasha is fond of Leda Peony by DwellStudio. “I love the playful floral design. It makes me think of high tea in an English garden – only modern.”


Julia's Designer Pick

Julia can’t get enough Super Nova by Jonathan Adler.


Julia gets nostalgic over Super Nova by Jonathan Adler. “Reminds me of my childhood and inspires my inner 60s housewife.”

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