Architectural Digest and The Shade Store Celebrate Grand Opening of Flagship Showroom

What a night! We had such a great time celebrating the opening of our flagship showroom in midtown NYC with our friends at Architectural Digest! Editor at Large was on the scene to snap pictures and take some great video of the occasion – a sea of smiles, some delicious local bites, and a few designers are asked the ultimate question – roller or roman shade?

 

 

 

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Parker Larson, Hadley Keller & Hannah Martin

 

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Carl Reddish, Bret Mitchell & Santiago Casanova

 

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Ron Marvin speaking with Dannielle Kyrillos, Editor at Large Magazine

 

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Jennifer Rock, Todd Klein and Scott Sanders

 

 

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Zach Gibbs, Bill Pittel, Adam Gibbs

 

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10 Inspiring Window Treatments

Finding the perfect window treatments for your home isn’t always about function. Yes, sometimes you need a shade to block light or nosey neighbors and looky-loos. But what about finding the perfect style – your style. Have a look in your closet. Everything in there is a reflexion of your taste (ignore that sweater you got for your birthday last year). Your window treatments can be the same way! Here are 10 rooms we hope will inspire you to coordinate your shades, blinds or draperies with your individual taste and style.

 

Natural roller shades in the living room.

Natural roller shades in the living room. Material featured “Lotus” in grey.

 

Layered bedroom drapery.

Layered ripple fold drapery in the bedroom. Materials featured are Jonathan Adler’s “Limitless” in pebble and “Shimmer Sheer” in gold.

 

Roller Shade in Plume Teal.

Roller shades in the bedroom. Material featured is “Plume” in teal.

 

Flat Roman Shades by The Shade Store

Flat roman shades in the dinning room. Material featured is “Holland” in vapor.

 

Roller shades in the kitchen.

Roller shades in the kitchen. Material featured is “Chevron” in black.

 

Solar shades and tailored drapery in the library. Materials featured are "1%" in white and "Highland" in cove.

Solar shades and tailored drapery in the library. Materials featured are “1%” in white and “Highland” in cove.

 

Ripple fold drapery and solar shades in the living room. Materials featured are "Netscape" in cloud and  "3% Thermo" in slate.

Ripple fold drapery and solar shades in the living room. Featuring Jeffrey Alan Marks’ “Netscape” in cloud.

 

XL pleated shade in the reading nook. Material featured is "Napoli" in cream.

XL pleated shade in the reading nook. Material featured is “Napoli” in cream.

 

Relaxed roman shades in the bedroom.

Relaxed roman shades in the bedroom, featuring Diane von Furstenberg’s FunkyZebra pattern.

 

Roller shades in the kitchen.

Roller shades in the kitchen. Material featured is “Spanish Wildflower”.

 

 

 

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The Shade Store 101: 6 Styles of Roman Shades

If you’re going to dress your windows, why not put them in something pretty? Windows love our roman shades and here’s why: each roman shade is meticulously handcrafted from the finest fabrics to fit the exact specifications of your window – like a custom dress or suit! But which of the 6 styles is right for your window(s)? Let’s take a quick look at the unique style benefits of each.

 

The Flat Roman: Clean & Finished

Sleek and beautiful, no matter the fabric choice. The flat roman shade is our most popular style, mainly due to its sleek modern aesthetic. It’s also highly functional, meaning it’s easy to operate (raise and lower) and requires little-to-no styling or adjusting of the fabric. If you like the look of the smooth front, and appreciate a neat stack when your shade is raised, then the flat roman may be your shade.

 

Flat Roman Shade

Flat Roman Shade

 

The Cascade Roman: Classic Style

Most of the time, when people picture a roman shade, this is the style they’re seeing. The cascade roman shade offers a timeless look thanks to its hand-stitched seams and sewn-in aluminum dowels. This attention to detail and expert craftsmanship creates the horizontal seams synonymous with the cascade style, and accounts for the shade’s sleek appearance.

 

Cascade Roman Shade

Cascade Roman Shade

 

The Aventura Roman: Zen Design

Similar to the cascade roman but with a few important distinctions that make this style stand all on its own. Inspired by traditional Japanese Shoji designs, the Aventura roman shade wears its dowels on the front for an incredibly unique look. It takes an experienced artisan with significant roman shade experience to hand-stitch the 3/8″ pockets that accommodate the aluminum dowels. The functionality is excellent and the look is striking.

 

Aventura Roman Shade

Aventura Roman Shade

 

The Relaxed Roman: Laid Back & Decorative

The relaxed roman is beautifully constructed to appear, well, “unconstructed”. This laid-back appearance is mainly decorative and may require some styling to get it just so, but how can you not love that soft gentle curve? You can almost hear it saying, “Casual Friday? How about casual every day?”.  A relaxed roman will really showcase the fabric it’s made from, so be sure to choose something you love.

 

Relaxed Roman Shade

Relaxed Roman Shade

 

The Tulip Roman: Floral Swag(ger)

The charming tulip shape? That’s the result of carefully handcrafted inverted pleats along the headrail. This ensures a lasting look and shape – we wouldn’t want your tulip to wilt! The tulip roman is primarily a decorative style and not ideal for frequent use, but even as a stationary treatment it makes an elegant statement on any window.

 

Tulip Roman Shade

Tulip Roman Shade

 

The Pleated Roman: Bold Design

Sure to turn a few heads, the pleated roman is bold, beautiful and attention grabbing. The beautiful cascade effect is produced by uniform hobbled folds spaced 4″-5″ apart, which also guarantees a neat stack when raised.

 

Pleated Roman Shade

Pleated Roman Shade

 

If you have any questions regarding our custom roman shades, or would like a little help selecting the perfect style for your home, we’re here for you! Just give us a shout at 800.754.1455 or email design@theshadestore.com. Let’s work together to customize something you’ll love.

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Talk: Carrie Leskowitz on Philadelphia Design

We’re open in the city of brotherly love! What’s the Philadelphia design scene like? We reached out to local designer Carrie Leskowitz of Carrie Leskowitz Interiors. She gives us a glimpse into the city’s design scene, her favorite places to shop and a few good places to grab lunch.

 

Recent work by Carrie Leskowitz Interiors

Recent work by Carrie Leskowitz Interiors

 

Living room by Carrie Leskowitz Interiors.

Living room by Carrie Leskowitz Interiors.

 

“Design in Philadelphia is in transition,” shares Leskowitz. While the city’s design Marketplace is closing and certain showrooms have either left or are moving to temporary spaces, other brands, like The Shade Store and Kravet, are expanding their influence in the city, and new products and inspirations are on the rise in the region. “I have no doubt showrooms will come back together bigger and stronger than ever,” explains Leskowitz. “We are the fifth largest city, and building, especially in the city, is booming!”

 

Where do you shop and source products?
Philadelphia is replete with new and established design shops, if one knows where to look. Leskowitz shares her recommendations for the city’s top spots: “I have a few go-to stores that I love depending on the project I am working on. Cella Luxuria runs the gamut from industrial to modern. Usona has gorgeous contemporary styling and beautiful glass. Mid Century Furniture Warehouse can be a hit-or-miss treasure hunt. Dwelling has a great selection of well-priced furniture in all categories. Moderne Gallery has the most extensive selection of Nakashima and Minima carries some of the top contemporary designs of today, both located in historic Old City,” says the designer.

 

Cella Luxuria

Cella Luxuria

 

A trip to John Pomp Studios, a glass-maker and artisan located in the city’s hip Fishtown neighborhood, is also high on her list. And with Philadelphia’s recently opened Shade Store showroom, the offerings for window treatments, shades, blinds and drapery in the area have certainly improved. “I have used The Shade Store’s products, most recently in a New Jersey beach home, which is not quite done: I did all the downstairs windows in woven wood shades, Duneville, color 1,” recommends Leskowitz.

 

The Shade Store Philadelphia

The Shade Store Philadelphia

 

Inside The Shade Store Philadelphia

Inside The Shade Store Philadelphia

 

“Outside the city, Eddie from Best of France has the most exciting, constantly changing inventory of European antique furniture and lighting on a fabulous piece of property in Doylestown,” she says.

 

How do clients find you?
“Philly, like any place,” says the designer, “has its fair share of those who appreciate good design and are willing to pay the professionals to capture their design voice, avoid costly mistakes or learn about the new bells and whistles in the marketplace. Word of mouth is the only advertising that really seems to make an impact.”

 

Where do you take clients out to lunch in Philadelphia?
Beyond its design scene, Philadelphia is renowned for its culinary prowess. “Philly does have a great dining scene. There always seems to be another superb restaurant opening. My go-to’s with clients in the city are Parc Restaurant Bistro & Cafe and Rouge on Rittenhouse Square, and my absolute favorite is Talula’s Garden.”

 

Parc Restaurant Bistro & Cafe

Parc Restaurant Bistro & Cafe

 

What regional magazines do you read?
“What don’t I read?” jokes the designer. “My monthly national musts: Elle Decor, AD, Veranda, New York Spaces, Luxe (any city), Interiors. I have taken up reading Florida Design because I am working there as well. I love Mountain Living because I have been going out West my whole life, and the look resonates with me. Any of Niche Media‘s magazines pique my interest: Philly Style, ASPEN Peak, Hamptons, Ocean Drive. I never met a design magazine I didn’t like!”

 

Carrie Leskowitz

Carrie Leskowitz

 

The Shade Store’s new showroom in Philadelphia is located at 1725 Chestnut Street and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Sundays from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

 

The Shade Store is hosting a grand opening for its Philadelphia location on October 1. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to rsvp@theshadestore.com.

 

 

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Let’s Talk: Rozalynn Woods on Pasadena, Inspiration & The Shade Store!

We’re open in Pasadena! To help us settle into our new home, we’ve enlisted the help of area interior designer Rozalynn Woods of Rozalynn Woods Interior Design. She shares her favorite restaurants, local inspirations and a few of her secret shopping spots.

 

 

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Living room by Rozalynn Woods Interiors.

 

Bedroom by Rozalynn Woods.

Bedroom by Rozalynn Woods Interiors.

 

The design scene in Pasadena is, in a word, “versatile,” explains Woods. The city’s architecture tells the story for itself. “We have the Arts and Crafts Gamble House built in 1908. We have small bungalows to large estates built in the 1920’s. There are mid-century ranch homes that many young people are buying to update, and we have newer contemporary homes built by architects of note,” says Woods. “There is something for everyone, and the design scene undoubtedly reflects that.”

 

The Gamble House; courtesy of Alex Vertikoff.

The Gamble House; courtesy of Alex Vertikoff.

 

What are Pasadena’s top shops?
Design Within ReachMaude Woods and Gold Bug are key home boutiques, recommends Woods. Antiques stores include West World Imports and Susanne Hollis, while Pasadena Architectural Salvage is the locals’ go-to for architectural details. “We have great thrift stores like The Assistance League of Pasadena with interesting home goods and some vintage finds,” says Woods.

 

With the recent addition of The Shade Store, the area now also offers “a wide selection of materials and styles” of shades and draperies, says Woods. “Regardless of the home I’m working on, I always find something to complement my design. I just did a cabin at the base of Mt. Whitney and used one of their more rustic woven shades. Now I’m working on an elegant home built in the 1940’s and am using a tightly woven refined weave.” The store’s products also help mitigate the sun, which is essential in Southern California: “Their Solar Shades are great too. I use them a lot when we want to filter the light without using draperies,” Woods shares.

 

The Shade Store Pasadena

The Shade Store Pasadena

 

Where are the must-shop neighborhoods?
“Anyone looking to shop Pasadena will want to walk Old Town, down Colorado Blvd. and South Lake,” Woods confides. “Green Street and Union are also wonderful streets filled with unique specialty shops.” Her favorite hidden gem? “The Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market. It’s held the second Sunday of every month. Get there early and you always find something to go home with.”

 

Where do you take clients for lunch or coffee?
Copa Vida is known for its organic espresso and “chef-driven pastries,” says Woods. “I like to take people there for an early morning meeting.” As for restaurants, “the new foodie place in Pasadena is Lincoln. It is the sister to Little Flower Candy Co. I love going there: The build-out is slightly industrial and the food is yummy!”

 

Little Flower Candy Co.

Little Flower Candy Co.

 

Where do you find inspiration?
Pasadena is rife with cultural hotspots, many housed in old mansions: the Gamble House, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Pasadena Museum of History, the Huntington Library and Gardens, the Norton Simon Museum, the Pacific Asia Museum…the list goes on. As for Woods, “[Inspiration is] everywhere I look. Whether it’s nature, architecture, fashion, furniture, art. The key is to be aware and pay attention.”

 

Rozalynn Woods

Rozalynn Woods

 

The Shade Store showroom in Pasadena is located at 133 West Colorado Boulevard. Showroom hours are 10:00AM to 6:00PM Monday through Saturday and 11:00AM to 5:00PM on Sunday.

 

The Shade Store is hosting a grand opening party for its Pasadena location on September 17. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to rsvp@theshadestore.com.

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