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Why look at window coverings when you want to see your view? Above, an Allure Transitional Shade offers open, shear, semi-closed to closed at any height along your window.

Do You Have a Window Challenge?


The question: “I live in a beautiful home in the woods. There is no need for privacy as only the deer and squirrels look in. I don't want anything covering the windows and destroying the view of nature.

“The problem is at night. The glass seems cold and uninviting. I don't want heavy draperies. I've had heavy faux wood blinds and plastic vertical blinds at other houses and I don't want those, either.

“What can I do?”

The answer: If you want a sleek look, there are many choices of transitional, shadings, or shades that can disappear from view when not in use.

Allure or Banded Transitional Shades. These updated shades can adjust from open, shear, semi-closed to closed at any height along the window. They are flat, so they don't collect dust. They are fabric, so they are not noisy or heavy. And they're so versatile!

Carol Beatty, decorator and window treatment specialist at Quigley Draperies, went to the Hunter Douglas Windows to the World expo and came back with some exciting new window covering product ideas. Here, Carol looks at new and stylish Hunter Douglas Designer Banded Shades.

Allure Transitional Shades have been around for 15 years, with a long track record of reliability and style. They can disappear into their fabric covered cassette headrail when not in use and reappear when needed. They can be light filtering, light dimming, or semi-sheer. The textured patterns are interesting, with a tactile look.

Or, we can even spec out a contrasting headrail and bottom rail for a trendy, one of a kind look. The controls can also be spread from basic to power choices for more convenience.

Silhouettes and Pirouettes. For the ultimate in view through and light softening effect, choose these premium shadings. The Pirouette has a sheer facing on the glass side when contoured open and a soft Roman shade look when closed. A great, contemporary look!

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Above, Silhouettes. Below, Pirouettes.

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The Silhouette is sheer facing front and back and can tilt open or closed. Both Silhouettes and Pirouettes are exceptionally versatile and fresh. The color palette includes neutrals, grays, deep tones and lots of textures.

Silhouettes today are mostly in three inch and four inch vane sizes, a great look for large windows. Power choices and even whole house solutions are also offered. All can retract into a small cassette when not in use.

Designer Roller and Sonette Shades are great for a flatter look when just an up and down motion is needed. Better for smaller windows or split into multiple shades for a bank of windows. Lots of semi-sheer, semi-opaque or room darkening choices. Colors are mostly whites, patterns, grays, and browns with lots of texture options, and even some patterns for the kitchen, office, or both. Again, these look best in an enclosed headrail. Designer Roller Shades have so many more interesting choices available today, you will be surprised!

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Above, Sonette Shades add some color to a kitchen.

Not sure what to choose? We are here to help guide you through the process, from selection, to specifying, to professional installation. It's window treatments made easy! Do you have a window dilemma? Let us help you turn that challenge into a beautiful solution.

At Quigley Draperies we’ve been helping homeowners decorate for 89 years! Come in to our showroom or call for an appointment. We'll help make your windows beautiful and the process easy. We do all of the work, start to finish.

Quigley Draperies, at 860 W. Broadway Ave. in downtown Roosevelt Park, features their own custom work room and installation, as well as experienced, trusted design assistance. Quigley's is celebrating 89 years of helping homeowners decorate their windows. Call (231) 755-3248 or visit

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