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Plantation Shutters in Anderson SC

We recently installed some plantation shutters in Anderson SC. The home sat on the banks of Lake Hartwell in a nice high end neighborhood. Anderson, SC is part of our primary coverage zone so we work there fairly regularly.

The client purchased the plantation shutters from a local dealer for whom we have completed several installation projects. The shutters were solid wood and had a nice 3-1/2″ elliptical louver.  We installed shutters in all three bedrooms in the home as well as the laundry room, master bathroom, and den.

We love the look of plantation shutters. They just add to a room. They can give you light control as well as privacy.

The video clip below (which is featured on our YouTube channel) was recorded while we were installing the shutters in the den. It was recorded using a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone that was mounted on a tripod. We used an app called Framelapse that was set to take a picture every second. The app automatically stitches the pictures together to create the time lapse video. We then created the rest of the video using Window Movie Maker.

We hope you enjoy this video, and if you have questions about plantation shutters or any other type of window treatments, please contact us.

How Can I Treat My Corner Window?

We don’t get this question very often, but from time to time someone will have us come out to measure and they point to it and ask “How can I treat my corner window?”

how can i treat my corner window

When I see things like that I tend to cringe. You see, I have come to the conclusion that architects, builders, and especially window manufacturers are all part of a vast conspiracy to try to cause me to have a nervous breakdown. Even if they aren’t trying to cause me to go bonkers, they clearly do not appreciate the value of building a home with windows where you can actually install window treatments.

These windows were fairly shallow. So much so that installing regular wood blinds or woven wood shades would have been almost impossible (especially in the corner). Even cellular shades or roller shades would have been problematic.

This was the breakfast area off of the kitchen so vertical blinds were out also because they would get bumped or “clack” every time someone tried to sit on the back side of the table.

The client chose to go with plantation shutters. I love shutters. I’ve installed a lot of shutters over the years. But I was still a bit concerned about this window. The window was not deep enough for a fully recessed inside mount shutter. We also had to address the issue of the various changes in the depth of the trimwork.

But after measuring and referring to my shutter handbook I was able to write up a measure sheet with the dimensions for a shutter that would cover the windows and would be fabricated as one complete unit that utilized a custom corner post. You’ll notice we also incorporated vertical T-Posts to give the frame some added structural integrity.how can i treat my corner window

A project like this is simply more than one guy can safely handle on his own, so I called in some back up. It took the two of us, just under an hour to assemble the frame, mount it, align all of the panels correctly, and make any final tweaks but I think the end result was well worth it.

How Can I Treat My Corner Window

Just in case you are wondering, the designer on this project ordered these shutters from Norman Shutter Company. They are the black walnut stain on a real wood shutter with antique brass hinges. They have a 3-1/2″ louver size with the invisible tilt upgrade.

VIDEO: Child Safety by Hunter Douglas

I am an installer and a parent. As such, I am acutely aware of the potential dangers of corded window treatments. Below we have included the latest video discussing child safety by Hunter Douglas. Hopefully sharing this information with the public will help bring awareness to this issue and give parents, guardians, and caregivers the information they need to select safer window treatments for their homes.

Why is “Child Safety” Important?

Cords on window treatments have been dubbed one of the top 5 hidden dangers in American homes. The problem is so large that several industry and consumer groups have established October as “National Window Covering Safety Month.” In fact, according to some reports, it takes less than 60 seconds for a child to suffer severe injury or even death as a result of becoming tangled in a loose cord on a blind or shade.

Who is Hunter Douglas?

Hunter Douglas is a manufacturer of a wide variety of window coverings, including wood blinds, roller shades, roman shades, and interior shutters. They, like most manufacturers, are concerned with providing safe window treatments and provide many options that eliminate or limit access to cords that could injury young children.

They created this short video and encouraged their dealers to share it on their websites to get the word out to the general public about the potential dangers of corded window treatments. (Disclaimer: we are not a Hunter Douglas dealer but we have partnered with several in our area).

Also, please remember to hire professional window treatment installers that are trained to properly install your window coverings with appropriate safety devices.

Draperies Installed On Medallions

We recently had the pleasure of working once again with Judy Peters, owner of Palmetto Drapery in Anderson, SC.

Judy has been fabricating window treatments since 1995. This most recent project was the installation of a set of stationary draperies installed on medallions around the sides of an arched window. The medallions were sourced from Select Drapery Hardware Co.

To successfully pull this installation off, Judy provided us with a template showing the exact locations that each medallion was to be installed.

Below is a time-lapse video we created to show the evolution of this project. If you are having trouble loading the video, try viewing it on our YouTube Channel.


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Commercial Project: Designer Roller Shades in Anderson SC

We were recently contacted about window treatments for a new doughnut shop in Anderson, SC.

Commercial Project Anderson SC

They were only a few weeks from opening and realized that they had all of these “naked windows” that needed something.

Commercial Window Treatment ProjectThey needed something on the windows that would cut down on the glare and the bright sunlight coming through the windows during the day.

Commercial Window Coverings Anderson SC

They asked us to come out for a consultation to look at the windows and give them suggestions on what type of product would look the best and work for their needs. They decided on Designer Screen Shades from Hunter Douglas. Screen shades like these work very well on storefront windows like this because the primary concern is less about privacy and more about providing a comfortable atmosphere for the customers.

Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades

Once the shades were installed it became very apparent how effective they could be at reducing the glare coming in through the windows. Even with only one or two shades lowered completely the difference was very noticeable.

Hunter Douglas Screen Shades Anderson SC

Another benefit of screen shades over other types of window treatments is the ability to see out even when the shades are lowered. If they had chosen aluminum mini-blinds for instance, when the blinds are closed it is impossible to see out to the parking lot.

Screen Shades Restaurant Anderson SC

So the next time you are cruising down Main Street in Anderson, South Carolina, stop in a pick up a dozen glazed doughnuts or a cup of coffee, and pick me up a couple raspberry filled while you’re at it.


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Skylight Windows

Do you have hard to reach windows, such as skylight windows?

Are you concerned that the sunlight may be damaging your furniture and floor? Are you concerned the heat passing through these windows is causing your HVAC system to work harder than it should? Perhaps motorized cellular shades are what you need.

The video below shows a set of motorized shades we recently installed for a client.

You’ll notice that instead of a hand-held remote that can easily be misplaced, this client has a controller mounted on the wall. It is wireless and mounts on top of the existing drywall so you do not have to hire an electrician. Also, the controller has 4 programmable groups. On this project we programmed one shade for each “group” as well as the “ALL” setting so she can control all four or just one of her shades. If this client decides she needs a hand-held remote or a wall switch added on the other side of the room, it is very easy to “clone” the controllers without having to touch the shades themselves.

Cellular shades are the most common window treatment used for skylight windows. And adding motorization gives you the highest “ease of use.” But if cellular shades do not interest you, there are other options for skylight windows – including aluminum mini-blinds, pleated shades, roller shades, solar screen shades, as well as plantation shutters.

skylight windows with plantation shutters


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Two Story Draperies On Medallions

So what do you do when your client has a two-story great room with a vaulted ceiling with angle-top windows and they want stationary drapery panels to dress up the room? You do what one of the interior designers we work with did.

You have your workroom make a set of two story draperies on medallions. Then you call us.

Two Story Drapery on Medallions in Marietta SC

Not only did these linen tab-top panels have to be installed above the upper set of windows, the medallions had to follow the line of the angled window. Also if you notice, the room is actually a shallow bay, so the walls also angle and the medallions for each panel are mounted on both the center wall and the angled walls.

Two-story draperies on medallions - Marietta SC

These are stationary panels so the designer wanted a small break at the bottom, but the panels still required a fair amount of steaming and hand dressing in order to work out some of the more problematic hard creases and wrinkles.

Installation of draperies on medallions Marietta SC

The most difficult part of installing a set of two story draperies on medallions was getting the initial spacing between each of the medallions and making sure the angle was followed correctly as we transitioned from the center wall to the angled walls. Overall, the project turned out to be a success and both our client (the designer) and their client (the homeowner) were pleased with the finished product.

Marietta SC draperies on medallions


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How To Install Window Treatments

Have you ever wondered about how to install window treatments in your home?

Not everyone can find a professional window treatment installer. And some people like to do things for themselves.

Here is a quick list of tips you can use to get you started. But seriously, if you want to make sure it’s done right, take time to find and hire a professional – even if it’s not us.

I wrote this piece for TraVerse: A Window Coverings Blog last year. It’s still one of the most popular posts on the site.

I called it “The 8 (Previously) Unwritten Rules Of Installation

  1. Hire A Professional
  2. Don’t Bleed On The Draperies
  3. Never Use The Screws They Send
  4. Don’t Cut The Window Treatments
  5. Some Fabrics Don’t Respond To Steam
  6. There’s No Such Thing As A Standard Window
  7. Never Hang A Mirror On A Wire
  8. Understand The 3-to-1 Rule of Roller Shades

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