Eileen and Don Zimmerman
After receiving her Fashion Merchandising degree from Kent State University, Eileen joined the family business of Paint and Pattern Centers. When vertical blinds and mini blinds became fashionable, they were sold at the paint and wallcovering stores. Eileen became a specialist in that field and expanded her area of expertise to include valances to cover the headrails of these blinds. In 1995 she formed Well Dressed Windows. Her husband Don joined the business five years later to handle he marketing and accounting. As he says, he’s authorized to “pay bills, make appointments, and otherwise do as he’s told”!
Challenging windows come in all shapes and sizes: two story windows, windows with an arch top, French doors, sliding glass doors, bay windows, bow windows, and corner windows. Or do you have some other that you have no idea how to cover?
Two story windows: Take your fabric treatment all the way to the top and draw the eyes up! If your draperies or valances only on the lower windows, you will cut the room in half whereas blinds or shades are often only necessary on the bottom windows. However, if you have sun glare from the uppers, you may want to cover them too. Privacy is typically not an issue on the windows above.
Arch top, semi-circular, half-moons, or “whatever you call them” windows: I love “dressing” these—my favorite option is the mount decorative knobs or medallions that follow the shape of the window and then hang draperies that attach to each medallion and droop between them. They are then tied back. (See our logo below for a visual.)
French doors: These can be a challenge with the door opening. Do you need privacy on the window – a blind or shade with hold down brackets works. Watch out for the door handle—will it interfere with the operation of the blind? Want a valance to dress up the door’s window—we’ll make one so that it doesn’t interfere with the opening and closing of the door.
Sliding glass doors: There are many solutions nowadays besides verticals. Think about draperies, flat wide panels that slide to the side (like Shoji screens), woven wood draperies, verticals that are wrapped in a sheer fabric, honeycombs that go side to side like a room divider, and several other options. If you are not adverse to vertical blinds, it is worth looking at the new variety of textures and finishes (and they no longer have those ugly chains!).
Bay windows or bow windows: A bay window is angled in three or more sections. A bow window is a gentle curve. Both are tricky. Professionals can have boards or rods shaped so that they will follow the angles or the curves. If using blinds or shades, precise measurements will be taken to make sure that there is room in the corners so that the front edges of the blinds don’t hit one another.
So, do you have a problem window and you are not sure how to dress it? Stop banging your head against the wall and let Well Dressed Windows help.
Looking forward to solving your dilemma and dressing your naked windows! I love challenging windows!