windows Columns

February 23, 2015
The Glass Studio
Windows are an architectural blessing. However, when that view has become compromised, it is possible to create a fresh image by installing a stained glass window.

One of the most common challenges that I am asked to address by readers is what to do about windows. It may be that they have windows that are an awkward shape, or placed too high or too low. Others have too many windows, or too few. Should you always cover windows with draperies? Or blinds? Or when can you leave them bare? There are a variety of solutions depending on your need for privacy and light, as well as the architecture and style of your home....(read more)

June 30, 2014

Dear Debbie,


We have recently moved into a modern condominium that has floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area and bedroom. The windows make the small space feel larger, but I feel like I am living in a fishbowl. Window coverings are expensive. What would you suggest?


Dear Cameron,

This is one of my personal challenges as well. I find the big city views from our condo captivating, and maximizing on natural light always cheers and refreshes a living space. But sometimes all that glass is too much of a good thing.

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September 10, 2012
Kid-friendly décor includes window treatments that are neat and safe.
Q: My children’s bedroom is large and bright and has a wall of windows. What would you suggest for covering the windows? I have two rambunctious (a nice word for wild) boys and curtains aren’t an option.

A: Oh, I can relate to your busy boys ... probably hanging off the curtain rods or using the fabric for superhero capes. There were years when I simply left the windows bare. But you do have options. Roller blinds come in a variety of solid, juicy colours that will jazz up your kids’ room, and roll up and out of the way neatly for daytime playing. When pulled down, most of the sunlight or night street lights are blocked out with enough left peaking around the edges to give comfort to children who don’t like totally black rooms. ...(read more)