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Window Coverings | The Secret Sauce of Home Design

Categories: Home Trends | Posted: March 8, 2018

From colorful, patterned fabrics to blind automation, window coverings are the design trend you should not ignore.

Author: Holly Jacobs, Holly Jacobs Designs | Edited by: Alexa Upper, JayMarc Homes

Choosing window coverings can be a bit confusing, especially if you have never done it before. There are a myriad of choices available to you and if you do not find the right product to meet your light control, privacy, décor and control options, you may end up with a product that looks pretty but doesn’t suit your needs. That is where a professional soft window treatment expert comes in! Holly Jacobs Designs is a local window covering, drapery, upholstery and bedding provider in the Seattle area who has been serving JayMarc clients for over 6 years. Holly Jacobs, the owner, has attended numerous advanced classes in window coverings and drapery design, staying on top of current trends and product knowledge.

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“By far the fastest growing trend that we are seeing in window coverings is home automation. Many buyers do not want to spend 30 to 40 minutes a day raising and lowering their shades – particularly if they have many windows”, says Jacobs.  One of Jacob’s favorite automation product is “Hunter Douglas’ PowerView“. It is a new wireless motorization system that allows homeowners to control all of their window coverings from their smartphone, tablet or a remote. Its best feature is the ability to automatically move shades according to scenes that the homeowner sets in the PowerView app. You can control your shades while you are away from home! Bonus: Because all of the shades are battery operated, any home can be fitted with PowerView shades.



Soft surfaces are the secret sauce to adding the final personal touches to your home. Home automation is one of the biggest trends in home design and window coverings are getting in on the action, particularly with Amazon Alexa. “The Hunter Douglas PowerView just released the Alexa Skill named “PowerView® Scenes”, says Jacobs. “The Skill will work with any Alexa Echo device and allows you to voice-activate your shades and automate them with other Alexa-enabled devices you may own.”

Also popular are new designer rollers shades, available in a variety of opacities and numerous fabric patterns for any type of décor. The wide appeal of both of these products is

JayMarc Homeowner Shades

JayMarc Homeowner using Hunter Douglas.

that they stack (or roll) up tight at the top of the window, maximizing the view. “We believe that the finishing touch to any home’s décor is beautiful drapery”, says Jacobs. “It doesn’t need to be heavy or ornate – most of the time simple side panels are just what’s needed to frame out a window beautifully and finish the room. There are hundreds of choices of fabrics to coordinate with your furnishings and color scheme. Our drapery workrooms are local and skilled in fabricating the latest fashions as well as challenging projects.”

The Holly Jacobs Designs team has been collaborating with JayMarc homeowners for years, also making them a veteran in the new home construction realm. “Many JayMarc homes have many large, open windows that let in the beautiful PNW light. JayMarc homeowners want to take full advantage of these windows, letting the outdoors in so they can maximize the natural light and enjoy their views without giving up privacy and needed sun protection. We can accomplish this through careful selection and added features”, says Jacobs. Most popular with JayMarc buyers is “Hunter Douglas’ Duette Honeycomb Shade”. It comes in a variety of opacities, a beautiful color palette, child safe cord control options for a clean, uncluttered appearance and features such as top-down/bottom-up for maximum privacy without feeling closed in. Also, the trusted brands don’t just stop at Hunter Douglas. GraberNorman and more offer wonderful selections for your home.

Working with a professional will provide you the opportunity to explore and discover options that are most effective for your family, budget and personal style.

Holly Jacobs - Holly Jacobs DesignsHolly Jacobs Designs has been providing window coverings in the Seattle market for over 18 years. They pride themselves on their ability to provide a thorough education on available selections and will make sure clients receive not only an excellent product but excellent customer service.
Contact: Holly Jacobs | 206.604.1025 | |

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