Classic Projects: Window Shades with No Airbrush Required

Classic Projects: Window Shades with No Airbrush Required

August 19, 2015

As I flip through design and architecture magazines, I have to laugh a little. The furniture, the fixtures, the wall art all speak of an expert architect, a thoughtful designer and skilled craftsmen. Most of the time, however, you don’t even notice the work done by The Denver Shade Company. And sometimes, that’s the beauty of it. One of my favorite projects was a new build of a sleek penthouse in Boston with some of the best city views I’d ever seen. To capitalize on those views and maintain it’s contemporary feel, the designer wanted to use recessed motorized roller shades and turned to us to figure out a solution. We were meticulous with our measurements so the fabric, size and wiring would be perfect the first time. When the penthouse was complete, we were proud of how well our work meshed with the rest of the project. But it

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Announcing HunterDouglas PowerView Motorization

August 10, 2015

I hope you’re enjoying these beautiful summer days. It’s been an exciting time for me, both personally and professionally. My family welcomed a new baby into our home, and if it couldn’t get better than that, HunterDouglas announced a motorized window shading technology. What a great time of year! HunterDouglas makes some of the most beautiful shades in the industry. Their Silhouette, Pirouette, Duette, and Luminette product lines are functional and aesthetically pleasing but until now have lacked motorization features commonly used by other brands. We’re excited to see them get into motorization giving our customers another option and several competitive advantages. This new motorization system, dubbed PowerView, can be operated by their intuitive PowerView App or two different types of well designed remote controls, enabling users to create the ideal room ambiance. Imagine being able to coordinate your shades with the sunrise and sunset. Imagine going on vacation knowing

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Meet Our Friends: Jodi Cook, Interior Designer

June 16, 2015

Jodi Cook grew up in a small Wisconsin town where people became doctors, lawyers, farmers, accountants, or other “mainstream” professions. Art had always been an interest of hers, but it wasn’t until an astute guidance counselor in college suggested interior design that Jodi switched majors and pursued a new career path. After working in Niwot and Vail for a few years, she joined Ashley Campbell Interior Design in 2010. What projects bring out your passion for design? I love residential design. No two jobs are the same. With commercial projects, like hotels and restaurants, you have to be universally appealing and practical. With residential, you can get very specific with the client’s preferred style. We appreciate the freedom and variety when working with different clients. Besides, seeing the look on our clients’ faces when they see their home complete is always so much fun. And do you have a favorite

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We’re ready for outdoor living with new pergolas, awnings and exterior shades

After weeks of rain, we’re finally beginning to see the sun again. I don’t know that my skin knows what to do with these UV rays! As we begin to spend more time outside, I wanted to tell you about some of our favorite exterior shading products. The Renson Camargue pictured above, takes the word “pergola” to a whole new level, transforming your terrace into an exquisite outdoor space. The roof is a series of vents that open and close to regulate light and air. When you hear thunder, imagine being able to close your pergola’s roof and side panels and actually enjoy a sudden, typical Colorado downpour. The sides of the Camargue can be customized with moveable windtight screens, glass sliding panels, or translucent blades. This incredibly wet spring will lead to a summer with more bugs than usual, but with a screened in outdoor space, you won’t be bothered

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Our Latest Project: Featured in Colorado Home & Lifestyle Magazine’s April 2015 Issue

June 15, 2015

We’re privileged to work with talented, creative people and are honored to have a stunning project we just finished featured in Colorado Home & Lifestyle Magazine. Jodi Cook and Ashley Campbell of Ashley Campbell Interior Design brought us in to help tackle a home whose first challenge was a dark ambiance. The home had previously-installed heavy, dark wood blinds that used outdated motorization technology. Colorado homes are known for big windows that frame amazing views and this one not only had big windows, but a lot of them and some with custom arched shapes above the enormous windows. Needless to say we had our work cut out for us. With the interior design team we visited the client’s home and after some excellent discussions developed a plan to use Hartmann & Forbes shades with Lutron technology. While both brands create exceptional products, they often have a wait time. We used

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Apple and Lutron – so happy together.

May 4, 2015

I’ll be the first to say I’m a proud tech nerd. I spend my fair share of time reading Wired, Gizmodo and TechCrunch’s blogs, all the while drooling over the latest and greatest in technology. And when any bit of tech is remotely connected to motorized shading and lighting solutions, I’m on it, ready to geek-out as any true technology lover will. Last year when Tim Cook announced the Apple Watch to the world, while we were all dazzled by the design, we also wondered, “what will we do with an Apple Watch?” I started scouring social media to see which of my favorite home automation manufacturers would be the first to release an app for this new ground-breaking product. It didn’t take long and wasn’t a big surprise to see that Lutron, one of our favorite partners, was first out the gate with an Apple Watch app. We’re proud

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Announcing Denver’s Premier Automated Shading Showroom

Buying anything sight unseen always feels like a gamble. Even if you can look at materials samples, it’s still nerve racking. We understand the challenge and to help calm our clients’ frazzled nerves, we’ve started building a showroom that’ll feature the very best in shading automation. Since we only do things one way—the right way—we’re excited to reveal that our showroom will be inside Denver’s hippest furniture and design center—Studio Como, the gleaming new furniture and design hub featuring B&B Italia, Flexform, Minotti, Ligne Roset and Vitra, to name a few. We chose their space because we want our clients to be able to visualize how gorgeous our products would look, feel and perform in the amazing rooms of your home. In case you aren’t familiar with Studio Como, Brad Fentress, founder and chief buyer, is as passionate about superior furniture and kitchens as The Denver Shade Company is about

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We’re heading outside for some shade.

April 19, 2015

Until now my focus has been on interior shading options. It’s what I live and breathe. It’s what I dream about. It’s what my wife had to finally ban from dinner conversation so I would listen to my kids’ stories. For The Denver Shade Company, it’s always been about interior shading, to control light and maximize energy efficiency. But over the past few years, I’ve been studying net zero home design. I’ve begun to really consider how to maximize that efficiency and how exterior shading was just as important, if not more so, as interior. Here in Colorado, we pride ourselves on our outdoor living. It’s a huge reason why my family and I moved here from Boston a couple years ago (and this past winter made us all the more grateful we did!). In Colorado we have so many sunny days and we love that, but as these spring

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