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"The industrial buildings in the area have metal shutters," says Ban. "I tried to use something contextual, multifunctional."

Inspired by the rich, vibrant colors of an Indian garden, Anna Sova's luxurious Jaipur Jardin bedding is hand-blocked in Jaipur India, using up to eleven hand-cut wood blocks per pattern. They're printed on 100% organic cotton using azo-free, eco-safe dyes.


Like any other home element, window styles go in and out of fashion. There was the narrow horizontal ranch house window, the plain double-hung Sears kit house window, the curtain-challenging towering palladium window of the '90s.  The latest trend is less about style and more about energy efficiency. From triple panes to solar insulation, homeowners are choosing windows that reduce the bottom line on electric bills while preventing ultraviolet ray damage to furnishings.

Decorating the windows of your house might just be the answer to that little missing touch in doing up the interiors. Bindu Gopal Rao finds out more about drapes, blinds and window accessories.

 Keep the sun at bay

More people are adding shades and blinds to their skylights so brightness isn't an issue, said skylight installer Ron Ethridge. The shades and blinds can be operated manually with a long pole or electronically with a remote control. Some skylights are available in "smart glass" that can be darkened with a dimmer switch.


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