Let the Experts Help You Make the Most of Your Online Research

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Do you use Pinterest or Houzz in the beginning stages of a project such as decorating your home? Austin Window Fashions customer Jackie Burniske did just that to design her newly-built, short-term rental home.

Jackie purchased a home on a lot and a half that was built in 1941 in central Austin. When she purchased the home it had been totally renovated, but there was still an old garage on the lot. Her real estate agent recommended tearing it down and building a garage apartment. 

“After a couple of years, I did tear down the garage,” Jackie said, “but my architect said that I didn’t have to just build an apartment. I could have an 850-square-foot house with a two-car garage. There was enough room on the lot for all that square footage! So that’s what I did.”

When it came time to do the decorating, Jackie chose not to hire interior designers. She did what more and more consumers are doing nowadays and began her research online. Many people use tools like Ideabooks on Houzz.com or Pinterest boards to help gather ideas for what to do in a space. From kitchen tile to window fashions, Jackie had Houzz Ideabooks to help her flesh out her vision for the house. 

With the research done and her head full of ideas, Jackie was ready to talk to the professionals. She had worked with Austin Window Fashion’s design consultant, Leslie Plais, several years ago when she was in need of locally made, custom wood shutters. After such an enjoyable experience, she knew she wanted to work with Leslie again in the new house.

“It’s a modern house, so it would be very different from what we did a couple of years ago,” Jackie said.

After Jackie visited the showroom and shared her ideas, Leslie brought samples out to the house for them to talk through. “I think she was here from 2 until 6 in the evening!” Jackie said, impressed with Leslie’s commitment and dedication.  “She has a good style sense and design sense.” That was very important to Jackie as she was relying heavily on the Leslie’s expertise to help her make her final decisions after her own online research. 

“Leslie knows her product very well.  She takes into account your ideas, but is also direct about what she thinks would or would not work. I really appreciated that.”

Leslie assisted Jackie in selecting a variety of treatments such as Skyline Gliding Window Panels and Designer Roller Shades. Hunter Douglas Skyline Gliding Window Panels and Roller Screen Shades work great in this modern breakfast room.And the colors for the treatments ranged from ‘Mineral Grey’ to ‘All the Rage’ to accomplish the look Jackie desired.

“The Skyline brought that funky dynamic to the space that she was looking for while providing an aesthetically beautiful and functional treatment for the small space,” Leslie said. “I loved working on this job!”

We have infinite resources at our fingertips when it comes time to tackle a project like home decorating. Online research is a great place to start, but trusting the experts will help us achieve the exact look and feel we are striving for.

In the end, Jackie was thrilled with the outcome. “My favorite part was coming home when the window treatments were all put up and seeing how awesome everything looked. It was just beautiful!”

Hunter Douglas roller shades in the master bathroom. Roller shades in the living room with square headrail matches the modern feel of the house perfectly. Hunter Douglas Skyline Gliding Window Panels over the bed.