P&D Exclusive Bottom Up Roman in Solar Linen


A recent installation in the desert community of Palm Springs by our Riverside County P&D Window Fashions dealer, beautifully showcases products from our Bottom Up Collection of window treatments.

Top Down/Bottom Up window coverings have become very popular. In the last ten years alone, the request for window treatments that offer privacy from below and a view from the top, have almost doubled year to year. The demand is such, that now just about every window coverings dealer offers something with such a feature, most often Roman shades or the accordion-like Honeycomb shades.  Shown above is a Top Down/Bottom Up Solar Roman shade by P&D. We installed this shade, in a solar fabric for sun protection and some degree of privacy, in the powder room of this Spanish-Ranch Modern home.


                              P&D Exclusive Bottom Up Roller Shades in White Linen

In all other rooms of the home however, the homeowner desired a very simple approach to covering the windows. As little fabric as possible, no folds, to frills, as few cords as possible, something just simple. The other challenge was the proximity to the street. Passers-by easily can see into the house. Because they did not want to never be able to open their window shades to get some natural light in,  bottom up roller shades were the perfect solution to meet all privacy, aesthetic and client requirements.

There were some challenges, such as the corner window seen above, but our years of experience with all types of window styles, made what could have been hairy, run smoothly.


                             P&D Exclusive Bottom Up Roller Shades in Solar Fabric

In some rooms, the privacy needs were not top priority, but the beaming hot sun was. Wanting to keep a view to the outside, while also keeping the sun and heat out, we selected a solar shade fabric for the dining room. As you can see the view is preserved, but the furniture, flooring and all other interior features are saved from sun wear.


                                 P&D Exclusive Bottom Up Roller Shades in white linen

P&D Exclusive Bottom Up Roller Shades

                                                    P&D Exclusive Bottom Up Roller Shades

The bedrooms of course needed their privacy so the windows in those rooms were dressed in linen fabric.

All the shades were installed using just two tiny cords, and the operation of the shade couldn’t be easier – thanks to the continuous chain operation feature. We also offer single cord operation for smaller shades, as well as motorization for any size shade. Our motorization systems on Bottom Up Roller Shades can be operated by remote, app, or be hooked up to existing automation systems.


Motorization has been around in the window treatment industry for quite some time. It’s been quite fun watching as the technology improves. P&D Window Fashions was a pioneer in motorization, seeing value and convenience in the operating of window coverings by remote control.

Our primary interest was for convenience, rather than gimmick. Motorized window treatments are perfect in homes that perhaps have windows that are hard to reach. Perhaps a busy family would rather go about daily routine without having to think about light control, privacy, sound barriers, etc. If it is done for them automatically, the time saved and the great convenience is a wonderful luxury.

Initial motorization attempts were clunky, noisy and a bit more work to be called convenient. At least not ideal for residential use anyway.

Today’s motorization has finally got it right. Easy, convenient, silent, beautiful.

Hunter Douglas recently released their own update to the motorization industry – they call it PowerView. A system of window covering operations that work from Hunter Douglas’ own remote controls and Ipad apps. With this new system, one is able to not only operate window treatments, but also program them to open, close, tilt, sheer to a set schedule.  This programming feature is a huge help for those of us that know what our environment is about, and how we like the light, privacy set for different times in the day. PowerView from Hunter Douglas allows you to program every shade in the house to function exactly as you want it, at different times of the day.

Powerview is only available for use with Hunter Douglas products. Most products in the Hunter Douglas collection may be motorized, with few exceptions – such as shutters and wood blinds.

Call your nearest P&D Window Fashions for a complimentary in-home automation consultation. You may also schedule directly from the website. If scheduling online, be sure to mention PowerView in your appointment notes to our designers.

Powerview from Hunter Douglas, now at P&D Window Fashions.

Graber Blinds

New for the month of February, Graber Blinds is offering a free Top Down/Bottom Up upgrade on Cellular, Pleated, and Natural Roman Shades.

This is a fantastic feature for windows that at times would look best providing privacy only for a certain point on the window. This feature allow you to control exactly where you want your privacy.

The video below demonstrates the Top Down/Bottom UP  feature quite well.

P&D carries the entire collection of Graber Blinds. Visit us or schedule for an in-home design consultation to experience the many beautiful options in your own home.


All our window treatments carry a minimum 5 year no questions asked warranty against manufacturing defects. Offer ends March 1st.

For more on Graber Blinds, and their product offering, visit them at : http://www.graberblinds.com


David and Diana Jacobs live in a beautiful and unique home that for the most part, David designed himself.  It’s a home with many modern architectural elements: clean lines, minimal architectural decoration, sleek features, slim mouldings, etc.

Facing the Hollywood Hills, are windows custom created for the home. The shape of the walls is curved, and so are the windows and glass.

For years, the windows had been dressed with curved vertical blinds. This was presented as the only available option at the time to Mr. Jacobs by his window blinds salesman.

During a recent renovation, David and Diana decided they wanted something cleaner looking, that did not distract from the beautiful windows or the view; something that could almost disappear when what they wanted was to enjoy the gorgeous view.


Throughout the house, the Jacobs had dressed the windows with energy-efficient honeycomb shades, which they loved for several reasons. One reason was the colors that they came in. The other was the energy efficiency that they offer. And finally, they loved that they nearly disappeared when not needed.

Drapery would be too much fabric  for their taste, and they just could not get themselves to install vertical blinds again. By a stroke of luck, the Jacobs’ contractor had heard about P&D Window Fashions, and arranged a meeting with P&D’s Senior Designer, Gerardo Bautista.

Our initial visit was incredibly fun, and Mr. Jacobs was thrilled with the entire new world of possibilities a window fashions house presented, versus what the traditional blinds and shades shops offered.

Taking into consideration their expressed wants, Gerardo set about creating exactly what the Jacobs were wanting to see: a vertical, curved, honeycomb shade.

Easier said than done of course. This is not a product offered anywhere in the marketplace. It is simply impossible to sit honeycomb shade fabrics vertically. The fabric structure of a honeycomb shade would cause it to collapse into a room if placed vertically.

Gerardo and his team sat down and engineered a curved vertical honeycomb product just for the Jacobs. A product that has since gained immense popularity and of which P&D is extremely proud.

Available in several colors and light blocking capacities, P&D’s Sophie Shade, offers a minimal, clean and energy-efficient window covering for curved windows. Exclusively by P&D. See it in action here: