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Denise Willard has over a decade of experience transforming the homes of clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Her work has been showcased on ABC Affiliate, News Channel 8 and published in The Washington Post, Home and Design Magazine, Washington Home & Garden, The Washingtonian, and Elan. She writes a regular design column for Viva Tysons, and has a blog where she shares her interior decorating insights, DreamDesignLive.com .

Denise specializes in creating simple, but elegant transitional interiors that are reflective of her clients' personalities and lifestyles. The combination of her southern roots and urban lifestyle can be seen in her personal design style, which combines the comfort and hospitality of the South with the flair of the big city.

Revolutionary Custom Washable Roman Shades

This summer,RollEase European-style Roman Shades arrived in the U.S market.  These shades have been established in Europe for over ten years and have just recently made the jump overseas. I met with a representative of these shades recently, and wow, what a revolutionary product!

Here are a few reasons why these shades are like none before:

1. Versatility: These shades can be made as wide as 165″ and up to 230″ long. They require less than one inch of depth for inside mounts, and can be motorized. They can also be made to fit unique spaces. If you have a wall of windows on a slope, for example, these shades can be made uniform to look seamless and linear even on the slope.

2. Customization: One of the best qualities of these shades is that they are customizable. First, you choose a pattern that you like, for example “Weeds” (shown to the right), and then you choose the colors you want on the shade. There are over 125 colors to mix and match and many different patterns to choose from. If you don’t like any of the patterns, the manufacturer can upload a logo, text or image and make a completely unique shade for you that way as well!  RollEase  offers solid shades too, which come in a wide variety of colors.

3. Machine Washable: Yes. That’s right. These shades not only look spectacular but they are perhaps the only roman shades and custom window treatments (for that matter) that can simply be thrown in the wash.  They attach to the headrail with a velcro strip that holds tightly for daily use but is easy to pull off when you want to wash them. The weighted rods slide out of their pockets and the shade detaches from the string pulley system in one simple swoop. The fabric options are 100% polyester, which makes the fabric machine washable and shrink-free! The fact that these beautiful shades can be washed is my favorite aspect of this product because custom window treatments like these almost always have to be professionally cleaned.  Accordingly, these shades are great for people with dust allergies, families with small children or homeowners with pets. Gone are the days of sacrificing function for form!

4.  Fabric by the Yard: Once you find the perfect color and pattern combination for your room, RollEase offers the option to buy fabric by the yard.  If you want to add drapery panels to coordinate with the colors of your roman shade, you can buy the fabric and match your custom roman shade exactly!

Here is an example of a cutesy children's fabric shown in just three of the colors that RollEase offers.

So, if you want a more customized shade solution for your windows without the price tag of a fully customized shade and want to be able to wash your new shade should it get dirty, then RollEase is the solution for you!  And, if you are interested in experiencing the shades first-hand and exploring all the fabric and color options, feel free to contact me at dwillard@decorbydenise.com, or 703-714-7343.

Happy Decorating!


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