SHOP TALK: Blythe Wren

How did you get into the business?
Mr. Hayden Wren II started the business in 1937; he made roller shades for the street cars and venetian blinds for schools and homes. I am the third generation to run the business.

Favorite projects?
I love working with Motorized Shades and seeing the client’s face once they’re installed. It’s very impressive when a whole wall of shades open or close with just a touch of a button.

Current trends?
Motorized shades programmable to your iPad or iPhone. You can open and close your shades from across the country if you want to. They can sense the sunlight, opening and closing automatically and are very energy efficient.

Tell us a trade secret …
People want privacy but they don’t want to lose their view, so they choose sheers, solar or matchstick shades. However, they forget that at night, you can see through them. You need a second treatment for privacy at night.

Current trends in design?
Geometric shape fabrics or Ikat patterns are very popular and look great, but I would only use them if you are okay with redecorating in five years when they look dated. If you want something to last 10 to 20 years, stick with the classics.SHOP TALK: Blythe Wren

What should you think about when designing a room?
It is best to start with art, rugs and paint color; I can find a fabric to match anything.

What is your favorite piece in your house?
My beige-taupe velvet upholstered headboard with tufted buttons.


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