A set of our Signature Shutters recently made their television debut on HGTV’s design competition ‘Showhouse Showdown.” In each episode of Showhouse Showdown, two professional interior designers take over two newly built houses with identical floor plans. The designers must create five signature rooms in each house with a limited budget and a limited schedule. In the end, one designer is crowned the winner based on votes cast by a sample of open house attendees. In this case, that winner is Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors in Washington, DC who turned a ho-hum townhouse into a rich retreat. We don’t like to brag, but we’re proud to say our window treatments had a little something to do with the win. Remembering the challenges of decorating the townhouse, Cavin-Winfrey states, “I faced every obstacle known to man.” One of those obstacles was the home’s huge spans of windows. Although she was designing for a target market rather than a specific clients, her strategies wield a wealth of design ideas for window-heavy family homes. For every wall that lacked windows in the combined kitchen and living area, there was a fireplace or a rack of cabinets to corral. In order to fully furnish a space in which almost no furniture could be placed around the room’s perimeter, Cavin-Winfrey had to get creative. She started with a large sofa and two round ottomans for the center of the room then turned the bay area into a long window seat. She kept things interesting with upholstery in bright colors including pops of emerald and fresh patterns including stripes and dots. Cavin-Winfrey employed similar tactics in the kitchen where a small island occupied the empty center space. She may have been able to squeeze in a small breakfast table but to avoid giving the space a cluttered look, she opted to lengthen the existing island instead. They may have been a furniture placement nuisance but where Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey’s design savvy really shines is in the walls. Rather than slapping a coat of paint across the open concept entry level, Cavin-Winfrey covers the walls in chic honeycomb wallpaper. The basic black and white pattern perfectly accentuates the white plantation shutters and all the natural light they let in. The combination of shutters and wallpaper also eliminates any need for additional curtains so the combined kitchen and sitting room stays light and casual. The room feels rich because every plane holds something of interest, from the classic shutters and seamless wallpapering to the exposed shelves of the cabinetry. They certainly look like a million bucks but none of Cavin-Winfrey’s design choices are necessarily expensive. “While it may appear intimidating,” she says, “it’s very achievable.” Our recommendation? Start with the windows!