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I have worked in the field of Architecture for over 10 years and have attended many Lunch and Learns. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the best Lunch and Learn program I have ever seen.  It was given by Neil Gordon of Decorating with Fabric. The subject was Engineered Shading Solutions. The presentation was entertaining and very informative.  I would highly recommend it.  Neil clearly knows his trade and is passionate about it. He is intelligent and articulate.  Since that time I have contacted Neil for input on details for my projects. His response was quick and very helpful.  He will definitely be my ‘go-to guy’ for window coverings from now on.

Kelly Harran

Austin Patterson Architects

What a great presentation! Informative and definitely a reflection of your excitement for your products. I especially liked the phrase"reducing stress from systems". Hope to work with you in the future.

Lori Jacobson

Interior Designer

Thank you for your wonderful and educational seminar; it’s been awhile since we had such engaging seminar. I hope BBB Architects will get a chance to work with you.

Jirina Orrico  

Beyer Blinder Belle

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The Solar Shade Pyramid System


The Solar Shade Pyramid System is a breakthrough way of designing and specifying successful solar shade projects. The system works through the idea of merging function and form in order to reach successful design. With the advent of technological advances in solar shadings, they have become more than decorations and should be considered part of a building system.  This system focuses on the various areas of function which include levels of function, light, privacy and glare issues as well as installations challenges and LEED points. Once function has been defined, we move up the pyramid to decide upon form. This is where wiring and termination issues are designed, fabrics are selected, and pockets and fascias are planned for. The architect will learn that once these base areas of the pyramid are decided upon then complete system design has been achieved, and specifications are complete and accurate.

Solar Power Has Finally Come to Window Coverings!


Well this was a first for us, and man what a success it turned out to be. The idea of solar powered window coverings seems complex as ever, however with only a few additional parts it turned out beautifully. We had a client call us after seeing our SolarPac webpage on the InSync Solar site (click here to see for yourself), she had solar panels on her house and wanted to continue her environmental practices on her windows. Our InSync SolarPac System is actually quite a simple enough process. All that is needed is a window with minmul overhang (sometimes not easily accessible in New York City Apartments), a typical motorized window shade and of course the three piece SolarPac system (see below). 

Form versus Function and The Great Cover Up


The cost of energy is changing the way that architects and owners look at building design. No owner wants a great looking space that is all but impossible to heat and cool. We see this all too often when "Form" dictates "Function".

Technology & The Green Window


For the Fall of 2012, Decorating with Fabric is introducing its new Lunch & Learn program called Technology & The Green Window. As a recipient of the 2010 Green Business Award, Decorating with Fabric is proud to continue in its tradition of offering education focusing on sustainable window coverings. Below is a course description. If your office is in the New York metropolitan are and you would like to schedule a program, please send your request via email to:

Are you ready to silent your drapery motors?


InSync solar is proud to add a new, one of a kind product to it's expanding solar shade line: InSync Quiet Motors. InSync Quiet Motors is an advanced, extremely quiet drapery motor that makes peace of mind a priority. But what is it that really makes InSync Quiet Motors so special? It's that both in the office and at home, quiet environment is now the key factor for well being.

Is it time to motorize your draperies?


Decorating with Fabric Contract is proud to introduce our newest and most exciting product yet, InSync SmartTrac by InSync Solar Shades. We can now make any space stand out in terms of image, usage and functionality with SmartTrac motorized draperies. 

Window Privacy Minus The Shades


Have you heard about the industry's simplest window covering? A window covering that exists with simplicity and beauty in mind. Welcome to InSync SmartGlass by InSync Solar, a simple yet effective window shading option. InSync SmartGlass will eliminate the fabric and color options associated with other window coverings, and replace it with an adhesive film, and a flip of a switch. With our new InSync SmartGlass you can achieve that privacy and comfort while keeping the sexy look of bare windows.

Your Shades Powered By The Sun


It's been a long time coming, but your wait is finally over. Decorating with Fabric Contract is excited to offer a complete window covering control system for your residential or commercial project, powered simply by the new Solar Powered Nickel Metal Hydride battery which is 100% rechargable from the rays of the sun. Welcome to the new InSync SolarPac Shading System, the system of the future. 

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