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By staff July 1, 2005

Tres Chic

Give your windows a chic European vibe with these retractable awnings from Durasol. With non-corrosive hardware and acrylic fabrics in more than 200 colors and patterns, these shady beauties cool interiors and decrease energy consumption. Options such as wind sensors and remote control access make operating the awnings a breeze. Durasol SunGuard Elite retractable window awnings start at $500 for a basic manual unit. For local dealers, go to

Double Duty

Can't make up your mind about whether you want complete privacy, a clear view or something in between? Trio convertible shades by Hunter Douglas may be your best option. The honeycombed blinds combine the convenience of horizontal blinds with the luxurious look of fabric and are available in 24 options. They start at about $145 for a 24- by 36-inch panel. For local dealers, call (800) 937-7895 or check out

Made in the Shade

Cut out Florida glare and heat with these stylish shades. Graber LightWeaves Solar Shades, in eight styles and with 40 fabric options (including jacquard weaves in bamboo, leaf and geometric patterns), will help reduce glare and block UV rays from interiors while allowing for clear visibility from inside. They're all custom-made and available through designers only. To find a local dealer, visit

Tropical Beat

Windows go tropical with Walfab Fabrics' Magnolia Rose panel window treatment, paired with a rose-colored ballon valance made from the private label fabric collection for Robb & Stucky. $2,000. Robb & Stucky Interiors, 7557 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. (941) 922-2274.

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