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Hello
2 bedrooms in our house have windows that are off center, very close to one of the walls. The master bedroom has 2 such windows, on different walls, and one childs bedroom has one very close to the left wall. Those are not huge windows.  I don't know how to dress them without covering too much of the incoming light but still make them pretty and modern. I like valances (but light in texture and not too ornate).
We are also looking for a ceiling light for our dining room. What is trendy these days? The dining room is fairly small and has nice neutral colours (kind of honey colour) and a light beige woven carpet.
Thank you so much.
Beata

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Dear Beata Piovesan,
     Concerning the window treatment for the windows I would suggest choosing a pleated fabric shade. They are perhaps the most popular hard treatment next to miniblinds and vertical-louver blinds. You can get them in Translucent which reduces glare and gives daytime privacy. You can also get them  metallized, which is coated with a reflective metal backing to reduce solar gain and keep in winter heat. They give a clean look and has the softness of fabric. They are easy to clean by dusting and can be sponged off if needed. Here are some nice examples:
http://www.blindcrafter.com/new_roman_fabric.cfm
http://www.blindcrafter.com/decorating_tools/iwt.cfm
http://www.sewing-roman-shades.com/images/dowels_roman_shade.jpg

For your dining room light fixture I would choose an arts and crafts style pendant. This is not as formal as a chandelier and most pendants of the arts and crafts style will look nice with your colors. We are at an era where whats in style is what was in style. You see alot of this style coming out in furniture stores. Here are some examples that would look nice.
http://www.lampdepot.com/HomeLighting/images%20lights/kenroy/18x11721_4.jpg
http://www.cowboyindian.com/mica115.jpg

I hope these suggestions help you in your decorating decisions. Good Luck!

Rachel Mallon
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