the estate at river run

Featured Client: The Estate at River Run

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The Estate at River Run is a breathtaking venue located in Maidens, Virginia. Constructed between 1981 and 1987, this 16,000-square-foot Georgian Revival sits atop a bluff overlooking the James River. River Run offers an elegant setting for ceremonies and celebrations of all sizes. Complete with sweeping staircases, opulent ballrooms, and elegant patios and terraces, River Run is a venue designed to impress and will surely leave guests at your next event gushing.

Kim Moody, a Richmond-based designer, wedding planner, and venue manager, recently purchased The Estate at River Run. While there were many aspects of the original estate that Kim wanted to preserve, she did identify elements in need of an update.

A Window Treatment Makeover

The Estate at River Run reached out to Specialty Drapery for an estimate for replacing the window treatments in the Cameo and Wedgewood Ballrooms. The sun had taken a toll on the existing roller shades over the years, so it was time to update the shades to match the opulence of the venue. While there are a variety of window treatments that could have created a focal point in the ballrooms, the goal was to provide a backdrop so as to not overshadow the bride, wedding party, or other guests of honor. As a result, River Run knew they wanted to stick with white roller shades because of their simple and understated appearance.

Product Selection

After River Run selected Specialty Drapery for the project, our window treatment specialist met on-site with Kim to present a variety of fabric options for the roller shades. The Estate at River Run selected a light-filtering fabric. The fabric allows the transmission of warm, natural light while blocking UV rays, glare, and heat. Restricting UV rays preserves the furnishings and flooring in front of the windows from sun damage. The shades also help with glare reduction and heat mitigation by blocking a portion of infrared rays and visible light from entering the space. River Run opted for manual chain loop operation to raise and lower the shades by hand. In hindsight, they wish they had splurged on motorization so they could command the shades from a control device, but the result was still exactly as they had hoped.

Our Process

Once the client chose the fabric she wanted, we conducted field measurements because our manufacturing partner custom cuts every shade to size. Then, the fabric was shipped, and we scheduled the installation with Kim. The installation required a full day because of its technical nature. Some expert maneuvering allowed us to reach the three-story-high windows, creating a flawless result.

Specialty Drapery thoroughly enjoyed working with Kim and the team at the Estate at River Run on this project. Consider hosting your next event at this stunning venue. And, if you think about it, take a moment to appreciate the new window treatments!

Since 1967, Specialty Drapery has provided the highest quality of window treatment solutions to the Mid-Atlantic region. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and relentless pursuit of customer delight. Contact us to schedule your design consultation.