Stained Glass Windows Old Fashioned?

Posted January 23rd, 2012 by Martin Faith

Prairie Style Stained Glass Kitchen

Last week one of our clients cancelled an order for stained glass because an interior designer friend said that she thought stained glass windows were old fashioned. While we do concede that the installation stained glass is a centuries old tradition primarily associated with European chuches, we adamantly believe that stained glass is not an “old fashioned” accessory, but rather a beautiful and functional accent that can be used in both traditional and modern homes.

Adding stained glass to your home is a beautiful way to introduce custom artwork to your home, increase your home’s resale value, and introduce your own stamp onto your home for decades or centuries to come.

Traditional Stained Glass Windows

In traditional homes stained glass windows are often designed to match the style in which the house was built. Craftsman style homes include often look best with Prairie Style stained glass. Victorian homes generally match up well with Art Nouveau, Tiffany, or Greene & Greene glass. While Scottish Stained Glass often repairs or restores stained glass windows in older homes by merely removing and re-leading, we often urge our clients to add a new, modern window on which our stained glass will be overlaid. This allows the stained glass windows to achieve a much greater degree of energy efficiency, last much, much longer, and and be maintained without difficult cleaning.

Modern Stained Glass Windows

In more modern homes often traditional colored glass is not the ideal choice to add to the home. Rather for many newer homes, we recommend stained glass windows that have only beveled and leaded clear glass. This clear, textured glass provides privacy and elegance to a home, without connection to a home’s interior design elements to any particular color scheme. This clear glass allows the windows to exist neutral to any design or color changes home owners or home buyers might want to make in the future.

Artistic Stained Glass Windows

Stained Glass windows can also be used as an opportunity to add art or interpretive imagery to a home. These types of stained glass and be abstract or realistic, painted or leaded, and can included beveled or textured glass. Often these artistic windows make dramatic additions to entryways, transoms, bathrooms, or kitchens. Our most interesting projects, these artistic stained glass windows often take longer to design, but often get the greatest reaction for our clients and their guests.

So if anyone ever suggests that stained glass is “old fashioned”, send them to this page and see what what beautiful and modern pieces we can build!

Stained Glass Windows on “This Old House”

Traditional Stained Glass

Modern Stained Glass

Artistic Stained Glass

Philadelphia’s Stained Glass FD Tribute – Stained Glass Bucket List

Posted August 30th, 2011 by Martin Faith

This beautiful stained glass window is one of the most stunning works of stained glass in all of Philadelphia. While some of the churches throughout the city might disagree, we pay this one special regards because of it’s juxtaposition. Installed in on old firehouse, which has now been converted into one of the nation’s premier firefighting museums, the Fireman’s Hall stained glass is a tribute to all of Philadelphia’s brave men and women who have protected the city over the centuries.





To learn more about Fireman’s Hall, visit their website.
To learn more about completing a stained glass project follow this link to see Scottish’s Philadelphia Stained Glass page.



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Boulderado Hotel Stained Glass Ceiling Restoration – Boulder, Colorado

Posted August 25th, 2011 by Martin Faith

One of the projects we are most proud of having completed is the complete restoration of the Boulderado Hotel stained glass ceiling in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Removing, cleaning, and replacing each piece of glass in this ceiling, Scottish Stained Glass spent more than a month lovingly restoring this work of art.

If you are ever in Denver or Boulder, Colorado, we suggest you take a little bit of time to have a coffee or a drink under this work of stained glass art!

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Stained Glass Gazebo Ceiling – Stained Glass Bucket List

Posted August 24th, 2011 by Martin Faith

This beautiful stained glass ceiling is worth stopping and seeing for any stained glass enthusiast who is traveling in the Salem or Eugene regions of Oregon. While Oregon is not thought of as having lots of stained glass, this beautiful reuse of a ceiling is a sight to see. See exact directions in the map below, or call Ken Scott Studios 541-896-3774.

This beautiful, recycled stained glass ceiling was removed from a Church and reused.

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XCARET Resort Ceiling on the Stained Glass Bucket List

Posted August 23rd, 2011 by Martin Faith

One of the most beautiful pieces of stained glass we’ve seen in Mexico is the butterfly ceiling at the Xcaret Resort outside Playa del Carmen. The craftsmanship in both the design and installation of this stained glass ceiling is extraordinary. We applaud it’s creators!

While we at Scottish haven’t done a stained glass ceiling of that size, we did a complete restoration of the stained glass ceiling at the Boulderado Hotel in Boulder, Colorado.

This beautiful example of how a stained glass ceiling can be created with varying shapes and textures.

This wise shot shows the true scale of the ceiling. More than one thousand square feet of stained glass, this ceiling makes a relatively normal space spectacular!

The detail in this stained glass ceiling shows the painstaking amount of work which was required to design, manufacture, and install this work of art!

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University of Idaho on the Stained Glass Bucket List

Posted August 22nd, 2011 by Martin Faith

Established in 1889 and expanded substantially over the next 5 decades, the majority of University of Idaho buildings were built with beautiful hand crafted stained glass windows. These particular examples were directly inspired by the Tiffany Stained Glass that was so popular in the beginning of the 20th century. Specifically notice the rich greens, blues, and opaque white stained glass. These colors as well as the ways the design and complimentary elements are signatures of the Tiffany style.

While we were unable to trace the origins of these particular windows, it’s very likely they were imported from New York City as a great majority of the stained glass throughout the United States was in the early 20th century.

This more direct view of the University of Idaho\’s stained glass windows demonstrates more directly how they are Tiffany Inspired

This beautiful University of Idaho stained glass window is inspired by the Tiffany Style.

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New & Refurbished Stained Glass Entryways

Posted May 24th, 2011 by Martin Faith


Scottish Stained Glass can provide four services to anyone looking for stained glass in their entryway, sidelights, or transom.

1. If you have existing clear glass in your door, transom, or sidelights, we can design our stained glass to be bonded to this existing window, thus allowing your home to retain the highest possible structural integrity and energy efficiency. Assuming your door’s wood is in good shape, our stained glass is the perfect finishing touch to create a stunning entryway.

2. If you would like to brighten up a dreary entryway and need to refurbish wood of your door Scottish Stained Glass can not only design a beautiful entryway stained glass system for you, but we can also refer you to one of our partner companies that include Dazzling Doors.

3. In many cases clients are looking for a complete new entryway system. This allows us the optimal flexibility to create a solution that is exactly what you want. We can create stained glass designs that compliment you wood and stain choices while allowing you the broadest choice of door designs. We work with Stark Lumber to design and install custom entryway systems.

4. In a limited number of cases, there is the opportunity to cut out part of the door and insert stained glass into it. While this is not the ideal situation, there are certain cases where this is the only choice.

Follow this link to learn more about your stained glass entryway choices and see more photos.

A Few Tips on Creating Your Own Stained Glass Bevels

Posted March 11th, 2011 by Martin Faith

Scottish Stained Glass hasn’t build our own stained glass bevels for quite awhile now, but on occasion we have received questions about it. Here are some great resources that will help you create your own stained glass bevels.

1. Here’s a great article from Ebay summarizing the different machinery you might want to use.
Choosing a Grinder

2. This is a description by a stained glass studio owner concerning best practices for using an maintaining a grinder.
Grinder Use & Care

3. Finally, here is a chapter of a book devoted to the personal thoughts of an experience beveling artist.
Beveler’s Thoughts.

We hope this helps any of you out there who may be thinking about creating your own glass bevels. If you ever do have any questions feel free to get in contact with us and we can answer any questions you might have.

Scottish Stained Glass Spring/Summer Shows

Posted March 10th, 2011 by Martin Faith

Do you want to come see some of our beautiful Scottish Stained Glass in person. Come to one of these Spring or Summer home shows. If you would like to visit us at any of these show, we do have a limited number of tickets we are able to provide. Hope to see you there!

MAR 18-20: DENVER HOME SHOW @ National Western Complex (Brighton Blvd. & north side of I-70, across from Coliseum). Fri 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm.

MAR 25-27: BOULDER COUNTY HOME SHOW @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building (NE Corner of Nelson Rd. & Hover Rd.), in Longmont. Fri Noon-6 pm, Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm.
Free Parking. Free Admission.

APR 30-May 1: HIGHLANDS RANCH HOME IMPROVEMENT EXPO @ Recreation Center at Eastridge, 9568 S. University, Highlands Ranch. Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 9 am-5 pm. Free Parking in Rec Center lot. Free Admission.

MAY 21: ERIE TOWN FAIR, downtown Erie. Sat Only 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Booth #436, middle of block by alley on Moffat St. Outdoors. Rain or Shine. Variety of food concessions and restaurants at show. Free Parking on streets in area. Free Admission.

MAY 28-30: BOULDER CREEK FESTIVAL, downtown Boulder. Booth is in Boulder Creek Bazaar area at 11th & Arapahoe, near Library. Sat 10 am-8 pm, Sun 10 am-8 pm, Mon 10 am-7 pm. Free Admission. Free Parking on streets in area.

JUNE 4-5: PEOPLES FAIR @ Civic Center Park, downtown Denver (Colfax & Broadway). Sat 10 am-8 pm, Sun 10 am-7 pm. Location to be determined. Outdoors. Rain or Shine. Free admission. Pay Parking in area lots or on street at meters. Meters are free on Sunday. Bus and Light Rail to and from area.

JUNE 10-12: PARKER DAYS FESTIVAL, downtown Parker (on Main St, east of Parker Rd). Fri 5-8 pm, Sat 9 am-8 pm, Sun 9 am-7 pm. Outdoors. Rain or Shine. Free Parking on area streets. Free Admission.

You Design, We Build – Stained Glass Contest

Posted January 24th, 2011 by Martin Faith

The Rules

All you stained glass lovers out there. This is your chance to design a beautiful piece of stained glass that we will be building for you.
Get design inspiration at our Stained Glass Gallery.

The window should be no more than 9 square feet of glass. You can design any size or shape of window as long as it does not exceed 9 square feet. Entries can be either a single window or a pair of windows (sidelights for example).

Upload your designs to our Facebook wall. This promotion will be run until we have 4000 Facebook Fans.

Once we have 4000 fans we will pick our top 5 designs, render them using Photoshop and let or Facebook fans vote for the winner.

Winners will be responsible for picking up the windows or any shipping costs. This will probably be between $100 and $300 depending on where in the country you live but depends on the size and orientation of the window(s).

Winners will also be responsible for installation. Scottish Stained Glass will provide all necessary materials, but the winner will be responsible for the installation of the stained glass.

See our video below to learn more about measuring your windows and installing your glass.

Good luck to all. If you have any questions, please email or call us!

Measure Your Window

How to Install Your Stained Glass

Beautiful Chicago Stained Glass Windows Have Great Story

Posted January 19th, 2011 by Martin Faith
Stained Glass Chicago

Chagall’s windows are perhaps the most famous stained glass windows to a younger generation of Americans. Designed as a gift for Chicago mayor Richard Daly and displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chagall’s window have always served as a state side inspiration for some of the beautiful painted stained glass windows that Scottish Stained Glass has produced. The vibrant colors and great placement allow the light to sparkle with a special vibrancy.

While I haven’t gotten to see the stained glass since the restoration and redisplay mentioned in this article the one time I did see them, I remember thinking about how beautiful the combination of the paint and glass really were.

Below is an excerpt from the article in tablet. To read the full article click here..

“Back in 1977, when the windows were installed, the self-celebration was America’s, the work had been planned for the 1976 Bicentennial and conceived as a special gift to Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley, a man better known for encouraging his law enforcement officers to test their billy-clubs out on Yippies than for his adoration of the vitreous harmonics of stained glass. Daley died in May 1976 before he could see the windows in situ.

In June 1986, the windows got a big lift when Ferris Bueller and his inamorata, Sloane, stood in awe before them during a time-out on his energetic day off. The viewing area briefly became a hot dating spot for young Chicagoans. Five years ago the museum, about to begin the construction of a new gallery, dismantled the windows for cleaning and restoration, and late last year, amid much hoopla, they were put back on display, all bright and sparkly.

The major difference in the new installation is that the windows are no longer functioning windows in walls but free standing in front of actual windows. Stephanie D’Alessandro, a curator at the Institute, explained that now “the entire installation is lit with a special internal lighting system … to protect it from the elements and further wear and tear.” In terms of preservation, this is clearly good news; the extraordinarily vibrant blues, yellows, and reds will not fade or accumulate residue of any kind. On the other hand, much as I loved seeing the windows in their new setting, some subtle shift in ambiance accrues when they are presented, albeit for good reasons, more like paintings. This is not to say that the soaped up, washed off, and newly nitid panels aren’t stunning.”

Bathroom Stained Glass in Illinois

Posted January 10th, 2011 by Martin Faith

We often get clients from all across the United States and Canada asking us about designing and installing stained glass in their home. Often they ask for references from happy clients for whom we have installed windows out of state. Just recently we had a great project in Illinois that we wanted to showcase for you.

Ms. Lou Koch of Columbia, Illinois found Scottish Stained Glass online as she was looking for a solution for her bathroom window. As she was in the process of remodeling her bathroom, she decided that it was finally time to get rid of the blinds that had made her bathroom so dark and dreary. Obviously however she needed the privacy as her bathtub window looked directly onto her neighbor back yard. After doing a little bit of research she decided that stained glass would be a great choice to meet her needs. After doing a little bit more research she found that Scottish Stained Glass had completed thousands of bathroom windows that were very similar to what she had in mind.


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Denver & Colorado Stained Glass Events 2011

Posted December 27th, 2010 by Martin Faith

To everyone in Colorado, here is a list of a few Home Shows Scottish will be attending in the early part of 2011. If you are interested in visiting us at most of these shows, email and we may be able to have complimentary tickets waiting for you at the door.

@ Norris-Penrose Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road.
Fri 2 pm-8 pm, Sat 10 am-8 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm.

Free parking. Admission charged. Exhibitor badges available at will call at door. Complimentary customer admission tickets will be available to be printed from a show e-mail. Take I-25 south to Exit 141/ Hwy 24 exit (on west side of downtown CO Springs), turn left toward mountains at traffic light at bottom of exit, turn left at 8th St, turn right at Lower Gold Camp Road (usually is large Home Show sign at this intersection), proceed up hill and Norris-Penrose is on left side.

@ Colorado Convention Center, downtown Denver.
Saturdays 10 am-8 pm, Sundays 10 am-6 pm, Weekdays Noon-8 pm.

This is the big show! All hands on deck! Exhibitor badges and complimentary customer admission tickets available at will call under Scottish throughout run of show. If you are looking to do anything in your home in the early part of 2011, this is the show to visit. See you there!

@ Norris-Penrose Center.
Fri 2 pm-8 pm, Sat 10 am-8 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm.

See CO Springs January show info above, same promoter, same info, however different style as this show features large garden landscapes in front of show.

@ Denver Merchandise Mart, I-25 & 58th Avenue (NE corner).
Fri 4-8 pm, Sat 10 am-7 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm.

Free parking. Admission charged. Exhibitor badges and complimentary customer tickets available at Will Call under Scottish. Exhibitors’ entrance available on north side of building.

@ National Western Complex, I-70 & Brighton Blvd. (north side of I-70).
Fri & Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm.

Pay parking in lots, last year was $12 per day cash only, or exhibitors may buy a parking pass good for all days for the exhibitors’ lot, last year was $15 cash only while supply lasts, purchase from attendant at parking lot gate at NE corner of building. Free on street parking within walking distance, however sometimes tough to find. Admission charged. Main entrance and show office on east side of building. Exhibitor badges and complimentary customer tickets available in Show Office under Scottish. Food concessions inside show, moderately priced. No food close by outside show.

@ Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Bldg, NE corner of Hover Rd & Nelson Rd, Longmont.
Fri Noon-5 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 10 am-4 pm.

Free parking. Exhibitor parking on west side of building. Free admission. Food concessions available at show, moderately priced. Lots of outside food options close by to drive to.

Privacy Stained Glass

Posted December 13th, 2010 by Martin Faith

While stained and leaded glass is often added to a home because of the unique beauty it can add to a space, privacy is the main utilitarian concern that it can address. Whether in bathrooms, bedrooms, or other oddly position windows, stained and leaded glass can provide you and your family privacy without blocking the beauty and utility of natural sunlight.

Scottish Stained Glass has more than 20 years experience creating privacy stained glass for clients all across the country. Contact us today or browse our gallery to see examples of our beautiful privacy glass solutions. While drapes, blinds, and shades can make a small dark room even darker, a small custom stained or leaded glass windows can create a beautiful and unique space that your friends and family will notice and talk about.

Stained Glass Windows & Your Bevel Choices

Posted December 13th, 2010 by Martin Faith

Designing stained glass windows for for your home can involved a number of different glass textures and shapes, but the most beautiful piece of leaded glass windows is generally considered the bevels. Bevels are solid pieces of 1/8 inch glass that has been ground and polished to act as a prism on the light, reflecting and refracting the colors as they come through the glass.

Bevels can be created to match any desired design although standard bevel sizes and designs are generally less expensive and can be more rapidly integrated into our window production process. As you educate yourself concerning the the beveled glass styles and designs check out the American Bevel link below.

If you like what you see, call Scottish Stained Glass today for your free consultation. We can show you a couple of different ways a your favorite bevel styles can be applied to a window that can work for you. We have created personalized bevel flowers, butterflies, family crests, faces, and much much more.

Add Stained Glass to your Home before the Holidays

Posted December 13th, 2010 by Martin Faith

Have you been thinking about getting stained glass windows added to your home. Getting that stained glass installed before the holidays makes a stunning home improvement to showcase to your guests. Adding stained glass to your sidelights, front doors, entryways, or transom can make a great first impression to guests entering your home. Adding stained glass to your kitchen windows, kitchen cabinets, pantry, bedroom, or bathroom can also be a unique conversation piece.

Whether you are inviting people over for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or New Years call Scottish Stained Glass to begin a design process time tested by our 20 years in the business. We will walk you through the process of choosing stained glass styles and colors. We will show you full color and texture Photoshop mock ups of your designs as well as providing you full sized CAD templates as well as actual samples of our stained and leaded glass pieces.

Whether you live in Denver, Houston, our anywhere else in the United States, Scottish is your best choice for getting high quality, custom stained glass windows designed just for you and installed in your home by trusted professionals who have completed more than 40,000 windows for more than 10,000 clients.

Stained & Leaded Glass Sidelights

Posted December 13th, 2010 by Martin Faith

Stained Glass Sidelights are perhaps the most common application of stained or leaded glass in the modern American home. Sidelights are the windows directly adjacent to your doors. Generally most builders install clear glass windows next to front entryway doors. These clear windows function to let a large amount of light into entryways that are often dark. As they let in light however, they also allow strangers, solicitors, or even potential criminals to look directly into your home. Installing stained or leaded glass in these sidelights is a beautiful and functional solution to this problem.

Stained glass windows installed in the sidelights can make a great first impression on guests as they are about to enter your home. Scottish Stained Glass custom designs each window to fit the look and feel of your home and/or your individual design preferences. This windows are also functional because they allow a similar amount of light into your entryway while not allowing individuals to look directly into your home. Improving the security of your home and the safety of your family, our custom stained glass sidelights are a great improvement to your home.

For more, check out our Sidelight Stained Glass page or see the examples in our Gallery.

Elegant, Timeless Hotel Stained Glass Ideas

Posted December 13th, 2010 by Martin Faith
hotel stained glass ideas

Hotels are one of the many places in the modern world where architects and interior designers are still using large amounts of stained glass in new or remodel projects. Often hotels use the stained glass to represent their local flavor, or to give their modern buildings a more vintage, established look and feel. Read More

Conceptualizing Your Stained Glass Kitchen Cabinets

Posted December 13th, 2010 by Martin Faith
conceptualizing stained glass kitchen cabinets

Stained glass kitchen cabinets are one major way to upgrade your kitchen in a unique way. They are both beautiful and functional. As works of art, they can be designed to match or compliment any existing theme you might want to carry through your home. Functionally, they offer you the ability to hide some of your shelves while showcasing others. Read More

How to Give Your Cabinets a Designer Look with Stained Glass

Posted December 13th, 2010 by Martin Faith
give cabinets designer look stained glass

Cabinet stained glass is an easy and affordable way to make rooms in your house beautiful show pieces. Stock cabinets usually come with wood faces and some come with glass, but very few cabinets are manufactured with stained glass pre-installed. Cabinet stained glass is thus an opportunity to design one of a kind art that could remain part of your home for decades or even centuries. Read More

Creating the Perfect Look for Your Kitchen & Cabinet Stained Glass

Posted December 13th, 2010 by Martin Faith

The kitchen is the center of activity in every home. It’s the place where you cook Thanksgiving dinner, gather with your family to share stories about your day, and spend time preparing delicious food for the people you love. Every family deserves a beautiful kitchen in their home and stained glass is the perfect addition. Read More

August is Kitchen Stained Glass Month at Scottish

Posted December 13th, 2010 by Martin Faith

August is Kitchen & Cabinet Stained Glass month at Scottish. Mention this and receive 10% off any stained glass purchased for your kitchen. Whether you want some privacy in a kitchen window that is oddly placed, you want truly unique kitchen cabinets, or you merely want to add a beautiful piece of art the the most important room in the house, Scottish Stained Glass can show you a number of beautiful designs.

This beautiful kitchen cabinet is an wonderful example of Prairie Style/Art Deco stained glass. In addition to being a beautiful conversation piece this cabinet also proved extremely functional, adding storage space to a slightly cramped kitchen.

Scottish Stained Glass can match or repair existing stained glass in your cabinets or it can rebuild your cabinet doors new with custom stained glass designs. Our designers have decades of experience create the designs you like. While we are based in Denver, Colorado , we work with clients across the country through phone and email. If you have any interest in stained glass projects anywhere in your home please give us a call or email us today. 1-866-846-5758 or

To read more about our Kitchen & Cabinet Stained glass projects, please see our pages about Kitchen Stained Glass & Cabinet Stained Glass.

Colorado Springs Home Building Show Jan 2010

Posted December 13th, 2010 by Martin Faith

The Home Building & Remodeling Show comes to Colorado Springs Jan 8-10 in 2010. This event will be held at the Penrose Event Center. Scottish Stained Glass will be featuring a live demonstration of the art of stained glass building. Be sure to join us and see for yourself how beautiful stained glass windows are created.

Adding stained and leaded glass windows and panels to your home will increase the value and equity of your home. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more!

The Difference Between Stained & Leaded Glass Windows

Posted December 13th, 2010 by Martin Faith
difference stained leaded glass

The terms “stained glass” and “leaded glass” are often used interchangeably. However, despite common misconceptions, both terms do not have the same meaning. This can create some confusion when people are shopping around for decorative or privacy glass for their home. As experts in the industry, we feel that it is our duty to provide some clarification on the matter. Below, we’ve discussed the differences between stained and leaded glass windows. Read More

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