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Aspen Stained Glass

Posted May 16th, 2012 by Martin Faith

One of the many wonders of Colorado is the big groves of Aspens, with their distinctive white trunks and round-ish shaped leaves waving in the breeze. Our lovely Rocky Mountains are carpeted in beautiful aspen forests that are a delight to drive by or hike through. So in homage to this wonderful native Colorado tree, we’ve created our signature collection of Aspen Stained Glass.

Although many of our stained glass window designs are traditional, such as Celtic, Art Deco, or Victorian looking florals, our Aspen Collection is distinctively different. It’s modern and can seem almost abstract in appearance. It’s perfect for any home from a mountain ski lodge to a city loft or a rural mansion. If you’ve ever been inspired by the beauty of the aspens, perhaps our the signature Scottish Stained Glass signature Aspen Collection is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

For many people, their favorite season is fall, when the trees turn colors. In the fall, people come from far and wide to see the glory of the aspens as they turn a gorgeous golden yellow. Entire mountain sides appear to glow with light from their vivid color. Whether you prefer your aspens with the green leaves of spring or the golden leaves of fall, or perhaps just the architectural beauty of their trunks and branches with no leaves at all in winter – we can custom design and your stained glass window or door to reflect your tastes. Yes, whether you’d like vivid colored glass or clear, textured or any combination, our stained glass designers will work with you.

As for the town of Aspen, it has become a ski resort like no other, attracting celebrities and those with great taste from around the world. If you own property in Aspen, stained glass can add great value and enhance the distinctiveness and beauty of your home. Imagine a grove of stately aspens giving you more privacy in that master bathroom bay window, or a single aspen tree snaking its way up your sidelights on either side of your front door!

Dare we way that our Aspen Stained Glass Collection is as spectacular as the real live ones outside your window? And although an individual aspen tree can live anywhere from 40 to 150 years, your stained glass could last even longer than that, becoming a family heirloom.

Please take a stroll through our Aspen Collection gallery and see if that starts to fertilize your imagination. If you have an idea, whether aspen related or not, our professional design staff will
work with you to see it come to life.

Did you know… in some countries, the aspen tree is believed to ward off evil spirits? We really can’t comment about that, but our aspen stained glass will definitely ward off boring décor for many years to come!

Contact us for more information about any of our stained glass window styles, or to have one of our designers come to your home for a free consultation. We look forward to working with you.

Misson Style Stained Glass

Posted May 14th, 2012 by Martin Faith

Mission Style Stained Glass Windows Provide a Stunning Complement to Any Home

Mission style can refer to furniture, architecture, or stained glass. In furniture it means clean lines and simplicity. In architecture, it is based on the Spanish Missions that sprung up all over California at the end of the 19th century. There were various other stained glass master craftsman around during that period who also developed distinctive styles that fall into the same “Mission style” category.

Of course, if you have a Mission style home, this type of stained glass is a natural fit. But it’s clean lines and modern appeal make it a great choice for many other styles of architecture as well.

For more examples of Mission style stained glass windows, please take a look at our gallery. These are examples of some of our custom designed pieces, inspired by the amazing Mission era artists. This style reached its heyday in the first decade of the twentieth century, but still remains popular today.

The hallmarks of Mission style stained glass are clean, geometric shapes, natural earth tones or jewel tones, and a large proportion of clear, uncolored glass. Although the overall appearance is clean, sharp and simple, a closer look will show the intricacy of the designs and the perfect balance of the patterns involved.

It is believed that this simple style’s popularity was a reaction to the ornate styles that had been popular in Victorian times. However, it is equally possible that the simple yet intricate patterns are endlessly fascinating, and really lend a unique touch to a home that a discerning eye never tires of.

Another reason Mission stained glass windows have stayed popular is that they work with many different styles of décor and a wide variety of different tastes. Their very simplicity takes nothing away from the furnishings in a home, and it’s easy to redecorate around these windows.

Mission stained glass is very popular for kitchen cabinets, sidelights next to the front door, and many other places. If this style appeals to you, one of our designers will work with you to develop your own custom Mission stained glass design. Of course, you don’t have to stick with anything that’s been done before in Mission style. You can add more color, less color, textured glass for privacy, or use all clear glass. The choice is entirely yours.

But don’t let the array of choices confuse you. Our designers are standing by — ready, willing and able to assist you in creating the perfect design that will match, complement and enhance the beauty of your home for many long years to come.

Did you know that if you decide to move, Scottish Stained Glass will remove your window or door panels so that you can take them with you to your next home? Many people find that these stained glass artworks become family heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation.

Intrigued? Then why not give us a call today!

Stained Glass Windows Increase Your Privacy

Posted March 24th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Stained Glass Windows Ensure Privacy

Are you tired of your mailman peaking in your sidelight at the entryway while dropping off the mail, or solicitors looking in to see if you are home to try and make a sale?  What about that large bathroom window that sold you on your home because it allowed natural light in, just to find out that natural light meant natural nosy neighbors?

Stained glass windows have become a popular alternative to window treatments Denver, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio.  This is especially true in areas where natural light is preferred, but privacy is necessary.  For example, take the common sidelight, window to the side of the door, at the entryway.  This is a great element to make a first impression to anyone entering the home.  The only downfall is sidelight windows usually consist of clear glass that allows anyone to see into the home.  When blinds are installed on these windows, it takes away from the design intent, natural light, and adds another item on the list to clean.  The best alternative is the use of stained glass windows.  Depending on the design of the stained glass windows, the window will no longer entice people to peak into your home and will provide a stunning show piece for all your visitors to enjoy!

Because each piece is handmade to custom fit each window perfectly, stained glass windows allow for many design options and can match any style or décor.  Not only do the stained glass windows get installed directly to the existing glass making the installation process easy and fast, they allow for all the natural light to come in, but keep the interior of the home private to outside onlookers.  The glass is smooth to the touch making cleaning way easier than a set of blinds.

The next question that is commonly presented when discussing stained glass windows is “do I have to use color?”  The answer is no.  In fact most stained glass windows are made without color as this provides a timeless look and many home owners prefer not to limit the interior color palate.  Privacy can even be achieved without the use of colored glass, and just using textured glass to make shapes and patterns.   Another type of glass commonly used to maximize light is beveled glass.  Beveled glass refracts light, helping to increase the amount of light in the room while offering a nice touch to the overall stained glass window.  With a mixture of textures, bevels, and of course some lead, you can achieve as much privacy as you need to feel comfortable in your home.

Most importantly, natural light keeps the home  happy, bright, and airy.  When the environment that you’re living, working, or entertaining in puts off a positive vibe, the people in that environment reflect it as well.  Stained glass windows not only allow the natural light in, it brings character, art, and most importantly privacy to your home.  So let the light in, keep the wondering eyes out, and be happy in your home.
Contact Scottish Stained Glass today for your free in home estimate and visit our Stained Glass Windows page to begin looking at all the different style and applications that are possible.

Fort Worth Stained Glass

Posted February 28th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Fort Worth Stained Glass

Scottish Stained Glass is proud to announce that we have opened a branch office in Fort Worth, Texas to serve the DFW metropolitan area as well as the central Texas region. While we have previously maintained offices in both Denver & Houston, adding the Fort Worth area presents another step in the grown of our company and allows us to work more directly with clients. In the next couple months our designers will be reaching out to interior designers, architects, customer home builders and homeowners throughout the region to educate them about the numerous possibilities which stained glass can add to their designs.

Scottish Stained Glass is the largest stained glass studio of our kind in the United States and specializes in the development of stained glass solutions for residential customers in modern homes. Our signature look is beveled and textured clear glass designs which add a touch of privacy and elegance to homes and we most often place these installations in front entryway doors, sidelights and transoms as well as the large picture windows which are often placed over Fort Worth bathtubs. In both these cases, textured glass provides a beautiful solution that adds privacy to the windows without blocking the natural light that which is so desirable.

Residential Stained Glass Fort Worth

Scottish Stained Glass designers come to your home for about an hour to get a feel for your existing decor and your project goals. After taking measurements of your existing glass and showing you some of the thousands of photos we have of previous projects, we sit with you to sketch initial design ideas. In some cases this design is sufficient to put down the deposit on the project, while in other cases we take your design ideas back to our Fort Worth studio, use CAD and Photoshop to create more specific renderings of how the solution will look in your home.

We build the glass based upon the methodology developed by our owner Martin Faith. He has adapted the traditional methodology Scottish artisans developed over the centuries to conform to Fort Worth’s modern construction standards and energy efficiency goals. By bonding our glass to existing windows, our stained glass not only remains clean and beautiful for decades, but it doesn’t get warped by Fort Worth’s harsh weather.

Commercial & Religious Fort Worth Stained Glass

Scottish Stained Glass provides commercial stained glass to both the historic clients who may need repair or restoration services as well as the modern clients who may need glass with contemporary designs. We have the experience and product knowledge to work with those Fort Worth clients in need of historic restoration and often know the exactly kinds of glass which we are trying to match. Providing commercial glass to more modern buildings, Scottish Stained Glass can create solutions that have contemporary styles or meet the needs of designers looking to create memorial glass, or add stunning aesthetic compliments.

Scottish Stained Glass also offers religious stained glass repair, restoration and design options for churches, temples, chapels, and other religious facilities all across Fort Worth and the entire DFW region. We work on religious projects of all scale, from entire chuches to single windows. We can help with not only the conceptualization process but also the the design, fundraising, construction and installation process. We are experienced navigating the multiple decision makers that are inherent within such a project and and are the Fort Worth stained glass company you can trust to deliver on time and on budget.

To read more about our capabilities and specialities, please visit our Fort Worth Stained Glass page.

San Antonio Stained Glass

Posted February 28th, 2012 by Martin Faith

Scottish Stained Glass is proud to open our newest branch office in San Antonio, Texas. While we have previously served San Antonio’s stained glass needs while working with clients over the internet, we are now excited to be able to meet our clients in their homes, offices, or religious locations. Our designers will be reaching out to interior designers, architects and custom home builders as well as consumers to increase the understanding of what our custom glass can accomplish.

Because of San Antonio’s extensive history there are a number of different stained glass styles which have been used over the centuries. Scottish Stained Glass can match nearly any of these styles, and has developed a speciality working with the Prairie Style, and Tiffany’s stained glass.

Residential Stained Glass San Antonio

Scottish Stained Glass is the leading residential stained glass studio of our kind in the United States. We have spent the past 20 years perfecting our approach for adding stained glass to modern residential homes. Typically we visit a clients home for at least 45 minutes to get an initial feel for the existing decor as well as the clients design goals. Then we show thousands of photos from previous projects and discuss what might look good in the particular application. In most cases we then develop initial designs on the spot, sketching our thoughts on graph paper and often agreeing on the design with clients on the spot. In other cases we take the design back to our Austin workshop and develop CAD and Photoshop renderings that allow customers to see even more closely what the finished product will look like.

Once the design is approved by the clients, our local artisans can take varying amounts of time to build the windows. Adapted by our owner Martin Faith from the centuries of glass production techniques developed by Scottish artisans into a process that will work for modern American homes, Scottish Stained Glass bonds almost all our installations to existing windows rather than replacing the window panes. While this stained glass process is sometimes odd to certain clients, this allows us to accomplish 3 goals at once. The stained glass is protected from the harsh Austin sun, and will subsequently last much longer, no building codes are violated, and the inherent benefits of the existing window, including security and energy efficiency all remain intact.

To see examples of just a few of our previous installations, please visit our stained glass gallery.

Commercial and Religious Stained Glass San Antonio

Scottish Stained Glass works with a number of commercial clients across the San Antonio region, including hotels, banks, and bars where stained glass was frequently used at the turn of the last century. We have experience repairing and restoring this type of glass and can often create new windows to complement and existing installations. We can also create replacement stained glass installations that can match the styles and techniques which have been used in San Antonio over the last few centuries. For more modern commercial clients, we create interpretive stained glass designs that add to the aesthetic of a building or permanently commemorate an individual or group.

Religious organizations throughout San Antonio are also served by Scottish Stained Glass. Whether looking for repair and restoration, or the development of new stained Glass, Scottish has the experience and expertise to navigate the complicated process of conceptualizing, designing, funding, and installing stained glass in a church, temple, chapel or other religious location. Having worked with hundreds of churches across the United States, we understand the process and can provide extensive insight on all aspects of the project.

To learn more about our capabilities, visit our San Antonio Stained Glass page.

Dallas Texas Stained Glass

Posted February 27th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Dallas Stained Glass Entryway

Scottish Stained Glass is proud to announce that we have opened a branch in Dallas, Texas.  While we have been serving the Dallas market with the nation’s finest residential stained glass for the past decade, we have been doing it remotely, working with clients over the internet. Now that we have hired a designer to work full time in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, we can increase the size and complexity of projects we will offer.  Not only can we do simple sidelight, entryway, and bathroom stained glass, but we can also do more complex commercial, church, and interpretive designs.  Our stained glass designers will be developing relationships with interior designers, custom home builders and  the general public to educate consumers about what beautiful and functional stained glass options are now available.

Residential Stained Glass

While older homes in the center of Dallas may have the need for antique stained glass repair and restoration, often of Prairie, Prairie Style, or Tiffany inspired windows, the majority of our target market live in the Dallas suburbs and need stained glass added to their homes as a contemporary or modern design solutions for privacy and elegance. When contacted by one of these clients, a Scottish Stained Glass designer comes to the home for what is generally a 45-90 minute meeting. While in the home the client’s existing style, as well as the style of the glass they would prefer are taken into account. Designs are then sketched and a plan of action is developed with the client. While that plan of action often includes a final sign off on the order right there and then, it can also include more extensive, computer aided designing completed in CAD and Photoshop. The Scottish Stained Glass installation process is a modern adaption of an ancient process and is designed to work with today’s building codes and energy efficiency standards. In 99 percent of cases our stained glass does not replace your existing glass panes, but is merely bonded on the interior of your window. This process keeps the energy efficiency benefits of the glass intact and safeguards the structural integrity of the windows, all while provide the stained or leaded glass with protection from the harsh Dallas weather that over time can cause stained glass to warp, crack, fade, or peel.

Commercial and Religious Stained Glass

Adding stained glass to your office or retail space generally occurs for one of two reasons. Many customers utilized Scottish Stained Glass to repair, restore or replace the stained glass in their historic hotel, bar, or public building.  Dallas has thousands of commercial stained glass installations that are over 100 years old and are in need of repair or restoration.  Other customers want to add stained glass to their more modern buildings as a design element, or even a lasting tribute to an individual or group.  Whatever type of commercial stained glass you might need, Scottish Stained Glass has the experienced designers who are ready to take you the process.

If you are a church or other religious organization looking to add stained glass to your church, chapel, temple, or community center, Scottish Stained Glass can work with you through this difficult process, explaining how much it may cost, what time frames are necessary, and even how fundraising can work.  Having completed hundreds of religious stained glass projects all across the country we understand the unique struggle involving religious stained glass and are ready to help you through the process.

If you’d like to see more about our capabilities, please visit our Dallas Stained Glass page or contact us today!

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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