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Windows in a different light

Handblown glass windows provide a clear view out of the living room of Sheila Balkan’s Venice home. Although they had fallen out of favor in the last 20 years, custom leaded-glass windows made with handblown glass are now considered the ultimate finishing touch in some of Los Angeles’ most lavish new homes. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
Glass windows reach the ceiling in another of Balkan’s rooms. Architects and designers say most leaded-glass windows they commission for new homes are predominantly clear, to allow in undiluted light. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
A clear window with a color border adds an element of Old World elegance to Balkan’s bedroom. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
Etched windows mix color and designs. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
A tall window adds drama to a bathroom in Balkan’s home, while opaque glass doors provide privacy. The home has 60 handblown glass windows. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
A kitchen door mixes textured clear and stained glass, blurring visibility and adding a decorative touch. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
Balkan sits in a room lined with custom-made windows. She says seeing stained glass in centuries-old buildings in Paris during a yearlong stay there drew her to the windows. (Lori Shepler / LAT)