Monthly Archives: April 2010

Hunter Douglas to Increase Prices

Beginning on Tuesday, May 4, Hunter Douglas will be increasing their prices slightly.  While these price changes are generally small, if you are thinking of ordering new shades or blinds for your home or office, you may want to get that order placed sooner rather than later!

I became certified a couple years ago as a Certified Professional Hunter Douglas dealer.  With this additional training, I have the knowledge and experience to help you make a great choice for your home, style and budget.  Call me if you want to get started on your home decorating improvements!

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Paint Sale

Since I’m always searching for a good deal, I would assume that you are as well.  From now until April 25, you can get 25% off stains and paints at Sherwin Williams!  Visit their website for more information.

I am a BIG fan of their Duration Home paint – I have used it in my bathroom and in my son’s room so far.  It washed up beautifully, yet offers a matte finish.  That matte finish hides a multitude of sins on my old walls!

 So, get those paint colors selected, buy a bucket or two, and get those spring decorating projects started!  Call me if you need help picking a color…happy to help you out!

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Hunter Douglas to Halt Online Product Sales

As of June 1, 2010, Hunter Douglas will no longer allow anyone to sell their products online.  Instead, to purchase their products, you will need to find a reputable dealer to work with.  I think this is a smart move on their part, and here’s why:

For one, finding Hunter Douglas shades on a website at fraction of the price being offered by local dealers and designers cheapens the reputation of Hunter Douglas.  Although these products had the Hunter Douglas name, many of them were not of the same quality as the products sold through local dealers.  Consequently, it was difficult for designers to compete in the marketplace when the “same” product could be bought online for less money.

Secondly, these online sales posed problems for customers, as well.  If I sell a Hunter Douglas product to a client, and there is a problem with it three years later, I am able to send it in for repair. However, if that same client bought her blind online the local fabricators refused to repair it, as the product was inferior to begin with.  This was confusing for the consumer, who assumed she had bought a quality product.  It also put the HD dealers in tough spot, attempting to explain the differences between the products without sounding like we were selling them a line.

Buying through a reputable dealer will ensure that you get top service, installation by professionals who know their stuff, and assistance in selecting the best product, fabric and color for your situation, style and budget.

I happen to believe that you get what you pay for.  If you want top-quality products, whether it is furniture, window treatments or rugs, you will pay a premium price for them.  They will last much longer, so the price paid per year may actually be less over the life of the product.  Not everyone wants top-of-the-line products, as they prefer to change their decor on a more regular basis.  This is a personal decision, and there is nothing wrong with either choice.  Just remember – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

What do you think?  Have you purchased Hunter Douglas products online and gotten burned?  Or did you have a great experience?  I’d love to hear your thoughts about this upcoming change…

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