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Next Up: Window Treatments 101

I will be teaching a class called Window Treatments 101 for Baldwin-Woodville Community Education on Tuesday, November 9, at 7 pm.  The cost for the class is just $10, and will include an overview of the hard treatments available on the market today.  I also talk about the various styles of custom fabric treatments, including valances, draperies and more.

This is an information-packed class, and you are sure to get some great ideas for your home.  Contact commed@bwsd.k12.wi.us to register by November 2.

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It Doesn’t Take Much…

I firmly believe that window treatments add the finishing touch to any room.  Even for homeowners who prefer things simple, with clean lines, a top treatment or drapery panel finishes any space beautifully.

In fact, I once counted myself as one who preferred windows to be open.  I don’t like elaborate, over-the-top window treatments.  Instead, a simple blind or shade to take care of the light and privacy issues was good enough for me.

However, the longer I have worked in this business, the more I have come to believe in the power of the window treatment.  Below are a few photos of a project we just installed.  My client wanted to keep her window trim exposed, and she needed light control and privacy, as this is her master bedroom.

We opted for a custom made Roman shade, which adds softness, color and pattern to the space, as well as taking care of the privacy issues.  It doesn’t take much to add punch to a room with a window treatment. What do you think?

We had it made of a striped faux silk fabric with a gorgeous drape.  The stripe picks up all the colors in the room, tying things together beautifully.  When the shade is raised, it creates its own valance!  Simple, elegant – enough.

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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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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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Before & After – Windows!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  the power of a little fabric at a window is amazing!  I have been working on a new construction Victorian home – from start to finish.  We just installed some dramatic drapery panels on a mitered wood rod in their dining room.  The flocked fabric is so luxurious and decadent!  We also put in some simple upholstered cornices in the sunroom – a more casual space.  Let me know what you think!

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Child Safety: Don’t be Blind

In August, over 5.5 million window shades and blinds were recalled due to the strangulation deaths of at least 3 small children.  October is Child Safety Month, and I thought it would be appropriate to review a few child safety measures when it comes to window treatments.

Unlike other strangulation deaths, at least one of the recent deaths occurred when the child became entangled in the inner cords of the blind or shade, not the operating cord.  For example, on a wood blind, the “ladder” cords that run down the center of the blind, stretch outward, allowing a child to get his/her neck caught in the cord and suffocate. 

Now, I’m all for bargin-hunting and scoring a deal.  However, purchasing inexpensive blinds and shades can put your children or pets in harm’s way.  Hunter Douglas window treatments were not a part of the recall, and have taken child safety beyond the recommendations required by current law.  On a HD wood blind, those inner “ladder” cords are equipped with stops, keeping them from pulling out more than a few inches.  This keeps children and pets from getting tangled in them.  Hunter Douglas window treatments are some of the most popular on the market; quality and child safety are two big reasons for that.  Systems like their LiteRise cordless system move a shade up and down with the touch of your finger – no cords!  Or, PowerRise uses a remote control – always popular with husbands.

I am a fan of Hunter Douglas products – can you tell?  I have sold them for years, and the company is the most innovative in the marketplace, and stands behind their products.  However, if Hunter Douglas products are more expensive than what you are looking for, there are some precautions you can take to keep your family safe.

First, make sure that blind operating cords are wrapped up and out of the way, so children and pets cannot reach them.  Keep beds, chairs and other furniture away from windows, if possible, so children cannot use them to reach the shades.  Raise your shades out of the way, so none of the cords are accessible to small hands.  Or, consider draperies or curtains, which usually operate without cords.

Hopefully, none of you have had any injuries or near-misses with your window treatments.  Take a moment now to check your windows for any potential hazards, before Child Safety Month passes you by.  And, leave any comments or questions you may have about window shades and blinds – I’m happy to answer them!

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