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    This is a review and my thoughts on our newest shade from Hunter Douglas.  It's called the Sonnette.  It's the latest generation of cellular shades but is a different take.  It looks very much like Hunter's premium product the Pirouette.  I'm really looking forward to selling this shade.  It does have some limitations that I go over.  Stop by and have a look.


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    We have been selling Comfortex Window Treatments for over 20 years, they’re a great company.  A few months ago they re-launched one of the prettiest and most versatile shades we’ve ever sold.  It’s called the Comfortex Overtone.  It has been redesigned, has more fabric options, and has really been refined over the first generation.  It has become one of our most popular shades and for good reason. The shade’s fabric vanes can be opened at any height allowing you to see through a sheer.  They are double sided roller shades that bypass each other while raising or lowering the shade.  They have a nicely finished fabric wrapped headrail and the bottom rail is also fabric wrapped.  I think the bottom rail is a very nice touch and a definite improvement over the last generation.


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    2 inch Horizontal Blind: Pros: affordable, versatile, practical, provide a high level of light blockage and control, several different manufacturers to choose from. Cons: Not a blind designed to be raised and lowered a lot. Best suited to turning the louvers, due to weight at larger sizes. Dust collector.


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    We just installed this Vertiglide this week, it's a bit unusual because it's so large. It's a Hunter Douglas, Applause, Lifescape fabric, and I think it turned out great, have a look for yourself.This guy, all 16 feet of it, is as big as we can go on one headrail. Let's say you have a 20 foot slider, in that case we'd have to do two individual 10 footers, one going left one right. The Hunter Douglas Vertiglide is now the most popular treatment for the sliders. #1 in energy efficiency and it's the only product that the stack when open practically disappears. It has replace my beloved vertical blinds, but we still sell a lot of the verticals, just not as many. Thanks for reading.


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    Sometimes we get so busy installing and repairing other peoples window treatments we forget to take care of and upgrade ours in the showroom.  I’ve got a couple of blinds that I’ve made fun of for years that I’m not going to miss one bit.  We were joking the other day that one reason why folks are so happy with their new blinds is that after seeing the showroom sample their expectations were blown away.  We had this ugly black and yellow honeycomb with cord locks on it that drove me crazy.  First off, we won’t even sell a blind with a cord lock, and second, nobody orders black or yellow honeycombs.


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    Our two main suppliers of window treatments, Hunter Douglas and Comfortex, are currently giving some rebates for some of their products.  Comfortex is giving a $25 Rebate for every 2 inch Shangri-La Sheer Horizontal Treatment, Cellular Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Honeycomb, and Persona Roman Shade.  Also they are giving a $50 Rebate for 3 inch Shangri-La’s, and Odysee Cellular Blinds.  These rebates are one for every shade ordered and are good until April 30th.


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    Just recently I've had a couple customers that have been upset by the fact that we won't allow a free hanging weight on vertical blinds like in the past. The reason for this is that Federal Law has told us this is illegal due to children and pets getting caught in the cord loops and choking. We are mandated to fasten all cords to the wall with a tension pulley.


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    The newest edition to the Hunter Douglas family is the Hobbled Roman Shade called the Solera.  It is beautiful, elegant, and easy to operate.  What I really like best about it is the way it compacts so neatly at the top head rail when it's open, unlike traditional romans that have a lot of "stack."  It comes in light filtering and room darkening options.  And similar to the honeycomb's design, it has pockets that are designed to make the shade more energy efficient.  I just ordered a Solera sample for our showroom this and should have it up next week.  Stop by the showroom and have a look at all our products on display, or as always we'll bring the samples and come right to you. 


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    Sunscreens come in many varieties from colors and styles to how much light they allow into your home.  The four main styles of sunscreens are 1%, 3%, 5%, and 10%.  On the picture above my sample shows the differences seamed together.  3% is on top, 5% in the middle and 10% on the bottom.  The easiest way to think about it is if you have a 3% sunscreen, we're stopping 97% of the light from coming through.


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    [Hunter Douglas](http://www.aaablindfactory.com/hunter-douglas.php "http://www.aaablindfactory.com/hunter-douglas.php") just came out with a new hobbled fabric Roman shade called the Solera. It has some very elegant fabrics that come in light filtering and blackout style. It is also cordless and stacks very smoothly and neatly into the head rail. I'm really looking forward to showing this shade, it seems we've been having a lot of requests for fabric Roman shades recently and this innovative and beautiful treatment fits that bill perfectly. Stop by and have a look or we'll bring it right to your home and let you have a look for yourself. 239-947-9660, thanks for reading.


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