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    With so many different options we have put together an extensive list of different Window Treatment options including the pros and the cons.

    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. I know this may be an inconvenience for some, but we’re not going do disobey Federal Law and open ourselves up to a lawsuit. Having said that, it’s your house, you can do whatever you want to your blinds, but when we install them, they’re going to be attached to the wall. Thank you for your understanding. Happy New Year!


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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. See the Pics below. 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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    We just got an update to our Hunter Douglas Applause Honeycomb fabrics, our most popular honeycomb shade.


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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. You can still see through it, but the weave is much tighter than a 10%. Companies make screens that are more open than 10% but what’s the point in having a window treatment that doesn’t block much of anything. Our preferred openness factor is 5%. It is the perfect balance of light protection while still giving you the ability to clearly see through it. The sample below is here in the showroom and really helps decipher the differences.


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    Hunter Douglas 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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    We are proud to announce that we were voted Bonita’s Best for window treatments for the 15th consecutive year (1999-2013). We are only one of two companies that have won the award every year the “Best Of” have been offered. We would like to thank all of our customers, and all that voted for us. We look forward to serving the community for another 15 great years. Thanks again!


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