Summer – Work and Play

This summer Comfortex, one of my shade vendors, hosted their dealers for a day at the races in Saratoga. It was a lot of fun sitting trackside in an air conditioned tent and being treated to a lavish buffet. The day was sunny and mild and so were the horses.   Downtown Saratoga is beautiful so it was a fun day.
The next day we visited Comfortex offices and took a very interesting factory tour. We also were able to see how each of the shades are manufactured and try every product and mechanism.  Their lift and lock system is great for little ones because you push the button and the shade locks into place
The new product line from Comfortex is a line of cellular and roller shades with over 800 colors to choose from and in both duck and linen textures.  I have all the samples and clients have been loving their new shades.

New Hunter Douglas features

Last week I attended a day-long series of educational seminars given by Hunter Douglas along with an exhibit hall displaying every product. Each year there are new product introductions and enhancements and it always amazes me how innovative the product engineers are.

 

The Silhouette shading has a new clear sheer as an option for those who want a clearer view from their home. You can see the difference in this display.  The clear sheer, however, has no UV protection like the standard sheer.

 

There is a new shade that was introduced called the Sonnette, which you can see below.  It is a roller shade with honeycombs and provides energy efficiency similar to the duette honeycomb.  This shade is cordless and is also available with soft touch motorization, which is a wand that you gently pull or push to raise or lower.

 

The Power View motorization has a brand new sleeker hub and new options for the pebble. The connected home is here and now.  Connect all of your shades through the Power View hub and schedule when you want to raise and lower your shades each day.

 

The duette honeycomb duolite shade has always been one of my favorites and was in my previous master bedroom for years. I loved the option that I could have a sheer shade to filter light during the daytime, and then have the blackout shade at night for privacy as well as blocking my morning sun.  (I have a large window now with a large blackout motorized shade).

 

New fabrics are always added to the collections each year, and Hunter Douglas stays in the forefront of window shading products in a variety of ways.

 

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Stay Warm this Winter

ArchitAs we brave the winter chills, are you feeling drafts through your windows? Did you know that up to 50% of your heat can be lost through your windows? Before you lose any more heat, why not consider some energy-efficient window treatments?

Hunter Douglas duette honeycomb shades are cellular shades that trap air in the cells to keep your home warmer in the cold weather and cooler when it’s warm outside. Duette architella shades are also cellular but with an extra layer which provides even more insulation.

Fabric roman shades are another treatment that will protect your room from the bitter cold. Roman shades are lined, and adding an extra interlining will keep the cold out. With roman shades, you have the choice of many different styles, and an almost endless selection of fabrics.

Draperies are yet another option, which can be custom-fit with your dimensions and extra linings.

Stay warm this winter – the groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter, which is no surprise to those of us in the Northeast!

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Window Cord Safety – Keep your children safe

Did you know October is National Window Coverings Safety Month? The October window-cord awareness campaign is sponsored by the Window Coverings Safety Council (WCSC) and the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).

Both organizations recommend that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.

According to the CPSC, corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying each year from accidentally strangling in window cords. Some of these incidents involve older blinds that are still in use but don’t have the safety devices or designs instituted in the past decade.

If you have infants and young children, I urge you to follow these basic cord-safety precautions:

• Move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows.

• Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children.

• Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.

• Make sure tasseled pull cords are as short as possible. Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall.

• Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit inner-cord movement.

There are many cordless shade and blind options available as well as remote-controlled shades and draperies.

There are retro-fit kits available free of charge that will make your window coverings safer. Simply go to www.windowcoverings.org.