{window treatment wednesday: hunter douglas wins big at WCMA awards}

It’s awards season. The Golden Globes got us started, with the Oscars and Grammys on the way. But no matter how much somebody or some group cleans up at any of those events, it will be hard to match the showing Hunter Douglas made at the 2015 WCMA Product Awards.

Hunter Douglas won an amazing 31 awards at the annual Window Covering Manufacturers Association event, held this past November. All product award winners were recognized this past week in Las Vegas, at the International Window Coverings Expo. Hunter Douglas has received the WCMA Product of the Year award for the 15th time.

Hunter Douglas Silhouette® Duolite™ Shadings

The WCMA Product of the Year, awarded annually to the product that stands out across all categories and judging criteria, is Silhouette® Duolite™ Shadings, designed and engineered by the Silhouette® Product Development Team at Hunter Douglas.

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{friday finds: window treatment project keeps kids safe}

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A special project completed during National Window Covering Safety Month will have a lasting impact for children in Anoka.

The stock vinyl mini-blinds at the Little Blessings of Anoka Early Childhood Learning Center were a safety hazard, so the non-profit, Awareness of Blind Cord Safety (ABC’s), organized a project to fix it.

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Old Mini-Blinds at Little Blessings of Anoka had Hazardous Cords and Needed to be Replaced

Hunter Douglas, Hirshfield’s, and Blind Installation & Repair worked together to bring the safe, new window treatments to the learning center.

Hunter Douglas contributed Applause® honeycomb shades with a LiteRise® operating system for every classroom, while Blind Installation & Repair took down the old blinds and handled the reinstallation.

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Out with the old, in with the new.

The final installation of the shades was celebrated at a grand re-opening event during National Window Covering Safety Month in October. Window covering safety packages were also distributed to all of the families at the unveiling event.

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New Look: Applause® Honeycomb Shades with a LiteRise® Operating System

The Hunter Douglas product line features the widest selection of child safety products that eliminate lift cords or substantially reduce access to them. The Window Covering Safety Council sponsors National Window Covering Safety Month every October to increase awareness of the potential dangers associated with corded window coverings.

The Window Covering Safety Council encourages parents and caregivers move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows, and follow these basic cord-safety precautions:

  • 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.

The Window Covering Safety Council offers free retrofit kits if you prefer to keep your older window treatments.

Hunter Douglas has plenty of great cordless options, including PowerView Motorization System and Pebble Remote Control.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{new shades for summer: hunter douglas premieres vignette and parkland wood}

Window Treatment Wednesday:  Hunter Douglas Premieres

Besides introducing the new PowerView Motorization System and Pebble Remote Controls that we raved about last week, Hunter Douglas also shared some other great new products with our window treatment designers at their recent Premieres Event.

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{friday finds: top drapery designer joins shop at home team}

Hirshfield’s Shop at Home Welcomes Judy Ciaciura

It’s hard to find anybody who enjoys working with draperies and window treatments more than Judy Ciaciura. “I love what I do,” she says. “I love the challenge of solving window treatment challenges.”

Judy Ciaciura

Judy Ciaciura

Judy has been solving those challenges since 1973, when she started her career at Dayton’s in Downtown St. Paul (for those of you who remember that store), and developed quite a reputation for her design work after opening DJ Draperies in Little Canada with her friend Donna in 1988.

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{elegant, romantic drapes inspired by Valentine’s Day}

Window Treatment Wednesday: Luxurious Fabrics for Romantic Window Treatments

February may be the month of romance as star crossed lovers celebrate their devotion to one another on the 14th, however, we think every house should be a home filled with love every day of the year. You can create the perfect romantic space with the versatility of soft window treatments. Luxurious fabrics can filter light while adding a timeless appeal and a dreamy ambiance to any home. Hirshfield’s hundreds of fabric selections offer an array of warm yet modern styles creating a romantic mood for any room.

What’s on the horizon for romantic drapes? Hirshfield’s window treatment designer Dawn Feda recommends sheers. “Embroidered sheers are an excellent choice to add romantic ambience to a room. “ What makes sheers so fabulous is they add “softness and yet dimension” to a room. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: shop at home with hirshfield’s}

How Does the Shop At Home Service Work?

Are you thinking about new draperies for your home and not sure where to start? Or, do you have a space that’s either hard to fit and hard to explain to a designer? You can always bring home samples and swatches, but with Hirshfield’s, you also have the option of bringing the whole shopping experience home. Finding the perfect fabric and design for your windows treatments is collaborative effort when you use our free in-home service with our Hirshfield’s Window Treatment Designers, but how does the Shop At Home service work?

Before (No Window Treatment)

Before (No Window Treatment)

We have access to more than 600 books of fabric samples and our designers have years of experience working with both soft and hard window treatments. Hirshfield’s Shop At Home associate, Dawn Feda, explains the service and shares a challenging project.  Read the rest of this entry »

{2015 lake home & cabin show preview}

Unique Window Treatments on Display at Lake Home & Cabin Show

“Up North.” It’s a Minnesota thing. Wherever you live in the state, we all know what we mean when we hear those two special words. We have a special relationship with our home away from home; a love affair with our lake homes and cabins. With more than 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, (11,842 lakes to be exact, according to the DNR), cabin culture is entrenched in our very being. It’s our deep connection to the lakes and the land that drives us to pack our cars, motor deep into the woods and exhale for a weekend away.

And, what better time to get cabin fever (in a good way) than the 2015 Lake Home & Cabin Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center this weekend: February 6-8. Read the rest of this entry »

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