{window treatment wednesday: window treatments from the artisan home tour 2016}

We love to track design trends, and few places are better than the annual Artisan Homes Tour. It’s one thing to see a trend mentioned online or in a magazine, but the Artisan Homes Tour by Parade of Homes gives us a chance to see how they look — up close, and in person — and also see what interior finishes Minnesota and Wisconsin interior designers are using.

We shared an overview of the entire tour earlier this month, but this blog will focus on window treatment trends as seen by Cora and Judy from Hirshfield’s Shop At Home.

“Standout for me was the use of pattern in the drapery panels,” said Judy Ciacura, Hirshfield’s Shop at Home designer. Some of her favorites included: “Neutral background with navy or gray design, and the Moroccan pattern still seems to dominate.”

“A few things that stood out for me were the amount of woven woods featured in the homes,” said Hirshfield’s designer Cora Asp. “There were a couple of homes that had shutters in the bathrooms,” Cora noted,” and we saw lots of side panels as well.”

Hendel Homes 2016 Artisan HOme Tour

Hendel Homes 2016 Artisan Home

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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.

{window treatment wednesday: tips for window covering safety month}

They make our homes and windows beautiful, but window coverings can be dangerous for small children and pets. That’s why the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) hold National Window Covering Safety Month every October.

It’s a chance to urge caregivers to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords, which pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children, and to replace them as soon as possible with safer blinds and shades. WCSC and CPSC strongly recommend that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.

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{window treatment solutions}

Window Treatment Wednesday: Hunter Douglas Technology

Do you have tall, beautiful windows that would be impossible to reach, but a loss to cover up with window treatments forever? Do you have a window right above the kitchen sink with an annoying cord that gets in the way of doing dishes and occasionally finds its way into your garbage disposal? Wouldn’t it be nice to have blinds and shades without cords that you could manipulate from wherever you are with the technology you already have?

Hunter Douglas is one step ahead with their Platinum™ App. You can easily operate your window coverings with any Apple or Android device and a sleek wireless remote control.

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{tips for selling your home}

Window Treatment Wednesday: Strategies for Selling Your Home

The housing market is heating up and more homeowners are thinking of moving. When it’s time to sell, there certain strategies you can take when it comes to your window treatments to optimize views and give your home a finished, fresh look.

Shannon Scarrella, Hirshfield’s Shop at Home, says that realtors may recommend that blinds be raised all the way up and out of the way on the sides of the home where the view is best. “I admit that I’m not a big fan of this look, especially when it comes to aluminum blinds or wood blinds,” she says. “The look isn’t as clean when they’re raised. I would be more apt to leave them down but keep the louvers tilted open, especially if it’s a wood blind.”

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{pvc-free window shades}

Window Treatment Wednesday: PVC-Free Window Shades

If you’re trying to keep chemicals out of your home or business, one item to consider is your window shades. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is used in a number of household products, including furniture, housewares, and a few particular styles of blinds, such as vinyl horizontal blinds, which are not sold at Hirshfield’s.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), even short-term exposure to high levels of PVC may lead to headaches or dizziness.

Hirshfield’s own Shannon Scarrella says that the roller shade industry has changed greatly since roller blinds that operate via a spring roller were common (those were vinyl). Now, many blackout roller shades are made out of polyester, although some are made out of blends that include a vinyl product.

For homeowners who are concerned about PVC exposure, there are a number of PVC-free window coverings. Scarrella’s favorite PVC-free window shade is the Alustra Woven Textures. “You have the appeal of a natural shade with some of the strength of a screen shade, without vinyl or PVC,” she says.

Scarrella warns homeowners that when it comes to faux wood, they are not all created equal—many of the faux woods on the market contain a form of PVC. However, Hunter Douglas has its own line of PVC-free faux woods called the Everwood collection.  These are made using a technology that’s exclusive to Hunter Douglas.

“If you’re looking for PVC-free products, you can also look at fabric treatments, such as roman shades, Silhouettes, or honeycomb shades-something made of a more pliable, natural material.”

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Whether you’re concerned about PVC products or not, Hirshfield’s has a variety of window coverings, including PVC-free window shades, to fit your home and your style.

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.

{efficient window treatments for the workplace}

Office Window Treatments

My friend’s office is an atmospheric study of extremes: It’s freezing in the morning and heats up to an unbearable temperature in the afternoon thanks to its south-facing windows. She dresses in layers year-round and has a blanket and slippers on hand for the most frigid mornings, but wears light layers for the afternoon.

This week’s WTW is in her honor—there must be a better answer for her office’s climate extremes. We’re seeking advice from Minneapolis window coverings expert Shannon Scarrella about what can be done.

“There are many options that could work,” says Scarrella. “In the morning, she is probably looking to let some of the sun in and warm up the space, while doing the opposite in the afternoon. With her larger, industrial windows, sunscreen roller shades have multiple selections with varying openness factors.

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