We recently took an extended shopping trip to the window dressing store, and spent most of the day trying to decide what we were going to buy to put into our new windows. We completed an addition to our home, and it opens up the kitchen and adds a whole new family room.

So there are a lot more windows that need to be covered and we want to get it right the first time so we don’t have to revisit this decision in the near future. In the end, I just insisted that we go with the best quality, the highest quality is always the best option and they are going to last longer than anything else.

For us and for our window sizes, that means Hunter Douglas blinds. There are many different versions of blinds, and many different brands and quality levels, but the Hunter Douglas ones are the best on the market, and they perfectly fit our requirements and needs for the new space.

It was apparent when we first walked in that not all of the blinds on sale or on offer were going to meet our needs. We wanted a specific style of blinds, one that would be really easy to use, very functional, and would also match the blinds in the rest of the house.

We didn’t need a perfect match, but we didn’t want something that was obviously different or that would clash in some way. We have Hunter Douglas blinds in other rooms in the house, and we love the easy way that they function, and we have never had a problem with them not working correctly for any reason.

We knew that this room would get a lot more use than our other rooms, especially since it is a part of the extended kitchen, and it really just flows from the kitchen into the new living room. There is a new deck outside the back doors, and so in going in and out of the house onto the deck, the doors will be opened and closed a lot, and the blinds are going to be raised and lowered quite a bit more than in other rooms where we already have the Hunter Douglas blinds.

So we needed to be sure we were getting really high quality so that it would last through all the increased wear and tear that is sure to happen in this space. After we looked through everything they had, and we tried out all the materials and all the samples, we decided to go with the updated version of the Hunter Douglas blinds that we already have in our home.

They are going to match, and they are more durable so they will handle all the additional use that we know is coming. And of course, they are going to match the rest of the room perfectly, and the rest of the house will almost match perfectly. The color is neutral, so it won’t be noticeable if they are off a bit.

Holiday Decor the Sleigh and Texas Christmas Color for Your Home Decor


Santa traveling the world in a single night to deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls is an image every child dreams about, and something adults love to pass on to each new generation in stories, books and songs. Perhaps that’s why adults love to use the sleigh as part of their holiday decorations each Christmas season.

Sleighs come in all sorts of materials – wood, wire, tin, and wicker are universal favorites. These sleighs vary in size from miniature to table size and in miniature to table size and red willow sleigh with white runners. The beautiful thing about these holiday sleighs is that you can also use them in many ways other than just setting them out for display as is.

They can be used for candy dispensers, present holders, dinner table centerpieces, or a perfect fireplace mantel display or even strung with pretty lights and showcased in a decorated holiday window.  This makes the sleigh a fun holiday staple that can be homey or elegant based on what you decide to put in or on it.

The holiday sleigh is a perfect way to make your guests smile and a decorative reminder that Santa is on his way to deliver those gifts once again to all those good little girls and boys, and well perhaps to some adults too.

Texas Christmas Color

This year has been an unusual one for the Lone Star State. We’ve had to contend with the worst drought in our history and the many fires sparked by it, we’ve had economy issues just like the rest of the country; we’ve had unrest due to immigration issues and multiple corporate scandals to contend with.

 All and all it’s been one of those years where you learn to count those little blessings; you know the ones that usually go unnoticed because we don’t take the time to see them.

This last month, we here in the Houston area, have received some very unusual weather. It’s been a series of days where we’ve transitioned between colder than normal weather and hotter than normal weather and you’re not sure if you should wear shorts or a winter coat. For the first time in a long while we’ve also had rain multiple times during the week. This has produced for us one of those small and yet beautiful blessings.

Right now our trees are awash in amazing color – reds, oranges, yellows – just in time for the Christmas season. A wonderful sight to see, it brings a smile to your face and a wow to your spirit. Perhaps it’s a hopeful sign of extra special things. All of us would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas season and a Happy New Year. Followed by an absolutely amazing and bountiful, where the blessings flow like a full Texas stream throughout the year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year you’ll from the Lone Star State!

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