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.

The Caring Your Baskets for Home Decor

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You’ve made the investment in a pretty basket or basket set and now you want to display them.  Baskets will last a long time if cared for properly. Here are some things we recommend:

The best way to clean your baskets is to use a feather duster. If deeper cleaning is necessary dampen a 100% white cotton cloth very slightly with cold water and blot gently. Let the basket air dry completely. Never soak a basket in water because this will result in swelling and popping of the stitching.

Oil and grease builds up on kitchen surfaces, be sure and place baskets away from the stove or outside the kitchen cooking area.

Excess moisture and humidity in bathrooms and basements may damage baskets. Adjust the humidity in the room if you can and keep baskets dry to avoid mildew.

Baskets displayed in a room where individuals smoke heavily will need a carbon-filter air system to save them from discoloration caused by cigarette, cigar or pipe smoke.

Don’t place baskets near heater vents because this will increase the brittleness of the baskets.

Don’t place baskets in direct sunlight as this will cause them to fade.

If you place items in the basket be sure to understand the weight of items and the strength of the basket. Avoid placing sharp objects in your basket as they can cause extensive damage. Don’t pick up your basket by the rim or with one hand only, always pick up a basket with clean dry hands by the base, or center bottom, and support it with both hands.

When storing baskets over long periods of time make sure the area is free of insects and rodents. Enclose the basket in bubble wrap and place in a sturdy box and be careful not to place heavy objects on top of the storage box as this will damage the baskets.

If you’ve made the investment in an antique or specialty baskets the best place to show them off is a glass display case positioned out of direct sunlight.

The ideal placement for your baskets is in the living room, den, formal dining room, bedroom, or study as these areas have less exposure to sunlight, dust, moisture and kitchen greases.

A well cared for basket can be passed from generation to generation and enjoyed for its’ beauty and functionality for many years to come.

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