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 Gravitas of Handcrafted Amish Office Furniture


Your office is a visual statement of who you are.  We may not want to admit it, but the environment we work in reflects on who we are not only to the employees, coworkers, clients, and customers, but also to ourselves.  A cluttered desk, a battered file cabinet, and a outdated computer table says one thing.

An elegant handcrafted roll top desk and oak office suite says something else. We spend thousands of hours in our office.  Make it a space that you are proud of and that works for you.

Although there’s no one style of interior decoration that fits all needs, it’s smart to include certain elements in any office.  Here are a few things to consider when creating or updating your space.

The desk is usually the heart of any office.  You might want to begin by looking for a desk that suits your style and work needs.  An executive desk demonstrates both responsibility and stature.  This classic style may require a computer station along the side, but it’s ideal for meetings and most other work in a commercial office

Desk hutches and incorporated computer desks or computer centers allow you to keep everything you need at arm’s reach.  A hutch might add an intimate feeling and is great for home offices or work spaces that strive for a more personal look.

Both secretary and roll top desks are timeless classics which almost always get noticed.  If you like the old style but need a modern work space doesn’t worry.  Many of these traditional styles now have pull out computer shelves, outlet spaces and file drawers.

After you settle on the desk, you can select other office furniture that blends and builds the room.  Check out open and closed book cases, wooden file cabinets, Dictionary or book stands, and decorative pieces.

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