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 Great Lights for Your Home Decor


Lightening is an important part of your home, not only does it serves to brighten up a room, but with the right shades and placement, it can give your home a look that you will love when the night falls. Here are a few different designs for your consideration…

Fortune Studio 42 Floor Lamp

Constructed in Venice, Italy, these lamps can extend to up six feet and without the extension they are four foot tall, this means they can be placed anywhere in your room or on top of anything. The reflective steel structure is teamed with an aluminum shade. In a unique twist a tray and glass holders are attached to the base, signifying the lamps multi-usefulness, however, if this does not appeal to you, the tray is detachable. An added bonus is the included dimmer which allows you to select how bright you want the lamp to shine.

Silk Loto Concubine

An exquisite oriental design, these ceiling lights are made in square and cube shapes and are truly one of a kind. The silk from which they are made, sheds a soft light in the room, adding a touch of class, just with a flick of a switch. The elegant design is framed with wood and is finished with beautiful Moreno glass beads. They are lightweight, an exotic and very dashing design.

Glass Sultan Samarkand with Three Small Resplendence shades

A very stark and opposite design to the Silk Concubine are equally unusual to behold. Named after an area of Persia, the Glass Sultan Samarkand appears in the shape of a saucer made from burnished metal, carved with floral designs. In the center the main glass shade hangs adorned with sophisticated design.  The Resplendence shades are of similar appearance, though, they are thinner and Moreno glass beads are attached to their ends. This is an extremely evocative light best suited for large rooms.

Fortune Studio Suspended Lamp

Back to the Studio range this lamp, built from aluminum is a striking design. Its chrome black shade matched with its dark features creates a monotone look. When the light is switched on the lamp creates chiaroscuro like effect as white and black stand side by side. This is a high quality finish with distinctive design.

Silk Scheherazade Three Tiers with Metal Rings

More from the world of silk, this is an absolutely extravagant look. The lamp’s three design combine for a exotic look, topped off with metal ring, this would surely be the centerpiece to any person home.  Each tier has a separate design on its underside, when look at from underneath the design mix to create a truly astonishing look.

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