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 Hydroponic Gardening Best Environment for Your House


Hydroponic gardeners for your house from big to small reap the advantages of this growing method while helping keep the environment clean.

In traditional gardening, damaging chemicals and pesticides leave much to be desired by Earth-friendly gardeners. There must be a better way of growing plants that can change with the needs of the planet and economy. Hydroponic gardening is enjoying a growing acceptance and has been embraced by individuals and large farms alike. Many people have joined the green movement by starting a hydroponic garden.

Economically Sound & Environmentally Sustainable

The Environmental Protection agency has stated that hydroponic gardening is environmentally friendly, which is great news to all out there that share a concern for our environment. Crop rotation is quite simple in hydroponic gardening which is yet another benefit in addition to the various economic and environmental benefits. When market conditions and seasonal changes mandate, a hydroponic gardener can change over crops easily to allow for increased production.

Solar Powered Hydroponics

If reducing water consumption and increasing yields isn’t enough for you, make a larger impact by using solar powered hydroponic systems. Usually, the only electric items in your system are the grow light and water pump. Water pumps are readily available with solar cells attached.

Alternatively, you can make a homemade solar cell capable of running the pump and your grow lights to further reduce your carbon footprint. For those wanting to go all-out, you can install a whole home solar unit capable of running all the electrical appliances in your home and, perhaps, allowing you to resell excess electricity back to the electric company.

Is Hydroponic Gardening Your Only Option?

For many who live in the city, there is has been no option, historically, for you to grow a garden. With hydroponic gardening, it is now possible. Even if you have very little land on which to grow, hydroponic gardens offer increased yield and productivity over traditional gardening.

Hydroponic gardening has been criticized – perhaps rightly so – for the use of inorganic nutrients and the use of high intensity grow lighting. However, with the growing availability of organic hydroponic nutrients and super-efficient LED grow lights, both of which have the potential to increase yields and productivity, these concerns are no longer an issue.

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