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 Many Advantages of Using Solar Lighting in the Garden


The solar Lighting can transform your property, for outdoor use solar lighting has so many uses it is obvious why solar lights are so popular. Solar lights have so many uses, landscape lighting, path lighting, security lighting, patio lights, highlight plants and trees.

Because solar lights are very versatile and simple to move, it is simple to vary lighting effects. Wiring is not required for solar lighting, they are  so versatile and easy to change around, it is very easy to try different lighting effects.

Solar lights need no maintenance

Solar lights require no maintenance, an occasional wipe to remove dirt on the solar panel, and can be bought in many styles at amazingly low prices. You don’t even have to think about electronic timers, or turning the lights on.

During daylight hours solar lighting switches off and start charging the batteries, during the hours of darkness, solar lights turn on automatically. Of course, most are fitted with an off switch so you don’t have to have the lights switched on. Solar lights incur zero running costs, no extra wiring to purchase and no extra accessories.

Solar lights are extremely versatile

Because solar powered lighting does not require any wiring, you can move them to achieve different lighting effects, highlight one plant or tree during the summer, then use the same solar light to highlight another plant in the winter.

Solar lighting can be fitted in areas where it would be impossible or difficult to fit wired lights such as on wood structures. Because there is no wiring, no heat generated, solar lights are safe and convenient to fit anywhere.

The lack of wiring means you don’t have to plan in advance where you are going to put your lights and lay wires ready. Light up your BBQ grill, solar lighting is ideal for an evening barbecue or how about putting solar lighting around your patio furniture and sit outside in the evening after dark solar lighting is safe.

As solar lights require no electricity, solar lights are very safe. You don’t have to worry about kids or pets finding a piece of cable with the insulation bitten away by a rodent. With no wires, you can dig in your garden with no worry about slicing a cable.

Solar lighting is perfect for highlighting paths, especially when there is no ambient light and a path is hard to see and follow. Solar lighting will light up as soon as it starts to get dark, making it safe to walk up the path.

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