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Window Treatment Ideas & Tips: Kempler Design

Hunter Douglas Announces Updates To Its Shutter Lines

On October 19th, 2009, Hunter Douglas will be offering a new line of vinyl shutters to the northern Nevada region, including Reno and Lake Tahoe.  Currently, Nevada leads all other states in the sale of wood, faux and vinyl shutters. Here is a quick background as to why this revamping was necessary.  Hunter Douglas used […]

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The Overall State Of Interior Design In America

I attended the World Market Center Furniture Mart and Design Show in Las Vegas recently, and wanted to share with you my observations about the status of the current interior design market. The interior design market is adjusting to the current economic environment and parallels the housing market.  For the last twenty years or so, […]

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Difficult Window Treatments: Transom Windows

Transom windows present a difficult design challenge. There are a variety of potential issues to consider including privacy, sun exposure, draperies and the overall feeling of the room you’re trying to achieve. In this video blog I demonstrate how we used specific treatments in this room to achieve the goal of a large, open and […]

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Should I Install My Own Blinds Or Window Treatments?

Every once in while, while writing up a client’s order for window coverings, they will ask me how much of a discount they can get if they install their new blinds themselves.  My company is a “full-service” company, which means that we consult, design, install and warrantee our product lines; my customers NEVER install their […]

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Should I Reupholster My Sofa?

The simple answer is that if you can’t live without that piece of furniture, then yes. But there is much more you should be thinking about when you answer that question. Let me explain further… The bottom line is that with the cost of completed, upholstered furniture at such reasonable pricing, there is usually no […]

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How Can I Get Custom &Quot;Designer&Quot; Fabric Treatments Without Inflated Prices?

There is such a huge range in the costs for fabric on the market today that it can be very confusing to the general public.  It is important to understand how the textiles market works.  Fabrics are used for many different applications these days, even within the home-goods industry, such as upholstery, drapery, bedding, accessories […]

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&Quot;…It’S Just A ‘Small Job.’&Quot;

As designers, we hear that phrase a lot.  Usually it is a potential client telling us that we shouldn’t expect to make much money from their job.  Often, we need to educate our clients about what a designer is and is not.  What we should not be viewed as are sales people.  Instead, we act […]

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How Do I Get My Husband To Go Along With My Decorating Ideas?

One of the most common challenges that designers face is bringing differing opinions on design together in one space. A good designer will be able to take different opinions and make them come together so that both parties, or more, are satisfied with the solutions. Usually, but not always, couples will come to their positions […]

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I Review The Hunter Douglas Pirouette Shade

Along with the B&W Window Fashions Horizons panel track system I reviewed last week, I also installed the Hunter Douglas Pirouette shade in my client’s home and wanted to show you how this newer window covering works.

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I Review The B&Amp;W Window Fashions Horizons Panel Track System

I had the opportunity to install the B&W Window Fashions Horizons panel track system in a client’s home the other day and wanted to give everyone a brief review of it.

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