Monthly Archives: January 2011

Customer Recommendation for Sandra Dunn


I’ve been wanting to let you know how much I love my blinds!

First of all, I must tell you how much I enjoyed working with you! After spending a few minutes listening to my likes/dislikes and discussing my budget, you knew immediately what would work for my living room, dining room, and office window treatments. You helped me make great color choices as well!

I was thinking the process of picking, ordering, and installing window coverings would take a few weeks. I was shocked when within an hour you helped me pick out all of my coverings. Not to mention how quickly the blinds came and were installed. My husband could not believe when he came home from work just 3 days after me telling him I had ordered window coverings, and there they were, already hung and looking beautiful!

Thank you again for your help! I will certianly pass on your business information to any friends that are in need of window treatments. Know too that when the time comes to do the rest of the windows in my house, I will be calling you!!


Sandra Dunn is a 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant, covering the Pleasanton, CA area. Call 877-617-3329 to schedule a free in-home design consultation or find a 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant in your neighborhood.

Day 3 at Heimtextil: What are the Home Fashions Design and Color Trends for 2011 and Beyond?

The trend forum from Heimtex 2011.Looking at my current and old passports, it seems that I have attended Heimtextil 15 out of the last 22 years.  Whenever I return, I am always asked “what are the new trends in home fashions?” and “what are the new home furnishing colors?”  The first time I attended, I thought everything that looked new to me was a trend that I needed to address.  Gradually, I realized that certain companies and countries that exhibit have “a look” that is their signature, and that it won’t necessarily apply to the US market or to my product, window treatments.

It is no secret that home furnishings trends don’t evolve as quickly as categories like junior apparel. For most products, we don’t have major seasonal differences.  The mega-trends change over the course of several years.  And consumers are more willing to make bigger fashion statements with products that have shorter life cycles, such as candles and decorative pillows than they are with major appliances and broadloom carpet, which are longer term commitments.

Another view of the Trend Forum at Heimtextil 2011.

I think of window treatments as a medium-term commitment.  Our research shows that consumers usually change their window treatments every seven years on average. 

So, what are the design and color trends for 2011 and beyond?  The producers of Heimtextil do some of the work for us, by bringing in fashion forecasting experts to put together a trend report and exhibition, and an even larger group to make presentations.  The official exhibition was a collaboration among 6 trend forecasting companies:  Baolab, Italy, Bora.Hurke, Stilburo, Germany, Carlin International, France, Dan Project, Japan, Stijlinstituut, Holland,  LS:N Global, Great Britain.  I also attended presentations by Gottfried Pank, Agnes Elisabelar, and Anne Marie Commandeur.

The over-arching theme for the official Heimtextil 2011 trend report is “Reconnect”.  The sub-themes are “Sobriety”, “Mix Mash”, “Utility” and “Wilderness”.  Using these themes, I will combine what I gleaned from this excellent presentation with other lectures I attended, as well as what I observed while walking the show floor. 


In reaction to the global economic downturn, consumers are looking for “useful things that last”, and comforting influences, quality classics, fine finishes and “minimal luxury”.  Agnes mentioned a return to Shaker Style in this context. The color palette includes muted mid-tones across the color spectrum, mixed with taupe and black.  Read more…

Mix Mash 

The layering of “kitschy trash with precious treasure”, the movement toward celebrating local crafts and customs, but also boldly mixing color and pattern in new ways.  We have been talking about “no matchy-matchy” for years, but this takes pattern mixing to a new, even more eclectic, fun and sophisticated level.    Hand-made and experimental materials are celebrated, as a “cultural hybrid”.  Using traditional manufacturing techniques with high-tech materials also comes into play.  The color palette is made up of neon brights mixed with neutrals and darks.  Read more…


This trend deals with a backlash against rampant consumerism and a desire for “voluntary simplicity”, a philosophy that embraces back-to-basics.  The “industrial aesthetic” and products that are meant to stand the test of time are back in vogue.  Makeshift, imperfection and utility are keywords associated with this trend.  Colors include neutrals and darks with a splash of primary red and yellow.  Read more…


This trend is driven by a need to disconnect, specifically, from technology.  “Primitive Raw” celebrates raw, rough and unfinished surfaces.  A renewed interest in hand-made textile techniques including braiding, knotting and weaving.  Chunky knits are everywhere.  “Untamed Nature” references interlocking, matted and random patterns found in nature, interpreted in textiles and other products.  Colors are spicy, ranging from mid-tones to darks.  Read more…

A display of “Green” products at Heimtextil.

CONGRATULATIONS to all who participated in putting this wonderful trend presentation together for Heimtextil 2011!

Whether you follow the latest home furnishings trends, or like to stay with the tried-and-true, our window treatments design consultants are here to help!  They will help you choose, provide accurate measurements and a quote and arrange for installation.  Just call 877-614-3329 to schdule your free in-home design consultation.

An Authentic German Night Out in Frankfurt

Vivian Kanargelidis and Philip Cappello of Sun Glow Window Coverings, Totonto, Ontario, CanadaLast night we had a nice dinner with 30 others from a collection of companies in the window coverings industry, hosted by Almedahls and Rollease, at an authentic German restaurant called Baseler Eck in Frankfurt, Germany.  We had a great time at our table, but were, unfortunately, not able to keep up when it came to singing traditional Swedish songs.  

Armin Luggen, Rollease, Tor Ahlbom, Almedahls, Tom Morrissey, Almedahls

Karin Miller and Jenni Su from 3 Day Blinds

Customer Recommendation for Andrea Pocquette

Andrea has done three jobs for us over the past year and a half. The jobs were complicated in that we have unusual sized and placed windows, and we didn’t know exactly how they should be treated. She gave us great ideas and choices. In fact, we could not have finished our new house without her help. She quoted us very fair prices and arranged for prompt installation.

We could not be more satisfied.
Bob and Vangi

Andrea Pocquette is a 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant, covering the Redondo Beach, CA area. Call 877-617-3329 to schedule a free in-home design consultation or find a 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant in your neighborhood.

Day 2 at Heimtextil: How do our Window Treatments fit into the Home?

 The Teba/Luxaflex booth in the window coverings hall where products from the European division of Hunter Douglas, a partner of 3 Day Blinds, are featured.

One thing we love about Heimtex is that it gives us a chance to look at the new window treatments innovations across Europe and around the world.

But we also love seeing all of the other home furnishings products, and thinking about how our window treatments fit into the picture.  There are 17 halls at Heimtex, that feature not just blinds, shades, shutters and draperies, but products for tabletop, kitchen, bath, upholstery, furniture, rugs, carpets, and wallcoverings.   

On day 2, Jenni and I covered most of the halls.  By the end of the day, my pedometer said that we had taken 25,000 steps! 

If you were not lucky enough to attend Heimtex this year, the photos below are intended to help you understand what the experience is like.

Messe Frankfurt, the permanent home to Heimtextil, is a massive venue.

Bedding textiles on display in Hall 9.

Visitors walking between halls.

Via Mobile makes moving between halls faster. I met up with Sally Morse (right), the Director of Creative Services at Hunter Douglas, a friend from the industry, and from Color Marketing Group.