Day 1 at Heimtextil 2011 – Sizing up new products for the American Market

Marianne Eklöf, Almedahls, Jenni Su, 3 Day Blinds, Tom Morrissey, Almedahls, and Karin Miller, 3 Day Blinds, after reviewing new fabric introductions.Today was opening day for Heimtextil 2011 (or “Heimtex”, as we call it) in Frankfurt, Germany.  This is the largest trade fair in the world for home textile products of all kinds.  Exhibitors and attendees come from all over the world, and many new products are introduced here.     

We spent the entire morning and early afternoon in the window coverings hall.  This is where suppliers and manufacturers of window treatments, including blinds, shades, shutters and draperies show materials and finished products.  We met with many of our suppliers,  looked at their latest innovations, and brainstormed about the new items we are currently developing for late 2011 introductions.  Above are our friends from Almedahls, our favorite Swedish textile mill.   We also had friendly exchanges with several of our competitors who also attended.

Jenni in front of a student design competition display.We spent time studying some great products that are currently only available in other parts of the world.  I love to watch how products and color palettes evolve in Europe and Asia.  Sometimes when we introduce a product from other countries they catch on immediately, but not always. 

We have to consider the aesthetic trends, functional preferences, window types and budgets of the customers in our market, and are in the process of validating the recommendations we are making for new products to be added to the 3 Day Blinds line this year.    

3 Day Blinds Announces 2010 President’s Club Members

Kevin Rabbitt, President & CEO, and Scott Pickard, Senior Vice President of Sales at 3 Day Blinds

Today, our President & CEO, Kevin Rabbitt, and SVP of Sales, Scott Pickard, hosted a company-wide conference call to recognize our top performing Design Consultants.  In this meeting, the top 40 were  named as members of the 3 Day Blinds 2010 President’s Club.  This prestigious honor is bestowed on our most successful Design Consultants, our team who specializes in giving great advice when helping their clients choose the perfect custom window treatments, providing perfect measurements and on-the-spot quotes, and arranging for professional installation.  

“3 Day Blinds had a great 4th Quarter, and I would like to personally congratulate our top 40 Design Consultants who made the greatest contribution,” said Scott Pickard.  ”Because of their success, we have many more customers who are thrilled with the service our company provided and, of course, with their new window treatments.”

Ready for new window treatments?  Check to see if there is a 3 Day Blinds President’s Club member in your neighborhood and click on their name to contact them directly, or call 877-614-3329 to schedule your free in-home consultation.

Arizona
Gary Gilbert:  Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale 
Jackie Johnson: Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa 
Kathy Trojan:  Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree 
Kimberly Brock:  Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek 

California (Northern)
Cheryl Pilkington:  Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga  
Corinne Mar:  San Mateo, Palo Alto, Redwood City 
Dane Tasaka:  Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Folsom         
Dina La Bossiere: Carmel, Santa Cruz and Los Gatos 
Jeffry-Wynne Prince: Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay 
Lisa Ome-Wilhite:  Walnut Creek, Danville, Lafayette 
Maria Curtis:  Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Sebastopol 
Rudee Toomey: Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose
Susan Gwin:  San Francisco, San Mateo, San Bruno
Tamara Ongaro:  Petaluma, San Rafael, Mill Valley

California (Southern) 
Angela Helton:  Bakersfield, San Fernando Valley
Barbara Howell:  Malibu, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica
Cindy Julia: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palasades 
Georgia Moore:  Brea, Placentia, Fullerton 
Helane Kramer:  Los Angeles, Hollywood, Pasadena 
Kelli Brian:  Carlsbad, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe    
Nicole Donovan:  Sherman Oaks, Valley Village, Studio City 
Ray Soltani:  Long Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Lakewood 
Richard Walther:  West Hollywood, West LA, Santa Monica 
Shannon Helling:  Porter Ranch, Glendale, Burbank    
Sharlene Lockwood:  Malibu, Santa Monica, Los Angeles 
Sharon Taylor-Ralphs:  Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills 
Sheri Moody:  Mission Viejo, Trabuco Canyon, Rancho Santa Margarita 
Tamara Swanberg:  Oceanside, Encinitas, Carlsbad 
Cheryl Abbott:  San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel

Colorado
Eric Horan:  Denver, Lakewood, Golden
Judy Benson:  Denver, Englewood, Greenwood Village
Harmony Nekvasil: Broomfield, Thornton, Boulder

Illinois
Cynthia Atkinson:  Orland Park, Frankfort, New Lenox
Deborah StraussElgin, St Charles, Geneva

Ohio
Jennifer Fortney:  Cleveland, Akron

Oregon
Heather Theiss:  Portland, Vancouver, Salem 

Texas
Annie Butler: Galleria, Bellaire, Houston
Kyle Gilbert:  Clear Lake, Friendswood, Pearland 
Thomas Nichols:  Houston, Galleria, Bellaire 

Washington
Angela McClure: Lynnwood, Bothell, Edmonds
Jennifer Yun:  Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland

Again, congratulations to our winners!

 

 

Venice, Italy: How do Modern People in an Ancient City Decorate Their Windows?

The Grande Canal, Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy is known for their Gondolas, the Grande Canal, the Mediterranean color palette and the rich patina seen on the buildings. 

But what about the windows?  How does one decorate windows with such history?  I set out to find the answer.  In my unscientific poll, I rank interior window treatments as follows:

1) Lace and Sheer Curtains -  not so surprising, because Venice is known for its lace
2) Horizontal Blinds – or, as I’m sure they are called here, Venetian Blinds
3) Roman Shades
4) Pleated Shades

I found that most windows had exterior window treatments, such as storm shutters, awnings and outdoor blinds.  But what I found most interesting was the windows themselves.

        Most windows in Venice, Italy are layered. In this example, there is an awning, a rollaway outdoor shutter, an outdoor horizontal blind and sheer curtains inside. Flower boxes adorn many windows in Venice.          Sheer Roman Shades gently filter light.        Outdoor Shades provide protection.

Sheer Flat Roman Shades adorn a hotel lobby.Sheer curtains behind storm shutters.Iron gridwork on ground level windows.

Custom tailored outdoor shades.Sheer curtains in a Cafe along the Grande Canal.

More Mini Blinds

More Layered Looks.

More decorative grillwork accented by Mini Blinds.Rich layering of brick and stucco combined with lace curtains and storm shutters.Arches with lace curtains.

Stained glass adds a decorative accent and helps preserve privacy.

Storm shutters – closed!

An arch window with cafe curtains.

This Ice Cream Parlor chooses Mini Blinds.

A Gelato Shop goes with colorful Pleated Shades.

 

Sheer curtains behind a Morracan-influenced window.

Elegant Roman Shades.

A sheer Balloon Roman Shade.

A simple window, very typical of Venice.

Outdoor blinds paired with flower boxes.

Lace curtains under grillowork.

Cheerful sheer curtains, tied back, under storm shutters and outdoor shades.

A ground floor opportunity for the local window coverings retailer?

If you’re ready to modernize your window treatments, call us at 877-614-3329, and we’ll schedule a free in-home design consultation with one of our fabulours design consultants.

Kids and Cords Don’t Mix! 3 Day Blinds and Child Safety

Cordless Honeycomb Shades by 3 Day Blinds

Most consumers are aware that window coverings cords can pose a safety risk for young children and pets.   At 3 Day Blinds, we are members of the Window Coverings Safety Council, an industry group that works to set standards and continuously improve the safety of our products.  

Michael McCarty, Director of Engineering for 3 Day Blinds, and member of the Window Coverings Safety CouncilHow can homeowners be sure that the products in their home are safe? We asked Michael McCarty, our Director of Engineering for some advice.

“My first suggestion would be to set up a free consultation with one of our expert designers by calling 877-614-3329.  They have been trained to look at the application in the home and recommend custom window treatments that will meet their clients’ safety requirements, but still address their needs for great style, light control, insulation, and to work within a budget.” he says. 

He also offered the following tips:

  • Update all window coverings in the home made before 2001 with today’s safer products.
  • Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
  • Install only cordless window coverings in young children’s bedrooms and sleeping areas.
  • Keep all window pull cords, inner lift cords and back cords out of the reach of children. Make sure:
    • Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a window sill.
    • Tasseled pull cords are always out of reach, whether the window treatment is raised or lowered.
    • Continuous cord loops are permanently anchored to the floor or wall.
    • Cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
    • Never mount products with back cords, in windows accessible to children.Wrap the pull cord around a cord cleat which is securely mounted to the wall when the blind or shade is not in use.

All products manufactured by 3 Day Blinds are in conformance with the current voluntary American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards for corded window covering products.  Here is Michael’s recommended list of safer products offered by 3 Day Blinds:

Faux Wood Blinds
Liftless Angled Slat 2” Faux Wood Blinds
Liftless 2” Faux Wood Blinds

Honeycomb Shades
Cordless Honeycomb Shades
Motorized with Remote Control Honeycomb Shades

Roller Shades
Cordless Roller Shades
Motorized Roller Shades with Remote Control

Horizontal Sheer Shades 
Motorized Horizontal Sheer Shades with Remote Control

Roman Shades
Cordless Roman Shades

Shutters

Vertical Blinds
Cordless Vertical Blinds (Wand Control)

Wood Blinds
Liftless 2” Wood Blinds

Woven Wood Shades
Cordless Woven Wood Shades

3 Day Blinds also provides free retrofit kits to make older blinds safer, regardless of where they were purchased.  For more information, click here. To schedule a free, in-home design consultation, call 877-614-3329, or click here to meet your local 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant.