Monthly Archives: October 2011

Orchard Supply Chooses 3 Day Blinds as their Exclusive Custom Window Treatments Partner

3 Day Blinds is now the exclusive supplier of custom window treatments at Orchard Supply Hardware, and is featured on the exit aisle. Pictured above is their new store in Princeton, CA.Next time you’re checking out at Orchard Supply Hardware, check out the new exit aisle that features 10 companies that provide in-home design and installation services.  Orchard partnered with the top company in each of these categories, and we at 3 Day Blinds are thrilled that they chose us as their exclusive supplier of custom blinds, shades and shutters.

The image from the 3 Day Blinds kiosk at Orchard Supply Hardware

The “Sell, Furnish, Install” aisle at Orchard Supply Hardware is the brainchild of Robert Frey, a retail industry veteran, who recently joined the company.  The aisle, which is prominently located near the check-out stands, consists of a series of kiosks with product information, and a way to contact the service provider to set up an appointment for an in-home consultation.   Each of these companies has expertise in fulfilling a need that homeowners have, that is best customized for the specific residence. Several Orchard Supply Hardware stores have the new kiosks, and the program will be rolling out to most stores in the coming months.

“We have chosen to promote the 3 Day Blinds custom window treatments to our customers because of their trusted, 30 year old brand, excellent customer service,  fast turnaround, expertise and wonderful products,” said Mr. Frey.  “We wanted to extend the great Orchard Supply Hardware brand experience into the home, and we know that 3 Day Blinds will provide that.”

As customers exit the store, Orchard Supply Hardware now features 10 companies that provide in-home design and installation services, including 3 Day Blinds.

Carrie Galvin,  SVP of Business Development at 3 Day Blinds led the effort to bring this program to fruition. “We are honored to know that as Orchard Supply Hardware reviewed the available options to partner with a quality supplier of custom blinds, shades and shutters that provides in-home services, they felt that we would offer their clients a superior experience.  Carrie Galvin, SVP Business Development, 3 Day BlindsWith over 1000 products that we can custom-manufacture with virtually an infinite number of options, hundreds of expert designers who meet with clients one-on-one in the home to customize their order with guaranteed measurements, and the ability to have the finished product installed within 3 days, we are confident that Orchard Supply Hardware made the best choice,” she said.

“When I looked at the Orchard Supply Hardware mission that states that they emphasize customer service, complete selection, friendly and knowledgeable people, along with convenience, I knew that our companies were in complete alignment,” said Kevin Rabbitt, CEO of 3 Day Blinds.  “In addition, both Orchard Supply Hardware and 3 Day Blinds are experiencing rapid growth. We love to partner with other winning companies and are very excited about this new channel that will allow us to provide our top quality service to even more clients.”

In addition to window treatments, other categories featured on their exit aisle include Closet Organization, Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops, Patio Covers, Solar Energy, Garage Doors, Awnings, Windows, Doors and Texture Coating.

Orchard Supply Hardware was founded in 1931 in San Jose, CA by farmers as a cooperative.  They have grown to over 85 stores in the western region of the United States, with over 45,000 items in stock, and have future plans to expand into new markets.

Reports from our Designers: Why our Clients Love our New Simply Sheer Shades!

Ramona Seneviratne and Maria Queeno, both from the Client Care team at 3 Day Blinds, take the exclusive, new Simply Sheer Shade for a test drive.

It has been a week since the 3 Day Blinds Design Consultants started selling our new, exclusive Simply Sheer Shades, and the stories are starting to roll in from across the country about how this new product was the perfect solution. 

“When I arrived at their home for their free consultation, I told my clients that 3 Day Blinds has a new product out called Simply Sheer Shades.  I took my sample shade to the window and showed them how it worked and HE LOVED the way the shade opened and closed. SHE LOVED how easy it was to operate!” says Victoria Cooper, 3 Day Blinds Designer serving Mesa, Chandler Heights and Gilbert Arizona.  “I demonstrated different ways to control the light  in the window, and they were able to envision what a perfect product this was for their home.  They ordered one for the dining room, one for kitchen and two for the family room.  I’m so excited to have this product for my clients, and will be going back to take pictures after the installation.”Ramona demonstrates how the fabric disappears into to color-coordinated headrail when the shade is raised, thereby providing an unobstructed view through the window.

The delight with the new product extended to the Pacific where Barbara Howell’s Los Angeles area client thought Simply Sheer Shades would be the perfect solution for a guest room.  “I placed a Simply Sheer order with one of my repeat clients.  His mother, who was visiting from Michigan, fell in love with the Eclipse fabric, and she insisted that they be put in the guest room for her to enjoy when visiting,”  says Barbara.  “He was in complete agreement.  This will allow complete privacy at any time of the day.  The room darkening fabric will work perfectly if his mom wants to sleep late or take an afternoon nap.  And she will be able to adjust the light in the room throughout the day, or easily raise the shades with the continuous cord loop control, which disappear into the coordinating headrail, giving her an unobstructed view.  To summarize, Simply Sheer Shades were the perfect product for my client’s guest room.”

Lora Remlinger, who serves our clients in the St. Louis, Missouri area had an interesting story to share:  “My clients ordered Simply Sheer to replace vertical blinds in a home that was damaged by tornadoes this past spring.  They originally intended to choose vertical blinds again, but they loved the Simply Sheer Shade. We priced out both products, and although Simply Sheer was a little more expensive, tehy thought it was worth it, because they felt that these shades were more functional for the application,” she said.  “Since only the bottom of the new window opens, they can raise the shades a few inches and allow air to flow in.   Basically, they can adjust the light control in a way that is preferable versus the old vertical blinds. They are very happy that they will no loger have the noise of the verticals with the window open, and Simply Sheer Shades proved to be a great solution for this hard-to-cover window.  They also loved the look of the fabric on the headrail.  It is exciting to be able to show my clients this exclusive, new product that is on the leading edge of window treatment design.”

“I met with a customer last week and originally she was considering wood blinds for her new home. She has not moved in yet, and needed something with good light control features for her kitchen and dining room. She has a gorgeous grey and beige granite with contemporary chocolate cabinetry.  I showed her several of our products, many of which she was interested in.  I held off on showing the Simply Sheer Shade to her, because I wanted to see how excited she would get if I showed it to her last :-). The whole time she kept glancing over at the hand sample,” says Susan Schemm, who serves 3 Day Blinds clients in Gaithersburg, Sykesville and Columbia Maryland. “So… finally I held it up and when I pulled the cord to expose the sheer, she loved it!  She loved the way the shade worked, and was interested in the clean modern design of the product.  When I explained it was a new product and was just introduced as a 3 Day Blinds exclusive, she was even more interested!  So I wrote my first order for Simply Sheer Shades, and got a huge grin from a customer that is so excited to get a new product!”

When the Simlply Sheer Shade is closed, it provides complete privacy. Shown here is a light filtering fabric. Room darkening fabrics are also available.

“I sold this product to this client on Monday night at a 6 pm appointment right after the product became available through our point of sale system,” says Vince Sabala, who serves 3 Day Blinds clients in the Fontana, Ontario and Redlands, California areas, and the first Design Consultant to sell Simply Sheer Shades.  “It was really exciting.  My clients were previous 3 Day Blinds customers and called us back because they were very happy with product they purchased in the past.  They were redecorating their media room from top to bottom, so they were looking for a product to block out light when watching tv or a movie as they have a projection screen for movies. After reviewing the various pros and cons of each product for these particular windows it was narrowed down to either Woven Woods or Simply Sheer Shades.  Ultimately they went with Simply Sheer because of the great look of the product, but the biggest reason for their choice was the light control options.  Every other shade product had limited light control compared with Simply Sheer Shades.  They have the option to fully open the blind and with outside mount you have full view out of the window.  The Eclipse fabric gives them the light blockage they wanted for viewing movies, etc.,  but the alternate light control with the shade still pulled down.  They are very excited to see these up in their windows real soon.  I will definitely be back to see the shades installed.  It is great to work for a company with an exciting new and unique new product”

In the greater Sacramento area, Lana Donahue’s client also replaced existing vertical blinds with Simply Sheer Shades. “My client wanted a product that would let the sunlight to filter through, that had great light control features and that also would provide privacy at night. She currently had verticals, and was not very happy with them. The Simply Sheer Shades sounded like a perfect fit for her. When I showed her my sample shade, the beautiful palette of colors and the light filtering and room darkening fabrics, she absolutely loved them! We reviewed several products in our line, all of which she liked, but nothing matched up to her excitement with the Simply Sheers, and she said she just had to have them!” says Lana. “It was exciting to me that our newest product introduction provided a superior solution for my client, and I LOVE knowing that my competition does not offer it.”

Lana had a second story to share also: “I met with a client who needed a replacement blind in the lobby of a church district office.  They had existing mini blinds, and wanted something new, and she suggested the possibility of vertical blinds.   I mentioned that we have this brand new exclusive product, and I would like to show it to her, and to see what she thought.  The minute I brought in and demonstrated the Simply Sheer Shade, she literally (yelled) SOLD!!!” 

Sandy Tuite, who covers the the cities of San Rafael, Mill Valley and Sausalito, in Marin County, CA told us this story:  “My client just moved into her new home and was looking for a product that she could show off to her friends and family.  She wanted to be the first in the neighborhood with a product that would be noticed and exciting.  When I showed her the Simply Sheer Shade and the outstanding features as room darkening and light filtering fabrics, the easy of the operation, the control of light with a pull of the cord, and earth tone colors available, a shade she had not seen before, she was sold.  Without hesitation this is the window treatment for her to show off!  She knows she will cause some excitement with her friends and family.”

“The Simply Sheer Shades came at a perfect time! My client wanted to have lots of light and keep his stunning view.  He absolutely loved the way the fabric rolls up into the integrated valance and disappears, leaving an unobstructed view. What really sold him was the opening slide option. He could keep his light and view and still protect his floors from the Salinas sun. He covered all 14 windows with Simply Sheer and matched his paint, Knotty Alder doors, floors, cabinets and the Carmel Stone fireplace with the Sonoran Jute. The heathered fabric we chose brought all the colors together along with the chocolate leather couches,” says Dina Labossiere, our Design Consultant who covers Carmel, Santa Cruz and Los Gatos, CA.  “His last comment was that they were more “manly” than shutters. I agreed – of course!”

Deborah Anderson, who serves Benicia, Fairfield and Vallejo, CA shared her story also: “First I showed her our Honeycomb Shades, and she wanted to look at other options.  The next product I showed was the Simply Sheer Shade.   She loved the fabric selections and texture it adds to the room, as well as the versatility of this product.  She was excited by how beautiful the product was and decided to cover all of the windows in both rooms with Simply Sheer Shades.  I know she made a great choice!”

Call 877-614-3329 to schedule a free appointment with your neighborhood 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant, or click here to type in your zip code and meet them online.  They will bring a sample of Simply Sheer Shades, plus our lines of  Faux Wood Blinds, Flexcell Honeycomb Blinds, Honeycomb Shades, Mini Blinds, Pleated Shades, Roller Shades, Roman Shades, Sheer Shadings, Shutters, Vertical Blinds, Vinyl Blinds, Wood Blinds and Woven Wood Shades – 1000+ products, most of which can be delivered and installed in 3 days!  In addition, they will take guaranteed measurements, provide an instant quote and arrange for professional installation.

Field Trip to Hunter Douglas Showroom for Bay Area 3 Day Blinds Designers

The learning never ends when you are a 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant! In fact, our designers commit a lot of time to training and sharing best practices with one another with the goal being to provide their clients a superior service experience and to help them find the best solution for their custom window covering needs.

As an example, our team of desingers in that cover the San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Monterrey, CA areas spent several hours yesterday at the Hunter Douglas showroom in an intense learning session about the many product options and upgrades that they can provide their clients.  On hand to conduct the training from Hunter Douglas were Andy Smith, Barbara Remington and Cathy Moy.

“3 Day Blinds has an AWESOME design team and it was great to meet them yesterday. I was so impressed by their level of engagement. I look forward to seeing you and your team soon, ” said Cathy after the meeting.

At 3 Day Blinds, we love selling Hunter Douglas products, because of the many exclusive, patented innovations that they offer, and that is why our Designers commit the time to become Hunter Douglas experts!

“I am truly energized after the the product training,” said Rudee Toomey, Design Consultant, covering Oakland and San Francisco. “Hunter Douglas is constantly innovating, and it is important for me to keep up to date with all of their great features, because my clients love their products.  Barbara, Cathy and Andy did an outstanding job.”

To arrange for a free in-home consultation to review all of the Hunter Douglas products we carry, call 877-614-3329.  Your 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant will help you choose the perfect product for your windows, provide guaranteed measurements and an on-the-spot quote, plus arrange for professional installation, ensuring a worry-free experience!

Above and below: Barbara Remington provides advanced Hunter Douglas training to the Bay Area 3 Day Blinds Design Team.


Announcing a New Product from 3 Day Blinds: Simply Sheer™ Shades!

A brand new product from 3 Day Blinds – Simply Sheer Shades.

3 Day Blinds announced the introduction of a sensational new product, Simply Sheer Shades, today.  “We are very excited to bring a brand new type of shade to market for many reasons,” says Kevin Rabbitt, CEO.  “First, this product is exclusive to 3 Day Blinds.  Second, it truly is an innovative breakthrough, the kind our industry as not seen in over 20 years;  this custom made shade offers a whole new aesthetic, and a never-seen-before form of light control.  Third, I love to see the excitement this is generating inside the company, from the factory floor, to the field where our talented Designers are showing this new product to our clients for the first time today.”

Design Consultants from the 3 Day Blinds team in major markets across the country have samples of all of the fabrics and an actual shade that they will bring to their clients home, along with samples the 1000+ other products that are custom-made in the 3 Day Blinds factory.  “Our Designers are are indeed excited to have one more great design option among the many we already offer to our clients,” says Scott Pickard, SVP of Sales.  “Another great feature is that Simply Sheer offers a budget-friendly alternative to other more expensive custom shades.”

During an all-company conference call this morning, top Design Consultant, Helane Kramer, who serves clients in Los Angeles, Hollywood and Pasadena, CA, said: “I am seeing 3 clients today, and I am very excited about introducing them to our new Simply Sheer Shades. I love having a solution in my tool kit that I can offer exclusively. Many of my clients, such as those in the Hollywood Hills and Pacific Palisades have large picture windows with fantastic views, but controlling the light as it changes during the day can be a real challenge. These shades provide flexible light control when the shade is lowered to any length, roll up neatly into a cassette headrail to provide an unobstructed view, and offer privacy when desired.”

Like all 3 Day Blinds Design Consultants, Helane offers a free in-home consultation where she provides design advice, guaranteed measurements, an on-the-spot quote, and will arrange for professional installation.

Karin Jeske, SVP of Merchandising & Product Development adds:  “The reaction has been phenomenal.  Our designers love the color palette and the choice of light filtering and room darkening fabrics.  These modern, sleek shades look great almost any window or room, and our clients will be the first on their block to have them.”

This unique product offers two layers of fabric that have horizontal rows of transparent and opaque or semi-opaque material that slide past each other on two roller mechanisms to create different levels of light control.

Jenni Su, Ashley Ragland and Karin Jeske of the 3 Day Blinds Merchandising Team introduced Simply Sheer Shades in a 3 Day Blinds all-company conference call this morning.

Another great feature is that, as with all 3 Day Blinds products, they can be delivered and installed quickly.  “Our factory is amazing,” says Jenni Su, Merchandising Manager.  “A shade ordered any time on Monday can be delivered Wednesday and installed on Thursday.  This is a wonderful competitive advantage that we enjoy with all custom blinds and shades that we manufacture.”

Judeann Glover, who manages Ohio, Michigan and Maryland, our top perfoming districts month-to-date, summed it up, “The buzz Simply Sheer is creating in the company, the industry and among our customers is amazing.  Combined with the high level of service we provide, and the speed with which we deliver, this great new product category is sure to help us deliver on our Core Values of Excellence and Superior Client Experience.  And it is One Team that made this introduction flawless.”

Click here to read stories from our Design Consultants about Simply Sheer Shades.

Ready to see Simply Sheer Shades for yourself?  Just call 877-614-3329 to schedule your free in-home design consultation,  click here to meet your local 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant, or visit your nearest 3 Day Blinds Showroom

Who Says a Team Meeting Can’t Be Fun?

This week brought yet another exciting meeting to Team Colorado from 3 Day Blinds! The Design team here meet once a week to discuss the latest new product features and decor trends and to talk about their weekly goals.

Coach Scott Pickard (pictured in the back, whose day job is SVP, Sales at 3 Day Blinds) “touched down” in Denver and brought with him an energetic football-themed review of the best practices that result in the most outstanding customer experiences for the clients these Designers serve.  

Customer Recommendation for Jeffry-Wynne Prince


Just wanted to let you know that the shutters are fantastic! Please pass on to the installer, Dave, how pleased I am with the work he has done. I cannot thank you enough for providing the best customer service experience during this whole process. It was wonderful, very simplistic and fast, and you were absolutely professional, extremely knowledgeable and kind. The room is transformed and the shutters are simply gorgeous, I wanted to cry :-).

If we ever need additional services, I will definitely contact you!

Again thank you, thank you!

Sacramento, CA
Jeffry-Wynne Prince is a 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant, covering the Roseville, Rocklin and Granite Bay, CA areas. Call 877-617-3329 to schedule a free in-home design consultation or find a 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant in your neighborhood.