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Thursday, June 03, 2010

how to choose woven wood shades for your home

Woven wood shades have gone through a Renaissance and come in a lot of varieties of styles and options.
There are a lot of manufacturers out there, but to make matters simple I will concentrate on Hunter Douglas which is one of the finest manufacturers and provides a great quality product for a fair price.
Step One

Choose a fabric for your woven wood shade

There is a rich assortment of fabrics to choose from, like natural frabric including bamboo, wood, reeds and grasses. Consider a texture that works with the decor of the room so your shade
becomes part of the room, or choose one that stands out and makes the shade a focal point of the room
Step Two

Choose a Lifting System for your woven wood shade


Decide which System is best suited for your needs. The standard cordlock assures smooth operation. The clutch system offers enhanced child and pet safety features. The motorization option makes raising
even a large shade easy with the touch of a button.
Step Three

Choose a Style for your woven wood shade

You can select from a classic, hobbled or the traditional roman style shade. With the classic style, the fabric cascades off the front of the headrail for a clean, contemporary look. A hobbled shade has gentle folds, even when fully lowered, providing more texture and interest. The traditional roman shade raises in five inch folds.
Step Four

Choose Options for your woven wood shade

There are many ways to customize your new Provenance Woven Wood Shade. Select from four styles of edge banding for a coordinated look that is unique to you. Add a liner if you need more privacy and light control.
These are the main options available when choosing a wooven wood shade. It is always advisable to consult a professional window coverings expert which can guide you through all the steps effortlessly and can explain and show all the differences of options.
Take a closer look at the Provenance woven wood shades sold by Final Touch Interiors, a complete Shop at Home Window Shades Retailer and a certified Master Installer by Hunter Douglas WIndow Fashions.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Pirouette window shadings now available with motorization

Pirouette window shadings are now available with the new PowerRise 2.0 Platinum Technology.

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Hunter Douglas Power Rise 2.0 with Pirouette Window Shading

The state of the art battery powered motorized system allows you to operate Pirouette window shadings with the touch of a button.No wiring is needed One can control the shadings with the sleek hand held remote or a wireless wall switch. You’ll enjoy the quiet way the motor raises and lowers the shadings, as well as precise control of vane operation for just the right amount of privacy and view through.The window shadings may be operated individually or in groups, and can even be integrated into any home automation system. And because there are no operating cords, motorized Pirouette shadings provide enhanced child and pet safety. If you need help or advise in acquiring Hunter Douglas Pirouette window shadings don’t hesitate, give us a call at 914.299.8160 and talk to our certified Hunter Douglas Master Installer. We will be more than happy to help and support you.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Contemporary Table Base with round Wood Top

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Custom round Kitchen Table by Final Touch Interiors - contemporary style

There are a myriad of different Table bases to choose from for a Kitchen or Dining Room Table. Just recently, we designed an octagonal Table base made out of Steel in an hour glass design toped by a round wood Top in a cherry finish. It was quite a challenge to find a metal shop to produce the octagonal steel base and manufacture it accordingly to my drawings.
Another Idea is to use Leather with the Table Base.

 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wireless Wall Switch For Platinum Technology Products by Hunter Douglas

On my last training session for the certified Hunter Douglas Installer Program, we were introduced to the new Platinum Technology Wireless Wall Switch by Hunter Douglas Platinum.
I find it is a great add on to use with the wireless Platinum Technology Product Line.
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Wireless Wall Switch for Platinum Technology by Hunter Douglas

It works with all PowerRise® and PowerTilt™ systems and also the new PowerGlide™ 2.0 system for both Luminette Privacy Sheers as well as the Skyline Gliding Window Panels.
The wireless wall switch is powered by 2 AAA batteries at the back of the switch, the device sends radio frequency signals (RF) to any Hunter Douglas Platinum-powered system to make the window treatment raise, lower, tilt, or traverse.
The wall switch has an UP/DOWN directional button, four Radio Frequency (RF) Group Buttons (1, 2, 3, 4) and an “ALL” button that are used for RF operation. The RF Group numbers and the ALL button will light up, green of course, when a button is pressed.
The wireless wall switch has other additional features, too. With the wireless wall switch, multiple RF (shades) groups can be selected and operated at the same time. So if you select RF Group 1 and RF Group 3, the 1 and 3 buttons will light up. Then press the up or down button and both groups will operate at the same time. The Platinum Wireless Wall switch also has a built-in memory, so it will remember the last group or groups that were selected. So, if your last operation was to raise groups 1 and 3, you won’t have to push the group buttons to lower them. Just push the down button and all the shades or blinds programmed for these groups will lower. The switch will remember always the last group selection.

Using A Switch And A Remote Together

The wireless wall switch can be cloned with a Platinum remote so that your customers can have the option of controlling their blinds or shades with either the switch or the remote. I find the wireless switch is a great add-on for every PowerRise/PowerTilt or PowerGlide Product from Hunter Douglas and provides an easy way to operate shades and blinds. So even if you misplace your remote control you can use the wireless switch.

Surface or Flush Mount

The Platinum Wireless wall switch was designed with a slim profile for surface mounting directly to a wall. Using the mounting screws provided, the wireless wall switch can be secured to any wall in a room. At less than ¾-inch deep, the switch is unobtrusive.
For a more flush mount, the switch may also be installed in a standard electrical gang box. (Check your local electrical codes before installing the Platinum Wireless Wall Switch into any recessed electrical box.)  Should you have any questions, needs or looking for troubleshooting the Platinum Technology Products by Hunter Douglas give us a call at 914.299.8160

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