Duette Window Blinds

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Jeannie first came across and installed Hunter-Douglas Duette blinds in her condo before we were married. They worked exceptionally well there because we were on the top floor of a three-story brownstone. We were able to close the bottom half but keep the top half open, creating privacy but allowing lots of light in. We've always assumed we'd want the same thing here in the bungalow some day--especially up on the second floor where we could leave the tops open in a similar fashion and still see the tree tops outside our bedroom window.

The reason Duette blinds are so flexible is that that they have pull cords to adjust the top and bottom of each blind independently. They are a honeycomb style and come in all the colors and opacities you can think of.


In our bungalow, they're also an appealing option because they'll give us privacy without hiding the original wooden windows and trim we've been working so hard to restore. They set inside the frame, leaving the window trim exposed. A translucent shade will also let the patterns of the craftsman windows show through, too.

It probably comes as no surprise that they're rather pricy, though. J got them for the condo when they were for sale at a pretty steep discount. This time around we're likely to shop around for both price and brands--Home Depot carries several alternate brands offering basically the same features.

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You might take a look at American. When I ordered my honeycomb shades from them for my last house, their "house" brand was made by Hunter-Douglas (metal blinds by Levolor...even arrived in the Hunter-Douglas box.)

Sold! I've been perplexed about what to put on the newly finished living room windows because I didn't want to attach anything to the trim, and with only 3/4" depth, there aren't many options for inside mount. Looks like these will work, and the top-down feature is a good thing in a pedestrian-heavy neighborhood for someone who often has late, scraggly-looking mornings. :)

I think I will get some of these for all 'round, then I can worry about "fancy" drapery additions without flashing my business to the world.

Thanks, guys!

BTW - I'm not sure how quality compares, but it looks like http://hdcblinds.com may be more affordable than American.

We used a similar blind from Smith & Noble--they appear to be pretty price competitive with Hunter Douglas, at least on line, and they periodically run some impressive specials (like "buy 3, get 1 free"). To Kim's comment, they are invaluable in our dining room at breakfast time for precisely that reason.

a second for smith and noble. get on their e-mail list and they will run discount specials throught e-mail up to 20% off. Sometimes if you order free swatches from them and they are out of one of them they will throw in a coupon for a 15% discount on your next order. they are fast have tons of options and lots of fabrics and colors in all sorts of bottom up shades.

I definitely recommend getting a cellular window shade with a blackout backing for your nursery. We got a full-blown blackout solution with side rails for our daugher's nursery that blocked about 98% of the light. Made a world of difference, the rising sun no longer woke her up and bought us up to an extra hour of sleep in the morning.

That shade and a Tivo helped a lot for the first 6 months or so.

Where do I get a nursery blackout with side rails. I am not familiar with the side rails. Who sells them, please. Thank you very much.


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