Pillow Pointers! How to Tastefully Decorate Your Space

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I just can’t put my finger on it?

This is a common thought that happens after decorating or styling your home.  Something is missing, you just don’t know what.

Stop pondering, and put your finger on a pillow!

Throw pillows make your furniture come alive with color, dimension, and style, giving your space a whole new look and inviting you and your guests to sit down, get comfy, and stay awhile.

Don’t believe me?  Take a look at the transformation I did and what you can do too with our Eastern Accents Bedding line available at Ambiance Design.

Boring & Blah

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While this is a nice, white sofa, and probably comfy too, I know you will agree that it is kind-of boring and could use some pillows.  However, with so many options of color, design, patterns, size, and shape, it can be a tad bit overwhelming as to how to tastefully decorate that “naked” white sofa in your family room.

Tasteful Tips

  • Color:

    Pick a color scheme that works well with your space, and stick to it. One color of multiple patterns and designs, or complimentary colors work well and look great!

  • Symmetry:

    Symmetrical arrangement gives off a sense of belonging and avoids the busy, overcrowded look.

  • Variety:

    While symmetry is good in colors and numbers, you DO want a little bit of variety in the shape and design. Within that color scheme, find complimentary patterns, solids, and simple designs.  Solid colors are nice for that bold look and then that color can be pulled into the pillows with designs and patterns.   Or, if you want to use contrasting colors for your variety, it is best to then stick with solid patterns.

  • Big to Small:

    Keep the bigger pillows to the outside of the piece of furniture and work your way in with smaller ones to not overrule the space of the sofa. After all, pillows are supposed to be comfortable, not inconvenient!

Boring to Beautiful

After learning these tips, I went ahead and searched for some pillows with Eastern Accents, (our line of bedding we carry here for you to order from Ambiance Design!) to add to the sofa…digitally hah

Check it out 🙂

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You can never go wrong with blue!  What do you guys think?

Seasonal Décor

Overtime, you may want to change it up a bit in your home, giving your space a fresh, new look.  One quick, easy, and cost effective way, is to switch out your throw pillows.  The holidays are a great time to do this.  Perhaps you’ve got your lights, trees, trains, and figurines, but something is still missing.  Pillows could be that final touch!

Take a look at how this sofa transforms by changing up the colors to compliment the Season!

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If you like what you saw and are looking to do the same in your home, then give us a call at 267.898.0200 and set up a consultation to pick out your Eastern Accents throw pillows, comforters, bedding, shams, and more!  Unbelievably beautiful designs for your unique style and preference.

Visit our website to see other bedding projects we have done for clients and let us know your thoughts in a comment 🙂

 

Think Outside the Box! – Avoid the Big Box Stores

Nothing Less than the A-Team

Disappointed.  Unsatisfied.  Full of regret.  These are very likely emotions that you might have, along with the unrelenting “I should have just…” thoughts that cloud your brain if you make the wrong decision.  It’s the worse, and if you are like me, you do everything in your power to avoid those feelings.

When purchasing window treatments from big box companies, while it might save you a few pennies, it may just leave you in that predicament.  That is why we whole-heartedly recommend working with professionals in choosing Ambiance Design, a 2017 Certified Best Pick Reports Winner as well as the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Contractor of the Year (CotY) winner for multiple years.  When working with the Ambiance A-Team, you can be assured that you will be in great hands, and here are some reasons why.

  • Welcome to the Family

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Ambiance Design is a small, family-owned business, making it right off the bat, a more personal and comfortable setting.  When you come in for a consultation, we sit down with coffee or tea and take the time to get to know you.  If you choose to move forward with us, we are with you every step of the way: from consultation to installation.  We do everything in our power to make our clients beyond satisfied, but rather a lifelong client, enthusiastic about Ambiance Design.  Thank you notes, follow-up calls, Christmas cards, and more…we treat all of our valued clients as if they were a part of the Ambiance family!

  • Putting our Clients First

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During the initial meeting, our consultants take the time to get to know you: your style, preference, desires, and concerns when it comes to your window treatments or other design needs.  From there, we walk you around the showroom, showing the best options for you and your home based on what you have expressed, all while respecting your budget.  We understand that when investing in products and services, clients have problems that they want addressed, and we do our best to find the perfect solution.

  • No Pressure Environment

Yes, we are a business, and yes, we have bills to pay, and a profit to make.  HOWEVER, that NEVER results in a pressured sale.  We do not nag, tweak the facts, push for more expensive options, or guilt trip anyone.  We understand AND put it right out in the open from our initial meeting with our clients, that we might not be a perfect fit for everyone.  Our ultimate goal is to help our clients make difficult window treatment decisions easy and to make their dreams for their home come true while exceeding all expectations!

  • Quality Products

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Hunter Douglas window treatments are customized, high-end, quality products that will last a long time and will not disappoint.  We believe that if you are making an investment, to do it right the first time so that it lasts a lifetime.  When going to a big box store, you will sacrifice quality and satisfaction.  Light gaps, malfunctions, repairs, and mismatched treatments may become common occurrences, all of which are easily preventable if you choose Ambiance!

  • Experienced and Professional Staff

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The A-team brings with it a lot of skill sets, strengths, and most importantly: Experience!  Laura Hawley, the founder and owner of Ambiance Design, is not a behind the scenes, sit in her office type of business woman.  She worked her way up from a customer support and installer position at a Hunter Douglas manufacturing site and later took that knowledge and expertise to build her own business from the ground up in 2008.  Fast forward to today and we have a team of 6.  While we are all Hunter Douglas certified through training of basic product information, we have 2 amazing design consultants who are equipped with the extensive knowledge and experience to be able to assist you in your purchases.

Installations of window treatments can be a bit hairy if you do not know what you are doing.  Measurements must be precise and processes followed for accuracy and proper function.  That is why our two installers are trained, certified, and experienced.  They take pride in their work, not leaving anything “half done” or “good-enough.”  You just don’t get this precision and care from big box businesses.

So, think outside the box and come on by or give us a call at 267.898.0200.  We would love to meet you and assist you in your home with window treatments, as well as draperies, bedding, wall-coverings, and upholstery!

You won’t be disappointed!

Tell us in a comment below if you ever bought something from a big box company, but soon regretted it due to the lack of quality in the product or service.  We’d love to hear your stories 🙂

 

 

 

 

Serve Those Who Served You: Veteran’s Month Partnership!

Sponsoring those Who Served

Veterans Day

Bravery.  Commitment.  Sacrifice. 

Our American Veterans gave up the comfort of their everyday lives at home, leaving their family and friends behind, to serve the United States of America!

Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 1.26.34 PMNovember is Veteran’s Month, a time to recognize, honor, support, and thank those who served our country to fight for and keep our freedoms.  Laura and Dan Hawley, owners of Ambiance Design and both former Air Force Veterans, strive to support our Veterans,be them valued clients or simplyfriendly neighbors.  That is why, every November, Ambiance Design chooses a local Veteran’s Foundation or Organization to support. During the entire month of November, Ambiance Design donates $100 of every qualified project to the Veteran’s Organization of our choice.  We have previously supported ­­­5 Star Women, as well as The Travis Manion Foundation of Doylestown.  However, this year, we were presented another opportunity, just a few steps outside our door, right here in Blue Bell.

We are excited to announce that this November we will be supporting The Veteran’s Resource Center of Montgomery County Community College!

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A New “Normal”

After serving in various locations around the world, and coming back with many unique experiences: some terrifying, grueling, difficult, but all impactful and unique, it many times is hard for Veterans to get back to their “normal” way of life.  Even more challenging is to enroll in college connecting with younger students who will never quite understand and relate with someone who served overseas or in the States.

Comfort & Connections at the Resource Center

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The college saw the importance of helping student Veteran’s settle in, adjust, and thrive in this new stage of their life.  Thus, it started the Veteran’s Resource Center, who’s mission is to “assist in the transition to college and deliver tangible tools and services to optimize academic success leading to graduation and employment opportunity.” It is a place on campus that is solely for Veterans to be able to come in, connect with one another, and complete their studies while developing friendships with others who have a better sense of what they have experienced while serving the US.

Veteran Student Opportunities

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Montgomery County Community College currently has 300 Veterans enrolled, and has a couple of programs and opportunities of involvement for Veteran students, unlike other nearby colleges.  There is a Veteran’s club, where students can hold fundraisers, get involved in the community and on campus, and meet regularly.  There also is the annual Mindfulness Retreat that is offered to Veteran Students at MONTCO.  This retreat, up in the Poconos, focuses on connecting your body and mind in various activities such as meditation, hiking, yoga, journaling, scavenger hunts, and group discussions.  20 students are able to attend this weekend long adventure with all expenses covered by the college and the support that was raised in fundraisers and donations.  This has always been such a positive experience and something Mike Brown, the Coordinator of the Veterans Services, along with the students look forward to every year!

Support Significance

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Walking through the doors of Montgomery County Community College, I was met by Brad Smith, the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Programs, who was excited and truly grateful for my visit stating “It’s not every day someone calls us up and says that they want to sponsor our college and Veteran’s Center!”  He expressed that while they do have some generous donors, there is ALWAYS a need.  The more sponsors, scholarships, and donations received, the more resources can be provided to their growing Veteran enrollment.

People are sensitive with their money, and that is understandable.  We want to make sure that what we are giving is going to the cause, the mission, and is actually making a difference.  At MONTCO, there are so many ways that our donations from every client project can help the Veteran’s house and its students:

  • Help raise funds to cover the costs of the Mindfulness Retreat
  • Provide scholarships for individual Veteran students to pursue an education
  • Support the Jesse Hodge’s Memorial Scholarship
  • Financial aid for supplies, materials, remodeling at Veteran’s Center

Make the Difference

This November gives you the perfect opportunity to not just support any cause, but to directly have the chance to make the difference in your very own community to deserving students!

It is the giving season, so if you have been thinking about updating your space in your home with window treatments, give us a call to schedule a consultation to help us give your dream home while making the dreams of our Veteran neighbors come true!

For more ways to donate to MONTCO’s Veteran Resource center, contact Mike Brown at 215.619.7307 or by emailing mbrown1@mc3.edu!

 

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Thank You!!

 

Child Safety: Preventing Unnecessary Harm

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In the Blink of an Eye

Curious, imaginative, adventurous, and “innocent,” children are always on the move, getting into everything and anything they possibly can to learn and explore and simply have fun.  These characteristics are in their nature, and I am sure that you have plenty of stories of your little munchkins getting into a bag of flour, painting themselves with lipstick, cutting their own hair, or playing in the toilet.  You think to yourself in disbelief “I turned my back for just a minute!”

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These things always make for a cute photo, a funny memory, and an endless clean-up task.  However, things get a little more serious when it comes to window blinds and coverings.  Based from an article written in April of 2015, “according to data compiled by the CPSC, at least 332 children, most of them under the age of two, have been fatally strangled by window cords over the last 30 years.”  The dangers and potential hazardous outcome that could result from cords on window treatments and coverings in your home is not worth this risk at all, and many times, it happens in a blink of an eye.

 

The Dangers of Cords

“According to the CPSC, corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children accidentally becoming entangled in window covering cords.”

The Slow Start

There was a lot of push back from various window treatment companies for years about enhancing child safety in products.  Change is hard, and fears over lack of sales with the cordless option, as well as increasing the industry’s manufacturing costs, prevented significant change from happening for a while.  Some companies even argued that there was no need to ban cords because only 10% of American homes have young children in them.  However, as critical injuries and fatal deaths continued to occur, parents and consumers fought hard to make a much needed difference in the industry.

A Strong Finish

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To raise public awareness of window covering dangers, the WCSC and CPSC declared October as National Window Covering Safety Month!  They also have made it very clear at how important it is for homeowners with young children to only use cordless window treatments or coverings with inaccessible cords.  Warning labels and notifications are now used heavily to inform consumers of the potential dangers as well as making suggestions to choose a cordless alternative and take preventative measures in eliminating your child’s access to the windows.  It is highly recommended to

  • Move cribs, beds, furniture, and toys away from the windows
  • Make sure cords are out of sight and reach, moving them out of the way
  • replace corded treatments with cordless options

Hunter Douglas for the Win

Hunter Douglas, one of the leading window treatment companies in the industry, takes this matter very seriously, making their window treatments safer for homes with infants, kids, and even pets a top priority.  At Hunter Douglas, they recognize the risk, the dangers, and the devastation, and have taken considerable action in eliminating this issue as a result.

Many cordless options are available for Hunter Douglas window treatments, including the following:

  • LiteRise: no cords, simply raise and lower the shade with your fingers
  • SimpleLift: the bottom rail without handles or cords allows you to raise and lower with your hand
  • Vertiglide: great for sliding doors, with no cords, chains, or wands- just open and close with the small handle
  • Wand Control: sleek and simple, the wand controls all functions of
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    the window treatment, eliminating dangerous cords

  • Clutch Lifting System: a spring-like clutch lifting system featuring a decorative pull rather than a cord
  • Custom Shutter Collection: all of the HD shutters are cordless!
  • PowerView Motorization: simple and convenient, motorization with all of its features and options is where the world of window treatments as well as other smart products and technology is heading.  (read more about PowerView and its benefits in our Feel the Power blog post

Other Safety Features:

  • Combination wand/cord: integrates tilt and traverse functions together that keeps cord taut
  • Cord tensioner: holds looped cords taut to prevent entanglement
  • Cord cleat: allows for excess cord to be tightly wrapped around
  • UltraGlide: a retractable pull cord that remains at a constant length and is less accessible

Don’t Risk It!

With all of these options, there is NO excuse NOT to get rid of your old, unsafe window treatments with cords and chains and go cordless!  Not only are these operating systems easier to use and convenient, they can prevent serious injury or death to your children.  So, do not take the chance.  Make the switch now.  Give us a call to learn more about which Hunter Douglas products offer the most child safety and how you can get them installed in your home with Ambiance Design!

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Challenge Accepted! Solving a Client’s Unexpected Problem Outdoors!

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What A Bummer!

Have you ever gotten your hopes up only to have them fall flat before your face?  Perhaps you go to RedBox to rent the new movie release you’ve been dying to see, only to find out it is out of stock.  Or, maybe you have been craving that gourmet slice of mushroom and extra cheese pizza only to be set back by the burnt crust.  Some bummers, such as these are minor-although still very frustrating; however, our client’s unexpected problem was a tad bit more noteworthy.

The Unexpected Problem

Grilling, picnics, outdoor movies, and more, our client Scott loves spending time with family and friends all summer long on his Pavilion Patio.  A relaxing atmosphere with delicious food and lovely company always results in a great time.  However, this all quickly changed to an unbearable experience after one small landscaping adjustment.  Wanting to clear out the yard to create more space, Scott removed the existing trees along the sides of his property line.  It wasn’t long before he realized the problem that was created: a vast wind tunnel, making time spent out by the pavilion “unbearable and unenjoyable.”  This being a huge disappointment, as his pavilion could no longer serve its purpose, Scott hoped to find a solution.

Up-to-Par Referral

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Connections are often made in the most random places that you would’ve never thought of.  Be it your future spouse or employer or a professional business connection, you just never know how and where you might meet someone that will impact your life.  For Scott, this came while playing golf at a private Philly area country club. Scott was admiring the beautiful pavilion space made perfect for weddings and parties with exterior shading systems.  The owners at the club informed him that it was a Rainier exterior shading system, installed by yours truly: Ambiance Design.

When asking if they would recommend us, they responded with “Whole-Heartedly: everything was seamless with one point of contact,” which is exactly what Scott needed to hear.

Coming Together

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Jon Domers of Domers Construction

Upon receiving the call from Scott requesting a consultation and explaining his situation, we knew we would need to bring in some additional help to alter the pavilion to be able to accept the Rainier shading system.  Jon Domers, a close friend, trusted business partner, and owner of Domers Construction, was not only willing to lend a hand, but excited to take on this challenge unlike anything he had done before.

Professionalism + Precision = Perfection

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The process of completing the project was very detailed and involved, requiring a lot of brainstorming and precise calculations for the pavilion to accept the new shading system. This included removing all 6 of the existing column wraps, building a soffit extension, and incorporating the new channels into the column wraps. Boral, a renewable product made of repurposed fly-ash that expands and contracts less than plastic, making it more durable, was used to make the new column wraps.

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Cavity for convenient access to motor for maintenance

The biggest challenge was finding a solution to enable for convenience in maintenance every couple of years.  Being that the Rainier Recessed Side Retention System has a concealed tracking method that allows the shadings to be up and away, out of sight, any maintenance would require tearing apart the top, only to be rebuilt again.  Jon used special clips that allowed for a cavity to be created to have easy access to the motor.

In recapping this project, Jon stated:

“Overall, it was a successful project.  Everything worked out well, and it was both challenging and fun.”

Saving the Day…and the Season!

Scott’s pavilion can serve its purpose yet again, and for longer in the season, thanks to the hard work of the Ambiance Design and Domer Construction teams as well as the quality Rainier Shading System. Engineered, designed, and assembled in the USA, these systems are constructed with aluminum components making them long lasting as well as water and wind resistant.  That unbearable wind is no longer an issue and the harsh sun glare across the TV can easily be blocked.  The shades also provide excellent energy efficiency, saving you money from heating and cooling costs.

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Scott was ecstatic about his new outdoor space:

“My family has been able to extend the use of our pavilion later into the season because the shades keep the heat in and the wind down.  We love it!”

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We pride ourselves in exceeding our client’s expectations, and this project was one of the coolest ones of the year: fostering teamwork, collaboration, and a great change of environment in working outdoors!

A huge THANK YOU to Jon Domers in all his efforts, Rainier Systems for their excellent outdoor products, as well as to the Country Club for referring Scott, and to Scott for choosing our team!

 

Give us a call to learn more about how you too can create a great outdoor living space with Rainier Shading Systems!

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How Do I Choose?

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The Options are Endless

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Cheddar, pizza, pretzel, nacho, BBQ, rainbow, ranch: these flavors and more all call your name and catch your eye as you stroll down snack aisle 10 of your local grocery store.  Amazed by all the choices, you begin to wonder “What happened to just the “Original” flavor of goldfish crackers?”

Countless options to a consumer are great, but if you do not know exactly what you are looking for, you may easily become overwhelmed.  The same can be true as you make the next step in your home to purchase window treatments.  With countless purposes, styles, colors, operating systems, fabrics, and more, you may not know where to begin.  Our staff at Ambiance Design would be honored to lend you a hand in offering advice to get you started.

Picky-Choosy: We Have the Right Fit for You

With our wide selection of Hunter Douglas window treatments to choose from, you have the right to be as picky as you want.  Here are the top considerations for you to make:

1. Purpose:

Your purpose for your window treatments is probably the number one deciding factor that will help narrow down your choices.  Depending on your specific needs, there may be a good, better, and best option for you!

  • Privacy

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Windows are focal points on a house from the outside looking in, and I am willing to bet that you don’t want your neighbors gazing through the glass panes of your bedroom and bathroom.  Choose from a variety of options to ensure comfort in your home with utmost privacy.

  • Energy Efficiency: Greener Lives

Windows allow for unwanted heat transfer in your home, causing your heating and cooling systems to have to work harder.  However, with window coverings, you can better control this energy loss and cut back significantly on your energy bills.  Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb Shades are one of the best options for energy efficiency.

  • Light Control: Sunshine and Glare

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Natural lighting is a beautiful thing!  Not only does it enable you to save money with your electrical bill, it just seems to brighten your day.  Personally, I love to be able to see the sun shining and the flowers blooming through my windows while doing household duties.  However, when I sit down to watch television (that is if I have the time) there is nothing more annoying than the sunlight glare across the screen.  Window treatments offer an easy solution, such as the Silhouette Window Shadings or the new Designer Banded Shades among other options, allowing for you to control the amount of light you let in throughout the day.

Different vane sizes and opacity levels allow for varying amounts of view-through, natural lighting, and privacy.  From sheer to opaque (blackout), light filtering or room darkening, you can choose which would best serve your purpose!

2.  Style and Design

treatmentsChoose the window treatment that best fits the style of your home as well as provides you with the utmost convenience to suit your needs.

  • Home Décor

Contemporary, modern, earthy, or traditional, we can help you find the perfect fit to stay consistent with your home décor.  There are many colors and fabric styles as well!

  • Structure

From the way it is mounted, to its operating system, to the size of the vanes, louvers, slats, or pleats, each window treatment provides you with structural choices to consider.  Perhaps you want the convenience of using the PowerView Motorization Pebble.  Or, maybe you want it to have a top-down/bottom-up feature to control the lighting better.  Each choice has many benefits to offer you.

3. Price

With a wide price range of treatments to consider, we can help find the window treatment that will best satisfy your needs while staying within your budget.  What’s best, is that you can guarantee you will receive high quality Hunter Douglas products with a limited lifetime guarantee!

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Come on in and check out our showroom to get more ideas and see the choices yourself!  Call and schedule an appointment with one of our professional consultants, who will gladly guide you through this decision process and leave your feeling confident in your decision!

 

Leave a comment:

What is your primary concern when it comes to purchasing window treatments? —  Privacy, Light Control, Child-Safety? 

We would love to hear from you!

 

 

Home for the Holidays: Prepping Your Home for Guests

Tis the Season

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Luminette Privacy Sheers and Silhouette Shadings

The chestnuts might not be roasting on an open fire quite yet, but we are fast approaching fall, and we all know what happens after that.  The leaves change, the temperature drops, the hours in your day escape you, and before you know it, it’s time to carve the turkey.  We know the holiday rush, and we understand the importance of having a beautiful home for your family and friends when they come as guests.  So, we wanted to help you start planning to get your home looking in tip-top shape!

Deck the Halls

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Decorating your home for the holidays is a big task that takes strategic planning and precision in deciding how it should all look.  In fact, many people take pride in their decorations…the lights, snowmen, figurines, candles, Santas, or whatever you fancy.  It probably is beautiful, yet somehow, someway, your mother-in-law always finds something to critique.  “What could I possibly be missing?” you ask yourself.  Look no further than outside your window panes because soft treatment draperies add the perfect finishing touch to any room. You can choose from so many colors, designs, and styles that will dress up your home, leaving your guests impressed and your mother-in-law speechless.  Ambiance Design sells 5 different lines of soft treatments (including Duralee and Robert Allen) with over 350 books of fabric to suit your exact taste and personality in your home, and our consultants can help you narrow it done to make the right choice!

Winter Warmth

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Pennsylvania weather is so unpredictable lately.  We’ve had some very harsh winters in the single digits, causing you to have to pile on the layers and crank up the heat raising your monthly bill.  Wouldn’t you rather spend that extra money that you are using to heat your home on food, decorations, and presents for your holiday parties and family gatherings?  5% of total energy in the U.S. is lost through windows.  The simplest solution to this concerning issue is to invest in window treatments.  Many of the Hunter Douglas products we offer, be it Duette Honeycomb shades, Heritance Hardwood shutters, or Parkland Wood blinds, and more are energy efficient, thus keeping the brisk air out and trapping the welcomed heat inside your home.  After all, you don’t want grandma freezing over there in the corner as you pass around her pumpkin pie.  Many treatments (such as Silhouettes or Pirouettes) also enable you to keep that beautiful view of the snowflakes falling on the ground and the birds feeding at your big oak tree.  We can help you find the right balance of light control, view-through, and energy efficiency that you are looking for in your home!

Cute and Comfy

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Eastern Accents Pillows

Things are looking good now: your guests are impressed and they are warm as they enjoy each other’s company.  The only thing left is to make sure they are comfortable.  Whether they are spending the night in your guest suite or just hanging out for the evening in your living room, pillows can add comfort and a level of cuteness to any room.  Ambiance Design exclusively sells Eastern Accents bedding line, and through that you can pick out throw pillows for your bed or sofa.  Again, the options are endless as you decide on color and design, shape and size.  What’s more welcoming to a bedroom than a bed full of fancy, fun, original, complimenting pillows?  They help to fill in the spaces of any room by adding dimension, color, and style too.  Check out the Eastern Accents website to see for yourself how pillows can make your room complete.

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So, as the summer comes to an end and the kids go back to school, set some time aside to start your new project with us at Ambiance Design.  Visit our website for more information, give us a call to set up a consultation, and stop by our showroom to say hello and become a part of our family!  Hunter Douglas’s “Season of Style Savings Event” has many promotional offers for you to receive rebates on select products!  Once you choose the treatments you love, we will have them ordered, shipped, and installed in your home well before your family and friends come walking through the door!

Visit the Hunter Douglas website for more ideas of how to decorate with your window treatments!

 

Leave a comment and let us know how you like to decorate your home? Are you a pumpkin perfectionist, a light enthusiast, or a snowman specialist?

What do you most look forward to this coming holiday season?

“A Whole New World” The Latest & Greatest Hunter Douglas Products

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EVERYBODY likes new things.  There’s nothing like breaking into a new pair of jeans for fall, cutting the tags to a new, fancy dress for a wedding, cooking with new stain free pots and pans, putting your hands on the wheel of a new car, or, my favorite, tearing off the lid to a new container of chocolate peanut butter cup ice-cream…or butter pecan…let’s face it, really any flavor will do.  If none of these things raised your eyebrows just a little, you should probably stop reading, or go buy something new to experience it for yourself!

Now Premiering in 2017…

We were honored to be able to host our very own Hunter Douglas Premiers night to showcase the newest Hunter Douglas products and line extensions.  Katherine Rumbaugh of Hunter Douglas, was kind enough to make the trek all the way from NYC to share with our team and our awesome interior designer friends her expertise. And let me tell you, these products and features are snazzy and can spruce up any room in your home! And because I am so excited about these products, I have condensed the information below for you!

Products:

Sonnette Cellular Roller Shades

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What do you get when you mash a Honeycomb Shade and a Roman Shade together?  The one and only Sonnette Cellular Roller Shade!  This window treatment is exclusive to Hunter Douglas and its greatest feature is that it is 100% cordless.   Other features include…

  • Energy efficient construction
  • 4 different fabric collections
  • 3 operating systems (LiteRise, PowerView, and SoftTouch)

SoftTouch Motorization is unlike any other operating system.  With the touch of your finger to the bottom of the wand, the shades rise.  And with a gentle tug down, the shades lower.  Simple and smooth, it doesn’t get much cooler than that!

Designer Banded Shades

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I am pretty sure the designer banded shades are my new favorite window treatment because they are unique and trendy while offering a lot of beneficial features.  Just look at the picture…How cool is that?  They are available in multiple fabric collections of varying colors, textures, and patterns as well as fun geometric shapes!  Other features include…

  • variety of operating systems
  • fabric wrapped cassette and bottom bar providing optimal privacy and light control
  • small, medium, and large band height for desired view through
  • light filtering and room darkening opacity options

PowerView Motorization Design

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Our clients love PowerView Motorization for the convenience and simplicity it provides in their home.  The new design of the hub not only looks nicer and more natural, it also works better with improved voice recognition.  Other features include…

  • new, sleek design of PowerView Repeater
    • inclusion in Scenes
    • Illumination feature
  • New design of app on smart phones
  • 3 new colors of PowerView Pebble (Oyster, Ecru, Mist)

Line Extensions:

Many of the Hunter Douglas Products also had improvements made to their design as well as added features.

Designer Roller Shades:

Designer roller shades are becoming increasingly popular and we can only imagine will continue to be a hit with these new features!

  • new design options of reverse roll and dual roller bracket
  • longer heights for Screen Shades
  • even light gap
  • Quieter operation
  • Smaller cassettes

Fabrics and Colors:

Fabric options are always expanding to suit your style in your home as well as better solve privacy, light control, and UV concerns.

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  • Silhouette ClearView
    • Great view-through with UV protection
  • New Designer Roller Shade Fabrics
  • New Parkland & Everwood Finishes

 So there you have it!  Come stop in at the showroom to see them firsthand or set up an appointment to learn more.  Or, if you are a designer, help your clients make their window treatment decisions by informing them of these awesome updates!

 

Leave a comment… what feature mentioned do you love the most?

 

Feel the Power: The Purpose & Benefits of PowerView Motorization

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Isn’t that what we are all looking for in this day and age: Hassle free and time-saving opportunities?  Well, when it comes to window treatments, look no further!  I am sure you have your smart phone, maybe even a smart TV, but now there are also smart shades.  With PowerView Motorization, you can effortlessly operate your window treatments as you please.

A Closer Look: What is PowerView?

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PowerView is the newest operating system for window treatments, that is available as either the Pebble Remote Control, Pebble Scene Controller, or the PowerView App.  All of these eliminate the hassle of cords and wands while providing many other features.  Before diving into them, let me explain a little bit more about each of the 3 choices.

Pebble Remote Control

This controller is small and sleek, available in various colors to match your style.  With it, you can simply press a button to operate up to six groupings of window treatments in your home (separately or together).

Pebble Scene Controller

Similar to the Remote Control, the Scene Controller has a mini screen which allows you to preview and select your desired room scene that you had set up with the App.

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If you are tech savvy, you may prefer downloading the app to your mobile device to program, operate, and control your shades as you please.  This app enables you to have your shades operate on their own, without any additional assistance from you after programming them.  Also, with the Remote Connect feature with internet access, you do not even have to be in your home to control your shades.  Technology these days!

Cool Features & Countless Benefits

You may be wondering what the purpose of getting PowerView is.  After all, the various other operating systems with Hunter Douglas window treatments are easy to use too.  However, they do not provide you with as many benefits nor near as many cool features like PowerView does, such as the ones listed below!

Features:

  • Favorites button: enables you to set favorite positions on remote
  • Vane control buttons
  • Open and close button
  • All button or individual: assign shades to groups or individually operate them

Benefits:

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  • Enhanced Safety: no cords, wands, etc. for kids and pets to get tangled in or break
  • Convenience with the touch of a button: no more standing on a chair, climbing behind the sofa, or knocking over the lamp
  • Precise Positioning Control: set the exact position of your shades that you desire
  • Accommodates to your schedule: Set specific times for opening and closing of any or all your shades
  • Increased Energy Efficiency: Open and close during different peak heat times throughout the seasons to save energy
  • Quiet motors
  • Reliable Operation System

Don’t Wait…Smart Shades Savings!

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Right now, Hunter Douglas has their Smart Shades Savings Event until September 11th, 2017.  If you buy any of the following with PowerView Motorization, you will receive a $150 rebate.

  • 1 unit Luminette Privacy Sheer
  • 1 unit Skyline Gliding Window Panels
  • 2 units Pirouette Window Shadings
  • 2 units Silhouette Window Shadings
  • 4 units Alustra Woven Textures
  • 4 units Designer Roller Shades
  • 4 units Designer Screen Shades
  • 4 units Duette Honeycomb Shades
  • 4 units Solera Soft Shades
  • 4 units Vignette Modern Roman Shades

You won’t regret this Smart Decision to go with PowerView!

 

Comment below and let us know what Super Power you would choose to have if you could pick just one.  I would have the power to control time, so that I could fast forward, rewind, and stay still whenever I want 🙂

Also, let us know your thoughts on PowerView after reading this post!

 

Easy As One, Two, Three… 3 Things to Do Before Stopping In

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You’ve already decided you want to purchase window treatments for your home or vacation house.  You even made one of the best discoveries ever, that is: our Hunter Douglas Gallery in Blue Bell.  And, you have set aside time in your busy schedule to stop in to see if we are a good fit for you.  All great things that we are thrilled about and you should be too!  However, before coming into the Showroom to meet with a consultant and to admire all the elegant treatments we offer, there are three simple things that you can do to help us better serve you!

Just Three Things

1. Take Pictures

takepics.pngFor us to get a better understanding of the type of window(s) you are looking to get treatments for as well as a better sense of your style, we recommend for you to bring in pictures.  Grab your smart phone and take a few pictures of your windows and even the entire room or space around them.  By doing this, we can help guide you more in your selection process and make additional suggestions.

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We know you may not be very engineer-minded or a “Do it yourself” type of person when it comes to the construction of your home, and you by no means have to be.  With a basic tape measure, you can give us close estimates of your window measurements.  This enables us to provide you with more information on the types of treatments that may work best as well as their style.  Then, we can even give you a general idea of the price you are looking at.

3. Determine Your Price Range

Hunter Douglas offers quality window treatments with reasonable price points ranging from $250-$1200 for a typical 3’ x 6’ window, with our standard average between $500 and $800.  No matter what your budget is, we can find the perfect fit for your home.

 Consultation and Coffee!

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Now that you are fully prepared after doing the three things listed above, stop in at our showroom and come visit us!  Your pictures, measurements, and budget will help us immensely in better assisting you in your purchase decision.  We would be honored to meet you and sit down over a cup of coffee or tea to discuss your needs and how we can meet them.  From there, we can then set up an in-home consultation and finally the installation of your new treatments!  We’ll see you soon!