Feel the Power: The Purpose & Benefits of PowerView Motorization



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?


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!


  • 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



  • 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.

2. Take Rough Measurementsmeasurements.png

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!


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!


Summertime Savings: Energy Efficiency & Protection in Your Home

Fun in the Sun

The summer season has officially started!  This means long days under the sun, poolside activities, campfire nights, beach trips, and quick stops to your local ice-cream stand.  What’s better than opening the blinds to enjoy the view and fresh air while getting some natural light to brighten up your homes?  Unfortunately, heat waves and beaming sun rays can not only leave a mark on your floor and furnishings, but can also leave its mark in your checkbook.


Damaging UV Rays

Over the years spent in your home, you may have realized that the lovely blue sofa you purchased is now a whole shade lighter.  But, how could this be?  Faded and discolored furniture and floorings in front of windows and doors are common effects of the sun’s harmful rays.  It is a slow process, happening over time that ends up shocking you once it is too late.  UVA and UVB rays are responsible for over 40% of the damage, and it does not matter if the sun is out or not, the rays are powerful and they mean business.  However, with the right window treatments, much of this damage can be easily prevented!

The Cost of Staying Cool


Blasting the AC or central air units and plugging in multiple fans are the most common ways to battle the heat on those hot and humid 90 degree days.  However, this can lead to higher energy costs to keep your house at a comfortable temperature.

  • 11% of all energy consumption in the U.S. is for residential heating, cooling, and lighting.
  • The average Pennsylvania residential electrical bill from 2015 was $116 a month.
  • 5% of total energy in the U.S. is lost through windows.

In the summer, the hot air blazes through, causing your air conditioning units to have to work harder.  You could close your windows and shades, but then you would need more artificial lighting inside, adding to your energy costs.  So, how can you as an energy conscious consumer help combat these effects?

Window Treatments for the Win!

Don’t feel discouraged just yet, because there is an easy solution to these summertime struggles.  Window treatments are the simplest and most effective way to cut down on your energy bill by reducing heat flow, controlling solar heat, and enhancing daylighting!  Lucky for you, Ambiance Design sells customized Hunter Douglas window treatments to fit your specific needs for your home.  We have many treatments of varying styles that provide excellent UV protection from the sun’s harmful rays and to take advantage of natural lighting.

  • Duette Shadings
    • Honeycomb shape to resist heat flow and energy consumption
    • Most energy efficient of our treatments (95-99% UV protection)
  • Pirouettes and Silhouettes
    • sheer backing, enabling a clear-view, privacy, and protection
  • Parkland Wood Blinds and Newstyle Hybrid Shutters
    • Gives an earthier touch
    • Durable and long-lasting
    • Varying vane sizes for better view through

Duette Shades

To add to this excitement, many of our treatments can utilize the PowerView Motorization App, allowing you to schedule your treatments to open and close at specific positions and times during the day.  This way you have your treatments closed during the hottest time of day keeping your house cool while at work, but open and ready for you when you get home!   These Hunter Douglas products are durable, beautiful, and reasonably priced. There are so many options for you to choose from, and our team at Ambiance Design would love to help consult you to make these decisions easier.  Give us a call or stop in, and enjoy your summer!


How to keep warm while keeping money in your pockets.

It is official, Puxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, and there are 6 more weeks of winter.


Most people are probably frowning at this point, but I have something that could help make the season a little brighter and warmer!


Hunter Douglas is holding their Energy Smart Style savings event from now until April 10th, 2017. During this time you can receive a $100 rebate for every purchase of 1 Duette® Vertiglide® Honeycomb Shade, 2 Vignette® Modern Roman Shades, 4 Duette® Honeycomb Shades, 4 Solera® Soft Shades.

Each of these products have a high rating of energy efficiency to help you keep the warmth in and the cold out during the winter and the opposite during the summer.

Below are links to each product and their benefits. Check out our showroom or website to learn how you can start saving on your heating and cooling bill while receiving a great deal on your shades.

Duette® Vertiglide® Honeycomb Shade

Duette® Vertiglide® Honeycomb Shade

Vignette® Modern Roman Shade

Vignette® Modern Roman Shade

Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Solera® Soft Shades

Solera® Soft Shades


What it means to work with a Hunter Douglas Gallery

Ambiance Design has been in business for about 7 years now. When we work with clients, we like to give them a little background on where we came from, how we value what we do, and what sets us a part from other Hunter Douglas dealers. hunter-douglas-gallery-logoThere are many Hunter Douglas dealers and galleries around the areas we service, but the biggest piece that sets us apart from the crowd is our owner and lead consultantlaura-new-head-shot Laura Hawley. Before Laura created Ambiance Design, she actually worked for Hunter Douglas for 7 years in a few different departments. Laura started her career with Hunter Douglas in the customer service department, then moved over to technical support in the Willow Grove facility where she could see first-hand how products were made and worked on. She then moved to Hunter Douglas Corporate, where she was the team leader of the installation division finding installers throughout the east coast to install Hunter Douglas product for dealers’ projects. With all of Laura’s experience and vast knowledge of the product, she is a great addition to help our clients get the right product for their space.

Another reason to work with a Hunter Douglas Gallery like Ambiance Design, is the ability to offer our clients two select lines only offered through dealers with a certain level of investment. One line is the HD home_ursc_hunter_douglas_store_dOrigin collect for the Honeycomb shades and Nantucket shades. This gives us the ability to compete with the large box stores to get you a custom product at an entry level price. This is great when a client is looking to do a guest room or rooms they just need to cover, but do not want to have as large of a budget as say a Master bedroom.


The Right Choice Promise you receive is an additional benefit to working with a Hunter Douglas Gallery. imgres This is an amazing offer that can only be found through specific dealers. Hunter Douglas allows you to live with your custom product in your home for 21 days to make sure you love it. If you are not satisfied, you can return the product and get something new for only a small maintenance fee. If you decide to upgrade to a more expensive product, you just have to pay the difference. Being able to say you do not want a Custom Made product and not have to pay for a whole new one is practically unheard of. We are very excited to be able to offer this to our clients to make sure they are truly happy with their product.

Below is a video of Laura talking about her experience with Hunter Douglas as well as an amazing story of a client we were able to help get a completely new shade that should have cost around $1,200.00 for free. Take a look and leave a comment letting us know if you enjoyed the article. If there is something you would like to learn more about please let us know.




How can we save you money, check out 4 fast and easy ways now.

In being a Hunter Douglas Gallery, we get to offer many different incentives to our clients. One of our most popular incentives is the Rebate program Hunter Douglas offers. Four times a year Hunter Douglas takes different products and gives you money back. The four rebates we have this year are as follows:

– Federal Tax Credit

– Celebration of Light Savings event

– Smart Shades Savings event

– Season of Style Savings event

Federal tax Credit

January 1st – December 31st, 2016


Federal tax credits via the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, which gave federal tax credits on select energy-efficient products, have been reinstated for 2016. Note the products must be purchased between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 and must be installed by December 31, 2016. The tax credit can be submitted according to the limitations of the IRS. Please consult a tax professional for more information. The following products will begin your qualification for the tax rebate. Follow the link above to learn how to get the tax refund through the IRS.



Celebration of Light


April 12th – June 27th, 2016

Save $100 or more with qualifying purchases of:

1 Luminette® Privacy Sheer
2 Pirouette® Window Shadings
2 Silhouette® Window Shadings

Smart Shades 

Smart Shade Motorization RebateJuly 2nd, 2016 – September 12th, 2016

$150 rebate on any of the following purchases with PowerView Motorization:

1 Luminette® Privacy Sheer

1 Skyling® Gliding Window Panels

2 Pirouette® Window Shadings

2 Silhouette® Window Shadings

4 Alustra® Woven Textures

4 Duette® honeycomb shade

4 Design Studio™ Roman Shades

4 Designer Screen Shades

4 Designer Roller Shades

4 Pleated Shades

4 Provenance® Woven Wood Shades

4 Solera® Soft Shades

4 Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

The Alustra® Collection products from applicable product are included.

Season of Style


September 17th – December 12th, 2016

Fashionably early. Order your shades now and be ready for holiday parties. Receive a $100 Rebate on select Hunter Douglas window fashions:

1 Skyline®  Gliding Window Panels
2 Pirouette®  Window Shadings
2 Silhouette® Window Shadings
2 Vignette®  Modern Roman Shades
4 Duette®  Honeycomb shades

To learn more about the many rebates and offers we have at Ambiance Design, check out our website or come into our gallery located in Blue Bell, PA. We love saving our clients time and money while getting you the perfect product in your home.

Choosing the Correct Shutter just got that much easier


Shutters are a beautiful statement where ever they are used. Many people only think of them at a beach house or the mystery study that know one is allowed to enter. We are here to explain  the world of shutters for you and help you see this amazing product in a whole new light. We are going to talk about the 3 types of shutters Hunter Douglas offers, a little of the construction, the warranty, speciality shapes, and pricing.

In the images above we have the three different types of shutters Hunter Douglas offers. The first image represents the Heritance Hardwood Shutter.  This is top of the line, all wood shutter that comes in the most colors, stained or painted. The second image shows the NewStyle Hybrid Shutter.  This line is a mix of hardwood and Polymer materials that also allows you the option of stains and paint, just not as wide of a select as Heritance. The final image is the Palm Beach Shutter that is made with all polysatin material. This shutter only comes in white and is mainly used for bathrooms and beach homes to protect from the high moisture levels.

When making an investment in your home, you heritance_2014_dovetail_detailwant to make sure you are receiving the best for your money. With the Hunter Douglas Heritance Hardwood Shutter and NewStyle Hybrid Shutter, you can trust you are getting top of the line product. They are made with Dovetail construction, which is not usually heard of in the shutter world. This gives you a longer and more durable life to your shutters.

Along with the Dovetail construction, you have the optionpalmbeach_2009_tiltbardetail to get rid of the front tilt bar and get a rear tilt bar that is more durable, made out of metal and not seen to be pulled on. The front tilt bar is the standard look to shutters, but people usually think this is the only way you can move the large louvers and end up pulling the staples off the treatment or breaking the bar. You are actually supposed to move the louvers by moving one to the position of your desire and the tilt bar allows the remaining louvers to follow. With giving the option of a rear tilt, you also give more visibility when your shutters are closed and vanes open.



Shutters are truly a great feature in your home, and hd_warrantysomething that really adds to their value is the LifeTime Warranty that comes with them. Hunter Douglas has a Limited Warranty on most of their treatments to better your buying experience with them. Shutters come with their own unique number that allows the current owner (even if they did not purchase the shutters) to take ownership of them. If there is an issue with the shutter itself or the finish we can use this unique number to find the needed information and take care of the issue without money coming out of your pocket.

Another great point about Hunter Douglas Shutters is their ability to come in speciality shapes. 010d189d0717565720546d29d771393c20f64578 Each product is going to allow you to do something different. With the shutters you can get all different types of shapes ranging from a circle to the diamond. The louvers will be individually placed in the treatment at the time of installation. They will be made to look half open to allow sun in, but still giving you privacy and control of the light when they are placed at a 45 degree up angle.

Our final category, the one you probably are most concerned about, is pricing!  newstyle_2016rx_angletop_panels_honey_lvgrmBelieve me, we get it! You are looking for something that is going to look great in your house and not break the bank. We want to be the one to help you accomplish this! May it be any product we pride ourselves on being able to work within your budget. But enough about us, you want to hear about Shutters. So the breakdown of the shutters is as follows. Heritance Hardwood Shutters is top of the line, NewStyle Hybrid Shutters are middle of the road and the Palm Beach Polysatin Shutters is your entry level price. For a standard size window, you are looking at a starting point of $600.00 per window going upwards of $1,200 per window. Besides the type of shutter, other areas that will influence your pricing are; size of the window, shape of the window, stained or painted finish and tilt bar location.

Try to keep these few categories in mind when you are looking around for your next window treatment. If you are looking for more information about shutters or shades in general check out our showroom located in Blue Bell, PA.


What you are really getting when you purchase Hunter Douglas Window Treatments

People always ask why we only sell Hunter Douglas window treatments. We would have to say the major reason is because they stand behind the product they produce. That is why we want to take you through the Limited Lifetime Guarantee with Hunter Douglas and help you better understand all that you are getting when you purchase Hunter Douglas window treatments. warranty_image_EN

First off, lets breakdown what is covered by the Lifetime Limited Warranty vs what is not covered.


  • Hunter Douglas window fashion products are covered for defects in materials, workmanship, or failure to operate for as long as the original retail purchaser owns the product (unless shorter periods are provided below)
    • This means you have to be the one that purchased the shades. IF you are inheriting the shades, ONLY the Hunter Douglas Shutters warranty will transfer from owner to owner.
  • All internal mechanisms.
    • The inner working of the shade that allows the cords and material to move up and down AKA the lift system.
  • Components and brackets.
  • Fabric delamination.
    • The glue line fails on a product and it begins or completely falls apart, effecting the shade.
  • Operational cords for a full 7 years from the date of purchase.
    • Cords that lift and lower the shades on a standard cord system.
  • Repairs and/or replacements will be made with like or similar parts or products.
  • Hunter Douglas motorization components are covered for 5 years from the date of purchase.

Not Covered

  • Any conditions caused by normal wear and tear.
  • Abuse, accidents, misuse or alterations to the product.
  • Exposure to the elements (sun damage, wind, water/ moisture) and discoloration or fading over time.
  • Failure to follow our instructions with respect to measurement, proper installation, cleaning or maintenance.
    • If you decide to not have your product installed by a certified installer you void the warranty.
  • Shipping charges, cost of removal and reinstallation.


If you are someone who has inherited Hunter Douglas shades that are not Shutters, the warranty does not carry over. If, however, you need parts, you can go through your local Hunter Douglas dealer or call the support line at 1-800-789-0331 to order parts at no charge.


When you order any products of Hunter Douglas, you will receive a warranty registration packet that goes over all of this information as well as a fill out form to send back to Hunter Douglas to keep your information on file. This comes in handy in case the business you get your shades from goes out of business. We have made it even easier for you with the following links to take you right where you need to be for your warranty, part requests, and full lifetime Guarantee.

Warranty Registration

Parts Request Form

Lifetime Guarantee

5 Easy ways to cut your heating and cooling bill

Duette-Infrared-imageEnergy Efficiency is one of the leading reasons people update their window treatments. It is a great way to cut cost on your energy bills. Yesterday we had Laura streaming live on Facebook talking about the different products Hunter Douglas has to offer with amazing energy efficiency and all the benefits they can have for your homes. Here is a breakdown of what we spoke about, as well as the video for your convenience!

Air Pockets

When working with the Honeycomb Shade family, you are covering your windows with the top of the line protection to help control the heat transfer in your home. The major reason for this is because of the construction of the shades. architella_closed_1They are built to give you air pockets, allowing the air to get caught each time through the fabric before coming in or leaving your space. As you can see from the image at the top of the article, the Honeycomb shade can range from 1 to 5 separate air pockets. This is accomplished through the honeycomb design, as you upgrade your honeycomb you are adding an additional layer of protection to your windows.  The Architella shade has 2 honeycombs that gives you 3 air pockets. The Trielle shade has 3 honeycombs inside each other to give you 5 air pockets!

Energy Efficiency Layout

Let me further break this down because just hearing how much energy you can save from a window treatment doesn’t always get you excited or make you believe.

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Check out this thermal image that shows you the difference in having an energy efficient shade or not.

Did you know 40% of energy is lost and gained through your windows! Putting some type of protection on them could be the difference in your bill and the comfort you have while in your space.

With each layer you put on your windows, it is going to better your insulation. We like to highlight the Hunter Douglas Honeycomb shades because with just one product you can triple or quadruple your energy efficiency.



Not everyone loves the look of a honeycomb shade but wants to be energy efficient. Some other options your can go with are drapery panels or liners.

Drapery can be done with different types of liners. This allows you to protect the whole window in fabric or use a stationary panel on the ends of the window covering where the gaps are from the treatment to the window itself.  You can also get products from Hunter Douglas that come with the option of adding a liner. Some liners can be separate, allowing you to move each piece by itself or attached with the liner and shade moving together.

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I am not lying when I say the Honeycomb shades are amazing for energy efficiency, and now I can back this statement up with some amazing news. Hunter Douglas has created the Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades Tax Credit. This allows you to get up to $500.00 in a tax credit for 2016 just for having the treatment on your windows, that comes to about 10% of your cost. As with everything involved in getting money back there are restrictions and guidelines. Click on the link above to download the specs on what type of fabric and lift system you must have as well as the size restrictions for the credit. The credit does not include your cost of installation and measurement when ran. You can always come in to our showroom and our consultants can lead you in the right direction to get your best value.

How to choose bedding that WON’T make you want to pull your hair out.


We have expanded to carry a custom bedding line called Eastern Accents. The company is based out of Chicago and only available to through the trade. Since Eastern Accents was started in 1989 by a husband and wife, they have grown to carry 7 collections along with their own signature pieces.  An overview of Eastern Accents for your knowledge:

“Eastern Accents designs and manufactures luxury bedding and home accessories for the trade. Our product is available through retailers and interior designers across North America. We specialize in several styles of traditional and contemporary bedding, as well as Italian fine bedding linens, luxury throw pillows, sassy phrase pillows, and holiday décor. Items include shams, designer pillows, bedding sets, duvet covers and comforters, upholstered furniture, drapery hardware and curtain panels, trims and fabrics, inserts, and more. We are also proud to feature private label projects such as Barclay Butera Lifestyles Bedding, Thomasville Top of Bed, and an assortment of soft home furnishings for Room and Board. For custom bedding, draperies, and upholstered furniture, our custom workroom stocks hundreds of luxury fabrics and trimmings and works with C.O.M. Use our information page or check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for additional details about where to find Eastern Accents products.”

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“Inspired by luxury resorts of the British West Indies, our classic Ceylon will transform your bedroom into an idyllic Caribbean paradise. An ethnic indigo and ivory ikat set the bed set’s serene, eclectic tone. Accessorize with a few decorative pillows, a functional storage ottoman, and matching window panels.”

With our new gallery location, we were able to have a custom bed made for our space to display Eastern Accents. This way we can show our clients a small piece of what they are able to do in their space. We get a lot of questions about what can be done in this section, so let me take you through a rundown of what we offer our clients.

Pillows: Accent, Throw & Bedding

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Bedding: Select Collections

Thom Filicia – http://thomfilicia.easternaccents.com/

Barclay Butera – http://barclaybutera.easternaccents.com/

Marquise – http://marquise.easternaccents.com/

Niche – http://niche.easternaccents.com/

De’Medici – http://demedici.easternaccents.com/

Studio 773 – http://studio773pillows.easternaccents.com/

Holiday – http://holiday.easternaccents.com/

Accessories: Blankets and Runners


Furniture: Ottomans & Stools/ Beds & Headboards


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Fabrics & Trim


Drapery: Almost any fabric you see in a collection can be bought by the yard then made into custom treatments or other pieces.

All of the images you see above are a small look to what Eastern Accents can offer you. Please check out our Gallery location and Eastern Accents website for more information.

“Vivid shades of raspberry and grass pair beautifully with Tresco’s vivacious floral, evoking a colorful English garden scene for a bold, editorial style. Truly one of a kind, this collection will bring an exclusive, designer feel to any space. Pair with crisp, white linens or a luxuriously textured coverlet for a glamorous take on summertime charm all year round.”

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