Purchasing from an ‘Independent’ versus a ‘Box Store’

Purchasing from an ‘Independent’ versus a ‘Box Store’

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Purchasing from an ‘Independent’ versus a ‘Box Store’

Purchasing window coverings for your new or existing home can be a large investment in your time and money. There are many suppliers available that will happily sell you window coverings, but are you really getting what you need or want and actually getting the best value and price?

‘Box Stores’ may offer seemingly great deals, but there are risks involved in purchasing from them. Although they may carry a wide range of products, they do not necessarily have access to all the products that are available, or the highest quality of products available. They also may not have the expertise to advise you as to which product is suitable for your type and style of window nor understand your true needs for window coverings.

An ‘Independent’ window covering company has access to a wide range of quality products and has the training, knowledge and experience to ensure that the window coverings you choose are suitable for your windows. They will take the time and work closely with you in your home to determine your true needs – light control?, privacy?, both?. They can help you create and/or enhance the style of your home by choosing window coverings that are right for you.

In addition, service is a huge consideration – a “Box Store” will sell you window coverings and possibly install them for you, but what happens if something doesn’t fit or operate properly? Or if something goes wrong down the road? An “Independent” window covering company will ensure that your window coverings are properly measured so that they will fit, the installer will make sure that the product is operating properly once in place. And if anything happens to your window coverings down the road, you have the peace-of-mind knowing that it will be taken care of in a professional and timely manner.

So saying, not all ‘Independent’ window covering companies are the same – be sure to ask a lot of questions first:
• Are the Sales Consultants trained and certified?
• Are the Installers trained and certified?
• What is the product’s warranty and what does it include / not include?
• Is there a company service warranty to back up the product warranty?
• What is the cost to you for future service?
• Check out the company reviews and ask for referrals

Often a deal is not what it seems – by carefully choosing an ‘Independent’ window covering company, you will save yourself time and money, now and in the future.

Why Ask a Designer?

Why Ask a Designer?

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In today’s fast paced and busy society, time is a major consideration in any home décor decision…..especially with your window coverings.
There are so many things to think about when deciding on how to finish your windows….style, color, function, light control, not to mention the endless options available in today’s design world!
Your home is a reflection of who you are and the life you share with your family and friends and you want to be able to make the right choices for the right money!
With all the options, it is so much easier to achieve your goal with a professional game plan in place and a well-trained window covering consultant!

Your home is a reflection of who you are and the life you share with your family and friends…

At Normandeau Window Coverings, we can help you avoid costly mistakes and wasting hours of your precious time by measuring properly, finding you the right fabric and blind choice for your décor and environment! Our experience in the design and window décor industry opens up many avenues of available choices to help you create a warm and inviting environment.

Our goal at Niormandeau is to help you achieve the dream home that you will enjoy for years to come. You won’t be sorry that you called us first!!!

Drapery Side Panels and a View

Drapery Side Panels and a View

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These clients have a wonderful expansive view of the Bow River valley and the Rocky Mountains here in Calgary, Alberta. They wanted to dress up their windows but not compromise their view. The main floor of the home is open with all spaces visible to the others, so it was decided to use the same fabric throughout. The drapery hardware is wood in a dark walnut colour, the decorative rings and finials add a classic touch. The fabric chosen has an abstract pattern in black and grays with a metallic thread, giving an elegant and rich feel.

The Dining Room and Stairwell have drapery rods across the full width of the windows. The Living Room and Nook have panels on short drapery rods at the sides of the windows, the corners of the nook are treated as one panel – leaving most of the glass open and framing the view. The office has a different treatment – mock Roman Valances in the same fabric create interest and soften the look of the existing blinds.

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Stairwell Before

Stairwell After

Nook Before

Nook After

Office Before

Office After

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When in Calgary and surrounding areas the views can be extensive and beautiful! If you are looking for a window coverings company that cares for you and goes above and beyond to meet your needs Normandeau Window Coverings will be a natural choice. Give us a call to book an FREE in-home consultation to find out what will work best to optimize your view with the many options for beautiful window coverings that we can bring to you!

Drapery Hardware – Kirsch Wood Trends

Fabric – Wind – Pattern Rhyme

Designer – Margo

Ripplefold Drapery

Ripplefold Drapery

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This client has undergone an extensive renovation of their home – transforming it from a traditional style house to a fabulous modern home.  The Dining Room features a full height window in the center with two smaller windows on the adjacent angled walls, allowing an abundance of natural light to fill the space.

Hunter Douglas Architella Duette Honeycomb shades were added to the three windows to allow for complete privacy and light control when required.  A sheer white linen fabric was chosen for the drapery – filtering light and adding warm texture.  The clients did not want traditional pinch pleated drapery, so a Ripplefold Drapery Track system was used.

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The system consists of a flat fabric header that is sewn directly to the top of the drape – there are clips or snaps which are attached to carriers in the drapery track. The spacing of the carriers in the track creates soft rolled pleats – a clean, simple style that is very modern in appearance.  In this case, the track was installed on the ceiling, providing a dramatic full height backdrop for the dining table.  An additional benefit is that the fabric drapery provides acoustic control within the space.

This simple window treatment enhances the space – adding softness and warmth without detracting from the clean, modern look of the home.

Want to enhance your room design and style? Book a free in-home consultation today!

Window Covering Solutions Series V

Window Covering Solutions Series V

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A customer needed an upgrade on her window coverings in her wine room.  She originally had pleated shades that were over ten years old and did no longer go with the “drama” of the room.  She was looking to control the light while achieving a natural look.  She had 3 large wine casks in the room and darker color tones in her flooring.

Parkland Wood Blinds


window coverings OkanaganWe chose a “firewood” color in the Textures line of the Parkland Wood Blinds.  Our optional de-Light™ feature hides cord holes, reduces light leaks and increases privacy. Parkland® wood cornices and Bridgeview™ Cornices are perfect top treatments for any Hunter Douglas window fashion. Made of 100% domestic wood, hand finished and assembled by true craftsmen.

Available in a variety of styles and heights. The look of the blinds aligns with the natural wood grain finishes in the room and compliments the dark tones in the floor.

Talk to Normandeau experts today and learn how you can use your window coverings to transform your home!