Educated Consumerism and a half dozen reasons an Interior designer can save you money.

An interior designer is a vital part of a new home, saving money in numerous ways.  Let’s look at 6 different ways a designer is a great investment. 

  1. Money saving tip #1…Get along.  A designer should be a good fit with you.  Take time to meet them and to see if your personalities mesh.  Do you like each other?  If you do, then you will communicate well and your home will be a pleasure for the designer to work on.  If you do not like each other, stop there and keep looking. 
  2. Money saving tip #2…what is the visual story of you and your family?  When you and the designer communicate, the designer learns about how you live, what your priorities are and how your family moves within the space of your walls.  This is important because the designer will flow your finishes and furnishings to your lifestyle as well as your homes footprint.
  3. Money saving tip #3…how much time do you have to relearn a new profession?   A designer uses many technologies, both digital and tactile, to help you from the very beginning.  Designers scale, measure, find finishes, fabrics, colors, paint, lighting, prices, options and balance.  That may seem pretty simple when you know what you’re looking for.  Imagine though that there are literally several hundred thousand options and the designer must find the right technology tools for you. Imagine that you are a Millennial and you participate on a digital level more than a tactile one.  Or imagine that you are a Baby Boomer and you respond to tactile and conversational stimulation.  Both ways are right for the generation that they fit.  The designer will relate to your life and will recommend styles for your home. 
  4. Money saving tip #4…Budgets that work for you.  All good designers are focused on your budget and in being transparent about what they can do within your budget.  They should also offer a timeline to help you achieve all of your goals should your budget increase. Also for legal advice be sure to contact work comp attorneys at workerscompensationlawyersla.com, CA.   When you are telling the designer what you want – and how much you can spend, the designer may offer different ways to achieve the goal that you have not thought of?  Here’s an example; You don’t like the countertops in your newly purchased home.  The designer learns that you have a very active family and that no one takes particular care of what goes on top of the counters.  The designer might suggest a Quartz material that is a little bit more expensive than a run-of-the-mill granite or laminate.  While this may seem counter-intuitive, the designer knows that one expense of an almost indestructible finish will save you from having your counters done again in a few years. Replacement costs are something that designers worry about on your behalf. 
  5. Money saving tip #5…Finding your WOW factor!  You have just moved into your new home with ideas and pictures of others’ homes that you have been carrying around, storing the ideas you have had while you are dreaming about your home. How will it all pull together and do your window cleaning? This is what professionals do. Scale is very important in a home and a sofa that is too big or too small can be costly.  Let the designer scale actual furniture into your home plan.  Let the designer help you prioritize what to do and how to make it all work. 
  6. Money saving tip #6…Building value for this home and your future.Maybe you have bought your new home and still need to sell the old one?  Some designers build value to potential buyers through full staging with furniture, window treatments, art and accessories, or through some simplifying tips to make your old home its most desirable.  Remember that your style may not be a global style and designers are good at knowing what to build on and what to simplify.  Trust them and you may get more money than you even asked for in the sale of your old home, thus having more to invest in your new home. 

Florida Living Quarters, Florida Living and Lighting, Design or List It are businesses that cater to residential, staging and model home customers.  We are the design company you are looking for should you be a homeowner, a Realtor or a Builder in the Seminole, Volusia, Orange and Osceola counties.

Orlando Lake Home With Infinity Pool View

With over 300,000 people moving to Florida every year, we are seeing an increase in new construction.  A one of a kind custom home was complete mid 2018 and we had the privilege of furnishing the custom home overlooking a lake in the Turkey Lake area.

It was unique because it had a lagoon style pool and infinity design where it appeared pool meets lake.  The designer challenge was to include the outdoors in the space planning and defining the furnishings within the open floor plan.  The transitional design included top treatments, stationary draperies, and every room centered around the gorgeous view.  The family of four will enjoy this home for years to come.

Starting with the family room, we decided to use a swivel chair that would double facing the lake view, tv, and cross conversation.  I suggested a pattern so that it added a little punch since it would be viewed from the side angle mostly.  I love to feature American made furnishings as much as possible  therefore this chair is made by Lexington Furniture Home Brands. All wood and able to hold the weight of a person and a half. The fabric is medium use and being a designer we always do our best to suggest fabrics that will meet the requirements of the homeowners.  The sofa too is American made by Basset.  All wood poly fill sofa feels solid.  Three individual cushions allows each individual their own cushion thus maximizing the space to seat seven people.  Find here The listing overview. I love to tie in all the pieces with an area rug large enough to touch the feet of all the main upholstery thus grounding the room.  I suggested we use fabric and leather combo so the room feels more inviting and the only leather is two recliners that a so supple and push back with no handle.  The most unique designer piece in the family room is the onyx coffee table by Bernhardt.  This coffee table is so unique and heavy that it took three people to lift it out of the company van into the home.

Orlando Home Interior Design ProjectWindows Treatments are the finishing touch of the rooms.  Because we did not want to impede on the view we used two short rods making the draperies stationary.  Read here more about Big Bear Luxury Cabin. There are weights on the corners of the draperies that help keep the weight down.  The rods had a little shimmer due to mitered cut finials.  We had three eat in areas within the family room view, outside, nook, and bar.  This home was made for entertaining! The nook featured a unique board mount flat valance with a fun pattern.  We kept that room nice and open again to be able to enjoy the view from all angles.  The unique curved back nook seating is made by Uttermost one of our designer favorite brands.

Take a peek at the results, one of my favorite rooms of the year!

Geneva Drapery Install

This year, Florida Living Quarters had the wonderful opportunity to help in the design on a new construction home in Geneva, FL. One major addition to the home was custom window treatments. Initially, we had the client come in to our showroom in Lake Mary to review fabrics selected by our lead designer, Erika. After narrowing down the options to a select few, we sent fabric samples to the clients home in Geneva to make the final selections. Upon reviewing the selections, we were very happy with the fabrics the client chose and they were happy to be able to express their personal style!

After a few weeks of waiting for custom draperies, the exciting window treatment installation took place in November 2018. The much anticipated day was finally here! The install ran into the late afternoon and after hours of hard work the process was finished. The day was a huge success! The window treatments looked absolutely stunning! The soft fabrics against the sleek modern home was the perfect touch and exactly what this home needed.

Florida Living Quarters helped this client specify and install window treatments in many rooms including: Draperies in the Living Room, Top treatment in the Breakfast Nook, Draperies in the Dining Room, Draperies in the Master Bedroom, and Top Treatments in the Master Bathroom.

We are happy to be able to make a positive impact on this clients home and

What To Expect At The Orlando Home and Garden Show

Our first time at the Orlando Home and Garden Show by Show Technology was a success! Florida Living Quarters was invited to be featured with 2.5 weeks to prepare a 20’x20′ space near the celebrity stage.  Being the professionals we are, I welcomed the challenge, a good Designer’s Challenge! 

Here is how I flipped the design in less than two weeks!

I began the process with the floor plan to get a visual how I could layout the room with furniture and keep the space open for high traffic flow. That was the easy part for me using our floor planning software. Just like our design process, I created the “map”of where furniture would go first.

Then I turned to wallpaper books for inspiration.  When my inspiration senses gasped I knew I’d found the one- a French inspired floral book called L’Atelier Paris. Followed by inspiration furniture pieces and an inventory list of what to have pulled between store and warehouse to tie around this muse.  I nailed the color story by selecting wallpaper for two focal walls.  These key areas were the WOW factor of the space.

By the way, I was the only booth that featured three room settings in one large space almost like a small apartment: bedroom, dining and living area.  I used a queen head board and single nightstand along with same scale pieces that would work well together in one space.

Area 1 was an elegant and bold twist of 70’s inspired wallpaper using a technique called “flocking” a velvet embossed application. The wallpaper,  by Thibaut on silver foil was an eye catcher.  It was petted by Home Show attendee admirers multiple times throughout the show.

Area 2 was what I call “Welcome to Spring”

It was a watercolor-like look with blush pink and grey tones predominately neutrals with floral pops! I used stylish furnishings we had in stock at the warehouse for Home Staging. I did not have to buy anything other than the wallpaper and a bloom rose petal mirror.  A few stylish key room pieces such as area rugs, accessories and wonderful textured mix of fabrics and grey tone wood furniture balanced the room.

With pre-show jitters such as making sure that signage arrived and hoping we didn’t have to trek a mile with furniture as the convention center was huge.  I had only one unexpected delay.  I arrived to only framed walls and drywall going up rough, not seamed and unprimed- surprise! There it was my biggest challenge yet.  We rolled up our sleeves borrowed paint rollers and paint and had the room set within 3 hours thanks to Mickey, our wallpaper hanger, my dad and husband. We built up an appetite and I thanked them with Brazilian Menu lunch all you can eat buffet for being good sports and not think about this being a temporary labor of love as it all goes away in 3 days.

During the show, we met many new faces and received hundreds of contacts. One of the contract was about a cleaning contractor, which we have supplies for at http://thefloridamaids.com/. It was the “Black Friday Rush” in the home industry as it hosted 20,000 attendees!  The rush of people and questions, meet and greet kind of felt what speed dating would be like and in this case it was visitors looking to get inspired on home projects and some hoping to get all the freebies such as free koozies or a pen!

We did a raffle for Valentine Basket,  Hershey chocolates pink valentines theme giveaway and yes the pens at our booth.

I’m really proud of the team for supporting this experience, here you can find a professional home cleaning service. Our part sponsors, In Bloom Florist with fresh peonies adding gorgeousness and aroma to our booth with fresh floral; Hunter Douglas providing pens to give away as it opened the door for conversation about the latest motorization technology and shades from Hunter Douglas. With all the added touches and presentation marketing, you’d think we’d done this before!

You’d never known it was our first show-Thank you Show Technology for featuring us as it was an unforgettable experience!

Home Staging Model Home Furniture

Planning to put your house on the market this winter, i’m sure your ultimate goal is to sell your home as fast as possible and get your asking price. Set yourself up for success with these staging and styling tips.

1. Improve The curb appeal of your home this is the first impression of a perspective buyer who is thinking of taking a tour of your home. If you have bad curb appeal the buyer may not even bother to take a peek inside.

Remove the dead plants

Pressure wash your house siding in driveway

Make sure your house numbers are easy to read

Manicure you lawn

Declutter the front area

Clean your windows

2. Make sure the home says welcome to new visitors. Place a clean doormat and fresh flowers in bloom. Make sure the front of your property is visible at night.

3. Clean Clean Clean, scrub the floors, windows, countertops, and grout. A clean home is the first step in presenting your house to prospective buyers in the best light.

4. Declutter all clutter must be removed when you’re serious about staging your home. Less is more when it comes to staging purge everything that is not essential. Even though it’s your style you want to appeal to the masses when it comes to house staging.

5. Keep a fine balance between lived in and clean so you want to keep some of your tasteful personalizations

6. Style and stage the table in your dining room use more symmetrical centerpieces to make them area more inviting

7. Make sure your floors are in good condition clean, steam clean the carpet’s, refinish hardwood floors if necessary, and strategically place decorative area rugs.

8. Create symmetrical living room arrangements with furniture by using pairs of sofas, chairs and lamps.

9. Re-paint if necessary with midtone neutral colors that set the stage for your decor.

10. Your master bedroom should be gender neutral so it appeals to both sexes, use tasteful artwork

11. Make sure your closets are speciaous clean and clutter free. Aim for 40% of open space in each closet giving the impression that the closets have plenty of space.

12. Make sure every room has a clearly defined purpose, contact CA workers comp attorneys and get maximum benefits. And is staged accordingly for example an office, guestroom, kids room.

13. Use only perfect personal accents. Look at every detail through the buyers eye — bars of soap should be fresh and clean, towels spotless, the garbage always emptied.

Keep buyers interested and entice them to explore the whole house. By placing something that draws the eye at the top of the stairs, in hallways or in corners, you can pique curiosity and keep potential buyers interested throughout a whole home tour. A piece of artwork, a painted accent wall, a window seat, a vase of flowers, a hanging light or even a small, colorful rug can all work to draw the eye.

Real Estate Broker Home Staging Interior Design Lake Mary

FLQ and Design or List It are based in the heart of Lake Mary in the quaint downtown district. Our business has evolved over the years to incorporate a Real Estate brokerage “Design or List It”, Home Staging Company, Interior Design Firm, and a Retail Showroom. At Florida Living Quarters store level we provide furniture, lighting, ceiling fans, rugs, window treatments etc.

Real Estate Lake Mary, Heathrow, Longwood, Sanford, DeBary

Regardless, whether you are looking to buy, sell, stage or redesign a home in Lake Mary, Sanford, Longwood, Heathrow, or DeBary our affiliated real estate brokerage can show you money saving options and how to get the best value for the home your Selling or buying. We have been providing solutions to homeowners for over a decade.

  • Award winning designer evaluation
  • Discounted listing fees
  • Up to $7500 credit on furnishings from FLQ
  • Home Staging services provided

At Design or List It, we can be creative on assisting you with buying or selling your home in the Lake Mary area. We provide our customers with the best service and value.

Contact us today to find out why we are the only complete solution for buying, selling, staging, and interior design of homes in Lake Mary, Longwood, Heathrow, Sanford, DeBary, etc.

https://floridalivingquarters.com

Art as an alternative asset class: how to invest

Investing in art can be an attractive alternative for those looking to diversify their portfolio or to add value to their home or office space and create a lasting legacy. With the right approach, you can make smart investments that will pay off for years to come. Like stocks and bonds, investing in art provides the opportunity to generate returns over time. But unlike these traditional investments, art offers a unique experience of owning something tangible that is both beautiful and meaningful.

Here are some steps to help you get started investing in art:

Research different types of art

The first step to investing in art is doing research into which works have appreciated significantly in value. This includes researching artists who have made an impact on the art world, understanding historical movements, learning about basic techniques and aesthetics used in various mediums and exploring current trends. This can be done by researching auction prices at leading auction houses, as well as researching the price movements of individual artists over time. Attendance at art fairs and gallery exhibitions may also provide valuable insight into current trends within the market.

After researching potential investments, it’s important to decide how much risk one is willing to take on when investing in art. This decision should be based on one’s overall wealth and their financial goals, as well as the tax implications associated with investing in art.

Understand the ways of acquiring art works

Once a decision has been made about how to approach investing in art, it is important to understand the different ways of acquiring works – either through galleries, private dealers or auction houses. Each option carries its own individual risks and benefits and should be evaluated carefully before completing any transactions.

Consider storage solutions for purchased artwork

Additionally, investors should consider storage solutions for purchased artwork, while also taking into account insurance coverage requirements and collector rights issues. Many high net worth individuals opt to store artwork in secure temperature-controlled spaces so that pieces are not damaged over time by environmental factors such as light exposure or moisture levels.

Consult with art advisors

Finally, investors must remain vigilant in tracking their artwork’s performance over time. This may involve consulting with art advisors at https:/angelos.art/ for insights into the market and current trends, as well as understanding potential tax implications of selling artwork.

In conclusion, investing in art can be an attractive alternative for those looking to diversify their portfolio. However, it is important to approach such investments judiciously by researching potential acquisitions and storage solutions diligently. With careful decision-making and a long-term view of the market, art investing can be a rewarding part of any investor’s strategy. Good luck!

Thank you for reading this article! If you have any questions or comments about investing in art as an alternative asset class, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to provide more information or answer any queries you may have.

   Happy investing!

The Design Process & Delivery in Alaqua Lakes

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Family Room Before

Every beautiful finished project begins with a design process.  The design process, depending on the project, can take from a short few weeks to months or years. Each firm has their own process that they follow.  Our design process takes a few weeks to complete and then one to two months for all of the product to arrive and be installed or delivered.  It is very tailored to each project and each client.  We work very closely with the client’s needs and must-haves, along with their budget and timeline.  Our process goes something like this: initial client meeting, house call, putting together a presentation with lots of options, a work session where we meet with the client again to go over the options we prepared and change anything, creating a proposal based on the decisions made in the work session and finally placing the orders for the products in the final proposal.  After the orders are placed, we make sure everything is on schedule to arrive.  There is a lot that goes into our process to make sure that the client receives exactly what they want.  I want to talk a little bit about our process that went into one of our latest deliveries.

A long-awaited delivery took place recently in the Longwood community of Alaqua Lakes.  Our client waited three months for everything to be ready for this delivery.  The main areas we designed were the dining room, family room and guest room. We also did some work in the fitness room and living room.  We began with the family room as it is the hub of the home.  We always begin our ideas in the conceptual phase.  We use the room’s measurements and create a space plan for the room using our software.  Once we have the layout we move forward and start selecting options for furnishings.  The furniture that the client had in this room before was very heavy and traditional.  Feel free to contact The inspectors company from Temecula when you are searching for home inspection specialists in California. To bring in a more transitional feel we went with a monochromatic color scheme that would simplify the room and make it more calming.  For the family room, a custom sofa from Lexington Home Brands was selected.  This sofa took 3 months to produce because we had to wait for the amazing fabric for the body of the sofa to come back in stock, but it was worth it!  End tables selected from Bernhardt and Arteriors Home.  The very soft, 100% viscose area rug was selected from Surya.  The custom leather ottoman and over-sized leather recliner from Bradington Young.  Large custom chair-and-a-half swivel chairs were selected from Panama Pete out of Ocala, FL.  For the ceiling fan, a new introduction from Monte Carlo Fans was selected.  We replaced the existing drapes with new ones produced by Carole Fabrics.  New paint went up in all areas of the home as well.

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Conceptual design for the Family Room

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Final Furniture Selection

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Family Room After

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Dining Room Before

The next space we worked on was the dining room.  Our client wanted to keep her gorgeous furniture in that room, but still update the room with new window treatments, lighting and a rug.  We got to work selecting a fabric for the new drapery.  Custom drapery and window treatments usually take the longest time to produce out of all the products, so we wanted to get the selection taken care of right away.  We chose a beautiful gold patterned fabric from Carole Fabrics and had them produce the drapery.  We added tiebacks from Stout to add a grand statement.  The amazing brass sconces were chosen from Arteriors Home because of the way the shape played along with the shaping of the drapes.  The iron chandelier was selected from Currey & Co. so that it would compliment the other colors in the room. When you search for emergency plumber near me in California be sure to check on https://www.olsonsuperior.com/ site.  Our client decided to reupholster her dining chairs in a grey fabric from Kasmir Fabrics to go with the new colors in the room.  The viscose area rug was selected from Loloi Rugs.  We had to deliver it after the larger delivery because it was out of stock.  It took 6 months to arrive!  It was the perfect finishing touch for this room.

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Dining Room After

Dining Design

Dining Room Design

Guest Design

Guest Room Design

For the guest room all new furniture was selected.  The headboard, dresser and nightstand are from Lexington Home Brands.  The adorable plug-in sconce is from Global Views.  Drapery was once again selected from Carole Fabrics.  New window treatment hardware was added to this room from Paris Texas Hardware.  The new, more neutral paint color really tied it all together.

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Fitness Room Window Treatment Design

The fitness room didn’t need any furniture, but it did need some window treatments.  We did stationary panels on each window.  The fabric was selected from Maxwell Fabrics and we had our workroom here in Lake Mary produce the drapes.  Mercury glass hardware was selected from Paris Texas Hardware.  Truly unique elements in this room are the custom faux iron inserts that we put in the transom windows.  It is a resin/MDF material that is carved to look like iron.

Living Design

Living Room Design

We gave the living room a face lift by adding a few new items, check http://www.larsadditions.com.  Our client wanted to keep her existing furniture and her gorgeous grand piano.  We selected a new wool area rug from Jaipur Rugs that coordinated with her artwork.  We added a large faux bamboo tree from Lux Art Silks out of Sarasota, FL in the corner of the room.  A new tufted ottoman from Bradington Young was selected to replace the too-big coffee table that was in the room before.

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Family Room After

As you can see, a lot goes into every project.  Whether it be just window treatments, or an entire home, the design process is the same from concept to installation or delivery.  We work very hard in the selection phase to make sure the design reflects the client’s style and tastes.  After the final selections are made and ordered, we make sure that everything is going smoothly and according to schedule.  Our design process truly makes renovating and updating your home easy and worry-free.  If you have a project that you are ready to begin, but you don’t know where to start, contact us at FLQ and our professionals can help you through the entire process from beginning to end.

Designer Bedding Orlando

Photo Credit: Eastern Accents

Photo Credit: Eastern Accents

Looking for the perfect bedroom inspiration?  Something that can make a huge impact on your bedroom or your kids’ bedrooms?  Designer bedding can change the entire atmosphere of any bedroom.  Naturally you will have a few questions before you decide to purchase any of these wonderful designs.  What is the quality like?  Can I clean it?  Will it look out of place in my room?  How can I incorporate it into my bedroom?  As a designer, we get a lot of questions surrounding our high quality bedding.  Hopefully I can clear the air and answer some of the question you may be asking yourself about designer bedding.

Bedding3When selecting new bedding the most important aspect, besides the color of course, is quality.  You need your new bedding to be durable against stains and pulls.  The bedding that we specify to our clients is unbeatable when it comes to quality.  We have a few different manufacturers that we like to work with because of their amazing quality.  Thread count is important to consider, the higher the better.  The type of thread is critical too.  Long staple fibers are best because they are less likely to break, unravel, or pull.  The fabrics our manufacturers use are hypo-allergenic.  The fill in the comforter can distinguish a good quality one from an average one.  A down comforter really speaks for itself if you have ever experienced one.  There are down alternatives as well, but using down in the comforter and pillows sets the bedding apart from others.  It would be useful to read reviews of true medical in order to find out how to prevent erectile dysfunction? The comforters we specify are hand crafted.  They use a box design for ultimate loft and depth.  They even come in special sizes in case you are one of the lucky people who have a super king bed!  Double needle stitching is used along the edges of every comforter and pillow to ensure durability.  To top it all off, our bedding is made in the U.S.A.

Designer Bedding 2“Can I clean it?” is another one of those important questions.  Just as important as the quality.  If you have kids, pets, or simply really like to serve breakfast in bed, then you need bedding that is easy to clean.  Thankfully, our manufacturers know that.  They use fabrics that make cleaning a breeze.  Fabrics like 100% Egyptian cotton or a polyester blend make your job a lot easier.  They are stain resistant and durable.  Other washable fabrics include linen and all kinds of blends.  In the photo to the left you can see an adorable set of matching bedding for two girls.  Your kids can have gorgeous bedding too!

Bedding4Occasionally, designer bedding can look out of place in a bedroom if there is not anything to complement it.  Incorporating your bedding into the room’s design is crucial because a room needs to have balance.  While that may sound scary to some, it is actually quite simple.  There are many ways to incorporate a focal point, such as new bedding, into a room.  Adding other similar accents is one of the most straightforward and simplest ways to do just that.  In the photo you can see the fine bedding is the focal point, but it is surrounded by similar full cleaning checklist fabrics.  The drapery is the same fabric as the shams.  There is also a cute little ottoman at the foot of the bed wearing the same fabric.  Painting is a quick way to draw the colors of the bedding to the walls.  Accessories help a great deal in pulling the colors around the room.  Using the bedding as your room’s inspiration allows you to draw patterns and colors to the rest of the room so that your bedding fits in and doesn’t seem out of place.

Bedding5When it comes to quality, designer bedding can’t be beat.  In order to find high quality energy efficient windows for your bedroom visit Norfolk-based Homefix Custom Remodeling company in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia or Tampa, Florida. The thread counts are high, the fabrics are strong and the design is one-of-a-kind.  Made here in the USA the bedding is cleanable and durable.  Incorporating your new bedding is as easy as updating your drapery or wall color.  Hopefully I was able to answer your questions about designer bedding and all that comes along with it.  If you are ready to make your bedding selections,  contact us at Florida Living Quarters today, and an interior designer can assist you in creating your dream bedroom!

Hunter Douglas Powerview Orlando

PowerViewHunter Douglas is THE name in window treatments.  They are of the best quality and come in numerous different products, styles and colors.  At Florida Living Quarters, we are one of the only priority dealers in the Orlando area and we sell quite a lot of Hunter Douglas.  We have been selling them for years now and have watched their technology become more and more advanced.  A few years ago when they introduced PowerRise, we were so excited to be able to operate the shades with remotes.  Now Hunter Douglas has come out with a technology even more fantastic than that!  It is their all new operating system called PowerView.  It is when you can operate your shades from your smart device of any kind.  We were lucky enough to attend a training for the new PowerView in Orlando this week and I want to share some of what we learned with you on casinoeuro.

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PowerView Training in Orlando, FL

As technology throughout the home becomes increasingly smarter, Hunter Douglas knew that they had to keep up with the trends.  Companies are introducing programmable thermostats and other decor-friendly gadgets.  PowerView is different than any other shade operating system than before because you can not only operate it with an aesthetically pleasing remote, but you can operate your shades from your app and from anywhere in the world!  This is handy when you are on vacation and you want others to think you are home.  Hunter Douglas is using a new technology called “the Hub” to make that possible.  Along with PowerView comes the all-new concept of a scene controller.  Using your app to create “scenes” you can program all of your bedroom shades to open at sunrise and for them to shut at sunset without ever having to press a button.  Scenes are like linking a certain few shades in your home together so that they operate at the same time.  It allows you to set your shades to any position based on privacy needs, light and overall ambiance.  Maybe you want your shades to open in the kitchen when you are making your coffee before work, and then close right after you leave for the day, and then open again when you get home.  Using the app and the scene controller you can set your shades to do whatever you want, whenever you want, without picking up your remote.  You can have your entire house of shades programmed to open and close as you please.

This operating system is the safest yet.  There are no cords dangling down, nothing for anyone to get caught on.  PowerView is perfect for younger couples or new families who have young children.  Even people with pets can appreciate the string-free shades.  PowerView combines the safety factor with a streamlined look and easy operation for the ultimate window coverings.  If you are not a “techy” person, no need to worry.  The licensed installer does all the programming for you.  All you have to do is tell him how and when you want your shades to move.  Then you can start living with your perfectly programmed shades.

PowerView RemotesIf PowerView offers anything, it is options.  Almost all of the Hunter Douglas products can be made with PowerView.  That allows you to get exactly what you want, in the color you want, and all motorized.  The “pebble” is what the new remotes are called.  They come in seven different colors to make sure that you are able to coordinate the remote with your color scheme.  They are ergonomically designed to sit comfortably in your hand, and also to blend in with your decor.  If you don’t want a remote lying around, they make them in surface mounts as well.  The remotes have more buttons than before, but don’t worry, they are still simple to operate.  The remotes can control different groups of shades throughout the house, so you will probably only need one remote for the whole house.  These remotes can reach through the whole house as well.  The remote kcb janitors is also able to stop a shade mid-command if you decide you want them to stop where they’re at.  This is new to Hunter Douglas technology.  It can make the vanes of the shades open or close one way or the other.  Another fun new feature is the favorite button.  It allows the shades to be programmed to a certain position, so when the favorite button is pressed, the shades automatically go to this position.  Basically there isn’t a thing that shades on this operating system can’t do!

PowerView AppUsing the app, you can do several different things.  You can operate your shades from anywhere in the world.  You can operate your shades at home without the use of a remote.  You can create scenes of shades so that your shades operate on your schedule.  There is a two-way communication between the shades and the app.  The app will talk to the shades and tell it what to do, but the shades also tell the app important things.  The shades will actually send a message to the app saying “help! my battery is low!”.  Then you will know to change the batteries before they completely run out, which is very helpful.  Using the app, the scenes can be personalized with different icons and colors its like you called The Dublin Roofers.  That makes operating them very simple.  You can even set up the app so that your guests can activate their shades, but not all of the shades in the house.  It also has a feature for kids that allows them to operate their shades much in the same way a guest would.

PowerView is the best operating system for window treatments yet.  There are so many options and different products that it would practically be impossible to figure it all out without the help of a professional.  At Florida Living Quarters, we enjoy going over all of your design options, especially window treatments.  We work with licensed installers who can create a worry and hassle-free installation.  We are very excited to be able to offer this fantastic new product to our clients.  If this sounds like what you need in your home, please contact us today about scheduling a free in-showroom consultation.  We will help you discover all of the amazing options that can make your day-to-day life easier.