I found out yesterday that Hunter Douglas decided to pull all of their window treatments off of the internet as of June 1. You can now only purchase their products through local designers and decorators who are authorized dealers.
This effects me because the wood blinds I have used in my breakfast and family rooms are Hunter Douglas. I have a set of french doors right in between those two rooms. While I would like new doors, it’s not happening anytime soon. So, the obvious fix is new blinds.
Esther at Blinds.com was very helpful and got back to me almost immediately with an explanation as to why I couldn’t find what I needed on their site. She’s also sending me some samples from their current product line to see if anything matches.
I’m really torn as to what I think about this. On the one hand, it’s very annoying for me personally. It’s also a strange thing for Hunter Douglas to do in this increasingly DIY world that we live in. On the other hand, I don’t want to be dismissive or disrespectful of designers. I read several blogs by professional interior designers and I even know one in person. I absolutely get that their experience and education brings so much to the table, that my home would look better and more pulled together if I hired one.
Truthfully, I’ve not come across anyone in those stores that are window treatments only, or those places that come to your house for free estimates, who is a designer. They are generally very experienced with the products that they sell, and I respect that. But it’s not like ordering custom made curtains.
So, I remain torn on this issue. What do you think, is Hunter Douglas nuts? Or was this a wise decision for reasons that I am unaware of?