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Custom Drapes vs. Off-the-Shelf Curtains: The Great Debate

Custom Drapes vs. Off-the-Shelf Curtains: The Great Debate

If there’s one drapery question we get more than any other, it’s this one: Are custom drapes really necessary? Aren’t off-the-shelf curtains basically the same? We understand why customers would ask. The price tag that comes with custom drapes can be much higher than the price of

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Summer Lovin’ On Custom Blinds

Summer Lovin’ On Custom Blinds

It’s the first official day of summer, and here at Strickland’s Blinds, Shades & Shutters, we’re in the spirit. Living by the beach, we love the sand, the surf, the seafood, and just about everything else about this glorious season. As John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John sang

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Celebrating Summer: Outdoor Blinds and Shutters

Celebrating Summer: Outdoor Blinds and Shutters

Here in beautiful Wilmington, NC, we’re celebrating the arrival of long, slow summer days. Pitchers of sweet tea, sunshine, swimming, grilling — it’s all starting to happen! However, alongside that lazy hazy summer fun comes the downsides: no-see-ums, sweat, humidity, Palmetto bugs, neighbors peeking over the fence…

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What to Consider When Choosing New Drapery Fabric

What to Consider When Choosing New Drapery Fabric

Once, a young woman come into our showroom looking for new curtains. She had made her own out of a cheap fabric with a bright, cheery print, and she couldn’t understand why all the colors had faded and bleached after just a few months of use. “Can

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The Best Home Office Window Treatments

The Best Home Office Window Treatments

Home office window treatments can be a tricky design challenge. You want your office to be bright enough that it doesn’t feel like a cave, but not so bright that you’re faced with constant screen-glare issues. The goal is to incrementally filter light, but a lot of

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Don’t Side-Eye Your Eyebrow Window!

Don’t Side-Eye Your Eyebrow Window!

We admit, the eyebrow window is seen as a bit of a curiosity in modern housing. Found primarily in late 19th-centruy Queen Anne homes or early 20th-century Craftsman bungalows, the eyebrow window fell out of favor in the mid-to-late 20th century. What makes a window an eyebrow

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Famous Filming Locations in Pender County, N.C.

Famous Filming Locations in Pender County, N.C.

Though it’s marginally less famous, Pender County (home to Burgaw, Hampstead, and Topsail Beach) is just as scenic as some of its more famous contemporaries, like New Hanover County or Brunswick County. In fact, you’ll recognize its landscape from a wide variety of films and television shows.

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The Windows of Onslow County

The Windows of Onslow County

We know what you’re thinking: what’s up with Onslow County? It doesn’t often get a lot of press because it’s not a major filming location, but it has character all its own. Mostly, Onslow County is known for the military base in Jacksonville, fishing, and, of course,

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Why Interior Designers Love Panel-Track Blinds

Why Interior Designers Love Panel-Track Blinds

If you’re a follower of interior design blogs or magazines — or if you have friends who are — you’ve probably heard a lot about panel-track blinds. They’re one of the “It” window treatments in interior design, and for good reason. These days, developers are building more

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What’s the Difference? Cellular vs. Pleated Shades

What’s the Difference? Cellular vs. Pleated Shades

At first glance, cellular and pleated shades look pretty similar. They’re both constructed from pleated fabrics; some are woven and some are not woven. Both are typically sold as what we in the industry call “top down, bottom up” shades, which means they can be raised, lowered,

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