I just spent the first half of the day (after early morning tutoring and getting four kids off to school) at the Hunter Douglas Premiers 2011. I have been freshly informed about all things Hunter Douglas and ready to take any questions you may have.
One of my favorite products this morning was the Designer Screen shades line. Not only is Hunter Douglas a leader in the industry for mechanisms, they now offer PowerRise (you can lift the shade with a remote control) on their roller shades. (As well as a hardwired option.) A perfect solution for some of the super high windows that are found so frequently here in California.
The designer in me as well as the mother in me is a big fan of all things cordless- which is also an option in designer screen shades. I feel like they are getting better and better at having very current fabrics and styles. When I first got out of college- in the late 1990's- there were still a lot of 1980's pastels- but not any more- they have one great color after the next.
They are a perfect solution for layering window treatments. They add a level of textural interest and functionality- that can be covered with drapery panels and Roman shades.
OK- now I am starting to sound like a commercial- I just wanted to let you know that I can field questions if anyone is in the market for blinds or shades. :)