For 32 years, Diana Weimer has been helping customers create gorgeous coverings for their windows. What started as an in-home custom drapery business as a means to stay at home with her children, has turned into a family owned and operated business and a showroom exclusively offering Hunter Douglas window coverings. Today, Diana’s Blinds and Designs is still helping customers create beautiful window coverings, but now form meets function with Hunter Douglas. “When drapery clients began asking me what shades or blinds I suggested to compliment their window treatments, I always recommended Hunter Douglas,” Weimer recalls. “They were just the best quality and selection I could find.”
She began selling Hunter Douglas blinds, shades, and shutters through her drapery business, and after opening her own shop on Main Street in Fort Mill, the focus on Hunter Douglas hard coverings took the lead and the rest, as they say, is history. “We moved our shop to our current location 16 years ago and became an exclusive dealer of Hunter Douglas window coverings,” Weimer explains. “After being nominated and approved to be a Hunter Douglas gallery, we built this showroom so customers could see all the options we can offer them.” Weimer and her daughter Heather Tollison meet with clients in their gallery to educate them on all the offerings Hunter Douglas has, allowing them to see and use all the coverings in the product line. “There really is no substitute for coming into a gallery and seeing and touching the window coverings you’ll be purchasing,” Tollison advises.
“Blinds may seem straightforward,” Weimer suggests, “but I don’t think people realize just how many different options there are. Coming to the gallery can really be an eye-opener for our clients, and often they choose coverings that they never knew they wanted, but are a perfect fit for their needs.”
With more than 25 different categories of shades, blinds, and shutters, hundreds of fabrics and designs, and many different lifting systems, the selection really is endless. “The numerous options keep my job very interesting, and we have over 100 displays that help show you exactly what you’re getting,” Weimer says. “They [Hunter Douglas] are always coming out with something new and innovative.” As an example, they just came out with Sonnette — a new type of roller shade.
After a quick winnowing process of which covering will work for your home, whatever blinds or shades you choose come with a Right Choice Guarantee. Clients can have the blinds installed, live with them for 21 days, and if they aren’t satisfied, they can exchange them for a different Hunter Douglas product and pay only for installation (or cost difference, if a more expensive style is chosen). What’s more, Diana’s Blinds and Designs can repair Hunter Douglas blinds or replace parts. Every product comes with a limited lifetime guarantee. From order to install takes typically 2-3 weeks, and since they don’t subcontract out their installers, they stand by their installation and will make sure it’s done right — from measuring to completed installation. “It doesn’t matter if you just need privacy in your bathroom or a screen shade for your back porch, the Hunter Douglas products we offer are the very best quality,” Weimer says. “These are treatments you’ll be living with for a very long time, so why not come see and believe in the value you’re getting.”
Want to install hard coverings for your windows at home? Visit Diana’s Blinds and Designs gallery at 1661 Katy Lane in Fort Mill or call 803-548-4440.