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is Pleased to Introduce:

Sleek & Stylish Oil Rubbed BRONZE hardware!


  • All visible components will be bronze except the fabric color of your choice; good things NEVER change.



Available on the following lift options:

  • Standard [pictured above right]
  • Duofold [AKA Top Down Bottom Up]
  • Smoothy Cord Loop [pictured above left]
  • Smoothy Duofold Cord Loop
  • Cordless [pictured top]
  • Cordless Duofold
  • Motorized
  • Balcony Skylight (retainer tracks are off-white; coordinated insert)



We’re currently offering the
Oiled Rubbed Bronze Upgrade

— a $20 value per shade



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Great New “How To” Video

added to our CellularWindowShade’s YouTube channel
(remember to subscribe!)

cordloop video

This video augments our written instructions, mailed with every “Valet Kit” (2 cords per kit) order; it does not replace it. So now two great sources for Do-It-Yourselfers.

The instructions are specific to the Symphony Shade brand of window blinds, though you should be able to extrapolate the general concept, if you have some other type of cord loop shade. Give the video a look! It’s an easy in-home fix to a broken window shade.

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It’s not every post that I talk about our monthly, ongoing sales: But this is one of our best –> the Tiered Sale.

Nearly every order qualifies: Save $10 on purchases of $100…. all the way up to our top tier of $500 off a purchase of $2000 or more. That’s a sale of 25% off our already-low, competitive pricing!

And what do you get with a Symphony Shade from — a quality, hand-crafted product that’s made in America.

Our Williston, Vermont factory sells direct to you, no middle man. Even our fabrics and parts are American-made. I invite you to click on About Us to learn more about our family-owned business.

Check out all our current sales, including a 15% off sale on Arches.
(current through Sunday 28 April 2013)

Once summer arrives, will you wish you had put a shade over that skylight? Or, black out shades in your bedroom? Now’s your chance at HUGE savings — and you’ll get a jump on Sprucing up for Spring! Talk about a “GREEN Solution“. The savings will slip back into your pocket.


Top Down Bottom Up, Light Filtering Shades

Daylight4Daylight Skylight Blinds

As the nation readies for Boca Raton, and the last presidential debate, I take this opportunity to mention the Debate on Foreign goods. builds the skylights and window blinds in our facility in Williston, Vermont – from US-made parts and fabrics. No spun-lace cellular shade fabric – Symphony Shades are made with high quality bonded polyester. Plastic parts and brackets? Not for our shades!

As the country moves towards the upcoming election, as the weather segues into winter for much of the nation, as the holiday season approaches – think of buying American goods.

Our current sale gives a FREE UPGRADE to Cordless shades, a child-safety feature. You can obtain immediate price quotes — or request FREE color samples.

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The Royal Albert Hall – of interest to all who have listened to a rousing Proms Concert on the BBC (another British institution).

Here is a photo worthy of Pinterest; I *LOVE* this view, with the steps sweeping up towards the great dome-shaped performance hall.

Among the Symphony Orchestras that have appeared in the Royal Albert Hall over the years: The Royal Philharmonic; BBC Symphony Orchestra. Even the Phantom of the Opera has haunted the hall, and Adele recently gave her “all”.

2012’s Proms began last Friday, the 13th, and continue until 8th September. US listeners can enjoy LIVE Proms concerts via the website for Performance Today, featuring FIVE Beethoven broadcasts. The audio player appears 30 minutes before the start of each concert.

Don’t miss the VIRTUAL TOUR.
Can you count how many Cellular Shades
it would take to “fill Albert Hall”???

Beethoven = made in Germany; Beefeater = made in the U.K.
 CellularWindowShades = made in America and
your source for Symphony Shades

At we are all about sustainability!

If more shades can be repaired, that means less will end up in landfills. A big “hurrah!” for the planet, today and for all the tomorrows to come.

A broken string on a Symphony Shade is just one repair easily handled by our Production Team. The person doing the repair just might be the very person who built your shade!

I spoke with a women yesterday who called CWS in frustration: the online company that sold her her shade was proving less than helpful in getting her shade repaired.

The longer we spoke, however, something far more insidious cropped up:

Originally (in 2002), this customer had ordered a Hunter Douglas shade. In 2008, she sent in her shade for repair; got a working shade back in return. Now – 2011 – she’s again got a problem; sent in the shade to Hunter Douglas only to realize that three years ago she didn’t receive her own shade back, repaired, she received a replacement shade! Hunter Douglas sent back her shade with the phrase that cut direct to the end of the tale: “Not our shade; contact the manufacturer.”

Surprising that she had not noticed the switch, but it made me think of small print websites might have about repairs…

With you can be sure that the shade you ship to us, returns to you!

Shade modifications such as a cutdown or fabric replacement may be possible to save your shade, but you also want to ask yourself “Is this shade worth repairing?”

A good rule of thumb is to calculate how much a new shade would cost; factor into that calculation what your current shade looks like: Is its fabric in good condition? If it is dingey, can it be cleaned?

If the shade fabric looks like the shades in this post and the photo at right, it is probably impossible to get that shade back to “almost good as new condition”: The top shade came in for repair, but it is the same fabric and color of fabric as seen in the bottom half of the photo. (Eeek!)

When the cost to repair is more than ½ the cost to replace the shade (depending on age), you probably should elect NOT to repair or modify the shade. We have, once or twice, sent back shades that, due to age, were not good candidates for the modification desired. Most restring requests have been attempted, even when the fabric has the looks of a very used car filter. We do always ask, however, that you vacuum your shade, and please do not use packing peanuts!

The colors in the Symphony line of Cellular Window Shades predominantly are named for musical terms, people and operas. So I want to start an assessment of their various color names with one of the most basic words in operatic language: the ARIA.

In Symphony-speak, ARIA is a LIGHT BEIGE color in the double-cell, light-filtering line of fabrics:

To those of us who love opera, an aria (Italian, for ‘air’) is a singer’s moment to shine. Their character literally holds center stage! Audience members go wild for certain arias — Luciano Pavarotti made Nessun dorma (None shall sleep), from the Puccini opera Turandot into an ovation, even though the music keeps on going without break.

Wikipedia has an interesting array of arias in recorded snippets: O mio babbino caro (Puccini again, this time Gianni Schicchi) sung by Frances Alda (1919); the famous Emmy Destinn in a 1914 recording of Vissi d’arte (Puccini’s Tosca). The most celebrated singer of all time, Enrico Caruso has two recordings here for listening: Le donna è mobile and Vesti la giubba — undoubtedly the aria most associated with Caruso, from the opera I Pagliacci.

These arias, and more, can be found at:

Enrico Caruso

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