“Hunter Douglas is probably the foremost maker of window treatments,” says Accent Interiors CEO William Little. “We’ve always sold all these products, but we’ve never had a place to show the general public.”
The store, which is at the southwest corner of Kellogg and Woodlawn, opened more than 30 years ago to sell wallpaper. Twenty years ago, window treatments were added, and now the store offers whole-home designs.
When it comes to shades and blinds and other treatments, Little says, “You really need to be able to see them and touch them and understand what they are in order to make an educated decision.”
Little says Hunter Douglas is known for being innovative with such things as energy-efficient treatments.
The company is particular about how its products are shown. If a store doesn’t follow Hunter Douglas’ directive on how to display products, it can’t qualify for a showcase.
“They’re very, very strict about the rules on it,” Little says. “They have quite an image to maintain.”