I love the simplicity and subtle texture the CONRADs add to rooms.
I have a wall of windows in my living room that I've been dying to fill with natural grass shades. So my first stop was CONRAD. I'll admit, I had NO idea how expensive this line was. I nearly choked after I got the bid. I could pay for my oldest son's college education for what five simple shades cost!
So I was pretty excited when I heard about a copy-cat right here in Dallas, Designer's Workroom. They created their own version of the famous grass shades which they call "The Wind Song Collection." It comes in four neutral colors (which look just like the real deal) and their bid was HALF the price as CONRAD's!
But they were still out of my budget. So I gave my local Budget Blinds salesman a call. I'm serious - no laughing! An interior designer friend let me in on this secret source. Jim from Budget Blinds arrived in his van with four sample books of natural shades. I must warn you, most were chunky beaded tribal-looking weaves, but inside was a gem - an almost exact copy of a CONRAD. I was shocked when I saw the bid. It was about 75-percent cheaper than the Wind Song version, which makes it almost free compared to CONRAD. Two weeks later, they were installed in my living room.
I consider Jim from Budget Blinds one of my favorite finds - and I had to share it with all of my readers. Please give him a call and ask for the CONRAD look-alike...he'll know which sample to pull!