“Here comes the blind lady,” say customers of Louise Hughes. And while she can see just fine, this designation is one that Hughes enjoys.
Working from Mountain Paint and Decorating owned by her husband, Ted Hughes, she helps customers select Hunter Douglas blinds for their homes.
“What sets me apart from everyone else is that I like to come to your home,” Hughes says.
While helping customers decide what type of blind to select for a window or door, Hughes says she tries to find out why they want covering.
“I’m good at surveying the situation,” she says. “Then I understand how they want to use it.”
Living in this picturesque mountain area, Hughes says she doesn’t like to obstruct windows with coverings. Her motto is “keep the view.”
“We live here for a reason,” says Hughes, who is a native of South Carolina.
“What I like to do is make the shade go away,” she adds. “That’s what I’m good with: bringing the outside in.”
Hunter Douglas has an extensive selection of custom-made blinds in many styles, fabrics and colors for customers to consider. And Hughes has large collections of books and samples of these products to help them make choices for their homes. She also works with local designers in Asheville.
To offer privacy while preserving views from windows, a popular choice is a blind that opens from top to bottom, she notes.
If a home has young children and pets, customers can select styles of blinds without cords and that are especially durable. Cordless alternatives and motorized systems for blinds are designed with safety and convenience in mind, she says.
While motorized blinds for all windows are not necessary, they do come in handy for windows that are high and those over bathtubs, Hughes says.
“I like to do power blinds anywhere people can’t reach,” she says.
Choices include energy-efficient blinds and those that provide screen shades.
And many Hunter Douglas blinds can be operated using the PowerView App that can be programmed for repositioning on a schedule.
In addition to providing blinds for windows, doors also can be fitted using appropriate styles.
“I do like to think out of the box,” Hughes remarks. “I do sometimes like to treat doors like windows.”
All of the blinds that Hughes offers are custom made.
“That’s why they hold up better,” she says.
Hughes works with an expert installer who places blinds in customers’ homes. And the Hunter Douglas blinds also are insured with a warranty.
Hughes says she finds her work both enjoyable and rewarding.
“It’s fun,” she says. “I have met so many interesting people from all over the country.”
A former pre-school teacher with two sons, Hughes has been working with her husband at Mountain Paint for the past several years.
“We make a good team,” she says.
She works from all three of the stores, two of which are in Asheville and another in Brevard, which carry a wide selection of Benjamin Moore paints from interior latex to exterior paints and stains, as well as paint supplies.
After working for Benjamin Moore for many years, Hughes launched his own business in Asheville with the company brand. All the Mountain Paint and Decorating stores are independently owned by Hughes.
The Asheville locations for Mountain Paint and Decorating are 180 Charlotte St. and 76 Sweeten Creek Rd.
For more information, visit the Mountain Paint and Decorating website at www.mountainpaintasheville.com.
By Sandra Barnes