Blind Spot has bright ideas for every window in your home

By: Eileen Wilson, Press Tribune Correspondent
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Blind Spot Blinds and Shutters
Locations: 408 Vernon St., Roseville; 6624 Lone Tree Blvd., Rocklin
Phone: (916) 773-7768

While California businesses are outsourcing and moving out of state, one area business is going stronger than ever.

Blind Spot, with locations in both downtown Roseville and a gallery in Rocklin, have made this area their home for more than a decade.

Owner Jeannie Noll always knew her future lay in home décor.

“I always knew that I was interested in design. When I was in college, I interned with Ethan Allen. I would carry around books of fabrics and pretended I was a designer,” she said.

A lot has changed since Noll’s college days. She went from working for one of Hunter Douglas’ competitors, to owning a company that deals exclusively with Hunter Douglas products — a move that Noll was thrilled to make.

“There are a lot of things I love about Hunter Douglas. I especially love their Right Choice Promise — a guarantee that the company provides, which allows homeowners up to 21 days to enjoy their new window coverings with no commitment. If the customer is unhappy with the product for any reason, they can exchange for a different product at minimal cost,” Noll said. “The Right Choice program is one of the reasons I wanted to be a Hunter Douglas gallery.”

If homeowners aren’t familiar with Hunter Douglas products, they should visit Blind Spot’s website.

Blinds, shades, sheers and shutters — Hunter Douglas products are as beautiful as they are functional, and include green products, child and pet-safe products, and a huge variety of colors and styles.

Noll loves helping customers create new rooms with the right window coverings. Sometimes what people think is right for their home might not be the best choice.

“If someone tells me she wants wood blinds, but she has seven kids, I help her choose something that makes sense for her family,” Noll said. “Our expertise helps people make the right decision.”

Gigi Sisco of Granite Bay can’t say enough about Blind Spot’s expertise.

“Jeannie has been terrific in offering creative solutions for my window needs,” she said.

Sisco has been upgrading or purchasing new window treatments, a process that has been ongoing for five years. When she presents a challenge — such as windows that are in full sun but where she doesn’t want to lose her backyard view — Noll has an answer.

“Jeannie suggested natural shades that let the light and a bit of view in, but they keep the heat out — the shades have really made a difference in how hot the room is this summer,” Sisco said. “I want the treatments to function, I don’t just want them to be pretty.”

With an extensive gallery of full-sized products to browse, it’s hard for shoppers to make a decision. Noll said woven wood products and natural shades are popular right now.

“Anything with texture has really come back in style,” she said.

Roller shades in exciting new textures and screen shades are popular, and treatments with motorized retraction are the hot thing on the market. Shutters are also making a big comeback because they have become more affordable.

“Shutters come in wood, vinyl and composite,” Noll said. It’s kind of like a Mercedes. You can choose the C Class, the E Class or the S Class.”

Noll takes pride in being part of Roseville’s history.

“We are part of downtown, we’re part of the Merchant’s Association, and part of the revitalization,” she said.

Most of all, she loves the fact that Blind Spot is able to make people feel great every day.

“Just changing one window treatment makes such a huge difference to a home,” she said.