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We were so lucky that when we moved into our home, there were pretty decent window coverings already installed because if there’s one thing our house doesn’t have a shortage of, it’s windows! However, if you’ve ever tried to purchase quality blinds and shades, then you know it can be pretty expensive… If I needed shades now, I’d definitely be considering the new Serena Shades from Lutron. You might recognize Lutron’s name – they make lighting controls (I have a few in my house).

So what does a lighting controls manufacturer have to do with shades? Well, Serena Shades are remote-controlled motorized cellular shades. Yup – press a button and they go up. Press another button, they go down. Like a switch! This could be really useful in my house because I spend a lot of time just standing there pulling on the chains of my window shades… Sounds expensive, but they actually start at $299 and use standard D batteries. Plus, Serena shades feature new patent-pending Triathlon™ power technology, which extends the shade’s battery life up to three years.

The most frustrating thing for me when encountering new technology like this is the limitations, such as design or fabric, but the Serena shades are available in three styles of fabrics in 50 different colors (free fabric samples here!), all of which allow different levels of light to filter into a room: Single Cell Light Filtering, Double Cell Light Filtering or Single Cell Blackout.

Lutron is offering a Design Milk reader the chance to make a big difference in one room: one lucky winner will receive a voucher for $599 for Serena Shades.

Rules: To enter, answer this question in the comments section: Why do you need Serena shade? To cover an ugly view, save on heating/cooling costs, change your room’s decor, to put in a hard to reach window?

One entry per person. Open to US residents only. Contest runs from July 9, 2012 through 12 PM Midnight ET on July 13, 2012. We will choose a winner at random.

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