Fred Kumpel, Strickland’s Blinds, Shades & Shutters/Strickland’s Closets & Home Organization - WilmingtonBiz Insights Author
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Fred Kumpel

Owner, Strickland’s Blinds, Shades & Shutters/Strickland’s Closets & Home Organization
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Fred Kumpel is the owner of both Strickland’s Blinds, Shades & Shutters and Strickland’s Closets & Home Organization. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Strickland’s Blinds, Shades & Shutters is a window t  

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Sep 5, 2017

Gray Matter: The Hottest Trend in Cabinetry Design

If you’ve been following home décor trends for the past few years, you may have noticed it. Gray—it’s everywhere. Gray walls, gray floors, gray furniture, gray cabinet ...

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Jun 6, 2017

Creating A Woman-Centric Office

This Insights was contributed by Ginger Thornton, lead designer at Strickland’s Closets & Home Organization, sister company to Strickland’s Blinds, Shades & Shutters. More wo ...

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May 3, 2017

A Healthy Pantry In Three Steps

People rarely discuss their pantries, and we get it! It’s a place where things just seem to linger. A package of crackers from 2004, stuffed in the back? Crystal Light in a flavor so old it has ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 1, 2016

Save 55 Minutes A Day This Holiday Season

How many times have you found yourself in the following situation?   Over the course of a week, everything in your house - mail, bills, kids’ toys, backpacks, purses - has found its way o ...

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Sep 1, 2016

Five Lessons We Learned From Our Move

After 74 years in the same location, the decision to move Strickland’s across town felt monumental. Moving is about so much more than changing locations; for us, it represented change in almost ...

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Jul 1, 2016

His-And-Her Closet Organization Ideas

As anyone in a relationship knows, being part of a couple is all about compromise. This is especially true when it comes to navigating day-to-day issues at home: toilet seat wars, the challenge of a s ...

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Jun 1, 2016

Women Who Rocked The World With Window Treatments

This year marks the fourth anniversary of WILMA’s Women to Watch Awards, honoring women leaders in the Greater Wilmington area. The awards are a great reminder that our community is full of extr ...

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May 1, 2016

Four Ways Being Organized Can Improve Your Health

Beyond the endless practical reasons to become organized, one of the most compelling motivations is that confronting physical clutter leads to less mental and spiritual clutter. Or as Marie Kondo, a ...

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Mar 1, 2016

Dwelling Versus Home: A New Location For Strickland’s

While “home is where the heart is,” a dwelling is where one lays his or her head.    A study from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed some interesting statistics about the mo ...

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Nov 1, 2015

Great Books For Getting Organized

If you’ve kept an eye on the bestseller list this year, you know Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has struck a chord with readers and wannabe neat freaks all ov ...

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Sep 1, 2015

Design Ideas For A Home Media Room

Dim the lights, grab the popcorn, and picture this: a media room that will keep up with all of your binge-watching, movie marathon, family flick night needs. With help from Carolina Closet Company and ...

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Jul 15, 2015

10 Reasons To Own A Murphy Bed

Every wonder why Top 10 lists are so popular? Did it begin with the Ten Commandments? Did our country’s founding fathers start the trend with the 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights? Or is it be ...

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Jul 1, 2015

The Home Of The Future Is Here At Last

Remember the “home of the future?” Popular in 1950s Americana, the idea was that modern homeowners could control each and every aspect of their homes at the push of a button. For years, we ...

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Jun 1, 2015

Beachy Window Treatments For Your Oceanside Getaway

Living near the coast has a lot of perks. Between relaxing on the sand at Wrightsville Beach, splashing in the Atlantic Ocean, and walking along Johnnie Mercer’s Pier, those beautiful beach scen ...

Residential Real Estate
May 15, 2015

Smart Closet Design: 101

Spring is in full swing, and soon we’ll be seeing young graduates sporting caps and gowns as they strut across gymnasium stages to the repeated strains of Pomp and Circumstance. There is a goo ...

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May 1, 2015

Live A Healthier, Happier Life With Hypoallergenic Window Treatments

With summer right around the corner, it’s tempting to think we’re out of the woods as far as seasonal allergies are concerned. After all, the yellow pollen is gone and the azaleas have fin ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 15, 2015

Window Blinds Through The Ages

You may not realize this, but every time you pull the cord on your window blinds, opening and closing them to control light and privacy, you’re part of a tradition that’s thousands of year ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 1, 2015

Closet Designs Fit For An Azalea Queen

April has arrived, and for the residents of our area, that means it’s time to celebrate the 68th North Carolina Azalea Festival. One of the best parts of this much-anticipated event (at least ac ...

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Mar 15, 2015

Get Ready For Spring By Sprucing Up Your Outdoor Space

They say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. This is especially true in Southeastern North Carolina, where it’s not uncommon to experience a 70-degree day and an ice storm ...

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Mar 1, 2015

A Perfect Patio Home For Pursuing One’s Passions

When Charles and Valerie Johnston were nearing retirement, they purchased a home in Wilmington. It was a lovely house, but once they actually moved in, they realized it was too big for their needs. In ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 1, 2015

The Five Love Languages Of Window Coverings

I’ll admit it. I’m not the world’s most romantic guy. So one day, my wife told me about the five love languages. Dr. Gary Chapman, a pastor and author, identified the five different ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 6, 2015

The Top 5 Trends For 2015

There’s something about turning the page on the calendar that inspires us to make changes in our habits, in our lives, and in our homes. While some changes can be difficult, like going to the gy ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 1, 2015

The Art of Window Treatments

Claude Monet is one of history’s most famous artists. A French Impressionist, his enduring paintings play with brush stroke styles and – most importantly – experiment with light. As ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 15, 2014

Batteries Required? The Benefits of Motorized Window Treatments

Flying cars. Personal jet packs. Solar-powered robots. Is this the Christmas Wish List of the Future? For decades we’ve been predicting a life with these conveniences, yet we’re still driv ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 1, 2014

Northern Exposure: Five Window Treatments for North-Facing Windows

You wake up, roll out of bed, head to the kitchen, and pour your first cup of coffee. Morning light is streaming through the windows, warming your tile floors. Or is it? The direction your home fac ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 15, 2014

Feng Shui For Your Window Treatments

When most people hear the words “feng shui,” they think of clearing clutter, or installing waterfalls in their homes.  Of course, some people just get a puzzled look and ask: “S ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 1, 2014

Peeking In The Windows Of Wilmington’s Historic Homes

Settled in 1732 and incorporated as a city in 1866, Wilmington, N.C. has a long and storied past. To this day, it enjoys a robust historic district, which spans 230 blocks and is home to sprawling man ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 1, 2014

The Five Scariest Window Covering Mistakes You Can Make

There are a lot of scary things out there, especially during this time of year. From black cats crossing your path to carved pumpkins grinning on every porch, October is a time for ghosts, ghouls and ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 1, 2014

Before You Decorate Your Child’s Nursery, Read This.

A good friend of mine is expecting her first child; it’s a boy! I was delighted when she asked me to help design window treatments for the pirate-themed nursery; we had a blast coming up with cr ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 30, 2014

5 Hot Fashion Buzzwords You Should Know

Whether its runway fashions or window fashions, industry experts have to keep up with current trends, not to mention buzzword lingo. Although, my personal fashion style tends toward the classic Southe ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 25, 2014

I Know What I Want On My Windows...

But What Am I Going to Do With That Sliding Door? That’s a question that we hear quite frequently in the window treatment industry. Sliding doors are quite common here on the coast and experi ...