Inspiring Decorator – KariAnne Wood – Thistlewood Farms

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KariAnne Wood’s blog, Thistlewood Farms, is simply adorable! You’ll find a fun variety of subjects, including lifestyle posts and decorating inspiration. Not only does she showcase her own designs, but she provides helpful posts to answer common decorating questions, like how to make your windows look larger. We know you’ll love getting to know her as much as we have!

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

I started writing the blog because I was interested in design and mixing patterns with colors and textures. I love to pair vintage finds with newer pieces to create a unique, one-of-a-kind look. The blogging and design journey has been one full of exciting opportunities I never would have imagined when I began.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I typically trend toward industrial farmhouse style. I love repurposing items in the home.

3. What was your favorite projects? Why?

One of my favorite projects in my home has been my recipe wall.

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Also, I enjoyed creating a wall made entirely out of shutters.

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Or an easy DIY, like adding door molding to your home.

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4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

I love the idea of adding architecture to a home. Projects like a shiplap wall or over-sized floor moldings or even ceiling medallions are great DIY projects. It’s an easy way to update a builder home into something special and one of a kind.

Ordered Cordless Window Coverings? Submit a Video and Get $500

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If you’ve ordered cordless window coverings from us, we’d love to see your creative installation video.

And did you know that every video submission gets a $10 to our sister site, Bedding.com? It’s true!

If we feature your video on our site, you’ll get up to $500 of your order rebated back to you. It’s that easy!

Learn more and submit your video here: http://www.selectblinds.com/blog/installation-video-contest/

Alysa G. and Landy H. are Happy SelectBlinds.com Customers!

Alysa G. chose Express Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades.

“We are very happy with our order. Everything was as we expected and we are delighted, as we were on another order we have done with you. We have recommended you, with only the best and highest quality. Will only use you for all our windows.”

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Landy H. chose the @Home Collection Designer Screen Shades.

“I received them this week and installed today. They are discrete and give privacy as well.”

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Transform Your Home with Window Coverings

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I’m a pretty straight shooter, yet I shy away from writing anything other than positive slanted articles. If there is something that doesn’t please me, I’m more likely to just pick a different subject matter on which to focus my attention. There are times that I will write something that I totally believe, but has yet to have independent corroboration. Obviously these are subjective matters.

For years I have been espousing the ability of our window coverings to actually transform the look and feel of a room and your home. I have written those words, and I have spoken those words, many, many times over. And every time that I have written or spoken those words, it has been with wholehearted conviction.

The first time those transformation words ever spilled out of my mouth was shortly after I first got involved with the window covering industry, about ten years ago. It was about the time I moved to Phoenix to join my business partner, Rick Steele, in growing SelectBlinds.com. I had moved to Phoenix from Dallas, didn’t really know the area, so I bought an 1800 square foot house on a small lot, just to get myself ensconced in the city. It was new construction, and there were only a couple of windows properly dressed, so I had to make some quick decisions and get those naked windows something to wear.

Bamboos were unfamiliar to me, but they looked really cool on our website, so I ordered some for the family room. They were made correctly, and they were GORGEOUS! I mounted them inside the window frames, and I kid you not, the thought that came into my mind was, “Wow, these treatments for my windows have actually transformed my house.”

So ten years kind of fly by, and here I am, still partnered with Rick, doing a lot more business, but still selling those bamboos. And since that time, I have not hesitated at all in stating that our products can transform the look and feel of a room and even a house. I’ve heard others say it, but only after hearing it from me. If you’re reading this far into it, stay with me. The factoidal anecdote is next.

Two nights ago, we find ourselves the guests of friends for Christmas Eve dinner and visiting. These particular friends had recently needed to update their bedroom window coverings, so naturally they asked me for a recommendation, which I was pleased to provide, along with a kicking deal.

They bought them, and when we first arrived, brought up how much they loved their new window coverings. I asked to see them, which was readily agreed upon. Beautiful romans covered every window in their bedroom. Cordless lift on every one of them!

Anyway, I go back into the kitchen, and our friend tells me that the treatments actually transformed the look and feel of their room. And, that they were so impactful, it is now no longer necessary to spend additional redecorating dollars on anything, because the new shades gave the room a complete makeover!

Select Blinds. Gotta love ‘em!

 

100% Cordless Roman Shades Now Available

Normally, when roman shades are described as “cordless,” they still have cords on the backside, which is used to raise and lower the shade. Of course these shades still comply with safety regulations, but let’s face it – they still have cords, and all cords can pose a threat to children and pets.

But we’re excited to announce our new cord-free roman shades, and they’re actually 100% cordless. Finally, right?

Say hello to our Serenity Cord-Free Roman Shades, available in both light filtering and blackout.

These aren’t your ordinary roman shades, however. They actually have a roller shade attached to the back, and that’s how they can be completely cord-free while still giving you the beauty of roman shades.

And with the beautiful, unique texture, you’re going to fall in love.

How to Clean Honeycomb (aka Cellular) Shades

Cellular window treatments can be cleaned infrequently, but this time of year, when the calls go out to your friends and relatives, “honeycomb home for the holidays,” it’s a good time to clean those cell shades along with everything else that you are cleaning in preparation for your house guests. Cellulars are the same thing as honeycombs, so please forgive me if I use both monikers throughout this post.

If you have cellulars in your home, there is a pretty good chance that you have never cleaned them. I’m not calling you an unfit homemaker. I’m just pointing out the fact that these window shades look great, and they look great over time. Honeycombs are made from a soft material, usually man-made, and they just seem to be anti-dirty.

At SelectBlinds.com, all of our fabrics, for which we have scoured the four corners of the planet to come up with the best possible offering, are put through rigorous testing to confirm that they are worthy to have the Select Blinds label affixed to them. That includes their native anti-static properties, as well as the optional Scotch Guard coating that we can treat your shades with before they leave our factory.

Even with all that we do, dust will eventually find an open spot on your honeycombs to roost upon. It might not be visible, but it is there, and it should occasionally be cleaned. Unlike hard window coverings, like real woods, aluminums, and faux woods, cellulars are made of a soft material that can be bent and/or crimped.

1. Feather Duster

Careful cleaning is the key to doing the job correctly. A feather duster will work just fine.

2. Brush Attachment

If you can control the pressure of the brush against the material, then the vacuum attachment brush is a viable option for cleaning them.

 3. Spot Clean

Be careful with anything containing moisture or water. Honeycombs of a certain minimum size will have more than one sheet of material, and they are glued together at a seam that you have likely never even noticed. That seam has a chance of parting if it gets wet. So please take care. To spot clean, add mild soap onto a slightly damp rag and dab at the spot. Do not rub the spot, as it could cause some damage to your honeycomb shades.

4. Use Blow Dryer on Cool Setting

Sometimes dust or even bugs end up inside the open cells. The best way to get them out is to use your blow dryer on a cool, low setting. Never use hot air because that can melt the glue that holds the shade together.

 

Winterize Your Home Decor & Stay Warm

Winter is here. And sometimes winter is harsh and unforgiving. Winter can leave your home cold and drafty,  every bit of warm air escaping as quickly as it can. But there are ways to keep your electric bills low and still have a comfortable, warm home. And the best part is that you have options. The first step is to cover your windows.

Use Drapery

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When you hear the word “drapery,” you might think of your grandmother’s house, but drapes have been modernized to include interesting and fashionable fabrics and patterns, making them a great, customized fit for every home. With drapes, you can:

  •  Keep the warmth in and block the cold out.
  •  Update your room instantly and create a whole new look with one simple change, with 100s of color, pattern, and fabric options.
  • Add liners for your needs, like blackout and privacy liners. This will add even more insulation to your windows.

Add Honeycomb or Solar Shades

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Honeycombs and solar shades provide added insulation for your windows, but using these shades doesn’t mean you have to spend your winter in darkness. With these shades, you can:

  • Maintain a comfortable home temperature and block out harmful UV rays.
  •  Choose a blackout shade option for added privacy and improved insulation.
  • Filter and diffuse the bright sunlight to create a warm, inviting glow with light filtering shades.
  • Reduce glare, making it perfect for viewing computer and television screens.

Combining both the shades and the drapes can give your home the barrier it needs from the cold.

Layer Bedding

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‘Tis the season for warmer bedding. Either swap out your bedding for warmer, cozier items, or learn to layer your bedding to keep the look you want while staying warm these next few months. If this still isn’t keeping you warm, it’s either time to upgrade your bedding or simply use more layers. Plus, adding bedding layers will give your room a chic look, so what’s to lose?

Add Rugs

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If you don’t already have rugs or carpet on your floor, add a few rugs. If you already have rugs that are a bit thin, consider upgrading to thicker, fuller rugs just for the winter. Or you can even layer rugs to create a unique look with loads of winter-related benefits. Not only will it keep your feet warm this winter, but it can keep the warmth in your house, right where it belongs.

Winterizing your home decor is easy. All it takes is a few changes and updates, and you’re looking at a toasty and comfortable winter season inside your home.

The Simple & Smart Way to Shop – Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale

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Hi, I’m Al Silverberg, one of the owners of SelectBlinds, and as you can imagine, selling more window coverings is something that is on my mind at all times. To be more specific, I’m extremely interested in selling more window coverings that are cordless.

Why cordless? Because they look better than a window treatment with a cord hanging down and pooling on the window sill or the floor. Oh yeah, and they are just the safest kind of blind that you can possibly hang in your house. No cord means that there is no way that a kid or pet can get tangled up and hurt themselves. But I digress.

Two things occurred in my day today that have motivated me to write this blogticle. The first is that I had a meeting with a Hong Kong tailor today, as I had been thinking that I could use some new threads, and I received an invitation to meet with a Hong Kong tailor right here in sunny Phoenix. This invitation came a couple of weeks ago, and today was the day for my appointment.

I went to the hotel where they were staying, and alas, I bought no clothes, but in conversation with the young man accompanying the tailor from Hong Kong, my vocation came up. As soon as I mentioned SelectBlinds, his eyes lit up, and he told me that not only was he a customer of SelectBlinds, he loves us so much that he got his cousin, his friend, and his grandparents all to buy window fashions from us.

There were a couple of key reasons that he bought from us.

Simple. He actually stood there in the middle of the room and explained to his senior co-worker that ordering from SelectBlinds was simple. Simply take down the measurements of the window you want to cover and enter them on our site, find the product that you like, and place your order. They arrived in short order, and were a breeze to hang. Not much more to it than hanging a picture. And they fit and worked perfectly.

Smart. Because there is no better way to buy window treatments than from SelectBlinds.com. His words! The prices are fair, the web site makes the entire process easy, and… drum roll please… he waited for the Buy 3 Get 1 Free promo, and saved a ton of money.

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His experience is what 99+ % of our customers experience. Getting it done is simple, and it makes them feel smart. So that started me thinking about what I know that you might not know.

SELECTBLINDS IS GONNA DO BUY 3 GET 1 FREE any day now. So if you need four or more window treatments, get ready to visit SelectBlinds.com.

That’s what I mean by a promotion that counts. Count to three, and let us get you to four!!

The second thing that got me thinking about writing this blurb is that my son had a quick survey on impulse buying on Facebook. It made me think about what it takes to qualify as an impulse. How about a promotion that counts, on a product that you have plans to buy, but just not now, and  the deal is so good, you have to jump all over that bad boy. Now that’s what I’m talking about.

So anyway, I’m just saying… It might be something to think about.