Sally C. and Mickey M. are Happy SelectBlinds.com Customers!

Sally C. chose the Select Single Cell Light Filtering Shades and the 3 1/2″ Deluxe Vertical Blinds.

“LOVE these blinds.”

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Mickey M. chose the Signature 2″ Pleated Shades.

“We love our new woven pleated shades in our kitchen & pantry! They went into our new home, and helped to warm up the whole room. The woven teak color added texture and color to the windows. We have just ordered six more blinds for the rest of our home, and can’t wait to see them in place!”

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Regina G. and Tina V. are Happy SelectBlinds.com Customers!

Regina G. chose the Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades.

“The top down blinds are freaky awesome! They look amazing and easy to install! Love it. Love it. Love it! Thank you so much.”

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Tina V. chose the Select Single Cell Light Filtering Shades.

“We couldn’t be happier with these blinds. We should be getting the rest of our house done this coming week. We are so excited! Your prices can’t be beat and the quality is so great! I wish I would have known about Select Blinds with our old house. We tell all our friends about Select Blinds. We are completely satisfied with our purchase.”

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Creating a Comfortable, Safe Space for Fido

Your dog is a beloved part of your family. That means he should have a comfortable, safe place to live, too. Decorating for Fido is a great project for the entire family, and it’s a great opportunity to teach your children how to keep their dog safe while at home.

You don’t have to have an entire room set aside for your dog. You don’t need that to keep your dog comfortable, happy, and protected. Here’s what you do need:

A Dedicated Space 

Every member of your family enjoys having a space to call his own. Your dog is the same. Again, it doesn’t have to be an entire room. A little corner will do the trick. Have an unused space under the stairs or an awkward space in the hallway? That can be the perfect doggy nook. Having a dedicated space also helps keep the doggy supplies concentrated, hopefully cutting down the mess and the clutter in your house.

Cordless Window Coverings

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Even if there aren’t windows near your dog’s dedicated space, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of corded window coverings for pets. Cordless window coverings are the safest choice for both children and pets, but if you can’t upgrade to cordless, you can simply use cord cleats to tie up the dangling cord. Dogs are curious. They love to play and explore. Make sure they’re safe, no matter what they’re doing.

A Soft Place to Rest

Your dog should have a pillow, bed, or a blanket to sleep on. Give your dog every reason to get cozy and relax once in a while. Once he claims and recognizes that soft place as his own, you’ll probably find him there quite often.

Keep Things out of Reach

Have some things you don’t want your pet getting into? The simple solution is to put everything up high. Sure, it can be cute to decorate Fido’s area with figurines or even low-hanging pictures, but chances are he’ll eventually figure out a way to get it, play with it, and destroy it, not to mention the damage it could do to him.

These are all basic suggestions, but they’re important. If you’re not already doing these, it’s time to create an even safer home environment for Fido. What have you done for your pet to keep them safe and comfortable at home? We’d love to see some of your ideas!

Creating a Glamorous Space

Who doesn’t love a touch of glamour in their lives? You may not want to live in a glamorous home. After all, there are times for some glamour and there are times for just relaxing and kicking your feet up. So instead of making your whole home glamorous, just focus on one space for now.

Here’s how to get started:

Pick the Right Color Palette

The easiest way to create a specific mood or feel in a space is by the color palette. To create that glamorous feel, you can choose whites, pale pastels, rich, deep colors, or bright jewel tones. The colors by themselves won’t give you pure glamour. It’s what you do with the color that makes the real difference.

Add Drama with Furniture

 

Adding visual interest and drama with your furniture is the perfect addition to a glamorous room. Add a tufted accent piece or choose a piece with dramatic, extravagant lines. Remember that including an extravagant piece doesn’t mean your living room will look over-the-top. With the right balance, glamorous can also be elegant.

Make a Statement

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Whether it’s a piece of beautiful artwork or it’s your area rug, a glamorous room must make a statement. What that statement is exactly is up to you. Don’t be afraid to be bold. One quick way to make a statement is by choosing the right window coverings. Roman shades have a natural elegance and glamour, and they’re so versatile, they complement every style, just like the ones pictured above.

Mix and Match Styles

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A glamorous room can be modern, traditional, or even Mediterranean. With that in mind, mix and match styles and even style eras to create a layered, complex, glamorous feel. Like a piece from the 1920s? Perfect! Add it alongside your favorite décor item from today. Mixing and matching styles also gives the feeling that you’ve worked on that space over a period of time rather than throwing it all together. And that can give it even more glamour.

A glamorous room is right around the corner. Don’t be afraid to make décor mistakes. Making mistakes is how you learn what works for your space and what doesn’t. And the great thing about home décor and even wall paint is it’s all easily changed, no commitment necessary.

Book Review – Lovable Livable Home by Sherry and John Petersik (Young House Love)

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If you haven’t stumbled upon the Young House Love blog, you’re missing out. They have fantastic before-and-afters, not to mention all the DIY tips and gorgeous photos of their homes.

So, when I had the opportunity to read and review their book, Lovable Livable Home, I just couldn’t resist. This book has a casual, fun, friendly vibe, which makes it easy to read and even easier to apply their ideas. Most of what they showcase is simple and budget-friendly, which makes this book a great option for everyone. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

  • It’s common to decorate a room with form and function in mind. We worry about how something works and how it looks. But there’s something missing in that equation. It’s finding meaning. The Petersiks recommend asking yourself what these objects mean to you and how do they make you feel. If you can find meaning along with form and function, you will feel at home and comfortable no matter what.
  • The perfect mix in any room is color, pattern, and texture. Sometimes if your room feels a little off, you’re missing one of these elements.
  • Childproofing isn’t the same as making your space kid-friendly. If kids live your home, your space should be inviting to everyone in the family, including the kids. Same goes with pets.
  • This one is a personal favorite – decorating with books. They’re easy to get and even easier to decorate with. They add charm and personality to any space.
  • Does your home feel a little too small for your family? You’re not alone. One family used their covered deck to extend the homey vibe, making their porch have a living room vibe.
  • If you have children, you know how much artwork they create. Chances are you have boxes of artwork in your attic, garage, or under the beds. The Petersiks give fantastic advice how to enjoy and use your kid’s art, including ironing it onto pillows or using it to create a bigger piece of art. It can be a great way to add more color and fun to your home’s decor.

Have you read this book? What was your favorite idea?