The Printed Geometric Blinds Movement

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If you want your home to keep pace with trends – and do it within budget – a complete renovation or paint job is out of the question. How exactly can you modernize without making sweeping changes to your interiors? Well, why not simply get some new window coverings? Geometric patterns are the buzz right now, and the great thing about them is that these patterns are actually pretty timeless, too.

Larger Patterns for a Refined Look

You would think that large patterns tend to look more casual, but with geometric patterns, the opposite is true. The big patterns add a touch of refinement.

Opt for Saturated Colors

Saturated colors lend depth and warmth to a space, and they let you color-coordinate with ease. Pick out geometric patterns for your window coverings that go well with the overall color palette. Earthy tones are perfect when you choose large patterns because they prevent it from becoming too overwhelming.

Go Monochrome

For a truly modern look, go with monochromes. Of course, if you’re going monochrome with your window coverings, you also have the freedom to choose nice solid, deep hues for the rest of the furnishings.

Choose Stripes

If stripes are your choice, experiment with narrow ones. They can add a touch of sophistication. Broad stripes will be more playful and fun. Alternate colors can be a more cheery option to simple, neutral shades. You can either use the same colors with different kinds of stripes or different colors with similar stripes to get a coordinated yet varied look throughout your home. Stripes are a universal favorite!

 

Book Review – Space Planning by Layla Palmer

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Title: Space Planning

Author: Layla Palmer

Format: PDF e-book

Link: http://theletteredcottage.net/space-planning-ebook

This is an easy-to-understood book that takes the reader through the basics of space planning and how it pertains to decorating your house. The best part were the graphs, charts, and visuals she created to show how easy it can be.

Layla Palmer discusses how space planning can actually help you become happier and more successful in life. What an interesting concept! When your home is in order, you life will soon follow.

While she discusses the emotional benefits of space planning, Palmer also provides applicable, relevant information on how you can space plan in your own home. To start, she suggests starting from above. It helps you visualize the room better and gives you a better view of the space you’re working with, including traffic patterns, windows, and even wall outlets. The graphs and charts she provides even can help you determine the room’s true focal point, and that’s where the real decorating begins.

Palmer also recommends space planning even before buying any furniture. These helpful tips and tricks will give you the basic knowledge you need to adequately plan your space correctly and create the feel and vibe you’ve always wanted.

And you know what? It’s free!

Have you read it? What did you think?

How to Keep Blinds Safe from Pets

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Photo Credit: FreeImages.com

If you have a dog or cat in your house, you know the huge challenge there is getting them house-trained. However, once they are, you would think you could just enjoy their company for the rest of their life, right? Well, it turns out that if you are thinking of getting new blinds for your windows, this may not exactly be the case. In fact, your beloved pet may get along so famously with your new blinds that they end up having quite the “entanglement,” literally and figuratively. As you can imagine, your poor blinds are not likely to fare well at all. So how exactly do you keep your blinds safe from pets?

Get Them Some Fun Toys

Dogs and cats can get pretty bored, especially if you go away for a long time during the day. To occupy themselves, they may look for things to play with, and if blinds catch their fancy, your window coverings may not live to tell the tale. To avoid this, make sure you have a number of pet-friendly play toys in plain sight. Pet toys are especially a good idea if your dog or cat is young and energetic.

Have a Scratching Post

Older pets tend to use blinds as their “official” scratching post, tearing them to bits in the process. To avoid this, have a scratching post at home and train your pets to use it and nothing else when they feel the need to give themselves a pedicure. You can even coat it with some catnip to make it completely irresistible to your little feline.

Keep the Blinds Partly Open

If you have a dog that takes his job as protector and defender seriously, your blinds are in real danger every time someone passes by the window. To see, your dog may pull apart the blinds. Avoid this by leaving the blinds open part-way.

Apples, Anyone?

You know what they say about apples keeping doctors away? Well, it turns out they can do wonders for the health of your blinds, too. Dogs have a fierce dislike for the sour apple spray smell and taste, and it’s harmless to them otherwise. The spray is actually used on the pet’s body to prevent him/her from licking a wound or cut, so it’s safe. Spray this around the blinds or even the windowsill and your dogs will keep clear of it.

Motorized Window Blinds & Shades – The Small Luxuries of Life

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About a decade ago, motorized shades and blinds were considered a unnecessary luxury indulged in only by the affluent. However, with the recent advancements in technology and pricing, motorized window treatments have become more affordable and useful.

How are motorized window coverings operated?

We offer two types of motorized operating systems – battery-operated and a plug-in. The blinds or shades can be controlled via a handheld remote. All you need to do is click a button, and your window treatments will rise and lower effortlessly.

What are the advantages of using a motorized lift system?

  • It’s convenient and safe for children. It’s also great for those with physical limitations who can’t operate window coverings in the traditional way.
  • If you have large windows in your house, the blinds can be quite heavy. A motorized blind would make operating them hassle-free.
  • For houses with high windows, a remote-operated system would give you complete control. After all, you don’t want to have to get your ladder out every time you want to raise or lower your blinds.

How much does it cost?

The final price of your motorized window coverings depends on the size and type of product. If you have any add-ons or upgrades, this will be applied to the overall price, too.

Not only do motorized window treatments ensure easy operation and optimum functionality of your blinds, they are also modern, sleek, and beautiful.

 

A Definitive Guide to Picking the Right Window Covering for Your Home

Ranging from privacy to style, there are several considerations that you need to make before you choose a window covering for your home. With a plethora of options in the form of drapes, blinds, and shades in the market today, it can be quite an overwhelming task to actually zero in on the one which suits your needs perfectly. Whether you want your windows to exude a vintage aura or signify practical functionality, your choice of window covering has a major impact on the entire character of your home. Before you head to the store and pick a blind or shade, there are a few things that you might want to consider.

Privacy and Light

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The first question that you need to ask yourself is how much light and privacy you want inside your home. It is up to you to decide whether you wish to have a cozy and buttoned-up environment or more airy and bright rooms. Do you wish to have a complete blackout option in your bedroom for a snug siesta or a sheer drape in your living room that lights up the decor and furniture? Are your windows located on the sunny walls of your home or adjacent? The answers to these questions will help you decide upon the most appropriate draping style for your home.

Your Budget

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Photo Credit: FreeImages.com

Well, your budget is definitely something you should keep in mind when considering home improvement. Depending on whether you wish to buy the drapes for a specific window or for the entire house, you will need to carefully design a price range. Window coverings are billed by the size and the fabric, so make your choice accordingly.

Care and Maintenance

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Photo Credit: FreeImages.com

You need to understand how the different fabrics and styles respond to dust and how much time and effort you are willing to spare for their care and maintenance. Although your conventional blinds can be major accumulators of dust, they are easy to clean with a damp cloth or brushes. Shades, on the other hand, are able to hide the dust within their weaves, but they need proper vacuuming on a regular basis.

Your Design Theme

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Look around your house. What do you see? Do the interiors follow a chic and contemporary theme or a more vintage and classic design style? Would you prefer the windows exude a colorful and vibrant aura or have a more earthy and subtle appeal? Your home is your canvas, and it is entirely up to you to decide how to dress it up or down.

Windows represent the focal point of the rooms in our homes and need to be styled in the most functional and creative way possible.

The Silent Killer Parents Don’t Know About

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Your home should be a safe haven for your entire family, but there’s a hidden danger that you see every day, and you don’t even realize it. It’s estimated that a child between 7 months and 10 years old dies from this hidden danger every month, and that’s not even counting the injuries.

The scariest part? It’s 100% preventable.

Window covering cords are a deathtrap.

The CPSC says they’re “…one of the top five hidden hazards in the home.” Cords seem harmless at first glance, but they’re anything but.

It doesn’t take much for a child to wrap the cord around his neck or a limb. They are the silent killer. You could even be in the same room and not realize what was happening. Once that cord gets around his neck, he can’t call for help. Sometimes parents don’t even realize it’s happening until it’s too late.

Don’t let that be you and your child.

Step One – Awareness

Awareness is the first step to keeping your child safe. Part of that is getting rid of corded window coverings altogether. Even simple safety devices, like cord cleats, aren’t enough to protect your child. They can still get tangled in the wrapped cords.

Step Two – Be on the Lookout

Unfortunately, that’s not where it ends. It goes beyond that. Your children may be safe at home, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe anywhere. Window coverings are everywhere – in nearly every home and building. Before you let your child go play at a friend’s house or stay the night and grandma’s house, make sure you first understand the hidden dangers there, too.

Step Three – Go Cordless

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Since foregoing window coverings altogether would mean privacy issues for your entire family, cordless window coverings are the safest option, period. Despite the continued safety concerns, corded blinds flood the market and most consumers don’t know how easy it is to go cordless. Committed to child-safety, retailers like Ikea, Target, and SelectBlinds.com now sell only cordless window coverings. Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Lowe’s have pledged to update their stock to cordless coverings by 2018. Cordless options are readily available and affordable for anyone wanting to make their homes safer.

The truth is that a corded window covering – no matter how affordable or how beautiful – is not worth the threat it poses to your children. There’s nothing to lose when switching to cordless, and everything to gain, including peace of mind. And that’s priceless.

To learn more about the danger of window covering cords and how to keep your children safe, please click here.

Select Blinds 2016 Labor Day Sale on All Blinds & Shades

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The 2016 SelectBlinds.com Labor Day Sale starts now! And it’s our BIGGEST SALE EVER! You can save big on your favorite window blinds and shades. This year, when you buy 3 window coverings, you get the 4th for free. And that doesn’t even count the additional savings you’ll get on every order. Get your home ready for fall with new blinds or shades, and save a lot of money in the process.

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Inspiring Decorator – Jessica Barnak – Kindred Creative Interiors

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Jessica Barnak from Kindred Creative Interiors not only has fabulous style, but she’s also quite the inspiration. Her entire business is built around the idea of creating personal sanctuaries. She believes that every space and every home should be a safe place. We love that!

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

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As a child I remember my bedroom. We were not rich people, and my bedroom was not pretty. It had bare wood walls, old textiles and “vintage” (i.e. super old) furnishings. But that bedroom became the place that I relied on each day. It was my spot to be tidy and organized, clear my head, read my books and escape the drama that rested outside of those walls. I’m not sure I would be the same person today if I hadn’t had a bedroom to retreat to and escape it all. It would turn out that those 4 bare wood walls would save my sanity and be the beacon to my dream job.

Fast forward through college, a 4 year stint as a prison therapist (do not ask) and a 3 year stint as a child foster care advocate, and I landed on being a stay-at-home mom who created her own portrait business. I spent 10 years of my life as a children’s portrait photographer, always with that hidden love of creating sanctuaries within our homes. Because I was so focused on my portrait business, design took a back seat for a very long time until one day the universe essentially punched me in the face. In 2010 we were thrown a curve ball and my husband was transferred, for the 6th time in his career, 2.5 hours north of where we lived. It required me to close my business, say goodbye to longtime clients and start all over again. Only when I went to start all over again, it didn’t take.

The area we lived in couldn’t support a photography business. Every sign was pointing me in a new direction, and so in 2012 I was finally in a place where I could take the opportunity and time to reinvent myself. I wanted to take my lifelong love of design and aesthetics and turn it into my daily love. And so I did. I spent a lot of time thinking about who I wanted to serve, what I loved to do and what my end game was, and my interiors business was born from a place of service and change. I knew that I wanted to serve people who wouldn’t typically hire a designer – people who wanted beautiful homes like they see in magazines, but whose budgets wouldn’t allow the expensive finishes and the high-end furnishings that are featured ad nauseam.

I set out to create a business that could take any person anywhere in the world and teach them to recreate themselves within their 4 walls. I spent a few years working so hard to recreate myself and I wanted to give that same thing to people around the world who wanted to love their homes, but just didn’t know how to get there.

My business is mostly handled by FaceTime and Skype. I bring simple advice, tips and tricks to people all over the globe (as far as Australia!) for their spaces. It’s important to me to pay attention to their words, needs and budget and provide them with a step by step that they can follow to turn their home – no matter the size or shape – into their very own sanctuary, the same way I’ve turned my career into exactly what I wanted it to be.

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This kitchen was created to fit family. Instead of a large, obtrusive island, we added a family style table in the middle to promote meal time, connection and family ties. Clutter was kept to a minimum so that the room feels more like a living space rather than a kitchen space, but still functions beautifully for cooking and entertaining.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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I am an artist at heart, so design for me has to be beautifully functional but with a carefully crafted creative flair. Personally, I love a mix of mid-century modern and vintage glamour. I definitely lean toward minimalist, but love to bring in a surprise to my spaces that make people say, “I wouldn’t have thought of that, but I like it!” Your home should represent exactly who you are; it should be your fingerprint. I try to make sure I understand who my client is and what they are trying to say so that I can create a space that is unique to their energy and personality.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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My favorite projects are always kitchens and home offices. They are the heart of our homes and the heart of our passion, and I love to design both! Recently my husband and I had the opportunity to move again and we purchased a 100-year-old city home full of hidden gems. We knew going in that we were going to renovate and gut the kitchen, but we thought it would take a while. It ended up taking us all of 3 months in the house to decide that the kitchen wasn’t going to last very long and that we should just get on with it. So on a winter Tuesday night we took a sledgehammer to the wall and started demo on a very outdated, not particularly functional space. What we found was a glorious brick wall behind the drywall! It turns out that our kitchen used to be the porch of the home, and the brick wall behind the drywall was the original exterior chimney. Of course, being who I am, the brick was staying and the entire kitchen was designed to coincide and flow beautifully with this gorgeous original structure.

Due to the space being the original porch, we opted for a heated tile floor and these 1920s-inspired beautiful tiles. The brick was amazing, but the space needed an artistic flair to fit with our design sylte, and as soon as we received the samples of these tiles, we both knew we had found the one. Being the budding minimalists we are, we kept the space clean lined, simple and stuck with a tuxedo kitchen theme. The original space was choppy and not functional, so we opened it up, removed walls and opted instead for a 12-inch island that contained everything we need to cook and spend time together as a family. It’s definitely a unique space and the layout is something that always surprises people, but the functionality of this kitchen was immensely improved and we think it’s pretty special.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I love that mid-century modern is having its moment again. The lines, textures, colors and artistic aesthetic are my favorites. I love how the mid-century design style promotes a space that is minimalist, light and airy laced with natural wood tones and modern lines. It brings in light textures, minimal accents and beautiful touches of mother nature – with wood or plants or natural rugs – and combines them all into a design aesthetic that is calming and current. It’s one of those design styles that promotes a simple home, and I believe it’s having a glorious moment in this decade because people are tired of coming home to clutter and disarray and every surface full of something. A little white space can be good for pretty much everyone and every home.