Inspiring Decorator – Kelley Nan – The KelleyNan Blog

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What we love most about the Kelley Nan blog – do we really have to pick just one!? – is her southern style. But we also love her tablescapes. They’re gorgeous, and we love her creativity. Here’s a little more about Kelley’s journey.

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

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved making my spaces “pretty.” I was never an artist or musician, so rearranging my room and changing up my color schemes was my form of artistic expression. Even when I was working in college, I would take my earnings and put them toward new bedding and accessories on a regular basis. I have always been resourceful and put what I already had to use.

When we built our home in early 2015, I finally had the blank canvas I had always wanted. As I worked on rooms, I started documenting our progress via Instagram. I had no idea that strangers would be interested in my home and hearing what I had to say…but they were. I decided to take my little blog journal and transform it into a place where I style, host, and design, in hopes that I could inspire others to tap into their creativity, regardless of budget and personal style, and to make their homes a place they truly love. After a year, my Instagram account has grown to over 90,000 and my blog is gaining traction. I wouldn’t trade the connections I have made on this journey for anything.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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I grew up in the south and my grandmother was a true lady; her class shone through how she decorated and maintained her home, and it was a huge influence on what I always aspired to have. I appreciate and admire many styles, but the one I am most drawn to is a bit transitional. I like a lot of classic tradition with a little modern flare. I mix a lot of different styles in our home, but I think bringing together an eclectic mix makes for a more collected look.

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

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This is a tough one. Because we haven’t been in our home that long, we still have rooms that haven’t been finished. We still have rooms we haven’t touched! So, I kind of look at our home as one big ongoing project. I am always working on it and making plans, moving from room to room. Some of my favorite projects are the themed tablescapes I create. You can find some of those HERE. I also just finished my white guest retreat, so I am still loving the clean, bright transition. You can see that reveal HERE.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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Like many decor enthusiasts, I am all about white kitchens, aged brass, and tufted everything. As I mentioned before, because I always try to build on what I already have, I try to keep my larger pieces more neutral and classic, and keep the trends to accessories and art. My neutral base has lended itself well through my ever-changing style (and mind). Right now in my home, I am loving mixed metals. I have a gallery wall of silver and gold sunburst mirrors – will that stay forever? No. But this is one easy-to-update trend that feels fresh and fun. You can check out the gallery wall in my formal living room HERE.

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Inspiring Decorator – Mollie Openshaw – Design Loves Detail

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Mollie and her blog, Design Loves Detail, are simply adorable! Her style is flawless, and she dreams in floor plans! How incredible is that? Here’s a little bit more about Mollie Openshaw.

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

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When I was about 12 years old, I started really visualizing spaces. I was very into art and created a perspective drawing of my room. The style for the space was a vision that just kind of came to life in my mind, and I had to get it all down on paper so I could make it a reality. My mom even let me paint flowers on the walls! That’s when I first realized that interior design was in my DNA. I continued to develop art talents through high school, and my mom let me decorate our house. I went to college for interior design and after a year or two, my dad called me one day to say that he thought it wasn’t the most practical career choice if you’re not going to live in a metropolitan area. I realize now that my cute dad was hoping I wouldn’t move far away to a big city, haha. Heeding his advice, I actually switched my major but continued taking design and art courses on the side. After graduating college, I ended up starting a graphic design company and loved it, but still found myself being drawn to interiors. I always had some form of interior design project going on for myself and/or others and came to realize it was my calling and true passion in life. A few years ago, I made a commitment to run at my dream with everything I have, and I’ve been designing interiors for clients full-time ever since and love it. And I didn’t even have to move from my home state of Utah. :)

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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Sometimes that’s hard to put into words! But overall, I’d say contemporary coastal eclectic. I am a lover of bright, airy spaces full of natural light. I love pure white and fresh color equally and play with both in my designs. I love blending styles together for a unique mix. I also love incorporating mid-century modern and vintage pieces just to add a “collected” feel to a space. I try to use at least one vintage or antique item in each space I design. I love the history, comfort, and “worn-in” look that it lends to a new room. I also love using elements from nature.

There’s just something about wood grain, stone, plants, etc. I think we as humans connect with those kind of raw elements from nature, and bringing them indoors feels natural and kind of zen.

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

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Back in 2013 I had a dream of a floor plan. I woke up and drew it all out on paper. Within a year from that time, we had sold our first home, found a piece of land, and built the home that I had dreamed up. Definitely my favorite project because my husband and I worked together to create a completely unique vision all our own, and now we get to live in it! My brother-in-law was the general contractor for the project, my husband did finish work, like tile, finish carpentry, etc., and I designed everything.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I love global/vintage textiles right now. Great texture, patterns, and that vintage feel I was describing. That’s also why I’m loving the natural texture roman shades from SelectBlinds.com. Raw, natural elements are some of my favorite to work with!

 

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Gina D. and Barbara Y. are Happy SelectBlinds.com Customers!

Gina D. chose the Premier Double Cell Light Filtering Shades.

“They are just beautiful with very good quality and at a reasonable price. Since the new house requires more than 20 window shades, I did a lot of research on the window shades before selecting Select Blinds to make sure my purchases warranted the financial investment for the window treatments.

“Sure am not disappointed. The color and the quality matched the sample I selected. They are easy to install and they are just beautiful. The shades are streamlined, function well, and just plain gorgeous. I have not stopped talking about these shades to my friends and relatives. I am surely impressed. Well, the sales associates are courteous, experienced, and helpful. I cannot be happier. Select Blinds has won my loyalty for life.”

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Barbara Y. chose the @Home Collection Light Filtering Roller Shades.

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What’s Your Design Style?

Decorating your home is one more way to express yourself and show your personality. But understanding how your personality fits into a design style can be confusing. Sure, there are straightforward styles and definitions, but many people find themselves torn between two or more styles. Don’t feel as though you have to limit yourself to just one style. You’re unique and complex. Your style can be multi-sided, too, no matter if you identify with two or more design styles.

Here’s a basic breakdown of styles. Which one best describes and reflects you?

Contemporary

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The contemporary style includes softened, rounded lines. Even though some of the contemporary lines are rounded, it still gives a clean look and feel. The contemporary color palette is mainly made up on browns, whites, and grays, with pops of colors throughout. There are also metallic elements in many contemporary designs. Contemporary, geometric patterns can also be included, and you’ll commonly find those designs on decorative pillows, wall art, and even on rugs.

Traditional

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The traditional style is reminiscent of the European countryside in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly in France and England. Warm colors are traditionally used, creating a cozy glow throughout the space. Traditional style is all about detail, and a lot of them. The furniture looks plush and it can be difficult to resist sinking right into them.

Modern

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The modern style is all about polished sleekness. Much like the contemporary style, this style’s focus is on clean lines. One important aspect of a modern style is asymmetry. Instead of warmer metals, like bronze or gold, modern spaces are generally adorned with chrome and steel. This is one aspect that gives a modern home that sleekness.

Mediterranean/Coastal

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The Mediterranean design style is also called Spanish modern. Just as you might expect, this style uses blues, greens, and yellows to represent the ocean and the sky. Don’t forget about mosaics and terracotta. Many homes in the Mediterranean style opt for textured walls to create depth and visual interest.

Romantic

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The romantic design style focuses on softness and whimsicality. Think lace, pastels and muted colors, and dainty floral patterns. It also centers on femininity, with just a few touches of masculinity to create some depth. The romantic style is about grace and refinement through fabrics and colors.

Don’t feel you have to stick solely to one design style. Be yourself and let your personality and style preferences show you the perfect styles for you. Mix and match until you feel you’re properly represented. Your style will change with time. It’s natural. It’s normal. Don’t limit your style. Instead, let it develop and morph naturally.

Order Free Samples – Here’s Why You Should

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It’s tempting to skip the free samples and just order the window coverings you want. Let’s be honest; we all like shortcuts. We’re busy and we have things to get done, so why take longer than necessary to order the blinds or shades you need for your windows? Actually, there are quite a few reasons why you should order free samples first, including:

Gives You a Chance to Change Your Mind

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If you can’t decide between a few options, ordering free samples is a great way to help make up your mind. Or, maybe you knew what you wanted when you ordered the samples, but you’ve changed your mind. So many factors can affect how the samples look in your home, so it’s better to find that out before you spend money.

Helps You Make Sure the Color is Right

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Colors can have minimal to severe variations when seen on computer or phone screens. The only way to see a product’s true color is to see it in person. And that’s why we offer free samples! Maybe the color you see on the screen would complement your wall color perfectly. But when you get your order, the color could be all wrong and not as perfect as you originally thought. Eliminate the risk of making the wrong order by ordering samples first.

Lets You Consider the Effects of Lighting

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While your computer screen can change the product’s color, so can your home’s lighting. Light can change how everything looks. It can make something look beautiful, or it can change its look completely. You may find that the time of day can change the look of your window coverings, and you may not like what you see at dusk.

They’re Free!

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What do you have to lose? They’re free! Mix and match your favorite styles, colors, patterns, and materials, and you’ll be ready to make your final purchase. Your dream window coverings are just a free sample away!

Order your free samples today and make a more confident purchase tomorrow!

The Dangerous Truth of Corded Window Coverings & How We’re Changing the World

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Did you know that one child every month dies from window covering cord strangulation? And that’s not counting those who are injured or those injuries and close-calls that aren’t even reported.  And did you know that these types of deaths are silent deaths? Even if it’s happening in the next room, you might not know until it’s too late, until the damage has already been done, until you’ve lost your child.

Take a moment and think. How many windows do you have in your house? And how many of those windows have some kind of covering on them?

My Own House

I live in a decent-sized house, and it sports 25 or so windows with coverings. I’d like to believe that I was involved in the decision-making process when choosing them, but really that just makes me feel better about the fact that I was only involved in the paying part.

When it was all said and done, my wife and I had a good mixture of treatments on our windows. Because my house wasn’t a new construction, we left some up that came with the house. And that’s when I started comparing corded versus cordless coverings for windows.

Out of 25 treatments, only 3 of them had a corded lift system – all of them roman shades. Two I intentionally designed that way and the other was from the stack of returns SelectBlinds.com had received. After all, I wanted something for my man cave, and my only criterion was the size of the treatment. And if you were to come to my house, you’d agree that it’s the ugliest shade in the whole house, by a long shot.

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Needless to say, these are my least favorite treatments in the house. Not only are the dangling lift cords visually unappealing, but they’re also unsafe. Even though this shade and all the coverings for windows sold by my company, SelectBlinds.com, prior to April 1st, 2016 were CPSC compliant with safety regulations, you can see how they still posed a threat to young children. The cords are knotted every six or seven inches, which is meant to make it impossible for a child or pet to get entangled, but it can lead to strangulation or even suffocation.

Even though I have no small children in my house, these tangled cords remind me of a noose. And that’s exactly what it could become, and what it has become for many families over the years.

Making a Difference

The safety regulations are meant to keep kids safe, but obviously the current regulations aren’t the right ones. These corded shades are coming off of my window and they have come off of SelectBlinds.com as well.

We’ve known for a while that we needed to do more, and so we did:

1. We offer the most free cordless options in the industry.

2. Our free cord cleat program is open to everyone, not just customers. Cord cleats are small parts that window covering cords can be wrapped around. This keeps cords out of the reach of children and pets. After all, we understand that not everyone can upgrade their current coverings to cordless ones. People just have to request them through our site, and they’re sent free of charge, no strings attached. Even so, a cordless lift system is the only 100% safe option. No cords = safe children.

And yet, we still felt the need to make more of a difference, to save more lives. And so…

At Select Blinds, 2016 is the year of cordless.

So why do all this? Why do it when it will cost us a lot of money, time, and resources?

Because it’s the right thing to do. Simple as that.

We’ve cut the cord!

Inspiring Decorator – Melissa George – Polished Habitat

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The Polished Habitat blog is DIYer’s dream. She has a lovely eye for design, and we all love her style. Learn a little more about Melissa George from the Polished Habitat:

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

My journey has been very long and winding. I’ve had an obsession with houses and decor as long as I can remember. But, I also loved business and excelled in more left-brain topics. For too long, I worked in jobs like data analysis and project management. At night, I’d constantly be perusing real estate listings and decorating/remodeling our house. One day I had that now or never moment, gave my notice at a great job, and went all-in to become a home decor & organizing blogger. Best decision EVER.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Functional fresh modern with a dose of glam and a nod to traditional.

I definitely don’t fit into a cookie-cutter design style, but as crazy as my combo sounds, I feel like the rooms we create are still pretty accessible and not too “out there”. I put a high value on making rooms that work and make life easier. Incorporating organization right into the core design is probably my favorite thing to do.

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

Our master closet is my favorite project to date. The space was so beige and completely dysfunctional, even though it was by far the biggest closet we’ve ever had.

Here’s what it looked like before from one angle:

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I spent more time planning the space than any other project. To see the plans come to life and look even better than I dreamed was surreal. It was also a HUGE labor intensive project because we built all the shelving ourselves, which stretched our abilities.

Here’s the same angle after we were done:

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I also love smaller organizing projects, like the space under my bathroom sink. I came up with fun ways to make it look great AND work well.

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4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

I’m all about anything gold/brass, lucite, or marble. If they are all combined together with some navy accents thrown in, I’m even happier!

I can’t swing putting marble in our bathroom or kitchen, so I found a fun way to incorporate it around the house on a budget. Marble contact paper!

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