See our Products Featured on "Home Free" on FOX!


by Charlene 28 Jul 2015

Tune in every Wednesday at 9/10 pm ET/PT on FOX to see our window coverings used in the final redesigns of HOME FREE. This new design competition series is full of exciting twists and never-before-seen surprises. If you're looking for beautiful designs, heartfelt stories, and deserving families, this is the perfect show for you.

We're excited to be a part of this show and the difference it is making int he contestants' lives. Watch it with us every week!

Take a look at some of these before and afters from the very first episode.

 

What do you think of the final design from the first episode?

How to Keep Cool This Summer


by Charlene 24 Jul 2015

Summer is here! So now is the time to prepare to keep cool this summer. Control the heat before it amplifies to stay cool for the entire summer. The first thing to start with is the interior of your home. After that, move to the outside. You'll eventually have a summer-ready home where you can keep cool and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. Here's how to get started:


Cover Your Windows


A home with open, bright windows can make for a beautiful space. However, even with new windows, outside heat can come in, heating up your house and increasing your energy bills. But to get the best heat reduction, you can't cover your windows with just anything. For optimal energy efficiency, choose cellular shades. If you still want that natural light during the summer, choose light filtering cell shades, and you'll have the best of both worlds.


Keep Your Lights Off

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With light filtering shades, you can keep off your lights longer, helping to keep your home's interior cool and comfortable. You may not realize it at first, but leaving your lights on during the day can really heat up your home. Plus, keeping your lights off as long as possible will also save you money each month on your utility costs.


Swap Out Your Bedding

 

Change out your heavier winter bedding with linens specifically made for warmer weather. Being the right temperature while you sleep will help you to feel cooler the rest of the day. If you're overheated at night, you may feel as though you're catching up to stay cool all day.


Use Outside Misting Systems

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Don't let the summer heat keep you from enjoying time outside. Install misting systems around your porch, deck, or backyard sitting area. It will keep you cool and you don't have to hide from the heat inside your house.


Barbeque

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Cook outside as much as you can during the summer. Using your oven and stove will heat up your house, and it might be difficult to cool it back down right away. Instead, keep the heat outside where it belongs.


What's your favorite way to stay cool in the summer?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Jeffrey W. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 21 Jul 2015

He ordered the 2" Premium Faux Wood Blinds for 12 windows! This is what he had to say:

"They are in my commercial office space and have received plenty of compliments about them. I tell every customer I have that I got them at SelectBlinds!"

Surprising Back-to-College Necessities


by Charlene 17 Jul 2015

Bedding

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Your dorm or college apartment may supply basic bedding, but don't take any chances. Bring your own bedding. Not only can it give you peace of mind, but it's a great way to add color, personality, and style to your personal space. Quick Tip - Bring at least two sets of sheets. This will keep your bedding clean, even when your laundry is backing up.

Towels

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Bring your own towels. Again, even if your dorm provides towels, it's probably best to use your own. However, the provided towels are great for an emergency. Choose bright, fun colors and patterns or go with a classic white so you can bleach them and keep them looking fresh and new.

Window Shades

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You probably won't be allowed to drill in the required mounts for window blinds or shades. But you don't have to! Use Redi Shades instead. Just use the adhesive to attach them to the top of the window frame or on the outside of the window frame and that's all it takes! These are perfect for college life because they're cheap, easy to use, and they come in blackout, which means you can sleep whenever you want without light bothering you.

Hanging Organizers

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In a dorm, chances are you won't have much floor space. That will be taken up by beds, dressers, and desks. Instead, opt for hanging organizers. Why not use that vertical space instead of wasting it? You'll be surprised how much you can store with hanging organizers.

Now you're ready to head off to college with all those other essentials, like shower shoes and your laptop. What's your must-have for college this semester?

 

Charlene Jimenez

George B. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 14 Jul 2015

George B. ordered 4 custom cellular shades for his sun room/bird room.

Annette W. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 7 Jul 2015

"I really like my new shade!" She ordered Express Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades.

Our Biggest Sale Ever! 2015 4th of July


by Charlene 2 Jul 2015

The 2015 Select Blinds 4th of July Sale is bigger than ever! Buy 3, get 1 free. No limits. No caps. And save 35% off your order and get free shipping. This fourth of July, you have the freedom to choose! Only at SelectBlinds.com.

Lauren B. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 30 Jun 2015

"Thanks for your good products and good service! I installed 2" American Hardwood Blinds in a sugar maple finish to match my cupboards. They look so much better than the old, white, rusted metal mini blinds that came with the house! Now, I enjoy looking out the kitchen window while I do the dishes."

The 2015 Select Blinds Pre-4th of July Sitewide Sale!


by Charlene 26 Jun 2015

Ready to save big before all the 4th of July sales? Now's the time to go to SelectBlinds.com and cover your windows in style. Buy 3 or more window blinds or shades and get 1 free. Add 35% off and free shipping onto that, and you've got an incredible deal. This sale won't last long.

Lynn W. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 23 Jun 2015

"I am very happy with our new blinds from Select Blinds! We purchased 5 Express Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades for our living room. We have a little house by the ocean and wanted to create privacy without blocking any of the view or the light. These blinds were perfection. When open, they are barely 3"... they just blend into the window frame and we have a full view of the water. Today is sunny and my blinds let in all that light, even when closed! This is just what we needed here in the northeast, after the long, brutal winter we had!"

Sharon M. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 19 Jun 2015

"I ordered 4 Premium Smooth Vertical Blinds, 3 for my kitchen and 1 for my son's bedroom as a trial. They were easy to install. PERFECT size! My kitchen looks like a new kitchen. Everyone that walks in my kitchen notices them right away with great compliments. I most definitely WILL be ordering more to change out my entire home. My next order will include my bedroom. The samples are the best thing in this world to get ahold of. I am most excited about my next order because I am ordering the @Home Collection Vertical Blinds, Hampton Cameo, for my bedroom. The sample is awesome and I can't wait. I really like the curtains throughout my home, but I do not think I will be adding curtains to my bedroom when I get my bedroom blinds because I love that sample so much."

Father's Day $5,000 Giveaway!


by Charlene 17 Jun 2015

What could you do with $5,000? Why not make this Father's Day one for the record books? Enter to win and you might be $5,000 richer.

Learn more at http://www.selectblinds.com/blindscoupons.html

Verlyn J. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 16 Jun 2015

Verlyn J. ordered 3/8" Double Cell Light Filter Shades with the top down/bottom up lift style and is a happy customer!

How to Create the Perfect Guest Bedroom


by Charlene 12 Jun 2015

If you love hosting guests in your home, then you'll want to create the perfect guest room for your loved ones. You want it to have a luxurious hotel feel while still having all the comforts of home. Here are a few essentials you can add to take your guest room to the next level.


Blackout Window Shades


Most people sleep best in near-complete darkness. A blackout window shade is the best way to help your guests achieve their preferred sleeping environment. However, you may also have guests who prefer some light in the morning, to help them wake up, but they still want privacy. 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 shades are the perfect solution. With these shades, you can choose between light filtering fabrics and blackout. And you can even adjust them to have light filtering on top of the shade and blackout on the bottom. Give your guests all the light control they need. They'll thank you for it.


Fresh, Cozy Bedding


Use plush, inviting bedding for your guests. Mix and match lighter blankets with heavier throws, covering all your bases and giving your guests options. The right bedding can create a relaxing, rejuvenating guest bedroom. Don't forget about pillows and sheets, too. They can make a huge difference in the comfort of the bed.

 

Fresh Flowers

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Add some fresh flowers to the bedside table. This will bring life into the room, add to the décor, and give the space a nice, light scent. If the guest room is a little bland, adding flowers will give it a beautiful pop of color.


Something to Read

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Make sure to leave a few books, magazines, or current newspapers in the guest room. This will give your friend or family member something to read while they're relaxing or getting ready for bed. Everyone needs a few quiet moments to themselves, and giving your guests reading material will give them another reason to relax.


Now that you have all the essentials, add some personal touches throughout the space. You may find that everyone wants to be a house guest.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Nancy V. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 9 Jun 2015

"I purchased these double cell light filtering blinds, 4 of them top down/bottom up, cordless. We love them! The other 2 blinds were for the bathroom and they have cords and are beautiful! The purchase was easy; they were shipped quickly and we are so impressed with the quality of shade! The price is right and the privacy and light they provide is perfect! Thank you, SelectBlinds.com. These are the top down/bottom up blinds, which allow us to get natural light yet have privacy in a tight neighborhood."

Lisa M. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 5 Jun 2015

Lisa M. loves her white 2" Premium Faux Wood Blinds!

Crossfit Gym in Mesa, AZ using SelectBlinds.com Products


by Charlene 29 May 2015

Our sleek solar shades aren't just for homes. They're also for your home away from home - the gym. CFNS - Crossfit New Strength in Arizona just upgraded to glare and heat-reducing solar shades for their space. Their 5:30am crossfitters had to deal with the early Arizona sun in their eyes as they tried to work out. Now they don't have to worry about it. Don't they look great!?

S. Bradt is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 26 May 2015

"We LOVE LOVE LOVE our blinds! We ordered the 3/8" Double Cell Cordless Light Filtering Shades in Amber. They give us privacy without darkening the room and fit perfectly! And having lots of windows, they are helping to insulate against the cold winter air here in MN! Very satisfied!"

 

 

2015 Select Blinds Memorial Day Sale!


by Charlene 21 May 2015

The 2015 Memorial Day Sale is on now at SelectBlinds.com! Buy any 3 or more window coverings and get 1 free! Plus you'll save 35% off every order on top of that. And don't forget the free shipping, too! This Memorial Day Sale is all about you getting the window coverings of your dreams at even better prices than usual. Shop on!

Kara W. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 19 May 2015

 

"We are a very happy customer with our recent order! We just finished remodeling our bedroom and the blinds were the finishing touch on the windows. We love the blinds so much because they are absolutely effortless to use, you can push them up and down with just one finger, such high quality, so inexpensive, and the fact that they have no cord is such a great safety feature for anyone with pets or children. 

"Our dog's name is Finn...he loves them too! :) We are just starting to show friends and family our remodel and my father-in-law already started measuring his windows at home to buy these same blinds we got from your company. So perfect for your older customers too that are looking for a economical and effortless window covering solution."


 

Kara's choice: Express Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades

Jamie K. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 12 May 2015

Jamie loves the 2" faux wood blinds she ordered. What do you think? Do you love the look?

How to Remove Static from Your Vertical Window Coverings


by Charlene 8 May 2015

Vertical blinds can sometimes have static, but it's easy to take care of the problem. And chances are you have the solution in your home already.

Lauren K. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 5 May 2015

"I'm a happy customer! My new blinds look great!"

What do you think of the Deluxe Solids Roman Shades!

Heidi P. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 28 Apr 2015

Introducing SelectView Shutters


by Charlene 24 Apr 2015

The SelectView Shutters have an innovative design that gives you functionality that you can't find with traditional shutters, all without giving up the sophistication that shutters bring to a design. Watch this video to find out more!

 

Donna C. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 21 Apr 2015

 "Newly done living room. Beautiful Deluxe Solid Roman Shades in silk sage."

 

Treat Your Home to a Makeover - Giveaway


by Charlene 17 Apr 2015

What could you do with $5,000? Give your home the makeover it deserves with our $5,000 giveaway! Learn more at SelectBlinds.com.

Jennifer F. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 14 Apr 2015

 

"I ordered three 3 1/2" Fabric Vertical Blinds for my living room, dining room, and kitchen. They arrived on-time and packaged really well. Color selection is good. I had a grey color in my living room and dining room to match the wall color and ivory to complement my oak kitchen cabinet. Installation was simple. I had them on in no time and they look perfect."

 

Scotchgard for SelectBlinds.com Cellular Products


by Charlene 10 Apr 2015

Did you know that Select Blinds offers a Scotchgard Protector option for cellular shades? It's true! Add this option to your order of honeycomb shades and your shades will be safe from tomato sauce, soda, and everything else in between.

 

Makes spring cleaning a little less intimidating, doesn't it?

Cheryl G. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 7 Apr 2015

"I am very happy with my order of 2 inch American Hardwood blinds in Sunkist Oak. They are great quality, were easily installed, and a great price. I love ordering from your company. Your customer service is the best."

2015 Easter Sale


by Charlene 2 Apr 2015

Ready to save big this Easter without skimping on style? Then you'll love the Select Blinds 2015 Easter Sale! You can buy 3 or more and get 1 free. And don't forget to add on 35% off on every order and free shipping!

Beatrice T. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 31 Mar 2015

"I am very pleased with my window treatments; the quality and price are excellent. I love the wide selection and their customer service is outstanding. I ordered the 2 1/2 inch imitation wood blinds for the bathrooms. I did not want to put wood with the humidity. I also ordered the double cell light filtering cordless honeycomb shades. Absolutely love them."

 

Get Ready for Easter - Order Free Samples


by Charlene 27 Mar 2015

Prepare for our upcoming Easter sale by ordering free samples of your favorite blinds and shades today. Then you'll be ready to take advantage of all the sales we'll offer. It's time to update your windows and upgrade your style.

Not sure about ordering samples, here are a few reasons why you should.

Sher M. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 24 Mar 2015

"These are my new cordless top down/bottom up blinds that we installed in our bedroom...We love how it makes our room look so modern!"

 

Are you a happy customer? Learn more about our happy customer program here.

Focal Points - Taking Your Style to a Whole New Level


by Carriann 20 Mar 2015

I walked through the Houston Airport craving something to satisfy my travel hunger. Despite my diligence and growling stomach, I was suddenly distracted by this exciting "wood divider" between two rows of chairs in an open lounge. Wood branches twisted in all different directions that ascended to the ceiling. I was in awe. I thought, What a great piece! I could see this in my home, my entertaining space, or in my master bedroom. I was mesmerized by it. As I walked slowly around it, I gazed in appreciation, unaware of the people sitting in the lounge and probably wondering what in the world I was doing.  I let out a small awkward laugh, snapped a photo with my phone and moved on.

Now, I realize that designers can obsess over things that many others don't even notice. I have spent many paused moments admiring a ceiling application, a texture on a wall, a pattern on a rug, and even synchronized lighting. The very thing that I am drawn to, however, is one of the elements that my clients hire me to create in their spaces. It's the statement piece. It's a focal point.  These are items that are eye stoppers. It's that piece when you walk into a space and it demands your attention. It's that piece that many times inspires my entire design for a room. Not all focal points are created equal though. They can't compete with other items in the room. They coordinate with the all other items in a space, yet still stand alone. They're the diamond necklace that completes a fabulous outfit.

Focal Points can be an exotic rug, an accent chair with a bold pattern, a side table with ornate legs, a piece of artwork, an oversized bright vase, a centerpiece on your table, or anything that grabs your attention in a good way. Key words here: GOOD WAY. An eye sore is not a focal point. Those items officially become distractions. I'm laughing here... because I think we all know what those are! While I realize this is subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, make sure your statement pieces consider today's design trends or serve as cohesive elements in your overall style. For example, if you have a very modern space with clean lines and bold patterns, adding an oversized, traditional oil painting with an ornate gold frame will not serve as a focal point. Just because something grabs your attention, doesn't mean it's a statement piece. Dining rooms are spaces we don't use on a daily basis, so consider a fun, oversized seasonal centerpiece that is eye catching. Perhaps you won't be sitting at that table each day, but as you pass by it, why not add a statement piece to put a smile on your face?


Focal Points can be fun and whimsical too. They can transform a stale and lifeless space to a fun and lively one! They also enhance the theme, textures, and colors in your space. You can surely have more than one focal point as well but it should still be a part of the overall style. When all of the elements in a space are considered and merge together, they create harmony and consistency. Here is my checklist of the items I review when designing a space:


- Wall color (since this is the largest surface space in a room, consider a color that is timeless.)
- Furniture (while all pieces don't need to match, they should coordinate.)
- Textures (can be on a wall, in fabrics, drapery & window coverings, a rug, flooring, etc.)
- Flooring (usually the second largest surface area, it should be something that
- Theme (if there is one)
- Color palette (can be the accent color or colored carried throughout the space in various items.)
- Statement piece / focal point (the eye stopper, the item that grabs your attention.)
- Accessories and décor (artwork, tabletop items, wall art, candles, etc.)
- Lighting (it's the frosting on the cake. No matter how great a space, it must be lit properly to
 enhance the mood you wish to create.)


What I love about focal points is the freedom of expression they provide. Focal points are those elements in a space where you can really spread your wings! They have personality; they say something without uttering a word. For example, I had a homeowner when I worked on HGTV's "My First Place" who was a professional race car driver. So, I created a theme in his living room that was an extension of his love for cars. I printed out large canvases of his favorite vehicles, moments, and scenes that were all about racing. On the room's largest wall, I found an oversized metal sculpture of a car. This was my statement piece. I even created window treatment rods that looked like exhaust pipes on a car! It was such a fun space and most importantly, he loved it! It was an extension of him. The entire design was centered around that metal sculpture, which was the first item I found to inspire his space. So have fun with these focal points! I can promise you if find that statement piece and let is serve as the inspiration for your entire room, you're going to be happy you did. 


Window Coverings can also serve as great focal points. Don't think of window coverings as merely functional. They are a key ingredient in any space! If you want to create a focal point in your window coverings, select a style that either has a bold color or vibrant pattern. Here are two of my top picks from the @Home Collection by Carriann Johnson:

 

Follow these tips when creating focal points in your home and your spaces will have that statement you crave!

 

Happy Decorating!

Tiny House Nation Design - One Beautiful Window Covering at a Time


by Charlene 17 Mar 2015

Calling all fans of Tiny House Nation! Have you seen one of our favorite designs from FYI's hit show? You're going to love it!

 

 

Which space was your favorite part?

Take the Ugly Out of Your Home!


by Carriann 9 Jan 2015

January 2015 is here!! Woohoo! How excited are you for this New Year? It's that month that brings a sense of rejuvenation. Dust off the old, invent the new and add some zazzle to your life in only a way that you know how! While September has me craving freshly sharpened pencils, January begs for that freshly sharpened eye....for me anyway. And as I tuck away the Christmas décor and get a jump start on cleaning and organizing, I get anxious to share some valuable tips with you. Tips that help you "take the ugly out of your home!" We all want harmonious spaces that we enjoy. After all, when's the last time someone told you "I love when my home looks ugly?" So as you start this New Year with vigor and anticipation, consider some of my tips to help you beautify your home.

Remove the Eye Sores


Look around your room and ask yourself these questions: Would I purchase this today in a store? Do I absolutely love this item? Is this piece I like to sit on? Do I love the wall color? What would encourage me to come into this room more and enjoy it?  The answers to these questions will help you identify your eye sores. Look for items that are dusty and old, brass fixtures and finishes, dated styles, harsh patterns or dated colors, items too small to fill a wall or items too large on a small one. Styles that clash with one another, aged wallpaper, broken items you can't repair, or fixtures that have been there way too long are all dating your spaces and creating eye sores. Consider stopping by your local bookstore to gain some inspiration in the Design Magazines section or look online at your favorite stores and see what styles and trends they are featuring. Then mirror your space after the current ones you like.

Accept the Design Trends

I understand holding on to a style you love. But no matter how passionate you are about lace doilies, mauve wallpaper or brass fixtures, accept that they are out of style and no longer fashionable! If you desire a space that has the latest colors and styles, then you must evolve with the times. There's no way around it. If you want a current and fashionable look, letting go of the past is essential. And here's the good news...today's trends are flexible and cater to all different tastes. I've also noticed that when it comes to current designs and colors, that as long as you follow the general blueprint for them, you can add your own personality to them and still have current design trends in your home.

Make a Date With Yourself

 

You wouldn't start making a recipe without checking for all the ingredients, right? The same rule applies to designing a space. Putting together a great space can take time, organizing, patience, and proper scheduling. Start your project first by making a checklist of all the items you need for your space. Create a budget list as well so you are well aware of what you are going to spend on this project. Then, schedule dates on your calendar when you are going to execute your design. Schedule shopping dates, painting dates, renovation needs, assembly dates, etc.. If you do this, you eliminate any unnecessary stress. You also set realistic expectations. I have witnessed many homeowners stress themselves out by trying to accomplish their projects in unrealistic time frames with unrealistic budgets. Plan ahead of time (including people that may need to help you), and you will actually enjoy the project, the process, and the end result!

 

Make The Decision for Change


You know what space in your home where you walk in the room and you silently sigh at it but don't know why? It's your least favorite room in the house. And there's something about this space that nearly makes your blood boil or has you reaching for that itch to scratch. Perhaps it's that room that you've needed to re-organize, clean, paint, decorate, or add window coverings. Well, here's a little secret.....it's going to continue to be an eye sore until you make the decision to change it. After all, everything in our lives is attitude, right? I've always designed my spaces with a golden rule: "I will LOVE every inch of every room in my spaces if I approach them that way." Even a laundry room or walk-in pantry can be a fun space if you adopt the right mindset towards it. I once had a friend who was at my home walk past my laundry room and said, "Your laundry room looks nicer than my master bedroom!" What a compliment, right? I wanted to enjoy the room so I made the decision that I would design the space in a way that I would love going in that room and not dread it. And guess what?.... I did. I painted the walls a grayish-brown color, installed some really nice cabinets, added a chandelier (instead of the fluorescent overhead one) and hung some nice photography prints on the wall.  


Get Your Shades On!

 

The ingredients that make a space successful are the proper balance of color palette, style and/or theme, furniture, rugs (if needed), accessories, lighting, textures and window coverings. When I see people skip the window coverings, I am easily able to define what is missing in their space.  Especially if the space feels sterile or lacks that cozy factor. Window Coverings not only help you direct light, provide privacy, and insulate but they also add design features that will enhance your space. It's one more area of your room where you can showcase your colors, textures, theme, and style. Have a look at these at these spaces above. Imagine the space without any window shades. Without window coverings, the space feels incomplete! Add window coverings to your spaces and you will see a drastic difference.

Follow these tips when taking the ugly out of your home and you're sure to fall in love with your home all over again!


Happy Decorating! 

Judith C. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!


by Charlene 30 Dec 2014

"I love the faux wood blinds I ordered from you almost 2 years ago. They still look and work like new and are perfect for my country kitchen. I also ordered some for my bedroom and both are just great looking blinds! Everyone thinks they are real wood and they are so easy to clean and don't fade. I will order from you again!"

SelectBlinds.com Products on Tiny House Nation


by Charlene 26 Dec 2014

Are you a fan of Tiny House Nation? Then we have some exciting news! Over the next few weeks, you'll see our blinds and shades being used in these fun, amazing, showstopping designs! Take a look at this week's end design:

If you missed this week's episode, you can watch it here:

http://www.fyi.tv/shows/tiny-house-nation/videos/264-sq-ft-honeymoon-suite

High Price Does Not Mean High Quality - A Personal Experience from CEO, Al Silverberg


by AL__-S 23 Dec 2014

I'm the CEO of SelectBlinds, and a do-it-yourselfer on almost every home improvement project that I can get away with. My wife and I moved into our current house about one year ago. The house was built in 1980, and was in really good condition, but as far as we were concerned, there were quite a few things that we wanted to upgrade, including the window coverings. As I mentioned already, I am the CEO of SelectBlinds, so access to the latest and greatest was not a problem.

We covered all of the windows that needed to be covered, meaning the bedrooms, and the front facing windows. The beautiful view of the backyard was a big selling point, so we left the rear facing floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors bare, just like the people from whom we bought the house did.

We hung battery-powered motorized cell shades in the bedroom. I measured and installed them myself, and I have to admit, it was a fairly easy process, and when I was done, I had a feeling of accomplishment. The other windows were covered with roller shades, roman shades, and non-motorized, cordless honeycomb shades.

The price was not a big concern, but I was aware of the price, and was also aware of the fact that the shades were fairly priced, and they are all excellent quality products. I ordered them through our web site, just like any customer, and all of the blinds and shades that I ordered were delivered promptly, and without damage or issues. Overall a really positive experience. Go, SelectBlinds!

Fast forward to the present, which is mid-December, 2014. We live in Phoenix, and you might have heard that it gets a little warm in the summer. Those rear facing windows point to the north, so there is no direct sunlight on them, but, man, you can really feel the heat. So we decided that we were going to put solar shades on the windows and doors, and we were going to have them motorized. Battery powered is ok, but after using the ones in our bedroom for a year, and having to replace batteries in some of them, I decided that we were going to have these shades motorized, hard wired. I also decided that I was going to take this opportunity to experience a full-service design center, and have a "professional" take care of everything.

October 15th was the date of our first meeting with a Hunter Douglas full-service window coverings design center/dealer. The meeting went well. They brought out sample books of the types of products that we were considering, but surprisingly to me, the swatches were not even as good as the ones that we send out for free to any visitor to our site. Our swatches are bigger, and they are made in a way that it is easy to hold them up to your window to get a real good feel as to how they will look on your windows.

We had the dealer measure the windows, and knowing that I am "in the industry", he was kind enough to work with the manufacturer, Hunter Douglas, in order to get me a discounted price. So there was a little delay in getting to the point where we said "GO".  The exact date was 10/31, and they confirmed the order on Nov 1st. I'll skip the details, but December 16th they finally installed our shades.

Am I happy? I'm always happy! I don't feel good about the in-home, Hunter Douglas design center dealer experience though. I spent a ton of money, got the shades in an unacceptable amount of time, and the results, well, I'll let you decide.


Moral of this story? You don't have to pay more for perceived quality. Just because something costs more doesn't mean its quality will match its price.

Year End Sale-A-Thon Save 35% and Buy 3, Get 1 on Select Products


by Charlene 19 Dec 2014

The end of the year is approaching, and it's time to get some extra savings before the new year begins. This weekend only, you can save 35% on all orders and buy 3, get 1 free on select products. And don't forget about free shipping. Start saving now at SelectBlinds.com.

Introducing Disney's Frozen Window Shades


by Charlene 16 Dec 2014

Disney's Frozen has inspired and entertained both children and adults all across the globe. The characters are fun and personable, so what's not to love? Now you can bring the fun into your child's bedroom with Frozen window shades. With all your child's favorite characters, including Sven, Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, you can create a magical space for your child's growing imagination.

Introducing Disney's Frozen Window Shades!

 

Deck the Halls Home Makeover Giveaway from Select Shops


by Charlene 12 Dec 2014

Ready to give your home a makeover? One lucky person will win a makeover giveaway package from Select Shops! Just go here to enter your email for a chance to win: http://www.selectblinds.com/blog/page/Deck-the-Halls-Giveaway.aspx

Give the Gift of Beautiful Windows


by Charlene 9 Dec 2014

If you haven't gotten all your holiday shopping done yet, and if you're holding out for an amazing gift for someone special, we have just the thing. This year, give the gift of beautiful windows.

Take a look at some of our most popular window coverings and click on them to be taken right to that product. See if anything pops out at you or matches the style or that special person on your holiday shopping list.

If you need a little more help, look through our buying guides. They will help you find the perfect window coverings for every member of your family.

 

 

 

 

The Cozy Home by Carriann Johnson


by Carriann 5 Dec 2014

We all want it. Here's how you get it...


Happy December, everyone! Can you even believe that I'm saying that? I can't either.  It feels like yesterday that I was telling myself, "Christmas is only 4 months away!" Ahhh! And here we are. As temperatures plummet, it's only natural to start craving comfort foods like chili, meatloaf, and hot cocoa. The electric blankets are making their way from the hall closet to our beds. Those warm sweaters and extra thick clothing items are pushed to the front of our closets as our calendars inch closer and closer to "First day of Winter". The reality of the season is upon us. (Sniffle).


While many of us anxiously wait all year for the soothing temperatures of Summer, most of us live in climates where temperatures drop and seasons change. So if you can't afford to move to the Canary Islands where temperatures year round are 64 - 77 degrees, then why not embrace each season by looking at the positive? After all, attitude is everything, right? Part of that attitude is acclimating to the changes that need to take place in our homes. While it may be chilly outside, consider some of my design tips to cozy up your home this winter!


Add A Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace


I was sitting in the lobby of a local business and saw one of these mounted on the wall. As I walked over it to it, I discovered that it actually was radiating heat from it! "How awesome is that?" I thought. Imagine the possibilities in your home? How about that room that never seems to get warm enough? That space that doesn't allow for a fireplace but you've always wanted one? In your dining room where you know you'll be entertaining guests anyway? After a few minutes on the internet, I discovered all different shapes, sizes, colors, and price ranges on these. Perhaps there's one that meets your needs?

A Basket of Slippers


Place a basket of slippers near the front door to encourage guests (and yourself!) to keep their feet warm. Cold feet and hands are to be expected in the winter months....but they don't have to be inside your home. Find a large, fun basket that coordinates with your décor and fill it with 6-8 pairs of slippers. Make them different colors and sizes to accommodate everyone. I can promise you that you will love this idea, especially when you notice your basket is empty and smiles are all over your home!


Soften all those hard surfaces


Our senses are a portal to our moods. Ever notice how everyone starts to feel better as we approach the dinner table for a meal? Or how we immediately feel like taking a nap when we snuggle up on a cozy chair or sofa? Or how happy we may feel when we hear one of our favorite songs as we enter a restaurant or a clothing store? The smell of apple pie or cinnamon can calm our soul. Upon discovering a faux fur pillow or blanket, we may find ourselves protecting it like a newborn!  Our surroundings can surely alter our moods. Successful interior design occurs when the human element is considered.  Spaces can have the illusion they are colder than they actually are when they don't invite us into them. Here is my list of items to add to hard surface spaces that immediately add the cozy factor:


* Add a wool or heavy cashmere blanket and/or pillows to a leather sofa.


* Add a rug under seating areas, even if the floor is carpeted. (Rugs also help define a space, so it's a double win!) Add rugs to hard surfaces like tile and wood floors. Especially under dining tables and kitchen tables. Feeling something soft under your feet while you eat encourages you to slow down, enjoy your meal, and the moment.

* Add florals, silks, or artificial greens to tabletop areas. A space that has a lot of hard surfaces will also have a lot of noise reflection. If you can hear an echo in your space, chances are it needs some 'warming up' with the right décor items. Adding florals is the fail-proof cure.  Notice how this foyer looks in this home. The floral on the hall table, the rug, and the pillows and throw on the bench all invite you into this warm and cozy space.


Illuminate!


I can't say enough great things about candles. Not only do they add color to our spaces ,but (when lit) they add ambiance. They let off heat. They change the entire mood of a space! Coordinate with your seasonal décor and don't forget....to use them!! Light them. All of them!!

Window Coverings For Warmth


You wouldn't bake a birthday cake and not add frosting to it, right? The same idea applies to great spaces. They are by far one of the most overlooked areas of your home that add function, style, color, warmth, design, and help insulate. I've always loved standard window panels to complement windows. Choose a panel that is a part of your color palette within the space. You'll be happy you did!

Warm Colored Shades


Choose a color palette that coordinates with the colors in your space. A warm color will always soften the look in your room and create warmth. And if you select just the right color,
you will have a timeless look that lasts for
years to come.

Follow these tips when making your home cozy this Season and it will have you feeling warm all the way to Spring!


Happy Decorating! 


 

Carriann Johnson

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