Preparing Your Home for Holiday House Guests


by Charlene 18 Nov 2014

The holidays are fast-approaching and that means your home will soon be filled with family, friends, parties, and holiday house guests. Don't get overwhelmed just yet. You can prepare your home for your guests with just a few simple changes and upgrades. Don't worry; there's still time.

New Window Coverings

By simply adding or swapping out your current window coverings, you'll give your home a whole new look, from the inside out. It doesn't matter which window coverings you choose, as long as it works with your style and your personality. Need help deciding which window coverings are best? Check out our buying guides, which cover different styles, materials, and room functions and then shows you the perfect complementary window coverings.

New Bedding for Guest Rooms

Whether you want your home to feel like an expensive luxury hotel or a part of a cozy cottage, you can find the perfect bedding, and you don't have to spend a fortune. New bedding will not only give your guest room an instant facelift, but it can even make you feel better about the space and more comfortable with having loved ones stay at your home during the holidays.

Prepare the Bathroom

Stock up your guest bathroom with toiletries and fresh flowers. You can pick these up at the dollar store or even if you've stocked up yourself while staying in hotels. Your guests will probably bring their own toiletries, but it's nice to have them there just in case. Your guests will feel spoiled and loved.

Childproof Your Home

If your guests have young children, it's time to make sure you place is safe for the entire family. Put baby gates at the stairs and make sure electrical outlets are covered. If you have corded window coverings, you can request free cord cleats so you keep those dangling cords out of the reach of children and pets.

Now just bake some cookies, decorate for the holidays, and play some soothing music. And don't forget to relax before the hustle and bustle of house guests begins.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Ready Your Home for the Holidays - 35% off All Orders + Even More Savings!


by Charlene 14 Nov 2014

The holiday season is upon us, and it's time to get your home ready for all the parties, get-togethers, dinners, and cozy evenings at home. Through Sunday, you can get 35% off all orders, buy 3 get 1 free on select products, and free shipping. Need your window coverings before Thanksgiving? We have select products that you can still get by Turkey Day!

Designing for the Holidays


by Carriann 11 Nov 2014

Can you feel that new vibe in the air? Decorations and colors of all kinds for every holiday are creeping their way into retailers. One store has up Christmas trees, the other already has lit up pumpkins on clearance and now fashion retailers are starting to promote Spring fashion! It's a crazy time that can frantically drive someone right to Pinterest just to obtain some visuals on this madness. Even as an Interior Designer, I can spiral into a panicked dance like that of a squirrel trying to cross the road (and then changes his mind to dash back to the ditch). This is that time of year where we start thinking about all of the holidays that are fast approaching. And it seems that once Halloween is upon us, the ball starts rolling and our homes become the stage for gatherings, festivities, hosted parties, and tons of hungry mouths. From our dinner tables to our fireplaces, our homes become the backdrop for 4 wonderfully fun holidays - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. And if you're like me, you like your home to keep you, your family, your friends, and your guests in the holiday spirit! With all the craziness and hectic schedules of our lives, sometimes the simple things like sipping a hot apple cider on a Sunday afternoon, smelling the aroma of a nutmeg candle on November 21st, or hearing a crackling fireplace in the middle of December can sooth our soul like nothing else.  But before you daydream of those blissful moments, let's plan. The stage is our home and I'm happy to navigate you through the process of Decorating your Home For the Holidays! (This is a good time to set the mood by playing your favorite music in the background while you read the rest of this article. :) )

Step 1 - "The Swap"

It's easy to incorporate new seasonal décor, but how do you avoid that cluttered look? Swap out items already in your spaces with seasonal items. Don't just add items without subtracting others. For example, if you are decorating for Thanksgiving, swap out your current candles or centerpiece with one that is filled with Fall colors. Change out plain white candles with deep red ones or butterscotch colored candles. Swap out your everyday sofa pillows with seasonal pillows. Exchange your standard white lamp shade with a red one at Christmas, and so on. Think of ways to incorporate your theme and colors of the season and swap them out with fun, festive items!

Step 2 -  "Complement and Coordinate"


I've seen far too many people make the mistake of incorporating Holiday décor into their existing styles and not take their existing space into consideration. They love their holiday décor and they love their everyday décor but they don't like when the two come together. Here's how you avoid this common mistake.... Choose seasonal and Holiday décor that complements or coordinates with your existing colors and styles. For example, if you have a modern living room that has dark blues, browns, and ivories in your color palette, don't add the traditional red and green Christmas decorations. Consider adding all silver décor, gold décor, or even blue décor. It's out there, trust me. Christmas colors are no longer just red and green and Thanksgiving colors are not just orange and red. While shopping, I've seen fun things like purple pumpkins, lime green pilgrim statues, and even a solid orange Santa Claus! Take some time, shop wisely, and you will find just what your space needs to compliment your existing style.

Step 3 -  "Quality Over Quantity"

 

Our homes can start looking more like we are having an indoor garage sale than celebrating the current holiday. Your home will look like your hired a Designer when you keep things simple and choose your holiday décor wisely. I'd rather see a huge holiday wreath over your mantle filled with quality gourds, tasteful colors, and a unique flare to it (and that's ALL), than a living room that's filled with 25-20 small items crammed on to every end table, coffee table, and hanging from the ceiling with colored string. This is a time where less is more. Invest in a great holiday accent item that makes a statement. Thick outdoor garland with ample amounts of lights on it streaming around your front doorway with a natural pine wreath will look far nicer than a front porch that has so many plastic blown up holiday creatures you can barely stand on the porch with them. Save the front lawn for that, it has more room!

Step 4 - "Don't Forget Those Shades!"


I'm not talking sunglasses here. Take a moment and pause...and think of that busted cord, the discolored shade, the blind that no longer works, the window covering that you despise but have been putting off its replacement...what about that window covering that doesn't block that nasty winter draft? You know who you are and yes, I'm talking to you! Hasn't it been long enough? It's time to take some action. I've already done some of the work for you. When that time comes that you're sitting in your living room celebrating the holidays, you'll thank me as you gaze upon your windows and can't take your eyes off the gift that you purchased for your home...WINDOW COVERINGS! Here are some of my recommendations for great windows shades for this time of year. Not only do they provide an insulating component and help with those nasty drafts, but they look fabulous!

Wood Alloy Shades.

Not only do wood alloy shades add richness and elegance to your space, but the fit just about any style!  These are great for a variety of styles such as Traditional, Coastal themes, Modern, and even Cottage Style. The thickness of each wood slat provides the perfect barrier for any drafts. The S-Curve option adds a new dimension and an elegant look to the blind. The no-holes privacy option is also available on these wood alternative blinds.


Designer Screens.


These stylish window shades will compliment any space! I promise you won't regret selecting these in your home. These shades gently filter sun light providing UV protection and minimizing glare while maintaining your view outside. They also allow the beauty of all Seasons to be seen, even when they are lowered. These are perfect for styles such as Coastal, Modern, and transitional. Ideal for living rooms, theatre rooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

Follow these tips when getting your home ready for this Holiday season and you're sure to be all smiles! 

Happy Decorating! 

 

Carriann Johnson

Veterans Day Sale - 2014 - Buy 3, Get 1 Free and 30% Off!


by Charlene 7 Nov 2014

In honor of our veterans and those currently serving, we're starting our 2014 Veterans Day sale today, and it goes until Tuesday. Use the code "Veterans" during checkout to get these incredible deals:

  • Buy 3, Get 1 Free sitewide
  • Plus an additional 30% discount
  • And free shipping - always

 

Charlene Jimenez

Savor the Sun this Fall with Light Filtering Shades


by Charlene 4 Nov 2014

Daylight Savings has ended. The good news is you get an extra hour of sleep. The bad news is that it will get darker sooner, leaving you less time to enjoy the sunlight. But you can actually take advantage of the light that's left with the right window coverings.

The answer is light filtering window shades.

Light filtering fabrics gently diffuse natural sunlight to give your home a soft, enriching glow. You can choose from honeycomb, roller, sheer, and pleated shades. With these light filtering window shades, you can keep them closed to ensure your privacy, but you can still get that beautiful natural light that is precious this time of year through the light filtering fabrics.

Savor the soft autumn sun with light filtering shades, and then you'll also be ready for the approaching winter.

Take a closer look at some of your options:

Honeycomb Shades

Roller Shades

Sheer Shades

Pleated Shades

 

Charlene Jimenez

Happy Halloween from SelectBlinds.com!


by Charlene 31 Oct 2014

Cozy Up Your Home with Express Faux Wood Shutters


by Charlene 28 Oct 2014

One of the best things about autumn is that you can make your home cozy, warm, and comfortable. Just by adding faux wood shutters to your windows, you'll get an instant cozy feel. Take a look at this product video to learn more.

 

 

Charlene Jimenez

Keep the Sheets on the Bed This Halloween


by Charlene 24 Oct 2014

Remember those Halloweens from your childhood when you'd use your white bed sheets over the window to make scary shadow scenes? This Halloween you can leave the sheets on the beds, right where they belong. Instead, use your light filtering window shades as the perfect backdrop. Or use Halloween silhouettes to create something eerie.

Here's some spooktacular inspiration to get your wheels turning.

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Charlene Jimenez

Cord Cleats and Child Safety


by Charlene 21 Oct 2014

Earlier this year, we began our free cord cleat program. We've always taken child safety seriously, and our commitment to safety hasn't changed.

Haven't ordered your free cord cleats yet? You still can. Start here and fill out the simple form.

To avoid the danger of corded window coverings altogether, upgrade to cordless. And when purchasing roller and cellular shades, you get a free cordless upgrade, always. Keeping your children safe shouldn't cost you extra.

Want to learn about how else we're giving back and working with the public to keep kids safe? Read our latest press release about Window Covering Safety Month, free cord cleats, and free cordless upgrades.

 

Charlene Jimenez

35% Off Sale - Delivered by Thanksgiving or It's Free!


by Charlene 17 Oct 2014

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so now's the time to prepare your house for your holiday guests. One of the easiest and fastest ways to spruce up your home for the holiday season is to update your window coverings. And now you can save even more with our 35% off sale on all orders. And don't forget about free shipping. Order now and you'll get your order by Thanksgiving, guaranteed, or it's free! This deal won't last long. The sale ends Sunday. Just enter code FREE35 during checkout.

 

Using Shutters as Headboards


by Charlene 14 Oct 2014

No matter if you have some old shutters you want to use or you're buying brand new shutters for a project, you can put them to good use. Have you considered, for example, using shutters as your bed's headboard? It can actually give your room a classic, elegant look. Of course they look great on your windows, but they also look amazing behind your bed.

Not convinced? Let these photos do the talking:

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Photo Credit: Calla Lilly Studio Blog

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Photo Credit: Completely Coastal

Now that you've seen the possibility of shutters as headboards, which one was your favorite?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Columbus Day Sale 2014 - Buy 3, Get 1 Free


by Charlene 10 Oct 2014

Our Columbus Day Sale starts now! Buy 3, get 1 free sitewide + 30% off all orders and free shipping! Sale ends Monday, so start saving now at www.selectblinds.com!

 

The Chill is Creeping In...Time to Warm Up!


by Carriann 7 Oct 2014

The smell of freshly sharpened pencils are now replaced with that earthy nip in the air. Your mornings may greet you with thoughts of turning on your furnace while you drag yourself into this new time of year. But there is such a beauty that comes with the Fall Season!! And if you're like me, it's your favorite time of year. Candy corn is pouring into my bloodstream like water and my creativity shoots though the roof!  This season not only begs for a palette of harvest colors in our home, but spaces that embrace us and bring warmth as the cold creeps in. With all that excitement going on outside, why not bring some of it indoors? If you like your home to have that Fall Festive Flare, than consider some of my design insights and I promise your home will hug you! As you prepare for Fall, consider some of these items and I promise that your home won't have you feeling the cold.

Consider some of my favorite items to add to the Season:

Wreaths. They're not just for front doors! Consider a wreath that is made of branches and add your own gourds, mini pumpkins, ribbons, Fall ornaments or even earthly items you find outside in nature.  You can hang them with ribbon over large picture windows, above your fireplace, in stairwells, on accent walls, or even on interior doors such as pantries and closets.


Candles & Scents. There are so many great scents out there to capture the mood of the season. And they can take you well into Thanksgiving. Cinnamon, Apple Spice, Cider, Pumpkin, and fig are all great options that will fill your home with amazing seasonal scents. They also add a great splash of Fall color! Plug-ins with these great smells will add that extra zest in your home as well.

Fall Garland. Wrap around chandeliers, doorways, mirrors, fireplaces, stair railings, and even windows.

Earthy Finds. What's so wonderful about this time of year is the many places you can venture outside and collect the dried and dead items that are all around our Fall landscapes. Things like twigs, wild grasses, acorns, branches, nuts, and cattails are easy to find. Purchase a can of orange, brown, or black spray paint and paint a few items for an inexpensive way to make your home super festive!


Throws, pillows and Slippers. Not only does a warm cup of coffee or cocoa warm us up, but so do those soft elements that invite the 'cozy factor.' Adding items like a basket of slippers right near your front door encourage yourself and your guests to kick off those shoes without losing the warmth. Purchase as many as you need in different sizes and leave in a decorative basket near your front door or where guests enter your home. Soft blankets and throws in Fall colors will bring those festive colors into your space as well. Accent pillows with Fall patterns or embroidered seasonal images will make your space pop with fun designs.

Faux Leaves. What an inexpensive way to add huge fun to your home! Sprinkle faux leaves on side tables, a dining buffet, dining table centerpieces, decorative shelves, and even bath tub surrounds. You'll be amazed at how much they add to the feel of the season! 


Enhance Your Window Coverings


Now is the best time to upgrade your window coverings to ones that will insulate and eliminate those nasty drafts that make their way through our windows.  Take it one step further by caulking all windows prior to installing your new shades! Consider these shades to help insulate your windows and help with those ever increasing utility bills! When shopping for the perfect shade, keep in mind...the more fabric and material that is up against your window, the more insulation you will have.

Roman Shades. They provide a tailored look and offer durable fabrics to block out those unwanted drafts. You can choose from the hobbled option, top down bottom up, continuous cord loop, and cordless for additional safety. You can also add liners to the shades to allow even more energy efficiency.  I love how Roman Shades add that touch of elegance to your space. Coordinate with a color that already compliments the color palette within your space. If you have a sage green comforter ensemble, consider a shade green roman shade to tie the color in throughout your room. These are great for a variety of styles such as Traditional, Coastal themes, Modern, and even Cottage Style.


Double Cellular. When it comes to extreme temperatures, two cells are always better than one! The Double Cellular Shade offers two cells of fabric which offer that extra insulating factor. Cellular shades are timeless and fit any style of décor from Ultra Modern to Traditional. Choose your colors and designs wisely and you will have window shades that compliment your home for years. Consider patterns such as Corkboard Granite, Iron Scroll Black Rose, or Brushed Orange Linen instead of a standard white or off white and your space is surely to look as if you hired a professional Designer!

Left: Corkboard Granite

Middle: Iron Scroll Black Rose

Right: Brushed Orange Linen

 

Follow these tips when getting your home ready for this fall season and you're sure to flash a warm smile!

Happy Decorating! 



 

Carriann Johnson

National Window Covering Safety Month 2014 - 35% off Sitewide


by Charlene 3 Oct 2014

It's National Window Covering Safety Month! And in honor of child safety, we're taking 35% off all orders! We recommend going cordless, as this will eliminate any cord dangers for your young children and pets. However, if you can't upgrade to cordless right now, you can still use our 35% off discount, and then order our free cord cleats to tie up those dangling cords. Start saving now at www.selectblinds.com.

 

 

Charlene Jimenez

 

Favorite Fall Color Palettes and Window Coverings to Match


by Charlene 30 Sep 2014

Autumn is here and it's glorious! In many areas, the weather is cooling down and the leaves will start changing their color soon. Embrace these beautiful changes by choosing the perfect fall-inspired color palette for your fall decorating. And don't forget about your windows. With the colder weather, you'll want more insulation for your windows. So why not combine a fall-inspired palette with new window coverings? Here's a list of my favorite fall color palettes and the window coverings to match:

 

Fall Color Palette #1:

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 And here are the 1" Designer Mini Blinds in those gorgeous fall colors!

 

 

Fall Color Palette #2:

 

And now the window coverings to match!

 

 

 

Which color palette was your favorite? Would you change your window coverings for each season?

 

Charlene Jimenez

 

Say Hello to Fall with Window Insulation and Warmer Bedding


by Charlene 23 Sep 2014

Fall is finally here! It may not feel like it in some places, but in other places, autumn is in full force. Leaves are changing colors, and soon they'll be scattered on the ground. The air is getting cooler and the daylight hours are getting shorter. So now's the time to prepare your home for that beautiful fall weather, which will inevitably turn to the harsh chill of winter.

Better Insulation

Because the fall season brings with it colder temperatures, you'll want to make sure you have the best insulation possible. This will save you money by reducing your energy usage. One of the easiest ways to better insulate your home is to focus on your windows. By simply adding the right window coverings, you'll save money, energy usage, and still have a beautifully stylish home.

Honeycomb shades, also called cellular shades, provide the best insulation. Their honeycomb construction gives your window shades even more layers, all while trapping the cold weather in the little cells. For even more insulation, choose double cell honeycomb shades.

Don't like the look of cellular shades? You can still get great insulation benefits with other types of window shades, including roman shades and solar shades.

Light Filtering

Fall is beautiful, but it just doesn't offer the same warm natural light that summer did. While you may have wanted to block out the sun and the heat in the summer, blocking out light in the fall will only leave your home cold and dark.

Choosing a light filtering window shade will give your home that soft, warm glow that's perfect for this time of year.  With the decreasing amount of sunlight for the next few months, it's important to use the sunlight you do have with light filtering window shades.

Warmer Bedding

If you haven't yet, now's the time to change out your bedding. Depending on where you live, you may need even warmer bedding than other places. Start with warm sheets. Then you can add blankets, throws, down comforters and duvet inserts. Make your bed as cozy as possible, and you'll have a happy and warm fall while you appreciate the chill in the air, tucked away in your bed.

One of the best, and most fun, benefits of saying hello to fall is that you can choose fall color palettes for everything from your window coverings to your bedding. Isn't it time you prepared your home for fall?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Tiffani Thiessen Bathroom Remodel – Featuring Woven Wood Shades


by Charlene 19 Sep 2014

Think of your dream master bathroom. What comes to mind? A bathroom with a view? How about a deep tub for relaxing?

That's exactly what Kim Lewis designed for Tiffani Thiessen, a famous actress best known for her roles on Saved by the Bell, 90210, and White Collar. Tiffani Thiessen's bathroom makeover features a luxurious tub, a spacious shower, and a clean, crisp color palette, making this space calming, rejuvenating, and serene - everything that makes it worthy of the dream master bathroom title.

But our favorite part? The window shades. The Good Housekeeping Woven Shades in Jute Natural are a perfect addition to this gorgeous, drool-worthy design, adding texture and visual interest.

With the Select Blinds woven wood shades, this is the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional styles, making it a classic look full of functionality and personality.

The one word we'd use to describe this master bathroom design? Timeless.

 

Photography Credits:  Rebecca Sanabria Photography

 

Charlene Jimenez

How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale


by Charlene 16 Sep 2014

Selling your home is exciting because you're starting a new chapter, but it's also stressful because you'll have a lot of work to do to get your home ready. The whole point of selling your home is to get the most for it, and quickly. The best way to do that is to stage your home. This doesn't mean you have to hire professional stagers, but that is always an option. You can actually do it all yourself, and here's how:

Minimalize and Simplify

Photo Credit: Alexander Staging

Get rid of clutter and everything extra. Take down the pictures of you and your family. Pack knick knacks out of sight. You may love to be around all your stuff, but you have to help potential buyers visualize themselves and their stuff in the space. When in doubt, get rid of it, at least temporarily.

Upgrade Appliances

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Updating and upgrading the appliances is a great way to increase your home's value and appeal to potential buyers. Plus it will make your kitchen feel more luxurious and modern.

Update Window Coverings

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The right window coverings can give your home personality, style, and a streamlined look and feel. One of the most popular updates is adding shutters. Shutters are timeless and it will make your home feel rich and sophisticated.

Paint

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A fresh coat of paint will work wonders. It will make everything feel fresh, clean, and new. When it comes to paint color, neutrals are generally the way to go. Again, this helps the potential buyer to envision themselves living there. If you choose a bright color, it may scare off the buyers because it's not their style. Choosing neutral colors gives them a blank canvas to start imagining themselves living there.

With just a few updates and changes, your home will be beautifully staged and ready to sell.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Select Blinds Featured on Fix It and Finish It - Tune In!


by Charlene 12 Sep 2014

Antonio Sabato, Jr. is a DIY and home renovation expert, and he has a new show - Fix It and Finish It!

Select Blinds has teamed up with Fix It and Finish It, and our products will be featured on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 on WVUE at 10:00 am. If you're in New Orleans, make sure to tune in and see Antonio Sabato, Jr. and our best products in action.

Ready to be inspired?

 

Charlene Jimenez

National Assisted Living Week and Regaining Independence with Motorized Window Coverings


by Charlene 9 Sep 2014

This week is National Assisted Living Week! It's all about showing our love, care, and concern for those in assisted living facilities. One way to show that concern is to help increase their level of independence. It can be disheartening to lose independence, so finding small ways to give it back can lighten the hearts of those you love the most.

Motorized window coverings will help your loved ones open, close, and tilt their window coverings, all from the comfort of their beds or chairs. This is a great option for those with limited mobility or physical limitations. Giving those in assisted living facilities the ability to control the natural light that comes into the room at any given moment can bring joy. It may seem small, but for those with limitations can regain some of their confidence.

Motorized window coverings are easy to use. All it takes is the small remote. It can be used from up to 65 feet away, and it's perfect for high windows or blinds or shades that are a little heavier to lift. With just a touch of the finger, those in assisted living facilities can have some control again. And sometimes that's enough to boost their self-worth and help them feel loved and appreciated.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Grandparents Day - Keeping Your Grandchildren Safe


by Charlene 5 Sep 2014

Sunday is Grandparents Day, but it's not just about honoring grandparents. It's also a day to enjoy, as grandparents, your grandchildren! Prepare to spend some great quality time with them this weekend, no matter their age. But one of the best things you can do to prepare for your grandchildren to visit all year long is by choosing cordless window coverings.

Not only are cordless blinds or shades sleek and modern, but they're easy to use and pose no threat to small children. With cordless window coverings, you'll never have to worry about potential window covering cord danger when your grandchildren visit. Instead, you can spend the time enjoying their company.

But maybe you can't upgrade to cordless just yet. That's OK! There are other things you can do to ensure the safety of your grandchildren. Simply put, order our free cord cleats. Cord cleats are small parts that can be screwed into the wall and the dangling cord be wrapped around, keeping that excess cord out of the hands of your grandchildren.

Did you know that you could also get remote-controlled motorized window coverings? You won't have to worry about cords, and they're even easier to use. Imagine being able to open, close, or tilt your window coverings from up to 65 feet away. They're perfect if you have hard-to-reach windows or even if you have limited mobility.

This Grandparents Day, give yourself peace of mind. Use that time you used to worry to spend even more beautiful time with your precious grandchildren.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Surprising Back-to-College Necessities


by Charlene 2 Sep 2014

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

Photo Credit: SelectBlinds.com

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

Light The Mood in Your Home


by Carriann 29 Aug 2014

There are several key ingredients to creating great spaces within your home, but they all end with an overall result... "What mood does the space leave?" Successful spaces are the result of all key ingredients merging into one and working in harmony.
 
Lighting is one of these ingredients. And let's face it, lighting can drastically change the feel of a space. So where does our lighting come from? There's natural lighting (windows) and artificial lighting (fixtures).  Fixtures are specific in living areas such as kitchens and baths. Natural lighting is less specific and fills a room with more ambient light. But we are still left with the challenge of controlling both light sources. Window coverings allow you to control and direct natural lighting. They also dress up your window and enhance your space. Your space can be designed beautifully, have amazing textures, rich colors, eye catching décor, and just the precise amount of plants and fresh flowers. But if you're lighting is off, it will kill the entire look. It's like having a designer outfit on, looking your best, every hair is in place, but you wear an outdated, hideous pair of shoes. You kill the entire look! And once you realize it (if you do), the mood is negatively influenced. The reason many Homeowners are unsure of lighting solutions is because they simply don't have the tips and tricks of the trade. Keep reading, because I'm about to share some juicy information with you! Here are 4 popular spaces in homes today and some key points for each. Follow my designer tips and you'll soon be celebrating the very mood you wished to achieve!

Family / Living Rooms

We love our family rooms! After all, it's where we spend our time either relaxing, being a family, playing a game, entertaining, or watching our favorite TV show. This is a space where controlling light is critical, depending on the activity in the space.

  • Keep colors muted. Earth tones and neutrals will always create a soothing mood.
  • Window shades that work best for this space: blackout (for television viewing), shades that allow directional tilting such as wood blinds or sheer shades.
  • Choose a color and shade that compliments your current décor.
  • If you have an accent wall in your space, consider a window shade that coordinates or matches your wall color.
  • Choose textures and colors that invite the 'cozy factor.'  Plush throws, oversized pillows, upholstered furniture, soft rugs, and controlled lighting will all allow just the right mood for this space.
  • Don't forget the dimmer switch! Dimmer switches allow you to control the level of your artificial lighting. Plus, it's a small investment that offers a substantial influence to the mood of your space!

Kitchens / Eating Areas

Our kitchens have become an extension of family rooms. They're where we gather the most. After all...the stomach knows best, right?

  • Lively prints and bold patterns will enhance this space. Consider a Roller Shade or Roman Shade for this space.The possibilities are endless with these types of shades. You can choose patterns and designs that coordinate with your décor as well! 
  • Have fun with your colors here. Since you don't want to fall asleep in this space, don't go overboard on your muted palette. Colors that lift your mood such as reds, oranges, and yellows are perfect in kitchens.
  • This is usually the first or second room we enter as we start our day! Choose colors, textures, and décor that invite you in and lift your mood.

Bathrooms

Oh, the poor bathroom. Our lives are so busy these days, they can look more like a chemistry lab or laundry room than the retreats we need them to be! If you desire a space that invites you in the morning, and resolves you at night, follow these tips....

  • Keep your colors rich and muted. You can never go wrong by choosing soothing wall colors in this space.  Consider a Roller Shade, Roman Shade, or Cellular Shade for this space.
  • Since bathrooms require privacy, consider a top down bottom up shade. This allows more control of your natural lighting and privacy.
  • Keep décor and textures simple.
  • If you want that spa-like feel, visit a local spa and take note of how they treated the space. Colors and textures will all create a mood that soothe.
  • Personalize this space if you need! I love photos so, if your pup Baxter is the apple of your eye, consider a cute picture of him on your vanity. His wagging tail and sincere eyes will surely put a smile on your face. And what a great way to start your day!

Bedrooms

They're our sanctuaries. They're the space that is most personal to us and often a space that either hugs us, or frustrates us. Follow these tips, and the frustration will fly away....

  • Choose 2, no more than 3 colors to design this space.
  • Select a rug, bedspread, or artwork to serve as the inspiration for the room. Build your entire design for your space around that item.
  • Keep lighting soft, soft, soft! Avoid artificial lighting that is fluorescent, too bright, or too harsh. Lamps or chandeliers are always a sure decision. 
  • Consider blackout window shades. A Cellular shade, Roller shade, or Roman shade offers this feature. Who doesn't want the option to control natural light in a sleeping space? Afternoon nap anyone? Morning sun too bright? :)
  • Avoid the clutter. Our lives are hectic enough so, why would you allow your sanctuary to get that way?
  • Don't forget that dimmer switch!

Use these above guides when creating your spaces and you're sure to love the moods they create! The elements that come together when the right lighting is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style. When you have the knowledge, you have the confidence! Happy Decorating!

 

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Carriann Johnson

2014 Labor Day Sale - Buy 3 Get 1 Free Plus 30% Off - SelectBlinds.com


by Charlene 27 Aug 2014

Labor Day savings start early this year at SelectBlinds.com! Now you don't have to wait until Monday to save big and buy the perfect window coverings for your home. Starting on Wednesday, August 27th and ending just before midnight on Labor Day, you can take advantage of these savings:

  • Buy 3, Get 1 Free on ALL products
  • 30% off your entire order
  • Free shipping, no minimums
  • Free edge binding on select woven wood shades
  • Free cordless on cellular, roller, solar, bamboo, and roman shades
  • Free cloth tape on select wood and faux wood blinds
  • Free no-holes privacy on select wood and faux wood blinds
  • Free steel or brass hing upgrade on select shutters
  • Free cordless motorized wand on all sheer shades

The Select Blinds 2014 Labor Day Sale is perfect for those shoppers who want to avoid the lines and the crowds. This Labor Day, shop online at SelectBlinds.com and enjoy amazing deals, discounts, and freebies.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Sonoma Blackout No Holes Pleated Shades


by Charlene 22 Aug 2014

Pleated shades have great texture and insulation. But more than that, they look great and give you complete privacy and light control. Learn all about them with this quick video.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Real Wood Blinds vs. Faux Wood Blinds


by Charlene 19 Aug 2014

Here at Select Blinds, we have a lot of options when it comes to window coverings. A common struggle for many people is deciding if real wood blinds or faux wood blinds are better. In short, there isn't a clear cut general answer. Which one is better depends on your needs, your style, and your lifestyle. So, in order to make that important decision, start with the pros and cons of each.

Real Wood Blinds

Pros

  • Rich, elegant, and warm.
  • Lightweight, making them great for large windows.
  • Comes in a variety of luxurious stains.
  • Generally more stain and paint options than with faux wood blinds.

Cons

  • Warps and bows with humidity, moisture, and extreme temperatures.
  • Less durable than its faux wood counterpart.
  • More expensive than faux wood blinds.

Faux Wood Blinds

Pros

  • Looks just like real wood.
  • Incredibly durable, so they're perfect for homes with children and pets.
  • Moisture and humidity-resistant, so they're ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Great in extreme temperatures.
  • Budget-friendly.

Cons

  • Heavier than real wood blinds, so they're not recommended for large windows, unless you choose the multiple blinds on 1 headrail option.
  • Fewer color choices when compared to real wood blinds.

So which appeals to you more, real wood or faux wood blinds?

 

Charlene Jimenez

How to Layer Window Coverings


by Charlene 15 Aug 2014

Layering your window coverings will bring extra style into your home, but it's also a great way to have more control over privacy, insulation, and natural light. But knowing why you want to layer your window coverings and knowing how to do it right are two different things. But don't worry. It's actually easier than you think.

Start with Blinds or Shades

Photo Credit: Select Blinds

First, cover your windows with your favorite blinds or shades. You can choose anything from wood blinds to bamboo shades to cellular shades. It doesn't matter what you choose. Just make sure you love them.

Add a Cornice

Photo Credit: This Mama Loves

Then, you can add a cornice, depending on how much layering you want, but adding a cornice isn't necessary. Some like the finished look a cornice gives a space, but you may not. Using a cornice is just another way to add depth to your window coverings.

Use Drapes

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The final step is to use drapes or curtains. This will complete the layered look. And don't be afraid to mix patterns, textures, or colors. Layering is one of the easiest ways to give your home a unique look, a look that perfectly reflects your style and your personality.

And that's it! Just take it one layer at a time and you'll find a combination that you love.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Best Window Treatments for Large Windows


by Charlene 12 Aug 2014

Large windows are beautiful and let in a lot of natural light, but they can also be difficult to cover. If you don't choose the right window coverings, it can be impossible to lift and the weight of the window coverings for the large window can cause damage and bowing.

Let us take the mystery out of window coverings for large windows. It's easy once you know what you're looking for.

Continuous Cord Loops

Blinds and shades with a continuous cord loop lift system are great for large windows. Because of the lift mechanism, you'll be able to raise and lower your window coverings easily and evenly. You won't have to worry about one side lowering or raising faster than the other side. Your blinds or shades will look great and last longer.

Multiple Blinds on One Headrail

Another option to consider for large windows is one headrail with two or three blinds. This will give you full coverage, but let you operate the individual shades or blinds separately. Installing multiple blinds on one headrail will eliminate the bowing problem that can accompany heavy window coverings.

Lighter Materials

A good rule of thumb for covering large windows is to choose lighter materials, like single cell honeycomb shades, real wood blinds, and sheer shades. The lighter the window coverings, the less bowing will occur and the easier it will be to use. Of course you want your window coverings to look nice, but you also want them perfectly functional, and lighter materials will help you have both.

Just because you have large windows doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style for functionality. Here at Select Blinds, you can choose the look you want and make it a perfect fit for your larger-than-life windows.

 

Charlene Jimenez

The New Insulating Honeycomb Blinds - 2 blinds in 1


by Charlene 8 Aug 2014

Love the energy-saving benefits and the modern look of the honeycomb shade, but you want the functionality of traditional horizontal blinds? Now you can have both!

Introducing our new Insulating Honeycomb Blinds!

Expands and Compresses

These insulating honeycomb blinds expand to create a honeycomb shade and they compress to make horizontal blinds. With just a pull of the cord, you have complete control.

Privacy and Insulation

When you expand the slats to make a honeycomb shade, you'll get privacy and added insulation. This insulation will help keep your home comfortable and save you money on energy costs. But just because you have your privacy doesn't mean you can't have natural light. They are light filtering, so your home gets that soft warm glow.

Light Control and Outside View

When you compress the slats to make them horizontal blinds, you get better light control. You can even expand the slats a little to reduce the amount of light, all without giving up your view to the outside.

With 15 colors to choose from, you're certain to find the perfect Insulating Honeycomb Blinds for your home. 2-in-1 blinds have never looked so good!

 

Charlene Jimenez

Think Outside the Window Frame – 3 Ways to Reuse Old Window Blinds


by Charlene 5 Aug 2014

When you're ready to upgrade your window blinds, don't throw the old ones away just yet. While they may not work with your windows any longer, they still have life left. It's time to get creative and make one-of-a-kind pieces from your old dusty window blinds.


Durable Gift Tags

Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy

Cut up those old blinds and use them to make beautiful - and durable! - gift tags. You can paint them, use scrapbook paper and Mod Podge, or use your scrapbooking supplies to cut adorable shapes into them. With these reused blinds, every gift you give will be beautifully personalized, and you won't have to spend a penny.


Picture Frame

Photo Credit: Bob Villa

Take those old wood or faux wood blinds and remove the slats. With those slats you can make a gorgeous picture frame. Stack as many as you'd like on each other or next to each other to create a thicker frame. Reusing your old blinds has never been so easy - or stylish!


Light Fixture

Photo Credit: Bob Villa

With a little hard work and a lot of creativity, you can actually make a modern light fixture with your old blinds! This is where you can make something unique to your home, something your friends and family will fawn over.


What have you made from your old window blinds? Tell us about it in the comments below.

 

Charlene Jimenez

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