Donna C. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


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 Customer at Select Blinds!


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 Cellular Shades


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 Customer at Select Blinds!


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 Customer at Select Blinds!


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 Customer at Select Blinds!


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! 

Our Favorite Color Palettes for Winter


by Charlene 6 Jan 2015

Winter is almost here, and it's time to start figuring out your home's color palette for winter. Take a look at some of our favorites and some window coverings to match.

1. Candy Cane Color Palette

 

2. Rich Elegance Color Palette

 

 3. Cool Blue Color Palette

4. Snowy Road Color Palette

 

Which color palette is your favorite? Or do you have your favorite winter color palette to share?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Judith C. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


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!"

Blackout Roller Shades 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

The Select Blinds 2014 Cyber Monday Sale is Extended - Buy 3, Get 1 and 35% Off


by Charlene 2 Dec 2014

If you missed our 2014 Cyber Monday Sale, don't worry! We've extended the big sale just for you. Buy 3 or more and get 1 free + 35% off all orders and + free shipping. You don't want to miss this sale at www.selectblinds.com! Get your home ready for the holidays with all new window coverings!

Charlene Jimenez

 

2014 Black Friday Sale - Buy 3, Get 1 + 35% Off + $10 Instant Cash


by Charlene 25 Nov 2014

Are you gearing up for Black Friday? With all the sales coming up, it can be hard to sort through them all and find what you really want and need. But we make it easier for you to find the good deals. This year, avoid the lines and the massive crowds. Instead, get everything on your Black Friday wishlist at www.selectblinds.com. Here's what you'll see starting at midnight on Black Friday:

  • Buy 3 or more window coverings and get 1 free! Available on all products sitewide.
  • Save an extra 35% on all orders.
  • Free shipping on all standard orders.
  • $10 instant cash for the first 2,500 orders.

Which window coverings are you most excited to buy this Black Friday? Sheer shades? Wood blinds? Or how about honeycomb shades?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Roller Shades in SIUE's Locker Room


by Charlene 21 Nov 2014

The folks over at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville took our vinyl roller shades and printed over the top to create a one-of-a-kind locker room design full of school spirit and school pride.

 

BEFORE

 

AFTER

 

How could you use our roller shades?

 

Charlene Jimenez

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

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by Charlene 31 Oct 2014

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