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

 

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

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

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