New Product: Disney Window Shades Collection


by Chris S 27 Mar 2013

Select Blinds is extremely proud to announce our new Disney Window Shade Collection. The two new products that we are initially offering are Disney Cordless Blackout Roller Shades and Disney Cordless Light Filtering Roller Shades. Disney fans young and old will love to see their favorite Disney characters covering their windows and all of new Disney shades can be custom made to fit any window size.

"My children love all of the Disney characters, and we are excited to offer this new collection online." said Nate Kennedy, Select Blinds Vice President of Operations and father of two. "As a dad, the safety of my children is more important than anything. That is why we are proud to introduce Disney window shades that are as safe as they are magical."

Perfect Window Shades for Disney Fans

Does your child have a Disney themed playroom or bedroom? If so, this new collection will be the perfect addition to your child’s room. Young boys and girls will love the fact that they can now add Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, or even Pluto to their window coverings in their room. The only problem you may run in to, is getting them to open up their new window coverings with their favorite Disney characters on them.

Select Blinds will initially be offering Disney Shades in our roller shade variation and our cellular honeycomb shades and both will be available with our cordless lift system to ensure safety. We plan to expand to more Disney characters in the future and will keep our customers posted as we expand the collection.

5 Ways to put Some Spring in Your Home!


by Chris S 22 Mar 2013

Step outside and smell the orange blossoms in the air, or see a butterfly landing on a budding flower and feel the warmth of the sun shining in that bright blue sky. Spring is here and now is the time to bring that happy feeling indoors! Here are 5 simple ways to welcome spring, without breaking the bank:

1. Add some color to your walls.

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It doesn't have to be to bold or crazy. It could be a honey yellow or a sky blue. If you're renting you can buy or reuse some material leftover from your favorite skirt and frame it. Or use scrapbook paper. If you're anything like me there is plenty of scrapbook paper to go around!:) Here's an example

2. Floral flair.

Change up your throw pillows. Use a zippered throw pillow cover then you can always switch it up and change with the season and your style. I love a good floral print pillow! It will brighten up your sofa and be an inviting place for company to sit and visit or to just rest your head on!

3. Window treatments.

 

This one is huge for me. Window treatments change the whole atmosphere of a room! I love white window treatments next to a beautiful accent wall. It's nice to be able to have natural light during the day but also nice to be able to have some privacy at night. Shutters are perfect for this, they look custom and have a timeless style!

4. Natural accessories.

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Literally bring the outdoors in! Pull that dusty glass vase out and go pick some fresh flowers or fruit. Lemons and limes look beautiful as well! Bring the spring fragrant of flowers and orange blossoms indoors. Flowers will make the room smell so good and bring a smile to your face.:)

5. First thing you see . . . the front door.

Brighten up your front door with a colorful wreath. It's one of the first things people see, so make a good first impression!:) A wreath out of fresh spring flowers is a beautiful way to celebrate and welcome spring!

Rustic Modern Dining Table Project


by Lisa Hs 18 Mar 2013

By day, internet marketing nerd, by night, furniture designer and re-finisher. Like most moms, I am a woman that wears many hats and it can be hard to fit in hobbies that I like between shopping trips, school track meets, gymnastics, and a full time marketing job. But, on my last visit to the boonies, (aka, my in-laws neck of the woods - Northern Arizona), I was finally able to realize a furniture design idea I had been thinking about for years. I have wanted a new dining room table for a long time. The one we have was old, and my design aesthetic has moved towards the modern side since then. I wanted to create my own modern/rustic dining room table using Juniper wood. With the help of my Father in law, we were able to chop down an old Juniper tree, and create my table masterpiece. It all began with an old tree.

My Father in law happens to own his own lumber mill, so I wouldn't exactly call this a do it yourself job, but a cool project anyway. With his help we were able to transport the tree to his mill, where we milled it into several 6 inch thick slabs.

We cut the rough edges off all slabs except the ones facing the outside, then with the help of some serious wood glue and heavy duty clamps we were able to seamlessly glue 3 slabs together. The joints had to be reinforced underneath the table top with screws and metal slats. Then we had to move the 300+lbs table top into a truck and back to our home, 3 hours away.

When I got it home.. the fun part began! I pulled out my belt sander and started sanding away. I learned a cool trick for covering the cracks between the slabs and making it look like one solid chunk of wood. You take some Elmer's wood glue, and mix it with some sawdust from the sanding process. Then fill in the cracks with the mixture. Sand it down, and it is a perfect color match for your table - SEAMLESS!

We went online and found some cool stainless steel legs from a restaurant supply company. Here is a picture of the finished project:

I am so happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?

Why Updating Mom's Decor is Like Going to the Dentist


by Lisa Hs 12 Mar 2013

Ever had to do something painful, that you did not want to do? In fact, something that you did not want to do so much, that it seemed easier or more appealing to bear excruciating pain rather than suffer through dealing with it? You know.. kind of like going to the dentist when you were a kid... or an adult. My husband had to go to the dentist 5 years ago because he had a painful cavity. He was so scared of the dentist, he spent months doing research on the internet looking for a dentist that would completely knock him out so he did not have to be awake at all during the visit. Well, I had a similar scary experience last month, when I had to tell my mother that it was time to update her home decor.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get through the experience unconscious, like my husband's dentist visit. So, what does my mom's decor have to do with going to the dentist? Stay with me here people. 

Reason #1:  Both are scary. When I was a kid, I thought the dentist was a scary stranger that wanted to hurt me, and I was not far from the truth. But, last month I had to bite the bullet and tell my mother that her decor choices were hideous, and needed to be updated if she ever wanted to sell her home. Talk about scary! I knew she was proud of her stylish home, and anticipated some issues. And, needless to say, my little talk did not go well. My gentle nudging towards a decor re-design was taken like I shot her in the face. I am pretty sure I saw steam coming out of her ears.

Reason #2:  Dental work makes me want to gag, and so does my mom's decor.  There is nothing that my mother would rather do than brag about the retro Kermit-green lava lamp she purchased when I was little, or the luxuriousness of her wall to wall, rust-red, shag carpet.

 CHRISTMAS 1976: A SUNNY DAY AROUND THE TREE...

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But, she needs to sell her house and downsize.  I am certain that potential buyers walking through her home as it is now would have to fight back their gag reflex and focus on the potential of the home with better decor.

Reason #3:  Going to the dentist office and pushing my mom to update her decor are uncomfortable and painful experiences, but have to be done.  As painful as it was, I told mom it was time for a decor update. I swallowed the painful jabs at my taste level and the rising volume of her defensive replies, and simply told her that her current decor needed to be toned down to allow buyers to imagine themselves and their stuff in her home. I held her hand as she picked out and ordered neutral toned carpet, picked out modern area rugs, and packed up all her "stylish" decor accessories.  With some additional paint, cleaning, and organization, her house was ready to sell 3 weeks later.

Reason #4:  Both involve a lot of smiling. Taking pain with a smile on your face can be hard, but I love my mom, and I really was just trying to help her. So, I put up with her angry reactions and passive aggressive comments with a forced smile on my face, until we had gotten the job done.  This is my mom, and I decided to put away my pride a bit in order to make sure that I could still count on her friendship and Sunday dinners at home.

Having said all of that, after my experience last month, I think that if I had the choice again, I would choose going to the dentist instead, if it would get me out of mom's home decor update. Don't get me wrong, I am happy with the way things turned out in the end. Mom is happy now, we are still friends and she has just accepted an offer on her house.  But, if I ever find myself in that situation again, Dad will be the one stepping up to the plate.

The Interior Design Alphabet - 26 Project Ideas


by Chris S 8 Mar 2013

Interior design is a little like marmite; you either love it or hate it! If you are a lover then this post is most definitely for you as it runs through 26 different projects or interior design features that could be introduced in your home, following the lovely letters of the alphabet of course! So, prepare yourself for a few great ideas and the odd questionable use of a letter to make it fit with the theme; it’s not that easy you know!

A is for Accessories

Accessories are often the finishing touches to a room, but have to be the first on this particular list! Consider accessories that will compliment your overall design choice, and be sure to read on as there will be a few that pop up further down this list!

B is for Bathrooms

As one of the most used rooms, your bathroom needs to work for you and your family. For those with busy lifestyles, consider removing the bath and replacing with a stylish shower unit to make washing as time efficient as possible.

C is for Chairs

If your dining room chairs are looking a little worse for wear, try replacing the fabric on the seat and painting them in a new color to give them a fresh, improved look.

D is for Dreaming

Your bedroom should be a space that encourages relaxation and good dreams, so incorporate soft lighting to relax you as soon as you walk into the room after a busy and stressful day at work.

E is for Extravagant

There is nothing wrong with going for something a little out of the ordinary, so for an extravagant interior design, consider the use of bright, bold colors and unexpected design features such as fish tanks in walls and large chandeliers hanging from the ceilings.

F is for Fancy

On the flip side to extravagant is fancy, so for a high end finish, prepare yourself to pay a little more initially. A great way to achieve a really fancy finish is to invest in some designer wallpaper that can create a stunning focal point when introduced onto just one wall in your lounge.

G is for Green

Being environmentally friendly is very important in today’s society, so go for energy saving light bulbs, energy efficient window coverings or double glazing to achieve this and save money in the long run.

H is for Hearts

Hearts are very popular interior design accessories at present and can effectively express the love that you have for your newly designed home.

I is for Intrigue

Everyone needs a little intrigue in their life, and while you might not initially think it, this can be achieved through your interior design. Going for something a little different in terms of color and/or features will soon have visitors intrigued and asking questions about your thought processes!

J is for Jacks

Since the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics, Brits have been proud to be British, which has been reflected in the rise in popularity of Union Jack accessories. From cushions to quilt covers, the Union Jack theme can be introduced in many areas of the home.

K is for Kitchens

A kitchen can be improved through small projects such as replacing door handles and painting units or through more elaborate projects such as the introduction of a center island or the purchase of brand new equipment.

L is for Love

In order to get the home you want and can be proud of, you will need to show it a lot of love and commitment during the improvement process.

M is for Mirrors

Mirrors are always a popular design choice and are a great way of making a small room look considerably larger than it actually is.

N is for Nautical

The nautical theme can work particularly well in bathrooms, and can be reflected through the simple introduction of shells and related imagery around the room.

O is for Outdoors

The outdoors can be brought in through the use of pot plants and flowers around the home, in addition to introducing large windows or patio doors that open straight out onto your garden to create a smooth flow between your outside space and your home.

P is for Paint

Quite an obvious choice for this letter of the alphabet, however a fresh lick of paint can do wonders for a room and is a project that the whole family can get involved in!

Q is for Quilt Covers

For a quick, easy and cheap way of changing the look of your bedroom, head out and buy a new quilt cover. There are hundreds of different designs available, so consider what you want to achieve in terms of appearance and buy a new quilt cover accordingly.

R is for Relaxation

We should all be able to relax in our own homes, so consider introducing features that encourage this such as large bean bags or go one step further and create a room designed specifically for relaxation with mood lighting and comfy seating.

S is for Sofa

A new sofa can instantly improve a lounge and also provide you with a comfy space to relax in front of the TV of an evening.

T is for Tiling

If the tiles in your bathroom and kitchen are stained and the grout discoloured, re-tiling is one short yet highly effective improvement project you can complete over the course of a weekend.

U is for Unity

Try to create good unity between the rooms of your home, making sure the interior design flows well from one room into another. This can be achieved by incorporating aspects of the design in one room into small parts of another.

V is for Versatility

This really refers to furniture as there are many items of furniture that can serve dual purposes, making for a great addition should space be limited. One example of this could be a bed with storage units underneath that avoid the need for a chest of drawers in a small bedroom.

W is for Windows

Your windows can be seen from both the inside and out, so consider decorative patterns in the glass and of course go for double glazing to save money on those ever rising energy bills. 

X is for X-tra seats

A questionable use of the letter X however extra seating in a room can always be advantageous, particularly if you entertain guests on a regular basis.

Y is for Yellow

If you want to create a bright, airy, feel good home, the use of yellow can be very effective. While in the depths of winter, yellow can have you looking forward to the brighter spring and summer months to come.

Z is for Zesty

A very tenuous link to your sense of smell, however there are many air fresheners and candles that can lead to beautiful aromas, including those that are zesty, resonating around your home. There you go, 26 different interior design projects and ideas, both large and small, that you can work your way through and are sure to have a positive impact on your home once completed. Enjoy!

This post was written by Oliver Kyle for Timber Flooring Wharehouse; retailers of all the products you are likely to need to make a positive interior design difference to your bathroom.

8 Low Cost Ways to Prep Your Home for a Sale


by Lisa Hs 4 Mar 2013

Add curb appeal to your home for a quick sale

When selling your home, don't overdo it by putting more money into repairs than you can get back in a sale. Many times, low cost updates like the ones mentioned below are enough to put "icing on the cake" and impress potential buyers into signing contracts.

1. Work on your curb appeal.

Buyers will see your house first as soon as they pull up. Invite them to get out of their car and enter by doing a few simple things. First, make sure your landscaping is neat and trim. Clean gutters, and clear away leaves. Power wash your house exterior and windows to remove years of dust and grime. Make your front door more inviting with a new coat of paint, and a stylish welcome mat.

2. Fix anything that needs fixing.

Now is the time to do any of those "honey-do" projects you have been putting off lately. Have that broken window repaired. Replace the kitchen cabinet hinge that is broken, or the missing baseboard. Potential buyers will notice these issues and see projects and costs that they do not want to deal with.

3. De-clutter and clean. remove very personalized decor.

In love with that bright orange 70s shag rug? Is your living room taken over by an oversized, dirty man chair? Are the walls of your teenager's bedroom covered in rock posters? Now is the time to remove those items and put them into storage. Take up that shag rug to showcase the floor space, remove the ugly man chair that detracts from the design flow of the room, remove your teenager's posters so buyers can get a good idea of the size and height of the bedroom. Help potential buyers imagine their own furniture and decor in a room by providing a de-personalized, clean space.

4. Organize closets and drawers to showcase storage space.

Storage space is often high on a buyer's wish list, especially buyers with children. Don't hurry to clean up by shoving things into the junk drawer, or closets. Chances are, a buyer will open those drawers and doors to peep out storage potential. The last thing you want on buyer's minds is that storage space is limited and their stuff will not fit in the house. Install closet or drawer organizers and showcase the storage possibilities of your home; especially if square feet is limited.

5. Tone down paint colors - neutralize.

Your kitchen's bright polka dot walls make you smile every day, but will a potential buyer like it? It is impossible to please everyone, but toning down wall colors can make it easier for buyers to imagine their belongings in your home. Choosing neutral colors like grays, and tans can add warmth to your home without adding the cost and time of re-painting to a buyer's to-do list.

6. Replace any dated light fixtures, fans, doorknobs, faucets.

Fixtures like lights, doorknobs, and brass faucets can really tell the age of your home and make potential buyers see the dollar signs involved with an update. Make your home appear current by replacing these items with newer ones. Or, try re-using old fixtures by cleaning, sanding, and spray painting them a different color.

7. Showcase the items staying with the home like the size, floors, storage, fixtures, window coverings.

Buyers will notice your staging and decor, but they are most interested in what will be in the house when they move in. If you need to spend money on updates, spend it on replacing worn flooring, replacing old window coverings with low-cost blinds or shades, or replacing a dated ceiling fan with a budget friendly alternative. This will show potential buyers that the house is move in ready and will not cost them more money to make livable.

8. Neutralize odors.

Got pets, or stinky teenage boys? Even if your home is modern and bright, a bad odor can drive people away. Neutralize those odors by cleaning carpets and walls. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way towards reducing odors in a house. Move the pet and litter box out of the house before showings. Light scented candles or add scented plug-ins to make the house smell fresher. Try baking some fresh cookies right before a showing and leave them out for agents and viewers.

Do you have any low cost tips to add to this post? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.

Buying Blinds and Shades for a New Home


by Nate K 1 Mar 2013

One of the hidden costs people often overlook when they are considering a new home is the window treatments. With so many styles and options in the world of blinds and shades, it is often difficult to know which products to choose. Hopefully reading this blog post will enlighten you and assist you in making the best choices for your home decor.

Kids Rooms and bedrooms

When it comes to children there are a couple things to always keep in mind. First, we don’t want any cords on the blinds or shades in their room. Cordless blinds or shades should always be utilized in the rooms of small children. You also want to consider that in the summer kids tend to wake up when the light enters their room. For this reason it is recommended to use a blackout cellular shade or blackout roller shade. It also comes in quite handy at nap time for mom and dad.

Bathrooms

In bathrooms it is important to remember that humidity and moisture can be very hard on wood blinds. For this reason we suggest a fabric shade or a faux wood blind for these types of rooms. Faux wood blinds are really good whenever there is a fear of water or humidity as well as providing an extremely economical window covering option.

Kitchens

There are a wide variety of options for kitchens. I prefer the look of a light filtering cellular shade as it gently filters light in and provides the benefit of energy efficiency. These shades will actually reduce your monthly heating or cooling costs. They also come in a wide array of fabric choices and lift options like Top Down / Bottom Up which actually allows you to lift or lower the shade from the top of the shade or from the bottom of the shade. It is a very popular lift option right now.

Family Room / Living Room

These rooms are often the centerpiece of the home. These rooms are where you can let your inner designer come out. Roman Shades are very popular for these rooms as they come in designer fabrics and allow you to use the window coverings to complement the décor of the room. Another very popular choice is real wood blinds. They are popular for their convenience and traditional appeal. If you decide wood blinds are for you, you can still add a touch of flair by adding the decorative cloth tape option, which will allow you to contrast the color of the wood to a fabric.

The most important thing to remember when shopping for window coverings is simply this. Have fun and choose something that speaks to you. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to blinds and shades. Have fun with the home improvement project and make sure what you choose helps make your new home feel like an extension of you.

 

Making A Small Room Bigger


by Chris S 22 Feb 2013

Declutter your living room

Successful interior design can stem from a few different actions; you can focus on light, upgrade your furniture or re-paint the walls. But whatever your course, the aim is the same; to make your living spaces feel more comfortable.

By using clever décor, functional furniture and sensible design, you can make any room feel more spacious. So even if you live in a tiny apartment, don’t despair, just follow these tips!

Step 1 – Lose The Clutter

The more stuff there is in your house, the less room you have, simple really. But that’s not the biggest problem; clutter takes up visual space and makes you feel like you have less space (even when the cluttered area is one you never use).

You can start by having a really good clear out. Anything you find cluttering-up the house, consider whether you really need to keep it. Have a good sort through all of your junk draws and throw away anything that doesn’t get used.

Ask yourself some questions:

  • How many hand-towels & table cloths do you really need?
  • Are there any clothes you haven’t worn for months?
  • Which kitchen items do you have more than one of?

You can also help to reduce clutter by sabotaging yourself. Look out for any items of furniture that are used as dumping grounds for clutter – and if possible, move them so that you can’t dump your clutter on them!

Step 2: Rearrange The Furniture

Having too much furniture takes up floor space and blocks lines of sight. Again, even taking-up otherwise unused space will make a room feel much smaller, so reducing the amount of furniture you own is a good idea.

Hopefully, a good de-clutter will empty a few items of furniture. Try to consolidate your stuff into your favorite items of furniture and get rid of any items that you are able to empty completely.

Switching items of furniture for more functional equivalents is also a good idea:

  • Get a sofa or couch with storage under it
  • Swap your spare bed for a fold-away sofa bed
  • Get a wall-mounted TV stand and ditch the TV cabinet
  • Get a kindle and lose the bookshelf

You can go as far as you like really. It may seem hard at the time, but the space you free up will make you feel less stressed.

Step 3: Lighting Tips

Once you have freed up more space in your living room, you will find that the room feels lighter. But you can go a step further and get even more light into the room.

One way to make a room feel lighter is to replace heavy curtains with lighter ones. Make-sure that your curtain rails are long-enough that your curtains don’t cover the windows when fully drawn. Blinds are also a good way to let in more light, since they take-up less room than curtains.

Next, consider investing in a large mirror to hang on the wall. Figure out where the sun is during the day and which direction it comes through the window. Try to hang the mirror so that it catches that sunlight and reflects it into the room.

(If possible, use a mirror to reflect ambient light toward the sofa or seating areas)

 

Step 4: Redecorating Tips

Finally, if you want to really open up your living room, consider re-painting it! This takes a lot more effort, but you can completely re-invigorate a room with a fresh lick of paint.

Evolutionary thinking suggests that a room should mimic nature. The easiest way to achieve this is by increasing the brightness of a room from floor to ceiling.

  • Dark carpets or hardwood flooring will make the room feel warm
  • Lighter, pastel-colored walls will make a room feel safe & inviting
  • Bright white/sky-blue ceilings will give a feeling of increased head-room

This post was written by Rick, a minimalist who likes makes the most of the space he has. Rick writes for sofasofa.co.uk; learn all about their range of sofas here.

Real Wood Blinds - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


by AL__-S 21 Feb 2013

I recently shared my door blinds experience, of replacing French door roller shades with real wood blinds. It’s been a little more than a month since I hung the blinds, and for anyone interested, they are working out better than the motorized roller shades, and I am quite pleased with the choice I made in wood blinds.

Real Wood Blinds from Select Blinds

Real wood basswood blinds, in the 1” slat size, are the window blinds now hanging as my French door blinds. The good, the bad, and the ugly are as good a way as any to relay my thoughts.

The good is really good. These door blinds, made from 100% basswood, look great. The room in which the blinds hang is a home office. The floors are wood, and the doors are wood. The roller shades that were in use before the wood blinds made their debut also looked good, but the real wood slats trump them easily. Another plus is the fact that the slats are tiltable, so when the sun hits the windows, causing glare, a simple twist of the tilt wand angles the slats to whatever degree necessary to redirect the damaging UV rays.

Ease of installation is another really big “good” feature of the designer wood door blinds. The mounting brackets are simple to figure out, and require but two screws. Inside mount brackets attach to the inside top of the frame, providing a pretty solid template for hanging any window blind exactly level. Door blinds almost always are mounted outside the window frame. You can still use the window frame as a guide to mount the brackets, and they might be perfectly level, but it’s not as sure of a thing as an inside mount. The designer bass wood blinds from SelectBlinds come with valances that have a magnet mount. The beauty of the magnetic mount valance is that you can make any slight leveling adjustment with the valance. A very handy feature for any horizontal blind.

The bad is that I like to raise the door blinds at times, which precludes my using the hold down brackets, which means that when I open and close the door, the blinds swing off the door at the bottom. It’s really not a big deal, as they settle in exactly where they should, but I want to be fair in my assessment. The bad leads to the ugly, which is occurring under the same scenario. When the door blinds are raised, the lift cords have to be wound up on a cord cleat, or they are very ugly laying strewn about the floor.

The good about these door blinds is very strong, while the bad and the ugly are not a big deal at all. I love the real wood blinds, and would not trade them out.

How to Measure Window Blinds and Shades - Video


by Chris S 7 Feb 2013

Having trouble measuring for your new window blinds or shades? Check out our new measuring video featuring Carriann Arkowski.

Visit us online at http://www.SelectBlinds.com. Here are some quick tips and notes to remember:

  • Use a steel measuring tape
  • Round down to the nearest 1/8" for width
  • Round up to the nearest 1/8" for height
  • Always reference product specifications below for complete measuring instructions

 

Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Shades - Video Review


by Chris S 1 Feb 2013

We love it when our customers post videos and before and after photos.

SelectBlinds™ Honeycomb shades can be customized to darken an especially bright room. Select Blinds cell shades will significantly reduce the amount of light and give a warm feeling to any room. As with all of our products, cellular shades come with a limited lifetime warranty and free shipping.

Thank you Mimi T. for the excellent video review.

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Which Window Covering Is Right For You?


by AL__-S 28 Jan 2013

Window coverings are really anything that covers your window. Most people think of window blinds or shades, plantation shutters, or even drapes. But the fact of the matter is that even an old sheet hanging over your window, is a window covering. I’m not advocating the use of old sheets to cover your windows; I’m just saying that your idea of what should be covering your window is not necessarily the only option.

Solar Shades vs. Wood Blinds

I recently changed the window coverings in my home office. Recently being this past weekend. I can save you reading the rest of this by telling you the end result. My wife was right. But you already knew that. The interesting thing about it is the details. My home office is a nice size room, and two of the walls face outside, and include 4 French doors each. And actually, two of the French doors are faux French doors. I had hung motorized lift solar shades on the windows. They had a handy remote, with which I used to raise them and lower them. The shades were beautiful, and although the privacy factor was less than 100%, they blocked harmful UV rays, and there was the “cool” factor. I mean any time anyone was over, I found the need to raise or lower the shades, and always got the desired response of “wow”.

So my really cool solar roller shades, due to the motorization, had some issues. Although these issues were not a deal killer for me, my wife pointed out the deficiencies in their operation. These shades never seemed to go up or down at the same speed. These window shades were battery operated, and it seemed like there was always one or two shades, out of the eight, that had to have the batteries replaced, which is no easy feat. Oh, and on two of the roller shades, I couldn’t get the battery case to fit behind the head rail, leaving the battery case exposed.

My thinking had been that the solar roller shades were the window covering that made the most sense for the room. Now that I have replaced them, I can easily see that my inclination towards window shades, specifically roller shades, and even more specifically solar shades, was not the best solution. So, I decided on the 1" basswood, real wood blinds to cover the windows of my French doors, and faux French doors.

I love them! The solar shades provided limited privacy. The basswood blinds give total privacy. The solar shades blocked harmful UV rays, but only when they were in the lowered position. The 1” wood blinds have a tilt rod, and I can tilt against the rays of the sun, and still have the ability to clearly see out through the slats. The roller shades had motorization, which eliminates cords, and is really cool. The wood blinds, well, never mind. They do not have motorized lift, but they don’t have to be raised. Just tilt the slats where you want them. The wood blinds look amazing, and I have to admit that they actually enrich the look of the room.

Both the shades and the blinds are great window coverings, and they both can be found at www.selectblinds.com, where you can find all of your window covering needs.

Huge End of the Year Sale Going on Now


by Chris S 28 Dec 2012

Select Blinds end of the year sale

Select Blinds - Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale

If you have been putting off that home improvement project of updating your window blinds or shades this year, then now is the time to get that project done. We are having a huge end of the year sale on all of our window blinds and shades. Updating the blinds in your home can be a cost-effective way to enhance the look of your home and it can even add resale value to your property. 

  • Buy 3 (or more) blinds or shades and get 1 FREE
  • 30% off all orders
  • Free Shipping
  • Use Code: SALE30

We wish all of our customers a safe and happy new year!

Ready your Home for the Holidays


by AL__-S 3 Dec 2012

Update your blinds for Christmas

Do you have holiday guests staying with you this season?

If so, you probably are freaking out a little bit about making sure that your house is going to look as good as possible. And unless you have just redecorated, you know that there is some room for improvement. Well time is running out, and the things that you can do to ready your home for company, shrinks with every passing hour.

Window coverings. What a great idea! Transform your home with new window blinds and window shades and accomplish more than just impressing your company, which you will surely do. New window coverings are a good idea for several reasons. Please allow me to share some thoughts.

Window shades give the entire room a feeling of transformation. The visual impact of going from a horizontal blind, whether a real wood bind, mini blind, or faux wood blind, to a fabric shade, such as a Roman shade or honeycomb shade, is impactful.

Window blinds and shades are easy to change out. Each window covering can be replaced in a matter of minutes, and unlike new wallpaper or paint, changing the window coverings requires no prep work. Either one, paint or wallpaper, will require so much more time to prep than the required brackets being changed in order to hang new shades. Plus new paint will smell up your house for a period of time.

The visually pleasing impact and the ease of installation are enough in the way of reasons to make a change to your window coverings, but there is more. Energy efficiency will likely be better than your current situation, making the new window covering idea even more appealing. If you already have a fabric window shade installed, the impact might be negligible, but if you are going from a horizontal blind to a fabric shade, there will be a positive difference.

It all sounds good, right? I know what you’re thinking . Thanks for the tip, but it must be too late to order window fashions for delivery by Christmas. For the most part, this is true, but at SelectBlinds.com you can order with a guaranteed delivery by Christmas, or FREE!! So get those windows measured, jump on-line, and visit www.selectblinds.com.

We Get by with a Little Help from our Friends...


by Chris S 30 Nov 2012

Please help our friends over at the Art Feeds charity by voting for them to receive the American Giving Awards grant. Hurry because the voting ends on December 4th.

Art Feeds is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that conducts mobile programs within schools and after school programs on a consistent basis with over 2600 elementary students who have undergone trauma and overcome obstacles in Joplin, MO.

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Here is what they would do with the grant money:

Art Feeds is up to win the American Giving Awards and a $1MM grant. To us, this means 30,000 children. Currently, Art Feeds reaches 2600 children on a weekly basis with free therapeutic art and creative education programs. We are based out of Joplin, MO, which was ripped apart by an EF5 tornado leaving 65% of Joplin destroyed. Our programs are mobile and move into the school to help the students create and heal past the trauma they have faced constantly, for the long term. $1MM would allow Art Feeds to reach every child in Joplin- 5,000 students weekly. Art Feeds would then expand the model into 4 new communities with Art Feeds Chapters to help hurting children create, grow and heal. The grant would allow us to impact over 30,000 children in communities worldwide in the next 2 years.

Huge Veterans Day Sale Going on Now!


by Chris S 9 Nov 2012

Veterans Day is a great time to be thankful for all the freedom and security that the citizens of our country enjoy. The men and women of our Armed Forces graciously and selflessly defend our country to protect its freedom. Veterans Day began as Armistice Day and was first proclaimed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919. We leave you with a great quote from President Wilson on the very first Veterans Day:

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

If you know a service member or veteran, be sure to let them know that you are grateful for their service to this country.

SelectBlinds.com Veterans Day Sale

SelectBlinds.com Veterans Day Sale

Our huge Veterans Day Sale starts today and lasts until Monday 11-12-12.

Blinds Guaranteed to be Delivered by Thanksgiving!


by Chris S 24 Oct 2012

Guaranteed Blinds Delivery by Thanksgiving

Blinds & Shades Delivered by Thanksgiving or they're FREE!

Thanksgiving is usually the time of year when families get together and spend the holiday together. If you have been holding off on updating your blinds or shades on your windows, now is the time get those window coverings updated. From now until November 6th, all blinds and shades are guaranteed to be delivered by Thanksgiving or they are FREE!

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20,000 Likes on Facebook!


by Chris S 23 Oct 2012

SelectBlinds.com 20,000 Likes on FacebookWe are very pleased to announce that over the weekend we crossed the 20,000 like mark on Facebook. We are so grateful to all of our wonderful fans who helped us reach this milestone.

Please help us spread the word by sharing our post or clicking the like button in the right navigation bar.

THANK YOU ALL & See you at 50,000!

Use Window Shades for Energy Efficiency


by AL__-S 15 Oct 2012

Double Cell Blackout Shades for Energy Efficiency

Window shades provide a certain level of energy efficiency. Energy efficiency, in the case of window shades, relates to two main benefits, which are summarized here, in the order of how they affect you.

Energy Efficient Window Shades

  1. Cover your window with an insulating window shade, and the first thing you will notice, when standing by the window, is that you are not feeling the weather outside. Honeycomb shades are good insulating window coverings, and the double cell honeycomb shades are better at insulating, than the single cell shades. The insulating benefit is realized in every season. The window shade, whether it’s a room darkening shade, or a blackout shade, will provide the insulating, energy efficiency, from both the heat and the cold.
  2. The second noticeable benefit of a window shade is true energy efficiency. To varying degrees, depending on the construction of the shade, your energy costs will be less than if you did not have a window shade covering that window. This is true even if your window is covered with a real wood blind. Window blinds are great, and I have several in my home, but a real basswood wood blind will be trumped in the insulation factor, by a cellular shade, every time.


Window shades offer benefits beyond energy efficiency, including privacy and light control. And for the record, a window blind is not the same thing as a window shade. Both are window coverings, but a shade is made of a fabric material, and a blind is made of a more solid material, like wood or faux wood, or even aluminum. Another characteristic of a window blind is that it will have slats. Horizontal blinds have horizontal slats, and vertical blinds have, well you know, vertical slats.

Winter is fast approaching, so if there are drafty areas in your home, that are originating at a window, now is a good time to consider changing your window covering for an energy efficient, insulating window shade.

Genie in a Bottle Themed Home Redesign Project


by AL__-S 2 Oct 2012

We finally updated our family room furniture. We have been in this house for nearly 3 years, and we had old furniture to begin with, so it was time, even though as the man of the house I could have probably been okay with the old stuff for the rest of my life.

Genie In a Bottle Living Room

I’ll admit that we did use a designer to help us, and they were great. The couch and chair are custom made, which this is the first time I’ve ever done that, and it was worth it. The theme, chosen by my wife, is Genie in a Bottle! Everything tied in with the Roman Shades and Cornices that we bought from SelectBlinds.com when we moved in.

My chair! I actually got to do a “Sit Test” on it before it was completed, to make sure the cushion was right for my cushion. And I love that rug, which we initially had some doubts about. Thank you SelectRugs.com

When we go out for dinner, I like to sit at a high top, or at the bar, so we put one in the house. This is where we eat, not at the dining room table.

Is it Time to Update those Window Coverings?


by Chris S 7 Sep 2012

Window coverings is a great term. It is very descriptive, in that you know exactly what it means. Window coverings, simply put, cover your window. At the same time, window coverings is an incredibly vague term. One could be talking about blackout blinds, or one could be talking about draperies. I speak from personal experience here, as I actually searched for new window coverings recently. Let me get to the end result, and then share some facts about the word window coverings. If you’re shopping for custom blinds and shades, do it online, and go directly to SelectBlinds.com. They have virtually every window covering product that you could possibly need, other than draperies.

Blinds vs. Shades

Blinds and shades is another example of a phrase that is both very descriptive, and very vague. If you yourself are using the term, you obviously know to what you are referring. But it is entirely possible that someone else could be confused. Are you looking for blinds, or are you looking for shades. And if you are looking for blinds, are they custom blinds, which are made utilizing several types of materials, or are you looking for the old fashion, somewhat cheap blinds looking, vinyl mini blinds. My message here is that you should be specific, if you know what you want. Window shades are totally different than window blinds.

Window shades allow the option of providing a blackout window covering. Blackout blinds don’t really exist. A window blind is made of slats, whether a horizontal blind or a vertical blind. No matter how tightly you close the slats, there is no way to achieve the effect of a true blackout blind. First of all, you would have to order no holes privacy, which wraps the lift cords around the slats, rather than running thru the slats, which requires a tiny hole being drilled into each slat in multiple locations. The other challenge is the way blinds are cut. They just will not get snugged up enough to the sides of the window casing to achieve a true blackout blind effect.

Blackout shades and room darkening shades will provide the best light blocking in pretty much every situation. Roller shades, honeycomb shades, and Roman shades, can all be ordered as either room darkening shades or blackout shades. The Roman shades are made with a liner that provides the different levels of light blockage, while roller shades and honeycomb shades use an entirely different fabric from light filtering to room darkening, to blackout.

Back to Select Blinds for a minute. This is an easy to understand site. If you know what you’re looking for, you can click directly on the category. If you are not sure which type of window covering is right for you, they have a way to shop by the feature that is important to you. You can shop by blackout, cordless, lift style, like top down / bottom up, or several other methods. Selectblinds even has a measuring guarantee, in the unlikely event that you measured incorrectly.

Blinds and Shades Upgrades


by Lisa Hs 10 Aug 2012

Cellular Shades

Custom blinds and shades have several distinct advantages over the window coverings found in your neighborhood big box retailer. Perhaps the biggest advantage is in the cost to acquire your blinds and shades. The cost can actually be less, if you are willing to put a little effort into shopping on-line.

Pre-Cut vs Custom

The blinds and shades found on the retailer’s shelf are pre-cut to specific sizes. The sizes are the most popular window sizes, so one would think that they will work in every situation. The fact is that a 30” x 60” window might not allow a 30” x 60” pre-cut window shade. The reason is basic. The frame for that window is going to reduce the opening to some degree. That means that the standard blind from the local retailer will be too wide for an inside mount, and not really wide enough for an outside mount.

Custom blinds and shades are exactly what they sound like. They are made just for you, to the exact size necessary for an installation that will give you the privacy and light control that you expect. There are plenty of options available for shopping for custom window coverings. In home consultation from a decorator is at one end of the spectrum, and online do it yourself shopping is at the other end. If you have a tape measure, a drill, and a screw driver, you will get the most for your money by shopping online.

Selectblinds.com comes out on top for online blinds and shades. The selection is broad, covering all styles of shades, from honeycomb to Roman shades, as well as real wood blinds, faux wood blinds, and aluminum mini blinds. Select Blinds offers exclusive designer collections, including a kid’s collection, and their pricing blows away the big box retailer. They make the entire process very easy to understand, they offer helpful videos, and they get your blinds and shades to you fast!

Wood Blinds

There are other distinct advantages to shopping for blinds and shades with SelectBlinds. Shipping is free, there is a price guarantee, and they even have a satisfaction guarantee. They are also the highest rated, most reviewed blinds on the internet.

Everything mentioned so far played a huge part in my decision to trust my window coverings to SelectBlinds. The free upgrades were just icing on the cake. It seemed that whichever custom blind or shade that is looked at offered some kind of free upgrade. Honeycomb shades offered free top down – bottom up. Certain products offered a screaming hot deal of buy three get one free, other products promised to be made in one day, or they were free. Upgraded valances were offered at no charge on several blinds, which I took advantage of, and let me tell you, they made a huge difference in the look.

So the next time that you are standing in the aisle of big box retail looking at the array of shades, make a note of the price, and look at the quality, and then go home and log onto www.selectblinds.com. You will be happy you did.

Easy Decorating Magazine featuring Select Blinds


by Chris S 20 Jul 2012

Easy Decorating Magazine

Check out the newest edition of Easy Decoration magazine that came out this week in newstands. The magazine features the popular @ Home Collection from Carriann Arkowski that is sold at Select Blinds. Added incentive for getting the magazine is 30% off coupon toward the purchase of new blinds or shades at http://www.selectblinds.com. The magazine is full of fun decorating ideas that can be achieved on any budget.

Most Reviewed and Highest Rated Blinds in America


by Chris S 3 Jul 2012

SelectBlinds.com

SelectBlinds.com sells window fashions online. This includes window shades and window blinds, as well as plantation shutters. Select Blinds offers these custom window coverings under their own brand name. The company claims that they sell more blinds than any other online seller of window coverings.

Consumers care about those statements, somewhat. The fact is that all of the above is information from SelectBlinds. There is another interesting statement that is on their website; "The Most Reviewed, Highest Rated Blinds in America". That is exactly the statement that means something to the consumer. This is a claim that is easily proven. Custom window coverings are a major item for any home. Window blinds and window shades, allow for privacy, provide energy efficiency, and control the level of ambient light in a room.

Window fashions are such an important investment, that you can be sure that when there are customers who are unhappy with their experience, they will write a review. Select Blinds has reviews that are less than stellar, but that is the exception to the nearly 200,000 positively glowing reviews that can be found on their site, and on the sites of the independent review sites. Epinions, Google Checkout, Bizrate, Nextag, and Reseller Ratings all back up this bold claim.

SelectBlinds puts their money where their mouth is. They offer satisfaction guarantees, price guarantees, free shipping, and a suite of products that will satisfy any window covering need. They also offer an exclusive Designer Collection, called the @Home Collection by Carriann Arkowski, a Kids’ Collection, and also a collection of custom shades that carry the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

Shopping for window blinds and window shades can be an intimidating experience. To take the fear out of this event, try www.selectblinds.com, where your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Carriann Arkowski Home Improvement Newsletter!


by Chris S 21 Jun 2012

for more inspiration, visit www.carriannarkowski.com

Happy Decorating

@Home Collection - Cordless Cellular Shade Installation Video!


by Chris S 15 Jun 2012

Watch this video to order free samples of the Carriann Arkowski @Home Collection.

 

Select Blinds Commemorates Memorial Day 2012


by Chris S 24 May 2012

SelectBlinds Memorial Day Sale - 2012

Select Blinds will celebrate Memorial Day and honor the fallen by offering “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” on all products plus 30% off all orders throughout the blinds website. The company wants to give back to consumers that have made them the highest rated and reviewed blinds in America.

Memorial Day will soon be here and the temperatures are rising.  Price savvy consumers rush to the stores and the web to find the best prices of the year on home décor and improvement products.  For those seeking to beat the heat and decrease energy and cooling costs in their home, Select Blinds offers energy efficient blinds and shades in various styles, sizes, and colors. The Memorial Day “Buy 3 Get 1 Free + 30% off” sale at http://www.selectblinds.com makes it easier to update window coverings for the whole house, or one room at a time.

Carriann Arkowski Spring Newsletter


by Chris S 8 May 2012

Carriann Arkwoski Newsletter

Carriann Arkwoski Newsletter

for more inspiration, visit www.carriannarkowski.com

Happy Decorating

Come check out her @ Home Collection of blinds and shades at http://www.selectblinds.com/home-collection-carriann-arkowski.html !

Carriann Arkowski is Renovating even in the Water!


by Chris S 21 Oct 2011

Carriann Arkowski At Home CollectionDesigner Carriann Arkowski and a local Realtor critique three Sausalito, California houseboat renovations to determine which one will get the biggest bang for their buck. First, they check out a nautical steam schooner houseboat with a movable steering wheel in the dining room. Next, they visit a nautical-inspired houseboat with an indoor/outdoor shower. Finally, they check out a contemporary houseboat with spectacular views.

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Shutters now available at SelectBlinds!


by Chris S 21 Sep 2011

Faux Wood Cafe Style Shutters

SelectBlinds, the most reviewed and highest rated blinds in America, adds plantation shutters to their already impressive line of window fashions.

Select Blinds understands the additional complexities in ordering shutters on-line, as compared to ordering window blinds or window shades. We have put together an offering of three distinct shutter styles that are easy to measure for, with features that are easy to understand, installation instructions that make sense, and backed by the world class customer care department that has earned this company the coveted Stella Service award.

Plantation shutters by Select Blinds are available in four neutral colors, and are made of durable, warp resistant faux wood. Contrary to popular belief, faux wood does not come from the South American Faux tree. The SelectBlinds faux wood is a man-made material utilizing the scratch proof, moisture proof, Polyresin 3 material. All three faux wood shutter styles are available with either 2 ½”, 3 ½”, or 4 ½” louvers. The louver is what is referred to as a slat in a horizontal blind.

Faux wood standard folding shutters are the most popular style of plantation shutters. These standard folding shutters are available in multiple panel configurations, making them perfect for any window in any room.  The most popular panel configuration is the single panel plantation shutter. Single panel shutters offer the greatest range of light control, as there are no breaks in each panel. Bi-fold panels are basically halving the singe panel. Bi-fold panel shutters are quite handy when there is limited “swing” space in the room for opening your plantation shutters.

Faux wood café style shutters are ideal for those settings where an unobstructed view from the top portion of a window is desired. Imagine a bay window in a breakfast nook where total light control is not an issue, and privacy is only a concern to a certain level. The SelectBlinds faux wood café style shutter is the perfect solution. The café style plantation shutter offers the flexibility to go up as high as desired on the window, affording privacy and light control to your specific instructions.

Standard Folding Shutters

Shutters on any window end a certain air of sophistication to any environment, but nothing in the window fashion word says wow like a French door shutter. The SelectBlinds French door shutter can be ordered in all three louver sizes because you can specify door handle cutouts to allow for obstacle free shutter operation.

Plantation shutters are safe; there are no lift cords with which a child might get caught up in. faux wood plantation shutters will not warp, making them ideal for extreme climates. Plantation shutters are timeless in their design, making them a viable window fashion statement no matter how you choose to decorate your home. The Select Blinds plantation shutters are backed by the industry setting satisfaction guarantee, and a limited lifetime warranty, making ordering shutters from Select Blinds a worry free endeavor.

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