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

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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.

Enjoy your new Shutters!

A Shade Cooler than the Rest!


by Lisa Hs 12 Aug 2011

Cordless Blackout Shades

There are many styles and varieties of window shades. Window shades to hide the sunlight or window shades that let the sunlight shine in to illuminate a particular room. They are highly decorative and deco

rators of today use them to highlight the completion of their workmanship. Soft, genteel looking, and attractive, they display a personality of their own when added to a room.

Most window shades are custom fit, so measuring them correctly is the key.  A consumer must remember that measurements are either taken from the inside of the frame of the window, or the outside of the frame. This depends on what look they may be trying to achieve. Plus, they need to take into the consideration what kind of pull they want to use, and where it should be placed on the window shade for easy up and down use.

Some of the fabric used for window shades is quite unique. An attractive eye popping fabric is the lace window shade, looking especially well in an antique décor room. This window shade is elegant and will give your room an old fashioned, take you back in time, look. There is no lining needed with this window shade as it is perfect without it, and it is a great alternative to the sheer fabric window shade. This gorgeous lace window shade is desired by many decorators adept at antique decor. Roller shades and roman shades work especially well in the eye popping white lace window shade. It is difficult to see in from outside with this lace window shade, which allows for privacy. If you want to enhance an unattractive window, install lace window shades. “Body and substance is what it is all about”, say the decorators.

Solar control window shades are exceptional and a much needed item in the Southwest. This is where the sun shines on a constant basis, and the heat is intense. These shades will not fade out, or allow the sunlight to fade or discolor the furniture, and are easy to keep clean. The newest advances in technology are implemented into this solar control window shade. They will filter out the heat, glare and harmful UV rays, but still allow the flood of natural light to enter the room. The glare on the television is also drastically reduced. This window shade allows a person to see the outside world, and still have their privacy at all times of the day and night. This ability is called the ‘openness factor’ with this solar controlled window shade. They can be custom made in a cast of colors, such as grey, white, chalk and a light tobacco brown. The lighter colors are said to enhance thoughts and energize intelligence, and are perfect for study areas or libraries.

Blackout fabric window shades are especially popular with day sleepers. They will completely eliminate the light from a bedroom, or media room, and allow complete darkness for sleep, movie watching or privacy. These window shades feature a contemporary design and a continuous loop chain instead of the standard spring roller. This allows the window shade to glide easily with trouble free elevation and is perfect for that pitch black room. These are available in various prices and sun control factors depending on the purpose, and the room. The blackout window shade can be purchased in a three percent factor, allowing very little light in the room, to a fourteen percent factor which allows maximum light to enter.

Window shades are the perfect answer in cutting back on energy costs of the home or office space. Practical, stylish, durable, easy to clean and low cost window shades are still the wave of the future for home and offices.

Faux Wood Blinds and their Versatility


by Lisa Hs 28 Jun 2011

Faux Wood Blinds

One of the most popular online searches is the search for faux wood blinds. Due to the fact that they are economical and versatile, they are a great alternative to the more expensive real wood. Faux wood is considered the new generation of blinds. This new style of blinds, offer a more natural wood look, with a less expensive purchase. Adding faux wood blinds to any window can alter the atmosphere extensively. If a tropical feel is the décor of choice, wood blinds will enhance that décor. If a large space needs to be covered, adding vertical faux wood blinds will achieve that much needed height that you are looking for.

Faux wood is a compilation of man-made materials and natural wood products.  Modern day faux wood blinds, with their high UV ratings, are completely warp resistant. These blinds are perfect for rooms in a home that have extreme temperature changes in heat and/or moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Color choices are numerous in the faux wood designed blinds, which is hard to find in natural wood blinds. Whether seeking a warm or traditional decor, faux wood remains extremely stylish and practical for a fraction of the costs compared to real wood. Faux wood blinds are helping today’s cost conscious consumer create a custom, beautiful, one of a kind, interior design window treatment. Creating a beautiful room, while saving money, is definitely a consumers dream.

Faux wood blinds give a few more benefits than hardwood blinds, besides that cost factor. One very cool benefit of these faux wood blinds is that they are easy to clean with simple soap and water, or any type of spray window cleaner. No more having to go out to find and purchase the best and usually very expensive, cleaning products specifically made to clean wood. These usually end up leaving the real wood with streaks and grease spots. Not having to deal with that problem is a bonus in itself. Faux wood blinds are guaranteed to shine and last, no spots, no greasy stains, just a simple cleaning.

Shop faux wood blinds

Faux wood blinds can be found in the same shades, colors and stains as hardwood blinds. From white to cherry, to a mahogany stain, there are no limitations in choices. Whatever color scheme or decor that may have been chosen, for any home or office, there will be a faux wood blind to complement that room. If a person is undecided on a color or a stain, a sample can be ordered from most online sites. Then you can take the samples, place it next to the desired window, and make your decision, easier to accomplish.

Keep in mind, measuring your windows precisely, is extremely important. You must consider whether you want the blinds on the outside or the inside of each window. Inside mounting of the faux wood blinds will provide a clean look and is most commonly used. If you want the window to appear larger than actual size or provide less light to enter the room for more privacy, then outside mounting will work best.

Installing faux wood blinds can change the look of the whole room. The color choices are endless and outstanding in stunning wood tones and stains. A natural wood look, without the high costs of hardwood, is exceptional in faux wood and much appreciated by the consumer. The assurance of quality, versatility, and durability, without the upkeep of hardwood, will complement any décor. Faux wood blinds will make a distinctive statement of your personality and refined tastes, and the compliments with keep on coming.

Celebrate Memorial Day with SelectBlinds.com!


by Chris S 24 May 2011

SelectBlinds offers an array of ways to save on custom made window shades and window blinds in advance of Memorial Day. “Most retailers wait until Memorial Day weekend for their big sales”, states SelectBlinds Merchandiser, Rosa Hoverson. “Many people travel, or have family gatherings over the holiday weekend, so we wanted to offer visitors to our site the opportunity to enjoy saving on their window coverings now.”

“Rosa has been working with our suppliers to get allowances that we can pass on to the consumer”, according to SelectBlinds VP, Nate Kennedy. “She has been able to come up with significant savings opportunities in every window shade and window blind category on our site.”

Happy Memorial Day

For those customers looking to outfit their home with more than three window coverings, we have a great mix of products from which you can choose to buy 3 and get the 4th free”, says Ms. Hoverson. The buy 3 promotion includes cellular shades, cordless cellular shades, real wood blinds, Roman shades, woven wood shades, bamboo blinds, roller shades, and more. “The beauty of our promotion is that you can mix and match within the products,” adds Mr. Kennedy.

“For those customers who want their window shades or window blinds delivered quickly, we have a suite of products that we guarantee made in one day, or they’re free”, states Rosa. The made in one day program includes basswood blinds, faux wood blinds, woven wood shades, sheer weave shades, and natural wood shades.

“SelectBlinds sells custom made window coverings,” says Mr. Kennedy, “as such, there are plenty of customizing option.” Ms. Hoverson adds, ”Options can add up, making some window shades and window blinds a little on the expensive side. We have an offering of options that we are giving away in virtually every category. These free options represent a tremendous savings opportunity”

Top down / bottom up lift system for cellular shades are perhaps the most popular option, and SelectBlinds is offering it as a free upgrade on most honeycomb shades.

Real wood horizontal blinds are an extremely popular product, and Select Blinds is offering a free option. An upgraded 5” wood valance on their 2” Premium Basswood wood blinds is included at no extra charge.

Room darkening sheer shades are a designer’s favorite because they are a fabric window shade made with fabric horizontal slats, allowing the window shade to be in the lowered position, and still give you light control. Select Blinds is offering the matching fabric headrail insert on its 2” room darkening sheer shades as a free upgrade.

Window blinds and window shades are all offered at 30% off of every order, and that’s on top of the buy 3 get the 4th free promotion, and the free upgrades. There is no reason to wait for Memorial Day at SelectBlinds. They are making it easy to shop for all of your window covering needs now. And to make your shopping experience even more enjoyable, they will ship your window blinds and window shades free!

Stay 'Cool' in the Shade this Summer


by Lisa Hs 14 Apr 2011

Window coverings are primarily classified as either window shades or window blinds. There are other window coverings, such as curtains and shutters, but for the do-it-yourselfer, shades and blinds are the sweet spot.

Self-measuring and installing window shades and window blinds in no way detracts from the quality level, or from the options available in custom window coverings. SelectBlinds.com is an on-line only, direct to consumer, custom maker of window blinds and window shades. Select Blinds is unique, in that they sell only their brand. This is a good thing. SelectBlinds stands for quality, service, and value.

Summer is not quite here, but the good folks at SelectBlinds have recently rolled out their 2011 line of custom window shades, and the selection is impressive. Before getting in to the details, it’s worth mentioning my discussion with their VP, Nate Kennedy. When asked how best to describe the difference between a window shade and window blind, nimble footed Mr. Kennedy replied, “a window shade filters light, providing varying degrees of shade, including complete blackout, and a window blind, when in the closed position, completely blocks ones view.” Quite right.

Window shades for summer 2011 include cellular shades, Roman shades, bamboo and woven shades, pleated shades, roller shades, and sun control sheer shades. Cool colors and hot offers make the summer 2011 line up worth talking about.

First of all, as hard as it is to believe, on top of their current offering of 30% off all orders, plus free shipping, SelectBlinds is offering to everyone, from a selection of their most popular products, buy 3, and get the

4th free! I just couldn’t go further without mentioning that amazing saving opportunity on custom made window shades and window blinds.

Allow me to provide you with a brief definition of the different types of window shades.

Sheer shades: When in the opened position, sheer shades allow light and snooping eyes, to pass through the window. When closed, the fabric horizontal slats act like a window blind, blocking both light and prying eyes.

Roller shades: Spring loaded or with a continuous cord loop lift system, roller shades have just the two positions. Roller shades are either up, or they’re down. Your only choice is how far up or down the roller shade is.

Cellular shades: Honeycomb constructed material make up this extremely popular window shade. Cell shades are offered in single cell or double cell, and come in a variety of cell sizes. Honeycomb shades are also available with a multitude of custom options.

Pleated shades: These window shades look a lot like honeycomb shades, but pleated shades are a single layer of fabric while honeycomb shades are a double layer of fabric.

Bamboo/woven shades: Made from exotic materials, these are room transforming window shades.

Roman Shades: Fabric rich, Roman shades are the most drapery-like window shade available. Depending on the fold style selected, Roman shades’ fabric generously cascade down the window.

See the full selection of custom made window shades and window blinds for summer 2011 now at SelectBlinds.com.

The Photo Contest Winner!


by Lisa Hs 4 Apr 2011

We would like to thank all of our customers for participating in the photo contest. Thank you for sharing all those wonderful pictures with us, all of them were great! The winner of the first stage of this contest photographed her 3/8” Double Cell Light Filtering Shades. The image shows the great advantages of one of the most popular options, cordless top down bottom up. The cordless top down bottom up offers the benefits of raising the shade from the bottom up, but also lowering the top down for a greater view while maintaining privacy. This product looks great in our customer’s breakfast room!

Sports Shades Have Arrived!


by Chris S 23 Mar 2011

Selectblinds.com is proud to introduce our line of NCAA Sports Roller Shades. These roller shades will come in three different fabrics offering a wide spectrum of light control and privacy options. The light filtering fabric comes standard and is the most popular choice, but we also offer room darkening and solar screen fabrics as well. This product comes in widths and heights up to 144” so they can fit virtually any window. This sports lover’s product includes the upgraded continuous cord loop lift system.

“This will be an excellent performing product, because people gravitate to their alma mater”, states Nate Kennedy, VP of Operations at Selectblinds.com. “People are fiercely loyal to their favorite college and we are giving them another way to showcase that allegiance.”

This product will be very popular for those decorating a room in the theme of their favorite college. It would also be a great complement to a child’s sports themed room.These shades are sure to make your home the place to be for all of your universities biggest games. Combining these shades with other licensed merchandise will give you an atmosphere that can only be trumped by actually being at the game.

Selectblinds.com’s collection of universities includes some of the most prestigious in the country. Among the college’s that will be offered are Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Kansas, BYU, Arizona, and many more. Sign up for the Select blinds email list to keep track of all of the universities that will be added every month, so if your favorite college isn’t available today, chances are it will be very soon.

Look at All the Pictures!!!


by Chris S 22 Mar 2011

Hello Friends, As you may know we are running a little contest right now. We asked for YOU to show us your photography skills with your blinds and shades that you purchased from us in them.

It looks like you all got the memo!

We are thrilled about how many responses we have received and are currently reviewing them all and are going to be placing them on the Blog shortly. And by shortly, we mean you will start seeing them TODAY!!!

A big Thank you for everyone who has submitted pictures already. Just by browsing through a few of them quickly we can definitely see that everyone loves to show off their blinds and shades in a variety of ways.

Keep them coming!

-SelectBlinds Customer Loyalty Team

Window Blinds and Window Shades


by Lisa Hs 7 Feb 2011

Window blinds and window shades offer a couple of obvious benefits to any home. While window shades offer a better energy efficiency insulating factor, both window blinds and window shades afford you with a level of privacy, and enhance your home décor.

Cellular Top Down Bottom Up Shades

Energy efficiency may be a consideration when shopping for window coverings, but that is not normally the primary concern. If insulation for energy saving was the main consideration, nothing beats a window shade like an army blanket. But who wants an army blanket covering their window?

Now I’m not belittling the benefit of energy efficiency. We all want to see the heating bill shrink occasionally, and I could expound on the benefits of energy efficient window shades at length. Or you can see a great variety of window shades that insulate your windows with us at SelectBlinds. That will give me the opportunity to share an additional benefit of window blinds and window shades that most of us never even think about.

Window blinds and window shades are a great way to preserve the life of your home furnishings. In particular I am referring to furniture, area rugs, and carpeting. Most people don’t realize the harmful effects of UV rays that come through the window, whether opened or closed, and the impact that those rays have on your belongings.

Picture a beautiful oriental area rug on the floor of your living room. Contrary to what the name suggests, most people live more in other rooms, and the living room gets used only around holiday time. Privacy is not a big issue in the living room, so you have beautiful window shades or window blinds on the windows, but since privacy is not a concern, you leave those window shades opened at all times. You see that oriental area rug almost every day. The sun is beating through the window, and unbeknown-st to you, it is gradually fading the colors of that rug. One day you do a major house cleaning, you move the sofa, and you are just shocked to see the difference in the colors of the exposed area of the rug versus the part covered by the sofa. I think you see where I’m headed here. Window blinds and window shades add life to your home furnishings.

Window shades offer a better insulation factor than window blinds. Window shades are made from soft fabrics, and can be custom made to include liners that add light control and additional insulation. Window shades are traditionally either up, letting light in, or down, blocking light, but also blocking the view.

Window blinds are made of horizontal or vertical slats. Real wood blinds can really enrich the feel of a room, but fall short of the insulating factor offered by window shades. Horizontal window blinds do offer the ability to be in the lowered position, and allow for a view. In fact, horizontal window blinds can be tilted to reflect the sun away from the floor and furniture, while still giving you a fairly open view to the outside.

Hope this was useful information for everyone!

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