Get the Look - Modular Home Edition


by Charlene 17 Apr 2014

Did you watch the "American Dream Builders" episode with the modular homes? Some of them turned out to be pretty incredible. One of our favorite master bedrooms was Jay and Nina's.

Ready to find out how you can get the look?

 

1. Start with this duvet.


2. Choose from these two decorative pillows for the back layer.

 

 

3. Add this teal pillow.

 

4. Then add these two pillows to the mix.

 

5. Don't forget about this throw blanket.

 

6. Add these curtains in Herringbone Cream as the final touch.

 

Did you have a favorite look from the modular home episode?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Using Pastels in Your Home Decor


by Charlene 15 Apr 2014

When you think of pastels, you probably think of Easter. And with Easter just around the corner, perhaps it's time to incorporate a few more pastels into your home décor. But pastels aren't just for Easter. They're not even just for spring. You can use pastels all year long. But if you want to start small, here are a few ways to use pastels in your home.

Pastel Planters

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One easy way to introduce pastels is to paint your planters. If you feel the colors are too much, you can easily repaint them or move them to a more appropriate location, even if that means outside. Planters can be very affordable, so choosing pastel planters will keep you on budget, all while experimenting with color.

 

Pastel Window Coverings

Did you know that you can find pastel window coverings? And paired with a modern, clean style, they can look fabulous! At first thought, you may consider pastel window blinds and shades a little too much, design-wise, but it can actually work very well. This is one of the best ways to make a statement and create a unique look.


Pastel Furniture

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This doesn't mean you have to have an entirely pastel blue couch, although that could be fantastic. Paint a wooden chair a pastel cover or create a pastel slipcover for your loveseat. Sometimes just a subtle hint of pastel can make all the difference.


Pastel Walls

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Whether you decide an accent wall is more your style or you want to immerse yourself in pastel, painting your walls a pastel color can give you the oomph your space needs. Pair it with whites and grays in the rest of the room for balance. Or, if you're feeling extra brave, go for a monochromatic look.


Pastel Bedding

If you're looking to spice up your bedroom a bit, find pastel bedding. The great thing about bedding is that you can switch it out whenever you want a different look. This is a less permanent way to decorate, so it's perfect if you change your mind often or you just want to experiment with pastels a bit before moving forward with pastels in other rooms.


Easter is the perfect time to use pastels. And if you like it, you can find new ways to use it all throughout the year. What are your favorite places in your home to use pastels?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Get the Look - Spanish Style Edition


by Charlene 11 Apr 2014

How much did you love the guest bedroom from the Spanish style episode?

Ready to find out how to get the look?

 

Start with this duvet cover in tan/beige:

 

Then add this beige bed skirt:

 

Next, place this white coverlet over the edge of the bed, just as you see in the first image:

 

Now it's time for the decorative pillows.

Choose between either this textured gray pillow:

Or this shiny gray pillow:

 

The next step is to pick the perfect yellow accent pillows for your bed. Choose either this yellow striped pillow:

Or this diamond-patterned pillow:

 

Now that you have the bedding all done, it's time to move on to the curtains. To get this look, use these pleated curtains in the silk honey color.

And there you go! What else would you add to get the "American Dream Builders" look?

 

Charlene Jimenez

 

Safe Kids Day Event Photos


by Charlene 8 Apr 2014

We've teamed up with Safe Kids Day and Safe Kids Worldwide to promote child safety. It doesn't take much to make your home child-safe, and it can start with your corded window coverings.


Well-known designer, Carriann Johnson, was our spokesperson for the Safe Kids Day event in Los Angeles. She talked about general child safety, and even discussed our no-cost cord cleat program. Cord cleats allow you to wrap up dangling and dangerous window covering cords, keeping them out of the hands of little ones. Cordless window coverings are the safest choice, but if you do have corded blinds and you can't upgrade to cordless right now, you can use cord cleats to make your home safer.


Do you need cord cleats? We'll send them to you for free. Simply fill out this form. Every life is precious, and we are doing what we can to protect children everywhere. To read even more about our free cord cleat program, read this press release.


Take a look at some of the pictures of Carriann at the Safe Kids Day event:

 

 

Charlene Jimenez

5 Child Safety Tips


by Charlene 4 Apr 2014

Window covering cord accidents are all too common. And the truth is, they are incredibly easy to prevent. It just takes a few safety measures, and you can have an instant safer home.

Cordless blinds and shades are the safest for homes with children. However, if you have corded blinds, you can still make them safer for your children.

Here are 5 child safety tips from the experts. Take a look and see how you can implement these tips in your own home.

 

 

Charlene Jimenez

Get the Look - Master Bedroom Edition


by Charlene 2 Apr 2014

Did you tune into episode 2 of “American Dream Builders” on Sunday? Some of the bedroom designs may not have been consistent with the mid-century modern design goal, but they were still beautiful rooms. Take a look at the master bedroom of the winning team.

Want the look? Here's what you need.

Get the Look!

1. Start with this white duvet cover - the same one from the show.

 

2. Add these decorative pillows of the same color palette. Just click on the pictures to go to the product page.

 

 

 

3. Don't forget about the throw blanket!

 

4. Add the right curtains for the finishing touch!

Did you have a favorite look from the show?

 

Charlene Jimenez

 

 

 

7 Spring Cleaning Tips


by Charlene 28 Mar 2014

Whether you love it or you hate it, it's time for some spring cleaning. Every home needs a good deep clean once in a while. But just the thought of deep cleaning your entire house can be overwhelming and stressful. It doesn't have to be, not if you approach it with the right mindset.


Here are the essential spring cleaning tips you'll need to tackle the deep cleaning beast:


1. Organize your closets first.

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Closets can be a big project. But it can also be therapeutic to sort through your clothes and shoes, donating the items you don't use anymore. A cleaned, organized, streamlined closet is beautiful, and it just might give you the energy and motivation you need to continue your spring cleaning efforts.


2. Wipe down your walls and baseboards.


You may not notice the gradual dirt or fingerprints that appear on your walls and baseboards. But once you wipe them down with a clean, wet rag, you'll wonder how you didn't notice before. Cleaning your walls is a small task with huge results. Clean walls alone can make your home appear brighter and happier. Give it a try. You'll be pleased with the results.


3. Reorganize your bookshelves or movie shelves.

These won't need much cleaning, but reordering and reorganizing them can give your home a cleaner, tidier look and feel. It also wouldn't hurt to dust while you're at it. Before you know it, you'll be done and moving on to the next task.


4. Clean light fixtures.

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You may not notice them as much, but your light fixtures will get just as dusty. Safely climb a ladder or stand on a sturdy chair and wipe them down, light bulbs and all. Then, once you're done, turn on the lights and see how much brighter your home is.


5. Don't forget the outside of your home.


Wash your doormats, sweep and wash your walkways and driveway, and do all that yard work you've been forgetting about. And don't forget to wash the outside of your windows, too. Make the outside of your home just as sparkling as the inside of your home.

6. Dust your window coverings.

Your blinds and shades collect dust just like everything else in your home. And if you don't clean them regularly, it can cause discoloration. If you have window blinds you need to clean, click here to find out how. If you have window shades, read this.


7. Shampoo your carpets and upholstery last.

You've made it through winter, and your carpets and furniture could use some love. Get rid of all that dust and dirt and have a fresher home immediately. Now that everything is clean and the carpets and furniture wet, let it dry and go celebrate your spring cleaning victory.


Unfortunately, a true spring cleaning consists of more than these six steps. However, these six tips will make the biggest difference in your home. Want to make a big difference with a small amount of effort? This list will give you just that.


What are your favorite spring cleaning methods? Have any spring cleaning tips for the rest of us?


Charlene Jimenez


Sue P. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds


by Charlene 27 Mar 2014

I ordered five 3/8 inch Double Cell Cordless Light Filtering Shades. I love my new shades! Ordered them on March 17th, they arrived on the 26th, and my husband installed them on the 27th! They are such good quality and the service was awesome! The price was fantastic too! My room looks so nice now and I'm so happy I ran across your product on the internet! Thanks so much!

What do you think of her new cell shades?

Did You Tune in to the "American Dream Builders" Premiere?


by Charlene 26 Mar 2014

Did you watch NBC's new competition show, "American Dream Builders" on Sunday?


Read this if you need a little background on how the show works.

Right out of the gate, the competition heated up. Even designers on the same team were throwing each other under the bus and trying to make each room fit their individual design aesthetic rather than having a unified front.


This week's challenge was to renovate and redecorate two Tudor-style homes that were on the same street. They were supposed to keep the home's décor true to the architectural integrity and style of the home, creating a complete, cohesive look and feel.


But the Tudor-style home wasn't the only common thread between the two houses. Both families in those homes didn't have enough space for everyone living there. In one home, 3 generations were living under one roof-the grandparents, parents, and the children. In the other home lived a family of seven, all of whom shared one small bathroom. It was time to restore the beauty of their homes and create that much-needed space.


Both homes turned out beautifully, even though both had a few minor issues, like turning a hallway into an awkward nook in one home and creating unusable and unfinished storage space in a cramped bathroom in the other home. But the three designer judges weren't the only ones to provide their feedback and make the final decision. The neighborhood joined the judges by doing walk-throughs of both houses and marking their official votes, indicating which team did the best work and stayed true to the Tudor architecture and style.


The judges and the community decided the winner, and the losing team had to send someone home. Tarrick, the site manager for the blue team, ended up going home. Ultimately, his unfinished work on the bathroom vanity was the cause.


What did you think of the show? Did you agree with Tarrick going home?


Don't forget to tune in Sunday to watch the second episode!

 

Charlene Jimenez

How to Clean Your Window Shades


by Charlene 21 Mar 2014

We've already discussed cleaning your window blinds, so now it's time to tackle cleaning your window shades. At first you may think you can use the same techniques as cleaning wood or faux wood blinds, but there are specific ways to clean specific types of shades, including honeycomb, solar, and even bamboo shades. Using the incorrect cleaning method can actually damage your shades, so here's what you need to know:


Honeycomb/Cellular Shades


Regular cleaning of your cellular shades is important. Without it, they can develop a yellowish tint. Regularly vacuum the shades with the brush attachment. Make sure to be gentle and not tug on the shades. You want to keep the honeycombs looking nice. You can also dust the shades to keep the dust from accumulating. If you see that dust has gotten into the middle of the cells, use a blow dryer to get it out. But only use it on the softest, lowest air flow and only use cool air, never warm or hot. The most important thing to remember is be gentle.

 

Solar Shades


Many of the solar shades we offer here at Select Blinds are resistant to both mold and moisture. So that means you can use a damp cloth to clean them, both the front and the back, and you won't have any problems. You can also use a feather duster or a brush attachment on your vacuum, but a damp cloth will be your best, most effective bet for solar shades.

 

Bamboo Shades


No water should be used on bamboo or woven shades at all. This will cause ample irreversible damage. Instead, limit yourself to a light dusting or very light vacuuming with the brush attachment. Too much pressure or moisture on the bamboo shades can break the natural fibers apart, eventually causing droops and gaps.


Roman Shades


Because roman shades are made of fabric, it's generally OK to spot clean using a damp rag and gentle detergent or soap. However, be mindful of the type of fabric of your roman shades, like those made of silk or other delicate materials. You can also use a duster and the brush vacuum attachment for a light cleaning.


Keeping your window shades clean and looking fresh is easy. With the right cleaning technique, you'll be able to maintain that new look you had when you first installed them. It will also prolong the life of your shades, so you'll get the most use for your money, all while keeping your shades looking great!

 

Charlene Jimenez

How to Clean Your Blinds


by Charlene 19 Mar 2014

Remember when you first installed your blinds and they looked fabulous and clean? Unfortunately, it doesn't take too long for blinds to collect dust. But cleaning your blinds can be a pain, especially if you're not sure you're using the proper cleaning method. After all, blinds are made from a variety of materials and each requires a unique way of cleaning. But it doesn't have to be a pain any longer. Here's what you need to know:


Wood Blinds


Even though wood blinds have been treated and sealed, using water on them is still not a good idea. Avoid cleaning wood blinds with water or even a spray cleaner. All your wood blinds need is a little dusting. Use a feather duster, dusting mitt, or a clean rag. Simply run the rag or duster across each slat, starting from the lowest slat to the highest. This will help you avoid pushing the dust onto the already-cleaned slats below.


If you want to take it one step further, you can always clean your wood blinds with a vacuum with a brush attachment. This will give you a deeper clean and it won't leave the dust you've pushed off the blinds on the floor or windowsill.


Faux Wood Blinds


Faux wood is more durable than real wood when it comes to using water. With faux wood blinds, you can use a warm, damp cloth to clean the individual slats. If you'd like to add a miniscule amount of soap or detergent to the mixture, you can do that, too. But never use an abrasive sponge or cleaning tool. This can scratch the faux wood and cause damage, eventually letting the water into the core of the slats.


Just as with wood blinds, you can also use your vacuum's brush attachment to clean your faux wood blinds. Take it one slat at a time and you'll be done in no time.


Aluminum Mini Blinds

These are some of the most durable blinds out there and they're some of the easiest to clean. You can use both warm and cold water to clean them, and feel free to use soap. Because of the smooth finish of aluminum mini blinds, the dust should wipe off easily. However, if you need more cleaning power, you can take the aluminum blinds off the headrail and soak them in the bathtub. This is a sure-fire way to get your mini blinds sparkling again. However, as you're cleaning, try not to bend the slats. You'll want to avoid causing any damage to the blinds as you're cleaning them, no matter how minor it may seem at the time.

 

Fabric Blinds


Because fabric blinds aren't as firm as aluminum or even faux wood or wood blinds, they can be a little difficult to clean. First, try to clean them with the brush attachment on your vacuum. This may be all you need to get them clean. However, if that doesn't work as well as you had hoped, you can always take them to the dry cleaners. You won't need to do this every time you clean your fabric or cloth vertical blinds, but it's nice to know it's always an option.

 

Cleaning your blinds doesn't have to be a hassle. With the right knowledge and tools, you can tackle an average cleaning day or more in-depth spring cleaning.


What are some of the best ways that you've found to clean your blinds?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Decorating with the Outside View in Mind


by Charlene 14 Mar 2014

If you have an amazing view from your home, would that change how you decorate your home's interior?

 
Well, it should.


Consider your view a part of your décor. In fact, it's not just an accent; it should be the main focus. Not everyone has a beautiful view from their windows. But if you do, it's time to accentuate it and take advantage of the unique sights your home offers.


Decorating Tip: Windows with beautiful views should not be covered up.


Solar Shades


Depending on where you live, you may need sun, light, or heat blockage, especially during the summer. If this is the case, it's not a good idea to leave your windows uncovered. This can raise your electricity costs. However, that doesn't mean you can't accentuate that view. Instead, choose solar shades. People outside can't see in, but you can see out. The right solar shade will not restrict your view at all, but it will still provide you the sun and light blockage you need.


Sheer Shades


Sheer shades are designed for a light, flowy look and feel. With just a soft layer over your windows, you can still enjoy the view, but the sheer shades will diffuse and filter the bright light so you get a soft glow. Sit back and enjoy the view from your window, all while keeping your home looking modern and stylish.

Simplify in Order to Accentuate

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If you really want to make your view stand out, simplify your décor. Too many bright colors or too many knick knacks will distract from your view. Choose clean lines and simplify. Simple doesn't mean boring. You can still add flair to your home décor, but choosing to simplify will highlight your windows.


Make the View the Star Attraction

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Place your furniture so the window is the focus of the room. When you have guests, you'll want them to appreciate and enjoy the view. So turn chairs and couches toward the windows. Make it the star attraction, just as it deserves to be.

The view from your windows may be an external benefit, but why not center your entire home's interior on that feature? It's just one more way to add personality, individuality, and uniqueness to your home. You don't want your home to be like every other home. So, find what makes it unique and emphasize it. In this case, it's your stellar view!

 

 Charlene Jimenez

The Perfect Window Coverings for Your Breakfast Nook


by Charlene 11 Mar 2014

It doesn't matter whether your breakfast nook is perfect for two or spacious enough for an entire family. You can create a lovely, calming space. One major component of the ideal breakfast nook is the natural morning light shining through the windows. So choosing the right window covering is crucial to creating the right ambiance for your breakfast nook. You don't want to just cover up the windows. You want to accentuate and control the natural light, creating a radiant little nook.


Honeycomb Shades


If the morning sun through your window is too bright, honeycomb shades will help you filter the light so you get the soft, warm glow without having to squint while eating breakfast. Honeycomb shades also add insulation to your window, so you can sit comfortably without the hot summer sun heating up the room or the cold winter weather making your home too chilly. These are also great options if your breakfast nook window faces the street or a public area, so you can have privacy and still have light filtering through.

Solar Shades


Select solar shades let you have your privacy, keep the heat out, and let you maintain your view to the outside. Solar shades are perfect if you live in a particularly sunny location or if the morning sun hits your windows just right. Solar shades are designed to reduce glare, so you don't have to worry about facing the window and having the sun in your eyes or the sun reflecting off a metallic tabletop. But you'll still get great light and keep your awesome view.


Shutters


Want a more classic, traditional look for your breakfast nook? Shutters are the way to go. From folding shutters to café style shutters, you'll create a beautiful, breezy feel to your little nook. Depending on the amount of natural light that you have on that side of the house, faux wood shutters might be your best option. They are more durable than real wood and are great in heat and in direct sunlight.


Sheer Shades


Sheer shades are a great way to showcase your windows. They are stylish and modern, and they're well-designed for functionality. You have a choice between light filtering and room darkening, but for a breakfast nook, you still want that natural light, just not all of it at once. Sheer shades are light and whimsical, and they can give a clean feeling to your space.

 
Bamboo Shades


Give your breakfast nook a unique look with bamboo shades. Without a liner, these shades let ample light through. If you want some light, but you still want your privacy, simply add a privacy liner. Bamboo shades are perfect in any modern or contemporary home. They have a way of meshing well with almost any décor style.

Make your breakfast nook your new favorite place in your home. And it all comes down to which window coverings you use.


Which one is your favorite breakfast nook look?

 

Charlene Jimenez

5 Easy, Cheap Ways to Organize Your Laundry Room


by Charlene 7 Mar 2014

The laundry room is an essential space in any house, but it's also the most neglected. Every other room in the house gets the love and attention it needs to be stylish and functional. There's no doubt your laundry room is functional. But is it streamlined and organized? If not, here's what you can do. It won't take much time or effort, so why not get started today?

Shelves, Shelves, and More Shelves

 

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Instead of stacking everything on top of the washer and dryer, add shelving. Use the vertical space you have so you can stay more organized. Plus, it will get all of that out of your way, and it will give your laundry room a clean, streamlined look. If you don't want people to be able to see all your laundry room stuff, add cabinets instead. They both serve the same purpose.

Conceal with Window Shades

 

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Have an ugly space under the counter or the laundry room sink? Or maybe you have great shelving, but it can get a little messy. All you have to do is conceal it with window shades or curtains, and it will give your laundry an instant facelift. But whether you go with a bold pattern or you want something more subtle is up to you. Make this space your own.

Create More Hanging Space

 

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Add rods where you can in your laundry room. The more hanging space you have for clothes, whether they're drying or need to be put away, the more organized you'll stay. This will also guard against clothes being heaped in baskets, on top of the washer and dryer, or even thrown on the floor.

Combine Spaces

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A laundry room doesn't have to just be the laundry room. Why not combine it with the craft room, mudroom, storage room, or even a large closet? Make use of the valuable space you have, and this will open up main space in your home for other things.

Fresh Flowers

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Fresh flowers don't help with organization, but they do improve the ambiance. Every room can be improved with fresh flowers, and your laundry room shouldn't be left out. Flowers will keep your laundry room looking and smelling fresh, and it may even motivate you to get in there and get your laundry done.

With these simple changes, you will have an efficient laundry room space. And all of these options allow you to inject your own style into the room. No two laundry rooms are the same; and they shouldn't be. Make your laundry room a reflection of yourself and your family, and then maybe some of your family members will pitch in and help with the laundry. One can dream, right? 

 

Charlene Jimenez

How to Use Different Slat Sizes for Blinds


by Charlene 4 Mar 2014

All blinds offer different slat sizes. Slats are the horizontal pieces that you tilt, raise, and lower when operating your blinds. The difference in slat sizes may not seem like a lot, but the right, or even the wrong, slat size can make a world of difference for your windows. Don’t leave it up to chance. Instead, you simply have to learn which sizes will work best for each window of your home.

Small Slats and Windows

If you need to cover a small window, go with smaller slat sizes. If you order larger slats, it can disproportionate and odd. Smaller sized slats mean you’ll have more slats per blind than you would with larger slat sizes. Smaller slats also mean that you have less room between each one, so you can block more sunlight than with bigger slats. However, it also means that when you have the slats open, your view to the outside won’t be as open, but you can always completely raise the blinds when you want to.

Small slats are also ideal for window with narrow window frames and windowsills. If you want to mount the blinds inside the window frame, you’ll be able to do so with smaller slats, even if the window is small or medium sized. Choosing smaller slats can also help the blinds blend in more, and that’s perfect if you’re looking for subtlety.

If small slats are what you’re looking for, go with ½” or 1” slats, like these products below:

1/2" Micro Aluminum Mini Blinds

 

1" Veneto Wood Blinds

Medium Slats and Windows

This is the most common sized window, and you can get away with any slat sizes. But the most common slat size is 2 inches, and that’s the size you’ll find the majority of blinds and shades. Keep in mind that you may have a medium sized window but with a shallow or narrow windowsill. 2” blinds may not fit. But you always have the option to choose a smaller slat size or simply use an outside mount.

For a better view to the outside when your blinds are released and the slats are parallel to each other, medium-sized slats are the way to go. If you want to make more of a style statement, go with larger slats on a medium window. this will give it a chunkier, bolder look. But if you want something more proportioned, match medium slats to a medium-sized window.

Here are some of the most popular 2” blinds:

2" Express Wood Blinds

2" Premium Aluminum Blinds

Large Slats and Windows

Large window are some of the hardest to cover effectively. If you choose a slat size that’s too small, it can look chaotic and too busy. Another problem those with larger windows run into is the heaviness of the blinds. Blinds that are too heavy can begin to bow or even break under the strain. The perfect solution for this is to use multiple blinds on one headrail. This will alleviate the excessive weight and still give you a great looking window covering.

For blinds, 2 ½” slats are considered large. If you want only one blind to cover your large window, choose a lighter material, like real wood blinds. While faux wood is great for many situations, it’s actually heavier than real wood.

Take a look at these blinds perfect for large windows:

2 1/2" Deep Wood Blinds

2 1/2" Premium Faux Wood Blinds 

Have you experimented with slat sizes for your windows? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

Charlene Jimenez

What's Your Design Style?


by Charlene 28 Feb 2014

Decorating your home is one more way to express yourself and show your personality. But understanding how your personality fits into a design style can be confusing. Sure, there are straightforward styles and definitions, but many people find themselves torn between two or more styles. Don’t feel as though you have to limit yourself to just one style. You’re unique and complex. Your style can be multi-sided, too, no matter if you identify with two or more design styles.

Here’s a basic breakdown of styles. Which one best describes and reflects you?

Contemporary

 

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The contemporary style includes softened, rounded lines. Even though some of the contemporary lines are rounded, it still gives a clean look and feel. The contemporary color palette is mainly made up on browns, whites, and grays, with pops of colors throughout. There are also metallic elements in many contemporary designs. Contemporary, geometric patterns can also be included, and you’ll commonly find those designs on decorative pillows, wall art, and even on rugs.

Traditional

 

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The traditional style is reminiscent of the European countryside in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly in France and England. Warm colors are traditionally used, creating a cozy glow throughout the space. Traditional style is all about detail, and a lot of them. The furniture looks plush and it can be difficult to resist sinking right into them.

Eclectic

 

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Combining a multitude of different styles and centuries, the eclectic style is about vibrancy and new combinations. Even though it may seem this way to some, it’s not just a haphazard throwing together of ideas and styles. It needs to be done purposefully to hit the right style note. Lots of colors may be used, but there is always a neutral that ties them all together. You may also find a non-traditional combination of patterns and fabrics that give the space life and personality.

Modern

 

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The modern style is all about polished sleekness. Much like the contemporary style, this style’s focus is on clean lines. One important aspect of a modern style is asymmetry. Instead of warmer metals, like bronze or gold, modern spaces are generally adorned with chrome and steel. This is one aspect that gives a modern home that sleekness.

Mediterranean

 

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The Mediterranean design style is also called Spanish modern. Just as you might expect, this style uses blues, greens, and yellows to represent the ocean and the sky. Don’t forget about mosaics and terracotta. Many homes in the Mediterranean style opt for textured walls to create depth and visual interest.

Romantic

 

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The romantic design style focuses on softness and whimsicality. Think lace, pastels and muted colors, and dainty floral patterns. It also centers on femininity, with just a few touches of masculinity to create some depth. The romantic style is about grace and refinement through fabrics and colors.

Don’t feel you have to stick solely to one design style. Be yourself and let your personality and style preferences show you the perfect styles for you. Mix and match until you feel you’re properly represented. Your style will change with time. It’s natural. It’s normal. Don’t limit your style. Instead, let it develop and morph naturally.

Using Window Coverings as Closet Doors


by Charlene 25 Feb 2014

 

Looking for an easy way to spice up any room? It can be as simple as thinking outside the box when it comes to your closet doors. Traditional closet doors are great, but you can change the entire look of your room by using window coverings instead. Using curtains, blinds, or shades as your closet doors can give your room a more elegant, sophisticated, and even modern look and feel. And some of the great things about using window coverings are that they’re versatile, stylish, and easy to use for all ages. Find your style muse in these examples:

Curtains

With the right draping, curtains can look soft and elegant or bold and act as a statement piece. Curtains are great for closet doors because you can pull them open to showcase your organized closet or pull the closed to give the illusion of organization without the required effort.  Out of all your window covering options for closet doors, curtains give you the most design choices, including patterns, colors, textures, and fabrics.

Roman Shades

With roman shades, you get the look of curtains but with usefulness of traditional blinds and shades. You can raise them all the way to give a nice frame to the top of the closet or you could lower them halfway for more closet coverage. When you need to, you can let them down completely. Roman shades give you the ability to choose the look you want when you want. You can further customize your look by choosing from one of the four available folds: European, flat, hobbled, and classic.

Roller Shades

These are also easy to use, which makes them perfect for a child’s room. You can raise and lower according to your needs. It really is as easy as that. You can choose from different patterns and colors to make it fun, exciting, and lighthearted. You could even choose Disney roller shades to add a little oomph to your child’s room.

Woven Shades

Want a more natural feel with lots of texture? Woven shades are the answer. This will give a fun, modern, and rustic vibe, which is perfect for a contemporary home or even a teenager’s room. Make your closet and your space unique. Woven shades are the perfect way to do that. If you like the look of roman shades, but you want natural texture, woven shades actually raise and lower just like roman shades, so you can have the best of both worlds.

Paneled Vertical Blinds

Traditional vertical blinds are a great choice, but paneled vertical blinds are better suited to be used as closet doors. The panels are much wider than the traditional vanes, and it create a cohesive streamlined look.

Show your closet some love with new, modern closet doors. Closet doors don’t have to blend into the walls anymore. Make a statement that reflects your personality. And if you ever want a new look, simply swap them with something new. For double closet doors, you'll need to use multiple shades on one headrail, but that's easy to do.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Choosing the Right Cell Size for Honeycomb Shades


by Charlene 21 Feb 2014

Cellular shades, also called honeycomb shades, are modern, energy efficient, and stylish. But knowing which cell size is right for your windows can be tricky. Ordering the wrong cell size can lessen its energy-saving efficiency, look wrong in the window, and even cause damage to the shade itself. Don’t let that overwhelm you. Figuring out the right cell size is easy. Here’s what you need to know.

Double versus Single Cell

 Double cell honeycomb shades offer more insulation, saving you even more money on energy costs. However, this also means the shades are much heavier than their one-cell counterpart. Choosing double cell shades for a large window can make it difficult and too heavy to operate. As a result, it can cause cord strain and even some bowing because of its weight. So, leave double cell shades for small to midsized windows.

Single cell honeycomb shades are obviously much lighter, as was already mentioned. Even though they provide less insulation than the double cells, they still are great options if you want added insulation. No matter if you choose a cellular shade with single or double cells, you’ll still get the same great look and the same great benefits, just to different degrees.

Small Cell Sizes

Smaller cells mean the pleats are narrower, which makes it perfect for a smaller window. Our smallest cell size is 3/8”. Using small cell shades for big windows can make it look chaotic because of the excessive number of cells and pleats. If you have a narrow window sill, go with small cell shades so they fit naturally.

Products You’ll Love:

 3/8 Double Cell Light Filter Shades Custom Blinds and Shades By SelectBlinds.com

3/8" Double Cell Light Filter Shades

3/8 Double Cell Blackout Shades Custom Blinds and Shades By SelectBlinds.com

3/8" Double Cell Blackout Shades

Medium Cell Sizes

If you have a medium-sized window and are looking for a cellular shade that reflects that size, go with 1/2" or 9/16” cell sizes. These sizes are the most popular because they provide good balance for all sizes of window, all without being too overwhelming.

Products You’ll Love:

1/2 Day/Night Cordless Cellular Shade

1/2" Day/Night Cordless Cellular Shades

9/16 Single Cell Light Filtering Shades

9/16" Single Cell Light Filtering Shades

Large Cell Sizes

Large windows should be covered with 3/4" single cell shades. Because of the distance these shades will need to cover, you want to make sure they will be light enough so they won’t need extra support and that they’re still easy to use. This cell size is also great aesthetically because of its large pleats, bringing refinement and sophistication to any large window. If you have deeper window sills, choose large cell shades to make use of all that space.

Products You’ll Love:

3/4 Cordless Single Cell Blackout Shade Custom Blinds and Shades By SelectBlinds.com 

3/4" Cordless Single Cell Blackout Shade

3/4 Cordless Single Cell Light Filtering Shade Custom Blinds and Shades By SelectBlinds.com

3/4" Cordless Single Cell Light Filtering Shade

Figuring out ideal cell sizes is as simple that. And now you have the information you need to pick the perfect cellular shades for every window in your house.

Have pictures of your cell shades installed? Show us how you’ve made the different cell sizes work for you!

 

Charlene Jimenez

Using Hideous Rooms as Decorating Inspiration


by Charlene 18 Feb 2014

Looking at pictures of beautiful rooms can be inspiring. But did you know that hideous, outdated rooms can also be a source of inspiration? It may not be your first instinct, but how can you know what you like if you don’t know what you dislike? It’s a part of the same package, but it’s often neglected. Not sure what to look for? Here’s how to start:

Take Pictures of Your Own Home

Your home may not have hideous rooms, but there are probably rooms that aren’t your favorite. This is your chance to figure out why. Take pictures of your least favorite rooms. Then, study them on your computer. Find the areas of each room that don’t work. Once you can pinpoint those areas, the next step is to determine why you don’t like that space. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Does it have to do with the wall color? Accent or furniture colors?
  • Is it too boring or too eclectic?
  • How’s the natural light in the room?
  • Does the furniture placement make the room feel disjointed?
  • Do you have too much furniture in one room? Not enough?

If you need help pinpointing the problem, ask a friend to help. It can be difficult to view your own decor objectively. Letting someone else give their insight can help you see your home in a different way. Remember that you don’t have to do everything they suggest. Consider their opinions. Whether you use them or not is up to you.

Scour the Internet

If you’re looking for more ugly home inspiration, it’s time to scour the internet. It won’t be difficult to find large compilations of hideous rooms. Just as you did with your own pictures, start identifying what doesn’t work and why. Most likely, these will be easier to pick out than with your own pictures. Have fun with this part.

Here are a few to get you started:

1. What do you learn from the picture below? Be careful when experimenting with painting techniques. It’s great to try something new, but sometimes it’s best left to the professionals.

Photo Credit: Sears Ugly Room Contest

2. Bright colors are great, but they have to be used effectively. Instead of painting this much fluorescence on the walls, opt for bright accents to create a subtler, yet bold, look. You don’t have to use bright colors sparingly, but make sure there’s a method to your madness.

Photo Credit: Sears Ugly Room Contest

3. There’s nothing wrong with a minimalistic style. However, sometimes it can become a little too extreme. When this happens, a room can easily feel empty and boring. Is there anything about this room that makes you want to spend time in there? Minimalism can be done beautifully, but this isn’t it.

Photo Credit: Sears Ugly Room Contest

4. The individual components aren’t bad. The red walls could look great in another room, but not in this one. The room is too dark to have such dark paint, and it makes the room feel dreary and cave-like. What works in one room may not work in another. There are so many factors that can affect the outcome. Proper planning and experimentation can help you find the perfect home décor choices for each room.

Photo Credit: Sears Ugly Room Contest

Now that you’ve looked at plenty of ugly rooms, you know what to avoid. The more rooms, both ugly and beautiful, you look at, the more things you'll know to avoid. Don't forget to reward yourself by looking at fashionable, modern rooms for even more inspiration. And then create the dream home you've always wanted, one room at a time.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Home Automation and Improving Quality of Life


by Charlene 14 Feb 2014

 

Home automation used to be the stuff of science fiction, but now it’s actually possible for the masses. Home automation is about using modern technology to simplify daily tasks, like turning the lights on and setting the home security system. These technological advancements have allowed people to turn their homes into smart homes, where most everything that can be automated is automated.

But home automation is more than that, at least for some people. It’s also about improving the quality of life for those with handicaps, illnesses, and the elderly. Tasks that may be simple for many can be complicated, tedious, and frustrating for those who need a little extra help. Home automation gives the everyday control back to those who need it most.

If you’re considering home automation for yourself or a loved one, here are some upgrades that should be at the top of your list:

Motorized Window Coverings

Window coverings are important for light control, insulation, and privacy. Choosing motorized window coverings allows you to raise, lower, and tilt blinds according to your needs. Because motorized window blinds and shades are cordless, they are a natural choice if you have children or pets in the home. You can choose to use a remote or add it to your home automation system. From there, you could set it up so the blinds opened or closed at certain times of the day so you or your loved one won't have to worry about it, and it would still provide the needed light control and privacy the blinds were designed for.

Automated Interior Lighting

Set up your interior lights to be sensitive to motion. This means they’ll turn on when you walk into a room and turn off when you leave, helping you lower electric costs. Or you could set up your lighting to turn on or off at certain times to coincide perfectly with your schedule. Or better yet, set up your lighting so it automatically adjusts based on the amount of natural light in each room.

Selective Phone System

Not every call that comes through needs to be answered. You can program your phone to only ring when select numbers call. Schedule it for your busiest times, so you can get more work done, or make it a permanent feature to weed out all unwanted calls. These callers will still get to leave a message, even if they’re not on the approved caller list.

Just a few little improvements and your quality of life or that of your loved one will skyrocket. Life is hard enough already. Simplify it with home automation.

Happy Valentine's Day from SelectBlinds.com!


by Charlene 11 Feb 2014

Valentine’s Day is all about showing your love. With the focus this week on candy, flowers, and romance, there’s still a little room to show love to your home. Update your window blinds and create a new look. When it comes to window blinds, you can choose real wood, faux wood, vertical blinds, aluminum mini blinds, or shutters. And with so many color and style choices, you could make every room in your home unique and stylish.

After all, love is blinds, right?

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year?

 

Charlene Jimenez

SelectBlinds Supports Habitat for Humanity


by Charlene 7 Feb 2014

Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eradicating poverty houses and helping to create affordable, simple, and quality homes for those in need. They’ve helped people in 74 different countries, and counting.

SelectBlinds has had a wonderful opportunity to help Habitat for Humanity in their mission. Because of our guarantee, customers send back their custom blinds and shades because they measured incorrectly or the color wasn’t what they wanted. Here at SelectBlinds, we guarantee a product that’s custom-made. In an effort to give back to the community and for our products to find a home, we donate our returned products to Habitat for Humanity. It has given us a new way to help those who need it most.

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore sells our donated products to the public if they can’t fit them into a home. The money they earn they put back into their original mission: to provide affordable and safe homes. This also keeps all these returned products out of landfills.

We’re honored to be able to help Habitat for Humanity the way we have, and we’re happy that it has made a difference. In 2013 alone, Habitat for Humanity has helped 124,946 families.

To learn more, watch this video!

Should You Decorate in Neutral or Vibrant Colors?


by Charlene 4 Feb 2014

The right color scheme is important in creating a cohesive style throughout your home. But what’s right for one home may not be the right choice for your home. Which colors you choose—wall color, furniture, and accents—will create the overall statement of the room. What do you want your home to say? Before you get to specifics, first figure out the basics.

Decorate in Neutrals or Vibrant Colors?

If you start out answering the most generic question, it will lead you to more specifics. So, will you decorate your home in neutrals or vibrant colors? Here are the pros and cons of each choice.

Pros of Neutrals:

  • Can give a rustic, warm feeling to any room.
  • Neutrals make a great canvas to bring more attention to your unique décor pieces.
  • They're versatile and allow you to change your color scheme and style of furniture easily. And without having to buy all new things and paint the entire interior of your home.
  • Neutral colors can provide balance for eccentric and eclectic pieces or architectural features.
  • Can be calming and peaceful.
  • If paired correctly, it can be dramatic and sophisticated. Think of a black and white room.

Cons of Neutrals:

  • Can easily become boring and bland.
  • Can make your home feel washed out.
  • If too neutral, your home will feel like it’s devoid of personality or even lacking unique style.

Pros of Vibrant Colors:

  • Vibrant colors can add instant energy.
  • They easily become the focal point in the room, drawing the eye toward it immediately.
  • If kept on-trend, it can bring a modern vibe to the space.
  • It’s easy to add personality when integrating vibrant colors into your décor.
  • A little goes a long way in creating flair.

Cons of Vibrant Colors:

  • It can easily get out of hand and overwhelming. Too many vibrant colors close to each other can make your home look like a circus.
  • Trendy colors are replaced quickly, so you might be left updating your color scheme more often than you would prefer.
  • The wrong color can create imbalance in a room.

What Did I Choose?

I’ve always preferred bright, retina-burning color. It just makes me happy. So, when I bought my condo four years ago, I knew adding color was at the top of my to-do list. As much as I would’ve loved to have vibrant colors surrounding me, I knew I needed to mix in some neutrals to achieve the right balance.

I decided to go for it with the bathroom and completely douse it in obnoxious color. And that was the first room our realtor made us paint before listing our condo, of course. Not saying the color choices were the best options in general, but it's what I felt reflected who I was at the time.

Now that we’re selling our condo, it’s time to redefine my color preferences and style all over again. The house we’re hoping to buy is newly painted and completely neutral, including tans and browns in the floor tiles, kitchen, bathrooms, wall paint, and light fixtures. I understand that a neutral home is more appealing to homebuyers. However, because the home we want to buy is newly remodeled and painted, my husband wants to keep it neutral for at least a few years, taking advantage of the work already put into the house. Unfortunately, it’s not even the neutral colors that I prefer, like gray and black.

But I’ve decided to make the best of it and find ways to add color to create the perfect neutral-color combination. Until I can add some vibrant accent walls, I will add pops of color in new ways. New for me, at least. I've been eyeing these for my windows, maybe in the "striped wine" color option.

Now it's your turn. Which do you prefer, neutrals or vibrant colors?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Fascinating Facts about the History of Blinds


by Charlene 31 Jan 2014

Window blinds have been used for thousands of years. Although they started out as purely functional tools, they have transformed to being a combination of style and function. But to understand how window blinds have become what they are today, you must first understand how they began and why they were used.

Ancient Egyptians

Photo Credit: EgyKing.info

It’s believed that wealthy ancient Egyptians, like pharaohs, had woven blinds made from reeds. This was done mainly to limit the view from outsiders. Privacy is still a common reason window blinds are used today. These reed blinds probably also helped keep out some of the heat and the extreme, blinding sunlight, keeping the Egyptian elite more comfortable throughout the long Egyptian summers and dry during their harsh monsoon season.

Chinese Bamboo

The Chinese have used bamboo blinds for many centuries. While many think bamboo blinds or shades are a modern option, they are rooted in Chinese cultural history. The ancient Chinese used them to keep the interiors of their homes cool during the summer. Chinese bamboo blinds were expertly crafted, not haphazardly thrown together.

Korean Bamboo

It’s been said that bamboo blinds became a symbol for the powerful in ancient Korea. This symbol came from one ruler who couldn’t rule without the help of wife. Because of that, he concealed her behind bamboo blinds while she gave him wise advice to make him a great, powerful leader.

Venetian Blinds

Photo Credit: American Gallery

It’s argued that Venetian blinds actually didn’t come from Venice originally. They’re believed to have come from Persia, by way of Venice. Just like with all other ancient window blinds, they started as providing privacy and another barrier against nature. Then, they morphed into something more aesthetically pleasing and stylish. In J.L. Gerome Ferris’ 1787 painting called, “The Visit of Paul Jones to the Constitutional Convention,” you can actually see wooden venetian blinds on the top window.

Modern window blinds have come a long way, both in style and functionality, but their history is rich. It will be exciting to see how window blinds improve and morph as years and generations pass.

 

Reference List: History Myths Debunked Blog, Infographic Journal, and Beautify Your Home Blog

Why Window Coverings are the Secret Ingredient


by Charlene 28 Jan 2014

Have you ever wished there was a secret ingredient to take your home décor from ordinary and dull to exciting and unique? You don’t have to wish anymore. Window blinds and shades are the secret ingredient to any room, and here’s why:

Light and Privacy Control

Window blinds and shades allow you to control the amount of light that comes into your home. You can choose to leave the blinds or shades wide open, letting in all the natural light or adjusting the shades or blinds to allow some warm light to come through, giving a soft glow to your space. The right amount of light can highlight accents in your home, creating a homey, welcoming vibe throughout your entire house. An added bonus is that you can also control your privacy while letting in the perfect amount of light.

Adds Texture

Sometimes a room just needs a little more texture. Opt for woven or bamboo shades like these to add sophisticated and natural texture. They are subtle enough that it won’t compete with any of your décor, but noticeable enough to add value to your existing décor.

Easily Interchangeable

Want an easy new look? Switch out your window blinds or shades with the season, opting for new colors, fabrics, materials, wood stains, patterns, or styles. Your options are endless, so you can have a whole new look whenever you want it.   

Not Just for Windows

Photo Credit: Young House Love

You can use window shades and blinds as closet doors or to hide less attractive things from visitors. Window blinds and shades are versatile, so wherever you decide to put them, they’ll look fantastic.

Completely Customizable

 

Have an odd shaped window? Do you want to make a small space look bigger by exaggerated window coverings? You can do that because window coverings at SelectBlinds.com are customizable. Make the unique statement you want, and do it easily.

These days, window coverings can be whatever you want them to be: understated accents, bold focal points in your decor, or a way to add depth and texture to any space. No matter what you need in terms of decorating, window coverings are the secret ingredient. They're what pull the whole room together.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Creating a Beach-Inspired Bedroom


by Charlene 24 Jan 2014

You don’t have to own a beach house to have a beach-inspired bedroom. You don’t even have to live near a body of water. It simply takes a few unique elements to create a clean, airy, and calm vibe. With beach-inspired décor, keep it subtle. Too many beach-themed items can easily become too much for a room. Instead of a literal beach theme, opt for a figurative theme, giving the vibe but without having to cover the walls with seashells. Simplicity will keep the feel of the room fresh and modern while giving you a relaxing space.

The Right Colors

Image Credit: CoastalLiving.com

Use white, blues, light greens, and browns. You can incorporate darker versions of these colors, but make the majority of them light. This is what will give your bedroom an airy feel.

Woven Accents

Image Credit: HouseBeautiful.com

Woven accents are a great way to incorporate theme-worthy color and interesting texture. Use a few well-placed woven baskets, a woven chair or headboard, or even woven window shades. These accents will bring an earthy feel and help balance out the blues and greens used throughout the bedroom.

Relaxed Bedding

Image Credit: Vissbiz.com

You can control the feel of your bedroom with how you present your bedding. You don’t have to dress a bed to perfected extravagance. Keep it casual. Keep it comfortable. A good rule of thumb for bedding is to make it look effortless. That’s where the relaxed vibe comes from, but make sure it’s done with purpose to avoid simply looking disheveled. Linen bedding just might do the trick.

Wood Furniture

 

Image Credit: MyHomeIdeas.com

Every piece of furniture in your bedroom doesn’t have to be wood. But just a few prominent wood or driftwood-like pieces can solidify the beach feel without being too overwhelming. Consider incorporating driftwood into a table or even a piece of wall art.

You can find beach inspiration all around you. Don’t be afraid to mix in brighter colors for extra interest or experiment with unique accents and accessories. When you hit the perfect beach-inspired pitch, you’ll know. Then all you have left to do is relax and enjoy your new space.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Tips for Measuring Custom Blinds to Perfection


by Charlene 21 Jan 2014

Windows aren’t created equal, and neither are window blinds. Finding the right fit and color can be a tedious task if you’re not sure where to start. But starting with SelectBlinds makes it easier. All you have to do is find the blinds you like and then measure your windows. If measured correctly, you’ll have blinds that perfectly fit your windows, no matter their sizes. With just a few specialized tips, you can measure for your custom blinds perfectly.

Tip #1: Determine the Mount

Before you can measure, you have to decide whether you want an inside mount or an outside mount. The chosen mount will affect the measurements, so be sure of your decision as you’re measuring. If you’d prefer an inside mount, don’t use the window molding or frame in the final numbers. If you want an outside mount, make sure to measure using the molding, and go out as far as you’d like the window blinds to sit.

Tip #2: Reference the Measuring Guides

Each type of window covering has a unique and specific measuring guide. Thoroughly reading the guide for your custom blinds, whether they’re aluminum, wood, or vertical blinds, will ensure proper measuring for that specific product. Here’s a great resource list. Just pick which mount you want and the type of window coverings you’re measuring for, and the right measuring guide is at your fingertips.

Tip #3: Use a Steel Tape Measure

Image Credit: Sears.com

When you’re ready to measure your windows, opt for a steel tape measure over a cloth or fabric one. A steel measuring tape won’t allow gaps from not being pulled tight enough. A steel tape measure is more apt to give you true measurements. Using steel is also a benefit if you have taller windows because you can measure without always getting a chair or a ladder, depending on the window’s height.

Tip #4: Use a Friend

Using a friend to confirm measurements is a fantastic way to make sure you measured correctly. If you have particularly large or tall windows, have your friend hold one side of the steel tape measure, so you don’t have to try to do it all by yourself.

Tip #5: Write it Down

You may have a good memory, but write those measurements down anyway. It will save you possible measuring hassles in the long run. If you have someone helping, call out the measurements to your friend to write down right away, saving you from having to climb up and down a ladder.

Tip #6: The Rule of Three

To ensure accuracy, measure the height and width of each window three times. When measuring the height, measure the left side, middle, and right side of the window, writing down the measurements as you go. For the width, measure the top, middle, and the bottom. The three window measurements might be different from each other, but there’s nothing to worry about. Next, watch this video. It will tell you which measurements to use.

Measuring for window blinds is easy. With the six tips above, you’ll be well on your way to having the best fit blinds you’ve ever had.

 

Charlene Jimenez

4 Killer Must-Haves for Super Bowl Sunday


by Charlene 17 Jan 2014

The Super Bowl is about good company, great food, and a fantastic game. To have the best Super Bowl viewing experience, you might have to do a bit of planning and preparation. But it will all be worth it on game day. Want a killer Super Bowl Sunday? Here’s what you need:

Game-Worthy TV

Sure, the big game can be watched on any TV or even your phone or computer, and these work great in a pinch, but it’s just not the same. You need a big, beautiful TV so you can see every detail and replay perfectly. You don’t want your guests squinting at the TV. It’s a long game, and your guests will have a headache before halftime at that rate. It’s the perfect time of year to upgrade your TV, even if for the day. If you want a quick, inexpensive fix, rent a big, beautiful flatscreen. You could even have the guests chip in, making it a cheap, easy necessity for the Sunday of all Sundays.

Streaming System

In front of the TV is the best spot to experience the game, but you and your guests won’t stay put the whole time. They’ll be heading to the restroom and maybe to the kitchen to get more food. You can set up a streaming system, plug in a laptop or tablet, and put it in the kitchen. You and your guests won’t miss a single pass or a single play. Your whole house will be football central.

Talking Remote Meat Thermometer

What’s Super Bowl Sunday without the grill getting fired up? Whether you’re cooking steaks or hamburgers, you can keep the talking remote meat thermometer near you, so you know when it’s time to flip and when they’re ready for consumption. This killer gadget allows you more game time in front of the TV, diminishing the need to check the grill over and over, and your steaks and hamburgers will be cooked to perfection.

Glare-Reducing Window Shades

Nothing’s worse than having to move your head back and forth to see the game because the glare is right in the way. While you could pull the curtains and make it dark and cave-like, people still need to see their food, right? But you can have the best of both worlds. Extreme Solar Shades filter the light, so you get the natural light, but you don’t get the glare or the harmful UV rays. They’re also insulated, so they keep out the cold in the winter and the heat in the summer. And there you have it: a glare-free Super Bowl Sunday.

Make your Super Bowl party one for the books. Who knows? With all these upgrades, game day might be held at your place every February from now on.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Simplicity is Sophistication When Choosing Window Coverings


by Charlene 14 Jan 2014

Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” He may not have been talking about home décor, but it certainly applies. Decorating your home, no matter the room, can be a hit-and-miss game. You try mixing patterns to create a more dynamic space, but perhaps it turned out too complex or eclectic for your taste. Trends come and go. What is trendy today may look outdated an odd a few years down the road. But while these trends are temporary, you can reach true sophistication and style when you focus on simplicity.

Home décor simplicity can stand the test of time. It can create a space that is the Audrey Hepburn of rooms: stylishly simple and classic. It comes down to that well-known saying, “Less is more.” Perhaps there is more wisdom in those words than we generally give it credit for. Home décor style is closely linked to fashion. You’ll see similar trends and interests circulate through someone’s wardrobe and then their home. So it only makes sense to look at the most famous fashion icons for inspiration, the fashion icons who left a legacy of style and simplicity.

The Fashion Greats

Coco Chanel famously said, “Before you leave the house, take a look in the mirror, and take one thing off.”  The same goes for your home. Instead of cluttering your home with trends and accessories, take a step back and remove an item. Then reevaluate the room and the style you’re conveying. Don’t be afraid to keep things simple.

When Audrey Hepburn was asked how other women could achieve her idolized look, she simply said, “My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.” With just a few adjustments, any woman could have an Audrey-inspired look. If Audrey were still with us, perhaps she would have offered the same type of advice for your home décor: a few minor changes and simplicity. Simplicity brought an understated elegance and sophistication to Audrey, and it can do the same for your home.

A Starting Point

So how do you now take these long-lasting ideas of simplicity and incorporate them into your home vision? To follow Audrey’s line of thought, start with just a few simple changes:

Window Coverings – Choosing the right blinds or shades for your windows may not seem like a noticeable change. It may be subtle, but it can pull an entire look together. The window blinds you choose should have the right feel. So, if you want a clean rustic feel, consider faux wood shutters to add lightness to a room. For a deeper elegance, try a real wood blind with a dark stain, which would be a great contrast with light-colored décor.

Color Palette – Attaining simplicity doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate color into your décor. It does mean, however, that you should be aware of how that color affects the feel of the room. Color is great, but a little black dress never goes out of style, and both Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn embodied that idea. The trick is finding a color palette that is your home’s little black dress.

From there, you can find new ways to add simplicity and sophistication into your home, whether that’s by making a few small adjustments, like Audrey Hepburn, or taking one thing away, like Coco Chanel.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Winterize Your Windows


by Charlene 10 Jan 2014

Winter is here. And sometimes, winter is harsh and unforgiving. Winter can leave your home cold and drafty, with every bit of warm air escaping as quickly as it can. But there are ways to keep your electric bills low and still have a comfortable, warm home. And the best part is that you have options.

Drapery

When you hear the word “drapery,” you might think of your grandmother’s house, but drapes have been modernized to include interesting and fashionable fabrics and patterns, making them a great, customized fit for every home. With drapes, you can:

  •  Keep the warmth in and block the cold out.
  •  Update your room instantly and create a whole new look with one simple change, with 100s of color, pattern, and fabric options.
  • Add liners for your needs, like blackout and privacy liners.

Honeycomb, Cellular, and Solar Shades

Honeycomb, cellular, and solar shades provide added insulation for your windows, but using these shades doesn’t mean you have to spend your winter in darkness. With these shades, you can:

  • Maintain a comfortable home temperature and block out harmful UV rays.
  •  Choose a blackout shade option for added privacy.
  • Filter and diffuse the bright sunlight to create a warm, inviting glow.
  • Reduce glare, making it perfect for viewing computer and television screens.

Combining both the shades and the drapes can give your home the barrier it needs from the cold. Winterizing is easy. All it takes is a few changes and updates, and you’re looking at a toasty and comfortable winter season inside your home.

 

Charlene Jimenez

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