Why Window Coverings are the Secret Ingredient

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


You can use window shades, blinds, and curtains 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.

The Best Window Coverings for Business Offices

Decorating your business office can be a little more difficult than decorating your home. When it’s your home, you have to worry about your personal style and your budget. But when it comes to decorating a large office, there are a few other things you’ll need to consider, like what makes the most sense.

To make this process easier for you, here are the best window coverings for business offices:

Aluminum Mini Blinds


This is the standard for offices, and for good reason. They’re extremely affordable and durable, which means your money goes even further. But the good news is that modern mini blinds are so much more attractive than mini blinds of old. They are now stylish, sleek, and beautiful.

Roller Shades


Just like mini blinds, roller shades are budget-friendly. They’re also modern and sleek. The simple design makes it great for every window of your business office.

Honeycomb Shades


If you need some insulation for your windows, opt for honeycomb shades. They offer clean lines, and they’ll keep your energy bills down and saving you money.

Faux Wood Blinds


If you like the look of real wood, but you want more affordability and more durability, faux wood blinds are the perfect option. They’ll give your office space a traditional, earthy style.

What have you used in your business office?

Decorating with the Outside View in Mind

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.

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. 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


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


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!

Book Review – Space Planning by Layla Palmer


Title: Space Planning

Author: Layla Palmer

Format: PDF e-book

Link: http://theletteredcottage.net/space-planning-ebook

This is an easy-to-understood book that takes the reader through the basics of space planning and how it pertains to decorating your house. The best part were the graphs, charts, and visuals she created to show how easy it can be.

Layla Palmer discusses how space planning can actually help you become happier and more successful in life. What an interesting concept! When your home is in order, you life will soon follow.

While she discusses the emotional benefits of space planning, Palmer also provides applicable, relevant information on how you can space plan in your own home. To start, she suggests starting from above. It helps you visualize the room better and gives you a better view of the space you’re working with, including traffic patterns, windows, and even wall outlets. The graphs and charts she provides even can help you determine the room’s true focal point, and that’s where the real decorating begins.

Palmer also recommends space planning even before buying any furniture. These helpful tips and tricks will give you the basic knowledge you need to adequately plan your space correctly and create the feel and vibe you’ve always wanted.

And you know what? It’s free!

Have you read it? What did you think?

The Silent Killer Parents Don’t Know About


Your home should be a safe haven for your entire family, but there’s a hidden danger that you see every day, and you don’t even realize it. It’s estimated that a child between 7 months and 10 years old dies from this hidden danger every month, and that’s not even counting the injuries.

The scariest part? It’s 100% preventable.

Window covering cords are a deathtrap.

The CPSC says they’re “…one of the top five hidden hazards in the home.” Cords seem harmless at first glance, but they’re anything but.

It doesn’t take much for a child to wrap the cord around his neck or a limb. They are the silent killer. You could even be in the same room and not realize what was happening. Once that cord gets around his neck, he can’t call for help. Sometimes parents don’t even realize it’s happening until it’s too late.

Don’t let that be you and your child.

Step One – Awareness

Awareness is the first step to keeping your child safe. Part of that is getting rid of corded window coverings altogether. Even simple safety devices, like cord cleats, aren’t enough to protect your child. They can still get tangled in the wrapped cords.

Step Two – Be on the Lookout

Unfortunately, that’s not where it ends. It goes beyond that. Your children may be safe at home, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe anywhere. Window coverings are everywhere – in nearly every home and building. Before you let your child go play at a friend’s house or stay the night and grandma’s house, make sure you first understand the hidden dangers there, too.

Step Three – Go Cordless


Since foregoing window coverings altogether would mean privacy issues for your entire family, cordless window coverings are the safest option, period. Despite the continued safety concerns, corded blinds flood the market and most consumers don’t know how easy it is to go cordless. Committed to child-safety, retailers like Ikea, Target, and SelectBlinds.com now sell only cordless window coverings. Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Lowe’s have pledged to update their stock to cordless coverings by 2018. Cordless options are readily available and affordable for anyone wanting to make their homes safer.

The truth is that a corded window covering – no matter how affordable or how beautiful – is not worth the threat it poses to your children. There’s nothing to lose when switching to cordless, and everything to gain, including peace of mind. And that’s priceless.

To learn more about the danger of window covering cords and how to keep your children safe, please click here.

Select Blinds 2016 Labor Day Sale on All Blinds & Shades


The 2016 SelectBlinds.com Labor Day Sale starts now! And it’s our BIGGEST SALE EVER! You can save big on your favorite window blinds and shades. This year, when you buy 3 window coverings, you get the 4th for free. And that doesn’t even count the additional savings you’ll get on every order. Get your home ready for fall with new blinds or shades, and save a lot of money in the process.

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Inspiring Decorator – Jessica Barnak – Kindred Creative Interiors


Jessica Barnak from Kindred Creative Interiors not only has fabulous style, but she’s also quite the inspiration. Her entire business is built around the idea of creating personal sanctuaries. She believes that every space and every home should be a safe place. We love that!

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?


As a child I remember my bedroom. We were not rich people, and my bedroom was not pretty. It had bare wood walls, old textiles and “vintage” (i.e. super old) furnishings. But that bedroom became the place that I relied on each day. It was my spot to be tidy and organized, clear my head, read my books and escape the drama that rested outside of those walls. I’m not sure I would be the same person today if I hadn’t had a bedroom to retreat to and escape it all. It would turn out that those 4 bare wood walls would save my sanity and be the beacon to my dream job.

Fast forward through college, a 4 year stint as a prison therapist (do not ask) and a 3 year stint as a child foster care advocate, and I landed on being a stay-at-home mom who created her own portrait business. I spent 10 years of my life as a children’s portrait photographer, always with that hidden love of creating sanctuaries within our homes. Because I was so focused on my portrait business, design took a back seat for a very long time until one day the universe essentially punched me in the face. In 2010 we were thrown a curve ball and my husband was transferred, for the 6th time in his career, 2.5 hours north of where we lived. It required me to close my business, say goodbye to longtime clients and start all over again. Only when I went to start all over again, it didn’t take.

The area we lived in couldn’t support a photography business. Every sign was pointing me in a new direction, and so in 2012 I was finally in a place where I could take the opportunity and time to reinvent myself. I wanted to take my lifelong love of design and aesthetics and turn it into my daily love. And so I did. I spent a lot of time thinking about who I wanted to serve, what I loved to do and what my end game was, and my interiors business was born from a place of service and change. I knew that I wanted to serve people who wouldn’t typically hire a designer – people who wanted beautiful homes like they see in magazines, but whose budgets wouldn’t allow the expensive finishes and the high-end furnishings that are featured ad nauseam.

I set out to create a business that could take any person anywhere in the world and teach them to recreate themselves within their 4 walls. I spent a few years working so hard to recreate myself and I wanted to give that same thing to people around the world who wanted to love their homes, but just didn’t know how to get there.

My business is mostly handled by FaceTime and Skype. I bring simple advice, tips and tricks to people all over the globe (as far as Australia!) for their spaces. It’s important to me to pay attention to their words, needs and budget and provide them with a step by step that they can follow to turn their home – no matter the size or shape – into their very own sanctuary, the same way I’ve turned my career into exactly what I wanted it to be.


This kitchen was created to fit family. Instead of a large, obtrusive island, we added a family style table in the middle to promote meal time, connection and family ties. Clutter was kept to a minimum so that the room feels more like a living space rather than a kitchen space, but still functions beautifully for cooking and entertaining.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?


I am an artist at heart, so design for me has to be beautifully functional but with a carefully crafted creative flair. Personally, I love a mix of mid-century modern and vintage glamour. I definitely lean toward minimalist, but love to bring in a surprise to my spaces that make people say, “I wouldn’t have thought of that, but I like it!” Your home should represent exactly who you are; it should be your fingerprint. I try to make sure I understand who my client is and what they are trying to say so that I can create a space that is unique to their energy and personality.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?



My favorite projects are always kitchens and home offices. They are the heart of our homes and the heart of our passion, and I love to design both! Recently my husband and I had the opportunity to move again and we purchased a 100-year-old city home full of hidden gems. We knew going in that we were going to renovate and gut the kitchen, but we thought it would take a while. It ended up taking us all of 3 months in the house to decide that the kitchen wasn’t going to last very long and that we should just get on with it. So on a winter Tuesday night we took a sledgehammer to the wall and started demo on a very outdated, not particularly functional space. What we found was a glorious brick wall behind the drywall! It turns out that our kitchen used to be the porch of the home, and the brick wall behind the drywall was the original exterior chimney. Of course, being who I am, the brick was staying and the entire kitchen was designed to coincide and flow beautifully with this gorgeous original structure.

Due to the space being the original porch, we opted for a heated tile floor and these 1920s-inspired beautiful tiles. The brick was amazing, but the space needed an artistic flair to fit with our design sylte, and as soon as we received the samples of these tiles, we both knew we had found the one. Being the budding minimalists we are, we kept the space clean lined, simple and stuck with a tuxedo kitchen theme. The original space was choppy and not functional, so we opened it up, removed walls and opted instead for a 12-inch island that contained everything we need to cook and spend time together as a family. It’s definitely a unique space and the layout is something that always surprises people, but the functionality of this kitchen was immensely improved and we think it’s pretty special.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?



I love that mid-century modern is having its moment again. The lines, textures, colors and artistic aesthetic are my favorites. I love how the mid-century design style promotes a space that is minimalist, light and airy laced with natural wood tones and modern lines. It brings in light textures, minimal accents and beautiful touches of mother nature – with wood or plants or natural rugs – and combines them all into a design aesthetic that is calming and current. It’s one of those design styles that promotes a simple home, and I believe it’s having a glorious moment in this decade because people are tired of coming home to clutter and disarray and every surface full of something. A little white space can be good for pretty much everyone and every home.