Get Inspired on Polyvore

Some people are born with a beautiful and valuable talent – to see things how they could be and not as they are. And some learn to develop that through their lives. However, if you’re anything like me, you can only see things in their current states. So, when my husband and I went house shopping for the first time, I couldn’t see the structure’s potential. I could only see the shambles I was surrounded by. So instead of buying a home that we could remodel and make our own, we bought one that was already done, and all because we both lacked that vision.

Needless to say, I envy those that have that talent or skill. But that doesn’t mean all hope is lost when it comes to me and you decorating our homes. Thankfully, those people with that beautiful decorative sight have created little “cheat sheets”, if you will. We all need a little inspiration from time to time, and we have the perfect resource for you – POLYVORE!

It’s not hard to see that SelectBlinds.com has many gorgeous window covering options, but maybe it’s a little difficult to figure out what to pair with them. One of our very talented employees creates lovely Polyvore sets that will leave you feeling inspired. Here are some of my personal favorites:

1. Cool Desert Oasis

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Because we’re based in Arizona, we just had to have something Southwestern, right? The cell shades are a no-brainer in this heat. They keep everything cool and comfortable. And that rug? Yes, please! The colors are fun and refreshing.

2. Romantic Cape Cod Bedroom

Get The Look: Romantic Cape Cod Bedroom

Nothing says, “Just sit back and relax,” like this bedroom. The colors are soothingly divine, and everything feels clean and fresh. The unlined bamboo shades add the perfect amount of texture and visual interest, all while still letting in a lot of light.

3. Moody Designer Dining Room

Moody Designer Dining Room

Who doesn’t like a little drama in their decor? This dining room gives you just that. The bold wallpaper options will draw the eye without drawing all the attention away from the other wonderful pieces throughout the space. And that gold-framed mirror? Drool! The roman shades add great balance to the room, softening the effect without losing that special pop!

Want to see more? Click here to view all our Polyvore sets.

9 Reasons Why You May Need New Window Coverings

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Look, we understand how nice it is to have new things and decorate your home. We get it. But there are legitimate reasons to get new window coverings. They can actually improve your daily life. And sometimes it’s the little things in life that bring the most joy. Window coverings may be a tiny detail, but they have the potential to improve your life.

Here are 9 reasons you may want to consider buying new window coverings:

1. Your children wake you up at the crack of dawn.

What does your alarm clock sound like these days? Is it the sound of children playing or fighting? Or is your alarm more of the silent type – you know, like when your child stands a foot away from you and silently watches you sleep? Blackout window shades are the perfect solution. They’ll make your children think it’s still dark outside, and hopefully that will lull them back to sleep until a more reasonable hour, like noon.

2. You’ve awkwardly seen your neighbor too many times.

How many times have you looked out your window and straight through your neighbor’s window? There are just some people in life that you don’t want to know what they do in their free time. Protect yourself with new window coverings. If you want to block your view of your neighbor’s habits, but you don’t want to give up that natural light, consider top down/bottom up shades. You can leave the top open for the light, but protect your eyes and your soul while keeping the bottom of the shade drawn.

3. Your neighbor has awkwardly seen you too many times.

Sure, it’s fun to get a kick out of seeing our neighbors in their natural habitats, but let’s be honest. How many times has a neighbor seen you through your naked window? Probably more times than you can imagine. Every private moment of your life is on display to anyone walking by. If that doesn’t motivate you to cover your windows, then nothing will.

4. You almost need a second mortgage to pay for your energy bill.

If it feels like you have to cut off a pound of flesh (hello, Shakespeare allusion!) to pay your monthly energy bill, then it might be time to get some energy-saving window coverings. Did you know that the right window covering can actually save you money? Insulated shades will keep the heat out in the summer and the cold out in the winter.

5. Your pets use your current window coverings as their personal jungle gym.

Pets. You love them, but they just don’t care about keeping the house nice (the nerve!).  And when it comes to window coverings, it’s a losing battle for everyone…except the pets. If you have blinds, they shove their heads straight through those slats. After all, how else are they supposed to see if that suspicious character called a mailman is approaching?

6. You wish you could raise and lower your shades without leaving the couch.

Sometimes life is just better on a couch. For real. What if we told you that you could raise, lower, and tilt your window coverings without ever leaving it? You’re welcome. With motorized shades, you can have it all, and you only have to use your thumb to press a button on a remote.

7. You panic every time your child is too quiet, and you could use a little more peace of mind.

When your child wanders off at home and is suddenly very quiet, what’s your first thought? It’s probably:  Oh no! What have they gotten into now? And where’s the cat? But there is actually a very real danger if you have corded window coverings in your home. The best way to make sure you have peace of mind is to choose cordless window coverings, period.

8. Your window coverings have been there so long, you’re afraid they’re essential to your home’s structural integrity.

How long have your current window coverings been on your windows?  Are you sure they haven’t fused to the window itself? If you have to wonder if they’re a part of your homes structural integrity, new, modern window coverings are long overdue.

9. Lastly, we just know you’ll love us!

What’s not to love? We have the best cordless selection at the best prices. That’s not even bringing up that everything ships for free. EVERYTHING! And when’s the last time you shopped with a company who has taken a stand for something they believe in? Because we’re dedicated and committed to child safety, we only sell cordless window coverings. It’s not about the money. It’s about saving lives.

Inspiring Decorator – Melinda McCoy – House 214 Design

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What we love the most about the House 214 Design is that Melinda focuses on the feeling of the home rather than the things in it. She knows that if you can capture that feeling you want, you’re going to love everything else. Here’s a little more about her and her journey as a designer.

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

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I have a passion for teaching and the home. My educational background informs a lot of what I do as it is my natural way of thinking. House 214 Design is where I teach the everyday home designer how the feeling they wish to create in their own home has basic design elements that will communicate that message consistently. As a result, making design decisions for their home becomes simple and easy.

I want people to understand that when it comes to designing their home, it doesn’t matter whether their budget is $50 for a project or $50,000. Neither amount of money guarantees that they will make the right or wrong decision. They first need to discover the desired feelings for their home, do a little work, and focus before they start any project. Creating a feeling in a home is far more important than just a checklist, but it does help to have a framework to reference; it is about finding a balance between a person’s creative side and the specific framework that communicates their feelings.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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The words I would use to describe my design aesthetic are authentic, timeless, and welcoming. I use these words as a guideline for the design elements throughout the rooms in our home. By using these words as a guide and the design framework that I created for them, I am able to make decisions with intention, rather than make decisions on what the latest trend is at that time.

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

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I would say that I have two favorite projects in our home. The first being our kitchen and the second our mudroom area. They both evoke a timeless and simple feeling that I created using a design framework that you can receive for free when you subscribe to my website. This design plan is a sample of what you could learn in my online course, Create a Timeless Feeling Home, that you can register for now on my website.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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What I am really excited about (and hope is just beginning) is the shift in how we think about design. The slow movement is an authentic approach that is prevalent in the food industry – think the farm-to-table concept – and is moving into the design world. People are craving substance in their homes, and knowing how to create a feeling is the perfect way to do just that.

Before and After Window Coverings – Arizona Homeowner Edition

My husband and I bought our first home together a little over two years ago. We knew we wanted an open floor plan and space for both a living room and a family room. And we found exactly that.

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But we didn’t realize the design problems we would face when it came to our window coverings.

Problem #1 – We loved all the natural light, but we didn’t have any privacy.

Problem #2 – We live in Arizona, and it’s hot. Leaving our windows uncovered or not appropriately covered would mean atrociously expensive energy bills.

Problem #3 – Two windows sat directly across from our TV, causing an annoying glare, especially for my husband who didn’t like that the glare disrupted his sports-watching marathons.

Problem #4 – We knew those two windows in the family room had different covering needs than the rest of the windows, but we still wanted design consistency, even if the needs of each room were different.

BEFORE WINDOW COVERINGS

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For the main portion of our house, we used two different types of window coverings. The two across from the TV were the same, and the two on the other side of the house were the same. We decided to go with cellular shades because they help lower energy costs, and they are great at insulating windows, making them perfect for an Arizona summer.

To solve our problem of avoiding blocking natural light while retaining our privacy, we chose light filtering honeycombs for one end of the house and light filtering/blackout cell shades for the family room. The light filtering/blackout shades are actually 2 shades in 1. You get both a light filtering shade and a blackout shade. My husband uses the blackout section when he’s watching TV, and he hasn’t had to deal with a TV glare ever since.

We ordered white for all the shades, but we ordered free samples first, just to make sure the whites were similar enough.

AFTER NEW WINDOW COVERINGS

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If we could do it all over again, we’d use the light filtering/blackout cell shades on every window in the house. They are incredible and serve their purpose perfectly.

These are the window coverings we used:

The Case for Gray – Why You Need it in Your Home Decor

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Gray is the little black dress for your home,” according to a fabulous article on Freshome.com, and we couldn’t agree more. We love this idea. The color gray is subtle, classic, and it dresses up your home perfectly. After all, you can’t go wrong with a little black dress, right? The same idea applies to your home decor. Here’s are just a few reasons why you should incorporate gray into every room in your home (and we’re going to show you a lot of awesome gray window coverings because, you know, they’re our favorite!).

1. It goes with everything.

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Some believe that gray is the perfect neutral. It goes with every style and palette. Not sure what color to paint your walls or which color you should choose for your new window coverings? When in doubt, go gray.

2. It’s timeless.

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You won’t have to redo your decor every few months. Gray is timeless and effortless. A lot of details may change around the grays in your home, but those gray walls or other gray details will remain constant, strong, and true.

3. Gray is more than just gray.

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When it comes to the color gray, one size does not fit all. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to. Gray is more than just gray. It can be dark charcoal gray or elephant gray or smokey gray.

4. It showcases the other colors in the room.

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Gray is beautiful, and it has a way of providing a great background for your most important decor pieces. It complements your decor, but it won’t draw your attention away from where you want it.

How have you used the color gray in your home’s decor? Show us some pictures!

Roman Shade Patterns That Will Make You Drool

Cordless roman shades are the perfect blend of traditional elegance and modern usability. But what we love most of all are the available patterns. They are an easy way to add visual interest and subtle-to-dramatic style to every room in your home. Here are just a few of our favorite. Keep in mind that we have hundreds of pattern, color, and fabric options, so it just makes it that much easier to find the perfect fit.

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Which one was your favorite?

Amy S. – First Project Cordless Winner

Congratulations to Amy S. from Tennessee! She’s our first nominee chosen for Project Cordless, and she will receive free cordless window coverings for her entire home!

Her story caught our attention and reminded us why we started this program in the first place. Here’s a small portion of her story:

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“I have debated sharing this because my mommy guilt is as high as it can be on this one and I am going through the “if onlys” and “what ifs” just fine without any help. But I feel like this is a cautionary tale that needs repeated. “When we moved into our house I immediately cut all the cords on the blinds short so my young children could not reach them. Yesterday, my husband and I decided it was time to replace our torn screens. We pulled our blinds all the way to the top, leaving the cords long. FAIL. My four-year-old son was jumping on and off the ottoman that is in front of the window.

“When we moved into our house I immediately cut all the cords on the blinds short so my young children could not reach them. Yesterday, my husband and I decided it was time to replace our torn screens. We pulled our blinds all the way to the top, leaving the cords long. FAIL. My four-year-old son was jumping on and off the ottoman that is in front of the window.

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“During that time the cord got wrapped around his neck and when he jumped off it strangled him. I was there in the room; I saw it happen and couldn’t get to him in time. He’s fine, but it could’ve been worse.”

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What’s even scarier is that her blinds had breakaway tassels, which are marketed as a child-safe option. They get so tangled that they didn’t work when she needed it the most. Thankfully, Amy was in the room and helped her child, but what if she wasn’t? The only true safe option is cordless.

If you’d like to nominate someone for Project Cordless, please visit this page: http://www.selectblinds.com/gocordless.html

Inspiring Decorator – Jade Bennett – Finders Keepers Blog

 

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Jade Bennett from the Finders Keepers blog is all about style. Her style is definitely eclectic, but it has a whimsical side to it, too. However she defines her style, one thing’s for sure – it makes you feel good. Simple as that. Here’s a little bit more about her and her design inspiration.

 

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

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I was inspired to be an interior designer at a very young age, by my mother. I grew up in a home that was always changing and always beautiful. I remember coming home from school and my mom would have rearranged my room while I was gone – new pillows and my bed in a new place. I loved it! She was so creative and would let me help her change things around the house. We would shop together and decorate together. I knew I wanted to go to school and be an interior designer when I grew up.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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This one is so hard for me because I LOVE all the styles! If I could live in a clean mid-century modern house, I would, but I believe the home you live in usually calls for its own kind of style. My home and style at the moment would best be described as English cottage. I love an eclectic mix of things that create a warm and super cozy space. With three littles running around and often leaving messes as they go, this style maintains its beauty regardless of the chaos around it.

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

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Seeing as how my current house is a rental space, my project list was minimal. We did, however, add some wainscoting in the kitchen behind one of our farm tables and I loved it! We are currently buying a little fixer-upper where I have BIG plans for projects and moving walls around!

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I just love gallery walls! They are the perfect way to add warmth and dimension to any space. Plus, they are a great way to display all the little pieces of art or mirrors I have collected from my travels. I love them in modern spaces or really eclectic spaces alike. See mine here.