Preparing Your Home for Holiday House Guests


by Charlene 18 Nov 2014

The holidays are fast-approaching and that means your home will soon be filled with family, friends, parties, and holiday house guests. Don't get overwhelmed just yet. You can prepare your home for your guests with just a few simple changes and upgrades. Don't worry; there's still time.

New Window Coverings

By simply adding or swapping out your current window coverings, you'll give your home a whole new look, from the inside out. It doesn't matter which window coverings you choose, as long as it works with your style and your personality. Need help deciding which window coverings are best? Check out our buying guides, which cover different styles, materials, and room functions and then shows you the perfect complementary window coverings.

New Bedding for Guest Rooms

Whether you want your home to feel like an expensive luxury hotel or a part of a cozy cottage, you can find the perfect bedding, and you don't have to spend a fortune. New bedding will not only give your guest room an instant facelift, but it can even make you feel better about the space and more comfortable with having loved ones stay at your home during the holidays.

Prepare the Bathroom

Stock up your guest bathroom with toiletries and fresh flowers. You can pick these up at the dollar store or even if you've stocked up yourself while staying in hotels. Your guests will probably bring their own toiletries, but it's nice to have them there just in case. Your guests will feel spoiled and loved.

Childproof Your Home

If your guests have young children, it's time to make sure you place is safe for the entire family. Put baby gates at the stairs and make sure electrical outlets are covered. If you have corded window coverings, you can request free cord cleats so you keep those dangling cords out of the reach of children and pets.

Now just bake some cookies, decorate for the holidays, and play some soothing music. And don't forget to relax before the hustle and bustle of house guests begins.

 

Charlene Jimenez

How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale


by Charlene 16 Sep 2014

Selling your home is exciting because you're starting a new chapter, but it's also stressful because you'll have a lot of work to do to get your home ready. The whole point of selling your home is to get the most for it, and quickly. The best way to do that is to stage your home. This doesn't mean you have to hire professional stagers, but that is always an option. You can actually do it all yourself, and here's how:

Minimalize and Simplify

Photo Credit: Alexander Staging

Get rid of clutter and everything extra. Take down the pictures of you and your family. Pack knick knacks out of sight. You may love to be around all your stuff, but you have to help potential buyers visualize themselves and their stuff in the space. When in doubt, get rid of it, at least temporarily.

Upgrade Appliances

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Updating and upgrading the appliances is a great way to increase your home's value and appeal to potential buyers. Plus it will make your kitchen feel more luxurious and modern.

Update Window Coverings

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The right window coverings can give your home personality, style, and a streamlined look and feel. One of the most popular updates is adding shutters. Shutters are timeless and it will make your home feel rich and sophisticated.

Paint

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A fresh coat of paint will work wonders. It will make everything feel fresh, clean, and new. When it comes to paint color, neutrals are generally the way to go. Again, this helps the potential buyer to envision themselves living there. If you choose a bright color, it may scare off the buyers because it's not their style. Choosing neutral colors gives them a blank canvas to start imagining themselves living there.

With just a few updates and changes, your home will be beautifully staged and ready to sell.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Select Blinds Featured on Fix It and Finish It - Tune In!


by Charlene 12 Sep 2014

Antonio Sabato, Jr. is a DIY and home renovation expert, and he has a new show - Fix It and Finish It!

Select Blinds has teamed up with Fix It and Finish It, and our products will be featured on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 on WVUE at 10:00 am. If you're in New Orleans, make sure to tune in and see Antonio Sabato, Jr. and our best products in action.

Ready to be inspired?

 

Charlene Jimenez

4 Easy Ways to Give Your Home's Exterior a New Look


by Charlene 17 Jul 2014

Whether you're looking to increase your home's curb appeal or you just need a change, improving the outside of your home is easy. It just takes a few simple upgrades and you'll have a whole new look. You don't have to be selling your home to appreciate curb appeal. So why wait? You can have the curb appeal of your dreams by changing these simple things:

Painted Front Door

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Give your home an instant facelift by painting the front door. Go bold and vibrant or choose a more classic color palette. Whatever you choose, make sure it complements the color of your home. It doesn't have to match, but it does need to go well together.

Statement Door Knob

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Add a statement door knob to kick it up a notch and give the front of your house some more personality. You can find a door knob to match whatever statement you want. Go classic or modern. Whatever you choose, adding a new door knob can be the finishing touch to your freshly painted door.

Window Coverings

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Most people only consider how their window coverings look from the inside of their home. But the outside of your home is just as important, especially if you live in an HOA community. Choose window coverings that come with a liner, so you can have a cohesive look to the front of your house. Take these bamboo shades, for instance. You can choose a privacy liner in several colors. That way you can have the window coverings you want and still conform to the HOA's regulations.

Landscaping

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The right landscaping can take a lot of time and cost a lot of money. But just a few simple changes, like pulling weeds, planting a new tree, or making a pretty flower bed can make a big difference. Enlist the help of family and friends. Just a few hours of work and you can have a whole new front yard.

These four simple changes can make all the difference between selling your home and making a large profit. Or it can mean that you'll finally love your home's exterior. Don't limit your style and personality to the inside of your home. A home's exterior is the perfect blank canvas to showcase the best parts of yourself.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Find a Professional to Measure and Install Your New Window Coverings


by Charlene 23 May 2014

We have always been known for easy custom ordering for window blinds and shades. And while we provide measuring instructions, not everyone wants to have such a hands-on experience.


With that in mind, we're excited to announce that you can now find a professional to measure your windows and install your new window coverings. We do not charge to use the search service. You will work with the professional installer directly.


You just have to type in your zip code on this page and you will be shown the contact information of a local installer. All professionals are from Nationwide Blinds Installation, and they're all screened, insured, and licensed. You can even read reviews of the local installers from others like you before contacting the pro. Ordering and installing your window blinds or shades have never been easier.

Make your life easier and find a professional today - http://www.selectblinds.com/pro-installation.html

 

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.

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

SelectBlinds - Our year in review


by AL__-S 18 Dec 2013

Hi. I’m the CEO of SelectBlinds, and I’d like to take a moment of your time to share with you some of the things we implemented in 2013 as a way to help you find the best window covering solutions for your specific need. Please read this with the thought in your mind that that this information sharing is being done as a way to get some feedback from you.

We sell window blinds and window shades, as well as drapery and curtains. Blinds and shades are not like cell phones, computers or televisions. Those types of products have major technological improvements each year. Window coverings do improve, but more so in regards to their fashion correctness, or safety worthiness. Select Blinds confirms our decisions in a very basic way. We present our window covering selection on our website, and based on your buying habits, we make a determination as to the validity of our assortment. So, having said all of that, we’d be thrilled to get your feedback on the following:

Cordless shades

We challenged the window covering engineers to make more products with cordless lift systems. There are two main reasons for this. The first is safety. If there is no cord on your window shade, there is no possible way that a child or pet will get tangled up in it. That is not to say that shades or blinds with lift cords are a hazard. They are not. We have taken precautions to insure that we are offering the safest window coverings possible. The second reason for cordless is fashion. I’m going to go way out on a limb here, and make the comment that there has yet to be a situation where someone has put up new window shades, and had a friend or relative see them and say, “Wow, I really like your new shades, and what an attractive lift cord”.

 

Lift cords are ok, and they can be wound onto a cord cleat to keep them from just laying out on the floor, but for me, I’ll go cordless, if possible. So, the selectblinds brand offers more products as cordless only, and more products with the cordless option, than ever before.

 

Partnerships

We have expanded our partnering to include The Good housekeeping label, and the Disney brand. These are both well known and well respected names that are a great way for us to showcase more than just our own highly rated SelectBlinds brand. The Disney shades can be ordered with your child’s favorite Disney character on the face of the roller shade or honeycomb shade. And of course, these shades are only offered with a cordless lift system. Everyone trusts the Good Housekeeping seal, and so far, the results have shown us that our visitors like the label. The SelectBlinds @Home Collection, inspired by the renowned designer, Carriann Johnson, continue to bring fashion forward products to the mix. 

Draperies

Window blinds and shades look great by themselves, and all of our window coverings include an attractive head rail, and/or valance. Sometimes you just want more, and draperies are one of the best solutions. We just launched this line in November, and so far the verdict is very positive.

Thanks for allowing me to encroach upon your valuable time. If you are so inclined, please let us know if you believe that we are headed in the right direction, and also let us know what else we can do to make the SelectBlinds on-line store better. 

 With sincerity and appreciation,

Al Silverberg, CEO of Select Shops

8 Low Cost Ways to Prep Your Home for a Sale


by Lisa Hs 4 Mar 2013

Add curb appeal to your home for a quick sale

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

1. Work on your curb appeal.

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

2. Fix anything that needs fixing.

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

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

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

4. Organize closets and drawers to showcase storage space.

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

5. Tone down paint colors - neutralize.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Neutralize odors.

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

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

Buying Blinds and Shades for a New Home


by Nate K 1 Mar 2013

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

Kids Rooms and bedrooms

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

Bathrooms

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

Kitchens

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

Family Room / Living Room

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

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

 

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