Get Your Home Ready for Spring!

Winter is on its way out, and spring is taking its place. You may be ready for warmer weather, but is your home ready?

You don’t have to change your whole house, but just a few adjustments or updates will give your space a new look and feel, just in time for spring.

1. New Window Coverings (of course!)

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With the variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics, you could create the perfect spring-ready home. From floral and stripes to bold solids and soft neutrals, the style options are endless. But upgrading your window coverings is more than just looks. It’s also about function.

Now that the days are getting longer, and that sun will get warmer, you’ll want to take advantage of that. Light filtering shades, for instance, takes the best part of the natural light and gently diffuses it. This gives your home a soft, flattering glow.

And no matter if your spring is still cold or starting to get a little too warm already, like here in Arizona, you can keep your home’s temperature comfortable with insulated shades.

2. Lightweight Bedding

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As the weather starts to slowly heat up, you’re going to want more lightweight bedding. The beginning of spring can be hard, however, because the temperature can shift so suddenly. An easy solution is layering. If you layer the right way, you can pull up more blankets if you’re chilly or push blankets down if you’re too warm, all without having to get out of bed or completely remake your bed.

3. Fresh Flowers

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Photo Credit: FreeImages.com

Nothing says springtime more than fresh flowers throughout your home. Not only will they give your décor a little boost of color, but the soft fragrance will make you wish that spring would never turn to summer.

This addition doesn’t have to be pricey. Stop by the side of the road and pick some wildflowers. That’s all it really takes, and you’re going to love the change you see in your home.

4. Decorate with Fruit

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Image Credit: FreeImages.com

One easy way to bring the beauty of spring indoors is by decorating with fruit – fake or real, it doesn’t matter. Fill a lovely glass bowl with lemons or limes for a quick burst of color in your kitchen. Or add apples to a vase for a unique look. For a one-of-a-kind look, opt for the most unique, exotic fruit you can find.

We want to hear from you! How do you decorate your home for spring? Tell us or show us in the comments!

Preparing Your Home for Holiday House Guests

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

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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. If you order now, there are some products from SelectBlinds.com that are even guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas or they’re free.

New Bedding for Guest Rooms

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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

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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.

Simplicity is Sophistication When Choosing Window Coverings

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 and 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

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Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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.

How to Layer Window Coverings

Layering your window coverings will bring extra style into your home, but it’s also a great way to have more control over privacy, insulation, and natural light. But knowing why you want to layer your window coverings and knowing how to do it right are two different things. But don’t worry. It’s actually easier than you think.

Start with Blinds or Shades

First, cover your windows with your favorite blinds or shades. You can choose anything from wood blinds to bamboo shades to cellular shades. It doesn’t matter what you choose. Just make sure you love them.

Add a Cornice

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Then, you can add a cornice, depending on how much layering you want, but adding a cornice isn’t necessary. Some like the finished look a cornice gives a space, but you may not. Using a cornice is just another way to add depth to your window coverings.

Use Drapes

The final step is to use drapes or curtains. This will complete the layered look. And don’t be afraid to mix patterns, textures, or colors. Layering is one of the easiest ways to give your home a unique look, a look that perfectly reflects your style and your personality.

And that’s it! Just take it one layer at a time and you’ll find a combination that you love.

Take a look at some other ways to layer window coverings:

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Creating a Beach-Inspired Bedroom

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

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Photo Credit: FreeImages.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

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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

slouched beddingYou 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

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Photo Credit: FreeImages.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.

 

HOME FREE Episode 106 – Before and After

Did you catch HOME FREE this week? You might want to go back and take a look if you missed it. The transformation was incredible! This week, they took a Georgian brick home and made it into a home with a southern revival style, all in one week. Here are our favorite before-and-after photos. Which one is your favorite?

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Going into next week, there will only be 3 couples left. Who do you think will win the grand prize?

Beyond Shutters: Alternatives to French Door Coverings

French doors can be beautiful statements. They let in natural light, give you a view to the outside, and can give any space an elegant look. Shutters are the traditional window coverings for French doors, and they can be beautiful. But what if you’re not a traditional type of person? What if you don’t have a traditional style?

You can look beyond shutters. Here are some awesome alternatives for your French door window coverings.

Bamboo Shades

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Give your French doors instant texture and visual interest with bamboo shades. Paired with grays, whites, and blacks, bamboo shades can give your home a touch of modernity and unique charm.

Curtains

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You don’t have to simply hang curtains over the entire doors. You can actually get curtains that fit the glass on the French doors. It allows you to let light in and then keep your privacy when you need it. Plus, this is an easy way to add pattern or a pop of color to your room.

Roman Shades

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If you want even more elegance, go with roman shades. Choose from a variety of fabrics, textures, colors, and patterns for a one-of-a-kind look. One of the many great things about roman shades is that you get the look of curtains with the functionality of more traditional window shades.

Cellular Shades

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Cellular shades are great for French doors because you can allow light to filter in while maintaining your privacy and lowering your utility costs. Plus, they’re a great fit for a contemporary or modern style.

Wood Blinds

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Even though wood blinds are a traditional style, they can see almost unexpected on French doors. And depending on the color or stain you choose, they can be the star of the show or blend in perfectly to the rest of your decor.

Solar Shades

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Solar shades are some of the most modern window coverings available. They’re sleek and offer a lot of benefits, like reducing glare, increasing energy efficiency, and blocking harmful UV rays. But they’re also versatile and work with any decor style.

Sheer Shades

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Sheer shades are the perfect combination of traditional horizontal blinds and modern shades. In between two sheer overlays are fabric slats that can be tilted open or closed. When the slats are tilted open, the sheer fabric will either filter light or block some of it, depending on what you choose. It really is the best of both worlds.

Outfit your French doors in style and make them an extension of your personality. If you don’t have a traditional style, you shouldn’t have a traditional home. For more window covering options for your French doors, read this.