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.

See our Products Featured on “Home Free” on FOX!

Tune in every Wednesday at 9/10 pm ET/PT on FOX to see our window coverings used in the final redesigns of HOME FREE. This new design competition series is full of exciting twists and never-before-seen surprises. If you’re looking for beautiful designs, heartfelt stories, and deserving families, this is the perfect show for you.

We’re excited to be a part of this show and the difference it is making in the contestants’ lives. Watch it with us every week!

Take a look at some of these before and afters from the very first episode.

 

What do you think of the final design from the first episode?

How to Create the Perfect Guest Bedroom

If you love hosting guests in your home, then you’ll want to create the perfect guest room for your loved ones. You want it to have a luxurious hotel feel while still having all the comforts of home. Here are a few essentials you can add to take your guest room to the next level.

Blackout Window Shades

Most people sleep best in near-complete darkness. A blackout window shade is the best way to help your guests achieve their preferred sleeping environment. However, you may also have guests who prefer some light in the morning, to help them wake up, but they still want privacy. 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 shades are the perfect solution. With these shades, you can choose between light filtering fabrics and blackout. And you can even adjust them to have light filtering on top of the shade and blackout on the bottom. Give your guests all the light control they need. They’ll thank you for it.

Fresh, Cozy Bedding

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Use plush, inviting bedding for your guests. Mix and match lighter blankets with heavier throws, covering all your bases and giving your guests options. The right bedding can create a relaxing, rejuvenating guest bedroom. Don’t forget about pillows and sheets, too. They can make a huge difference in the comfort of the bed.

 

Fresh Flowers

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Add some fresh flowers to the bedside table. This will bring life into the room, add to the décor, and give the space a nice, light scent. If the guest room is a little bland, adding flowers will give it a beautiful pop of color.

Something to Read

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Make sure to leave a few books, magazines, or current newspapers in the guest room. This will give your friend or family member something to read while they’re relaxing or getting ready for bed. Everyone needs a few quiet moments to themselves, and giving your guests reading material will give them another reason to relax.

Now that you have all the essentials, add some personal touches throughout the space. You may find that everyone wants to be a house guest.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Grandparents Day – Keeping Your Grandchildren Safe

Sunday is Grandparents Day, but it’s not just about honoring grandparents. It’s also a day to enjoy, as grandparents, your grandchildren! Prepare to spend some great quality time with them this weekend, no matter their age. But one of the best things you can do to prepare for your grandchildren to visit all year long is by choosing cordless window coverings.

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Not only are cordless blinds or shades sleek and modern, but they’re easy to use and pose no threat to small children. With cordless window coverings, you’ll never have to worry about potential window covering cord danger when your grandchildren visit. Instead, you can spend the time enjoying their company.

But maybe you can’t upgrade to cordless just yet. That’s OK! There are other things you can do to ensure the safety of your grandchildren. Simply put, order our free cord cleats. Cord cleats are small parts that can be screwed into the wall and the dangling cord be wrapped around, keeping that excess cord out of the hands of your grandchildren.

Did you know that you could also get remote-controlled motorized window coverings? You won’t have to worry about cords, and they’re even easier to use. Imagine being able to open, close, or tilt your window coverings from up to 65 feet away. They’re perfect if you have hard-to-reach windows or even if you have limited mobility.

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This Grandparents Day, give yourself peace of mind. Use that time you used to worry to spend even more beautiful time with your precious grandchildren.

Accentuate the Beauty of Your Bay Windows with the Right Window Coverings

Do you have bay windows in your home? They bring in beautiful natural light, but they can also give you a headache when you’re trying to find the right window coverings. But it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Just because you have bay windows doesn’t mean you have fewer options. You can find a look that matches your style and your needs. Just look at all your options:

Bamboo Shades

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These bamboo shades look great covering bay windows because they add instant texture. No matter if you have a modern, traditional, or rustic style, bamboo or woven shades are a perfect fit. You can even choose from a variety of textures and materials, so you can customize your look without compromising on price.

Roller Shades

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Look at the beauty and elegance of these fabric roller shades when paired with that paint color and the stark white crown molding. The combination is striking, and it doesn’t take away from the beauty of the bay windows at all. With these roller shades, you don’t have to compromise style for bay window coverage. You can have both.

Solar Shades

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With the right solar shades, you don’t have to give up your view to have privacy and UV blockage. Keep your home cool and comfortable with sturdy solar shades. They may be sturdy, but they still look sophisticated and sleek.

Wood Blinds

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Want a classic look that still has a modern feel? Then wood blinds might be perfect for your bay windows. They’re sharp and crisp, and they’ll complement any décor. There’s just something elegant about real wood blinds, and that makes them ideal for the natural elegance of bay windows.

Shutters

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Shutters are another option if you want a classic, Provençal look. You can choose from a variety of stains and paints, so you can create the look you want. If your bay windows are in the kitchen or in the bathroom, opt for faux wood shutters. They’re moisture-resistant and durable, so they’ll last much longer in that environment.

Cellular Shades

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The photo above is from an actual customer after she installed her shades from Select Blinds. Go here to read more about her experience. Top down/bottom up cell shades are great if you want to keep your privacy and still let in some natural light. And the honeycomb construction helps insulate your windows so you can ultimately save energy and save money.

Whatever your style, the right window blinds or shades for your bay windows will be the ones that accentuate the architectural merits instead of simply covering them up.

 

Charlene Jimenez