S. Bradt is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 26 May 2015

"We LOVE LOVE LOVE our blinds! We ordered the 3/8" Double Cell Cordless Light Filtering Shades in Amber. They give us privacy without darkening the room and fit perfectly! And having lots of windows, they are helping to insulate against the cold winter air here in MN! Very satisfied!"

 

 

2015 Select Blinds Memorial Day Sale!


by Charlene 21 May 2015

The 2015 Memorial Day Sale is on now at SelectBlinds.com! Buy any 3 or more window coverings and get 1 free! Plus you'll save 35% off every order on top of that. And don't forget the free shipping, too! This Memorial Day Sale is all about you getting the window coverings of your dreams at even better prices than usual. Shop on!

Kara W. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 19 May 2015

 

"We are a very happy customer with our recent order! We just finished remodeling our bedroom and the blinds were the finishing touch on the windows. We love the blinds so much because they are absolutely effortless to use, you can push them up and down with just one finger, such high quality, so inexpensive, and the fact that they have no cord is such a great safety feature for anyone with pets or children. 

"Our dog's name is Finn...he loves them too! :) We are just starting to show friends and family our remodel and my father-in-law already started measuring his windows at home to buy these same blinds we got from your company. So perfect for your older customers too that are looking for a economical and effortless window covering solution."


 

Kara's choice: Express Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades

How to Create the Perfect Guest Bedroom


by Charlene 15 May 2015

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


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


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


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

Jamie K. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 12 May 2015

Jamie loves the 2" faux wood blinds she ordered. What do you think? Do you love the look?

How to Remove Static from Your Vertical Blinds


by Charlene 8 May 2015

Vertical blinds can sometimes have static, but it's easy to take care of the problem. And chances are you have the solution in your home already.

Lauren K. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 5 May 2015

"I'm a happy customer! My new blinds look great!"

What do you think of the Deluxe Solids Roman Shades!

Black and White Interior Design


by Charlene 1 May 2015

No color palette is more classic than black and white. Even though it's classic, it also has a modern vibe to it. It's timeless, ageless. It's sophisticated, charming, and elegant. What's not to love? Here are some of my favorite designs:

Photo Credit: Room Decorating Ideas

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Slodive

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Decoist

Photo Credit: Our Stylish Home

Want to create your own black and white design, but you don't know where to start? It's simple; begin with the window coverings. Choose white or black blinds or shades and design around it. Everything else will fall into place. Take a look at some of these drapery fabrics. They're gorgeous!

Photo Credit: SelectBlinds.com

Would you decorate a room only in black and white? Tell us in the comments below.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Heidi P. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 28 Apr 2015

Introducing SelectView Shutters


by Charlene 24 Apr 2015

The SelectView Shutters have an innovative design that gives you functionality that you can't find with traditional shutters, all without giving up the sophistication that shutters bring to a design. Watch this video to find out more!

 

Donna C. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 21 Apr 2015

 "Newly done living room. Beautiful Deluxe Solid Roman Shades in silk sage."

 

Treat Your Home to a Makeover - Giveaway


by Charlene 17 Apr 2015

What could you do with $5,000? Give your home the makeover it deserves with our $5,000 giveaway! Learn more at SelectBlinds.com.

Jennifer F. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 14 Apr 2015

 

"I ordered three 3 1/2" Fabric Vertical Blinds for my living room, dining room, and kitchen. They arrived on-time and packaged really well. Color selection is good. I had a grey color in my living room and dining room to match the wall color and ivory to complement my oak kitchen cabinet. Installation was simple. I had them on in no time and they look perfect."

 

Scotchgard for Cellular Shades


by Charlene 10 Apr 2015

Did you know that Select Blinds offers a Scotchgard Protector option for cellular shades? It's true! Add this option to your order of honeycomb shades and your shades will be safe from tomato sauce, soda, and everything else in between.

 

Makes spring cleaning a little less intimidating, doesn't it?

Cheryl G. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 7 Apr 2015

"I am very happy with my order of 2 inch American Hardwood blinds in Sunkist Oak. They are great quality, were easily installed, and a great price. I love ordering from your company. Your customer service is the best."

2015 Easter Sale


by Charlene 2 Apr 2015

Ready to save big this Easter without skimping on style? Then you'll love the Select Blinds 2015 Easter Sale! You can buy 3 or more and get 1 free. And don't forget to add on 35% off on every order and free shipping!

Beatrice T. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 31 Mar 2015

"I am very pleased with my window treatments; the quality and price are excellent. I love the wide selection and their customer service is outstanding. I ordered the 2 1/2 inch imitation wood blinds for the bathrooms. I did not want to put wood with the humidity. I also ordered the double cell light filtering cordless honeycomb shades. Absolutely love them."

 

Get Ready for Easter - Order Free Samples


by Charlene 27 Mar 2015

Prepare for our upcoming Easter sale by ordering free samples of your favorite blinds and shades today. Then you'll be ready to take advantage of all the sales we'll offer. It's time to update your windows and upgrade your style.

Not sure about ordering samples, here are a few reasons why you should.

Sher M. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 24 Mar 2015

"These are my new cordless top down/bottom up blinds that we installed in our bedroom...We love how it makes our room look so modern!"

 

Are you a happy customer? Learn more about our happy customer program here.

Focal Points - Taking Your Style to a Whole New Level


by Carriann 20 Mar 2015

I walked through the Houston Airport craving something to satisfy my travel hunger. Despite my diligence and growling stomach, I was suddenly distracted by this exciting "wood divider" between two rows of chairs in an open lounge. Wood branches twisted in all different directions that ascended to the ceiling. I was in awe. I thought, What a great piece! I could see this in my home, my entertaining space, or in my master bedroom. I was mesmerized by it. As I walked slowly around it, I gazed in appreciation, unaware of the people sitting in the lounge and probably wondering what in the world I was doing.  I let out a small awkward laugh, snapped a photo with my phone and moved on.

Now, I realize that designers can obsess over things that many others don't even notice. I have spent many paused moments admiring a ceiling application, a texture on a wall, a pattern on a rug, and even synchronized lighting. The very thing that I am drawn to, however, is one of the elements that my clients hire me to create in their spaces. It's the statement piece. It's a focal point.  These are items that are eye stoppers. It's that piece when you walk into a space and it demands your attention. It's that piece that many times inspires my entire design for a room. Not all focal points are created equal though. They can't compete with other items in the room. They coordinate with the all other items in a space, yet still stand alone. They're the diamond necklace that completes a fabulous outfit.

Focal Points can be an exotic rug, an accent chair with a bold pattern, a side table with ornate legs, a piece of artwork, an oversized bright vase, a centerpiece on your table, or anything that grabs your attention in a good way. Key words here: GOOD WAY. An eye sore is not a focal point. Those items officially become distractions. I'm laughing here... because I think we all know what those are! While I realize this is subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, make sure your statement pieces consider today's design trends or serve as cohesive elements in your overall style. For example, if you have a very modern space with clean lines and bold patterns, adding an oversized, traditional oil painting with an ornate gold frame will not serve as a focal point. Just because something grabs your attention, doesn't mean it's a statement piece. Dining rooms are spaces we don't use on a daily basis, so consider a fun, oversized seasonal centerpiece that is eye catching. Perhaps you won't be sitting at that table each day, but as you pass by it, why not add a statement piece to put a smile on your face?


Focal Points can be fun and whimsical too. They can transform a stale and lifeless space to a fun and lively one! They also enhance the theme, textures, and colors in your space. You can surely have more than one focal point as well but it should still be a part of the overall style. When all of the elements in a space are considered and merge together, they create harmony and consistency. Here is my checklist of the items I review when designing a space:


- Wall color (since this is the largest surface space in a room, consider a color that is timeless.)
- Furniture (while all pieces don't need to match, they should coordinate.)
- Textures (can be on a wall, in fabrics, drapery & window coverings, a rug, flooring, etc.)
- Flooring (usually the second largest surface area, it should be something that
- Theme (if there is one)
- Color palette (can be the accent color or colored carried throughout the space in various items.)
- Statement piece / focal point (the eye stopper, the item that grabs your attention.)
- Accessories and décor (artwork, tabletop items, wall art, candles, etc.)
- Lighting (it's the frosting on the cake. No matter how great a space, it must be lit properly to
 enhance the mood you wish to create.)


What I love about focal points is the freedom of expression they provide. Focal points are those elements in a space where you can really spread your wings! They have personality; they say something without uttering a word. For example, I had a homeowner when I worked on HGTV's "My First Place" who was a professional race car driver. So, I created a theme in his living room that was an extension of his love for cars. I printed out large canvases of his favorite vehicles, moments, and scenes that were all about racing. On the room's largest wall, I found an oversized metal sculpture of a car. This was my statement piece. I even created window treatment rods that looked like exhaust pipes on a car! It was such a fun space and most importantly, he loved it! It was an extension of him. The entire design was centered around that metal sculpture, which was the first item I found to inspire his space. So have fun with these focal points! I can promise you if find that statement piece and let is serve as the inspiration for your entire room, you're going to be happy you did. 


Window Coverings can also serve as great focal points. Don't think of window coverings as merely functional. They are a key ingredient in any space! If you want to create a focal point in your window coverings, select a style that either has a bold color or vibrant pattern. Here are two of my top picks from the @Home Collection by Carriann Johnson:

 

Follow these tips when creating focal points in your home and your spaces will have that statement you crave!

 

Happy Decorating!

Tiny House Nation Design - One Beautiful Window Covering at a Time


by Charlene 17 Mar 2015

Calling all fans of Tiny House Nation! Have you seen one of our favorite designs from FYI's hit show? You're going to love it!

 

 

Which space was your favorite part?

Take the Ugly Out of Your Home!


by Carriann 9 Jan 2015

January 2015 is here!! Woohoo! How excited are you for this New Year? It's that month that brings a sense of rejuvenation. Dust off the old, invent the new and add some zazzle to your life in only a way that you know how! While September has me craving freshly sharpened pencils, January begs for that freshly sharpened eye....for me anyway. And as I tuck away the Christmas décor and get a jump start on cleaning and organizing, I get anxious to share some valuable tips with you. Tips that help you "take the ugly out of your home!" We all want harmonious spaces that we enjoy. After all, when's the last time someone told you "I love when my home looks ugly?" So as you start this New Year with vigor and anticipation, consider some of my tips to help you beautify your home.

Remove the Eye Sores


Look around your room and ask yourself these questions: Would I purchase this today in a store? Do I absolutely love this item? Is this piece I like to sit on? Do I love the wall color? What would encourage me to come into this room more and enjoy it?  The answers to these questions will help you identify your eye sores. Look for items that are dusty and old, brass fixtures and finishes, dated styles, harsh patterns or dated colors, items too small to fill a wall or items too large on a small one. Styles that clash with one another, aged wallpaper, broken items you can't repair, or fixtures that have been there way too long are all dating your spaces and creating eye sores. Consider stopping by your local bookstore to gain some inspiration in the Design Magazines section or look online at your favorite stores and see what styles and trends they are featuring. Then mirror your space after the current ones you like.

Accept the Design Trends

I understand holding on to a style you love. But no matter how passionate you are about lace doilies, mauve wallpaper or brass fixtures, accept that they are out of style and no longer fashionable! If you desire a space that has the latest colors and styles, then you must evolve with the times. There's no way around it. If you want a current and fashionable look, letting go of the past is essential. And here's the good news...today's trends are flexible and cater to all different tastes. I've also noticed that when it comes to current designs and colors, that as long as you follow the general blueprint for them, you can add your own personality to them and still have current design trends in your home.

Make a Date With Yourself

 

You wouldn't start making a recipe without checking for all the ingredients, right? The same rule applies to designing a space. Putting together a great space can take time, organizing, patience, and proper scheduling. Start your project first by making a checklist of all the items you need for your space. Create a budget list as well so you are well aware of what you are going to spend on this project. Then, schedule dates on your calendar when you are going to execute your design. Schedule shopping dates, painting dates, renovation needs, assembly dates, etc.. If you do this, you eliminate any unnecessary stress. You also set realistic expectations. I have witnessed many homeowners stress themselves out by trying to accomplish their projects in unrealistic time frames with unrealistic budgets. Plan ahead of time (including people that may need to help you), and you will actually enjoy the project, the process, and the end result!

 

Make The Decision for Change


You know what space in your home where you walk in the room and you silently sigh at it but don't know why? It's your least favorite room in the house. And there's something about this space that nearly makes your blood boil or has you reaching for that itch to scratch. Perhaps it's that room that you've needed to re-organize, clean, paint, decorate, or add window coverings. Well, here's a little secret.....it's going to continue to be an eye sore until you make the decision to change it. After all, everything in our lives is attitude, right? I've always designed my spaces with a golden rule: "I will LOVE every inch of every room in my spaces if I approach them that way." Even a laundry room or walk-in pantry can be a fun space if you adopt the right mindset towards it. I once had a friend who was at my home walk past my laundry room and said, "Your laundry room looks nicer than my master bedroom!" What a compliment, right? I wanted to enjoy the room so I made the decision that I would design the space in a way that I would love going in that room and not dread it. And guess what?.... I did. I painted the walls a grayish-brown color, installed some really nice cabinets, added a chandelier (instead of the fluorescent overhead one) and hung some nice photography prints on the wall.  


Get Your Shades On!

 

The ingredients that make a space successful are the proper balance of color palette, style and/or theme, furniture, rugs (if needed), accessories, lighting, textures and window coverings. When I see people skip the window coverings, I am easily able to define what is missing in their space.  Especially if the space feels sterile or lacks that cozy factor. Window Coverings not only help you direct light, provide privacy, and insulate but they also add design features that will enhance your space. It's one more area of your room where you can showcase your colors, textures, theme, and style. Have a look at these at these spaces above. Imagine the space without any window shades. Without window coverings, the space feels incomplete! Add window coverings to your spaces and you will see a drastic difference.

Follow these tips when taking the ugly out of your home and you're sure to fall in love with your home all over again!


Happy Decorating! 

Our Favorite Color Palettes for Winter


by Charlene 6 Jan 2015

Winter is almost here, and it's time to start figuring out your home's color palette for winter. Take a look at some of our favorites and some window coverings to match.

1. Candy Cane Color Palette

 

2. Rich Elegance Color Palette

 

 3. Cool Blue Color Palette

4. Snowy Road Color Palette

 

Which color palette is your favorite? Or do you have your favorite winter color palette to share?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Judith C. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 30 Dec 2014

"I love the faux wood blinds I ordered from you almost 2 years ago. They still look and work like new and are perfect for my country kitchen. I also ordered some for my bedroom and both are just great looking blinds! Everyone thinks they are real wood and they are so easy to clean and don't fade. I will order from you again!"

Blackout Roller Shades on Tiny House Nation


by Charlene 26 Dec 2014

Are you a fan of Tiny House Nation? Then we have some exciting news! Over the next few weeks, you'll see our blinds and shades being used in these fun, amazing, showstopping designs! Take a look at this week's end design:

If you missed this week's episode, you can watch it here:

http://www.fyi.tv/shows/tiny-house-nation/videos/264-sq-ft-honeymoon-suite

High Price Does Not Mean High Quality - A Personal Experience from CEO, Al Silverberg


by AL__-S 23 Dec 2014

I'm the CEO of SelectBlinds, and a do-it-yourselfer on almost every home improvement project that I can get away with. My wife and I moved into our current house about one year ago. The house was built in 1980, and was in really good condition, but as far as we were concerned, there were quite a few things that we wanted to upgrade, including the window coverings. As I mentioned already, I am the CEO of SelectBlinds, so access to the latest and greatest was not a problem.

We covered all of the windows that needed to be covered, meaning the bedrooms, and the front facing windows. The beautiful view of the backyard was a big selling point, so we left the rear facing floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors bare, just like the people from whom we bought the house did.

We hung battery-powered motorized cell shades in the bedroom. I measured and installed them myself, and I have to admit, it was a fairly easy process, and when I was done, I had a feeling of accomplishment. The other windows were covered with roller shades, roman shades, and non-motorized, cordless honeycomb shades.

The price was not a big concern, but I was aware of the price, and was also aware of the fact that the shades were fairly priced, and they are all excellent quality products. I ordered them through our web site, just like any customer, and all of the blinds and shades that I ordered were delivered promptly, and without damage or issues. Overall a really positive experience. Go, SelectBlinds!

Fast forward to the present, which is mid-December, 2014. We live in Phoenix, and you might have heard that it gets a little warm in the summer. Those rear facing windows point to the north, so there is no direct sunlight on them, but, man, you can really feel the heat. So we decided that we were going to put solar shades on the windows and doors, and we were going to have them motorized. Battery powered is ok, but after using the ones in our bedroom for a year, and having to replace batteries in some of them, I decided that we were going to have these shades motorized, hard wired. I also decided that I was going to take this opportunity to experience a full-service design center, and have a "professional" take care of everything.

October 15th was the date of our first meeting with a Hunter Douglas full-service window coverings design center/dealer. The meeting went well. They brought out sample books of the types of products that we were considering, but surprisingly to me, the swatches were not even as good as the ones that we send out for free to any visitor to our site. Our swatches are bigger, and they are made in a way that it is easy to hold them up to your window to get a real good feel as to how they will look on your windows.

We had the dealer measure the windows, and knowing that I am "in the industry", he was kind enough to work with the manufacturer, Hunter Douglas, in order to get me a discounted price. So there was a little delay in getting to the point where we said "GO".  The exact date was 10/31, and they confirmed the order on Nov 1st. I'll skip the details, but December 16th they finally installed our shades.

Am I happy? I'm always happy! I don't feel good about the in-home, Hunter Douglas design center dealer experience though. I spent a ton of money, got the shades in an unacceptable amount of time, and the results, well, I'll let you decide.


Moral of this story? You don't have to pay more for perceived quality. Just because something costs more doesn't mean its quality will match its price.

Year End Sale-A-Thon Save 35% and Buy 3, Get 1 on Select Products


by Charlene 19 Dec 2014

The end of the year is approaching, and it's time to get some extra savings before the new year begins. This weekend only, you can save 35% on all orders and buy 3, get 1 free on select products. And don't forget about free shipping. Start saving now at SelectBlinds.com.

Introducing Disney's Frozen Window Shades


by Charlene 16 Dec 2014

Disney's Frozen has inspired and entertained both children and adults all across the globe. The characters are fun and personable, so what's not to love? Now you can bring the fun into your child's bedroom with Frozen window shades. With all your child's favorite characters, including Sven, Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, you can create a magical space for your child's growing imagination.

Introducing Disney's Frozen Window Shades!

 

Deck the Halls Home Makeover Giveaway from Select Shops


by Charlene 12 Dec 2014

Ready to give your home a makeover? One lucky person will win a makeover giveaway package from Select Shops! Just go here to enter your email for a chance to win: http://www.selectblinds.com/blog/page/Deck-the-Halls-Giveaway.aspx

Give the Gift of Beautiful Windows


by Charlene 9 Dec 2014

If you haven't gotten all your holiday shopping done yet, and if you're holding out for an amazing gift for someone special, we have just the thing. This year, give the gift of beautiful windows.

Take a look at some of our most popular window coverings and click on them to be taken right to that product. See if anything pops out at you or matches the style or that special person on your holiday shopping list.

If you need a little more help, look through our buying guides. They will help you find the perfect window coverings for every member of your family.

 

 

 

 

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