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!"

 

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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! 

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