Fun Facts About Father’s Day

Stop me if you’ve heard these before.

It’s Father’s Day weekend and what better time to throw out a few legendary Lame Dad Jokes. (Seriously. Somebody should throw these out.)

When a dad drives past a cow pasture: LOOK! That cow is OUT-STANDING in his field!

MOM: “How do I look?” DAD: “With your eyes.”

CASHIER: “Would you like the milk in a bag, sir?” DAD: “No, just leave it in the carton!”

Not only have lame dad jokes become a real “thing” (just Google for plenty more), here are some other fun facts about how we came to celebrate dad’s day every third Sunday in June.

Historical Timeline

Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, is credited with starting Father’s Day after hearing a sermon on Mother’s Day while attending church with her father.

Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran who raised six children after his wife died during childbirth. The first official Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane on June 19, 1910. Since then:

1924 – President Calvin Coolidge publicly supports plans for a national Father’s Day.

1966 – President Lyndon Johnson signs a proclamation calling for Father’s Day to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June.

1972 – President Richard Nixon signs into law a permanent recognition of Father’s Day.

Dad’s Day by the Numbers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau:

70.1 million — Estimated number of fathers across the nation in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available.

24.7 million — Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2014.

1.9 million — Number of single fathers in 2014; 16 percent of single parents were men.

211,000 — Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2014.

According to Hallmark, Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion, with 72 million cards given every year. 50% of all Father’s Day cards are purchased for fathers, and almost 20% are given to husbands.

Dad’s Day Gift Ideas

Besides a card, what do you plan on giving the dads in your life? Check out these 13 Insanely Cool Father’s Day Gift Ideas we found.

Dads always like a good deal, too, so check out the insanely cool sale we have going on this weekend. This is no lame dad joke, just serious savings of 40% PLUS extra BOGO 50% off EVERYTHING on our site, now through Sunday, June 17, 2018! (And did we mention free shipping on everything, too?) Happy Father’s Day!

A dad hanging curtains in the 1950's!

How to Frame Your Space with Art

Abstract art painting in a dining room. There’s nothing like art, artfully displayed, to tie a room together. Photo by Stephen Allen Photography courtesy of audreyphillipsart.

If I were independently wealthy, I’d be a bona fide art collector. (Oh, and shoes. I’d  totally collect shoes. They’re like works of art, too, right?) I bought my first piece of original art 16 years ago, adding a few pieces since as the budget allowed — and even when it didn’t. Because that’s the thing about art. It truly is in the eye of the beholder. And if it speaks to me, I listen … and buy (American Express loves me).

Loves Illusion painting

The first piece of original art I bought was “Love’s Illusion,” painted in 2002 by my close friend Audrey Phillips, who is a Professional Abstract Painter now. Her work can be found in the homes of private collectors and in galleries throughout the U.S.

When I invest in art — and I do consider it an investment — it has to express some part of who I am, how I feel, or what I think. So it means a lot when  people visit my home and seeing my “gallery” say, “It’s so you.” Living in a roughly 800-sf apartment, that means pretty much the entire space is devoted to displaying original (and commercial; I’m not a total snob.  Or independently wealthy yet.) pieces I’ve acquired. I love sharing the stories behind my little collection. Each work reflects a time in my life, evokes an emotional connection, and above all, just makes me happy when I look at it.

Picasso decorative plate

One of my favorite pieces (although obviously not an “original”) is a Picasso plate that hangs on a kitchen wall. No framing required, but that might’ve been a mistake. I used to have two, but the other one was literally blown off the wall in a dust storm. Note to self: See tip about Plexiglas below. 🙁

Used as unique accents or a foundational focal point in a space, I’m also a firm believer in showcasing art for art’s sake. Over the years, I’ve discovered that my art has taken on a life of its own, frequently dictating my decor so it, instead of say my furniture or wall color, defines a space. So if you’re afraid a work’s colors, subject, or media won’t mesh with your decor, don’t be. Take a tip from a pro like New York City’s Picture Room gallery owner and art consultant Sandeep Saltar.

“Always frame an artwork for the artwork, not for its surrounding environment. The artwork will fit into an interior much better if it’s not trying to match it, but reflects something about the space or its inhabitants,” she says.

Sandeep Saltar picture art wall

Picture wall in the apartment of Sandeep Saltar. Photo by Jonathan Pilkington.

Saltar adds, “It’s absolutely OK to mix frame styles, but when in doubt, go with a raw or unfinished maple frame—rather than black or white. It’s neutral, contemporary, and doesn’t hide its materiality.”

I picked up some other tips in a great article on Remodelista, where Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, shared her expert advice on how to display your art at home. Here are just a few of her suggestions:

Stay centered. As a rule of thumb, hanging art on a center line of 58 to 60 inches above the floor works well. When stacking or clustering works, take into account the total height of your wall, including the space you envision between the frames, and center that.

Art gallery wall

Mix it up.  Not all art is created equal, so feel free to mix small works — things you need to get up close to in order to fully appreciate — and larger ones that anchor or offer focal points in a room. For works that are too tall to hang on a center line, try placing them about 15 inches off the floor. Keeping individual pieces at eye level is another common practice, but depending on your furnishings, sometimes going a little off kilter can add intrigue to low hanging fruit.

Portrait of Corinne Gilbert by Dan McCarthy

Consider hanging low. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista, from Expert Advice: How to Decorate Like a Frenchwoman. Portrait of Corinne Gilbert by Dan McCarthy.

Let the art breathe. When framing, make sure there’s a little space between the glazing and the surface of the artwork, so it “floats,” to create more dimension and depth.  This is especially true for paper works and photographs.

Pay for UV Plexiglas. If your rooms get a lot of bright, direct sunlight, it pays to protect your investment with UV-resistant Plexiglas to prevent fading and damage.

Waste no space. Art can brighten and bring intrigue and interest to any space. Get creative with displays along hallways, in entry ways, or any “dead” spots you want to bring to life.

Abstract painting by Audrey PhillipsAbstract by Audrey Phillips
Abstract paintings by Audrey PhillipsGrouping by Audrey Phillips

 

So your art doesn’t look like it should be in the Louvre? No worries. Whether your collection includes a real Rembrandt, or is a mix of popular commercial prints produced for the masses, use the tips above to own it and display your pieces with pride!

 

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Expand Your Vertical Horizons

Straight up, vertical blinds remain the most popular, practical choice for covering sliding glass and patio doors. Unlike the ugly, utilitarian look of the ghosts of verticals past, today’s products come in a variety of materials — PVC, fabric, real and faux wood — and in a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns to accommodate almost any taste or style. To get the look you want, consider:
Proximity to other window treatments — What’s on your other windows? If you have cellular shades, match them with fabric cellular vertical blinds. Wood blinds? Go for faux or wood vertical vanes. Introduce a vertical treatment with a complementary pattern to simple, solid-color rollers. Drapes can also be layered with verticals as accents to really to really tie a room together.
Vane size/width — Go smaller for a more traditional look, larger/wider for a more contemporary treatment.
Light and privacy control — Vane size again a factor here when tilted open, but also think about choice of material, depending on how much light and privacy you want when closed. Solid materials such as plastic PVC and wood will naturally block more light. Fabric vertical vanes such as cellular vertical products, provide more flexible light control with choices between light filtering and blackout options.
Configuration (stack) — Standard vertical blinds draw or open to the left or right. The side where the vanes “stack” when drawn completely open is usually on the opposite side of the window from the door or window opening. Split-stack verticals open from the center and are drawn to each side, leaving a stack of vanes on both sides. For large openings where doors open from both sides, or for a really unique look, some verticals may stack in the center, leaving the sides open. The width/depth of the stack  — and how much it may obstruct your view — varies, depending on the material the vanes are made of and their size.
Operation — Typically, a wand tilt in conjunction with a continuous cord loop is used to manually open and close vanes, and to draw verticals open and closed. Motorized options also are becoming increasingly popular for operating verticals and other glass door window treatments.
Door function — How much the door is used and how it opens and closes — on sliding track, inside out/outside in, European-style tilt and fold/slide, etc. — are important factors in deciding on a vertical, or any, treatment. Outside mounted verticals are easy to get and keep out of the way of doors in high-traffic areas.
As they saying goes, though, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, so there are many more choices than traditional vertical blinds to dress your doors with. Today you can find a treatment to match any style or decor. Check out some of these other ideas.

Shutters

Photo from hometalk.com

Hang sliding or traditional bi- or tri-fold shutters (if you have the extra room you’ll need in front of door to accommodate width when folded open) on patio doors for a classic plantation-style look

 

Roller Shades

Change direction with roller shades that open and close from top down to bottom up instead of side to side.

Solar Shades

Reduce annoying glare and diminish harmful UV rays with interior solar shades in various openness factors on your doors.

Wide Panels

© World of Coulisse

For a classy designer look, go with updated wide panel track verticals that stack neatly on top of each other when open.

Cellular Shades

Our Premier 2″ Blackout Verticals pair beautifully with our Premier 2″ Blackout Cellular Trishades for a streamlined look throughout the room.

An easy solution for coordinating windows and doors in a room, energy efficient cellular shades add insulation and style to your interiors.

Drapery/Curtains

Classic curtains and designer drapes are another traditional covering for sliding doors that never goes out of style. Layer them with a product above to frame your doors and add more light control and privacy.
What’s your favorite look on sliding patio doors? For more ideas, contact our expert window stylistas here at Select Blinds!

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