Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale Tips

We’re SUPER excited about our biggest Black Friday Sale EVAH! Whether shopping for new custom window treatments from SelectBlinds.com, or the latest tech gear or a new television on other sites, use these tips to save some time and money, and to enjoy a safe online shopping experience throughout the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales weekend.

  1. Do your research. Check product and retailer reviews (like our 300,000+ 5-star reviews) before buying from a site. Study the day after Thanksgiving sales ads — online and print. (It’s the one time of the year when you want to actually look at all that “junk” mail you get!) Google “Black Friday websites” to find dozens of sites where you can sign up for deal alerts.
  2. Start filling your cart. Start a cart and save it so you’re ready to check out quickly when the deep discounts go into effect. Most sites keep carts from a couple of days to weeks before thinking you’ve abandoned them. If you’re thinking of shopping a new site, go ahead and set up an account to get in and out quicker over the holiday weekend.
  3. Sample, sample, sample! Order up to 15 FREE samples of anything on our site and we’ll give you our best Black Friday deal on any product order you place within 30 days of sampling! (It’s the sale that — almost — never ends!) That also gives you plenty of time to  start measuring your windows so you’re ready to fill your cart faster! Here’s how: 
  4. Use price and online coupon tools. Use retailer shopping apps to scan products and price-shop online. Beware of fake apps, though. Similar to phishing emails that look legit, there are lots of counterfeit apps that pop up in Apple’s App Store and Google Play looking to steal your credit card and other info. To be safe, download shopping apps from the company’s official website.
  5. Get social. Friends love to “share” great deals – and bogus bargains – so check your feeds frequently throughout the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. Like or follow your favorite retailers (like Select Blinds!). When you do, many will reward you with special alerts on Black Friday discounts and incentives.
  6. Check price-match, shipping and return policies in advance. Read the fine print in the Black Friday ads. Some stores may suspend price-match guarantees on certain items for Black Friday sales. Pay special attention to shipping charges to make sure they don’t cancel out the great deal you’re getting. (Here on SelectBlinds, you get FREE shipping on everything, every size, every day!) Understand a site’s return and exchange policies to ensure you won’t be charged a restocking fee if you have to return something.
  7. Shop at home on secure sites you know. To keep your ID and information safe, it’s best to shop online from home. Avoid using hotspots and public WiFi networks. URLs for secure sites are often highlighted in green, or include a padlock symbol like this:SelectBlinds.com is a secure site.in the address bar. Look for URLs with “https” versus “http” (the “s” stands for “secure”). SelectBlinds.com is also secured by McAfee Secure software and is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.
  8. Use a secure payment method. To avoid the risk of fraudulent charges, shop on sites that only take secure payment methods (e.g., major credit cards or PayPal). And here’s a big tip: Use gift cards! They’re a smart way to shop online without having to provide any financial information.

Dile B. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“Very happy with my new Premier Woven Wood Shades. Will order again.”

 

Tasty Turkey Day Decor Ideas

Thanksgiving Decor - Pumpkins and More!

It’s scary to think that Halloween is already behind us and the winter holidays are almost upon us. You’ve barely recovered from your candy coma and packing the costumes away, and it’s time to start digging out the next onslaught of inflatable lawn ornaments. Often overlooked in between is Thanksgiving decor. But we found some fun ideas you can be thankful for that don’t take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, so you don’t feel like a turkey and can make the next few weeks before Black Friday more festive.

Turkeymingos

Photo credit Pink Inc. on Amazon.com

Fine feathered Turkeymingos like this one are available on Amazon.

Who needs inflatable turkeys when you can have a yard full of Turkeymingos? Yes, Virginia, turkeymingos really are a thing.  As in the iconic pink plastic flamingo dressed as a turkey or pilgrim.  Pinterest and Instagram are awash with ways to outfit everyone’s favorite lawn decoration in traditional Thanksgiving garb. No time to get creative? You can even find them on Amazon completely “dressed.”  No stuffing required.

Spice Up Your Napkins

Photo credit Sandra Nilsson from Vintage House

This Thanksgiving, you don’t need to settle for paper plates and napkins or spend a fortune buying all new table dressings for the big feast. Just spice things up a little, like Sandra Nilsson from Vintage House does. She tied her cloth napkins in string and then tucked a sprig of greenery and a stick of cinnamon, for a simple but elegant touch to the table that smells great, too.

Go Wild

Beautiful Fall Flower Arrangement - Photo Credit Elle Decor by Getty Images

This is the perfect time of year to bring the beauty of the outdoors in. For all-natural styling, gather some branches, leaves and other plants from your own backyard to create wildly unique floral arrangements, or to add a personal touch to store-bought arrangements.

Tangerine Is the New Pumpkin

Tangerines in Glass Bowl - Photo Credit Elle Decor by Getty Images

Photo from Elle Decor by Getty Images.

Pumpkins aren’t your only option when it comes to adding a splash of orange to the table. We love this idea for filling a vase with clove-studded tangerines and pine cones. It’s a quick and easy way to adorn the dinner table, kitchen counter, or wherever you need a pop of fall.

Nutty Candles

Stealing it! This super simple idea from Good Housekeeping was too good to pass up. Use everyday glass containers (think juice glasses) filled with chestnuts, acorns, or unshelled walnuts to hold short candles in place. Finish it off by attaching a ribbon or trim around the base and place anywhere in the house, or wind ribbon between each vase to string them together in an elegant but simple centerpiece on your dinner table.

Create a Warm Welcome

Photo Credit Pam Markowski

Welcome guests with a whimsical display using a small cart filled with friendly scarecrows. Add some pumpkins and cornstalks and a seasonal welcome banner, and they’ll never want to leave. Photo by Pam Markowski

Make a welcoming wreath for the door from fall foliage found in your front yard. Don’t live in an area affected by the change of seasons? Wrap porch pillars and railings with fall-flavored garland from your local craft store. Line steps and porches with pumpkins and potted plants. Throw some crimson and gold cushions and pillows on outdoor furniture.   And don’t forget to stick your turkeymingo in the yard.

The best part (besides looking good) about these decorations is there’s no need to store them when Thanksgiving is over (just undress your flamingo and put a Santa hat on it for next month). Then, after the table is cleared and the kitchen is clean again (or not), it’s time to get ready for the Big Black Friday sales, like the one we’ll have here on selectblinds.com. We’re starting the cell-abration early with extra servings and savings all month long on our best selling honeycomb/cellular-style shades. And you still have time to decorate your windows for Thanksgiving with brand new blinds or shades. Just order by November 6 for guaranteed delivery.

Premier Double Cell Light Filtering Shades in Rainforest Green from SelectBlinds.com

Complement your holiday table setting with Premier Double Cell Light Filtering Shades (shown in Rainforest Green).

“Happy Thanksgiving … it’s your turn to say Happy Thanksgiving back.” — Joe Fox

“Happy Thanksgiving back.” — Rose, Zabars Cashier

Naomi S. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“I ordered window treatments for my whole house! Room darkening shades for the entry way and dining room, light filtering shades for the living room and bathroom, and blinds for the playroom and bedrooms.

Attached is a picture of the living room shades. I love how they look! They were really easy to put up and the quality is great! I love how it is understated elegance in the modern room!”
Thanks, Naomi! They really are perfectly understated so that stunning wall in between gets all the attention it deserves. Just gorgeous! 🙂

Are You Cordless Compliant?

Injuries and death from window blind cords send two kids to the ER each day.*

That’s why, in January of this year, the Window Covering Manufacturers Association announced the approval of a new industry standard to require all “stock” window blinds and shades be cordless or have inaccessible cords. The new mandate, which goes into effect in the U.S. and Canada on December 15, applies to pre-made blinds purchased in stores or online. (Corded blinds will still be available in custom products.)

Select Blinds has been ahead of the cordless curve since 2014 when it became the first retailer to offer a cordless version of every product it sold. Today, over half of all window treatments purchased by our customers are cordless. As a major proponent and supporter of the #gocordless movement, child safety is at the forefront of everything we do. As you shop on Selectblinds.com, if you select a corded or non-compliant product, you’ll be prompted with the following message:

Warning! Corded lift features are not covered under or deemed Best For Kids. Any accessible cords pose strangulation hazards to children and pets. Please choose cordless lift systems in homes where children and pets will be present.

Are you doing everything you can to protect them from the danger of strangulation and other injuries inherent in loose and exposed cords? October is National Window Covering Safety month, and we’re encouraging anyone with young children (2- to 4-year olds are most at risk) and pets in the home to take our Cordless Challenge.  Here’s how:

  1. Replace all corded products with cordless coverings as your budget allows. Start with rooms where your children spend most of their time. When purchasing new window treatments, look for the Certified Best for Kids logo. Certified Best for Kids
  2. Move cribs and other furniture children can climb up on away from windows, window coverings, etc.
  3. Keep all cords out of reach of children. Cut cords short or wrap them around a cord cleat.
  4. Do not tie cords together! This creates a new loop in which a child could become entangled.
  5. Anchor cords for continuous cord loop options.
  6. Make sure you lock cords on window treatments to prevent them from falling.
  7. Corded window treatments purchased before 2001 should be replaced or equipped with a retrofit kit to reduce potential strangulation risks.

Check out our free Best for Kids Buyer Guide for more information on cordless safety, and remember: cords and kids don’t mix!

Premier 2 inch Light Filtering Cellular Shades in baby room

Select Blinds is proud to offer cordless lift options on every product, including our Premier 2″ Light Filtering Cellular Shades.

*USA TODAY NETWORK Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY Network Published 12:13 p.m. ET Dec. 11, 2017

Happy National Coffee Day!

How did you spend National Coffee Day?

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It's National Coffee Day!Nothing, per one of the most popular memes ever, gets done before coffee. Consider: 31% of coffee drinkers make coffee the most important part of their morning, brewing a cup first before any other morning behavior or activity. Coffee is such an important part of most peoples’ daily routine that, according to Huffpost:

  • 55% of coffee drinkers would rather gain 10 pounds than give up coffee for life.
  • 52% of coffee drinkers would rather go without a shower in the morning than give up coffee.
  • 49% of coffee drinkers would rather give up their cell phone for a month than go without coffee.

And while 75% of the caffeine consumed here in the U.S. comes from coffee and the average American spends about $1092 on it each year, we are not the world’s leading coffee consumers.  The “Coffee per Capita of the World” title goes to … Finland! (We don’t even crack the Top 10, landing at #25 on the list of top coffee-consuming nations.)

But  today is not the Fins day to celebrate. Saturday, September 29 is National Coffee Day here in the USA, and celebrate we will with great National Coffee Day Deals at favorites like Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and Peet’s. And be sure to look for that “Hot Donuts” sign for special coffee-glazed doughnuts at Krispy Kreme!

Celebrate, too, with one of the hottest home design trends — the coffee bar! From converted bar carts to custom built-ins, design magazines and Pinterest are percolating with DIY and other ideas for creating your own personal corner cafe.  Looking for a fun project this weekend? Get brewing with some of these ideas!

 

Photo credit: Chelsea Mohran

This cute coffee cart gives Chelsea Mohran  extra storage space while organizing all her coffee essentials for easy access. Love how she’s staged it with fresh florals, too.

Photo credit: Style Me Pretty with Harwell Photography

A simple rolling bar cart makes an elegant way to take your coffee wherever and however you want it. Post from Style Me Pretty with Harwell Photography.

Photo credit: @mrscarlissa

Everyone needs coffee … and cake. And dancing in the kitchen. @mrscarlissa really knows how to perk up a bland corner cabinet.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess

So I have to say I’m kinda obsessed with the photo wall behind Elsie’s restyled cafe cart. But I also love how she turned this flea market find into a space-saving service area (note the Thermoses on the bottom) in her very small kitchen.

Photo credit: Carrie Waller with Dream Green DIY

This colorful coffee station has it all! Carrie Waller created this IKEA hack to display her collection of colorful mugs and cookware. Especially love the little shelf for Keurig cups.

As a dramatic backdrop, keep the coffee theme going with a new window covering in a rich, bold java-inspired color. Try a sip of our Designer Series Blackout Roller Shades in Cafe au Lait (shown below on the left) or Mochaccino, or treat yourself to an Espresso in our 2″ Select Classic Basswood Wood Blinds. We think you’ll love them a latte!

 

P.S. This weekend is your last chance to enjoy September Wood Blinds Savings and get an extra 5% off any of our wood blinds!

Anne B. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“We moved a few years ago to this cute ranch with a huge picture window in need of replacement. You can see in our “before picture” that we had to use several window treatments (shade, curtains, valance) to cover the expanse and still have a little privacy. 

bay window with curtains

Before

Just before your Labor Day sale our new windows were installed and they cried out for  shades. Using the guide on your site we measured and ordered three Signature Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades in Perfect White. They look fabulous, block the sun if needed, and give us privacy at night. Our small grandchildren can’t get tangled up in cords with the cordless feature. I don’t even need to rush to put up a valance because they look great just the way they are. Thank you!”

bay window with new signature light filtering cordless cellular shades

After