Tom B. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

We love getting ‘before & after’ pics from our customers, like these from Happy Customer Tom B.  He chose our Signature 2″ Faux Wood blinds in Summer White to brighten up his bathroom redo.  They’re the perfect complement to the wainscot on the bottom of the walls, don’t you think? Nice job, Tom!

Elect Great Savings This Presidents’ Day Weekend!

 

Honest, Abe. We cannot tell a lie. The truth is we’re giving you 45% + an EXTRA 15% OFF every one of our already ridiculously low prices on window blinds and shades during our 2018 Presidents’ Day Sale this weekend, Saturday, February 16 thru Monday, February 19.

Save a lot more than a few Washingtons on everything on our site, along with additional price slashes and free upgrades on select Roman shades. So for scores on your favorite window treatments, treat yourself to some time this holiday weekend on SelectBlinds.com!

 

Is Red the Color of Love for Monkeys, Too?

Home stager Roz Erlewein @stagerroz suggests adding some love to your kitchen table with a Valentine’s Day-themed tiered tray. Love-themed mugs and bowls can be used, and how adorable are the red and white measuring cups filled with little hearts? Be creative!

We’ll answer that in a minute, but first, here’s another stumper on Google search: Is it Valentine’s Day or Valentines Day?

Since February 14 is named for Saint Valentine, it’s his day, so the possessive “Valentine’s” (apostrophe s) is correct. And did you know that Valentine’s Day is also known as the Feast Day of Saint Valentine, a celebration of love and romance? (Chocolate hearts anyone? BTW, Valentine’s Day is the third biggest holiday for chocolate sales, behind Easter and Christmas and just ahead of Halloween.) But I digress. So how did red become the color of love (for people and primates)?

The color of fire and blood, red has long been associated with passion, desire and love. As well as energy, war, danger, strength, power and determination (all elements of any great love story, right?). While red is the traditional color given Valentine’s Day, just as there are many types and definitions of “love,” so are there different colors associated with it. Which brings us to the real purpose of today’s blog — using different, nontraditional colors and ways to set your valentine’s heart aflutter.

Pick from a palette of almost any color: red for white hot, fiery physical love; pink for calming, joyous love; violet for magical, mysterious love; blue for sincere love; green for balanced, healthy love; white for pure love. Then apply it to your unique style. Here’s a little inspiration from a few of our favorite Inspiring Decorators here at SelectBlinds.com, as well as some great DIY ideas from Pinterest.

Our friend Tori Dahl from The Dahl Farmhouse shared her love of blush, the “it” color for spring, in a few unique touches for Valentine’s Day. The candy hearts tray on her coffee table is the sweetest!

Who says you have to make your bed, says Tori? Rumpled sheets, mismatched pillows and a pop of red on black and white can be just enough of a hint for your Valentine to “Be Mine.” (Put a twinkle in their eye, too, with simple patio lights on the headboard.)

We sincerely love the blue hues here from diyshowoff.com.

Looking for a unique, nontraditional gift? If money is no object, here’s an amazing list of 12 lavish travel experiences designed to lavish your love on that special valentine. Passport not up to date? Why not pull down the shades at home (like one of our romantic romans) and settle in for some chocolate-covered popcorn, a bit of the bubbly and a romantic movie?

designer reserve light filtering roman shades in chili pepper

Spice things up on Valentine’s or any day with one of our Designer Reserve Light Filtering Romans. In addition to Chili Pepper (shown here), they come in lots of reds, as well as dozens of other colors and patterns.

Or how about this tasty twist on the traditional candy heart? LOVE these laser-engraved messages (“spud muffin!!!!”) Brit Morin pinned on some of her hubby’s favorite foods!

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OK, getting back to the monkeys. In a 2014 study by researchers at the University of Rochester, they found that female monkeys showed a strong bias toward images of the hindquarters of male monkeys, but only when a red frame was placed around the picture. This led the researchers to the conclusion that, to their knowledge, “it’s the first demonstration of an extraneous color effect in non-human primates.”

So this February 14th, go wild! Experiment and celebrate with extraneous colors while enjoying the Feast of Saint Valentine’s.

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Tori Dahl and her husband made this adorable paper napkin heart she found on Pinterest. Follow your heart and use any extraneous colored napkins to create one of your own! Need some more inspiration? Follow Tori @dahlfarmhouse.com.

Lester B. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. Just going to leave these right here.

3″ Room Darkening Sheer Shades in Cocoa Bean

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2-1/2″ Room Darkening Sheer Shades in Iron Evening Grey
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Thanks, Lester! These pictures are AWESOME!!!

Danika W. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

We love it when customers share their ‘before & afters!’ Like these from Happy Customer Danika W. She replaced her dated drapes with fresh new Signature 2″ Faux Wood Blinds in Summer White and Signature Smooth Vertical Blinds in White. What a difference, Danika! Nice job!

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Inspiring Decorator Alicia Armstrong, Our Vintage Nest

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Photos courtesy Alicia Armstrong

One of the best things about working at Select Blinds is getting to know and partnering with so many talented decorators. Take Alicia Armstrong. This powerhouse momma of two gets her inspiration from all things vintage. She loves painting and re-purposing furniture and is such a pro at it, she was asked to share her talents recently in a virtual Home Depot Do-It-Yourself Workshop. A quick visit to her website or IG account and you’ll see why we love her twists on making old things new again, and how she’s applied them to transform the interior of her home in NW Arkansas into one that’s a welcome respite from builder-grade, cookie-cutter lookalikes.

1. What inspired you to become a designer?

As a child, I always enjoyed watching my mom decorate with her amazing antiques and collectibles. She’s always had an eye for creating a beautiful space. Her talents are endless (from cooking, sewing, crafting, etc.). I’m so thankful for the creativity she passed on to me. She inspires me every day!
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2. What has your journey been like?

My most recent journey has been a huge blessing, filled with unimaginable opportunities, friendships and growth as a decorator. I’m so thankful for everything that I’ve experienced thus far!

3. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I’d call my style/design modern farmhouse with an emphasis on vintage decor. The two blend nicely together, I think!
Our Vintage Nest Dining Room

We’re thrilled that Alicia has made our Designer Series Woven Wood shades (here in Jute Wheat) part of her beautiful home. Check out her blog for a Room by Room Home Tour of her favorite blinds.

4. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

Oh goodness, there are quite a few from the last year. Most of them involved shiplap or adding character to a boring space. I’d have to say my son’s herringbone-patterned headboard that I built. It was my first big project using power tools without my husband! It was fun and inspired me to challenge myself with other projects! Stay tuned! 😉
herringbone headboard

5. What’s your favorite trend right now?

I typically don’t follow trends too closely. I love classic design that can be enjoyed for years to come. Antiques tell such a story with their age and patina; I love that! When it comes to colors, I’m also drawn to navy, black and white, and neutrals.
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6. What’s your favorite holiday to decorate for?

Christmas!
Alicia's bedroom

7. What are some of your hobbies apart from designing/decorating?

I love to bike ride with my family in the warmer months. We have a beautiful 30-mile bike trail in our little corner of the world. We love amusement parks and movies on the weekends!

Sarah S. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

Sarah S. selected a cool island vibe with two new shades from our exclusive Veronica Valencia Collection. She added optional blackout liners to both for more light and privacy control.

 

Veronica Valencia Island Woven Wood

Sarah went a shade lighter in another room with these breezy Veronica Valencia Island Woven Woods in Austral Island.

 

 

Brian B. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“Alexis, sorry so late with pictures, but the shades are awesome! Thank you for all of your help. From the first call, to getting the samples, to measuring, to ordering, to installing. Couldn’t be more pleased. So easy to install. Every shade fits perfect. I planned on installing one or two shades a night. They went up so easily, I did all 10 shades in a couple hours. Happy wife is a happy life!”

signature light filtering cordless top down bottom up shades

Brian worked with Select Blinds Customer Loyalty Team member Alexis Richey on ordering his new Signature Light Filtering Cordless Top Down Bottom Up shades in Antique Linen.