Best Backyard Ideas for 4th of July

Kid with funny 4th of July goggles on

If you’re like many of us who will be spending the 4th of July at home this year, we thought we’d share some of our favorite, easy-sneezy and inexpensive DIY ideas to help make your backyard bash a star-spangled success!

DIY Decor

Break out the bunting and decorate the deck and patio with your own DIY decor, like these fun wooden firecrackers you can make in just 15 minutes!

Craft wooded Fourth of July Firecrackers

Have Your Own Hot Dog Eating Contest

Challenge your friends and family on Zoom or FaceTime to see if someone can beat the competitors at the original Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Find some fun hotdog recipes online, or go with the basics and break out the buns for some gut-busting fun!

Biscuit Wrapped Hotdogs for Fourth of July

Plan a Patriotic Menu

In addition to firing up the grill for burgers and brats, keep the menu cool and eat red, white and blue! Check out Pinterest for easy recipes like this flag fruit tray and layered libations for kids and adults alike.

Salty sweet fruit tray
Learn the Recipe for Patriotic Punch
Make your own Patriotic Punch

Get Your Game On

Add a 4th of July theme to almost any of your favorite games. Test your trivia knowledge of our country’s history or host a virtual 1776 themed scavenger hunt. Find lots of other ideas for games to play virtually or together at home when you Google 4th of July games!

Strike Up the Band!

No 4th of July party is complete without a patriotic playlist. What songs would you add to this one?

Don’t Forget the Fireworks

It wouldn’t be the 4th without fireworks, right? With social distancing in full force across most of the country, many traditional fireworks shows have been scaled down or cancelled. But it’s American ingenuity for the win with lots of communities hosting drive-in displays, so check your local listings (and don’t forget to wear your mask!). Or watch them on TV from the comfort of your couch.

And while you’re on the couch, why not save some money, too? Shop our 4th of July Sales Extravaganza for savings of 30% PLUS an extra 20% on EVERYTHING! No mask or social distancing needed. Just jump online and start saving now on blinds you’ll love at SelectBlinds.com!

Alicia @ourvintagenest curated this cozy corner window treatment to watch fireworks from with shutters and woven wood blinds
Shop this cozy Classic Faux Wood Shutter and Designer Series Woven Woods combo curated by Alicia @ourvintagenest, and everything from all-aluminum blinds to zebra shades during our spectacular 4th of July Sales Event! Get savings of 50% sitewide!

Hitting the Road Again? How to Rev Up Your RV in Style

RV driving down highway

Summer is here and that means one thing: ROAD TRIP!!!

With June being National Camping Month and states reopening after the long winter and spring of COVID-19, it’s a great time to hit the highway. And a great excuse to renovate the RV. Whether you’re rolling in a vintage Airstream, custom Sprinter van, 5-wheeler, or converted Partridge Family-style bus, here are some easy and flat-out kickass ways to update and makeover your mobile motor home on wheels … with gas money to spare.

Paint Over the Past

Refresh that boring brown or beige RV interior with bright white and bold color. With a little sand paper and elbow grease, your existing laminated particleboard cupboards will look like a breath of fresh air once you give them a coat or two of new paint. Let nature be your palette!

2 In Select American Hardwood Blinds in RV bedroom
Can’t stop dreaming about this beautiful rolling bedroom! Designed by RV reno experts Jed and Katey Wiley of Stagecoach Detail & Design, you won’t be able to wait to pull off the road for the night and climb in. The bold blue-and-white theme is artfully accented by our 2″ Select American Hardwood blinds and the homey touches sweet dreams are made of.

Get a Foothold with New Flooring

Pull up that peeling kitchen tile or matted and moldy old carpet and put down new, road rugged vinyl or wood laminate planks. Throw in a colorful area rug to brighten up and separate small living spaces.

Lighten Up the Look of Windows & Doors

Mini blinds have long been the standard for RV windows, but if it’s time to replace those old, cracked, cheap plastic slats, try all-aluminum minis in shiny new colors. New solar shades or blackout cellular shades are also a great choice to reduce road glare and to keep out prying eyes at the campsite. Consider motorized blinds for your motor home, too, so you can adjust incoming light without taking your eyes off the road. Need more ideas? Check out our RV Window Covering Buying Guide.

Barn door in RV
Here’s some more inspo from our friends @stagecoachdetaildesign. Ditch the old bi-fold doors in your RV and save space with a sliding barn door. And try more non-traditional window coverings for your travels, like these Premiere Woven Woods (lined, of course, for more privacy and light control at night).

What About the Walls?

Treat your walls on wheels just like the ones at home. Paint them over in a contrasting color to complement your new cabinetry. Turn a small space into an eye-catching accent with a bold, patterned wallpaper. Recover them with shiplap (real or wallpaper!) or repurposed/reclaimed wood, which makes a great headboard in the bunk area. Add inexpensive peel and stick subway or glass tiles in the head or behind the kitchen sink for an updated backsplash.

RV kitchen with subway tile
We love following professional RV dweller Cassidy on @couchinthecorner, and how she brightened up her RV’s tiny corner kitchen with press-on subway tile. If you look closely, you can see the Classic Vinyl Blackout Roller blinds she replaced the original bulky box valance with under the cabinets to let in more light and make the space look bigger.

Pull Out All the Stops

Even tiny touches like unique cabinet pulls can make a BIG difference in your RV’s decor without putting a big dent in the budget. Change out your old standard pulls with new ones that express your personality on galley cabinets, desk drawers, closet doors and storage cubbies. They make great hooks for towels, outerwear and the dog’s leash, too.

Leave the Light On

Light up mobile living spaces or set the mood with fun, fresh new wall sconces, generator-saving, under cabinet LED lighting, or sleek new track lighting, like this:

Interior of renovated vintage Airstream RV
Office space by day, dinner with a view at night. The updated interior of this vintage Airstream has it all: original aluminum walls accented with bold, fresh color; sleek, modern track lighting and a cozy throw on the updated flooring. Photo: Blog.RVShare.com

Who says you can’t roll on down the highway in style without breaking the budget? Happy trails!

Designing Dads Are No Joke

Save 30% and take an additional 15% or B2G1 free on everything sitewide on Sunday, June 21 during our Father’s Day Sale!

How many dads does it take to hang a blind?

Well, that depends on who you ask.

Not much of a punchline, but when faced with the question “do you have faith your husband can handle basic home repairs?”, 61% of women answered “No.”

No doubt. Some can’t even hang a curtain rod, like this dad candidly admits.

But then there are those husbands and dads who aren’t daunted by DIY tasks. Some, in fact, who more than excel in the DIY department. So, in celebration of Father’s Day 2020, we thought we’d give a tip of the hammer to some designing dads we know. Who says DIY home decor and design is the exclusive domain of women?

Meet Jason and Brian,

two dadsbydesign who are “slowly” DIY-ing their 1950’s fixer-upper in Salt Lake City while raising their rambunctious 2-year-old daughter, Sydney. From the floorboards up, they’ve been painting, plastering and picking out just the right finishes to make their home their own — including this sleek looking art ledge they built and hung in the living room. All by themselves.

We’re thrilled that Jason and Brian chose — and easily installed themselves, of course — our Designer Series Woven Wood shades for the living room and cozy nook (Ellie’s favorite space in the house, below) that adjoins it.

And Jamin and Ashley,

husband and wife owners of rehab and design firm The Handmade Home in Franklin, Tennessee. Keeping up with three kids, clients and DIY projects for their own sprawling home is a never-ending job. But a look at the pictures here and you can tell they’re really great at it. (Seriously. Can I just move into their handmade hide-away in the backyard? Like right now.)

Jamin ordered our Designer Reserve Woven Wood shades in Antigua Ocean accented with Grey Linen tapes for this cozy kitchen corner they designed and built for a delighted client.

Winning designs — and dads — like these are no joke. But no Father’s Day would be complete without dad cracking a few, right? So check out some classic dad jokes, from “Why can’t a nose be 12 inches long? Because then it would be a foot.” to “I used to hate facial hair, but then it grew on me.” Get it? Ba-da-bum.

Handy (or funny) or not, we bet even your dad can hang our blinds. And that’s no joke. So be sure to check out our Father’s Day Sale, too. Shop today, Sunday, June 21, and save 30% PLUS your choice of either an extra 15% off everything or buy 2, get 1 FREE!

Happy Father’s Day!

What Will You Do Today to Make Life Beautiful?

This is your life - make it beautiful!

June 11 Is National Making Life Beautiful Day

National Making Life Beautiful Day celebrates those who make life beautiful. From street artists, to podcast pundits, to volunteers, to teachers, to all those who work to help heal the wounded, ease the hearts of the weary and empower others to be the best person they can be. When you create beauty by building relationships and helping others, your actions create a ripple effect, making life beautiful not just for yourself, but for everyone around you, too.

Street art can be beautiful!
Finding beauty in the every day isn’t hard. Just look around. A local artist transformed a plain community bench into a welcoming community couch. Photo from Criatividade (Creativity) Facebook group.

The beautiful thing about National Making Life Beautiful Day? We can all do something simple to make life beautiful for ourselves and others. Not just on June 11 but every day. Here are just a few ways.

  1. Spontaneous acts of simple human kindness are a beautiful thing. Hold a door open for someone. Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly or home bound neighbor. Give a caregiver a much needed break by enabling them some time to take care of themselves.
  2. Express yourself and share your talent with the world. Take or paint a picture. Write a letter or a book. Send a card. Make music. Sing a song. Dance. Take a TikTok video of something you think is beautiful.
  3. Pay someone a compliment. Give a stranger your smile.
  4. Volunteer. Share your talents with a cause or organization you’re passionate about. Helping a community garden grow, donating to a local food bank, fostering or adopting an animal from the local shelter are all great ways to let your inner beauty shine through.
  5. Tell the people you love you love them. Love is the most beautiful thing of all. So share and show it. Give those you love your time. Over a meal or watching a movie. With a call or a hug.
  6. Get outside. Take time to appreciate the beauty in nature. Watch the sun rise or set. Walk on the beach or through the mountains. Play in the park. Watch the clouds shift shapes. Smell the flowers and arrange them in a beautiful bouquet to brighten a room.
  7. Add things to your home that bring joy and beauty. Frame and display your favorite photos. Re-purpose a piece of old furniture. Change a room’s color scheme. Plant a garden or try out your green thumb by switching out your artificial plants with real ones.
  8. Take a stand. Stand up for something you believe in and use your voice to advocate positive change.

How are you celebrating the beauty in your life? Share how you’re making life beautiful today by using #MakingLifeBeautifulDay on social media.

Premier Woven Wood shades are beautiful in this window.
Making life beautiful can be as simple as making a change to your interior decor. Love this casual aesthetic? Check out our Premier Woven Wood shades to get it.

#blindswelove — and you did, too!

The results are in! Congratulations to Tina Morelli, our Happy Customer #blindswelove winner for April. Our IG and Facebook followers were all aTwitter about how Tina styled her beautiful bedroom windows with our Designer Ultimate Woven Wood Shades in Oahu Sand.

Would you like to win a $250 Visa gift card like Tina did? We’ll be announcing last month’s winner shortly, so now’s the time to enter for your chance to win in June. Just share a picture or two of your new window treatments from Select Blinds on Facebook, IG, or Twitter with the hashtag #blindswelove. Be sure to make your post public and tag along with us @selectblinds so we can see it, and you’ll be entered to win!

Get Memorable Savings This Memorial Day!

Keep your social distance and save 40% PLUS an extra 10% ON EVERYTHING!

This Memorial Day weekend may not be how we’re used to celebrating, but you can definitely celebrate the fact that you’ll get up to 50% in total savings during our 2020 Memorial Day Sales Event!

And we mean everything! Absolutely all of our high-quality, custom window treatments are on sale now through Memorial Day. Shop online safely while social distancing with deep discounts and amazing deals on our best-selling cellular and honeycomb window coverings, bamboo and woven woods, romans, rollers, solar shades for indoors and out, shutters, real and faux wood blinds, designer sheers, dazzling dual-roller zebra blinds, classic drapery, all-aluminum minis, panel tracks and verticals. Save, too, on remote control and motorized products that work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Have hard-to-reach windows like skylights and arches? Motorization is the best way to go!

So get ready for summer with our best deals and discounted prices on everything on our site! You get FREE SHIPPING on everything, too! Save time and money on blinds you’ll love this holiday weekend. Start shopping and saving now here on SelectBlinds.com!

Looking for the Best Blackout Shades During Sleep Awareness Week? Wirecutter Found ‘Em for You!

Select Blinds Signature Cordless Blackout Shade from SelectBlinds.com

For most of you, Daylight Saving Time started last Sunday. Which means most of us — except those of us here in Arizona — lost an hour of sleep Sunday night when time ‘sprang forward.’ If you haven’t caught up on those shortened zzz’s yet, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) and Select Blinds have some tips for you.

NSF 2020 Sleep In America Poll Infographic

Corresponding with the start of Daylight Saving Time each year, the NSF introduced Sleep Awareness Week to remind us how to make beneficial changes in our sleep routines to improve our sleep and overall health. Here are some things you can do:

That last point is where we can help. SelectBlinds.com offers a variety of blackout and room darkening blinds to keep sleeping areas quiet and practically light-free. In the dark about picking the best blackout shade? Wirecutter can shed some serious light on that question, too.

The curators and creators of “best of” lists for everyday items people shop for, Wirecutter journalists spent 25 hours on research, interviewed five industry experts and tested 12 models to find the best blackout blind for you. Their conclusion? (Drum roll, please.) Our very own Select Blinds Classic Cordless Blackout Shade!

Select Blinds Signature Cordless Blackout Shade from SelectBlinds.com

“We like cellular shades because they look good, effectively block light, and are easy to install. Our panel unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds Classic Cordless Blackout Shade is the one they’d most like in their homes,” writes Wirecutter’s Jack Smith. “The polyester shade looks and feels noticeably better in quality than other shades we considered. Among the shades we tested, it has one of the widest selections of sizes and colors, and it’s covered by a three-year warranty, the longest of any model we considered.

“If you’re interested in a version of our pick that offers additional insulation and durability, you might consider getting the Select Double Cell Blackout Shade. And if you’re looking for a shade that combines traditional and blackout shade functionality, consider the top-down bottom-up Premium Light Filtering/Blackout Cordless Shade.”

Read Wirecutter’s complete guide here. If you need any more help in choosing a room darkening or blackout shade, check out our own Buying Guides for bedroom, nursery and home theater window coverings.

“We like cellular shades because they look good, effectively block light, and are easy to install. Our panel unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds Classic Cordless Blackout Shade is the one they’d most like in their homes,” writes Wirecutter’s Jack Smith. “The polyester shade looks and feels noticeably better in quality than other shades we considered. Among the shades we tested, it has one of the widest selections of sizes and colors, and it’s covered by a three-year warranty, the longest of any model we considered.

“If you’re interested in a version of our pick that offers additional insulation and durability, you might consider getting the Select Double Cell Blackout Shade. And if you’re looking for a shade that combines traditional and blackout shade functionality, consider the top-down bottom-up Premium Light Filtering/Blackout Cordless Shade.”

Read Wirecutter’s complete guide here. If you need any more help in choosing a room darkening or blackout shade, check out our own Buying Guides for bedroom, nursery and home theater window coverings.

Designer Sleep Shades
For the most complete blackout effect, try our Designer Sleep Shades. Featuring unique side tracks, they block out 99% of incoming light. Perfect for baby’s room, bedrooms and the family media room.

Still having trouble falling asleep? Reading in bed always helps me. See if you can identify with any of the findings of this year’s Sleep in America poll, the NSF’s annual review of current sleep topics.

Have any other tips for a good night’s sleep? Leave them in the comments below.

Sweet dreams.

Baby Yoda sleep meme

How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse (Without Gaining 20 lbs from Eating Ice Cream)

Remorseful man with hands over face
Photo by Christian Erfurt on Unsplash

At some point we’ve all learned: wine and Amazon don’t mix.

Besides making you a prime target for porch pirates, buying something you don’t really need or getting something and realizing it’s not what you really wanted thanks to those late-night shopping sprees can leave you with a severe case of buyer’s remorse — and a few unwanted pounds.

Buyer’s remorse strikes almost all of us at one time or another. And we all handle it differently. In a fun little poll we took recently, finding solace from it in the form of food and drink (specifically wine and chocolate) was one way our followers shared. An equal number turned things around by buying more stuff, while a few others had a good soak in the tub and cried it out.

woman in bathtub with head down
Photo by Tophee Marquez from Pexels

Most people, though, simply choose to cancel or return their order. Which is easy to do with Select Blinds. In fact, we give you a 24-hour grace (or sobering up) period before sending your order on to our manufacturing plant. Just so you can make sure you’ve got everything right or that you aren’t having any second thoughts.

Another way we help you avoid buyer’s remorse? Our 90-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If there’s a defect in a product’s material or workmanship, or if it isn’t made to the exact size and specifications you ordered, we promise to make it right at no cost to you for up to 90 days from the date of purchase.

And if you’re not happy with your custom covering for any other reason within the first 90 days — you don’t like the color, you need a different mount or lift style, changed your mind about a feature, etc. – we’ll remake that same product in the same size for the same great discount price you originally paid, plus an additional 10% off.

Even if you make a mistake on your order, we have you covered. With our F.I.T. Guarantee, if you have an “oops!” moment measuring your window and your custom covering doesn’t fit, simply call us and we’ll remake that exact same product for you (one remake per order) for free within 30 days of the date your order was delivered. (You just cover a small $10 shipping fee.)

Ordering lots of free samples is another way to make sure you’ll never be sorry for shopping with us. Try up to 15 at a time to find the perfect color and type of blinds you’ll love. Reviewing some of the hundreds of thousands of 5-star reviews and pictures we get from happy customers (check them out, right here on The Blinds Spot) will give you even more peace of mind. And if you need a little inspiration, follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to see how some of your favorite social influencers use our custom blinds and shades in their most popular projects.

With our team of experienced window design experts always here to help, you’ll never have to worry about getting something you don’t want or need. Just call or click to talk with us and turn that frown upside down!

So don’t worry about that extra glass of wine. Now that you know you can shop responsibly and remorse-free here on SelectBlinds.com!

Designer contemporary faux wood blinds
Move faux-ward! Take an extra 5% off faux wood blinds like our 2″ Designer Contemporary Faux Woods through March!


As Seen on TV: You Don’t Have to Go to Hell and Back to Get Great Blinds!

Get a taste of our Lifestyle Light Filtering Roller Shades, featured in Episode 6 of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 HRS to Hell and Back!

Quick! Name that product:

“It slices! It dices! It makes mounds of julienne fries in just seconds.”

It’s the Ronco Veg-O-Matic! But wait! There’s more!

The iconic Veg-O-Matic manual food processor hawked in late-night TV commercials back in the ’70s by company founder Ron Popeil, spawned the birth of the modern-day infomercial format and a slew of “as seen on TV” gadgets no home should be without. (Who could forget his famous Pocket Fisherman?) The genre has become so popular, As Seen on TV, Inc. is now a leading marketer and online retailer, selling thousands of products you’ll recognize from TV commercials.

As seen on TV - The classic Veg-O-Matic
The classic Veg-O-Matic

While you won’t see our custom window shades and blinds on their website, you will see them on many popular TV shows this season. Foodie fanatics can feast their eyes on these SelectBlinds.com products during Season 3 of “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” now airing on the Fox network:

And for those with an eye for design and style, you may have seen our custom coverings in the very first season of Netflix’s “Queer Eye.” In episode 8, “Hose before Bros,” The Fab 5 gave a firehouse a hot new look featuring 2″ Select American Hardwood Blinds. (Spoiler alert: You’ll see even more products in upcoming episodes of the new sixth season, so stay tuned!)

Queer Eye: Hose before Bros
This firehouse design is on fire, thanks to the Fab 5!

We’ve worked with the boys on other projects, too. Just look at the AH-mazing transformation the parents’ home of Fab 5’s Bobby Berk underwent with some treasures from Target and our designer favorite woven woods on the windows. (You won’t believe the before and afters!) Mom and dad, can we move back in???

Bobby Berk designed living room
Antigua Natural was just that for the color Bobby chose for the Designer Reserve Woven Woods he used in the living, master and guest bedrooms. (Image credit: Bobby Berk @bobby and Marisa Vitale @marisavitalephoto)

What’s your favorite TV show and which of our Miz Marvelous window treatments would you like to see showcased? Let us know with a comment below! And shop commercial-free for all of these same great looks right here on SelectBlinds’ website!