Regina G. and Tina V. are Happy SelectBlinds.com Customers!

Regina G. chose the Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades.

“The top down blinds are freaky awesome! They look amazing and easy to install! Love it. Love it. Love it! Thank you so much.”

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Tina V. chose the Select Single Cell Light Filtering Shades.

“We couldn’t be happier with these blinds. We should be getting the rest of our house done this coming week. We are so excited! Your prices can’t be beat and the quality is so great! I wish I would have known about Select Blinds with our old house. We tell all our friends about Select Blinds. We are completely satisfied with our purchase.”

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Creating a Comfortable, Safe Space for Fido

Your dog is a beloved part of your family. That means he should have a comfortable, safe place to live, too. Decorating for Fido is a great project for the entire family, and it’s a great opportunity to teach your children how to keep their dog safe while at home.

You don’t have to have an entire room set aside for your dog. You don’t need that to keep your dog comfortable, happy, and protected. Here’s what you do need:

A Dedicated Space

Make sure your pet has its own space.

Every member of your family enjoys having a space to call his own. Your dog is the same. Again, it doesn’t have to be an entire room. A little corner will do the trick. Have an unused space under the stairs or an awkward space in the hallway? That can be the perfect doggy nook. Having a dedicated space also helps keep the doggy supplies concentrated, hopefully cutting down the mess and the clutter in your house.

Cordless Window Coverings

Choose cordless window coverings to keep your pet safe.

Even if there aren’t windows near your dog’s dedicated space, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of corded window coverings for pets. Cordless window coverings are the safest choice for both children and pets, but if you can’t upgrade to cordless, you can simply use cord cleats to tie up the dangling cord. Dogs are curious. They love to play and explore. Make sure they’re safe, no matter what they’re doing.

A Soft Place to Rest

Dogs need a bed too.

Your dog should have a pillow, bed, or a blanket to sleep on. Give your dog every reason to get cozy and relax once in a while. Once he claims and recognizes that soft place as his own, you’ll probably find him there quite often.

Keep Things out of Reach

Just like children, pets can get into mischief.

Have some things you don’t want your pet getting into? The simple solution is to put everything up high. Sure, it can be cute to decorate Fido’s area with figurines or even low-hanging pictures, but chances are he’ll eventually figure out a way to get it, play with it, and destroy it, not to mention the damage it could do to him.

These are all basic suggestions, but they’re important. If you’re not already doing these, it’s time to create an even safer home environment for Fido. What have you done for your pet to keep them safe and comfortable at home? We’d love to see some of your ideas!

Creating a Glamorous Space

Who doesn’t love a touch of glamour in their lives? You may not want to live in a glamorous home. After all, there are times for some glamour and there are times for just relaxing and kicking your feet up. So instead of making your whole home glamorous, just focus on one space for now.

Here’s how to get started:

Pick the Right Color Palette

The easiest way to create a specific mood or feel in a space is by the color palette. To create that glamorous feel, you can choose whites, pale pastels, rich, deep colors, or bright jewel tones. The colors by themselves won’t give you pure glamour. It’s what you do with the color that makes the real difference.

Add Drama with Furniture

 

Adding visual interest and drama with your furniture is the perfect addition to a glamorous room. Add a tufted accent piece or choose a piece with dramatic, extravagant lines. Remember that including an extravagant piece doesn’t mean your living room will look over-the-top. With the right balance, glamorous can also be elegant.

Make a Statement

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Whether it’s a piece of beautiful artwork or it’s your area rug, a glamorous room must make a statement. What that statement is exactly is up to you. Don’t be afraid to be bold. One quick way to make a statement is by choosing the right window coverings. Roman shades have a natural elegance and glamour, and they’re so versatile, they complement every style, just like the ones pictured above.

Mix and Match Styles

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A glamorous room can be modern, traditional, or even Mediterranean. With that in mind, mix and match styles and even style eras to create a layered, complex, glamorous feel. Like a piece from the 1920s? Perfect! Add it alongside your favorite décor item from today. Mixing and matching styles also gives the feeling that you’ve worked on that space over a period of time rather than throwing it all together. And that can give it even more glamour.

A glamorous room is right around the corner. Don’t be afraid to make décor mistakes. Making mistakes is how you learn what works for your space and what doesn’t. And the great thing about home décor and even wall paint is it’s all easily changed, no commitment necessary.

Book Review – Lovable Livable Home by Sherry and John Petersik (Young House Love)

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If you haven’t stumbled upon the Young House Love blog, you’re missing out. They have fantastic before-and-afters, not to mention all the DIY tips and gorgeous photos of their homes.

So, when I had the opportunity to read and review their book, Lovable Livable Home, I just couldn’t resist. This book has a casual, fun, friendly vibe, which makes it easy to read and even easier to apply their ideas. Most of what they showcase is simple and budget-friendly, which makes this book a great option for everyone. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

  • It’s common to decorate a room with form and function in mind. We worry about how something works and how it looks. But there’s something missing in that equation. It’s finding meaning. The Petersiks recommend asking yourself what these objects mean to you and how do they make you feel. If you can find meaning along with form and function, you will feel at home and comfortable no matter what.
  • The perfect mix in any room is color, pattern, and texture. Sometimes if your room feels a little off, you’re missing one of these elements.
  • Childproofing isn’t the same as making your space kid-friendly. If kids live your home, your space should be inviting to everyone in the family, including the kids. Same goes with pets.
  • This one is a personal favorite – decorating with books. They’re easy to get and even easier to decorate with. They add charm and personality to any space.
  • Does your home feel a little too small for your family? You’re not alone. One family used their covered deck to extend the homey vibe, making their porch have a living room vibe.
  • If you have children, you know how much artwork they create. Chances are you have boxes of artwork in your attic, garage, or under the beds. The Petersiks give fantastic advice how to enjoy and use your kid’s art, including ironing it onto pillows or using it to create a bigger piece of art. It can be a great way to add more color and fun to your home’s decor.

Have you read this book? What was your favorite idea?

Why Window Coverings are the Secret Ingredient

Have you ever wished there was a secret ingredient to take your home décor from ordinary and dull to exciting and unique? You don’t have to wish anymore. Window blinds and shades are the secret ingredient to any room, and here’s why:

Light and Privacy Control

Light control is an important ingredient in privacy.

Window blinds and shades allow you to control the amount of light that comes into your home. You can choose to leave the blinds or shades wide open, letting in all the natural light or adjusting the shades or blinds to allow some warm light to come through, giving a soft glow to your space. The right amount of light can highlight accents in your home, creating a homey, welcoming vibe throughout your entire house. An added bonus is that you can also control your privacy while letting in the perfect amount of light.

Adds Texture

Bamboo Shades bring warmth and texture to any space.

Sometimes a room just needs a little more texture. Opt for woven or bamboo shades like these to add sophisticated and natural texture. They are subtle enough that it won’t compete with any of your décor, but noticeable enough to add value to your existing décor.

Easily Interchangeable

Swap out your window coverings with seasons.

Want an easy new look? Switch out your window blinds or shades with the season, opting for new colors, fabrics, materials, wood stains, patterns, or styles. Your options are endless, so you can have a whole new look whenever you want it.

Not Just for Windows

Use curtains for more than just windows!

You can use window shades, blinds, and curtains as closet doors or to hide less attractive things from visitors. Window blinds and shades are versatile, so wherever you decide to put them, they’ll look fantastic.

Completely Customizable

Customize your window coverings to fit your lifestyle.

Have an odd shaped window? Do you want to make a small space look bigger by exaggerated window coverings? You can do that because window coverings at SelectBlinds.com are customizable. Make the unique statement you want, and do it easily.

These days, window coverings can be whatever you want them to be: understated accents, bold focal points in your decor, or a way to add depth and texture to any space. No matter what you need in terms of decorating, window coverings are the secret ingredient. They’re what pull the whole room together.

The Best Window Coverings for Business Offices

Decorating your business office can be a little more difficult than decorating your home. When it’s your home, you have to worry about your personal style and your budget. But when it comes to decorating a large office, there are a few other things you’ll need to consider, like what makes the most sense.

To make this process easier for you, here are the best window coverings for business offices:

Aluminum Mini Blinds

Aluminum mini blinds work well in industrial settings.

This is the standard for offices, and for good reason. They’re extremely affordable and durable, which means your money goes even further. But the good news is that modern mini blinds are so much more attractive than mini blinds of old. They are now stylish, sleek, and beautiful.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are a classic.

Just like mini blinds, roller shades are budget-friendly. They’re also modern and sleek. The simple design makes it great for every window of your business office.

Honeycomb Shades

Honeycomb / Cellular shades are a great basic choice.

If you need some insulation for your windows, opt for honeycomb shades. They offer clean lines, and they’ll keep your energy bills down and saving you money.

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds are durable.

If you like the look of real wood, but you want more affordability and more durability, faux wood blinds are the perfect option. They’ll give your office space a traditional, earthy style.

What have you used in your business office?

Decorating with the Outside View in Mind

If you have an amazing view from your home, would that change how you decorate your home’s interior?
Well, it should.

Consider your view a part of your décor. In fact, it’s not just an accent; it should be the main focus. Not everyone has a beautiful view from their windows. But if you do, it’s time to accentuate it and take advantage of the unique sights your home offers.

Solar Shades

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Depending on where you live, you may need sun, light, or heat blockage, especially during the summer. If this is the case, it’s not a good idea to leave your windows uncovered. This can raise your electricity costs. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t accentuate that view. Instead, choose solar shades. The right solar shade will not restrict your view at all, but it will still provide you the sun and light blockage you need.

Sheer Shades

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Sheer shades are designed for a light, flowy look and feel. With just a soft layer over your windows, you can still enjoy the view, but the sheer shades will diffuse and filter the bright light so you get a soft glow. Sit back and enjoy the view from your window, all while keeping your home looking modern and stylish.

Simplify in Order to Accentuate

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If you really want to make your view stand out, simplify your décor. Too many bright colors or too many knick knacks will distract from your view. Choose clean lines and simplify. Simple doesn’t mean boring. You can still add flair to your home décor, but choosing to simplify will highlight your windows.

Make the View the Star Attraction

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Place your furniture so the window is the focus of the room. When you have guests, you’ll want them to appreciate and enjoy the view. So turn chairs and couches toward the windows. Make it the star attraction, just as it deserves to be.

The view from your windows may be an external benefit, but why not center your entire home’s interior on that feature? It’s just one more way to add personality, individuality, and uniqueness to your home. You don’t want your home to be like every other home. So, find what makes it unique and emphasize it. In this case, it’s your stellar view!

Book Review – Space Planning by Layla Palmer

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Title: Space Planning

Author: Layla Palmer

Format: PDF e-book

Link: http://theletteredcottage.net/space-planning-ebook

This is an easy-to-understood book that takes the reader through the basics of space planning and how it pertains to decorating your house. The best part were the graphs, charts, and visuals she created to show how easy it can be.

Layla Palmer discusses how space planning can actually help you become happier and more successful in life. What an interesting concept! When your home is in order, you life will soon follow.

While she discusses the emotional benefits of space planning, Palmer also provides applicable, relevant information on how you can space plan in your own home. To start, she suggests starting from above. It helps you visualize the room better and gives you a better view of the space you’re working with, including traffic patterns, windows, and even wall outlets. The graphs and charts she provides even can help you determine the room’s true focal point, and that’s where the real decorating begins.

Palmer also recommends space planning even before buying any furniture. These helpful tips and tricks will give you the basic knowledge you need to adequately plan your space correctly and create the feel and vibe you’ve always wanted.

And you know what? It’s free!

Have you read it? What did you think?