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I ordered 9 cordless double cell light filtering 3/8″ shades and 2 of the same but lift cords because if the size Best product ever!! Love them and have recommended them to everyone ! Thanks for making such a quality product at such a great price! – Deborah D. – product ordered – Cordless 3/8″ Double Cell Light Filter Shade

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How to Open Up a Small Bedroom

Your bedroom is supposed to be the place where you can shut the door and escape to your own private refuge, but if you’re dealing with a small space, it can be difficult to fully relax and breathe deep. Not all houses come equipped with grand master bedrooms, but don’t lose hope just yet; there are many tricks and resources you can utilize that will help open up your bedroom and allow it to transform into the safe haven it’s meant to be.

Bring in the Light

A small room with poor lighting is bound to feel like a closed-in cave, so be generous with the light you’re utilizing. If you have a window, avoid covering it with dark curtains or shades, but instead, consider investing in a decorative set of blinds. Wooden blinds add a sophisticated touch, but unlike curtains, they allow you to have complete control over the amount of light you’re bringing in. Natural light creates a fresh and open feeling in any room, so try and maximize any sunlight that’s available.

For evening hours and cloudy days, you can still have access to natural looking lighting by replacing a few of your incandescent bulbs with halogen bulbs (they produce the most sun-like glow). The right set-up of lamps, sconces, or chandeliers can make a room appear much larger than it really is. The trick is to make sure the room is evenly lit to avoid dark shadows from occupying certain corners of the room.

Stick to Light Colors

If your room is already small, a dark color scheme will add to the claustrophobic experience, so stick to light, airy colors. Pastels work great in helping a room feel more expansive, so find a combination of lighter shades of greens, creams, blues, or purples that you like and keep those in mind when you pick out paints, linens, furniture, and décor.

Organize and Decorate Vertically

Decorating vertically allows a room to appear to have more depth, so always try and decorate from top to bottom instead of side to side. A tall, vertical mirror is a great choice to place in a small room because it will help reflect any light which creates an illusion of a bigger space.

Vertical tapestries, paintings, and family portraits are other options that that will help add a comfortable touch to your personal space, but it’s imperative to avoid adding too many ornaments to your room as this will create a congested feel that will defeat the purpose of your original intention.

Minimize to Open

A small room packed full of furniture, decorations, and clutter is going to appear even tinier than it already is, so take a minimalist’s approach to your bedroom. As mentioned before, decorate sparingly, but also reduce the amount of furniture you’re bringing it; try only allow room for your bed, a vertical bookshelf, a nightstand, a dresser(if that can’t fit in your closet), and if it’s absolutely needed, a chair for reading or lounging. If you have a TV, consider trying to hang it up on your wall so that you can avoid a TV stand in the middle of the room. Lastly, never let your room get too cluttered with dirty laundry, dishes, or any other odds and ends that easily find their way onto the floor. A clean and tidy space always appears larger than one that’s unorganized and messy.

Just because you happen to have a small bedroom to work with doesn’t mean it can’t be a space for you to feel free, open, and more importantly, relaxed. By using some lighting and color tricks, as well as keeping up with a minimalistic and vertical approach to decorating, you’ll have no problem turning your bedroom into a larger and more comfortable paradise where you can unwind and de-stress.

Ross Donald is a freelance writer and home design enthusiast. When he’s not looking for new ways to rearrange his home, he writes about lighting fixtures and design theories.

Happy Customers and Wood Woven Shades

Bamboo Shades are also called Woven Wood Shades

I want to commend Select Blinds for doing a top notch job in all respects. I ordered woven wood shades and they were absolutely beautiful. I made a mistake in measuring. Select Blinds re-cut them at no charge and sent them back to me, also at no charge. Amazing, amazing customer service. I’m on the website now to order more shades. You will love dealing with this company.

Mini Blinds from SelectBlinds.com

Just installed aluminum mini-blinds on two bathroom windows…soooo easy! I loved that I didn’t have to do any fancy math to measure…just send you the measurements and go! After installing them, my husband, the reluctant installer, said “they sure are making blinds easier to install than I remember!”. Yes, these were so simple and the brackets are completely hidden behind the top rail. Love, love, love this product!

My Favorite Window Coverings at Select Blinds

When asked about my favorite window covering, it is a difficult choice for only one answer. Select Blinds carries many different styles all of which are great quality and competitive pricing, you really have to think about the options rather than IF it’s a good buy.

Out of all the window coverings I could recommend from my personal experience, Cellular-Honeycomb and Solar-Roller shades stand out among the rest. These shades have multi-functional options that can give a room multiple appearances and come in modern colors and attractive patterns. In addition to being trend setters with their designs, these durable materials are mostly made with environmental conscientious ingredients that are rated to last a life time.

Between the two, Cellular shades tend to give better light control and insulation for energy efficiency/noise reducing benefits while Solar Shades are made to be durable in all window applications with various light emitting factors and patterns. If I could choose only one, I believe the Cellular-Honeycomb shades would be the most practical and my favorite. Although both are a great for any application and can come with Cordless or Motorized controls, I would benefit mostly from the Cellular-Honey comb features including the Top-down/Bottom-up option and various insulation factors.

I would be happy with any Select Blind window treatment with the confidence of a great company standing behind their product.

Author: Ethan Hilles, Select Blinds Dealer Sales

Six Great Reasons to Give DIY Projects a Try

Give DIY a try and I bet you will impress yourself.

Embarking on a DIY project may seem like a lot of unnecessary work and hassle – but have you really considered the benefits of undertaking some personal home improvements?

Even if you consider yourself far from being a “dab hand” at DIY projects, there are many smaller-scale projects that bring just as much satisfaction while requiring little or no handywork skills.

So why should you consider taking up some DIY projects in your spare time – what are the real advantages?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here are six perfectly good reasons why you ought to be doing DIY projects.

1. Rewarding

The self-fulfilment that you receive from starting and finishing your own project is difficult to replicate. While the actual project itself may not be the most compelling task that you’ll ever perform, the final product will provide you with a self-efficacy boost that is well worth the effort you’ve put in. Similarly, your DIY project is something to show off to your friends or family – making you feel proud of your work.

2. The Cost

Typically, sourcing your own materials – such as simply buying a tin of paint and a brush – is much more cost effective than hiring professional tradesmen. It may take a little more time for the work to be completed, sure, but for an extra few dollars in your back pocket, that could well be worth it.

3. Bond With Others

If you’re working on a larger-scale project, like painting a large room, then don’t hesitate to get friends or family involved. You can use the exercise as an excellent way to bond, improve communication and spend time with others.

4. Work At Your Own Pace

The great thing about DIY projects are that you can work at your own pace and set your own limits. For beginners, this is ideal. There are no pressures of working within a time frame and you can take on your project in your spare time and when you feel up to it.

5. A Productive Hobby

If you find yourself sitting in front of the TV or playing video games during your spare time then getting stuck into a bit of DIY project can act as a welcome alternative to your sedentary habits – and you’ll feel much better for it. Just being more productive in your extra-curricular activities will provide you with a rewarding psychological enhancement.

6. You Become Active

As stated previously, because DIY isn’t a sedentary activity, more often than not, it will get you up on your feet and force you into some physical movement – which is always a vital part of living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Author information: Matthew Wood is a regular blogger who enjoys developing engaging and informative articles on a range of topics. This particular entry has been written on behalf of the DIY Kitchen and Flooring provider Finsa Home.

The Interior Design Alphabet – 26 Project Ideas

Interior design is a little like marmite; you either love it or hate it! If you are a lover then this post is most definitely for you as it runs through 26 different projects or interior design features that could be introduced in your home, following the lovely letters of the alphabet of course! So, prepare yourself for a few great ideas and the odd questionable use of a letter to make it fit with the theme; it’s not that easy you know!

A is for Accessories

Accessories are often the finishing touches to a room, but have to be the first on this particular list! Consider accessories that will compliment your overall design choice, and be sure to read on as there will be a few that pop up further down this list!

B is for Bathrooms

As one of the most used rooms, your bathroom needs to work for you and your family. For those with busy lifestyles, consider removing the bath and replacing with a stylish shower unit to make washing as time efficient as possible.

C is for Chairs

If your dining room chairs are looking a little worse for wear, try replacing the fabric on the seat and painting them in a new color to give them a fresh, improved look.

D is for Dreaming

Your bedroom should be a space that encourages relaxation and good dreams, so incorporate soft lighting to relax you as soon as you walk into the room after a busy and stressful day at work.

E is for Extravagant

There is nothing wrong with going for something a little out of the ordinary, so for an extravagant interior design, consider the use of bright, bold colors and unexpected design features such as fish tanks in walls and large chandeliers hanging from the ceilings.

F is for Fancy

On the flip side to extravagant is fancy, so for a high end finish, prepare yourself to pay a little more initially. A great way to achieve a really fancy finish is to invest in some designer wallpaper that can create a stunning focal point when introduced onto just one wall in your lounge.

G is for Green

Being environmentally friendly is very important in today’s society, so go for energy saving light bulbs, energy efficient window coverings or double glazing to achieve this and save money in the long run.

H is for Hearts

Hearts are very popular interior design accessories at present and can effectively express the love that you have for your newly designed home.

I is for Intrigue

Everyone needs a little intrigue in their life, and while you might not initially think it, this can be achieved through your interior design. Going for something a little different in terms of color and/or features will soon have visitors intrigued and asking questions about your thought processes!

J is for Jacks

Since the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics, Brits have been proud to be British, which has been reflected in the rise in popularity of Union Jack accessories. From cushions to quilt covers, the Union Jack theme can be introduced in many areas of the home.

K is for Kitchens

A kitchen can be improved through small projects such as replacing door handles and painting units or through more elaborate projects such as the introduction of a center island or the purchase of brand new equipment.

K is for kitchen.

L is for Love

In order to get the home you want and can be proud of, you will need to show it a lot of love and commitment during the improvement process.

M is for Mirrors

Mirrors are always a popular design choice and are a great way of making a small room look considerably larger than it actually is.

N is for Nautical

The nautical theme can work particularly well in bathrooms, and can be reflected through the simple introduction of shells and related imagery around the room.

O is for Outdoors

The outdoors can be brought in through the use of pot plants and flowers around the home, in addition to introducing large windows or patio doors that open straight out onto your garden to create a smooth flow between your outside space and your home.

P is for Paint

Quite an obvious choice for this letter of the alphabet, however a fresh lick of paint can do wonders for a room and is a project that the whole family can get involved in!

Q is for Quilt Covers

For a quick, easy and cheap way of changing the look of your bedroom, head out and buy a new quilt cover. There are hundreds of different designs available, so consider what you want to achieve in terms of appearance and buy a new quilt cover accordingly.

R is for Relaxation

We should all be able to relax in our own homes, so consider introducing features that encourage this such as large bean bags or go one step further and create a room designed specifically for relaxation with mood lighting and comfy seating.

R is for Relaxation

S is for Sofa

A new sofa can instantly improve a lounge and also provide you with a comfy space to relax in front of the TV of an evening.

T is for Tiling

If the tiles in your bathroom and kitchen are stained and the grout discoloured, re-tiling is one short yet highly effective improvement project you can complete over the course of a weekend.

U is for Unity

Try to create good unity between the rooms of your home, making sure the interior design flows well from one room into another. This can be achieved by incorporating aspects of the design in one room into small parts of another.

V is for Versatility

This really refers to furniture as there are many items of furniture that can serve dual purposes, making for a great addition should space be limited. One example of this could be a bed with storage units underneath that avoid the need for a chest of drawers in a small bedroom.

W is for Windows

Your windows can be seen from both the inside and out, so consider decorative patterns in the glass and of course go for double glazing to save money on those ever rising energy bills.

X is for X-tra seats

A questionable use of the letter X however extra seating in a room can always be advantageous, particularly if you entertain guests on a regular basis.

Y is for Yellow

If you want to create a bright, airy, feel good home, the use of yellow can be very effective. While in the depths of winter, yellow can have you looking forward to the brighter spring and summer months to come.

Z is for Zesty

A very tenuous link to your sense of smell, however there are many air fresheners and candles that can lead to beautiful aromas, including those that are zesty, resonating around your home. There you go, 26 different interior design projects and ideas, both large and small, that you can work your way through and are sure to have a positive impact on your home once completed. Enjoy!

This post was written by Oliver Kyle for Timber Flooring Wharehouse; retailers of all the products you are likely to need to make a positive interior design difference to your bathroom.

We Get by with a Little Help from our Friends…

Please help our friends over at the Art Feeds charity by voting for them to receive the American Giving Awards grant. Hurry because the voting ends on December 4th.

Art Feeds is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that conducts mobile programs within schools and after school programs on a consistent basis with over 2600 elementary students who have undergone trauma and overcome obstacles in Joplin, MO.

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Here is what they would do with the grant money:

Art Feeds is up to win the American Giving Awards and a $1MM grant. To us, this means 30,000 children. Currently, Art Feeds reaches 2600 children on a weekly basis with free therapeutic art and creative education programs. We are based out of Joplin, MO, which was ripped apart by an EF5 tornado leaving 65% of Joplin destroyed. Our programs are mobile and move into the school to help the students create and heal past the trauma they have faced constantly, for the long term. $1MM would allow Art Feeds to reach every child in Joplin- 5,000 students weekly. Art Feeds would then expand the model into 4 new communities with Art Feeds Chapters to help hurting children create, grow and heal. The grant would allow us to impact over 30,000 children in communities worldwide in the next 2 years.

Is it Time to Update those Window Coverings?

Window coverings is a great term. It is very descriptive, in that you know exactly what it means. Window coverings, simply put, cover your window. At the same time, window coverings is an incredibly vague term. One could be talking about blackout blinds, or one could be talking about draperies. I speak from personal experience here, as I actually searched for new window coverings recently. Let me get to the end result, and then share some facts about the word window coverings. If you’re shopping for custom blinds and shades, do it online, and go directly to SelectBlinds.com. They have virtually every window covering product that you could possibly need, other than draperies.

Blinds vs. Shades

Blinds and shades is another example of a phrase that is both very descriptive, and very vague. If you yourself are using the term, you obviously know to what you are referring. But it is entirely possible that someone else could be confused. Are you looking for blinds, or are you looking for shades. And if you are looking for blinds, are they custom blinds, which are made utilizing several types of materials, or are you looking for the old fashion, somewhat cheap blinds looking, vinyl mini blinds. My message here is that you should be specific, if you know what you want. Window shades are totally different than window blinds.

Window shades allow the option of providing a blackout window covering. Blackout blinds don’t really exist. A window blind is made of slats, whether a horizontal blind or a vertical blind. No matter how tightly you close the slats, there is no way to achieve the effect of a true blackout blind. First of all, you would have to order no holes privacy, which wraps the lift cords around the slats, rather than running thru the slats, which requires a tiny hole being drilled into each slat in multiple locations. The other challenge is the way blinds are cut. They just will not get snugged up enough to the sides of the window casing to achieve a true blackout blind effect.

Blackout shades and room darkening shades will provide the best light blocking in pretty much every situation. Roller shades, honeycomb shades, and Roman shades, can all be ordered as either room darkening shades or blackout shades. The Roman shades are made with a liner that provides the different levels of light blockage, while roller shades and honeycomb shades use an entirely different fabric from light filtering to room darkening, to blackout.

Back to Select Blinds for a minute. This is an easy to understand site. If you know what you’re looking for, you can click directly on the category. If you are not sure which type of window covering is right for you, they have a way to shop by the feature that is important to you. You can shop by blackout, cordless, lift style, like top down / bottom up, or several other methods. Selectblinds even has a measuring guarantee, in the unlikely event that you measured incorrectly.

Easy Decorating Magazine featuring SelectBlinds.com

Easy Decorating Magazine

Check out the newest edition of Easy Decoration magazine that came out this week in newstands. The magazine features the popular @ Home Collection from Carriann Arkowski that is sold at Select Blinds. Added incentive for getting the magazine is 30% off coupon toward the purchase of new blinds or shades at https://www.selectblinds.com. The magazine is full of fun decorating ideas that can be achieved on any budget.

Most Reviewed and Highest Rated Window Treatments in America

SelectBlinds.com

SelectBlinds.com sells window fashions online. This includes window shades and window blinds, as well as plantation shutters. Select Blinds offers these custom window coverings under their own brand name. The company claims that they sell more blinds than any other online seller of window coverings.

Consumers care about those statements, somewhat. The fact is that all of the above is information from SelectBlinds. There is another interesting statement that is on their website; “The Most Reviewed, Highest Rated Blinds in America“. That is exactly the statement that means something to the consumer. This is a claim that is easily proven. Custom window coverings are a major item for any home. Window blinds and window shades, allow for privacy, provide energy efficiency, and control the level of ambient light in a room.

Window fashions are such an important investment, that you can be sure that when there are customers who are unhappy with their experience, they will write a review. Select Blinds has reviews that are less than stellar, but that is the exception to the nearly 200,000 positively glowing reviews that can be found on their site, and on the sites of the independent review sites. Epinions, Google Checkout, Bizrate, Nextag, and Reseller Ratings all back up this bold claim.

SelectBlinds puts their money where their mouth is. They offer satisfaction guarantees, price guarantees, free shipping, and a suite of products that will satisfy any window covering need. They also offer an exclusive Designer Collection, called the @Home Collection by Carriann Arkowski, a Kids’ Collection, and also a collection of custom shades that carry the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

Shopping for window blinds and window shades can be an intimidating experience. To take the fear out of this event, try www.selectblinds.com, where your satisfaction is guaranteed!