Pimp My Desk – Home Office Edition

With so many of us stuck working from home right now, it’s a great time to think about your home office setup and how it can be improved, enhanced and just generally decked out with the awesomeness you (and it) deserve.

1. Sit/Stand Desks are All the Rage

Laptop on a pine desk in a bright office

Regardless of where your home office is – spare bedroom, living room or actual office – your comfort and health are top priorities. Desks with adjustable heights are an ideal way of improving your ergonomics and making sure you feel less strain at the end of a long workday.

2. Reward Yourself with a Decent Chair

Dark office with blue lighting and large clock on the monitor.

We’ve all been there – sitting at home in our worn-out garage sale desk chair. We’re not saying to go out and buy a fancy, ultra-plush chair that costs $1000.00, but a new one might be just the ticket to help you get through each day without lower back pain or numb legs.

If you can find it, my personal favorite is the Amia chair by Steelcase. It’s perfect for shorter people since it can go lower than average dest chairs and the seat can shift backward to allow for correct posture.

3. Multiple Monitors for Ultimate Multitasking

Dual monitors showing calendar and mountain background.

Working from home doesn’t have to mean sacrificing that extra monitor (or two) you had at the office! Monitors aren’t overly expensive and you can even use a TV instead if you find a good deal on a small one! If you’re lucky, your boss might even let you take a company monitor home to help your productivity stay on track.

4. Hologram Keyboard, Anyone?

Red and black light-up keyboard.

Ok, so the picture above might not be an actual laser keyboard, but it gets the point across! If you’re sick of the sound of those clacking keys, give one of these laser varieties a whirl! They’re sure to make you feel like you’re living in the year 3000 rather than a rather strange version of 2020.

5. Blast Those Speakers!

Small portable bluetooth speaker on a white desk.

You’re not in the office anymore, so turn the volume to max and blast your favorite tunes to help you get through the day. Portable bluetooth speakers are a great way to add a touch of fun to your home office and most can be plugged directly into your laptop if whatever you’re listening too happens to come from there.

6. Enjoy a Personal Concert

White wireless earbuds with an orange background.

If you’re worried about how your neighbors will react to music pouring out of your windows, maybe wireless earbuds are a safer alternative. If earbuds aren’t your style, stick to a pair of over the ear headphones – they’ve got a longer battery life, too.

7. A Place for Everything

Wireless headphones hanging from a headphone stand on a desk.

If you’re like me and prefer over the ear headphones to earbuds, you know how annoying it is to have them lying all over your workspace when you aren’t using them. Headphone stands help declutter your desk and some even come with a charging port to plug in your various devices!

8. Control Your Climate

Small portable desk fan next to a laptop.

Office too hot? Grab a fan! Too cold? How about a space heater? You’re the only one in your home office, so you get complete control over room temperature. No more fighting with employees for that extra one or two degrees in the right direction.

9. Touchscreens for Everyone!

Person using a touchscreen tablet in front of a laptop.

Okay, we can all agree that we’d be nowhere without our laptops, phones and other devices. But why is it that most laptops still don’t have touchscreens? Enter the AirBar. It turns ordinary laptops into touchscreen masterpieces with just a USB plug to connect them. Bye-bye tablets, hello laptops of wonder!

Do you have a great home office upgrade we didn’t mention? Let us know!

My New Assistant has Four Legs!

Happy National Puppy Day!!! While the circumstances around working from home right now aren’t great, we’re really loving the extra time we get to spend with our furry companions. To help get in the spirit of this wonderful, obviously longstanding holiday, we’ve collected some adorable puppy pics from fellow SelectBlinds.com employees in their new “working from home” habitats. Enjoy!

Make Your Home Craftastic This Month!

March is National Craft Month! So, all you fellow DIYers out there, we’re pretty sure you’re just as excited as we are to find a few more fun projects. Especially if those projects just happen to enhance your existing décor, like the ones we found!

Wine Bottle Lamps

Wine bottles can easily be turned into stylish lamps.

Got a few empty wine bottles left over from your last game night? Give them a good wash, remove any stray labels and turn them into cool lamps by filling them with battery-powered LED string lights! Talk about setting the mood ;).

Picture Frame Clock

Arranging 12 picture frames in a circle (or would that be a dodecagon?) might seem a bit difficult, but it really isn’t. Start with marking your center, then place the 3, 6, 9 and 12 frames. After that, it’s as simple as slipping a few more frames in between. Fill the frames with your favorite pics and add actual working clock hands to the center to finish your personalized giant clock!

Floating Bookshelf

Show off your love of books with an invisible book shelf!

This one’s a bit easier than the clock. Two metal L brackets are attached to the wall and inserted between the back cover of the book and the pages. For best results, we recommend gluing the back cover to the brackets so that it can’t move, just make sure it’s level before you add the glue. Then stack some of your favorite books on top and you’ve got a magical, floating bookshelf!

Cabinet Breakfast Tray

Ok, so a spare cabinet door isn’t something most people are going to have lying around, but you can get one pretty cheap at your local hardware store. While you’re there, make sure you grab a couple of handles – in your favorite finish, of course. Screw the handles onto the front of the door at each of the shorter ends and voila – homemade, custom breakfast tray!

Patterned Dresser

Wall papered and painted dressers are a great way to show off your style.

Adding wallpaper to the drawers of an old dresser can really breathe new life into an old piece of furniture and your whole design aesthetic. Use the same pattern for each drawer, or mix it up with different patterns and even various colors of paint to create an entirely unique piece to showcase in your home.

Woodsy Votive Candles

This one’s ridiculously cheap and easy. Just head to your local dollar store and pick up some of those plain, clear glass votive holders. If you don’t already have votives, a hot glue gun and ready access to random sticks, you’ll want to track those down too. Cut the sticks to various lengths that are half an inch to two inches longer than the votive holders are tall. Glue the sticks vertically around the outside of the votive holders and you’re done!

Window Frame Artwork

Old window frames are a great canvas for paintings!

Whether it’s a solid wood window or one with glass panes, there are many ways to turn an old window into a feature to be proud of. Paint the inside panels of an all-wood window like the picture above, or place pictures behind glass panels almost like a picture frame. Friends and neighbors won’t be able to stop talking about your DIY expertise!

Chalk Board Wall

Painting a whole wall with chalkboard paint is great for playrooms and kids’ bedrooms, but not so much for kitchens or entryways. Instead, try nailing a spare or refurbished frame to a wall and painting the wall inside with chalkboard paint. It’s a great way to organize grocery lists, chores and even cute greetings to visitors!

“Anything Goes” Flowers

Floral arrangement made of sample fabric and other blinds materials.

There’s no reason that floral arrangements can only be made of flowers, or even that they have to include flowers at all. What you see here is actually an arrangement made out of some of our free samples that customers can order when trying to decide which blinds or shades they should get.

Do you have a fun and easy DIY craft that looks great no matter your decor? We’d love to hear about it!

Ikigai Meets Interior Design

People always told me that the secret to being happy in life is to do something you both love and can get paid for. Turns out, the Japanese concept of ikigai (pronounced “eye-ka-guy”) means that – and more! When applied properly, your home and work life converge, allowing you to find stress-free happiness in all parts of your life – including interior design.

Ikigai is the latest trend in interior design.

So, What is Ikigai?

To get a better idea of how ikigai works when it comes to interior design, we first need to take a look at Ikigai in general.

Iki, meaning life, and gai, meaning value, combine to form your reason for being or reason for getting up in the morning. And you can achieve this state by finding the perfect intersection of the following:

  • What you really love
  • What the world needs
  • What you can get paid for
  • What you’re good at

A joining of just two or three of the above parameters and you’ll be left underwhelmed or unfulfilled, so it’s essential that you find the perfect balance of all four.

How Does Ikigai Apply to Interior Design?

The general principles of ikigai actually work quite well when it comes to interior design. And with a little adaptation, they work even better. Take a look for yourself!

This revamped ikigai diagram is specific to interior design.

As you can see, instead of contemplating what you’re good at, what you can get paid for and what the world needs, interior design ikigai encourages you to find your happy place among what your home needs, what you can afford and what works with your existing décor, not to mention what you really love.

Get the right combo of all four and you’ll be sure to enjoy a perfect balance of form, function, flexibility and flow.

How Will Ikigai Affect Interior Design?

With less of an emphasis on creating an escape from the rigors of day-to-day life, ikigai focuses more on melding work and home life into one. So, get ready for an influx of home office makeovers.

From the blue wall to the fun artwork and décor, this room perfectly exemplifies ikigai.

Ikigai is also a highly personalized way of living. It truly will differ for everyone because, let’s get real, circus décor would definitely not make someone who’s deathly afraid of clowns happy.

Anyway, since ikigai puts so much emphasis on the individual, we should also prepare for more out-of-the-box décor – anything to add a little of your own personality and heart to your space. Pops of color and fun pieces like the unique artwork shown above will become almost normal.

Another change we see on the horizon is for interior designers themselves. As interior designers internalize ikigai, their designs could reflect their own style in addition to that of their customers. It could also impact hiring as design firms search for prospects with tastes and styles to complement their own and improve overall teamwork.

What do you think of ikigai? Is it something you could see using in your day-to-day life? Let us know!

Jaclyn L. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“We have lived in our quaint Cape Cod home for over seven years and have never had blinds or shades as we love all the light that comes in through our old, paned windows. We thought it was time to try some window coverings to add privacy without eliminating all the light.”

Happy customer, Jaclyn L chose Select Light Filtering Roller Shade in White.

“We ordered one roller shade as a test to see how well it would work for my kids’ bathroom. The Select Light Filtering Roller Shade in White is perfect for our needs. It was easy to install, simple, clean-lined and a good value. My children are happy since they have more privacy but still get to enjoy the beauty of the house!”

Jaclyn, what a great addition to your kids’ bathroom! It really does let the light in while adding an extra layer of privacy – an essential part of any bathroom. The bright white goes great with the style of your home, too, and we love the fun tiles on the floor!

How to Incorporate Florals Into Your Décor

In celebration of National Floral Design Day (yes, it’s real and it’s this Friday), we’ve put together this quick list of fun ways to spread the floral love throughout your home.

1. Roman Shades

Floral roman shades add natural beauty to any window.
Designer Reserve Cordless Romans in Blue Frond

We’re a window covering company, so of course we’re going to suggest some fabulously floral roman shades! Not only are they efficient when it comes to blocking light and heat (especially if you go with outside mount), they’re also ultra-stylish and the multitude of fold styles means there’s one to match almost any type of décor. Check out some of our favorite florals in these Luxe Roman Shades and Designer Reserve Cordless Roman Shades.

2. Wallpaper

Spice up your bedroom with elegant floral wallpaper.

Floral wallpaper is especially in this year, but even if it wasn’t, wallpaper is a great way to add a little flowery fun to your home. Especially this peel and stick kind from Spoonflower. It doesn’t even have to go on the wall! Floralize your ceilings to add a new level of imagination to any room.

3. Soft Accents

Neutral floral accents like this rug are perfect for any décor.

From throw pillows and cuddly blankets to actual bedding and even rugs, there are a lot of ways to add a floral touch to your room with the fluffy stuff you use every day. And just because it’s a floral pattern doesn’t mean it has to be brightly colored. Neutrals are especially in this year, so why not celebrate floral with a softer color palette?

4. Wall Art

A floral painting adds a pop of color to your wall.

Paintings, canvas prints and even fun picture frames or mirrors (like this one) are all great ways of bringing a little floral flair to your home without feeling as if you’ve gone overboard. Whether it’s the focal point of the room or just a small accent, floral patterns are a gorgeous way to highlight the natural beauty of your space.

5. Actual Flowers

Adding real or fake flowers to your home showcases the beauty of nature.

Adding flowers to your home is an obvious way to incorporate florals into your décor. And, depending on your ability to keep plants alive, you can even go with fake flowers for all the beauty of nature without the required maintenance. Though, it might be a good idea to dust them every once in a while. All joking aside, flowers are a beautiful way to celebrate nature and even introduce pops of color, if so desired.

How do you add florals to your home? Do you have any tips or tricks we didn’t mention? Let us know!

Take your Bathroom from BLAH to SPA

There’s nothing more relaxing than a trip to the spa. But, busy schedules aside, spas can be expensive. That’s why we’ve tracked down some of the best tips and tricks to make your 2020 home spa dreams come true!

1. Declutter Your Space

Declutter your bathroom to give it the ultimate spa-like look and feel.

What’s one of the first things you notice about any spa? How CLEAN everything is. It’s all perfectly organized – towels rolled or stacked in neat little piles and river rocks strategically placed around the room while small fountains let out tinkling water noises that are sure to relax even the most cluttered and hyperactive mind.

Take a cue from your favorite spa (or even just a picture of one) and hide any unnecessary items in closed drawers or cabinets. Organize any daily essentials on cute little trays or in matching jars to give everything a clean, finished look.

2. Upgrade Your Shower Head

Current shower head covered in hard water stains with only half of the openings working? Yeah, you could clean it. Or you could upgrade to an amazing rain shower head. The softly falling water will soothe something in your soul that standard, harsh shower heads just can’t.

3. A Few Choice Plants

Hang plants in your shower to make it feel like a jungle.

Okay, so you don’t have to necessarily hang plants inside your shower, but we swear it does make shower time way more spa-like. The smell of the fresh plants and the vibrant greens mixed with a healthy amount of steam will help open your senses to the natural world. If you’re like me and can’t keep a plant alive, fake ones on the sink or even a few loose sprigs of eucalyptus behind the showerhead can make a big difference.

4. Fluffy Robes & Towels

Robes are perfect for both the beginning and end of your bath/shower routine. Wear them while you prep your increasingly-extravagant bath or cuddle up with a cup of tea after a nice, long soak. And while you’re at it, trade in your standard towels for bath sheets. The overlarge rectangles of fluff are so much more luxurious than their smaller brothers.

5. Add Blinds or Shades

Add the perfect blinds to your bathroom window.
1″ Essential Aluminum Blinds in Chalk White

Having a window in your bathroom allows for beautiful natural light, but it can also leave you exposed to your neighbors and random passersby. Adding a custom window covering to your home spa might be the final touch you’ve been looking for to let the natural light in without getting in trouble with the neighborhood watch. Whether it’s faux wood, aluminum or even some sort of woven wood or fabric shade, there’s a perfect fit for your bathroom window.

6. Get a Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth speakers are a great option for playing your favorite spa music during your designated relaxation time. Wet hands can make them a bit more difficult to use, though. Especially if you want to change the song/station or simply forgot to turn it on before climbing into your bath. Spring for a speaker that works with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant so that you can manage your music selection hands-free!

7. Add a Bath Caddy

Set candles bath salts, wine and other bathtime essentials on your very own bath caddy.

A great way to spice up any bathtub is with a bath caddy. And while you’re at it, add some candles, plants, maybe even some homemade bath salts. From simple caddies like the one pictured above to more ornate DIY versions like this one, there’s a perfect style for any tub. Some even have special ridges to help hold books and wine glasses to prevent them from falling into the water.

8. Bring on the Bath Bombs

If bath salts aren’t your cup of tea, a bath bomb (which you can easily make yourself) could be an ideal way for you to up the spa factor of your bathroom routine without worrying about shards of undissolved salt stuck in unseemly places. Plus, who doesn’t love an exotic, potentially colorful bath? Some bath bombs even have little surprises inside, so indulge your inner six-year-old and have some fun!

9. Candles & Oil Diffusers

Oil diffusers are a great way to fill your home spa with relaxing scents.

Oil diffusers and candles help create an exotic and soothing atmosphere that will have you sighing “AHHH” in minutes. From tealights scattered on the side of your bath to full-size aromatherapy candles, there’s a perfect option for your new home spa. And if candles aren’t your thing, there’s always oil diffusers like the one pictured above or even those cute little machines that puff out scented vapor. Whether it’s essential oils or candles, we recommend eucalyptus and lavender scents, although aloe and cedarwood are also solid options as well.

10. Stock Up on Products You Love

Treat yourself to some fancier bath products.

Let’s face it, drugstore shampoo and conditioner aren’t going anywhere. But, for those occasions where you want to treat yourself, get some fancy toiletries. Better yet, get them in bulk and buy some cute, matching containers to refill from your main stock whenever you’re running low. The coordinated look of all of your spa products will fit perfectly with your new, well-organized spa theme.

Sheryl P. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“We’re very happy with our Classic Cordless Woven Woods in Rosemary. They really are great quality shades for a reasonable price!”

Bamboo shades complete the look of this bedroom.

Sheryl! We love the look of your new shades! They really mesh well with your décor and really tie the room together! Is that a homemade quilt? Either way – it’s gorgeous! Unique touches like that are really in this year, so keep it up!

Woven wood shades look great in every window in your home!

Sheryl went on to say that “being able to get color samples that actually matched the shades when they arrived, plus the easy installation and friendly customer service made the whole process hassle-free!”

Select Blinds Happy Customer Contest: Winner Chosen!

Choosing a winner for our semi-annual Happy Customer Contest is never easy. With so many beautiful photos showcasing your DIY window covering upgrade, who are we to decide which one is best?

So, after selecting our four finalists, we put their amazing pictures to the test and had you vote on the winner. And now that the results are in, we’re so excited to announce that the winner of the latest SelectBlinds.com Happy Customer Contest (and a $250 VISA gift card) is…drumroll ladies and gentlemen…

Elizabeth K!

Wooohoooo! Yeah!! Fireworks and streamers! Sparklers! Balloons! Other exciting, celebratory things!!

Elizabeth K is our Happy Customer Winner and recipient of $250 Visa gift card

Elizabeth sent in her photos back in November and we were instantly in love. The natural-looking, Premier Woven Wood Shades in Agava, color blend so perfectly with the soft, neutral walls and pops of green. And the top down/bottom up feature is ideal for keeping prying eyes out while still letting sunlight (or moonlight) in. It truly does look like a living room straight out of a magazine!


So, now that we know who the winner is, let’s take a look at our runners up.

Kathy M.

Kathy M is a runner up in Happy Customer Contest.

Kathy’s Classic Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades in Porcelain White really brighten up her dining space and look wonderful with the rest of her décor.

Dora W.

Dora W is a runner up in SelectBlinds.com's Happy Customer Contest.

Dora’s Select Double Cell Blackout Shades in White Satin are a perfect addition to her nursery, especially since she went with the cordless option for the ultimate clutter-free, kid-safety window covering.

Adonis P.

Adonis P is a runner up for SelectBlinds.com's Happy Customer Contest.

Adonis gave his home the cozy transformation he was looking for when he hung all 12 of his new Golden Sateen-colored Select Preferred Roman Shades in just an hour!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our latest Happy Customer giveaway. For a chance to win the $250.00 VISA gift card in the first half of 2020, just follow the instructions here to submit your photos and tell us why you love #WhatsInYourWindow!