Checking in with Our Vintage Nest – Alicia Armstrong

This blog post is sponsored by Select Blinds. All opinions are my own and my experience with the brand and its products!

Hi everyone! My name is Alicia Armstrong and I’m the founder of Our Vintage Nest. About five years ago, I started my journey as an interior design blogger and social media influencer. I manage a blog, Instagram and Facebook account and partner with companies pertaining to home design.

Alicia of Our Vintage Nest

As an exclusive window coverings partner, I’ve been asked to share my partnership experience with Select Blinds! First, let me say, I’m beyond thankful for the opportunity to work with this company; it’s been my biggest accomplishment as an influencer. I’d like to start off by sharing a brief backstory about how we connected. 

It all began with an email to Mark Anderson, on August 28, 2017. He’s the Team Lead/Digital Marketing Specialist that handles all influencer marketing. With any email going out for a potential collaboration, I was nervous about the outcome, but was encouraged by a fellow blogger to reach out. After months of building rapport, gaining knowledge of the company and expressing my desire to work together, I was approved for my first collaboration! I truly believe good things come to those who wait!

In December 2017, my first order of woven wood shades was approved for our living room, breakfast nook and master bedroom. I was beyond excited because I’ve always wanted custom window coverings in our home and I couldn’t wait to share this company with my followers! Here’s a before and after of our living room and bedroom during Christmas. After all these years; I still can’t get over the difference! For more details and sources, please visit my website to read this blog post.

I love the warmth and texture they add and they’re super easy to install.  Here’s a video of an install tutorial I created in January 2018.

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On January 24 (my birthday), 2018, I received a phone call from Mark that our first collaboration was a success! For anyone that knows me, it won’t surprise you to know that this brought tears to my eyes! I was so thrilled that our first collaboration was a success and would result in more opportunities with Select Blinds in the future! In February 2018, I was humbled to learn that the company had featured me as an inspiring decorator on their blog; more about that here.

Throughout 2018, I continued to feature Select Blinds on all my social channels and followers loved the change they were seeing in our home.

Now is the perfect time to go over some frequently asked questions I’ve received about my Select Blinds.

Q:  What color did you choose for your woven wood shades?

A: For the main areas of our home, I chose Jute Wheat from the Designer Series Woven Wood Shades. More details can be found on this blog post.

Q:  Are your blinds lined?

A:  The downstairs blinds are unlined because we back up to trees, providing plenty of privacy. The front two windows are the dining room and office; we like having the natural light come through. The upstairs windows are bedrooms, which include a privacy lining.

Q:  Were they easy to install?

A:  Yes, we have installed every window treatment from Select Blinds. They come with thorough instructions and everything you need to easily install. See the video tutorial mentioned above for details and suggestions!

Q:  There are so many options, how did you choose?

A:  Select Blinds makes it easy to choose your window coverings by sending free samples. They can be requested online and are mailed out the very next day! Here’s a mood board I created to give myself the visual I needed to design a room in our home.

Neutral mood board for new room design.

The addition of cafe shutters in 2018 and 2019 created a gorgeous combination with our existing woven wood shades. Below, you will see them in various rooms throughout our home and this blog post provides more details!

Cafe shutters and woven wood shades in a bathroom.
Half shutters and woven shades in a bedroom.
Plantation shutters and bamboo shades in a dining room.

In May 2019, I signed a one-year partnership contract with Select Blinds. This has provided so many opportunities for me as an influencer. It’s challenged me in ways I didn’t expect. In October 2019, I flew to Phoenix, AZ to meet the staff at Select Blinds in Tempe, AZ. Major butterflies came over me as I prepared for those days. I met and was interviewed by CMO and co-founder, Rick Steele. I thought I would be a nervous wreck, but Mark and the marketing team made me feel right at home. Rick is such a nice guy, full of energy and personality; I really enjoyed my time with them and so thankful for their hospitality. The interview with Rick can be viewed here on the Select Blinds YouTube channel!

After my interview with Rick Steele, I had the opportunity to meet a few other important faces at Select Blinds. So glad we had this picture taken together!

Alicia Armstrong and the Select Blinds team pose for a group photo.
From left to right: Al Silverberg (CEO), Ryan Hicks (VP of Operations), Mark Anderson (Team Lead, Digital Marketing Specialist), Alicia Armstrong (Blogger, Our Vintage Nest), Josie Sivigny (SEO Specialist) and Rick Steele (Founder & CMO)

After years of talking to Mark on the phone and exchanging emails, I finally got to meet him! I appreciate and respect the business relationship we have and am so thankful he took a chance on me in December 2017.

Alicia Armstrong of Our Vintage Nest and Mark Anderson from Select Blinds pose for a picture.

Josie and Mark treated me to some local seafood after my interview and office visit. It was so great to hang out with them outside the office and see the sights in Tempe.

Alicia Armstrong and friends from Select Blinds enjoy lunch at Angry Crab.

I want to thank Select Blinds for inviting me to guest post on their blog. I’m happy to announce I’ll be signing my second year contract and I can’t wait for what’s to come in 2020-21. We have some fun things planned this year and I hope you’ll follow along! In closing, I’d like to share my most recent projects and features with Select Blinds. My kids both received updated bedrooms earlier this year and with that came new roman shades, a beautiful product I was happy to receive and share! More details can be found here on this blog post.

White roman shades in a child's bedroom window.
Roman shades in a child's bedroom window.

To cap off my first year as a partner, I had my first Instagram takeover on the Select Blinds feed, taking you on a tour of my home town and a local air bnb, featuring Select Blinds throughout! Here’s a sneak peek of the home tour; more can be seen here on this blog post!

Cafe shutters and woven woods in a living room at an Airbnb.

This concludes my guest post and my partnership experience with Select Blinds! Thank you again for having me and I hope you’ll stay tuned for what’s to come with Our Vintage Nest!

Blessings,

The Case for Gray – Why You Need it in Your Home Decor

Gray is the little black dress for your home,” according to a fabulous article on Freshome.com, and we couldn’t agree more. We love this idea. The color gray is subtle, classic, and it dresses up your home perfectly. After all, you can’t go wrong with a little black dress, right? The same idea applies to your home decor. Here’s are just a few reasons why you should incorporate gray into every room in your home (and we’re going to show you a lot of awesome gray window coverings because, you know, they’re our favorite!).

1. It goes with everything.

Gray is the most neutral color.Select Light Filtering Roman Shades

Some believe that gray is the perfect neutral. It goes with every style and palette. Not sure what color to paint your walls or which color you should choose for your new window coverings? When in doubt, go gray.

2. It’s timeless.

Gray is timeless and classic.Cordless Blackout Shades

You won’t have to redo your decor every few months. Gray is timeless and effortless. A lot of details may change around the grays in your home, but those gray walls or other gray details will remain constant, strong, and true.

3. Gray is more than just gray.

Gray on gray makes a statement.Classic Fabric Roller Shades

When it comes to the color gray, one size does not fit all. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to. Gray is more than just gray. It can be dark charcoal gray or elephant gray or smokey gray.

4. It showcases the other colors in the room.

Gray makes other colors in the room pop.2″ Designer Contemporary Faux Wood Blinds

Gray is beautiful, and it has a way of providing a great background for your most important decor pieces. It complements your decor, but it won’t draw your attention away from where you want it.

How have you used the color gray in your home’s decor? Show us some pictures!

Motorized Window Blinds & Shades – The Small Luxuries of Life

Upgrade your life with home automation!

About a decade ago, motorized shades and blinds were considered a unnecessary luxury indulged in only by the affluent. However, with the recent advancements in technology and pricing, motorized window treatments have become more affordable and useful.

How are motorized window coverings operated?

We offer two types of motorized operating systems – battery-operated and a plug-in. The blinds or shades can be controlled via a handheld remote. All you need to do is click a button, and your window treatments will rise and lower effortlessly.

What are the advantages of using a motorized lift system?

  • It’s convenient and safe for children. It’s also great for those with physical limitations who can’t operate window coverings in the traditional way.
  • If you have large windows in your house, the blinds can be quite heavy. A motorized blind would make operating them hassle-free.
  • For houses with high windows, a remote-operated system would give you complete control. After all, you don’t want to have to get your ladder out every time you want to raise or lower your blinds.

How much does it cost?

The final price of your motorized window coverings depends on the size and type of product. If you have any add-ons or upgrades, this will be applied to the overall price, too.

Not only do motorized window treatments ensure easy operation and optimum functionality of your blinds, they are also modern, sleek, and beautiful.

Happy Customer Greg K. Doubles Down with Woven & Faux Wood Blinds

Woven Wood Shades from Select Blinds fit on doors and windows

So many details in buying a house and making it a home! Meet our Happy Customer Greg K, who made our day when he told us, “My wife and I were searching to find window coverings for a new house addition we had just completed. My wife came across SelectBlinds which had exactly what we were looking for at a competitive price point. The entire order came very quickly and was super simple to install. Below are a few pictures of the installed blinds which look great.”

For the Master Suite, Greg and his wife chose SelectBlinds.com Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Nassau to add texture and dimension to this beautiful space. They also added blackout liners to help them get a good night’s sleep. Adding blackout liners is a great choice, too, for areas where you want to keep the glare off TVs. They also help block the heat in the summer and keep out the cold out in the winter.

Neutral woven wood blinds provide privacy above tub in bathroom

For their little man’s creative playroom, they chose 2″ Designer Faux Wood Blinds in Pearl White and added the decorative edge binding in Coconut to cover the small route holes and cording. Not only does this feature add functionality by adding privacy and blocking light, it also creates a high-end designer look! We hope he loves it as much as we do!

Children's Play Room with Faux Wood Blinds

Thanks, Greg. We’re so happy SelectBlinds.com got to be part of your new addition!

See Why Happy Customer Jo Ann Refers Her Friends to Select Blinds

Select Blinds customer pairs floor length curtains with grey roller shades

Have you ever created the perfect looking room? How about the perfect looking window?

With windows, the trick is finding coverings that both look good and provide privacy. And when we say “look good” we mean not just in the window, but as part of the room itself. Sometimes it all just comes together, with the perfect coverings combining with everything else to form a setting that just seems…right.

For Jo Ann A., that’s just how things are in her dining room.

Jo Ann entered our contest for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card (join our Happy Customer Program) with photos of her Select Room Darkening Roller Shades with Cassette. As you can see from the pictures, they certainly look good in her dining room.

We liked Jo Ann’s photos so much, in fact, we decided to learn a little more about what went into choosing them.

First, we wondered why she went with the Select Room Darkening Roller Shades with Cassette.

“I wanted that type of window covering because when the sun sets it was that side of my house and it gets hot. Also, I want to have a privacy because ever since Hurricane Michael hit us last October, we had some damage and until now we had no fences and I don’t want my neighbors or strangers seeing us eating and seeing whats inside my house.”Happy customer pairs Select Blinds grey roller shades and custom drapery

That makes a lot of sense. Room Darkening shades provide an amazing amount of privacy, and they will help keep rooms cooler by keeping them darker. Those are both great qualities, but we wanted to know what Jo Ann likes best about her shades. She said she appreciates how easy they are to roll up or down, but that’s not all.

“I loved them especially with cassette they look awesome and it looks great in my windows. I’m in love with it and even my husband is enjoying it and fell in love with it too! I’ve never before felt so excited to be in that room every day just to look at it.”

How great is that? The shades have become a focal point for Jo Ann.  As an industry leader in making window treatments safe for kids, we are also excited over her choosing a cordless option.  The shades and drapes go together so nicely, which makes sense since Jo Ann said her love for the shades led to getting new curtains.

“I had an old light-colored curtains but when I tried it on it just doesn’t look awesome so I have to go find curtains that would look great with my new roller shades and I got a lot of compliments from my friends/family and they even asked where I got my shades and gave them your website.”

(Note: Check out our selection of curtains here.)

We totally get how getting some sweet new shades could send you down the rabbit hole of needing more new stuff to bring out the best in them. It turns out that the shades have helped to bring the best out of Jo Ann’s home and she couldn’t be happier about her experience.

White flowery wall art near window with Select Blinds roller shades and custom drapery

“All I can say is you all did a great job.  You all make sure that customers are very satisfied and happy. My first experience having a roller shade is way above my expectations and they make my house look great❤❤❤ (editor’s note: the hearts were Jo Ann’s).

“Thank you very much for making my room/house look great again and I’m thinking of replacing all the blinds in the rest of my house soon. You all did a great and awesome job!”

We appreciate that, Jo Ann, but the real credit goes to you. Great choice and we can’t wait to see what you do next!

Happy Customer Karla Sought Privacy on the Golf Course

Row of windows covered with white blinds in home

If anyone understands the various purposes window treatments can serve, it’s us at Select Blinds. Really, we totally get that while some of the coverings are there to look good, many times they do plenty more than just that.

Want to keep your home cooler? We’ve got some that can do that. How about wanting to filter the incoming light? Yep, we’ve got that too. If blocking UV rays from entering your home is a priority, that’s certainly no problem, either.

However, one common thread that is found with most uses is that of privacy. While we may like our neighbors, most of us don’t want to give them unfiltered access into our homes via windows.

That was especially true for Happy Customer Karla H., who entered our contest for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card (learn how to enter our Happy Customer Program) after being quite pleased with her choices, which included some Classic Light Filtering Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Shades and Classic Blackout Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Shades!

Select Blinds white honeycomb shade on wide wood-framed window

Karla was so happy, in fact, that we felt like we needed to know more about why.

The first thing we wanted to know was how the overall shopping experience went.

“The first thing I did was to get samples.  Once I chose my color I went on line to find the blind that I wanted.  The samples came fast and online ordering was a snap.”

Indeed, the ability to order up to 15 free samples makes things so much easier. After all, how can you know what a shade will look like in your home if it has never been in your home?

But with so many samples to choose from, why did you decide to pick the shades you did? 

“I chose the black out top down bottom up in our living room.  We live on a golf course with a night (east) sun coming directly into our home.  It was necessary to have the blackout shades.  The top down bottom up gives us the ability to limit what golfers  see from our backyard.  I can still let light in from the top but limit their ability to see in. I also chose a light filtering top down bottom up shade for my sun room to let as much light in as possible but still limit outsiders views.”

That makes so much sense. Golf course living sounds great, but that also means a lot of strangers walking by as they prepare for their next shot (or search for their wayward ball).

So once you figured out which shades you wanted, the challenge would seem to be the measuring and then installation. However, Karla said measuring was “easy” and that when it comes to installation, it goes quickly so long as you have all the tools you need.

SelectBlinds top down bottom up shades in living room slightly drawn

That sounds right to us, and it’s clear to see why Karla is happy with her purchase. Finishing up, is there anything else she would like for us to know?

“I still have  one window to order yet.  It is a high up window so I am thinking about ordering a remote shade for that one.  Thank you for making the process easy and affordable.”

We’re glad to hear you’ll be letting us help again. In the meantime, here’s a link to our custom coverings for skylight windows.

How Faux Wood Blinds are Better than Real Wood Blinds

Find out the benefits of faux wood blinds.

Faux wood blinds have gained major popularity as a convincing alternative to solid wood in recent years. Faux wood blinds are made up of either vinyl/PVC or composite wood material. The fact that they efficiently mimic the exotic appeal of natural hardwood at a fraction of the price is what makes them a favorite among homeowners. Here are a few of the major benefits of faux wood blinds that rank them above the practicality and functionality of real wood blinds.

The Price Factor

The reasonable and affordable pricing of faux woods make it a great option for all homeowners. Faux wood blinds can give you that high-end look while staying within your budget.

Moisture and Temperature Resistance

Since faux wood are made of vinyl or PVC, they are far more resistant to environmental humidity and temperature changes than real wood. Wooden blinds have a major drawback in terms of their rapid reaction to moisture, which often causes the surface to swell, expand, or lose its shape. With regular wear and tear, the protective polish of the real wood blinds fades.

Care and Maintenance

Real wood blinds require special care for cleaning and maintenance. On the other hand, faux wood blinds are made from material that can easily be wiped down and cleaned, all without causing any harm to the finish.

Durability and Strength

Fauxs are tougher and more durable than their natural wood counterparts.

Eco-Friendliness

Unlike natural hardwood that is derived by cutting down trees, faux wood blinds are composed of synthetic materials that majorly contribute to conserving the environment. The fact that these blinds are recyclable also contribute to a considerable reduction of end-of-cycle refuse collecting in landfills.

The Top 3 Faux Wood Blinds from SelectBlinds.com

If you’ve decided to purchase faux wood blinds for your home windows, you have made a great decisions. Although real wood is very popular, it is not the most ideal option in all situations. Faux wood blinds have quite a few advantages over other types of window coverings.

Advantages of Faux Wood Blinds

  • They’re extremely durable. There is also very little maintenance cost.
  • They’re affordable, and they’re high quality.
  • They’re resistant to moisture and humidity, and they’re easy to clean.
  • They provide great UV protection, and they provide better insulation in extreme temperatures.

Here are the 3 most popular faux wood blinds at SelectBlinds.com:

2″ Premium Faux Wood Blinds

2" Premium Faux Wood Blinds | SelectBlinds.com

Premium faux wood blind are some of the most durable blinds. If you want the luxury and elegance of wood without the maintenance cost, these are the perfect choice for you.

Features

  • Free shipping.
  • Free upgraded magnetic valance.
  • Complies with CPSC child safety regulations.
  • Comes standard with a warranty.

2″ SelectWave Faux Wood

2" SelectWave Cordless Faux Wood Blinds | SelectBlinds.com

These blinds combine state-of-the-art technology with the aesthetics and sturdiness you associate with faux wood. You’ll get the best view when the slats are tilted open, and they provide exceptional light blockage when closed. The headrail is also matched with the slats for a cohesive, streamlined look.

  • Free shipping.
  • Highly functional.

2″ Designer Faux Wood Blinds

2" Designer Faux Wood Blinds | SelectBlinds.com

It’s scratch-resistant exterior is made from sleek PVC, making it the perfect option for kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Free shipping.
  • Complies with CPSC child safety regulations.
  • GREENGUARD certified, so it improves the air quality in your home.
  • Headrail and bottom rail are color-coordinated to the slats.

The Top 3 Roman Shades from SelectBlinds.com

Roman shades are some of the most unique types of window coverings because they combine the practicality and elegance of blinds and curtains.

Advantages of Roman Shades

  • Roman shades are elegant and timeless.
  • They provide a uniform and clean look.
  • They’re easy to use and clean.
  • They’re affordable and easy to install.
  • When lowered, they can provide complete privacy.

Select Blinds offers a variety of roman shade style options. Here are the top three varieties that offer quality, affordability, and utility:

Lifestyle Blackout Roman Shades

Lifestyle Roman Shades | SelectBlinds.com

This roman shade will perfectly fit your budget without you having to sacrifice style for price. There is a broad range of designer colors to choose from, and they’re made from budget-friendly, yet quality, fabrics. Due to their opaqueness, they are ideal for your bedroom, baby nursery, and even your home theater. With these shades, finding the perfect decor for your home is easy.

Features

  • Standard liner is included.
  • Comes standard with a cordless lift system.

Lifestyle Light Filtering Roman Shades

Lifestyle Roman Shades | SelectBlinds.com

They’re extremely budget-friendly and customer-friendly. they combines fashion with affordability. You can also choose from a range of vibrant and neutral colors. The fabric lets light gently filter in, giving your space a warm glow throughout the entire year.

Features

  • Standard liner is included.
  • Comes standard with a cordless lift system.

Select Light Filtering Roman Shades

Select Roman Shades | SelectBlinds.com

A roman shade makes a style statement through its fold. This product gives you the standard classic pleat fold, but you can also upgrade to a soft fold. A variety of bold and muted colors are available.

Features

  • Standard liner is included.
  • Comes standard with a cordless lift system.

Roman shades from SelectBlinds.com give you the immaculate quality and durability that makes it stand out from other brands.

The Top 3 Honeycomb Shades from SelectBlinds.com

Honeycomb shades, also called cellular shades, have been around for years. And over time, manufacturers have solved many of its initial drawbacks, and now they’re one of the most popular window coverings. And for good reason.

Honeycombs have gained consumer trust because they provide insulation, privacy, and light control. They’re also stylish, modern, and sleek.

Advantages of Honeycomb Shades

The trapped layer of air between the double layers of honeycomb shades provide great insulation from the outside weather. This also means it helps conserve energy, which will save you money on energy costs. If you want your home to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, these are the perfect window treatments for you. The extra layer of air also helps lessen unwanted noise from outside, creating a more peaceful home environment.

Here are our top 3 honeycomb shades:

Cordless Top Down/Bottom Up Cellular Shades

Classic Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades | SelectBlinds.com

This shade combines two of the most popular lift styles in one product – a cordless system and a top down/bottom up system. The combination makes it safe for children, and it gives you complete control over light and privacy. Choose from 9 different colors. And with all our products, they’re custom made just for you.

Features

  • Free shipping
  • Adheres to CPSC child safety requirements
  • Made from 100% polyester
  • Lowers your utility bills

Classic Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades

Classic Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades | SelectBlinds.com

This is the most budget-friendly cellular shade we offer, and it’s made in just one day. It is completely cordless, making it easy to use while keeping your children and pets safe.

Features

  • Same color fabric is used on both the inside and the outside
  • Free shipping
  • Adheres to CPSC child safety requirements
  • Made from polyester

Select Single Cell Light Filtering Shade

Select Single Cell Light Filtering Shades | SelectBlinds.com

Available in extreme widths, it’s made from spun lace fabric, which provides added insulation. All components are color-coordinated, giving you a clean, uniform, cohesive look. Choose from 12 different colors. The outside layer comes in white only to comply with common HOA guidelines.

Features

  • Highly customizable
  • Metal snap-in brackets make installation easy and hassle-free
  • Available in top down/bottom up cordless Lift & LockTM and cordless Lift & LockTM