Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, So Let’s Misbehave this Month!

March is Women’s History Month and March 8, International Women’s Day. Let’s celebrate!

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Do you know these women? You can scroll through to find their names at the bottom while learning a little about the history of Women’s History Month along the way. Image credit: www.aacpl.net/women

They behaved badly and became innovators. Inventors. Engineers. Activists. Advocates. Soldiers. Scientists. Doctors. Politicians. Leaders of movements. Leaders of governments. Leaders of families.

With a list of achievements and accomplishments from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Talk about the mother of invention. Did you know you can thank women for being the brains behind almost everything from the plain brown paper bag to coffee filters to today’s disposable diapers? Not to mention rocket fuel and the foundation for GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth technologies? (Check out this list for more.)

That’s what Women’s History Month is all about: remembering and reminding us about the contributions of notable and ordinary women, in hopes that the day will soon come when it’s impossible to teach or learn history without them.

It’s remembering the historic heroines of the past, like Susan B. Anthony. Irena Sendler (the female counterpart to Oskar Schindler). Clara Barton. Harriet Tubman. Margaret Meade. Marie Curie. Ada Lovelace. Katherine Johnson. Miep Gies and Anne Frank. Rosa Parks. Dr. Virginia Apgar. Eleanor Roosevelt. Heddy Lamarr. Margaret Sanger.

And those still making history and a difference: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Greta Thunberg. Malala Yousafzai. The first female captain in the New York Fire Department (now retired) Brenda Berkman. And Alice Lockridge, creator of Women4Women, an initiative to attract and train women in the male-dominated construction industry.

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A little history on Women’s History Month

Since the beginning of history, women have shaped it. But recognition of their innumerous contributions has taken a little more time.

Women’s History Month has its roots in the socialist and labor movements. The first Women’s Day took place on February 28, 1909, in New York City, as a national observance organized by the Socialist Party. It honored the one-year anniversary of the garment worker’s strikes in New York when thousands of women marched for economic rights.

Within two years, Women’s Day had grown into an international observance that spread through Europe on the heels of socialism. The first International Women’s Day (IWD) was observed in 1911 to raise awareness of bias against and equality for women worldwide. The United Nations officially began marking IWD in 1975.

According to the National Women’s History Project, because history books largely left out the story or contributions of women in America, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. Timed around IWD, the celebration quickly spread to other organizations, communities and school districts, and lobbying efforts for a national Women’s History Week got under way.

Former President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first national Women’s History Week for March 2-8, 1980, as did his successor, President Reagan, until Congress passed a proclamation establishing Women’s History Month in 1987.

And the rest, as they say, is history. (For a more complete history lesson, read this.)

All of us here at SelectBlinds.com invite you to get inspired and celebrate Women’s History Month. Keep up with past, present and future history makers on two of our favorite blogs and women-focused websites:

A Mighty Girl is dedicated to inspiring stories, books, toys and movies about women and girls to help parents raise smart, confident and courageous daughters (and to help boys learn about them, too)

Women You Should Know features profiles of courageous women from history and all walks of life who have made a difference in the past and those who are shaping our future

Tell us, too, how you’re making history in a comment below.

A little more history: Internationally, the color purple, which signifies justice and dignity, is the color for symbolizing women. The combination of purple, green and white to symbolize women’s equality originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the U.K. in 1908. 

And for the curious, here are the identities of the women at the top of the page who helped and are helping to rewrite history:

Top row: Representative Shirley Chisholm, Anne Frank, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Katherine Johnson, Jane Goodall, Delores Huerta, Maya Lin, and Margaret Mead
Bottom row: Rigoberta Menchú, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Junko Tabei, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Malala Yousafzai.

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.

20 Interior Design Trends to Help You Kick Off 2020

1. Navy Blue is Your New Best Friend

Navy is the color of 2020.

Coral may have been the color of 2019, but 2020 is bringing everything back to basics with, you guessed it – navy. Brush up on your nautical knots, sailors. It’s gonna be a year to remember.

2. Home Automation

Nothing says 2020 quite like home automation. Watch your dogs while sitting at your desk, spy on neighbors through your doorbell and turn on/off lights with your phone or voice. Did we mention you can raise and lower your blinds too? It’s true!

3. Earth Tones & Muted Colors

Neutral colors may never go out of style, but they certainly do fluctuate in popularity. Good for us, 2020 is a year in which we can all enjoy the timeless simplicity and calming effects of muted earth tones.

4. Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Materials

Aside from simply switching to metal straws and LED lightbulbs, consumers in 2020 will likely be even more conscious of what they’re buying and what it’s made of – one reason rattan and wicker furniture is predicted to make a comeback this year.

5. Wallpaper

Put some color in your world with patterned wallpaper.

Wallpaper’s back, baby! Florals, geometric patterns, handpainted or mass-produced. Heck, you can even cover your ceiling to add a little personality to any room in your home! We especially love this easy, peel and stick floral wallpaper from Walls Need Love.

6. Bold Trims & Ceiling

Bored with your colored walls and white or stained-wood trim? Nothing says stylish and sophisticated like neutral walls with boldly-colored trim and ceilings.

7. Color-Pop Cabinets

Take your colorful trim and ceiling to the next level with color-pop cabinets. And don’t confine them just to the kitchen! Bathroom cabinets could almost always do with a makeover, so why not make it one you’ll never forget?

8. Mixed Metals

The days of matching your appliances with your kitchen hardware and vice versa are over – thankfully. So, break out the copper pots, brushed nickel handles and brass bar-cart, because it’s time to party like it’s 2020!

9. Curved Furniture

Yes, you heard us right. They’re back! Rounded chairs and curved couches (like this one from Crate&Barrel) are right on trend for 2020. The more smooth edges, the better…or is it an optical illusion and it’s really just one long smooth edge? Well, in either case, we hope you dig these shapely sofas as much as we do!

10. Velvet

Velvet is back and you are gonna love it.

Whether it’s on your wallpaper, the material of your new curvy couch or an adorable little jewelry box, velvet is here to stay. It may have had a comeback in 2019, but the real fun starts now. What will you velvetize this year?

11. Live Plants & Homegrown Herbs

Having plants in and around your home not only looks great, but can also improve your air quality. So head on down to your local nursery and pick up an olive tree (the hot-ticket plant this year) and maybe a few herbs to start a garden in your kitchen!

12. Unique Rugs

Unless you’ve got a puppy who can’t stop peeing on your carpet, we can almost guarantee you’ll have obtained some sort of unique rug by the end of 2020. And these ones from AllModern might be just what you’re looking for! Seriously, though – what better way to add a fun pop of color or pattern to an otherwise sad and empty section of the floor?

13. Pattern Mixing

Rules? What rules? Pshhh – there are no rules when it comes to pattern mixing. Whether you’ve got 40 patterns or two, you do you! The legging-centric pattern mixing of 2017/2018 ain’t got nothin’ on the beautifully layered patterns we’ll see in 2020.

14. Wire-Free Accent Lights

Ugly puck lights and space-eating floor lamps – BE GONE! 2020 is the year of gorgeous, easy to use (and install) wire-free lighting, like these amazing and versatile battery-operated sconces! Forget rewiring your house or filling your apartment with table lamps. Wire-free is worry-free!

15. Antiques & Vintage Accents

Mixing new with the old is a fun trend!

Antiques are meant to be treasured, so get to treasuring! Adding vintage accents or upcycling antiques is a great way to showcase family heirlooms and amazing yardsale finds alike.

16. Multifunctional Furniture

Old-fashioned, hotel pull-out couches might be out, but Murphey beds are so in, as are other types of modern multifunctional furniture. And if wall beds like these aren’t your thing, how about a couch that doubles as a bunk bed?

17. Bold Backsplashes

Boldly-patterned backsplashes are especially trendy this year. Sure, subway tiles are all well and good, but there’s just something special about adding a fun, patterned accent to your kitchen. And if it’s a half-slab backsplash, even better!

18. High-Contrast Décor

Always been fascinated by black and white interior design, but been a bit hesitant to take the leap? No more! Whether it’s black and white or some other high-contrast pairing, 2020 is the year to break away from the norm and enjoy opposing colors.

19. Handcrafted Goods

Mass-products furniture and décor may never be replaced, but handcrafted accents are definitely on the upswing for 2020. Break out the crocheted blankets and hand-carved wall ornaments and show off your treasures, whether you made them yourself or found them at a local arts festival.

20. Anything Goes!

Mix and match - just be true to you!

Honestly, people, there’s no better designer for your home than YOU. Be your own unicorn and dress up your house in whatever makes you happy. 2020 shows less focus on the trend and more on what makes you love your home, so deck those halls, and windows, however you want. But, please, no shrunken heads.

Expand Your Vertical Horizons

Cool window solutions

Straight up, vertical blinds remain the most popular, practical choice for covering sliding glass and patio doors. Unlike the ugly, utilitarian look of the ghosts of verticals past, today’s products come in a variety of materials — PVC, fabric, real and faux wood — and in a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns to accommodate almost any taste or style. To get the look you want, consider:
Proximity to other window treatments — What’s on your other windows? If you have cellular shades, match them with fabric cellular vertical blinds. Wood blinds? Go for faux or wood vertical vanes. Introduce a vertical treatment with a complementary pattern to simple, solid-color rollers. Drapes can also be layered with verticals as accents to really to really tie a room together.
Vane size/width — Go smaller for a more traditional look, larger/wider for a more contemporary treatment.
Light and privacy control — Vane size again a factor here when tilted open, but also think about choice of material, depending on how much light and privacy you want when closed. Solid materials such as plastic PVC and wood will naturally block more light. Fabric vertical vanes such as cellular vertical products, provide more flexible light control with choices between light filtering and blackout options.
Configuration (stack) — Standard vertical blinds draw or open to the left or right. The side where the vanes “stack” when drawn completely open is usually on the opposite side of the window from the door or window opening. Split-stack verticals open from the center and are drawn to each side, leaving a stack of vanes on both sides. For large openings where doors open from both sides, or for a really unique look, some verticals may stack in the center, leaving the sides open. The width/depth of the stack  — and how much it may obstruct your view — varies, depending on the material the vanes are made of and their size.
Choose your stack type.
Operation — Typically, a wand tilt in conjunction with a continuous cord loop is used to manually open and close vanes, and to draw verticals open and closed. Motorized options also are becoming increasingly popular for operating verticals and other glass door window treatments.
Door function — How much the door is used and how it opens and closes — on sliding track, inside out/outside in, European-style tilt and fold/slide, etc. — are important factors in deciding on a vertical, or any, treatment. Outside mounted verticals are easy to get and keep out of the way of doors in high-traffic areas.
As they saying goes, though, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, so there are many more choices than traditional vertical blinds to dress your doors with. Today you can find a treatment to match any style or decor. Check out some of these other ideas.

Shutters

Use shutters for a different patio door look.

Photo from hometalk.com

Hang sliding or traditional bi- or tri-fold shutters (if you have the extra room you’ll need in front of door to accommodate width when folded open) on patio doors for a classic plantation-style look

Roller Shades

Roller shades are an option for doors.
Change direction with roller shades that open and close from top down to bottom up instead of side to side.

Solar Shades

Let the light in and protect your interiors with Solar Sun Shades.
Reduce annoying glare and diminish harmful UV rays with interior solar shades in various openness factors on your doors.

Wide Panels

Panel track vertical shades are the latest trend.

© World of Coulisse

For a classy designer look, go with updated wide panel track verticals that stack neatly on top of each other when open.

Cellular Shades

Blackout verticals paired with tri-shades will look great in any room.

Our Premier 2″ Blackout Verticals pair beautifully with our Premier 2″ Blackout Cellular Trishades for a streamlined look throughout the room.

An easy solution for coordinating windows and doors in a room, energy efficient cellular shades add insulation and style to your interiors.

Drapery/Curtains

Classic curtains never go out of style.
Classic curtains and designer drapes are another traditional covering for sliding doors that never goes out of style. Layer them with a product above to frame your doors and add more light control and privacy.
What’s your favorite look on sliding patio doors? For more ideas, contact our expert window stylistas here at Select Blinds!

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.

Can Window Coverings Be Poetic? Let’s Find Out for World Poetry Day

Cup of coffee and writing pen on napkin with poetry terms

A poem for you, a poem for me. Let’s all celebrate a day for poetry!

Ha! We’re a poet and didn’t know it. Or did we? Did you know that March 21 is known as World Poetry Day? Founded in 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the holiday, according to un.org, “recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.”

Similarly, window coverings allow one to get quite creative when designing the look of their home. With so many styles, patterns and colors to choose from, the only limit is one’s imagination.

So in the spirit of the holiday — and our business — we’ve come up with some poems that  help tell the story of what we here at Select Blinds are all about.

Let’s start with some Haiku’s. For those who do not know, the Haiku is of Japanese origin and is a poem that contains 17 syllables, organized in a 5-7-5 pattern.

You visit our site
To find window coverings
You see them and smile


Do as the Romans
Lovely fabrics and colors
Roman Shades look great


Select Blinds is here
To help improve your windows
And make you happy


Let’s keep our kids safe
From the dangers of long cords
Choose a cordless look


The light blinds and my
Head hurts. Blackout shades are good
Happy vampiress.


Whatever you need
To make your windows look good
Is at Select Blinds


An old-fashioned look
With great durability
Shutters are for you


Your window’s ugly
But it does not need to be
Select Blinds can help


The sun is shining
But you don’t want UV Rays
You want Solar Shades

Another type of poetry is the limerick. According to Wikipedia, the rhyming scheme is  such where the first, second and fifth lines rhyme, while the third and fourth lines are shorter and share a different rhyme.

You want your windows to look good,
But to pay high prices, you’re  not in the mood,
So head to Select Blinds,
To get out of your bind,
And show off your windows, you would.


An ugly window is no fun,
But you wonder, what can be done,
At Select Blinds we are here,
With window coverings you need not fear,
Because they’ll look good when blocking the sun.


Window coverings need not be boring,
They can actually be pretty fun,
Just go to Select Blinds,
And what you will find,
Is an inability to pick just one.

Are we poetic or what!

Fine, we won’t quit our day jobs. Of course, we’re just having some fun here, taking some poetic license to put a little spin of our own on this creative holiday.

There are plenty of other forms of poetry, and no doubt much better poems than what you just read. But all types of poetry boil down to self-expression and people feeling something upon reading or hearing it.

Same goes for the many types of window coverings. Whatever you choose, you’re expressing your own unique style and creating a look that makes you feel good.  And there’s certainly a lot of poetic justice in that, isn’t there?

Trend Alert: Shop By Color @ Select Blinds

4 Pantone colors for fall 2019 in blues orange and green

Four of the Fall 2019 fashion colors predicted by the Pantone Color Institute. (Photo swatches  from Pantone)

It’s only February and already the denizens of design are gearing up for the coolest color trends we can expect to see this coming fall and winter. (Get a sneak peek from last week’s New York Fashion Week in the Pantone® Fashion Color Trend Report.) Being the trendsetters that we are, here at Select Blinds we’ve put our own colorful twist on how to buy the latest window fashions in the hottest hues: Introducing our new Shop By Color page!

Pick a Color, Any Color

Just pick and click on any color group on the Shop By Color page to see all the different ‘shades’ (and blinds) to choose from, and which products your favorite color comes in.

Screen shot of Selectblinds.com Shop by Color pageShop by color screen shot showing available products

If you’re looking for colors similar to these designer faves for Fall ’19:

Pantone fall colors rocky road fruit dove sugar almond dark cheddar blinds swatches

try these on for size here on selectblinds.com:

Get some free samples of these and more colors here. A little tip: While colors may be named the same, actual colors can vary from product to product. Sample colors from each product to ensure you get just the right color you’re looking for in the style you want.

6 Rooms of Inspiration: 3 More Shades

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Meet the 20 Featured Designers of the 2018 Fall One Room Challenge

Welcome back to Part II of the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge (ORC) reveals! (Catch up with Part I here) So excited to share the inspired transformations by these three incredible Featured Designers. Read their blogs to get all the details on how they did it from scratch to finish. So without further ado, prepare to be blown away!

Erin Kestenbaum: Master Bedroom

Empty bedroom before Before: A classic 1940’s Colonial
Cloudy Blue Wallpaper in Stylish Master Bedroom After: Fresh colonial blues and grays and multiple textures are layered
together to maintain the timelessness of this new masterful master.
Premier Modern Natural Wood Shades make both of these spots pop Obsessed is not the word for the window seat (or the color) in the closet,
topped by our Premier Modern Natural Woven Wood Shades in Half Moon Bay.
Erin also added them above the custom radiator cover her husband built (left).

Kelly GoLightly: Kaylee’s Tween Dream Bedroom

Girls room with pink drapery, walls and white furniture Before Kaylee’s closet looked like mine (I have a step-stool, too), but watch Mom Kelly work her
magic in a soft, sophisticated palette of grown-up hues with sleek surfaces and fun finishes.
Audrey Hepburn girls bedroom decor | Photo Credit Fred Moser And after. Audrey would be proud
Leaf Wallpaper in Girls Organized Closet | Photo Credit Fred Moser Serious closet envy. More than a tween’s dream, wallpaper and gold disco ball I’d die for.
Pink Roman Shades in girls room | Photo Credit Fred Moser Pink Window Blinds Protect this Girls Room from Cold / Heat and
Offer Privacy Indoors (Kelly’s Photos were taken by  Fred Moser)

Style Me Pretty (Erin Lepperd): East Coast Classic Meets West Coast Cool Dining Room

White decor in old dining room with yellow walls | Photo Credit Madison Rae Photography Before: Bye-bye, pale yellow walls!

Long wooden dining room table between light brown woven wood blinds | Photo Credit Madison Rae Photography After: Hello, New England coastal cottage!

Close up of designer series woven wood shades in figi bleached white | Photo Credit Madison Rae Photography Erin paired our Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Fiji Bleached White
with Faded French Stripe curtain panels for a casual, coastal vibe.
Side chairs with sheepskin covers at wooden dining room table | Photo Credit Madison Rae Photography 19th Century English schoolhouse side chairs are topped with
sheepskin chair pads for a cozy twist on these antique classics.
(Erin’s photos were taken by Madison Rae Photography)

We were thrilled to work with six of the ORC designers featured this fall, as well as two Guest Participants, Emily and Ola. Can’t wait to see what they do next spring!

Emily Dahl (la casa, la selva): Brothers’ Hyggeligt Bedroom

Boy reads book under new Fern roman shades from Select Blinds After Emily added a little brotherly love
(and our Signature Blackout Roman Shades in Fern) to the space.
finished brothers bedroom with mint green walls behind dark wood crib Brother and Baby Sleep in These Serene Green Hygge Bedroom for Boys

Ola Swarn (Jadore Le Decor): The “This Is Us” Keeping Room

Living Room with Exotic Decor Living Area Before

Dining Room With Vertical Blinds Before Transformation Dining Area Before

Zebra Roller Shades over Sliding Glass Patio Door Behind Wood Cabinet with Record Player Click here to read Ola’s review of our Zebra Shades, styled with this tropical
decor before the finishing touches were added to her One Room Challenge entry.
Modern Living Room with Grey Walls and White Rug After: The combined 300 sf “Keeping Room” blends Ola’s love of art, music and family.
Keeping our zebra-style Premium Flat Roller Shades (in Ivory)
on the sliding doors in the dining area was a bold choice that worked out beautifully.
Bright dining room with pink chairs and wood floor Ola’s finished dining area is totally rejuvenated after her One Room Challenge makeover!
Wall art and Home Decor Scattered Among White Walls of Recently Remodeled Room Family photos, treasures and memories are prominently displayed.

Are you ready to take the challenge? Watch the One Room Challenge website for details on how to become a Guest Participant next Spring, and shop with us to help make your own interior design transformations possible any time of the year.

See more on the Fall 2018 ORC from official media sponsor Better Homes & Gardens.

6 Rooms of Inspiration

Fall 2018 One Room Challenge Featured Designers | Photo credit: ORC

We are so “wowed” with the results of this year’s Fall One Room Challenge (ORC) and the AH-mazing designers we had the opportunity to work with that we’re breaking up this blog into two parts to give everyone the attention they deserve!

This was our first year as an official sponsor of the annual online design lollapalooza that has taken IG by storm. Now in its fourteenth season, this twice-yearly unique celebration of creativity, inspiration and original ideas follows 20 talented designers through a 6-week transformation of a single space, from design boards to demolition to their gorgeously executed reveals.

Select Blinds was honored to have six of this season’s featured designers (and two guest designers) include our products in their rooms.  We loved the diversity in design and style they represent, from eclectic modern mashups to a charming this-old-house Victorian vogue  ( that monkey wallpaper in the bathroom!!!). Here are some of the gorgeous images they shared with us. We invite you to read their blogs for all the down and dirty details  of their 6-week  transformational journey during the Fall 2018 ORC.  Enjoy!

Old Brand New (Dabito): 300SF Guesthouse

Unfinished White Laundry Room Before Makeover Before, Dabito’s 300sf artist’s studio/laundry room

New Guest House Full of Colorful Decor and Roman Shades from Select Blinds Transformed after into 4 amazing living spaces, including living room, bedroom, kitchen, bath …

Office window with classic light filtering roman shades from select blinds … and a functional office nook framed with our Classic Light Filtering Roman Shades

Bre Purposed (Breanna Bertolini): Open Concept Casual Living/Dining Room

Cluttered living room with white decor before renovation Bre’s Living/Dining Area’s get prepped for the ORC makeover
New modern living space brown furniture with white walls and grey / black wall art Stylish Modern Casual Living Area After
New modern dining space with premier woven wood shades in quince from Select Blinds Bre used our Premier Woven Wood Shades in her
dining area to accent the wood floors and table

Old Home Love (Candice Meredith): Kit’s “Big Girl” Room

Does the name sound familiar here? That’s because Candis and hubby Andy hosted a TV show on the DIY Network called “Old Home Love”! Watch old episodes online, on the DIY Network’s website, or check out their Instagram for inspiration that will satisfy any “Old Homies!”

White walls and decor in girls room before remodel The bare white walls in Kit’s Room and Bathroom prepare for a makeover.
Bright pink and blue hues highlight the brown roller shades from select blinds Kit’s New Girls Bedroom is a Pink Princess Palace
Oriental decor and furniture in renovated girls room with pink drapesCandis added modern, child-safe convenience to Kit’s windows
with motorized remote control Designer Elements Blackout Shades in Ironbark.

One blog was not enough for this One Room Challenge,  read Part II to tour with the next talented trio of featured designers. In the meantime, if you’re up to the challenge, click here for details on how to become a Guest Participant in the 2019 Spring ORC, and let us know how we can help!

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The Feels of Fall – Get Inspired!

antique wooden bowls
#fallisintheair and wood is the new pumpkin! This collection of old wooden bowls shared by Sarah @graceinmyspace serves up one of the hottest trends in fall decor this year. Get on the Fall Follow Train on IG for more like this. 

Ah, September! Cooler temps, vibrant fall colors and warm, woodsy feels. Sweater and boots weather is finally here, ushering in the season of fab fall decor. Time to break out those fuzzy, furry throws along with some other easy ideas on how to change up your interiors with the change of seasons.

Bring in fall and warm up a room with rich looking wood blinds paired with voluminous and dramatic panel drapes in a deep color like burgundy or brown.

We love the look of darker drapery with our lighter colored real wood window blinds!

Here’s a switch. Go darker with drapes over light wood blinds, like our 2″ American Hardwood Blinds.

Reclaimed wood is a good arbiter for fall. Bring in reclaimed accents in a bench, chair, mantel, or wall art. Spruce things up by pairing pieces with seasonal greenery gathered during a walk in the woods or a stop at the local florist for some fall florals.

(BTW, you can also get the reclaimed wood look on your windows with our 2″ Artisan American Distressed Wood Blinds, shown here in fall-look Endinburg. 

Window Treatments from SelectBlinds.com

One of my go-to inspo sites any time of the year is Housebeautiful.com, and they certainly don’t fall short on ideas. One super-simple suggestion I found there is to put firewood on display. Practical and pretty, just grab a large basket by the handles to easily lug your logs to the fireplace.

Photo credit: Don Freeman - Found on House Beautiful

Get the fall feels with fringe and pom-poms to add some whimsy and unique texture to a plain throw, pillows, even shower curtains.

Add a warm, patterned rug to your bathroom to fall in love all over!

I already had pom-poms on my shower curtain, but saw this cray-cray idea on HB for cozying up the bathroom with a throw over the tub. Had to do it! Just realized it even has fringe. Bonus two-fer! Like how it turned out? (And adding a warm, patterned rug they say will make you fall in love with your bathroom all over.)

Leap for leopard-print accents this fall! Choose softer tones for a more subtle, almost neutral look, then layer on some wood accents for a totally earthy, grounded feel.

Any other favorites you’re falling for this season? Leave a comment and let us know!