4 Favorite SelectBlinds Picks From Our Influencers

We at SelectBlinds love collaborating with, and being inspired by, designers, DIYers, content creators, and influencers.

We thought it was a great time to share some of our influencers’ top SelectBlinds product picks, as well as where in their homes they installed them, and why they like them so much.

Woven Wood Shades: Alicia, @ourvintagenest

Image courtesy of @ourvintagenest

You can strike an elegant layered look and dimension for your windows with natural, woven wood shades. Alicia, who runs @ourvintagenest, loves the woven wood shades look.

“For the main areas of our home, I chose SelectBlinds’ Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Jute Wheat,” Alicia says.

“We chose this particular blind because of its beautiful texture and color.  It literally reminds me of a woven basket on your window and who doesn’t love an amazing woven basket?  We wanted the look of warm and cozy; I feel like we achieved that with these blinds!”

Two custom options Alicia chose for her woven woods were the no-liner option and the cordless lift.

“We chose unlined option for our downstairs blinds, because we wanted more natural light to come through in the mornings and during the day,” she says. “We chose the cordless lift option, which includes a hidden ring pull (in the middle) at the bottom of each shade.  We love this option for a clean look, but most importantly… because it’s child safe!”

Motorized Roman Shades: Chrissy, @homewithchrissym

Image courtesy of @homewithchrissym

Who knew you could be trendy and traditional at the same time? Take the classic look of Roman shades. This custom fabric window covering never goes out of style and works with the trendiest, as well as with the most traditional, interiors.

Chrissy, from @homewithchrissym, fell in love with our Classic Roman Shades in Natural Linen. 

“Our new motorized shades are up and ‘Wow!’ Why did we not do this sooner?” Chrissy tells us. “SelectBlinds makes the ordering process very straightforward and user-friendly. Once ordered, we had our new shades in a matter of weeks, not months. The best part? They are beautifully made and all you need to do is push a button to open/close them.” 

Chrissy selected the standard pleated fold option, without a valance for a cleaner look. She also decided to go with a standard white privacy liner as these shades were going in a bedroom.

Motorized Cellular Shades: Brianna, @briannabrowndesigns

Image courtesy of @briannabrowndesigns

Keep your vibe at home cool, calm, and quiet with energy-efficient cellulars. With kid-friendly cordless or motorized lifts, they’re the safest choice for homes with pets and young ones. 

Brianna was looking for a motorized window covering solution for her hard-to-reach windows. She needed them to block the glare on the TV while also providing privacy and energy efficiency. 

She went with our 2” Premier Light Filtering Cellulars in Thunderstorm, selecting the double-cell customized option for extra energy-efficiency.

“I am so happy with them!” Brianna says. “I ordered the Premier Light Filtering Cellulars with solar chargers and a remote (because I can’t reach those top shades without a scaffolding). These shades have made it so we can actually watch TV during the day without being blinded by the sun. Plus, they help block out the heat, the cold, and even noise!”

Woven Wood Shades: Jessi, @thegoodwrench 

Image courtesy of @thegoodwrench

Jessi, from @thegoodwrench also loves the natural look of woven woods.

“Sometimes taking care of three small kids just wipes me out, and in the middle of the day, I’m DONE,” Jessi tells us. “In the middle of the day, when I feel the need to take a load off, my wishes come true with my SelectBlinds automated shades in my bedroom. With a quick verbal command, I can get my shades closed, and then shut my eyes for a refreshing power nap.” 

Fun fact, she challenged her followers to vote on a few shades she liked and the winner was the Luxe Modern Woven Wood Shades in the color Aria for her bedroom.

DIY and Interior Design Influencers: interested in collaborating with SelectBlinds? Download the Select Blinds Influencer Media Kit here.

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SelectBlinds’ Best New 2022 Products that our Creative Director Loves (And Why You Should, Too)

Meet our best new SelectBlinds products of 2022. At least so far.

Our fashion-savvy Creative Director, Shannon Constance, walks us through what products and colors we released this year that she personally loves, and why she loves them. We think you’ll fall in love with some of them, too.

Best New Colors in Cellulars: Premier Blackout Cellulars

“The Premier Cellulars, in my opinion, are the perfect cellular shades,” Shannon says. “They are high-quality cellular shades for a reasonable price and with so many different options for lift styles, depending on your needs.”

She goes on to note that, “This year we launched some beautiful new colors in our blackout line that have a soft, relaxing tonal quality. They are a great first step if you want to get out of your comfort zone of ‘neutral’ space into more relaxing, sun-bleached vibes.”

As for her favorite colors in this blackout cellular shade, Shannon goes with Sand Tan.
“If we’d offered this color when I bought my own Premier Blackout Cellulars, this is the color I would have chosen,” she admits good-humoredly.

C’est la vie.

Best New Colors in Romans: Lakeshore Colors for Our Classic Roman Shades

“Our Classic Roman Shades are our most popular Roman,” Shannon says. “Like its name, it is a ‘classic,’ and perfect if you are looking for a slightly more tailored, but soft look. It is a great window covering for any room but I especially love them in dining rooms.”

Shannon references the shades’ “casual, but tailored look that allows them to dress up a formal space without making it feel stuffy or uptight.”

“This summer we launched three beautiful colors to go with our Lakeshore Stripe,” she continues. “What I love about these fabrics is that they are striped so they feel ‘nautical,’ like they belong near the water, but they have quite a bit of varied texture to them that creates a more organic, and less traditional stripe.”

“If you’re looking for a new take on nautical but are tired of the expected traditional stripe, these lakeshore colors are worth looking at,” Shannon assures. “Order samples just to see all the textures that are woven into these colors. They won’t disappoint.”

Best New Rollers: Little Dreamers Kids’ Collection

This year we launched our kids’ patterns into roller shades (previously only available in curtains).

“These rollers are great for kids’ rooms because they are easy to clean and they are only available in cordless options,” Shannon says. “Safety for those kiddos is our number one priority.”

She goes on to say that “these patterns are worth designing an entire room around what you do with the window. After all, sleep is the most important thing for any kid. Might as well pick a shade that’s functional and adorable all at once.”

Shannon’s “fave pattern is the rainbow.”

“We’ve taken the traditional rainbow and created it in an array of super cool and unexpected colors,” she says. “I mean, come on! We have a mid-century rainbow color for the cool mom that wants the vibe of her home to transition all the way to her kid’s room but which is still delightful and intriguing for the little one, too. We also have colorful kids’ curtains if you’re looking for a layered look that pairs perfectly.”

Best New Colors in Woven Woods: Classic Woven Woods

“Woven woods are all the rage this year from a trend perspective,” Shannon asserts. “If you are watching any design show these days, you are likely to see woven woods in the windows. If you’re new to wovens our Classic Woven Woods are a great choice: simple, budget-friendly, and chic. This product doesn’t have a liner option and is best for spaces where you are looking for a light-filtering, ambient effect with less concern for privacy.”

Shannon goes on to discuss how we decided to create four new colors with a tighter weave that allows for a bit more coverage than the other colors.

“The combination of this tighter weave paired with unexpected colors makes these super cool and unique in comparison to other wovens,” she says.

Best New Faux Woods: 2” Designer Faux Wood Blinds

“If you live in a humid or hot environment and are looking for a traditional approach for your windows then these faux wood blinds are for you,” Shannon says. “They look like and offer the visual feel of real wood, but are more durable for these types of climates.”

Shannon goes on to share that our 2” Designer Faux Wood Blind is one of her favorites because she “thinks every detail has been very well thought through.”

“The color palette spans a wide range, from cool to warm, for starters,” she says. “The textures captured in the slats are so close to the real thing, in my opinion, and my favorite feature of all? The color of the ladders (the cords that suspend the slats up) are perfectly paired to the slat color so that they blend in well so as to not distract from the beauty of the blinds themselves.”

Get Fall-Ready With These Greatest Hits of 2022

Thank you, Shannon, for sharing your insightful take on a few of our best new products of the year to date.

Our philosophy has long held that DIY Design was never meant to be done “ALL by Yourself.” For your dream home’s design, whether for indoors our outside in your back patio, we’re here to help. 

Nothing makes an interior enjoyable than attractive window coverings. SelectBlinds is all about supporting you, all the way from start to finish. We offer you all the helpful resources you’ll need to make your life (and projects) easier, because your success is our success! Make your dream home ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it, without breaking your budget. As you sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, you will save plenty of money and enjoy the satisfaction of creating something special. 

Check out our FREE interior design consulting as just another way we can support you from start to finish. Get tips, color guidance, product recommendations, solutions to the problems you may encounter, etc. Call us today at (855) 235-3120 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

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The 4 Best Reasons to Consider Mini Blinds or Faux Wood Blinds for Your Home

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Venetian blinds (and Venetian-style blinds) are a recognizable, classic style for window coverings. Venetian blinds are a stack of horizontal “slats” connected by cords or strips of fabric that can be tilted at an angle upward or downward to open and close them. The “stacked slats” can also be drawn and bunched upward to entirely open up or close a window view to the outside. Their design is what typically comes to mind when someone mentions “blinds.”

Venetian blinds are traditionally made of wood, but come in a variety of materials, including aluminum and faux wood. These blinds also come in varying slat widths and finishes.

Let’s talk window treatment ideas.

What about your own interior space? There is good news for DIY decorators! There are many benefits to integrating this traditional window treatment design, in some form or other, into your home décor update.

Custom Aluminum Mini Blinds are inexpensive, easy to care for, and long-lasting.
Custom Aluminum Mini Blinds are inexpensive, easy to care for, and long-lasting.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds feature the familiar Venetian-style blind design, but with narrower slats, usually varying no more than one to two inches in width. Their thickness is also referred to as their “gauge.” It might interest you to know that Select Blind minis are 6- or 8-gauge (.006 and .008 of an inch, respectively). They are often manufactured with aluminum or vinyl, in a wide range of colors, finishes, and lift styles. Some manufacturers use recycled materials to produce more sustainable products.

Mini blinds are commonly used to cover windows of varying sizes, including narrow, tall windows, like those adjacent to, or on either side of, a door. You’ll often see them being used in offices, schools, and industrial facilities.

Which is Better, Aluminum or Vinyl Mini Blinds?

Aluminum mini window blinds and vinyl mini blinds are both easy to clean and take care of. Though vinyl blinds are more flexible than aluminum and less likely to dent or crease, aluminum mini blinds are sturdier and stronger than vinyl blinds, and won’t split or break.

We recommend these high-quality, custom aluminum mini blinds for your home or office:

Custom Faux Wood Blinds are durable, look like real wood, and budget-friendly.
Custom Faux Wood Blinds are durable, look like real wood, and budget-friendly.

Faux Wood Blinds

Unlike wood, faux wood blinds are extremely sturdy and they offer a wide range of styles, colors, and designs. While offering the warm, classic look of real wood. After all, affordable, high-quality custom faux wood window treatments shouldn’t have to look like cheap, fake wood. Faux wood blinds are often made from durable vinyl or PVC, and you can customize them for any room in your home. You also don’t have to worry about faux wood blinds warping or fading. There is also a wide selection of lift styles you can get for your blinds, including cordless (for homes with children and pets).

Benefits of Aluminum Mini Blinds and Faux Wood Blinds

  1. Cost-effective and versatile. Aluminum mini blinds and faux wood blinds are less expensive than blinds made with other materials. They also come in a wide range of colors and styles.
  2. Durable and long lasting. Make sure your aluminum mini blinds and faux wood blinds are made with durable materials and are built to last.
  3. Water- and mold-resistant. The impermeable resistance of aluminum and faux wood to moisture and mold makes them an excellent option for humid spaces like kitchens/dining rooms and bathrooms.
  4. Crisp, clean appearance. If you take care of your aluminum minis and faux wood blinds, and dust/clean them regularly, they will look sharp and new for years.

Looking for faux wood blinds recommended for your home or office? Try the following:

Remember, aluminum mini blinds and faux wood blinds are both excellent budget-friendly customizable options for your home’s window treatments that are easy to clean and take care of, and that you’ll enjoy for years.

Inspiring Decorator: Autumn Stauffer of Steel City Farmhouse

Picture perfect in Pennsylvania, Autumn Stauffer of Steel City Farmhouse puts a modern spin on a vintage style by creating a home that’s a culmination of old and new. She is frequently writing her home’s story, expertly crafting the contents and chapters in “Pursuit of a Pretty Home in Pittsburgh”.

We recently collaborated with her for a huge window shades project, and were so interested in her designer style that we asked her to be our next Inspiring Decorator! So grab a sammich from Primanti Bro’s and read our interview with Autumn below!

Meet Autumn of Steel City Farmhouse!

1. How would you explain your style and aesthetic?

When designing our home, we wanted a retreat, a gathering point, and a space that inspired our passions. That has slowly unfolded into a timeless yet clean eclectic style as we design and decorate our newly built home.​ ​I love a blend of old and new, pieces that tell the story of time mixed against the backdrop of​ a newly constructed home. This, for me, is what has given our home some soul. ​​​​ 

2. Where/Who do you get your home inspiration from?

Most recently I was very inspired by rummaging through my grandmother’s attic. While she is no longer with us, I love incorporating meaningful treasures that remind me of her into our home. ​Think beautiful sea glass jugs, designer vintage rattan chairs, and intricately designed dishware. ​It has given a nice balance of old in a new home. 

​Traveling the world has also served as a huge point of inspiration ​for my designs ​and perhaps why my style is a bit eclectic.​ And this is why you’ll see a side of travel on my predominantly home blog

SelectBlinds.com's Roman Shades lend to the clean and sleek look!

3. What personal project are you proudest of and why? 

Right now, my head is still in the clouds on the completion of our custom built home. It was something we dreamed of doing, and it​ ​was such a special experience to be able to design our home and build top to bottom what works and serves our lifestyle best.​ 

Welcome to Autumn's custom home!

4. What’s your favorite trend right now? 

I love how color ​and pattern ​is making a bold, new come back. ​​For me, I want to be wrapped in a happy, cheerful space so I’ve been finding ways to pack a little punch throughout whether it’s the backsplash, wallpaper, rugs​ ​​or furniture.

Just as in our lives we are all multi-tasking and juggling all of life’s little demands, we need our homes to do the same. I love how more and more the expectation is for a space to flex and be multi-functioning. Doubling benches as storage, or transforming what would normally be a home office into a multi-purpose room all through the design and layout of furniture. This reflects a major shift in how people want usable spaces for their families.   

Bold colors and a subtle pattern make a great marriage.

5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to learn more about interior design/decorating?

Let’s learn together! ​By day and trade I work in Corporate America in business. ​Unlike others I can’t sit here and tell you I’ve been doing this for a decade. It’s something I stumbled upon and realized I loved after I got my first place. ​I guess my best advice is to experiment on your own home/space ​or take some pro bono projects to build your portfolio​ (queue mom and dad, or friends.) 

Barn door fit into many different kinds of decor!

Thanks so much for letting us take a closer look at your home, Autumn! We love learning a little more about all of our influencers and hope to work with you again in the future! If you love the window treatments in Steel City Farmhouse, here’s a couple links to the products in this post:

Classic Roman Shades in Simply White (Bedroom, Bathroom)

Classic Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades in Perfect White (Living Room)

For more details on her custom window treatments, amazing DIY installation walk-through and even insider some tech tips, you won’t want to miss her Select Blinds blog post!

“It was top of my list to get a quote or two for blinds, and we knew it would be expensive but never did we think our quotes would come back between $12-15k for 22 windows. And then I found Select Blinds.”

-Autumn Stauffer of Steel City Farmhouse

Inspiring Decorator: Audrey Sprinkle of The Black House on the Corner

Audrey sprinkle sits on leather couch in front of paintings of women

Welcome back for another designer spotlight from one of our favorite Instagram innovators! This time, we’re going dark with The Black House on the Corner, and we mean that in the best way possible! Audrey uses a collection of darker hues in her 1900 Greek Revival Craftsman, bringing out the beauty in the design of her home by collating the moody shades with a pop of bright white and custom themes that give every room it’s own bold personality.

Audrey sat down with us to shed some light on her home, style and what motivates her and her husband after years of designing and flipping houses. Here’s what our newest Inspiring Decorator had to say.

1. What inspired you to become a decorator? What has your journey been like?

I have been into home design and decor since I was a kid! I was 10 when I designed my first piece of furniture and had my dad (against his will) execute it. 

It’s been an exciting journey. We took a leap of faith about nine years ago to start flipping homes and it paid off in a big way. My husband and I work — mostly — really well together and the experience of re-building and designing spaces together has definitely strengthened our relationship! 

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

 Definitely eclectic vintage modern. I find myself attracted to strange decor items but mid-century modern furniture!

Eclectic vintage modern decor in dining room

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why? 

 Probably my painted wallpaper in our hallway! It was free and a huge transformation. I also didn’t expect much out of it so when it turned out so great, that made it even better! (Check out how cool this is!)

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

I love seeing more personality come back into design. The all-white and farmhouse aesthetics are on their way out and that excites me because they’re kind of boring!  

Flowery Backsplash in Vintage Modern Kitchen with Blinds Over Sink

5. What inspired you to paint your walls black?

I love moody, dark colors and since we have 12’ ceilings and tons of windows, I figured I could get away with it!

We really love Classic Shoreline Cordless Woven Woods and get so many compliments on them! My favorite feature is the cordless option. Having four rambunctious boys, it gives me peace of mind that no one is going to choke on blind cords!

High Ceilings Highlight Select Blinds Layered with Curtains

We’re currently working on a huge master suite renovation. My husband’s “day job” is with a European company, which means he starts work at 3 a.m. our time. He’s in bed by 7 p.m. and it’s still pretty light outside the majority of the year, so I’m most excited to try out the Select Blinds woven woods with a blackout liner feature for our bedroom windows!
We can’t wait to see what Audrey does with our blackout-lined woven wood shades, can you? Until then, it’s a wrap on our Inspiring Decorator: Black House Edition! If you enjoyed this post, be sure to follow The Black House on the Corner on Instagram! Audrey has plenty more projects, insight and style to love coming in the future!

Inspiring Decorator: Monique Volz

Chef and Select Blinds Inspiring Decorator Monique Volz sitting on antique rugs on hardwood floor. Photo by Ambitious Kitchen.

Get to know one of our favorite foodies, Monique Volz! Photo by Ambitious Kitchen.

Do what you love. Love what you do. And style your home with an amazing selection of gorgeous antique rugs at the same time. This is the business and life vintage and boho buff Monique Volz has built. We think you’ll be as inspired as we are by her passion for comfort in all forms — food, design, style, wellness, music and more.


Your food blog, Ambitious Kitchen, compiles pages and pages of wonderfully photographed, delicious-looking recipes that are both healthy and hearty. What inspired you to create it?

I created Ambitious Kitchen back in 2011 with the hopes of sharing my healthy comfort foods with the world. It was a place for me to talk about my personal stories and also share my love of food and recipes that I was always making. Fast-forward seven years and you’ll not only find a website with hundreds of unique recipes, but also an ambitious community who craves wellness inspiration. You can find me sharing my favorite cookie recipe along with personal accounts of my wellness journey in order to inspire others to find balance, self-love and a delicious menu to come home to each day. You can also find me on Instagram @ambitiouskitchen.

What is your personal favorite recipe on AK?

It varies, but I really love my Thai Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken and Rice, and my Tahini Brownies.

Stack of Tahini Brownies from Ambitious Kitchen author Monique Volz, photo by Monique Volz

Check out Monique’s Killer Tahini Brownie recipe on Ambitious Kitchen! Photo by AK.

Tell us about the stylish sister to AK, Ambitious Home. How does it co-exist with Ambitious Kitchen?

I started Ambitious Home after searching for rugs that would create a statement in my Chicago apartment. I’ve always loved older, vintage pieces that tell a story. I began rug hunting through wholesalers, dealers, antique shops, estate sales and auctions, and feel in love with learning about vintage rugs and the beautiful, bold colors they brought to my home. 

Antique rug and bar cart cover light hardwood floor underneath stair case, photo by Liveside Media

Monique cherishes antique and vintage rugs in her Ambitious Home. Photo by Liveside Media.

After a trip to the Middle East in late 2015, I decided that a [ecomm] rug shop would be my next adventure, and later, my husband joined me to help make the dream a reality. We couldn’t be happier doing what we love!

What is your favorite interior design style? 

I’d say my personal interior style is modern bohemian. I love mixing patterns and bold colors, but also love earthy textures and the cozy feeling you get when you’re in a comfortable home. 

Boho bedroom design with white and grey furniture, nightstand and bedding photo by Jasmine Pulley

This beautiful bedroom boasts bohemian rhapsody! Photo by Jasmine Pulley.

What projects are you currently focusing on?

We just signed a lease for a space in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago that we hope to turn into a home goods store and open sometime this spring. The idea is to have a mix of vintage home goods (including antique rugs), wellness and beauty, plants, ceramics and art. We love the idea of curating something special for our community and customers.

Whether it’s design, decor, or new dishes, who inspires you?

I love to look for interior design inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram. Two of my favorites are @houseofsixinteriors and @carlaypage. For decor and new dishes, I always love Anthropologie, and Lulu and Georgia Rugs!

Antique area rug among white living room furniture and drapery accented by green foliage, photo by Carley Summers

Photo by Carley Summers.

Inspiring Decorator: Summer Heath

Summer Heath
No matter what the season, Summer is definitely one of our favorite new decorators! It takes a certain joie de vie to transform a vanilla new build into a home full of character, warmth and personality. If you follow her on IG @heathsinmaine , you can see how this French-inspired mother of two toddlers is absolutely rockin’ it. Vive la palette blanche avec des accents de bois! 

1.  What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

My soul. My eyes. My brain. They are just made happy and at ease when fixed on beauty. Whether it’s a mountain view, a beach sunset, an art gallery filled with creativity, or a beautifully designed kitchen. My journey, as far as interior design goes, began in my preteens, free of outside influence, days when my mom gave me the green light to make my bedroom “my own”. I’d crank up the top 10 hits station and organize and redecorate monthly.

Every home I’ve been in since, I’m unable to contain the drive to enhance the aesthetics and function. Even now, without thinking, I study the carpentry, design and workmanship in every building I enter. Whether I’m taking ideas I love or revamping the space in my head, it’s my happy place and something that just happens naturally.

Summer Heath choose joy

2.  How would you describe your design aesthetic?

You mean my design aesthetic this year? Haha. I have had to learn discipline when styling a space. I’m a lover of ALL things design and literally ALL different design styles. So in the beginning, I would mix and match styles making everything eclectic. I’ve enjoyed learning how to pin down a specific style and create boundaries when designing a space.

I would definitely describe my current favorite design aesthetic as French modern. The tufting. The classic wall treatments. The shine of a white tile and the straight clean lines along with a minimal pattern that makes subtle statements. At this time in my life (with a two and three year old) the “clean” feeling of modern design brings a sense of serenity and control to balance out the beautiful mess that the season of energetic toddlers bring.

3.  What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

My favorite project as of late is absolutely our stairwell wall. Our new build came very standard and basic as a blank canvas, so my husband (and DIY partner in crime) and I have been having a lot of fun adding character. I chose to do picture frame molding from stair to ceiling and a semi gloss white paint to match the rest of the trim and casing in our home. It gave the space such a modern French/Victorian feel that just brings me joy and the house, so much character and comfort. Absolutely a top bang-for-your-buck idea that any home improvement budget can handle. We loved it so much, we decided to do a bedroom accent wall and chair rail with the same treatment.

Summer Heath stairwell wall

We’re thrilled Summer chose our Designer Series Woven Woods in Antigua Natural for a natural wood accent to her stunning stairwell wall.

4.  What’s your favorite trend right now?

I don’t tend to follow trends. They move too quickly. I will say, I’ve noticed the “white” theme seems to be very popular, and I hope it’s here to stay. During my 20’s I always leaned toward white-everything. Decor, vehicles, you name it. I fought it for awhile, telling myself it wasn’t practical and even boring, but the popularity of the white design “trend” now has allowed me to embrace those tendencies to choose white and freed me to just do what I love. So regardless of the life of the trend, white will always be a part of my style. Long live the white pallet with wood accents!

Summer Heath kitchen

5.  Apart from designing/decorating, what is one hobby or interest that you can’t live without?

This is a great question, because I believe the answer comes back full circle. I wouldn’t make it in a world without bicycles, oars, hiking trails and beach days. As I mentioned in the first question, nature inspires me. Sight-seeing on a bike ride, rowing on any body of water in any form, hiking steep trails and burying little baby feet in the sand on a warm summer day gives me life. Creation in all of its glory.

too legit to quit sign

Inspiring Decorator: Alicia Armstrong, Our Vintage Nest

Inspiring Decorator Alicia Armstrong

Photos courtesy Alicia Armstrong

One of the best things about working at Select Blinds is getting to know and partnering with so many talented decorators. Take Alicia Armstrong. This powerhouse momma of two gets her inspiration from all things vintage. She loves painting and re-purposing furniture and is such a pro at it, she was asked to share her talents recently in a virtual Home Depot Do-It-Yourself Workshop. A quick visit to her website or IG account and you’ll see why we love her twists on making old things new again, and how she’s applied them to transform the interior of her home in NW Arkansas into one that’s a welcome respite from builder-grade, cookie-cutter lookalikes.

1. What inspired you to become a designer?

As a child, I always enjoyed watching my mom decorate with her amazing antiques and collectibles. She’s always had an eye for creating a beautiful space. Her talents are endless (from cooking, sewing, crafting, etc.). I’m so thankful for the creativity she passed on to me. She inspires me every day!
Shiplap Walls by Alicia Armstrong Inspiring Decorator

2. What has your journey been like?

My most recent journey has been a huge blessing, filled with unimaginable opportunities, friendships and growth as a decorator. I’m so thankful for everything that I’ve experienced thus far!

3. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I’d call my style/design modern farmhouse with an emphasis on vintage decor. The two blend nicely together, I think!

Our Vintage Nest Dining Room

We’re thrilled that Alicia has made our Designer Series Woven Wood shades (here in Jute Wheat) part of her beautiful home. Check out her blog for a Room by Room Home Tour of her favorite blinds.

4. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

Oh goodness, there are quite a few from the last year. Most of them involved shiplap or adding character to a boring space. I’d have to say my son’s herringbone-patterned headboard that I built. It was my first big project using power tools without my husband! It was fun and inspired me to challenge myself with other projects! Stay tuned! 😉
Herringbone Headboard by Alicia Armstrong from Our Vintage Nest

5. What’s your favorite trend right now?

I typically don’t follow trends too closely. I love classic design that can be enjoyed for years to come. Antiques tell such a story with their age and patina; I love that! When it comes to colors, I’m also drawn to navy, black and white, and neutrals.
Alicia Armstrong - Vintage pantry

6. What’s your favorite holiday to decorate for?

Christmas!
Alicia Armstrong's Bedroom

7. What are some of your hobbies apart from designing/decorating?

I love to bike ride with my family in the warmer months. We have a beautiful 30-mile bike trail in our little corner of the world. We love amusement parks and movies on the weekends!

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Kelly Nan Interior Designer@kelleynan

Holly Mathis Interior Designer@hollymathisinteriors

Ashley Goldman Interior Designer@ashleykgoldman

Simply Stunning Spaces@simply.stunning.spaces

Veronica Valencia Interior Designer@veronicavalencia

Jenna Roach Interior Designer@jenamroach

Pine and Prospect Home@pineandprospecthome

Cynthia Harper Interior Designer@cynthia_harper_

Ashley Cooper Design@ashleycooperdesign

11 Magnolia Lane@11magnolialane

Kelly Ballard Interior Designer@citygirlmeetsfarmboy

Natalie Kolter Interior Designer@vintageporch

Gemary Ermus - The G is for Mary@gemary

Kirsten Yanasak from Bright Yellow Door@brightyellowdoor

 

Happy New Year! Reflecting on the past year, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting some amazing bloggers, designers, influencers and decorators. An exclusive and wildly talented group that scribed the year’s styles and trends into the illustrious pages here on The Blinds Spot blog and throughout social media, including instagram@selectblinds. We couldn’t pick a favorite ourselves, so thought we’d recap the posts that inspired our IG followers the most. Without further ado, then, here’s the list of our Top 10 Follower Favorites of 2017!
1. 100100 Instagram likess

Designer Series Woven Woods from SelectBlinds.com

@cynthiaharper Cynthia Kitchen Collab (featuring Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Jute Natural)

2. 9696 Instagram Likess

Vintage Porch Collab using Designer Series Woven Woods from SelectBlinds.com

@vintageporch Vintage Porch Collab (featuring Chester and our Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Bali Oak)

3. 8181 Instagram Likess

Happy Customer Featuring SelectBlinds.com Designer Woven Woods

@kaileyabozarth Happy Customer (featuring Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Bamboo Shell)

4. 7676 Instagram Likess

Heather Fujikawa's Kitchen

@heatherfujikawa Heather Fujikawa Kitchen (featuring Signature Light Filtering Roman Shades in White Canvas)

5. 73 73 Instagram Likess

Pup relaxes with Roman Window Treatments from SelectBlinds.com

@cottageandvine Pup Relaxes with Roman Shades (featuring Signature Blackout Roman Shades in Parchment Textured)

6. 72 72 Instagram Likess

Gemary's Kitchen featuring Permier Woven Woods from SelectBlinds.com

@gemary Gemary’s Kitchen (featuring Premier Woven Wood Shades in Bodhi)

7. 6969 Instagram Likess

Southern Farm House Designs Shiplap Bedroom featuring Designer Series Wovens from SelectBlinds.com

@southernfarmhousedesigns Shiplap Bedroom (featuring Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Bali Natural)

8. 5959 Instagram Likess

Holiday Fireplace Mantal featuring Cynthia Harper and Julie of The Design Twins

Holiday Mantel/Fireplace Decor featuring @cynthia_harper and @julie_thedesigntwins

9. 52 s

Bright Yellow Door Collab featuring SelectBlinds.com Premier Woven Woods

@brightyellowdoor Bright Yellow Door Collab (featuring Premier Woven Wood Shades in Robinia)

10. 45s

A big “thank you!” to all of the Inspiring Decorators who shared their beautiful homes and memories with us in 2017. We can’t wait to see what new styles and trends you’ll be incorporating in 2018!

If you have any questions or would like more details on any of these posts, please leave us a comment!

Inspiring Decorator: Ashley Goldman

ashley goldman

First off, congratulations to our newest Inspiring Decorator and The Gold Hive blogger, Ashley Goldman. After participating earlier this year as a guest participant in both the spring and fall House Beautiful One Room Challenge, she was recently selected to be a featured designer in the Spring 2018 ORC competition! We’re especially thrilled to be sharing her success with you here on The Blinds Spot, as Ashley selected our Signature Blackout Roman Shades as part of the 7-week reno of her beautiful home office this fall. We’re even more excited that she layered them over our Signature Sheer Weave 3% Solar Shades, which she also has hanging throughout the house.

Two years into the complete restoration and renovation of her 1915 Craftsman bungalow in San Diego, Ashley had several rooms to choose from for ORC, and they all look amazing! She has even more transformations planned for the future. Follow her on IG to find out which room she’ll pick as her challenge next year. We can’t wait to see!

The re-do of her home office, including a stunning 1600s-inspired hand-painted mural, boosted Ashley from “guest” status to “featured” designer in next spring’s House Beautiful One Room Challenge.

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

I went to school for art and I’m a homebody, so the love for beautiful interiors came naturally. I’ve worked for the past 10 years in art museums teaching and managing programs for kids to foster their creativity. When my husband and I bought our first house, it made sense to blend my love for teaching and interiors, so I started a blog, The Gold Hive, to share the renovation stories and DIY design tutorials.

1915 craftsman bungalow exterior

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I’m a believer in staying true to your home’s architecture, so I make design decisions influenced by my 1915 Craftsman bungalow’s character. However, I like modern aesthetics, so I blend the old-school with the new. For example, I use Select Blind’s solar shades in my 100-year-old windows. The shades are modern and streamlined, rather than traditional curtains with valances and tie backs. I think the modern shades balance the historic architecture and enhance the character by not taking away from the millwork. I also like edgy and unexpected statement pieces.

brass chandelier

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

My latest project is definitely a favorite! I hand-painted a mural in the likeness of a 1600s etching in our home office. I also painted my den the prettiest shade of dark green, which creates a moody and cozy space. Our kitchen is due for a remodel in 2018, but I made cosmetic fixes, including new paint and a checkerboard tile floor. The house was in pretty bad shape, so the before and after transformations are super satisfying.

checkered floor

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

Design trends are so tricky! They come and go frequently, and they vary depending on your style. I’m definitely digging moody shades like deep greens and matte black hardware. I’m a firm believer in having a touch of black in each room, but this year I think I’m going to decorate with more blacks.

den

5. What’s your favorite holiday to decorate for?

Halloween has to be my favorite. However, I don’t go for the blow up skeletons in the front yard, or glittery gourds. Rather, I gravitate toward eerie vintage art, classic pumpkins and neutral, spooky décor like black candlesticks and white spider webs. This past year, I projected flying ghosts on a wall for the trick-or-treaters and they got quite a kick out of it.

halloween house