Meet Veronica Valencia: The Designer Behind the Design

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A little bit boho, a mix of modern and a dose of vintage. That’s the feeling Veronica inspires. She’s been inspiring us for the last several years with her joie de vivre and infectious energy, both of which are evident in every single space she designs. And that’s why we’re so excited to be the newest partner in her design world with the launch of her exclusive collection of window treatments for Select Blinds.

“For me, windows and natural light are everything in a home. Select Blinds has always been my first call when designing beautiful, inspired windows,” says the 32-year-old interior and product designer, and creative director who got her start as the head of design production for some 500+ home makeover shows on ABC, NBC, FOX and OWN.

As the fresh face of a style she sums up as New Modernism, Veronica’s design sensibilities beautifully blend bohemian and well-traveled elements, balanced by femininity and clean lines.

“I’m a girl who loves a floral print and a classic stripe, and I just happen to think they can all live in the same space. It’s not about rules. It’s about living with what you love the most, all captured in one space.”

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Veronica’s aesthetic has broad appeal. Remodelista called her the “Master of Design Transformations” and Australian magazine Renegade Collective deemed her “Miss Makeover.” Her work has been featured in Domaine Home, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Lucky Magazine and more.

So what does the founder of The Design Hunters, a modern day interior design and creative services company she founded with her husband, Kristopher Hughes, find inspiring?

“I’m forever inspired by nature. And you’ll rarely hear me pass up the chance to play host. I’m happiest when I have a table full of family and friends and a feast on the way to being plated. That sound of people laughing, floating in the air – that’s everything. Oh, and bike rides. A must.”

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Watch Veronica in action as she shows you how to easily re-create this gorgeous centerpiece for your own table! Video by LEAF TV

You’ll find all that inspiration wrapped up in the AH-mazing (if we do say so ourselves) new collection she’s created for Select Blinds – and you!

“When you’re in the field and pulling off 10 home builds a season, you’re making thousands of decisions. I wanted this collection to be the easiest choice someone will make for their home. This line has all my loves. The textures and bohemian feel of rich woven woods and elegant fabric tapes; fresh, modern colors collected from world travels in my cellulars; and the fun shapes, florals and botanicals you’ll find in the patterns on my solar shades.”

She has some great tips for designing your windows, too.

“Put away that rule book. If you love white but are worried your kids are going to ruin your sofa, go for white woven shades. If you love wood but can’t re-floor your home, reach for it on your windows. A good room is like a good outfit. It’s never one pattern from head to toe. Mix it up! Layering is key.”

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Veronica recommends mixing metals, glass and ceramics in New Modernism harmony. Shade shown is Veronica Valencia Island Woven Wood in Leeward Island.

Known to her family as the world-traveling “free spirit,” Veronica splits her time between New York and Los Angeles. She travels constantly for show production and private clients, and her own lines of specialty lighting and wall decor. “We’ve mastered the art of living out of a suitcase and how to make the perfect hotel room matcha latte.

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t kinda love our vagabond life. We get to see the world together by design and that’s all I could ever ask for.”

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Inspired? See more of Veronica on her website, or follow her on Instagram at @VeronicaValencia and #vvselectblinds.

How to Perk Up Patio and Sliding Doors without Going Vertical

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Yes, Virginia, there really are alternatives to vertical blinds for covering your patio, sliding and French doors. Most people think the mainstay 3-1/2” vertical is their only option. But good news! While still a standard and popular treatment – especially with some of the beautiful new textured fabrics, colors and patterns available today – you have lots of choices other than going vertical. From cellulars, classic Roman, roller and solars, even drapes, sheers and shutters, let your imagination run wild! Mix and match textures and materials to create a unique window treatment that is as functional as it is beautiful.

Before you get started, here are a few things to consider when decorating your doors.

Measurements – Door treatments are typically outside mounts, so when measuring for sliding doors, measure the height from where the top of the headrail will be placed (typically two to three inches or more above the door), and allow for the treatment to hang about a half inch above the floor.  And be sure to take into account any hardware such as handles, locks and hinges that may affect or interfere with the operation of your treatments and doors. If you need help, watch our video on How to Measure Window Blinds & Shades.

Lift System – With wider sliding doors, you may also want to consider your lift options. While most coverings come with standard corded, cordless, or continuous cord loop operation, because of their size and weight, motorized wand or remote control systems are available to smoothly and effortlessly lift and lower them.

Light Control – Doors take up a larger area than windows, so think about how much light you’ll have coming through. To protect your privacy and furnishings – and help control energy costs – you may want a light-filtering product, or to add a privacy or blackout liner.

Here are just a few inspirational ideas for opening the door to going vertical, horizontal, or whatever direction your design instincts take you.

Cell and Solar Shades

Energy-efficient cellulars (or honeycombs) and solars are terrific, energy- and money-saving choices for patio and sliding doors. Available in various sizes, solid colors, fabrics and UV protection levels, they’re a designer and practical favorite for anywhere in your home.

Panel Tracks

Stylish, wide-panel designer verticals will put your door design on the right track. Available in 3, 4, or 5-panel widths on a single track, we love the bold, dramatic statement this modern take on traditional verticals makes.

Drapery

Don’t discount a traditional drapery treatment to frame or completely cover your doors. With today’s fresh fabrics and styles, perky pleats, great grommets, back tab, or even standard rod pocket drapes can make a powerful impact.

Verticals

The gold standard for patio doors, verticals have come a long way. Try a new twist on this classic sliding door treatment with real or faux wood, bamboo, or woven wood coverings to introduce texture and depth to any décor.

Putting the ‘BAM’ in Bamboo: 5 FAQs About Bamboo Blinds

For more than 5,000 years, the panda-friendly bamboo plant has endured as one of the most durable, dramatic and exotic materials for interior design. Favored by high-end and DIY designers alike, bamboo and woven wood window coverings add a sense of  zen and a dash of adventure to almost any decor. But before venturing into the bamboo forest, here are a few ‘FAQs’ you should know about these beautifully versatile window treatments.

1.  What’s the difference between natural bamboo and woven wood blinds or shades?

Besides bamboo being edible (well, as far as pandas are concerned), bamboo window treatments are made from the natural fibers of the bamboo plant. Woven wood treatments are made from a combination of bamboo, rattan, jute, grasses and reeds to create a variety of color options. Speaking of color, good to know that seasons can change the color of these natural reeds, grasses, etc. If you’re doing more than one window, we recommend ordering or purchasing all of the blinds you’ll need for the same room at the same time to avoid possible dye lot changes.

 

The beauty of classic bamboo can brighten any room. Here’s a sample window treatment using our Tropical Isle Basic bamboo.

The multiple fibers that make up woven wood window treatments add a touch of texture and adventure. Here’s a sample of our Shoreline cordless woven woods with the classic Roman style fold.

 

2.  Are bamboo window treatments waterproof?

Bamboo thrives naturally in wet, tropical environments, so a little rain isn’t going to hurt. That’s why they’re  a great option for the patio and other exterior spaces.

3. Do bamboo shades provide enough privacy?

While the texture and weave of bamboo window coverings allow for some filtered light to come through naturally, you can easily control any ‘see through’ by simply adding a privacy or blackout liner. Window panels or drapes can also be used with these versatile shades to minimize views from the outside while creating a truly custom look on the inside.

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4.  Can I go cordless with bamboo?

Absolutely. The biggest trend in blinds is cordless operation, a feature you can also get with bamboo and woven wood coverings (as well as corded, if you prefer). Easily raise and lower them with a simple pull ring tucked discreetly in the bottom rail. Cordless lift also eliminates any possible ‘catching’ of  traditional cords on the naturally rougher edges of these products.

5.  Is bamboo a smart design choice?

Still on trend after all these years (bamboo was first used as the décor du jour in China 5,000 years ago), bamboo window treatments remain a constant go-to in the stable of many designers for many reasons:

  • Today’s hottest design trends call for natural textures, making bamboo a natural choice.
  • They’re versatile enough to complement almost any decor and available in a variety of colors.
  • Made from exotic, natural, eco friendly materials, they provide durable, long-lasting beauty.

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Need another reason to choose bamboo? Check out the special price reductions we’re offering this month. Click here to see our entire selection of amazing bamboo and woven wood window treatments.

 

5 Reasons You Need to Take a Second Look at Roller Shades

There’s something classically beautiful about roller shades, but sometimes they can get passed over for other types of window coverings. Roller shades are more versatile than you may think. Here’s five reasons you need to take a second look:

1. Clean, Simple Lines

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While some might look at roller shades and think they’re basic, they’re anything but. Roller shades offer clean, simple lines. This means that they won’t distract from your décor. If anything, they’ll complement it and even add to it. Clean, modern lines means they’re versatile design-wise.

2. Easy Operation

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All of our window coverings are easy to operate, but because roller shades have been around for so long, it’s natural to know how to lift and lower them. All you have to do is raise and lower from the bottom rail. Other lift systems include a motorized lift, a motorized wand, and a continuous cord loop.

3. Variety of Color Options

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Roller shades at SelectBlinds.com come in more colors than just black and white. From browns and grays to blues and greens, it will be easy to find a roller shade you love. The roller shade lines may be simple, but that doesn’t mean that they’re boring.

4. Patterns and Textures

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A solid color too yawn-inducing for you? Did you know that roller shades are available in patterns and textures, too? So, if you’re looking for a something to stand out and command attention, then roller shades are it.

5. Both Classic and Modern

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No matter if you have a more classic design style or a more modern one, roller shades will work beautifully for both. And you know what? If your design style is somewhere in between, roller shades have you – and your windows – covered.

Click here to shop our entire selection of roller shades.

Why Window Coverings are the Secret Ingredient

Have you ever wished there was a secret ingredient to take your home décor from ordinary and dull to exciting and unique? You don’t have to wish anymore. Window blinds and shades are the secret ingredient to any room, and here’s why:

Light and Privacy Control

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Window blinds and shades allow you to control the amount of light that comes into your home. You can choose to leave the blinds or shades wide open, letting in all the natural light or adjusting the shades or blinds to allow some warm light to come through, giving a soft glow to your space. The right amount of light can highlight accents in your home, creating a homey, welcoming vibe throughout your entire house. An added bonus is that you can also control your privacy while letting in the perfect amount of light.

Adds Texture

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Sometimes a room just needs a little more texture. Opt for woven or bamboo shades like these to add sophisticated and natural texture. They are subtle enough that it won’t compete with any of your décor, but noticeable enough to add value to your existing décor.

Easily Interchangeable

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Want an easy new look? Switch out your window blinds or shades with the season, opting for new colors, fabrics, materials, wood stains, patterns, or styles. Your options are endless, so you can have a whole new look whenever you want it.   

Not Just for Windows

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You can use window shades, blinds, and curtains as closet doors or to hide less attractive things from visitors. Window blinds and shades are versatile, so wherever you decide to put them, they’ll look fantastic.

Completely Customizable

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Have an odd shaped window? Do you want to make a small space look bigger by exaggerated window coverings? You can do that because window coverings at SelectBlinds.com are customizable. Make the unique statement you want, and do it easily.

These days, window coverings can be whatever you want them to be: understated accents, bold focal points in your decor, or a way to add depth and texture to any space. No matter what you need in terms of decorating, window coverings are the secret ingredient. They’re what pull the whole room together.

The Best Window Coverings for Business Offices

Decorating your business office can be a little more difficult than decorating your home. When it’s your home, you have to worry about your personal style and your budget. But when it comes to decorating a large office, there are a few other things you’ll need to consider, like what makes the most sense.

To make this process easier for you, here are the best window coverings for business offices:

Aluminum Mini Blinds

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This is the standard for offices, and for good reason. They’re extremely affordable and durable, which means your money goes even further. But the good news is that modern mini blinds are so much more attractive than mini blinds of old. They are now stylish, sleek, and beautiful.

Roller Shades

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Just like mini blinds, roller shades are budget-friendly. They’re also modern and sleek. The simple design makes it great for every window of your business office.

Honeycomb Shades

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If you need some insulation for your windows, opt for honeycomb shades. They offer clean lines, and they’ll keep your energy bills down and saving you money.

Faux Wood Blinds

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If you like the look of real wood, but you want more affordability and more durability, faux wood blinds are the perfect option. They’ll give your office space a traditional, earthy style.

What have you used in your business office?

How Faux Wood Blinds are Better than Real Wood Blinds

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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.