“I just love my new blackout shades! We ordered them in Snickerdoodle, and they’re just great! So much easier to operate than the vertical blinds we used to have, too. Great job, SelectBlinds! You rock!”
A huge “THANK YOU” to Marilyn C. of Pennsylvania for sending in photos of her new honeycomb shades! She replaced her old vertical blinds on this wide double window to make way for two of our beautiful Select Single Cell Blackout Shades in Snickerdoodle. No more broken, swaying vanes for this front yard view! Our Cordless Lift and Lock system is easy up / easy down for quick privacy and light blocking! MJ even had great things to say about our customer service agents who helped her with custom sizing so her new window treatments covered her windows perfectly!
“Just to let you know, your salesman Charles Arrington was AWESOME. We didn’t even think we were capable of measuring for these shades and he was so helpful! He guaranteed me these would fit and they do — to a ‘T’! Thanks again for your awesome product and believe me, we looked all over. Even saw shades over $800 that were nowhere near as nice as yours!”
Thanks again, MJ! We look forward to working together and hope to hear more stories from the East Coast (the birthplace of many of us here at SelectBlinds) in the near future!
Help Dad out this Father’s Day with a special sale just for him! SelectBlinds.com is the perfect site for the Do-It-Yourself Dad, and today through Sunday we’ll help him take care of those honey-do’s with fantastic savings on all of your favorite window treatments!
Many products can be made in 3 days or less, so dad can have them hanging in no time with plenty of time left over to relax on his special day! He can start saving time now by using our helpful do-it-yourself measuring tips. And if Mr. Fix-It needs help, have him check out our handy Tech Tips, too, to troubleshoot and correct common window covering mishaps.
When he’s not balling on the basketball court, Devyn Brewer is center court as a key Customer Service Agent here at SelectBlinds.com! With a positive attitude and dedication to customers , both new and old, he stood out as an integral part of our team. So much so that Simas Tamosaitis, Director of CS, wants us all to know that Devyn wasn’t just handed this award, he deserved it:
“Devyn wasn’t given the title of employee of the month, he went out there and earned it. He is customer-focused, hardworking, and is flexible to help meet our team needs to serve our customers. He brings his A-game to every shift and every interaction. Look out for Devyn on Live Chat, he just accepted this new role this month and we’re looking forward to seeing him grow more.”
Since he was hitting the phones like a boss all April, and just scored a position on our Chat team, we wanted to give you a little intro to one of our star players and April’s Customer Service Employee of the Month!
Where are you originally from?
I’m originally from Redding, California, and grew up in San Bernardino.
Where did you work before Select Blinds?
Before Select Blinds I worked as a telemarketer for a company and as a delivery driver for Dominoes Pizza, both good training grounds for the customer service I provide here.
What do you like about working here?
I like that this company is constantly trying new things to grow and become a better business in every aspect. It’s a very positive, happy, fun environment to work in for employees in all departments .
Who is your favorite Select Blinds co-worker and why?
My favorite would have to be [one of our managers], Katie, because she is ALWAYS there to help and has the perfect solution for any problem a customer may have. If she doesn’t, she will go above and beyond to get me that answer.
What are your favorite things to do when you’re not on the clock?
I like to play video games like 2k, FIFA, Fortnite and Spider-man. And I love basketball! Anything basketball — playing, watching — which is why my favorite thing about working here is the indoor basketball court. It’s fun to shoot around with co-workers on breaks.
“This picture is of our new Designer Contemporary 2″ Faux Woods next to my recliner in the living room. I used to have curtains and sheers, which were hard to deal with. With the gorgeous azalea blooming right next to the window at the end of April this year, I could open these to enjoy nature at its best and close them to ensure complete privacy whenever I wished! They also make the rooms look bigger and ensure a much cleaner look inside of the house than the curtains did.
We have since ordered two more blinds for the dining area, which we have also installed, and two more for the double front window in the living room area that we will be installing on our next trip to North Carolina. We are so pleased with our choice from Select Blinds!“
We have to agree, Cheryl. These faux wood window treatments definitely complement the colors in your beautiful mountain vacation home. So glad you could use them in both your living and dining rooms to enjoy the spectacular views there. (I don’t think I’d ever get out of that recliner! 😉 ) Thanks for sharing!
This is just one of two rooms NASCAR super fan Glenn Zabransky and his father have transformed into living shrines to the sport. From die-cast mini car replicas to actual full-size tires and car hoods, their monster collection of all-things NASCAR numbers in the thousands. Photos courtesy of Glenn Zabransky
Glenn Zabransky lives and breathes NASCAR. And we mean LIVES. AND. BREATHES. IT.
Just take a look at the formidable collection he and his father have amassed over the last 28 years since Glenn saw his first race at Pocono Raceway (now a super speedway) in Pennsylvania, when he was just five years old. Hard to believe he could squeeze anything else in, but we were pretty honored that one of his most recent additions were two #38 SelectBlinds.com Ford Mustang hero cards autographed by driver David Ragan with Front Row Motorsports.
With a passion for the sport passed down by his grandfather and father, Glenn, who hails from New Jersey when he’s not traveling the country from track to track during race season, started collecting die-cast cars as a kid. His dad, he says, would order a 1/64 scale car for him for every 1/24 his dad ordered, most of which were replicas of Dale Earnhardt Sr. cars (his dad’s favorite driver). The first thing Glenn bought on his own was a Terry Labonte Corn Flakes replica for $10, snagged at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1996. The collection truly started, though, he says, with a set of 1/24 scale Richard Petty cars from Franklin Mint.
“We have more than five hundred 1/24 scale cars, as well as a few hundred smaller cars. In recent years we’ve expanded to sheet metal and other pieces of cars from actual races,” Glenn says. “I think I have ten or so pieces of metal (fenders, bumpers, trunk lids, etc.), about eight tires including a Dale Sr. 1994 Daytona 500 tire, as well as other odds and ends like valve covers and rims.”
The collection also includes “odd-ball pieces like Davey Allison chili and Dale Sr. suntan lotion” Glenn says his mom has contributed.
His most prized items?
“We were able to obtain the actual seats my dad and I sat in at our first Daytona 500,” he says after the famed World Center of Racing underwent a remodel several years ago.
Now that’s cool!
No matter how cool his collection is, though, for Glenn, the coolest thing is that racing is a real family affair.
“The bond that racing has formed between my father and I is something that I’ll always be grateful for,” he shares, “and while my mom doesn’t really follow or care for the lower series, she’s probably been to at least 60 cup races or so.
“My wife knew when dating me that if she ever wanted to see me, she would have to put up with the NASCAR aspect,” Glenn continues. “Turns out she’s super into it now. She even participates in my fantasy NASCAR league. The fact that she’s so on board and into it makes it even better.”
His now brother- and sister-in-law have also gotten into the sport. Together, the family has traveled to most of the tracks (Indianapolis Motor Speedway, surprisingly, is one pit stop still on Glenn’s bucket list), meeting every NASCAR driver at least once, including favorites Austin and Ty Dillon.
“Actually met them both and their dad, Mike, at Volusia County dirt track during speed week. My wife had on a few-years-old Austin Dillon dirt hoodie and was too nervous to ask Austin for a photo, so I asked and he was happy to do so. He knew we were pretty big fans. Mike even offered us a beer.”
They also met Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace that night, both of whom had beer to share, too.
“That was a fun night,” recalls Glenn with a laugh, adding that he’s also been impressed meeting Jimmy Johnson and “even” Kyle Busch. “It’s a great thing with NASCAR. You have the ability to interact with the drivers during the event, not just at some sports store signing autographs.”
The Zabransky family includes three, four-legged members, including Ralph, who was named after Dale Earnhardt Sr’s. father and racing patriarch Ralph Earnhardt.
It’s not just the drivers he loves; it’s the fans he meets, too.
“I love talking about [NASCAR] with other people, trying to ‘recruit’ new fans, and just every aspect of the sport,” he says. To help in his recruiting efforts, he often gives away duplicate die-cast cars to young fans.
“I was lucky enough to attend a ton of races and have a dad that also collected. Those first cars that a young fan gets can shape their fandom for years to come. ”
He loves sharing stories of his most memorable races, too. His favorite? The 2001 MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Glenn’s uncle, who had worked in the Twin Towers at the time, was with Glenn and his dad for the race. Glenn’s favorite driver then was Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won that day and after, went around the track with an American flag hanging out the window.
“An image,” reminisces Glenn, “that’s burned in my memory. I’ll never forget it.”
Taylor’s name will be displayed on the windshield of Ragan’s SelectBlinds.com Ford for the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26, where the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will pay tribute to the fallen men and women of the U.S. military. Ragan’s car will also feature a red, white and blue patriotic paint scheme as part of NASCAR’s tribute.
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!
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!
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!
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!
If you’ve given us a call looking for help or ideas, you’ve had the chance to chat with one of our many talented customer service representatives.
While every one of them is happy to recognize what you need for your home, we felt it only right to recognize their contributions to our company. That’s why we are proud to highlight Hayley Reheis, who was named our Customer Service Employee of the Month for March.
Why did she earn the honor? Select Blinds Director of Customer Service Simas Tamosaitis explains:
“Hayley has never shown up late to a shift/called out and is an advocate for the customer and her teammates around her. Her dependability, strong work ethic and positive attitude serve as a model to the Customer Service team. Great job, Hayley!”
With that as our backdrop, let’s learn a bit more about Hayley.
Where are you originally from?
I’m from Arizona, but I’ve lived all over including Colorado, Washington State and Michigan.
Where did you work before Select Blinds?
I worked at HomeGoods and Harkins Movie Theater.
What do you like about working at Select Blinds?
What I like about working at Select Blinds is the people I have the opportunity to talk to on the phone. I also love to make people laugh because I receive joy from helping others instead of myself.
Who is your favorite Select Blinds co-worker and why?
My favorite co-worker? Who can choose one person when I work with so many awesome people and I’m enjoying getting to know all of them? Plus, everyone that I work with — they have certain qualities about them that I can learn from and improve my effectiveness at this job and my life at home.
What are your favorite things to do when you’re not on the clock?
My favorite thing to do when I’m not working is spend time with my family because my family is the most important part of my life.
Congrats, Hayley! Thanks for being an all-star and providing our customers with the best experience they can get when purchasing custom window treatments from SelectBlinds.com. Keep an eye out for April’s CS interview, when we award yet another one of our amazing agents!
This leg of our trip was one of the longest but also one of the most beautiful. Coming from North Texas, we set off to Portland, Oregon, for the House & Outdoor Living Show. We knew it was going to be an adventure driving through the Rockies, so we decided to space it out over a few days. Traveling through states like Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, you get to see just how wondrous and awe-inspiring the natural landscape can be.
We navigated through all the high altitudes and successfully arrived in Portland on Tuesday night. Wednesday morning we drove down to the venue and hoped for the best weather-wise. After all, it is the North West…it rains. A lot. But luckily for us, it only misted a little during load-in. *Whew.*
Portland people are rad. We met so many great folks and had some awesome conversations from perspective new customers, as well as loyal existing customers. Like Katherine.
“The process was so easy. I just measured the inside of my windows, we ordered them online, and they were shipped to the house with no problems.”
It was great meeting loyal SB customer Katherine and daughter Emily at the Portland House & Outdoor Living Show in April. Thanks for stopping by, ladies!
After an incredible weekend in Portland we headed down to sunny Southern California for the Anaheim show. This venue had an interesting location because it was right across the street from Disneyland! Admission to the show (not Disneyland, unfortunately) was free, so we had a lot of foot traffic from walk-in attendees.
One couple we met there, John and Tammy, had recently replaced all the windows in their home. They were trying to figure out what would work best with the new moulding around the windows. Because there’s limited depth, we recommended an outside mount. They were drawn to the Premier Woven Wood Shades because they wanted something that would look charming and tasteful.
Our charming Premier Woven Woods were a customer favorite at the Orange County Home & Garden Show in Anaheim last month.
We had such a blast on the West Coast! Stay tuned for our next post on the Maricopa County Home & Garden Show at WestWorld in Scottsdale. Don’t forget to follow all of our adventures on Instagram @selectblinds_roadsquad.
Spring has sprung, and that means it’s that time of year when we all take a look at our homes and realize that they could be, shall we say, a bit less dirty? Or if you’re the type who does a great job of keeping a clean home year-round, you might take this as an opportunity to take care of something that you’ve been putting off for a while.
No matter how you look at Spring Cleaning, this is likely the only time of the year where the idea of spending time to freshen up your home is even a little bit exciting.
When it comes to cleaning our homes, some things like clearing out dressers, shelves, cabinets and closets are obvious targets for updates.
There are many more parts of your house that you can probably think of that need some attention, and they should absolutely get it. But there are also some things that you may not think about. You know, the stuff that kind of gets forgotten or lost in the shuffle.
With that in mind, here are six surprising things you don’t want to forget as you go about creating and checking off your Spring Cleaning list.
Is there some irony in needing to clean a device that’s intended to clean other things for us? Perhaps, but that doesn’t change the fact that a dirty dishwasher doesn’t clean as well as, well, a clean one.
The trouble with dishwashers is they don’t really look dirty, and we don’t normally think about how much better they could be cleaning. But with some vinegar and baking soda, along with a couple of empty cycles, yours could be back in top form, ready for all the dishes you can throw its way.
Notice your clothes aren’t coming out as clean as they used to? Or is your dryer not as effective as it once was? It’s possible they need to be replaced, but first why not check to see if they’re just dirty?
Grease, grime and everything else from cleaning your clothes can build up and severely hamper a washing machine’s ability to remove those things from your laundry. The machine’s filter should also be checked, as it can get clogged and lead to a host of other issues.
All washing machines are a little different, but the general concepts are the same. Watch this video for more on how to go about cleaning yours.
Oh, and as long as you’re taking care of your washer, you might as well tackle the dryer, too. For that, take a look at not only the lint trap, which could use some deep cleaning, but also the dryer vent. Make sure it is not clogged or showing signs of needing to be replaced. If it is, the dryer won’t operate at maximum efficiency, costing you more in time and money each time you use it.
Different types of window treatments require different cleaning methods. To make yours look like new again, just follow the few simple steps here in our handy cleaning guide.
This one should seem pretty obvious, but it’s worth pointing out that simply running your toothbrush under the faucet when you’re done brushing isn’t enough to really get it clean.
If you use a non-electric toothbrush, the easy solution is to just get a new one. However, if electric is your thing, look into replacing your brush head. It probably won’t cost much and will allow you to have an even cleaner — and healthier — mouth.
5. Bathroom Exhaust Fan
The bathroom fan does a good job of sucking in moisture, keeping the bathroom fresh and mold-free. The flip side to that is while your bathroom may be protected from mold, the fan itself is not.
The dirtier the fan gets, the more susceptible it will be to developing mold and mildew of its own. So, make sure you pop the vent cover off (clean that with a vacuum cleaner), and then unplug the fan and clean it up, too. The dusting attachment on the vacuum should work, though you may need another tool to get into the tighter spaces.
Cleaning the kitchen, and we mean really cleaning it — scrubbing/waxing the floor, cleaning the oven and clearing out the fridge — is usually the first job most people tackle this time of year. Besides changing the baking soda box in the freezer, don’t forget to check under the hood that hangs above your stove. Similar to how the bathroom fan sucks in moisture, the range hood fan pulls in the grease that is released into the air when you cook.
You can clean the filter with a good degreaser, or replace it. Here’s how to make your range fan more efficient and help keep your newly-cleaned kitchen that way longer.