“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.
In today’s installment of the Continuing Saga of the Select Blinds Road Squad, we travel to two home shows in Texas, where everything is bigger — and things got, well, pretty weird.
We arrived in Austin Wednesday night so we’d be ready to go for load-in Thursday morning at the Austin Spring Home & Garden Show. Our normal routine. Thursday morning we’re up and moving with at least half an hour to spare. After taking a loop around the venue, we found our entrance and drove in.
Load-in at these events is a wacky process. Lots of people and vehicles moving in and out of an already congested area. We found a place to park our vessel, hopped out of the truck and headed to the back of the trailer to unload our booth. So far, everything seemed normal. But when we unlocked the padlocks and tried to pull on the door of our chariot, it gets stuck and won’t open.
If we can’t get this door open, we won’t have a booth at the show. Our only hope is to find a local trailer repair shop and see if they can work a miracle.
Miraculously, we found one just a few miles from the venue. The good news is that it’s early enough in the day that they can see us right away. The bad news is that they’re gonna need to keep the trailer through the weekend to fix the damage and get it open.
We were disappointed for sure, but also more determined than ever to find a way to still exhibit at the show — booth or no booth. We paid for the space, so let’s use what we got. Renting a table and a couple chairs from the venue ended up being our makeshift solution to a weird snag. And even though we didn’t have our normal set up, we still met some wonderful people and got to hear about some of the projects they were working on.
Like Karen, who has a second home in Florida where she’s putting in new windows. She told us she needs window coverings for the entire house. The view of the water is important to her, but she needs to get rid of the sun’s glare. We suggested the Classic Sheer Weave 5% Solar Shades! They provide a room-darkening effect, while letting Karen keep her waterfront view.
Monday we picked up the trailer from the repair shop. With a functional door again, we journeyed onward almost 300 miles to Frisco for our next Texas home and garden show. The Frisco show was our easiest load-in yet. It’s amazing how smoothly things can go when everyone communicates and gets on the same page. And the door of your trailer doesn’t get stuck.
The weekend was filled with wonderful interactions. Some of the characters we met were out of this world.
We also met a local contractor named Alex who’s been a loyal SelectBlinds.com customer for more than seven years. He told us he’s used our products in more than 15 projects. He likes the high quality, how stellar the service is, and how we offer competitive pricing. “I don’t want to pay the markup from the other guy,” he says. We couldn’t agree more, Alex!
One of the best parts about our industry is seeing what people are able to do with the window treatments they order. While we are certainly aware of what each of our products can do, seeing them in action is truly something else.
And when our customers are proud to show off their rooms with some freshly-installed window treatments, we want to make sure they get that chance. Becoming a “Happy Customer” is how you get entered into a contest to win a $250 Visa gift card.
Not surprisingly there are plenty of entries (we are the highest-rated and most-reviewed window fashions company in the world, after all), but looking through them one thing we’ve learned from our Happy Customers is that there is no one style or color that makes them, well, happy. Every room requires something a little different, and we’d like to know more about what went into creating each unique look.
The best way to find out is to ask, which is what we’re doing here.
J. told us the shades arrived sooner than expected and were easy to install, while the upgraded motorization is a hit.
We’re certainly glad she’s happy, but why go with the Roman Shades in the first place?
“I decided to order my Roman Shades from Select Blinds because of the price, quality, and choice of colors. I wanted white so it would match our window trim/crown molding and wanted a more contemporary look, so I chose the flat fold option to replace my heavy blinds.
“Since my window faces west, it was a difficult decision whether to go with blackout shades or light filtering. I chose the light filtering, and as you can see in the third picture (below), it works beautifully partially down with bright sunlight shining. Choosing the motorized remote was also a factor in choosing this shade.”
It is great to know that installation was easy, as we’re sure you couldn’t wait to start using your new shades. Now that they have been up for a bit, what do you like best about them?
“With the motorized remote, I can easily raise or lower this shade to allow more light into the room, and lower it when the sun is on the west side of the house. My cats can now sit on the window ledge and look out at the world on that sides of the house, and when it’s colder, they love to lay on the floor where the sun shines in.
“Since they are white, I did spray the front of the shade with fabric protector spray, and used a UV spray on the back of the fabric since Florida sun is brutal.”
Of course we want the cats to be happy, and it’s good that both you and your feline friends are enjoying what the shades have to offer. It’s clear why you are a fan of your Roman Shades, but is there anything else you’d like for us to know?
“I will definitely consider replacing another blind in my house with a Roman Shade from Select Blinds. Detailed measuring instructions and online videos really helped when placing my order.”
That’s what we like to hear, both for shopping with us again and being helped by the instructions. We for sure understand why some would be hesitant to do this all on their own, but we’re glad you found out how simple the process can be. From a look at the photos, it’s easy to see why you’re a fan!
Things are heating up here on the road! Literally. After a fantastic show in Atlanta, Georgia last month, the road squad headed down to sunny South Florida for the West Palm Beach home show! The show itself was by far the warmest we’ve been to, with near perfect temperatures in the 80s the whole weekend. But even with wonderful weather, there’s always room for something to go wrong.
So the thing about traveling is that you need to plan everything in advance. Or at least you should. Especially when it comes to booking hotels. If you don’t book ahead, it can be slim pickings when you finally arrive at your destination. We ended up making a reservation at an older looking motel according to Google Maps. But it was close to the show venue, so we took a gamble and booked the rooms. Well, boy were we in for a surprise.
The “motel” was actually an old converted apartment complex from the 1980s that made the Bates Motel seem cozy. None of the furniture matched and it didn’t feel dirty per se, but it definitely wasn’t clean either. Everything felt like it had this everlasting layer of grime that just couldn’t be scrubbed away. Oh, and each room came with roommates…of the cockroach and ant variety. We could only stay there one night. Luckily the next morning we found a real hotel a few miles further away, but safe from the likes of Freddy Krueger or Jason Vorhees.
We got the booth up Thursday and were all ready to go for the first day of the show on Friday. One thing we do at these shows is give out special promo codes as a way to say thank you for being at the show with us. But right as the show was to start, we realized we left the promo stickers at the hotel! Luckily we had taken a Lyft to the venue and the same driver who took us there, was still in the parking lot. Maria Isabel was amazing. She only spoke Spanish, so I had to muster all the entry-level Spanish I could remember from school and explain, with a little help from Google Translate, that I’d forgotten something at the hotel and needed to go back and get it…con rapidez. We rushed back to the motel almost 30 miles away, retrieved the stickers, and made it back to the expo center in under an hour. Mucho gracias and mad props to Maria! 🙌
Over the weekend we met so many great people! A lot of the attendees knew us by name, which was so cool…and a little surreal. People like Gary. He has a dance studio he wanted to outfit with all new window coverings. With 200 windows to cover, he was looking for something easy to control, something motorized he can set on a timer. We landed on the Select Classic Light Filtering Roller Shades to give his dancers privacy while still allowing natural light to come through.