Checking in with Our Vintage Nest – Alicia Armstrong

This blog post is sponsored by Select Blinds. All opinions are my own and my experience with the brand and its products!

Hi everyone! My name is Alicia Armstrong and I’m the founder of Our Vintage Nest. About five years ago, I started my journey as an interior design blogger and social media influencer. I manage a blog, Instagram and Facebook account and partner with companies pertaining to home design.

Alicia of Our Vintage Nest

As an exclusive window coverings partner, I’ve been asked to share my partnership experience with Select Blinds! First, let me say, I’m beyond thankful for the opportunity to work with this company; it’s been my biggest accomplishment as an influencer. I’d like to start off by sharing a brief backstory about how we connected. 

It all began with an email to Mark Anderson, on August 28, 2017. He’s the Team Lead/Digital Marketing Specialist that handles all influencer marketing. With any email going out for a potential collaboration, I was nervous about the outcome, but was encouraged by a fellow blogger to reach out. After months of building rapport, gaining knowledge of the company and expressing my desire to work together, I was approved for my first collaboration! I truly believe good things come to those who wait!

In December 2017, my first order of woven wood shades was approved for our living room, breakfast nook and master bedroom. I was beyond excited because I’ve always wanted custom window coverings in our home and I couldn’t wait to share this company with my followers! Here’s a before and after of our living room and bedroom during Christmas. After all these years; I still can’t get over the difference! For more details and sources, please visit my website to read this blog post.

I love the warmth and texture they add and they’re super easy to install.  Here’s a video of an install tutorial I created in January 2018.

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On January 24 (my birthday), 2018, I received a phone call from Mark that our first collaboration was a success! For anyone that knows me, it won’t surprise you to know that this brought tears to my eyes! I was so thrilled that our first collaboration was a success and would result in more opportunities with Select Blinds in the future! In February 2018, I was humbled to learn that the company had featured me as an inspiring decorator on their blog; more about that here.

Throughout 2018, I continued to feature Select Blinds on all my social channels and followers loved the change they were seeing in our home.

Now is the perfect time to go over some frequently asked questions I’ve received about my Select Blinds.

Q:  What color did you choose for your woven wood shades?

A: For the main areas of our home, I chose Jute Wheat from the Designer Series Woven Wood Shades. More details can be found on this blog post.

Q:  Are your blinds lined?

A:  The downstairs blinds are unlined because we back up to trees, providing plenty of privacy. The front two windows are the dining room and office; we like having the natural light come through. The upstairs windows are bedrooms, which include a privacy lining.

Q:  Were they easy to install?

A:  Yes, we have installed every window treatment from Select Blinds. They come with thorough instructions and everything you need to easily install. See the video tutorial mentioned above for details and suggestions!

Q:  There are so many options, how did you choose?

A:  Select Blinds makes it easy to choose your window coverings by sending free samples. They can be requested online and are mailed out the very next day! Here’s a mood board I created to give myself the visual I needed to design a room in our home.

Neutral mood board for new room design.

The addition of cafe shutters in 2018 and 2019 created a gorgeous combination with our existing woven wood shades. Below, you will see them in various rooms throughout our home and this blog post provides more details!

Cafe shutters and woven wood shades in a bathroom.
Half shutters and woven shades in a bedroom.
Plantation shutters and bamboo shades in a dining room.

In May 2019, I signed a one-year partnership contract with Select Blinds. This has provided so many opportunities for me as an influencer. It’s challenged me in ways I didn’t expect. In October 2019, I flew to Phoenix, AZ to meet the staff at Select Blinds in Tempe, AZ. Major butterflies came over me as I prepared for those days. I met and was interviewed by CMO and co-founder, Rick Steele. I thought I would be a nervous wreck, but Mark and the marketing team made me feel right at home. Rick is such a nice guy, full of energy and personality; I really enjoyed my time with them and so thankful for their hospitality. The interview with Rick can be viewed here on the Select Blinds YouTube channel!

After my interview with Rick Steele, I had the opportunity to meet a few other important faces at Select Blinds. So glad we had this picture taken together!

Alicia Armstrong and the Select Blinds team pose for a group photo.
From left to right: Al Silverberg (CEO), Ryan Hicks (VP of Operations), Mark Anderson (Team Lead, Digital Marketing Specialist), Alicia Armstrong (Blogger, Our Vintage Nest), Josie Sivigny (SEO Specialist) and Rick Steele (Founder & CMO)

After years of talking to Mark on the phone and exchanging emails, I finally got to meet him! I appreciate and respect the business relationship we have and am so thankful he took a chance on me in December 2017.

Alicia Armstrong of Our Vintage Nest and Mark Anderson from Select Blinds pose for a picture.

Josie and Mark treated me to some local seafood after my interview and office visit. It was so great to hang out with them outside the office and see the sights in Tempe.

Alicia Armstrong and friends from Select Blinds enjoy lunch at Angry Crab.

I want to thank Select Blinds for inviting me to guest post on their blog. I’m happy to announce I’ll be signing my second year contract and I can’t wait for what’s to come in 2020-21. We have some fun things planned this year and I hope you’ll follow along! In closing, I’d like to share my most recent projects and features with Select Blinds. My kids both received updated bedrooms earlier this year and with that came new roman shades, a beautiful product I was happy to receive and share! More details can be found here on this blog post.

White roman shades in a child's bedroom window.
Roman shades in a child's bedroom window.

To cap off my first year as a partner, I had my first Instagram takeover on the Select Blinds feed, taking you on a tour of my home town and a local air bnb, featuring Select Blinds throughout! Here’s a sneak peek of the home tour; more can be seen here on this blog post!

Cafe shutters and woven woods in a living room at an Airbnb.

This concludes my guest post and my partnership experience with Select Blinds! Thank you again for having me and I hope you’ll stay tuned for what’s to come with Our Vintage Nest!

Blessings,

How to Install Blinds Like a Boss

Select Double Cell Light Filtering honeycomb shades in white
Honeycomb/cellular shades like these top down bottom up Select Double Cell Light Filtering Shades are some of the easiest window coverings to install yourself.

Do you have any idea how much it costs to have a professional put up your blinds for you? Not many of our followers had a clue either.

We did a quickie poll last week to get their best guess. $0-$10? $10-$25? $25-$50? $50-$100 per window?

Guess again. According to Fixr.com, which provides cost guides, comparisons, and cheatsheets for hundreds of remodeling, installation and repair projects, the national average is $620. (Gulp!) Granted, that cost can vary up or down depending on the number and type of window coverings and the size of your windows. (This estimate is based on hanging eight faux wood blinds on standard 27″ wide windows.) But you get the idea.

Paying someone to put up your blinds can get pretty expensive pretty quickly. And that’s above and beyond what you’ve already paid for the shades. So before you sign that check and open up your home to a perfect stranger, let’s think about this.

What’s keeping you from saving hundreds, even thousands or more by installing your custom window treatments yourself?

You don’t need a pro to do it, even if you’ve never held a hammer in your life. In fact, you don’t even need a hammer, so no worries about smashed fingers. Most window blinds and shades can be put up in 20-30 minutes — or less, once you get the first one installed — using just a screwdriver or drill. Nailed it!

Here’s how to become a pro in no time.

  • Check the mounting surface. It should be clean, smooth and dry. Most window coverings are mounted on drywall or in wood, and come complete with screws and any other necessary hardware. You may need additional fasteners, such as sink screws, if you’re hanging extra wide or heavy window coverings, or to attach your blinds on an aluminum or concrete surface, to ensure the brackets will hold them securely in place.
  • Read the instructions. If you’re more of a learn-by-doing (i.e., learn from your mistakes) kinda girl like me, it can be tempting to grab the drill and just start drilling. But reading through the directions before you try to hang your window treatment can save a lot of time. Carefully open the package your custom window coverings came in and check to be sure you received all the necessary pieces/parts before you start. Review the install guide, noting which directions you’ll follow (for inside or outside mount). More of a visual learner? Check our YouTube channel for a video on how to install your product.
  • Get everything you need together. Just like whipping up your favorite recipe, always good to gather all the ingredients you need together first. Ladder? Check. Pencil? Check. Drill? Check. Level? Check. Insurance card? (Just kidding!)
All you need is a drill, tape measure, pencil and level!
  • Mark where you want to place the brackets. Again, this will depend on whether you’re hanging your covering inside or over the window. Most standard size windows need only two brackets, usually spaced 2″-4″ in from each end of the headrail. For wider treatments, just space any extra brackets you need equidistant from the end brackets.
Mark the spot to hang your bracket.
  • Attach the brackets. Before drilling in the screws, it’s a good idea to pre-drill the holes to make it easier. This also gives you a little ‘wiggle room’ in case you need to make any last minute adjustments to make sure the brackets are straight and aligned.
Attach your brackets
  • Slide or snap the headrail onto the brackets. And voila! You’re done! Pull your shade up and down a few times or open and close the slats on your blinds to make sure everything is working O.K. before putting the tools away.
Snap or slide the headrail  onto the brackets

Oh, one last tip. If you’re not using cordless coverings, be sure to screw in a set of cord cleats next to the window to keep cords wound safely and tightly, up and out of the reach of children and pets.

That wasn’t so hard, was it? The hardest part is going to be deciding what to do with all the money you saved doing it yourself. Take a bow and treat yourself to something special. Maybe that lavish tropical vacation you’ve been dreaming of. Or those adorable designer shoes and matching bag that match absolutely nothing else (but, hey, they’re Gucci). Or maybe some more new blinds?

Save money and time by installing your blinds yourself!

You’re the pro; you decide!

Cynthia P. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

After ordering a sample, we purchased these 2″ Essential Cordless Faux Wood Blinds in Shiplap Ivory Smooth for our new home. We cannot say enough about the exceptional quality, especially for such a good price. Customer Service was also very helpful and polite each time we called. We will happily recommend Select Blinds!

WOW! Cynthia, your new home looks amazing! And the new blinds match your windows and decor so well. The soft, green walls are also super soothing – perfect for a bedroom.

Honestly, we can’t decide which room we love more. The blinds look great in both! And all that beautiful light shining in – it’s almost ethereal. Great choices all around!

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Elizabeth K. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“I ordered the top down/bottom up Agava colored Premier Woven Wood Shades with a white privacy liner. I couldn’t be happier! They came in a timely manner and were easy to install. They have made a huge difference in our family room – it’s now so cozy! Thank you!”

After

Love the new look, Elizabeth! Those woven woods are a perfect match for your décor and we’re loving the increased “cozy factor!” Looks like a magazine-worthy family room anyone would be proud to call their own!

Before

The bright green pops of color were already a fantastic touch, but now they really pop with the natural look of your new shades! Thanks so much for the review and we hope to work with you again in the future!