Kris H. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

Sure, solar shades on your windows in the summer definitely help beat the heat. But they’re also a great year-round solution to reducing the amount of direct light coming in, especially during winter when increased glare from the snow-covered ground can be blinding. Just look how these custom Motorized Sheer Weave Solar window treatments (in Bronze 1%) helped our most recent Happy Customer, Kris H.

“Love our new sheer weave blinds ! We lost the glare but get to enjoy the outdoors on our beautiful acreage!

Also love our new shutters! They have had a great insulating effect on our NW bathroom and make the room look so finished! Installation so user friendly. Love them!! So happy!”

Motorized Sheer Weave Solars let you enjoy view and protect interiors
With Motorized Sheer Weave Solar Shades in the living room, you'll love the view outside
Motorized Sheer Weave Solars reduce glare from snow and sun
Shop Classic Faux Wood Shutters for the bathroom
To keep out the cold — and heat — Kris also added our Classic Faux Wood Shutters in Cotton to help insulate these beautiful bathroom windows.

Help Us Choose a Winner! Who Will Be the Happiest Select Blinds Customer from 2018?

Happiness Is a Choice

And choosing one Happy Customer from all of you who joined our Happy Customer Program last year makes us very happy! But it’s so hard to decide. It’s like trying to choose the best window treatment to complete a room. It can be a daunting task, but putting the time in to discover and sample new shade styles and colors will ultimately lead to honest home happiness – and, possibly, a $250 Visa gift card!

We honestly love seeing how the final product you choose looks in your own home. That’s why we started this contest. We narrowed down our favorites from 2018, but now we need your help. Which picture do you like best? Who do you think we should dub the winner of a $250 Visa gift card? Take a look and place your vote at the bottom of this post!

1. Allison W.’s Beachfront Signature Sheer Weave 5% Solar Shades

Feel the breeze coming off the waves? You can even watch them crash along the shore near your beachfront home / condo with our light filtering, transparent solar shades! Allison can relax inside without glare reflecting off the floor or harmful UV rays damaging her furniture or art work! Need something like this but a little darker? We also offer solar shades in 1% and 3% to dim down the hot summer sun.

Select Blinds Sheerweave Interior Solar Shades by beach front propertyBlock the light but save the sight with our 5% Signature Sheer Weave Solar Shades in Light Sandstone!

2. Dile B. Weaves a Wonderland with Premier Woven Wood Shades

This happy customer decked out their sitting room with our light filtering woven wood shades! If you prefer a darker room, we offer privacy and blackout liners for most of our bamboo blinds. With a plethora of colors featuring a variety of reeds, twines and woods, you’ll be able to find the perfect woven shade to match your room’s style!

Select Blinds woven wood shades over many windows in living areaBlock the light but save the sight with our Premier Woven Wood Shades in Bodhi!

3. Morgan R. Makes Her Dining Area Blossom with Signature Light Filtering Roman Shades

Morgan had her husband, Michael, self-installed these elegant roman blinds to block some of the morning sun coming into their kitchen/dining area. The new, flowery window treatments are the centerpiece of this ship-lapped galley!  If you’re looking for something a little more light blocking, sample our Signature Blackout Roman Shades to keep out the rays!

Select Blinds woven wood shades over many windows in living areaBlock the light but save the sight with our Signature Light Filtering Roman Shades leaves guests blue with envy!

4. Morgan A. and Signature Shoreline Woven Woven Shades Get Fresh on the Farm!

Keep an eye on the fields from the safety of the farmhouse! Not only do these custom blinds go well with farmhouse style, they look beautiful incorporated in coastal, boho and vintage design styles! Add some texture to your interior design with bamboo/woven window dressings at your ranch, home, farm, or cabin!

Select Blinds woven wood shades over many windows in living areaBlock the light but save the sight with our Signature Shoreline Woven Wood Shades in Hilleria leaves guests blue with envy!

Time to Vote!

There you have it! Now we need YOUR help to choose a winner! Who do you think styled SelectBlinds best in their home? Comment with the number (1-4) below!

I Wanna Win!

Want in on the action and a chance to win our next $250 gift card? Just sign up here for our Happy Customer Program. (It’s FREE!) Then send us some photos of your new SelectBlinds.com window treatments to happycustomers@selectblinds.com. We’ll be happy to share your in-home shots here on The Blinds Spot. And we’d love it if you’d share your happiness with them, too, by tagging us (@selectblinds) in any pics you post on social media.

A Total Eclipse of the Sun

People watching solar eclipse outlined by sun

All I really, really, really want to see is a total eclipse of the sun.

Like this lyric in the same-titled song by Einsturzende Neubauten, everyone in the U.S., and in North and parts of South America, Africa and Europe, is going to get that chance on August 21. This awe-inspiring cosmic event will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous U.S. since 1979 and the first one coast to coast since 1918. The Great American Eclipse (which even has its own website) has captured the fascination and imagination of celestial celebrants here and around the globe, causing a sensation on Twitter and other social – and mainstream – media. Even if you aren’t in the path of totality (arcing from Oregon to South Carolina), you’ll see a partial eclipse.

What makes this eclipse such a big deal? The key word is total. When the moon passes in front of the sun on Tuesday, the two will be in perfect alignment. And for a couple of brief minutes, the day turns into twilight or total darkness as the moon totally blocks all but the atmosphere, or corona, around the sun.

Unless you’re asleep, it’s going to be hard to miss, not that you’d want to. NASA will be live-streaming the event from across – and well above (as in the International Space Station) – the country. The total eclipse will take about four hours. If you plan on watching with your own eyes, you literally could be blinded by the light and not even realize it until it’s too late, so it’s a must to wear protective eclipse glasses to prevent damaging ultra-violet (UV) rays from burning your retinas. Here’s what NASA recommends: Man wearing eclipse glasses

“When watching a partial eclipse, you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or use an alternate indirect method. This also applies during a total eclipse up until the time when the sun is completely and totally blocked. During the short time when the moon completely obscures the sun – known as the period of totality – it is safe to look directly at the star, but it’s crucial that you know when to take off and put back on your glasses.”

Make sure you get glasses that are safe for directly viewing the sun. Your regular sunglasses are NOT enough to protect your eyes during a solar eclipse. Check this list from the American Astronomical Society of Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers. Any eclipse products should indicate they are compliant with ISO 12312-2. The ISO logo will be on the glasses or on the box they come in. There are a lot of non-compliant glasses out there, so buyer beware.

Speaking of protection from UV rays, is your home safe from the sun? Solar and exterior solar shades on your windows can help reduce the sun’s glare and prevent furniture, carpeting and more from fading.

Here are some other fun facts and tips for enjoying The Great American Eclipse next week:

The New York Times has a great page with tips on everything eclipse 2017, from how-to-watch safety do’s and don’ts, to how to be a citizen scientist.

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Postal Service released a first-of-its-kind stamp to commemorate the occasion. Touch the stamp with your finger and watch as the blacked-out sun turns into the moon. The trick? Find out here.

usps solar eclipse stamp

Create your own eclipse-inspired playlist to listen to while you watch. Just Google “eclipse playlist” for a variety of celestial selections to suit any musical taste.

If you get a little hungry while you’re watching and you’re lucky enough to have a Krispy Kreme nearby, get a first-time-ever chocolate glazed doughnut in honor of the eclipse.

If you’re planning on driving for a better view of the eclipse (an estimated 200 million people live within a day’s drive of the path of totality), better start packing now. While eclipses are no longer believed to be harbingers of doom, it is expected to be a traffic apocalypse. And most hotels directly in the eclipse’s path have been sold out for years.

Another fact that makes this total eclipse more significant is that in a few hundreds of millions of years, the moon will have moved too far away from the Earth to ever again completely cover the sun. In other words, total eclipses are destined to become history. But we still have time. Mark your calendar for the next total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, which will be visible from Texas to Maine.

Have fun and see you on the dark side of the moon!

How to Perk Up Patio and Sliding Doors without Going Vertical

Beautiful sheer drapes on sliding door in dining room

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

Cell and Solar shades help insulate your home.

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

Panel Track Vertical Blinds are the trendy thing to hang in your large windows.

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

Drapery is always a classic beauty.

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

There are many choices for vertical blinds.

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.