“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!”
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!
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!
#sorrynotsorry, but we just have to brag a bit here. Found out the other day that we made Newsweek magazine’s list of Best Online Shops 2020!
#2, in fact, in the Home Living category and one of the Top 10 best shops overall.
Here’s how we made it.
Working with Statista (an online portal for statistics) and other online databases, directories and price comparison websites, Newsweek created a list of more than 9,500 online retailers in the United States where shoppers go for the best products, prices and service. After passing a number of tests based on 48 objective criteria and surveying more than 8,000 online shoppers on seven subjective criteria (e.g., “The homepage is very clear and well structured”), they narrowed the list down and ranked the top 1,000 shops across eight industries and 39 categories. The 1,000 online shops with the highest scores out of 10 (we got an 8.58!) were then awarded “Best Online Shops 2020.”
“Making the Newsweek list is a massive win for our company,” an elated Rick Steele, Select Blinds’ Master of Marketing and company co-founder, said. “Our goal is to make our customers happy, whatever it takes. Being rated one of the best online shops means we’re meeting — and surpassing — that goal.
Most people think buying new blinds is hard, but using our site it’s easy!” he continued. “We love that it gives our customers the confidence to do it themselves and create a home they’re proud of while saving time and money. And we love that Newsweek thinks so, too.”
Recognition by Newsweek and other independent third-parties is always exciting, but we get the biggest thrill from hearing directly from the customers who use our site. See for yourself why we’re rated one of the best online shops. Read some of their stories right here in our blog, or check out a few of the more than 300,000 5-star reviews we’ve gotten from happy customers to find out why you would be one, too.
Picture perfect in Pennsylvania, Autumn Stauffer of Steel City Farmhouse puts a modern spin on a vintage style by creating a home that’s a culmination of old and new. She is frequently writing her home’s story, expertly crafting the contents and chapters in “Pursuit of a Pretty Home in Pittsburgh”.
We recently collaborated with her for a huge window shades project, and were so interested in her designer style that we asked her to be our next Inspiring Decorator! So grab a sammich from Primanti Bro’s and read our interview with Autumn below!
1. How would you explain your style and aesthetic?
When designing our home, we wanted a retreat, a gathering point, and a space that inspired our passions. That has slowly unfolded into a timeless yet clean eclectic style as we design and decorate our newly built home. I love a blend of old and new, pieces that tell the story of time mixed against the backdrop of a newly constructed home. This, for me, is what has given our home some soul.
2. Where/Who do you get your home inspiration from?
Most recently I was very inspired by rummaging through my grandmother’s attic. While she is no longer with us, I love incorporating meaningful treasures that remind me of her into our home. Think beautiful sea glass jugs, designer vintage rattan chairs, and intricately designed dishware. It has given a nice balance of old in a new home.
Traveling the world has also served as a huge point of inspiration for my designs and perhaps why my style is a bit eclectic. And this is why you’ll see a side of travel on my predominantly home blog.
3. What personal project are you proudest of and why?
Right now, my head is still in the clouds on the completion of our custom built home. It was something we dreamed of doing, and it was such a special experience to be able to design our home and build top to bottom what works and serves our lifestyle best.
4. What’s your favorite trend right now?
I love how color and pattern is making a bold, new come back. For me, I want to be wrapped in a happy, cheerful space so I’ve been finding ways to pack a little punch throughout whether it’s the backsplash, wallpaper, rugs or furniture.
Just as in our lives we are all multi-tasking and juggling all of life’s little demands, we need our homes to do the same. I love how more and more the expectation is for a space to flex and be multi-functioning. Doubling benches as storage, or transforming what would normally be a home office into a multi-purpose room all through the design and layout of furniture. This reflects a major shift in how people want usable spaces for their families.
5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to learn more about interior design/decorating?
Let’s learn together! By day and trade I work in Corporate America in business. Unlike others I can’t sit here and tell you I’ve been doing this for a decade. It’s something I stumbled upon and realized I loved after I got my first place. I guess my best advice is to experiment on your own home/space or take some pro bono projects to build your portfolio (queue mom and dad, or friends.)
Thanks so much for letting us take a closer look at your home, Autumn! We love learning a little more about all of our influencers and hope to work with you again in the future! If you love the window treatments in Steel City Farmhouse, here’s a couple links to the products in this post:
For more details on her custom window treatments, amazing DIY installation walk-through and even insider some tech tips, you won’t want to miss her Select Blinds blog post!
“It was top of my list to get a quote or two for blinds, and we knew it would be expensive but never did we think our quotes would come back between $12-15k for 22 windows. And then I found Select Blinds.”
Shop this year’s sale and you’ll help change lives, too. When you purchase any window blind or shade online from SelectBlinds.com during our 2019 Labor Day Sale, we’ll donate part of the proceeds to Shriners Hospitals for Children®.*
Help us help make kids better while you save money. There’s no better deal than that.
And don’t forget to watch David Ragan and the #38 Shriners car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 1!
Dogs are our best friends. They don’t talk much, judge only with an inquisitive eye and cuddle better than any human could, but I’m willing to bet you a Milkbone that this isn’t the first time that you’ve Googled the many ways to contain your furry friends’ penchant for destruction. If you have a puppy problem with keeping your window coverings safe from the wrath of your doggies’ paws and jaws, we’re here to help!
Stress / Separation Anxiety
Believe it or not — and your Furbo or Petcube can confirm this — your dogs basically do what they normally do when you’re there even when you’re not. However, those with separation anxiety have an emotional challenge to overcome. Since their species evolved as pack animals, they crave companionship and attention. They need to be around other beings to feel truly at home and comfortable. If you and your family have a close relationship with your dog (not just being part of the Christmas photos) then it’s going to be harder for them to grasp where you are going, how long you’ll be gone and if you’re coming back. Understanding how your dog’s brain works in relation to your existence is essential to learning about their anxiety. Adding another dog, hiring a dog-sitter, or consulting your vet may be some things to consider to help manage your little buddy’s stress.
Excitement and Energy
Have you ever been so happy and squeezed your teeth together so hard that you gave your jaw muscles a charlie horse? Or bit your cheek because your food was so delicious that you didn’t care to differentiate it from your meal? You JUST CAN’T control yourself! That’s how your dogs feel. With a lack of opposable thumbs and a quadrupedal frame, their mouth is really the only way of ‘squeezing’ in excitement. Not to be confused with canine ADHD, their hyperactivity may just be because they missed you and are excited to have you home.
No window shade is fully “dog-proof,” but here’s a few tricks and tips to help keep your dog chewing their toys and not your blinds:
–Leave home quietly and return quietly so you don’t startle, spook, or heighten your pooch’s stress energy levels.
–Exercise and playtime with other dogs lets your pup let off steam and learn how to build relationships with their own kind.
–Better toys mean longer-lasting amusement, less money spent and create a connection between your canine and their favorite stuffed animal. Multipet has some of the highest-rated pet toys on Amazon, with prices to howl about.
–Citronella dog collars are a much more humane deterrent than the dated shock collar typically used to prevent incessant barking. They can also help stop Fido from destroying your interiors.
–Enroll your dog in a local training class so they can learn how to behave from a pro and be with other dogs who are learning as well.
–Give them melatonin after exercise and a hearty meal to help get them on a regular relaxation and sleeping schedule.
While many of these also apply to children, let’s both hope your human kids aren’t gnawing on ANYTHING except their food. Keep everyone’s safety in mind with cordless blinds, free of dangling lift cords which can be a potential to hazard to children and pets alike.
Ever come home to this:
We hope not. But if you had purchased your window treatments from us, you’d be in luck! SelectBlinds.com’s 5-Year Unlimited Warranty keeps you covered (literally) even if your dogs get so bored with their toys they take to the blinds. Just call us up, let us know your story (seriously, we love good stories) and get a warranty replacement in less than 10 days. Coupled with the above tips, that should keep your window treatments safe and sound!
If you’re handy, or if your warranty has expired, you can order replacement slats for your Venetian-style window coverings (horizontal wood, faux wood and aluminum minis). See how easy it is to DIY your way back to perfect window shades by watching this video on How to Change the Slats on Your Window Blinds.
If your hound has been harassing your blinds, call our self-help hotline (at 888-257-1840, via live chat, or email). One of our Window Treatment Therapists will be happy to help talk you through the steps of mending not just your blinds, but your relationship with your dog!
Kim S. used our Classic Cordless Blackout Shades to cut down on glare and cool off the new office of CeramFab Inc. , a ceramic fibers company that sells products like blankets, bricks, paper sheets, etc., used in high temp furnaces and areas requiring high temp/flame resistant protection.
” We are very happy that we chose to go with SelectBlinds.com for our office window blinds. I was having a hard time finding blackout shades that would fit our windows because they’re a little outside standard measurements, but these were easy to order and the color selection was fantastic. We needed blackout shades that could keep the glare off of the computer screens in the offices and darken the conference room enough for a projector, and the Classic Cordless Blackout Shades (Wirecutter’s Top Pick for Blackout Shades in 2019) work great. We received our order in less than two weeks from the date of order. The shades were very easy to install. Two people put up 10 shades in about one hour. I would absolutely recommend these shades to anyone looking for window blinds.”
Thanks for letting us hang out in the office, Kim! Enjoy the cooler temps and shady headquarters to relax in while you work!
Need something like this for your office? Check out our huge selection of window treatment styles at SelectBlinds.com!
“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.