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Decorating A Small Bathroom

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Wondering how to best decorate your small bathroom? There is little room to work with but so much to fit into it. And on top of it, it is supposed to look good. So here we go with some decorating ideas that might work for you:

Use Light Colors
In a small space, whites, off whites or soft cream colors are soothing. They create a feeling of clean and open up a small area.
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Window Shades that can endure Moisture

In a bathroom where lots of moisture is accumulated it is important to use window coverings that will last. Good products are cellular honeycomb shades or faux wood blinds. They won’t lose their shape or warp and stay beautiful for years to come.
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Use colorful Displays

Use color in displays, like towels, pictures or a shower curtain. These are the items where the unexpected can bring a room to life without being overwhelming.
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Add Texture

Another area to make your little bathroom interesting and different is texture. For example a small space behind your mirror can show off 3D tiles and add that special something.
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Pops of Color

As in any space of your home, large or small, a vase with flowers can bring it to life. When mostly everything is in soft clean whites, be sure to add that pop of color.
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On the Window Sill

Should you have that window sill that gives you that additional space, use it for some pretty glassware with colorful bath salts, necessities or other decorative items on it.
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Add Personality

Found those quirky decorational items like below displayed towel holders or that different looking light fixture? Have that one item that makes the bathroom unique to you.
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And as always, follow your sense as to what feels right and pretty to you. Make it yours!

Beat The Heat

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

beat_the_heatIt’s summer and it’s hot, sometimes unbearably hot here in Texas. Let’s look at some way to beat the heat! Here we go:

Block the Sun
Blocking the sun means cover your windows! Insulating Cellular Shades, room darkening cellular shades are the way to go. While the cellular design traps heat inside the cell, the darkening material blocks light. A great brand to purchase are Bali cellular shades, available in our online store.

Give your AC a Checkup
Once summer rolls around, most people should get their units checked. Electricity will go right out the window if the air ducts aren’t clean or if there are leaks. Avoid throwing your money away and have them checked before it gets hot and the AC has to work overtime.

Close it Down
Once the AC is running, be sure to close doors, windows and the sometimes forgotten fireplace damper. When it is hotter than 78 degrees outside this will make a big difference.

Use your Fan
While circulating air helps to feel more comfortable it also helps to cool down a room quicker. Fans are inexpensive to run and don’t cost a lot of energy. A fan will be helpful to have it indoors one or two degrees warmer and yet feel comfortable with the air blowing.

Spritz Yourself
Why not have a little water squirter around? When the temperatures are through the roof, a little water mist in the face and neck while running the AC and fans will definitely help to feel cooler.

Dress Correctly
Great ways to keep cool is by wearing the new synthetic fabrics designed to make you feel less sticky when sweaty. These materials aren’t just for the workout buff anymore. When wearing cotton, go for loose fitting clothes in light colors.

Chuck your Shoes
When possible, take off your shoes and socks. Hot feet will make you all together more uncomfortable. Taking off shows and feeling cool tile underneath your feet will make a big difference in cooling down.

Eat light, drink lots
A heavy meal that needs to be digested will add to the discomfort of feeling hot. Eating a light summer salad and drinking lots of water, while more healthy, will also help to keep you cooled down.

For now… enjoy the rest of the summer!!

Wall Decor – Stylish Silhouettes

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Here it’s Wednesday, so let’s just keep going with wall art ideas. This might be another do-it-yourself inspiration you enjoy; the one we are showing below will be a great example for your kitchen, but can be applied for many other rooms as long as you change the silhouette scheme.

This artwork is very neutral and other decor pieces should not interfere with it. Whether you have cellular shades, silhouette shades or any other window treatment in your kitchen windows, the Silhouette art will complement it perfectly. Here is what you need:

Four crisp frames to contrast the color of your kitchen wall, copies of pages of old cookbooks and cutouts of kitchen appliances or cooking utensils. Now simply take the copies, preferably you made the copies with somewhat aged looking paper. It could be an ivory paper or linen finished paper. Now take the cutouts and cut out the center of the paper, one at a time. In the example below a cutout for cooking utensils, pot, tea pot and one for a blender was used. This keeps everything and tied together, perfect for your kitchen. Now put everything together in your frames and arrange it in a balanced symmetrical composition.

Voila, hope you love it as much as we do.

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Wall Decor – Plates

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

I thought we keep going with inexpensive wall decor ideas this week. Yesterday’s topic was the fabric covered canvas and today we are going for plates. Plates don’t have to cost a lot of money and can be arranged in many different ways.

Plates are one of my favorite ways to fill up a large area of wall space. Wall plates go with almost any decorating style, from traditional to Victorian, from contemporary to modern. While the colors can be monochromatic, they can also be full of color and expression. You always want to make sure that there are items in the room that pull things together. It could be the color in the plates and other decor items, matching color in your window shades like cellular shades, or cushions and pillows.

The great thing is that they don’t even have to match. Stacking plates together that are from yard sales or discount stores will work just as well as finding a collection of plates. Plates can even have a message (pictures will follow below), where every plate has a word, adding up to a sentence.

While one might prefer the symmetrical look, your wall space can also contour other items and be a-symmetrical. There are simply no rules or what you have to or can’t do. Anything goes, just let the imagination be your guide!

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Insulating Your Home For The Summer

Monday, April 28th, 2014

ThermostatSummer is just about here, and for us Texans it already is. The last couple of days have been around 100 degrees and we know it won’t be long before these temperatures become a constant. In case you still have a little while to prepare, it isn’t too early to think about how to better insulate your home and keep the summer heat out and the AC bill low. So here are some tips:

  • Get the right window shades for your problem areas of the house. Cellular shades are superior in regards to insulation. The cellular design keeps air trapped inside the honeycomb and helps to insulate your home.
  • A digital thermostat is a great way to regulate temperature in your home. Change temps and settings during times you are at work and have the AC kick in before you come home. This can be a real money saver.
  • Make sure windows and doors have proper seals. Checking windows and doors for leaks and getting seals updated can help keep rooms cooler during summer.
  • Use your fans first. Circulating the cool air that is pumped into your room will help to get a room cooled down quicker. At the same time the breeze of the fan will help us feel more comfortable.
  • During the day when kids might be in school and you are mostly in only one or two areas of the home, keep only those areas at the lower temperature. Kid’s rooms and other areas can be 10 percent warmer and save you money.
  • Plant trees! What a difference shade can make. Homes that are protected from direct sunlight have a huge advantage when it comes to keeping it cool. It might take years to get there, but it will be worth it. And who doesn’t enjoy the beauty of nature right in front of our windows?

Earth Day

Monday, April 21st, 2014

EarthDayTomorrow on April 22nd is Earth Day, globally celebrated in over 192 countries. On Earth Day we honor the earth and the concept of peace.

Earth Day is about acknowledgement of all the gifts and wonders nature has to offer. It is also to acknowledge how fragile it is and realize that protecting our earth is essential. We all know that in reality we aren’t exactly gentle to our planet earth.  As a matter of fact the pollution that mankind creates is just staggering.

Dirty drinking waters kill children daily says a Unicef study.  14 billion lbs. of garbage are dumped into our oceans every year. People that live in areas with high air pollution have a much higher chance to die of lung cancer. A staggering 40% of our lakes in America are too polluted to swim in them or fish. Americans make up less than 5% of the world population but produce 30% of the world’s pollution. This list could actually go on as to what we create in waste and pollution, so let’s see about our steps we can take right at home to help mother earth:

  • Since we are in the window covering industry, we will bring up this point first: Let’s insulate our windows!! Cellular Shades are a great insulator saving energy all year around and keeping heating and cooling down.
  • Let’s turn off our lights, too often we leave lights on when we have long left a room.
  • Are you recycling? Let’s separate our garbage as much as we can. Most communities have now recycle service, let’s participate.
  • What about using less water? Such a precious recourse, but we keep over-using. If everyone scaled back 10%, what a difference we could make. I have personally stopped watering my lawn in the summer time – and we are talking Texas heat!!
  • Are you using re-usable shopping bags? I know I am, it’s so easy to do.
  • Turn down the heat, especially the water heater. A few degrees can make quite a difference, but you still will be just as warm taking your shower.
  • Go Solar! It isn’t a sensible solution for older homes, but for new homes in the right regions it could make all the sense in the world.
  • Carpooling, so many times we could ride together. Why not? You might enjoy socializing as an added bonus.

Of course there could be so many more things one can do. At the end of the day we should all put on our thinking caps and realize where we could cut down on waste, energy or pollution. We can make all the difference if everyone just puts in an effort. Happy Earth Day!

Solutions for Small Spaces

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

ShelvesSmall spaces can drive us crazy, they can feel cramped, feel small, and we don’t really know what to do with them. We are talking small bathrooms, utility rooms, closets or other small areas that are tight on space.

Here are some ideas and design tips on how maximize small areas:

  • Use Light Colors – Dark colors will make a room appear more compact, light colors and hues will help to open up a room.
  • Utilize Shelves – An excellent way to utilize small walls is shelves. Invest in attractive canisters to store away bathroom essentials.
  • Get the right Window Treatments – Find blinds or shades that work on small windows; stay away from vertical blinds, instead work with light-filtering cellular shades, light-filtering roman shades or blinds that have a small stack, so when the shade is raised, the eye is able to move beyond the wall and see outdoor space.
  • Add a mirror – An easy and great design trick to make a small space appear bigger is a full-body mirror. It helps to visually expand a space.
  • Choose small space furnishings – Decor and furnishings should be small, since items that are too big can quickly feel overwhelming. Neat pieces, compact frames, clean lines help in these areas.
  • Keep it clutter free - In small spaces any additional visual distraction of clutter and items will feel overwhelming. By keeping decorations and other items to a minimum you help keep the space organized to the eye.

Shades with Floral Design

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here in Texas and many parts of the country everything is in bloom now. Trees, bushes and many garden flowers are popping up giving us beauty and many colors to gaze at. Want to have something in bloom all year around? How about window shades with flowers?

Many manufacturers are offering floral prints. They have come back in a big way! Good Housekeeping shades, Comfortex and Bali offer beautiful flower prints in just about any fabric product line including cellular shades, roller shades and roman shades. We just love how each shade becomes a decor item. See for yourself and decide if this could be something for your home:

The following Good Housekeeping Cellular shade isn’t overpowering but creates just that little something over a standard uni-colored shade.Floral-GH

Here is a floral print on a Comfortex Roller Shade that stands out quite a bit more. It’s clearly the focal point of the room.Floral-CTX

And here is a Bali Roller Shade with some soft floral swirls. This is very dreamy and a great added touch for a bedroom.Floral-BA

One more example of working with floral print, a Good Housekeeping roman shade with a contrasting floral design in black. The shade is the focus of this sitting area.Floral-GH2

Floral is back, it can be quite neutral or stand out and make a statement. It is playful in atmosphere and works in any room.

In Need Of Better Sleep?

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

matnurseryAre you also one of many people that suffer from sleep deprivation? First you can’t fall asleep and then you wake up too often in the night? It has hit most of us at some point, too little sleep and suffering to get through the following day. Here are some tips could be helpful.

  • Most of us have a TV in our bedroom, and if it isn’t the TV it’s the Laptop or tablet that keeps our minds going. To get our minds to rest, it can be helpful to watch TV in the living room and reserve our bedrooms for rest.
  • Light can have everything to do with good rest. To ensure that bedrooms are truly dark, window coverings with blackout properties will help to really darken your room. For this blackout cellular shades are the best. Absolutely no light can enter the room and an added bonus is insulation to keep your room cool, which brings me to the next point.
  • Temperature should be cool. During night time we tend to rest better when temperatures are a couple degrees cooler than during the day.
  • When waking up at night and going for a bathroom break, don’t turn on bright lights. A small little night light is sufficient and will help to keep from switching into a state of being completely awake.
  • Make certain that your bed is comfortable to you. Nobody is able to sleep well when the body has to adjust continuously to find a comfortable prostitution. A good, firm mattress or memory foam mattress could make all the difference.
  • Noise can also be a sleep robber. Also here, cellular shades can be helpful to keep road noise out, as the insulating properties also help with noise reduction.

Wishing you many nights of rest and good sleep J.

Fighting Afternoon Sun

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

ROLL-027-EcoGrBrnzLRHorClsNow that it’s spring the afternoon sun feels nice. But I know down here in Texas the temperatures are about to skyrocket and that means the afternoon sun can become brutal. What are good solutions to keep the heat and sun out to get some relief?

First you want to think what your main goal is. Do you need to keep the heat out? Or is it more pressing to keep the light and glare out? In case privacy is not an issue, solar shades could be a wonderful solution. Solar shades will cut the heat, reduce UV rays and help to protect furniture and decor from sun damage. With solar shade you the view can be preserved when the shade is lowered. That’s why solar shades are perfect for an area where privacy is not needed. And yet the glare will be cut down and the heat will be kept at bay.

What would be a good product if privacy is an issue? Cellular shades are fantastic for insulation and privacy control as well.  Designed like a honeycomb cell the heat is trapped inside the comb, keeping rooms cooler. Cellular shades are available in light filtering of room darkening fabrics. The darkening material is often lined on the inside with an aluminum lining, which makes for a top-of-the-line insulator. Light filtering materials allows lots of light in which is welcome in living areas. Even though light filters through the shade, privacy is insured while insulating the room. Blackout materials are typically used in bedrooms or media room they darken considerably when lowered.

One product that isn’t often considered when looking for insulation is wood blinds. Painted white or off white wood blinds actually insulate very well, while a wood blind with a stained finish wouldn’t be such a good choice for a window with afternoon sun. I would recommend a wood blind with routeless upgrade to eliminate light gaps.

Any of these products will greatly help with afternoon sun, which will make a big difference to increase comfort in your home and help with energy efficiency.

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