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Beauty Is In The Details

Thursday, October 9th, 2014


Don’t they say, it’s the little things that matter? Comfortex cellular shades are enjoying a small change to construction that has a nice impact on how finished their look is. Comfortex cell shades are a great seller at Ace of Shades, providing superior installation while adding chic and elegance to interior decor.

In the past, cellular shades were offered with a white headrail and a matching fabric insert strip. This type of headrail was included for shades that were ordered with the continuous cord loop feature, cordless lift as well as the motorized lift operated shade.

Starting now all of these shades will have a color coordinated headrail, slightly curved to finish the shade off to perfection. The new headrail has a sleeker appearance and can be described as more modern in appearance. The end caps will match the color of the headrail as well. Cellular shades offer now a stylish seamless look from top to bottom. The white headrail always used to stand out when ordering darker colors. Even though the matching fabric strip helped to conceal the headrail somewhat, it just never was quite the match it is now. A taupe shade is going to have a taupe headrail and a brown shade will have a brown headrail. 29 coordinating rail colors and end caps will be used to for available fabrics. For special customization of rails and fabrics, you are always welcome to contact us. We will be glad to assist you.

As they say… beauty is in the details.


Phifer ShearWeave Solar Shades

Friday, August 8th, 2014

comfortex-solar-shadesIt’s summer, it’s hot, the sun is glaring, and the energy bill is high. We are all looking for relief from smoldering summer temperatures, especially down here in Texas. Let’s talk about Comfortex Solar Shades and Roller Shades, the Phifer materials to narrow it down.

Solar shades and roller shades are essentially the same thing; just different materials are in the offerings. Phifer’s solar materials are woven from vinyl coated polyester yarns, light weight and durable at the same time. Solar materials are so practical, because cleaning them is pure convenience. A damp cloth can be used to wipe the material clean, no dust catcher here!

Let’s talk functionality of Phifer materials. Here is what solar shade materials can do:
Reduce glare, cut heat and protect interiors from damaging UV rays. A solar shade, while allowing a few out!!, still cut’s UV rays depending on openness factor. Wooden floors, wood furniture, paintings and more are therefore protected from fading and losing color intensity. When direct sunlight hits a window in your home and the glare it at its peak, by lowering the shade it is significantly reduced, dimming the light just enough to be comfortable. Same with the heat, the intensity of the warmth entering the room is cut down dramatically helping to lower your electricity bill.

Our Phifer products are made by Comfortex Window Fashions that offer high performance quality paired with a limited lifetime warranty on all shades. A strong metal roller ensures that large products can easily be supported, whereas other companies often use cheaper plastic tubes. An optional cassette helps to conceal the tube for anybody that prefers a more finished look. The bottomrail is fabric wrapped as well.

Phifer materials have been such a hot seller that last year a palette of new fabrics has been added. Now added texture as well as darkening materials are in the assortment for more choices and colors.

One important thing to keep in mind though, they do not provide full privacy at night, even though they do during the day!

Window Shade Options For Kids Rooms

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014


Are you getting ready to redesign or decorate your child’s bedroom? The question will come up, how can the window shades work with your theme? What are your options in regards to window treatments finding something a bit more playful and suitable for your child’s room?

When decorating with blinds and shades a neutral product never interferes with a general decorating idea. For example white or off-white wood blinds or cellular shades or any other shade for that matter matching the trim will be neutral and work well in any room without distracting from the overall theme. When working with neutral window treatments the décor to bring out the theme could be top treatments pillows, boarders, wall etc.

However, when trying to utilize the shade to add to a theme, a bolder choice would be available. Generally the more decorative products can be found in the window shade lines like honeycomb shades and roller shades. Looking for a dark navy blues or playful red for your boy’s room? Cellular shades would be your go to product. When trying to decorate a nursery, soft pastel colors again can be found cellular or roller shade products. In case you are very specific as to what you would like your shade to look like, one can design it. Roller shades are totally customizable in regards to print and look. Comfortex Persona shades offer the mail in of a print, photo image and colors. Whether you have a cartoon character, image or certain pattern in mind, it can be made. All you need is a high quality digital image to mail in to the manufacturer and voila… Sponge Bob or Princess Aurora can come to live.

All in all you want to have fun with a kid’s bedroom. This is a great room to take some risks and be playful. After all, in a few years you can chuck the theme and do it all again :-)

Beat The June Price Increase!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

price-increaseIt’s that time of year again where prices are going up on some products in the window covering industry. Comfortex Window Fashions usually has their increase June 1st, so now is the time to beat them.

Which products are affected?
One is a customer favorite. The Silhouette shades like product by Comfortex will have an increase of about 3%. All Shangri-La Sheer Shades in 2” and 3” vane size are included in this increase.

Pricing will also go up for Comfortex cellular shades. Also here all categories like the double honeycomb shades, ¾” and 3/8” single honeycomb shades are included.

These increases come from the manufacturers to offset rising manufacturing costs.
At Ace of Shades we always keep increases to a minimum and ensure that our pricing is competitive. That’s why we are giving a heads up; to make sure your money stays in your pocket.

Comfortex Shangri-La – NEW Motorization Option Coming Soon

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

We are always excited to show off new options for our products, especially when it is a best seller of ours. This new feature will become available on June 1st and would like to show it off and give a quick preview. Comfortex is coming out with a new cordless PowerTouch. Shangri-La Shades are very similar to the widely Silhouette blinds. The new budget savvy motorized lift is ideal for pet with young children or pets.

The new cordless PowerTouch is similar to a wand and available in white or black, depending on hardware option selected. With the push of a button the vanes can be tilted in the open or closed position, as well as lowered and raised. The cordless PowerTouch operates using a push control. It provides complete convenience adjusting vanes between the open and closed position. By pressing and holding the button on the pendant which is located at the end of the wand, the shade starts to move up or down and tilts vanes as desired. Simply release the button to end motion of the shade. The PowerTouch is available in all fabric collections including 2” and 3” vanes size, all light-filtering and room- darkening fabrics. This lifting system is powered by a battery wand which sits inside the headrail, but can be switched to a DC Plug in transformer as well.

This new motorized option is a great way to avoid dangling cords that can be a health hazard for young children or pets. The wand offers a clean look and appearance. It is also covered by Comfortex’ 5 year warranty and has a fantastic price point.



American Quality

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Comfortex Blinds and ShadesFor Americans today it isn’t always easy to purchase products that are made in the US.  Almost any label you look at, item are from China, Indonesia, Germany and many many more countries. Often we probably would like to purchase items that support America, but there simply aren’t any choices. Not so with window coverings!

Comfortex Window Fashions is a company that advertises and takes pride in being able to say “Made in America”, and so they should. That is also one of the reasons why we purchase there, to support and provide American made quality products. Comfortex has worked its way to the top and has become a leading manufacturer in the industry, offering similar products to the popular Silhouette Shades, Solar Shades, Cellular Shades and many other products. In the last years Comfortex has made big strides in advancing their products in regards to quality and innovation while giving hundreds of people and families a way to make a living. The overall product quality is remarkable considering how well priced their products are in the competitive custom made blinds market. At Ace of Shades we are all about quality products and couldn’t be more thrilled to support jobs right here at home at the same time.

Room-Darkening Sheer Shades

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Silhouette Blinds
You might think room-darkening sheer shades are a contradiction in terms? That’s why we love darkening sheer shades, because they are so versatile and different things combined in one.

Sheer shades or sheer blinds are better known by the term Silhouette shades. Silhouettes are actually made by Hunter Douglas, but aren’t offered on the Internet. We carry the Comfortex Shangri-La, basically the same product by a different manufacture. There are always slight variations of course. Sheer shades as their name suggests have a sheer look to them. Constructed of a sheer in front, one in the back, with darkening fabric vanes suspended in-between. When sheer shades are tilted in the open position you get a sheer view outside, creating a very soft and glowing look. When closing your Sheers the darkening vanes close flat, providing complete privacy and darkening the room. Being able to tilt from sheer look to darkening is what I call “two products in one”. Many customers love the sheer look, but who has a house by the golf course or in the middle of nowhere with no need for privacy? Reality is most of us having neighbors simply don’t like to feel like we’re in a fishbowl! With a two in one shade it is possible to have a sheer view into your backyard or front of the house, yet shut the outside world out when desired. Silhouette like shades are available in two inch or three inch vane size. Three inch is often used for larger windows, in more contemporary settings. Either way, at the end of the day it’s a choice of preference.

So when loving a sheer look but needing privacy during certain times of day, take a peek at sheer blinds and shades. We’d be glad to send fabric samples out to you today.

Kids…. Cords…. Caution!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

National Window Coverings Safety Month

October is here again, National Window Covering Safety Month. And like every year, we are writing about the safety in your home again. Unfortunately we do get updates about the accidents that happen around the country regarding window coverings and it is devastating every time. It’s mostly and sadly the same, dangling cords are a safety hazard to our precious children. Children love to play with anything, and that includes cords of window blinds and shades. So we encourage anyone with small children: Please get rid of your old window coverings that have strings and cords, especially in kids rooms or play areas.

All shades, including popular cellular shades, roller shades, roman shades can be ordered with a cordless lifting system. Most of the time a clear plastic handle or tassel on the bottomrail will allow you to lower and raise your shade, eliminating traditional strings. An additional bonus besides safety? A clutter free look! What about blinds? Also here, you can find wood blinds and mini blinds that have a cordless lift option along with a tilt want, eliminating cords. Even vertical blinds come with wand operated mechanisms now to avoid chains that could be a hazard. So by spending a little extra money you can protect your curious and playful children from harm, and let’s not forget our dear 4 legged critters, they will be protected as well.

To participate and bring awareness to the National Window Coverings Safety Month we are offering many of our Roller and Cellular shades with free cordless upgrades look in particular at the Good Housekeeping and Comfortex brand. So this month, not one extra dime to upgrade! Make the Right Choice:  Kids…. Cords… Caution

Buying Comfortex Cellular Shades and Other Recommendations for Your Home Renovation Project

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Whether you’re renovating your home to make it more appealing to prospective home buyers or just want a new look to come home every day to, it’s important to know that the renovation process is just that: a process. It is something that should be planned out very carefully as a misstep could result in more money being thrown down the drain as well as more time invested. Just watch Tom Hank’s the Money Pit from the 80s to get a better idea of what happens when a renovation goes terribly wrong. With that in mind, there are a number of things to keep in the back of your head, but here are several recommendations to watch out for from HGTV:

  • Hiring the wrong contractor: Given the number of review sites out there, there really isn’t an excuse for not knowing what you’re getting into when you hire a contractor. If you can’t find a good contractor in the area through Yelp or the BBB, you can always enlist your friends and family for references.  Just remember, this guy is going to be in your home, and his competence will directly impact the level of the work as well as your sanity.
  • Not considering safety: One of the best things we love about our Comfortex cellular shades and other blinds in our collection is their safety features. When you purchase shades from Ace of Shades Window Coverings, you can rest assured that safety was of upmost consideration in their design. When redesigning your home, make sure to include safety in your decision-making process. And the theme of safety extends to the actual project as well. Be mindful of the fact that there will be loose nails and other materials around your home. Keep your children and pets away from any areas that are being worked on.
  • Keeping in line with your home’s style: If you’re considering a major upgrade of your home, remember to protect the integrity of your home’s style. A modern upgrade may not go well with the Victorian design of your home.

Need help purchasing window shades or blinds? Feel free to contact us!

Create a Sacred Space with the Help of Cellular Shades

Monday, April 29th, 2013

In late April, Debbie Woodbury wrote a piece in the Huffington Post on creating a sacred space in your home. As a cancer survivor, she credits part of her healing on reflection. One of the things she mentions is having a corner of a room or a place by her window dedicated to being a sacred space – a place where an individual can just sit, relax and reflect. We are partial to the window idea, so let’s take a look at some ways you can make your window area a scared space.

  • Get Cellular Shades to Control Light: The reason why Debbie Woodbury thinks a window space might be a good idea for a sacred space is because windows offer a look into the outside world. If it’s winter, watching a gentle snow on a cool winter night might be soothing after a long day; at the same time, waking up with a cup of coffee on a spring morning as you hear the birds chirp could be the perfect way to start your day. However, if you’re looking for less light to fit your mood, our Comfortex shades can help you control the amount of light that enters your room too, so your space will be just as you like it.
  • Put Personal Things in your Sacred Space: Your sacred space should be a place of peace. Bring special things in your space that will make you happy, like a picture of your family or a personal heirloom that conjures up a good memory.
  • Make It a Point to Come to This Area Every Day: Everyone leads busy lives, but you should devote some time for yourself at some point in the day. Make an effort to come to your sacred space, even if it’s only for a few minutes to sit and reflect. Afterwards, you should feel more relaxed and ready to take on the chaos of the day.


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