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How To Cover the Window Behind The Kitchen Sink

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

This week we’ll be talking “tricky” windows. We often get phone calls because people aren’t quite sure how to cover the window behind the sink. What is practical, what is reachable and what looks nice?

First of all, cover it with the same window treatment you are using in the breakfast area nearby. You usually don’t want to break the flow and have Silhouette Window Shades in your breakfast area and a completely different type of shade in the kitchen. Here are some products that are functional, beautiful and practical at the same time:

Solar Window Shades
Solar shades are great because they offer a view out and plenty of light in. They are super practical; because the material is coated and can easily take some splashes of water when washing your dishes. A little dirt can be wiped off with a damp cloth, no problem!
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Faux Wood Blinds

Faux woods look like wood blinds, but are made of a PVC or composite material which cuts down on the risk of warpage. The material can be wiped off and withstand humidity and water without the risk of swelling like a real wood blind would do. The look however is almost identical to a wood blind with the added bonus of a lower price point.
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The above 2 products are our favorite choices, because of their practical aspect handling water near the sink. The following will also work well above the sink though:

Cellular Shades
This honeycomb inspired window treatment is made out of Polyester. Certain brands like the Comfortex brand can actually be washed off when following specific procedure. This beautiful shade comes in many colors and prints and allows a lot of light in during the day. Decorative and practical all in one!
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Wood Blinds

Wood blinds will also work really well above a sink, as long as they are always wiped right away should they be exposed to water. A finishing coat will protect them but they should be handled with care.

And here a little tip:

Ask for longer strings and pull cords when having to reach over the sink to lower and raise your blinds. For no additional charge the cords can be ordered at a length that is convenient to you!

Creating A Peaceful Environment

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Coming home to a Zen-like environment where the atmosphere is peaceful and balanced is key to a lowering stress in ones live. Balancing your living space and turning it into a cozy, relaxing retreat can recharge our body, mind and spirits. Here are some tips on how to do that:

Declutter Surfaces
A messy room with lots of clutter and many items on surfaces are distractions. When there are piles of paper, dirty dishes, or just “stuff” that has been put on the counters it distracts us. A little piece in our head is busy with what we need to do with the papers, dishes or stuff and keeps us from staying at the present moment. To eliminate and clean surfaces daily will help with that.
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Get Organized and Declutter

This goes deeper than those surfaces. I am talking organizing corners! This means closets, drawers and cupboards where stuff has accumulated for years. I often say, if something hasn’t been used in 6 months, out it goes. By streamlining what is in our homes, somehow a weight will lift. It also unclutters our minds.
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The Five Elements

The five element are water, earth, fire, metal and wood, to have them represented in your living area will create balance. These elements can be added in form of pictures of water, water fall, plants for the earth, candles / fireplace for fire and furniture, tools, decor for metal and wood.
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Few but Meaningful Decorations

Instead of having many inexpensive items here and there, try to focus on a few items that have meaning and true appeal to you. They will be an eye catcher and something to gaze at instead and appreciated even more.
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Lighting- Softer is Better

When creating a peaceful environment, lighting can be key. The ability to create a soft glow instead of overhead beam can create peace and relax you. When possible, natural light is always welcome. Before turning on all lights, some candles could be enough to create a soft glow. And once the other lights are needed, go for dimmers, it is nice to control the degree of light you need.
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Use Scents

Many businesses use it. When selling a home, staging companies often bake cookies in a model home so an inviting homey scent welcomes you when you walk in the door. Whether you like natural oils or scented candles, find smells that you love and indulge yourself in some aromatherapy.
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Unusual Flooring Types

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

This blog isn’t going to be about window blinds or window shades. Today will be all about flooring. We found these unusual flooring types so different, we wanted to display them here.

Pebbles
Cemented pebbles and stones are a great fit for bathrooms or hallways. Giving you the feel of standing on a riverbed, it puts you right into nature’s arms. Unusual for sure, different and unique is what you create.
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Coins

The choices are copper or silver. This isn’t truly a flooring type you can order, it is basically coins scattered and sealed in an area of your liking. Also here, bathrooms are a great place for this. Very eclectic and modern, it will certainly be an eye catcher that draws attention.
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Log Flooring

This flooring is a must look at for all nature lovers. Logs placed evenly and sealed create warmth and coziness. A great choice for living areas, it works well in rooms that have lots of light, windows and mirrors.
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Wood and Tile

Here two flooring styles are mixed and could be a great solution for a dining area. Worried about the wooden floor and spills? Simply change to tile in an area to separate itself from the rest. This area stands out and creates an island in the middle of a room. Creative for sure!
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Laminate

We aren’t thinking of the usual laminate, but how about an aqua or turquoise color for a kitchen or sitting area? Giving it country flair and working well with white furniture pieces it certainly fits into the category of unusual.
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Common Decorating Mistakes

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

deco mistakes3Decor and decorating styles are a very subjective matter. What will be rich and beautiful taste to one person can appear heavy and overloaded to another. Luckily we all have different taste. Still I think there are some common mistakes that can be avoided when decorating:

Ready-made blinds and shades
Everyone knows what it looks and feels like to wear an ill fitted pair of pants, too long at the leg, too bulky at the waist, and too tight around the thighs? Whatever the case may be, we do not feel comfortable when our pair of pants doesn’t fit right. It isn’t any different with window shades. Windows are simply not the same size, even if they visually appear to be. Invest in quality and purchase custom window shades to ensure proper fit.

Size matters
When contemplating on furniture for a room, one should consider the size of the room and furniture that will be in it. Here in Texas we mostly say the bigger the better, but that isn’t always the case when placing furniture. Overcrowding will shrink a room, while the old couch you are bringing from your small house into a large one, might appear lost now. Items should be proportionate to their environment.

Lighting
A beautiful room will appear dull and grey if there isn’t enough lighting. A nice dinner will seem less cozy with beams burning on the table. Lighting can make all the difference regarding atmosphere. Make sure to have lots of lights and dimming lights for added flexibility.

Not everything has to match
Have been in a home where everything matches? It becomes clinical and the hominess is out the window. The matchy, matchy is outdated. As long as some theme pulls decorating items together, that’s all that is needed. Have a floral print in blue on throw pillows? It’s okay if the ottoman is blue with stripes.

Buying Cheap
When investing into furniture for one’s home, it often is worth it to wait a little longer, save up the extra cash and then purchase quality. When cheap is means that 2 years later your couch is falling apart and the cushions are caving in, it simply wasn’t worth it. Why not purchase quality on sale, spend that little extra and have items to enjoy for years to come?

Not too close to the walls
People often have the tendency to place furniture up against walls. In a small room, a couch should be brought in a little bit, in a large room even further. This will create an intimate space for people to gather.

Wall Decor – Kid’s Gallery

Friday, August 1st, 2014

To end this week’s blogs, we are throwing out one more idea for wall décor. Yes, also this blog won’t be about custom window shades, but help you find ideas for interior wall decor. Again, it is a low cost, doesn’t break your bank idea that can be applied in pretty much any room in your home. A kids’ room, hall way and even family room is great to fill out empty wall space. A friendly breakfast area or kitchen will be a great place as well.

What you will need is children’s’ artwork. I am sure, if you have kids, that you have tons of art projects from school or art classes. As a matter of fact, it is always one of my headaches what to do with all the precious art. Pick out some of your favorites and put them into a frame. And there you go! Here is an inexpensive and meaningful way to add wall deco.

A couple of the examples below are actually made by my children. Sara & Dylan were in an art class together, and we had two of a kind that we hung as sets in our hallway. Two of them are hanging on the same wall above each other, the other two are opposite of each other.

These pictures can also easily be changed out as you please. I literally have so many different items they come home with throughout the school year, why not change the picture in your frame a couple of times a year? Christmassy things at Christmas and by spring time a fresh design :-)

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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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Wall Deco Idea

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Looking for a low cost wall deco idea to spoof up your room? Here is one we love, along with instructions on how to make it.

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Adding a piece of deco or art doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Instead of running to the art gallery or breaking your bank, how about a fabric covered canvas? With a few simple steps you can create a real eye catcher and have the perfect color coordinated decor piece. Here is how you do it:

  1. First you want to decide what your color(s) should be. Are you picking up on other accents like pillows, custom window shades, or comforter set or are you adding new color?
  2. Then it is off to the store to get a nice size blank canvas that will fit your wall space. You also want to now find the right piece of fabric that will fit in size and look the canvas. It can have a linen texture, felt texture, sheen or whatever works for you.
  3. Now you want to cover the canvas. Lay the material right side down and place the canvas according to your pattern or image. Cut off excess fabric and leave about 2” overlap around the canvas.
  4. Now pull the fabric back tightly and tape it with strong tape or masking tape and put everything in position where it can be stapled down.
  5. In this step you want to staple the fabric to the wooden frame on back. It is best to staple opposing sides after start, to avoid that the material will get pull out of shape.
  6. Lastly a hook needs to be nailed or taped to the back of the canvas. And voila! A beautiful, one of a kind deco piece has been created. Hang & Enjoy!!

Interior Decorating Rules

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

10 more rule of thumb measurements finalWhat makes a room the perfectly decorated room? Is it the beautiful furniture or the beautiful Sheer Window Shades? Is it the original artwork or the fireplace that has become the focal point?

We believe there isn’t one recipe to creating the perfectly designed room. Many things depend on personal taste as well as the space you have to work with. The key in a beautiful home isn’t spending a lot of money and having expensive artwork or designer furniture. It is about creating a space where things work together as well as for you. Doing things right and creating harmony doesn’t mean you have to break your bank account, it means to create balance and finding a style that is pleasing to you.

Here are a few rules that can help to get to that point:

Try things first
When possible, it is helpful to live with choices you are going to make first, to get a feel for things before making a final decision. Whether it is wall paint that could be put on part of the wall to try out, move furniture around and sit with it for a while or if it is a picture you hold up numerous times before hanging it permanently. You should ask yourself: Will this be functional in my space? Will I love the way it makes me feel?

Don’t Over-Theme
Rooms that have a theme, whether it’s a color theme, pattern or kids room theme, can become annoying when every detail is overstated. Going overboard will create a forced look, instead of a fun and relaxing environment.

Consider Your Space
When creating and decorating your living space you want to take into consideration what you have to work with and what is there. Fighting the architecture of a room can get you into trouble. Realizing if you have a square space, tight space, rounded area or whatever it might be, is essential to create an environment of functionality and comfort.

Start With The Big Stuff
When starting to fill out a room, you might want to think of it as a box first. Lay out the big things. Where do I need sitting space, work space, open space and so on? From there you can move to the actual items and smaller items like side stands, coffee table and then the decorational items. How can the décor help to further create balance or symmetry?

Trust Your Instincts
At the end of the day this is your home and you are the one that wants to feel comfortable in it. We have all seen in home décor magazines these beautiful homes on display that we could never feel at home in. While one can live in a home where busy florals and loud colors are the thing, another needs soft whites and calming neutrals. It is about you. Make your home the space that says: This is me!

Basic Styles in Interior Design

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Are you thinking about the theme and style you would like to use in your new home? Or have you seen decorated rooms you really liked but aren’t sure what style they are. Here are the basics when it comes to the classifications of styles in interior design:

The Classic Style
This style is refined and it is all in the details. Details are rich and will be found in lighting, the structure of furniture as well as in prints and sets. Furniture becomes pieces of art with their carved or inlaid details. Deco pieces can be scenes drawn from legends, rich florals which can be found in wallpaper, window shades or other pieces. Roman shades, with their rich panels and classic prints lend themselves to be utilized when going for the classic style.
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The Modern Style
This style utilizes simplistic lines and forms, clutter or heavy backgrounds are a “no no”. Furniture pieces are often geometric shapes like rectangles, circles or squares. Surfaces are clean, avoiding scenery, detail or anything busy. Colors can be bright or clean, even dull. This style embraces accuracy and an uncluttered look.
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The Rustic Style
The rustic style is often found in rural areas, vacation homes, but can be used anywhere. Thick furniture pieces, rough details and nature inspired items are essentials. Lighting and deco pieces can be jute, tree trunks or branches. Colors are mostly neutrals, warm as well as earth tones.
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The Contemporary Style
Here less is more. The contemporary style works with smooth finishes and polished pieces instead of ornamentation and colorful prints. Minimal accessories can be found instead of big collections. While this style doesn’t have obvious warmth, it isn’t going to give you the chills either. Loud color or dark woods can easily be found.
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The Elegant Country Style
The country style uses elements from French, English and Scandinavian elements. Lots of floral prints, swirls and light colors as well as pastels are encompassed. Surfaces are often painted and while detail is welcome, clutter should be avoided.
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