Archive for the ‘Good Housekeeping Shades’ Category
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
October has started, and that means it is window covering safety month. Many people might not realize how important this month is to advocate for the safety of our children. Even though the window covering industry has made a big push in the last few years to create awareness and promote window shades with child safety features it doesn’t seem to do quite enough. Here are some sad statistics that we want to point out today. It is so important for us to have products in our home that will keep out children safe. Cordless blinds and shades… all the way!
- Children strangle every 2 weeks in the US on window covering cords
- Children between the ages of 8 months to 2 years have strangled on cords
- Injuries can be catastrophic, some never walk, talk or play again
- Since 1996 355 children have strangled on window covering products
- Over 40% of these accidents were around products that are compliant with the national safety standard
- Strangulation is a silent killer; many of the accidents occurred while a caregiver was close by; even in the same room
- CORDLESS WINDOW BLINDS AND SHADES ARE THE ONLY SAFE SOLUTION!!!
These statistics are devastating and have unfortunately not gotten much better over the years. With window covering safety month in mind, we are offering free cordless upgrades on many of our products. All Good Housekeeping Roller Shades & Cellular Shades are includes, Comfortex Roller Shades & Comfortex Cellular Shades feature the free upgrade as well. Please, be safe and buy cordless!
Friday, June 6th, 2014
Roman shades are gaining in popularity. Panels of fabric lay flat when the shade is lowered. For a dramatic look roman shades can be ordered with “tear drop” style panels which gives the shade dimension and movement. When roman shades are raised the fabric panels softly stack underneath the headrail. Typically roman shades have a 6” fabric valance that attaches to the headrail. However depending on brand the valance can be left off and a fabric insert coordinates with the shades fabric for a modern and sleek look.
The standard lifting system is a pull cord that extends as the shade is being raised. For a more durable clutch operated system the continuous cord can replace the standard lift. It loops itself back into the headrail and stays at a constant length. For a household with children or pets we recommend the cordless lift to eliminate any health hazard all together.
The best part about roman shades is the fabric selection though. From linen look to plain, from woven materials to soft prints, from loud colors to bold prints. There is so much to chose from that it won’t be hard to make a statement in any room. Room-darkening materials will be a great fit in bedrooms, where most living areas should be dressed with light filtering materials. This allows that light can enter the room even while the shades are lowered. Get some inspiration from some of our images below. Great brands to order custom roman shades from? Right here on our site: Good Housekeeping shades, Bali & Comfortex.
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.
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.
And here is a Bali Roller Shade with some soft floral swirls. This is very dreamy and a great added touch for a bedroom.
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 is back, it can be quite neutral or stand out and make a statement. It is playful in atmosphere and works in any room.
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
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
Friday, April 26th, 2013
You’re about to indulge in a subject that’s not talked about every day – the history of window covers … a surprisingly wondrous subject worth exploring.
After reading this, you’re going to appreciate the window furnishings in your home every time you part them, roll them up, or tie them in a not.
You’ll think of Cleopatra, laying in her bed, surrounded by leopards and pharaohs … renaissance characters like Elizabeth I, Shakespeare and Machiavelli, writing at their desk and studying court documents in a room decorated with long, elaborate window curtains … and unfortunate events like The Great Depression and the housewives who used rags instead of fanciful drapes to blind the outside light.
Ancient Egypt: Origins
Ancient Egypt was arguably the first civilization to conceive interior decorating, as we know it today. From the beds they slept in to the cushions they sat on while playing board games like Senet, they appreciated comfort and custom design. It was also fairly easy for affluent Egyptians to acquire the look they wanted due to Egypt’s production of certain textiles.
The spinning of linen and flax is native to Egypt and was in large supply back in the day. After taking an interest in fashioning the home, wealthy Egyptians began accessorizing. Things like bed drapes, sheets, and window curtains became essential pieces in all homes.
The Renaissance: Same Style, Different Design
Fast forward thousands of years and affluent people living during The Renaissance were decorating their homes with curtains similar to the Egyptians. Some of them were still made out of linen and flax, but textiles that were easier to obtain like cotton were dominant. People who were especially rich were able to cover their windows with drapes made from silk.
Although the hanging style didn’t differ from the style used in Ancient Egypt, the design did. Like the dresses women wore, curtains attained a puffy characteristic. Much like the women flaunted their wealth with their dresses, the curtains flaunted their light-blinding sill with their balls of fabric clumped together at the top.
The Great Depression: Simplifying
The Great Depression obviously wasn’t the first occurrence that forced people to simplify their homes, but it still serves as a relevant depiction.
In the 1900’s and earlier, interior furnishings became cheaper and more available to people in all financial situations. Curtains weren’t considered a luxury item anymore – they were considered a natural element in all homes. But, when The Great Depression struck, window curtains ceased to be considered a natural element. Things like food, clothing and bedding were prioritized.
Those who were lucky could spare a sheet to block out the early morning sun. Others, however, weren’t so fortunate. They needed every piece of clothing and bedding to stay warm during the winter. Because of this, a new window drape – a worn rag – came to be.
The Modern Day: Options Galore!
Today, there are countless window cover options. Whether you’re own a budget or swimming in money, you’re sure to find the curtain right for you.
But wait … curtains?
Yes, of course they still exist, but window blinds are the new popular form. They’re easy to install, easy to control, and easy to clean. Some of them even provide insulation benefits like cellular window shades. During the winter, they work with your heater to keep warm air in and, during the summer, they work with your air conditioning unit to keep warm air out. In addition to looking good, they’re also very practical.
Today, we have so many stylish and affordable options to choose from. The first characteristic can be attributed to civilizations like Ancient Egypt while the second can be attributed to the modern industrial world.
Whether you’re a fan of Good Housekeeping shades, Bali blinds, or custom drapes, remember this: there’s a history in everything worth appreciating, even window covers.
Monday, November 5th, 2012
Almost 6 months ago we added the Good Housekeeping blinds and shades to our online offering. We wanted to take a look as to how this product line has stacked up to the other brands.
First of, we absolutely love how well rounded the product line is. Ranging from a solid selection in cellular shades as well as fabric roman shades your choice are solids, textures and patterns. Roller shades also offer a great variety of materials, all coordinating with other categories in their stunning prints, colors and patterns. Completely new to us are the vertical panel track shades, which are such a well suited product for large windows or even as a room divider. We love having a product like this now! The horizontal shades and blinds complete the offering, where our vote goes to the Sheer Horizontal Shades, that always translates into sophistication and beauty.
While Good Housekeeping experts put their emphasis on style and quality when they put together this line, they didn’t overlook the importance of safety for households with children and pets, including many products with cordless options. We think that is of utmost importance, considering the accidents that happen every year due to dangling cords which create a serious safety hazard. So, two thumbs up for offering a product with safety in mind.
Unlike other brands the Good Housekeeping brand is sold through authorized internet retailers only. How is that an advantage? It allows to offer products at best possible pricing. No marketing costs and overhead go into the big box stores or other local retailers that have to be serviced, and that means savings to you! Samples are always available through our sample ordering system, making it convenient and easy to view colors and fabrics first, before ordering the product of your choice.
But what stands out, is of course how every shade is backed by a solid warranty. The Good Housekeeping products are backed by the familiar Good Housekeeping Seal. In case a product bearing this seal is found to be defective, the manufacturer will repair it, replace it, or refund the cost to you, the customer.
So, even though this product line is also somewhat new to us, we can say a couple of things for sure: The line is beautiful and can be purchased worry-free, we believe it is simply a smart solution for any home owner.