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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!!

Easter Sales!!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

happy_easterEaster is just about here. This hopefully means a three day weekend, with good food, family and possibly some friends. Kids are looking forward to their Easter Egg hunt and this means we will put out a couple of goodies for our customers too.

Be on the lookout for some sales to drop on Bali blinds and Bali shades. Cellular shades will have an additional discount as well as Bali’s wood blinds. This is a great time to purchase some shades in spring colors. Cellular shades are a great product where color is available. A spring green for the bedroom or breakfast area? Or a lemon yellow? For wood blinds cotton tapes will always provide that additional touch or splash of color.

We will also have on sale our Shangri-La Sheer shades, soft, elegant and beautiful. Sheer shades come in 2” or 3” vane size and can be ordered in light-filtering or room-darkening materials.

We hope you take advantage of the sales that will start tomorrow and go through Monday.

We wish you a Happy Easter!

Part Your Window Shades, Think of Cleopatra

Friday, April 26th, 2013

History of window blinds: Old Egypt to modern day

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.

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