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Interior Decor and our 5 Senses

Monday, October 20th, 2014

sensesWhen we think of interior decor we usually think of the visual aspect and how things look together. However, businesses have started to realize that the more senses are stimulated in a place you might just want to hang out a bit longer and enjoy your surroundings. This is apparent in high end spas and resorts. Dimmed light, soft music and burning incense are the norm here. Let’s look what we can incorporate into our homes to welcome us and our friends to stay a bit longer.

  1. Sight

The visual aspect is the most obvious when designing a place. It involves how to mix and match colors, which shapes to incorporate, how to utilize lighting and so forth. It affects all items from window shades like Bali cellular shades, what couch you get, chairs, rugs and so on. Decor items should be balanced, the shouldn’t be too crowded and colors pleasing.

  1. Sound
    Sound can put us at ease. First thing to think about is to reduce outside noise. When possible a room should be well insulated, with sound barriers to other rooms and areas of your home. To create soft background noise can be calming and relaxing. Consider having easy listening music playing in the background, or a decorative water fountain; trickling water has a calming effect. The sound of a wind chime on the porch can have the same soothing effect.
  2. Smell
    We all know how certain smells trigger memories of ours, childhood memories when smelling cookies, the smell of certain flowers that remind us of a loved one. Research shows that pleasing scents affect our mood and well being. Today there are many products available to create light scents in our homes. It could be scented candles, oils, potpourri or even fresh flowers. With the newest Scentsy craze it is easy to switch out scents often and match them to the current season.
  3. Taste
    Taste is probably the hardest sense to incorporate into our home design. Regardless, little bites available on a coffee table like cookies, a few chocolates on the counter will always make friends feel welcome and invited. When there is something to nibble on, it is easy to stay just a bit longer and enjoy a conversation.
  4. Touch
    Texture and textiles are quite important when decorating a place. Think about what things feel like, a soft plush carpet, cool smooth leather, texture on pillows. By making the right fabric choices, you can create an environment where you want to spend more time in because things feel Think of a scratchy linen textured couch versus smooth leather or soft suede. How things feel, will have an impact on coziness and how comfortable you are.

How To Cover Hard To Reach Windows

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Let’s keep talking “tricky” windows.
What do you do with those hard to reach windows that are high up? Or the type that his behind the bulky couch? What about the deep sink and you can’t quite reach the cord? Here are some options for you when it comes to operating blinds and shades that are hard to reach:

Motorized Shades
Here is a solution that is the most convenient of all. Great products that lend its operation to motorization are Sheer Silhouette like blinds, cellular shades and all other type shades. Also wood blinds can be motorized, however the lowering and raising of the blind would still be corded. The motorization simply takes care of the tilting of the slats.
Most of our products offer radiofrequency technology. This means a remote control, timer or wall switch can operate one or several shades with the simple click of a button. So convenient!
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Cordless Shades

In case you want to go for a little more economic solution cordless shades like cellular shades or pleated shades are a great way to go. An additional tool to reach a hard to reach shade is an expandable pole that can be hooked onto the handle of the shade to lower and raise it when necessary.

Long Cords
Here is an option that doesn’t cost an additional dime. Corded shades can always be ordered with longer cords. Some shades allow for additional cord length in increments of feet, others in inches. Simply order you shades or blinds with a comment in the special instructions field or call us to order and we will note the length you need to be able to reach your window shade.

Skylights
For skylights in general cellular shades are a good solution. Most often they are operated with extension poles. Skylight cellular shades, depending on their degree of slope will have wires built into the shade to avoid sagging. Skylights are always cordless shades.
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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!

Black And White

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

We are back to colors ;-)
When you are in the process of deciding how to design or decorate a room, one of the first questions you want to ask yourself is how you want the room to feel? Great descriptive words could be cozy, dramatic, inviting, warm, sophisticated. Once you have made a decision on what your statement is supposed to be, you can start the process. Working with black and white can create a sophisticated, bold, edgy or modern look. Then it is time to find inspiration in magazines, look at fabrics or blogs like ours. Here are some ideas when decorating with black and white color:

Black and White Accent
An easy way to bring some black and white into a room is to work with accents. In the image below are Good Housekeeping cellular shades that create a splash with the black floral design on the white background. Here the shades become center of attention.
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Refined Contrast
The almost black wooden floor gives a contemporary feel to the kitchen. The otherwise feminine white feel of the kitchen is in stark contrast to the more masculine black floors.
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Checkerboard Tile
This kitchen with the checkerboard tile lends classic personality. The otherwise modern white kitchen allows for a splash of colors to bring the look to live. Here the splash is in form of flowers, but it could be a window shade or top treatment, a plant, tea pot or even small furniture piece. This kitchen pops!
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Traditional
In this kitchen black and white wallpaper with a floral design is used to add to the traditional flair. Soft off whites on the floor and rest of the wall softens the room. A splash of color in the middle of the island helps to avoid a dull look.
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Mixed Patterns
When working with black and white you generally stick to few colors. And when working with few colors you can mix patterns! Look at this room with striped curtains, lines on the comforter and traditional wallpaper. A little bright color on a pillow and a small accent wall make it all work.
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Not Overpowering
In this bedroom the black on the bedspread and walls is delicate and inspired by fine lines. The fine lines create a soft, feminine look.
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The Danger Of Window Blind Cords

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

cordless shadesWe have written many blogs about it and included pointers about blind and shade safety features in even more blogs. After yet reading about another story where a young child lost its life because of dangling cords, we again find a reason to write about it and bring awareness to this issue.

Most people rarely think of blinds being a health hazard for their child, but in reality it is. Unfortunately it can be a health hazard and in the worst case a household item that can kill. Young curious children want to explore everything around them. What more interesting thing cords…

However, the window covering manufacturers have reacted to this health hazard and have come up with very smart solutions. So now it is all about bringing awareness to this issue and making a decision to replace one blind and one shade at a time in homes where children are present. Today honeycomb shades, pleated shades, roller and solar shades all come with cordless lifting system. Utilizing a little handle at the bottom rail will eliminate dangling cords. By pushing the bottom rail up or pulling down the shade is lowered and raised. Even blinds like wood blinds and faux wood blinds are now available with cordless lifting systems. When pairing them with tilt wands all potentially dangerous cords are eliminated.

We recommend replacing shades in the rooms where children spent most time first. This includes their bedrooms, game rooms or play areas. Having cordless shades in your home will not only make it safer for your children, but also for our beloved four-legged friends. We often put out promotions that offer cordless upgrades at no cost to you, so be on the lookout for them. We want you to enjoy a safe and beautiful home!

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.

Working with Pastels

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

pastelsWe have posted a lot of new information regards to working with colors. Dramatic, strong, soft, pale and today we want to focus on pastel colors.

What effect do pastels have in a room? These soft colors are generally soothing, since they have a near neutral appearance. The washed out or milky look is often preferred in nurseries, but can be used in many areas. Soft pastel colors can be found again in the window shade product lines, mainly in the cellular shades and roller shades.

There used to be a time when pastels were only used in kids rooms. Baby blue and baby pink were the only colors with thought of regarding interior decor. But today pastels have come back in a big way. With soft colors one can create a country cottage look, great for sitting areas or bedrooms. In order to break up the softness of pastels, one could use them for linens and pillows and bring out a masculine touch by using wood blinds or utilizing darker colors in contrast. We have seen quite a trend in kitchen decor where pastels work wonderfully. Also, let’s not forget beside the obvious colors of pink, blue, green ect. Grey and tan colors are neutral colors that are sophisticated and will work with just about any decor.

We suggest, start with one room and get inspired by browsing online images. Let your creativity run wild!

Add Color to Your Life

Friday, April 4th, 2014

While neutral whites and off whites are classy and calming, they can also get a bit boring. When everything is tone in tone we can easily feel we need something to energize a room. So why not add a splash of color?

A splash of color can come from several sources. Add throw pillows to accent your cream couch. Windows are always a go to. Many color choices are available in the cellular shades product line, but also roller shades or sheer horizontal shades come in colors to energize your surroundings. Sometimes it’s enough to have a huge painting along with a couple of decors to bring out color. Or is it an access wall that will kick it up a notch?

Whichever route you want to go, it is important not to overdo it here. A little color can bring a room to life, but painting the entire room in a strong vibrant color could change the effect from energizing to too busy and aggressive. Working with color is a lot of fun, and can change the appearance of an entire room.

Great colors for spring are greens and yellows. Also very energizing can be peppy blues, as long as they are not too dark. Red is often considered a happy color, again, just a splash or else it will turn to aggressive. Reds can very well be paired with orange in combination. Let the imagination and your taste be your guide!

Here are a few examples displaying window coverings and color:

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Blue and green together screams “happy”. Be sure to always tie things together by having a second item in the same color, like a vase or some other deco piece.

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Here a soft cellular shade in teal. Not too preppy, but certainly enhances the kitchen. Calming and enticing it simply works.

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Here a warm brown brings the room to life. Again, the second item where the color is duplicated is in the comforter. It brings it all together.

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This might be a bit much for most of us, but you never know ;-)

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