Posts Tagged ‘cellular shades’
Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Furnishing your home can be an expensive task. In the end we all want a cozy home that reflects our personality well. Furniture costs much and so do art pieces and decor. It can be challenging to find perfectly fitting and affordable items. To find a way between the expensive products and your tight budget, look at the decor-savvy housewives who have managed to give their home a touch of class and elegance. Here are some tips which have helped others in decorating their home and furnishing it in a cost effective manner:
Finding Your Catch in Thrift Stores and Garage Sales
Though, this finding needs some effort from you but in the end you can see that all your hard work was worth it. Often you can see that some vintage furniture pieces, amazing art samples, antiques, and hand-crafted items are sold in garage sales or are left at thrift stores with a price tag that is less than half of their value. With some little do up you can make them look wonderful for your home.
Choose Sale or Clearance Items
Some expensive furniture pieces, which are essential for your home, can be purchased on sale or clearance. By making a compromise and deciding on the clearance item along with a sale you can literally save hundreds of dollars. Same is the case for costly custom made window shades. Make that purchase when you get a great sale, with free upgrades like top down bottom up, or cordless lift options. When covering several windows, a purchase for cellular shades can be hundreds of dollars cheaper. To save, patience is the key!
DIY Decor Items
Sometimes the most charming items are the ones that have “you” written all over them. With a little research and taking time to make an item, you can be friendly to your budget while creating amazing items. Pinterest is a great place to find DIY ideas for your home and fill out spaces that simply need personality.
Utilize What You Already Own
Done spending money? Take out your cool fashion jewelry pieces and accessories and use them as decor. Organize them on the wall in a beautiful manner. Leaving the walls bare gives a feeling of an uninhibited home. Your bags, hats, beaded necklaces or just your pretty umbrella would do a great job on the wall.
Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Who doesn’t like the cool, clean, white bathroom look… elegant, crisp and sophisticated. However, one has to be careful not to create a look that is boring. Here are some ideas how to make the white bathroom work:
We love the stark contrast of a dark warm wooden floor or shutters as displayed in this picture with the white bathroom. The contrast makes the white pop while creating some warmth with the warm stain in the wood. The large window gives plenty of natural light to provide the natural glow.
The vintage look is soft in color as it is. With little swirls and soft whites this feminine look creates a cozy look for your bathroom. The vintage bathtub design allows for a hint of color in the decor pieces. A flower, cushion and some towels is all it takes.
Ivory is also in the family of whites. While it adds a touch of warmth it creates a space of simplicity. A true white would have been too sterile in this bathroom; the ivory expands the room and shows off the architecture.
Warmth is added in the below bathroom with this roman shade. To the overall cool tile, vanity and floor, the touch of fabric with a floral print bring this room to life. Roller Shades and cellular shades are also great ways to create a focal point in an overall white bathroom.
Pop of Color
A white bathroom will never be a dull and clinical place when sprinkling a little color throughout. Be sure to be subtle to keep it classy. A couple of towels, a flower and a random piece of decor will be plenty to turn your white bathroom into a fun place.
White lends itself so well for small bathrooms, because it opens up the space. While dark colors draw in and your area appears smaller, white does the opposite. For small floor plans this is a great way to go.
Monday, October 20th, 2014
When 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And as always, follow your sense as to what feels right and pretty to you. Make it yours!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
We 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!
Monday, April 28th, 2014
Summer 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?
Monday, April 21st, 2014
Tomorrow 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!
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Small 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.