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Spring Is Here – Let’s De-Clutter

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

walkin Even though today feels more like a fall day here in Texas, fog outside and misty rain, spring has sprung and trees are starting to bloom. This is the perfect time to get spring cleaning done and de-clutter our homes. Here are a few suggestions that will help get your homes ready:

  1. Our blinds and shades of course! They are dusted over and somewhat dull looking. Get out that vacuum cleaner, duster or even hairdryer (on a cool setting!!!) and get in the corners of every slat or in-between vanes. This will bring out the sheen in your wood blinds again and brighten your shades just a little bit.
  2. My windows definitely needed a deep cleaning! Dirty and no sparkle they needed a good washing from the inside and outside. It has given me a clear view outside again.
  3. Closets are a good place to de-clutter. I like to look what I haven’t worn in a long time or at all last summer. All of that will go into the donation pile. I like to group shirts by color refold and restack clothing and create some space for the new pieces that will be purchased this spring. My kids have grown out of many of their items. All of that will go to donations as well. Worn out, too small shoes… out they go.
  4. How about rearranging some decor? I have taken some pieces and moved them around to freshen up the look. It’s the time to get lighter pieces out, couple of brighter vases and put those dark oil paintings into the attic.
  5. This is also the perfect time to get the carpets steam cleaned. If you do-it-yourself or have someone come out, I always like to give it a deep clean at this time of year.
  6. For me this is also a good time to de-clutter small spaces like cabinets in the bathroom, medicine cabinet as well as the pantry. Throw out what is past the expiration date and organize by size and groups.

Getting these few things done might take most of a weekend, but it will make all the difference to start spring. Off to the yard…

Add Style And Save Money!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Are you tired of sitting in a fishbowl? Have you been looking at those bare windows but the budget is tight after getting into your new home? There are solutions for you that add style without draining your pocketbook.

We aren’t talking ready-made blinds. Even though you can save money with standard sized off the shelf products, the ill-fitted look is something you might regret later. Why not go with the popular wood blind look for a little less money? Faux wood blinds might be the perfect solution! Made of durable PVC or composite materials, faux wood blinds look almost identical to popular wood blinds. Light control and privacy are excellent. Just rotate the slats into an open or close position or lower and raise the blind altogether for an unobstructed view outside. Versatility and practicality is what’s important. Faux wood blinds work well with almost any decor. The sleek lines are great in a contemporary setting but also work very well in a traditionally designed home. Choose from the cooler white and off-whites or warmer tans, to inspiring stains like golden oak, walnut or warm cherry. These sturdy blinds have a steel headrail that can accommodate heavy products for very large applications. This headrail is finished off with the decorative valance.

This cost-effective product also offers great upgrades. The traditional route holes can be completely eliminated. The no-route option allows for a sleek look and no sun leaking through those latter holes. Decorative cotton tapes can set that special accent and either contrast the slat or blend with it. Faux woods can give you that seamless polished and refined luck no matter what color you choose.

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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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