Posts Tagged ‘window blinds’
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Just a few more days and winter will be knocking on our doors. Actually the weather feels quite wintery already, and with the countdown to Christmas on, it might as well already be winter. We thought it is definitely time to think about some DIY decor ideas that are themed for winter. Here we go:
Pine Cone Wreath
This is easy to make when purchasing the base of the wreath and adding pine cones to it. Whether you like color, or wintery white, silver or the typical Christmas colors, a wreath always gets us in the spirit for the special time of year. Place your wreath on a table, hang it on a door or right in front of you window blinds or window shades.
Winter Display – Wine Bottles
We love this idea. We have three wine bottles, one is slightly larger, and sprayed them with a coat of primer. Next a coat of craft bond was applied to create an adhesive. After that the bottom of the bottles were rolled in Epsom Salt to create a snowy texture on them. Then, let your imagination be your guide. Here, on a silver tray with silver pics from Michaels, a couple of candles and ornaments. Voila… so Christmassy.
Winter Mantle Decor
Check out this seasonal decor on the mantle. First a little snowy effect is created by placing a white boa in the center of the mantle, which could be replaced with a scarf. Next a pewter mug is filled with boxwood, but could also be filled with other evergreen cuttings. Additional charm is created by the twigs in vases with the white carnations and finished of by birch logs and glass candlesticks. We love this mantle!
This pillow just screams cozy. We found instructions that explain how to take one of your sweaters, cut it up, and sew it around a pillow to make it look like the one in the picture below. This can just as easily be purchased, even though it wouldn’t quite fit into the DIY category. We love this off white, soft pillow either way.
This easy centerpiece can be put together in no time and does not cost much. Simply take a glass vase that you can fit twigs in. Fill with sparkly snow face filler (available at the Dollar store). Once twigs are arranged hang crystal drops on them to create sparkle.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Are you thinking about the theme and style you would like to use in your new home? Or have you seen decorated rooms you really liked but aren’t sure what style they are. Here are the basics when it comes to the classifications of styles in interior design:
The Classic Style
This style is refined and it is all in the details. Details are rich and will be found in lighting, the structure of furniture as well as in prints and sets. Furniture becomes pieces of art with their carved or inlaid details. Deco pieces can be scenes drawn from legends, rich florals which can be found in wallpaper, window shades or other pieces. Roman shades, with their rich panels and classic prints lend themselves to be utilized when going for the classic style.
The Modern Style
This style utilizes simplistic lines and forms, clutter or heavy backgrounds are a “no no”. Furniture pieces are often geometric shapes like rectangles, circles or squares. Surfaces are clean, avoiding scenery, detail or anything busy. Colors can be bright or clean, even dull. This style embraces accuracy and an uncluttered look.
The Rustic Style
The rustic style is often found in rural areas, vacation homes, but can be used anywhere. Thick furniture pieces, rough details and nature inspired items are essentials. Lighting and deco pieces can be jute, tree trunks or branches. Colors are mostly neutrals, warm as well as earth tones.
The Contemporary Style
Here less is more. The contemporary style works with smooth finishes and polished pieces instead of ornamentation and colorful prints. Minimal accessories can be found instead of big collections. While this style doesn’t have obvious warmth, it isn’t going to give you the chills either. Loud color or dark woods can easily be found.
The Elegant Country Style
The country style uses elements from French, English and Scandinavian elements. Lots of floral prints, swirls and light colors as well as pastels are encompassed. Surfaces are often painted and while detail is welcome, clutter should be avoided.
Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Want to spiff up your bedroom? We have put together some items that will complement and enhance your bedroom. Check them out:
We grant our little toddlers a theme, maybe a princess, car or sports theme, but forget to do the same in our bedroom. Even though it doesn’t need to be that specific, we should have something that we work with and follow through on. Working with stripes? Working with floral prints? Let them reappear in different places like bedspreads, window shades or pillows. You get the idea.
Whether you have wooden floors, carpet or tile, you want that area rug to step on to when crawling out of bed in the morning. The more plush the better. It simply says cozy and welcome in this bed at the same time.
- Throw Pillows
Pillows are functional and decor at the same time. While adding a touch of color and fluffiness to your room, they are inviting and convey the message “hang out and lean up against me”. Pillows transform your bed comforter from plain to dressed up with accessories.
- A place to sit
Having an additional chair to read your book or put your shoes on is a nice functional extra to have. Have the chair color complement the colors in your bed spreads and everything ties together beautifully.
Many advice columns advise against electronics in the bedroom! Especially for those that have trouble sleeping. Since I am the type that has no trouble falling asleep, I like to space out every once in a while in front of the TV. For me this is a nice item to have, but we certainly believe the experts that say it is better not to have one in your bedroom.
- Items you love
For all those little knickknacks, pictures and items you treasure you should have shelving space or an area where it can be displayed. Wall shelves or your dresser could be the perfect place for your treasured items.
- Night stand
While nightstands complement the bed furniture they also hold our items that keep our essentials close by. On mine there can always be found the book I currently read, my water, alarm clock and lip balm. I couldn’t do without one!
While there isn’t much to look at here, we know that the right mattress can make all the difference in how we get through the night. Whether you prefer a memory foam mattress, a soft or extra hard one, the right mattress can be an essential piece in our bedroom.
I am mostly talking of pictures that help the theme I was talking about earlier. Serene images that compliment the color scheme and theme of your room.
- Reading Lights
Even if you don’t read often, to have the right reading lamp next to you bed is essential. For a quick lights on lights off in the night or the last things we do before turning lights off, a good reading light gives added flexibility in your bedroom.
Monday, May 19th, 2014
There are always too many choices when it comes to decor and decorating. So we thought we would point out the basic choices when it comes to window treatments that are available for a bedroom. And off course we start with what Ace of Shades has to offer:
A basic and functional way to dress windows in a bedroom are blinds. This includes classic wood blinds, their look-alike Faux Wood blinds, which are budget friendlier, as well as conventional mini blinds. Blinds are very practical in regards to light control and offer beauty with their symmetrical lines.
Shades are a soft window treatment as they are often made out of Polyester which comes in all imaginable colors, prints and designs. This category includes cellular shades, roller shades, pleated shades as well as roman shades. Whether you would like to keep it neutral or choose a bold color, when selecting shades it is important to go with a light-filtering or darkening material. That ensures privacy control which is essential for a bedroom.
A cornice is similar to a valance but higher in structure. This is a great decorative way when paired with a shade that when rolled up is hidden underneath the cornice.
Draperies can add character, color and privacy to your bedroom. For a bedroom a lined fabric is optimal for better light control and added energy savings. The voluptuous material adds dimension and character.
Plantation Shutters offer light control and privacy while adding architectural and structural lines to a space. Shutters are heavy in construction and emulate a piece of furniture in your bedroom.
Mixed Product Styles
Here you will find a Cornice, mixed with long curtains and a matching operable roman shade underneath.
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…
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.
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.