DIY Scented Candles

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Home should be your happy place; and what a better way to do it than with some freshening and delicious scented candles. Scented candles are so simple, but can light up a room instantly. Not only with their delicious smells, but their looks can make a great impression too.

Scented candles can be pretty expensive, but there’s a solution for this! You can create your own scented candles! With just a few quick and easy steps, you can make amazing candles that everyone will love.

Here are the steps in creating your own scented candle:

STEP 1 – Gather the materials

  • Wax flakes
  • Containers for candles
  • Nontoxic crayon
  • Essential oils
  • Pot
  • Chopsticks
  • Tape
  • Stove
  • Scissors

STEP 2 – Measure the wax

Start by measuring the amount of wax you will need in your scented candles. The easiest way to do this is by using two times the amount of flakes to fill each container.

STEP 3 – Melt the wax

Get your pot and fill it halfway with water. Place the measuring glass cup with the wax in the pot. Make sure the water level is low enough so it won’t splash the wax.

After doing so, turn on the stove and stir occasionally. This will allow the wax to melt and have a great consistency for your scented candles.

STEP 4 – Add color to your candle

Let the wax in the pot with heat on medium-low while you do this step. Grab your crayons and choose the color of your choice. After doing so, cut 1/8-inch of a crayon. (Rule of thumbs: use 1/8-inch per 16-ounces of wax). Add this to the pot with the wax and keep stirring. Your scented candles will now have amazing colors. 

STEP 5 – Add the scent

The most important part of this DIY project is the scent! A scented candle with no scent is of no value. From all the different types of essential oils, you have hundreds of options where to choose from. Add 10 drops of essential oil perl 16 ounces of wax. If you want your scented candles to have stronger smell add more drops! Feel free to experiment with different combinations of essential oils and create the perfect one for you!

STEP 6 – Pour the wax to the container

After mixing the wax with the essential oils, its time to our your scented candles mix into the container!

STEP 7 – Wait for the scented candles to dry

After pouring in the scented candles into the containers, its time to wait! Give it from 3 to 4 hours for your candles to be ready! (Tip: let them solidify at room temperature so it prevents the wax)

Now that you have your own scented candles its time to enjoy them! Place them all around your house. In your living room, kitchen, rooms, etc. Scented candles also make great gifts for your family and friends! Take advantage of this easy project.  Most important, have fun!

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Summer Decor Tips You Will Love

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Summer is al about relaxing, enjoying, and celebrating the season. With the amazing weather, most people enjoy going to their beach house and spending the day in the ocean or tanning. But, if you don’t have a beach house, wouldn’t you want your apartment or house to feel like a summer beach house? We go the perfect tips for an amazing summer decor that will blow your mind. Try these simple summer decor ideas and take advantage of what this season has to offer.

Summer Decor Tips:

# 1 Include Natural living

The first step in creating the perfect summer decor is to include the outdoors! Add plants and natural elements that will make your home feel more “outdoorsy”. Give it that summer look you always wanted. Add texture and character by incorporating different decorations with sand, shells. This will add that beach look and will make it perfect for your beach house summer decor.

# 2 Make it Garden Fresh!

After including some natural elements into your house, make it fresh! Include bright, summery colors by adding flowers. This will create an undeniable summertime vibe you will love. Summer decor is all about incorporating greens. As mentioned before, add plants to give it an outdoors vibe. Beautiful flowers make an amazing centerpiece for your next summer dinner party.

# 3 Light it up

Summer decor has no time. It can look amazing during the daytime as well as at night. Add string paper lanterns in your backyard, on tree branches, or on your patio. To make it more cozy, you can add some couches and pillows under the lanterns where you can hangout with friends and family. Choose bright colors that will keep that summer vibe.

# 4 Add Summer Scents

A crucial part of your summer decor is the summer scents. Great summer smells include ocean breeze, citrus, and cucumber-melon. By adding this scents to your house, either by using candles or different scented oils, you home will get a beach summer vibe everyone will love.

# 5 Colorful Fabrics

Summer decor is not complete without beautiful fabrics. Either on your living room, bedroom, or even kitchen, your should add bright botanical prints that will instantly lift up the mood. Use “ocean-like” and bright colors to give your summer house the beach aspect.

# 6 Take advantage of the outdoors

Summer time means warm weather, friends, and extra hours of sunlight. This being said, your summer decor should also go outdoors! Decorate your front porch and backyard. Add a dining table or couches on this outdoor areas and invite friends and family. Use the same bright colors and decorations and your house will be summer authentic!

With so many options, summer decor is fun and simple to make. Take advantage of everything summer has to offer and enjoy your time!

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Top DIY Projects for Your Home

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Factory Direct Blinds is the premier seller of self-installation window treatments in the United States, offering great products (at low prices) and nation-wide shipping to those looking to change things up around the house. We offer hundreds of customizable options in blinds, shades and shutters, and this summer we challenge you to envision a new look for your home using our top-of-the-line products.

Our window treatments are delivered right to your door and are quick to install. We provide simple instructions on our website for each of the products that we offer, making your newest DIY project easier than ever! So whether you want to spruce up your living room, or recreate your outdoor space, Factory Direct Blinds provides a simple solution to all of your window treatment needs.

Want even more of a change? Check out our list of the Top DIY Projects to try in your home:

1. A New Coat of Paint

It’s simple, we know, but adding a new coat of paint to a tired set of cabinets can make a huge difference in the way you see your home. New paint makes everything look newer and less worn-down, and will make you feel like your realtor just handed you the keys to your house all over again. Try experimenting with new colors and make sure you always use ones that compliment one another.

2. Try a Backsplash

Make your walls come to life by adding a fun, backsplash using peel-and-stick tiles. We’ve seen this a ton in kitchens and bathrooms and it’s one of our favorite looks! There are so many different tiles to choose from, but we suggest you go bold. Try something totally new! They’re easy to install (and to remove as well), so feel free to take a risk and really give your space a new look.

3. Chrome to Matte

We hate to say it, but that shiny gold finish around your mirrors and faucets is so 80’s. The matte look is in and we think you should go black! A black matte finish is super sleek and is a simple and subtle trick that will make your home look years younger and will have your friends scratching their heads to figure out what’s new!

4. Add Some Flare to Your Stairs

Adding some patterned or brightly-colored upholstery to your stairs is the DIY hack you never knew you needed. Putting a train down the center of your staircase will be sure to bring a splash of color into the room and will earn some compliments from all who cross its path. You could also try painting your stairs a classic white color for a simpler look (but feel free to change it whenever you’re inspired).

5. Frame Those Mirrors

Borders create order, so adding frames to all of your mirrors will definitely help to pull your room together. Framed mirrors will tidy up your home and will make things look more collected for a cleaner, more organized look. No need to match the frames either, so feel free to play with different styles (but try to aim for the same color scheme).

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Simple Bedroom Design Ideas to Enhance your Space

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Sick and tired of sleeping in the same old bedroom? Turn drab into fab with these five simple bedroom design ideas that will help open up your space and give your room that brand new look you’ve been longing for.

1. Keep the Gloom out of the Room

Full use of soft, light colors is the key to making any room look new, airy and refreshed. Think of all the hotels you have ever visited— what do they have in common? Almost all of them make use of soft neutral tones that help to create a bright, natural look. Whether it be a brilliantly-white duvet cover or a perfectly sandy-brown wall, sticking to brights and whites will help to lighten up your space and to keep the gloom out of your room!

2. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

The mirror is the unsung hero of the interior decorating world. While its worth is often boiled down to simply checking out an outfit or fixing a few stray hairs, mirrors actually serve a much larger purpose and can transform any small space into a much larger one. Mirrors are extremely helpful in making spaces look larger due to their reflective properties. Their glassy surfaces bounce light across the room and help to create more depth in the room’s appearance. Adding more mirrors to your walls is an simple design idea that can brighten up your bedroom, and enhance the size and lighting of your space.

3. Duality and Functionality

When you are working with small spaces, it’s best to be intentional with your purchases and only buy things that will definitely be used, rather than purchasing items simply because you think you should. Having furniture that works in multiple ways is the best of both worlds and can save you space in your room as well as a stress headache when it comes to figuring out where to place all of your items. Find a chair with storage or a vanity desk to maximize space and functionality. We ALWAYS recommend under-the-bed storage to help you keep your things neat, tidy and out-of-sighty!

4. Play with your Shades

Your window may not look very big, but playing with your shades can help! Placing your window treatments slightly higher or wider than the actual window can make it appear larger, and will give your room a more open look. We suggest a set of drop-down shades or blinds to pair with long-hanging curtains. Opt for a fun pattern or a bright accent color to really bring your room to life! You can check out our offerings on our website, which are available for purchase through our online store.

5. Defy Gravity

Say goodbye to bulky furniture and hello to floating shelves! This simple idea can really help to remove bedroom clutter— especially if your room is on the smaller side. Floating shelves can easily replace bookshelves, desks and dressers by lining the walls instead of sticking to the ground. Best of all, the vertical element of the shelves can help to make your ceiling look taller.

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5 INTERIOR DECORATING TIPS FOR 2017

Whether the place you call home is tiny or giant, we have put together a list of 5 interior decorating tips so that you can slay the game in 2017 and have a gorgeous home that you love. Let’s get right to it! Here are 5 tips just for you!

 

1 . PANTONE IT UP

Each year, there is one color named “Pantone Color of the Year.” If you want to be hip with the crowd, try out decorating your home with wall paint and decor in this year’s color of the year: “Greenery.” That is a tone of green — you guessed it! Or you just saw the photo below with the color swatch because you are cool like that. Whatever the case, this color is bright, refreshing, and rejuvenating. And we like it. Wait, so what is the interior decorating tip here? Incorporate Greenery into your home by putting up a fresh coat of paint, adding some Greenery colored decorations, and even adding real greenery (also known as plants) into your home.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017 called “Greenery”

 

2 .  GO MARBLES

Take a look around, and you will see marble phone cases galore, marble backgrounds in modern designed digital spaces, and on the pages of oh so many successful Instagrammers. Marble is a fluke of nature that is intricate, beautiful, and clean looking. So the second spot on our list of interior decorating tips goes to the advice to top off your counters with some gorgeous marble. Whether the marble countertops are real or fake, we are certain it will look amazing.

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Multicolored marble in natural pattern.

 

3 . SUMMER SNOW

Ok, not really. We are not saying for you to add snow to your interior decorating plans. That would get super messy and super slippery real quick. Think instead about decorating with lots of white embellishments this year. It may be summer now, but be sure to incorporate things into your home that are white as snow, even white as chalk or white as bone — whatever you choose. The point is that white decor is totally in for this year. It looks clean, fresh, pure, and modern. And it would go so well with any other color, especially that one green color we mentioned earlier…

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White Kitchen

 

4 . CATWALK TO COMFORTER

Much of the fashion trends from the biggest runway shows transitions straight into interior decorating as well. So in this interior decorating tip, we advise you to follow the trends from the highly praised New York Fashion Week runway shows: mix patterns! Try it on a comforter, in wall decorations, on couch pillows, and more. Who knew that 2017 fashion tips would translate to 2017 interior decorating tips? What a fun and fantastic world we live in.

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Mixed Pattern Pillows

 

5 . BE SHADY

Do not be blind to the importance of blinds when it comes to interior decorating tips. People sometimes forget that old blinds, low quality blinds, and boring blinds can drag the look of a home down. Instead of being one of those people, take it from the pros who are aware of the 2017 interior decorating tips. One tip is to be sure to check out the situation on your windows and make the necessary interior design changes! If you have tropical themes in your house, try some dark wood shutters. If your home is ultra modern with lots of black and white, try single cell filtering shades. However your home is designed, make sure you have consistency on your walls by making those window sections of each room match your style and accent your pre existing interior decorations and the scenery outside the windows. For example, take a peek at the photo below to see how much of an impact the shades have on the overall feel of the whole room. If you are an online shopper, be sure to check out FactoryDirectBlinds.com for inspo or to order some blinds, shipped straight to your home.

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Cool shades from FactoryDirectBlinds.com

 

What an exciting year to be an interior decorator for your own place or even that of someone else. We hope you love these interior decorating tips that we selected for you, with total inspiration from the trends of 2017. Cheers to happy decorating!

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Simple Home Decor Tips For Your Living Room

by vividcandi on / Interior Decorating Tips

You might be moving houses. Or you might just want to re-decor your house. Either way, you might need some home design inspiration to get you started.

Home Decor can seem overwhelming and complicated with the thousands of different looks you can choose from. At times it might seem like an endless search to find that “perfect” home decor look. From all the different styles such as modern, boho chic, rustic, mid-century, home decor can become a difficult task, when it shouldn’t be. When designing and decorating your house, you should be unique and personalize it with your own style.

Now, it is easy to say what each of our styles is. But how do you convey it in your own space?

When it comes to home decor, having the perfect color theme is essential. Without colors, there is no where to go. When choosing your colors think of what the colors appeal most to your personality. Will they be calming like blue or brown tones, or will they be fiery like red tones? It all depends with your taste. It is important to think that the colors you choose, should be colors that you won’t get tired of easily and that will bring you comfort in your own home.

Once you’ve chosen the perfect color scheme, the fun part begins!

Essentials in your living room:

#1 Sofas and Couches

The first step is choosing your sofas and couches. This is one of the most important elements of your furniture, because it fills up the room and brings life to it. A simple home decor tip in regards to your couch is to choose the most comfortable one! You don’t want to come home after a long day of work and have to rest on a hard and uncomfortable couch. You want a beautiful, comfy, cozy couch. An excellent way to get this cozy feeling is by adding pillows and throws.

#2 Pillows

Pillows are an excellent way to create beautiful home decors. It will add color, life, and that homey aspect we all want in our houses. When it comes to picking your home decor items, especially pillows and throws, it is essential to pick something that will complement your rug.

#3 Rug

The rug is an another crucial part of home decor. It is very decorative and will add to your design. Rugs are perfect for your living room and to divide space between other areas in your house. When it comes to home decor, not only is it important to match the color theme, but it must be a rug that gives you pleasure to walk on. This is essential to give you that homey feeling and make you feel comfortable.

#4 Window blinds and shades

Many people don’t realize that one of the most important parts of home decor is choosing the right window blinds and shades. There is a wide variety of different blinds and shades to make your house “your happiest place on Earth”.  Home designers know that blinds or shades in the room will complete the décor in a beautiful and exciting way. Not only will they help create that homey environment, but they will help you relax after a long day of work, school, or just when you feel tired. Choosing the right window blinds or shades, will make a huge difference in the environment and mood of your house.

You should always remember, home decor should scream your name and make you feel proud. Make it unique and make it comfortable. Choose colors that will inspire you and will make you feel happy. One of the most important parts of home decor is how you feel about it. Choose a color theme, and then go from there. Remember, home decor is about you. Make it happen with beautiful sofas, rugs, blinds, and furniture. Don’t overcrowd. Simple is more sophisticated. It is crucial that you choose things that make you feel comfortable and give you that “homey” feeling. As many people say, “home is where the heart is”, so make it worth it.

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Factory Direct Blinds: #1 Online Window Treatment Store in the U.S.

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Factory Direct Blinds is the #1 online window treatment store in the U.S. and has been servicing the United States with custom, self-installation window treatments for over 20 years. Our online store offers hundreds of quality options and the best selection of shades, blinds and window coverings available in the nation. We provide our customers with beautiful options at low, factory direct prices, and we guarantee a trustworthy product that will, without a doubt, help to transform your home.

 

Where to Go

Our online window treatment store boasts a variety of options ranging from basic to totally transcendent. To see them, click the link to our homepage and navigate throughout the site to scroll through the various shades and shutters that we offer. Make sure to keep an eye out for our featured products, seasonal sales and special discounts to get the best prices on our best products.

 

How to Order

Ordering with us is easy. Just select one of our available products, choose the width and height that best suits your needs, and click “shop now” to add them to your cart. Once there, you can customize your product to meet your specifications in terms of color, mount type, headrail options and several other additional upgrades. Make sure to get a quote for your order, as changes in quantity and upgrades will affect the base price associated with each product.

 

Paying for your Order

We accept payments for orders online via Paypal account or using your Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express debit or credit card. Just select your checkout method, enter your billing and shipping information, select your method of payment and review your order. Hit pay and get ready to spruce up your home with your brand new Factory Direct Blinds item. 

 

Getting them to You

Once we have received your order, we process your items and ship them directly to your desired location. Factory Direct Blinds offers free shipping to any U.S address, and orders shipped outside of California pay zero sales tax! Once they’ve been delivered, the rest is up to you. All of our products are self-installed, and installation instructions for each of our window treatments can be found online on our website. You can either view the link, or download a PDF version to your personal device for convenience.

 

For More Information

For questions about prices and options, please visit our site, send us a message through our contact page, or call us at 1-800-355-BLINDS. As always, we look forward to your business, and hope to help you on your journey to a beautiful home!

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Perfect Blinds for a Kitchen Window

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Depending on what you are looking for finding the perfect window covering for your kitchen may be a bit stressful. Whether you want more privacy or would just like something that is a decorative treatment, we are here to help you explore your options.

Roman Shades are a popular window treatment for a kitchen. They are gorgeous if you would like to add in a pop of color or pattern without over accessorizing. Roman Shades can be customized with tons of different lift options, lining options, and fold styles. You can customize them further with over 100 different print & color options.

Roller Shades are an ideal window covering for a kitchen since they are easier to clean & can be great for privacy. Vinyl Roller Shades are very popular since the window covering itself can easily be cleaned or wiped off.  These Roller Shades can be made with either a continuos cord-loop or can be upgraded to cordless. If privacy is not an issue another “Roller Shade” option would be to choose a Solar screen. A Solar Screen will block out all harmful UV rays but will still allow a limited amount of light in as well as letting you see out.

Faux Wood Blinds are our go-to window covering.  Since Faux Woods are made of a synthetic materiel they are easy to clean and can work out well in a kitchen, they can be made with a privacy option which means they can be made without holes through the slat. Since they don’t have holes this makes cleaning the blinds much easier since you can simply slip the slats out of the cords, wash them, then slide them back into the cords. Not only does this made it much easier to clean, it also gives you added privacy.

 

 

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Today We Celebrate

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Michael King, who later changed his name to Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to a father that was a reverend and a mother that played an active role in the baptist church. His accomplishments are extensive and his speeches are widely known. We compiled 20 things about this incredible man, take a look and see if there are things you didn’t know about him!

  1. In high school Martin Luther King was apart of the debate team.
  2. He skipped both the 9th & 12th grade. At the age of 15 he was accepted into Morehouse College.
  3. King began doctoral studies at Boston University and received his PhD in 1955.
  4. The Montgomery bus boycott was led by king which lasted 385 days, things from this boycott became so tense the kings home was bombed.
  5. During the march on Washington King made specific demands 2 specifically, asking for a law prohibiting racial discrimination in the workplace, and $2 minimum wage for all workers.
  6. On March 1963 King delivered a 17 minutes speech known as the “I Have A Dream” speech,
  7. On March 29th 1968, King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee while he was standing on the 2nd story balcony of his motel room. He later died in the hospital while they were performing emergency surgery.
  8. Just days after Kings assassination congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
  9. President Ronald Regan signed Matin Luther Kings Jrs holiday into law in 1983.
  10. It was officially observed by all 50 states in 2000.

Though he is no longer with us his legacy has followed us.

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Keep away from the Cold

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Burr! These last couple of weeks have been extremely cold and I’m sure there isn’t anywhere else you’d rather be then nestled up in your bed! I know its where we want to be! Making your room cozy for the holidays doesn’t mean having to change up things drastically but adding small touches here or there will be perfect!

Cozy, fuzzy, warm blankets! Cuddling up in a furry blanket can kick the chill of these winter nights. Not only do they keep you warm but they can also be that gorgeous accent piece. Once winter is over swap them out for some lighter blankets that can be used during the summer.

Candles can give a room a real intimate setting and depending on the scent create a very relaxing mood. Jasmine, Lavender and Chamomile are just 3 of the many examples of candles that will be perfect for your bedroom since they are ingredients that can help calm or relax you. Not too many homes now a days have fireplaces but clusters of candles can be a great way to make home feel cozy.

Need that extra sleep but light keeps peeping through your current window coverings? Cellular shades are definitely our go to for bedrooms. They are truly great for insulating and can get the tightest fit in the window seal eliminating as much light as possible. Not only are they great for bedrooms they can go perfectly anywhere in your home.

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Color Of the Year

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Are you curious to know what is Pantone Color of the year?? According to the Pantone website, it is ” A symbolic color selection, or a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” “There is so much more to choosing a color than just fashion & design.” Who would have known! When it comes to choosing the perfect color many people are excited to see what it could be. By taking a look at what the new colors are every year  it is the perfect opportunity to change up the style in your home. Since 2000 pantone has chosen now 17 colors and all colors are chosen a couple months before the actual new year. Pantone feels that these colors that are selected  actually reflect what is happening in our world.

What better way to welcome in 2017 than by adding in the color of the year to your home. This years color is Greenery. Greenery signifies new beginnings, a fresh start to a new year. Greenery is also tied to the pursuit of passions and vitality. This yellow-green hue can look great in multiple rooms in your home to liven and brighten them.

Living room:

Living rooms are the most common places families and friends tend to hang out. Whether its simply adding in pillows or chairs with this vibrant green, even a small hint can make you feel in tune with the environment.

Kitchen:

Incorporating green in your kitchen can give it a refreshing feeling. Again changes to your home don’t have to be drastic, adding barstools or a runner is the perfect amount of color. Choosing to only use small doses of this color in your kitchen can give tons of personality without overwhelming your space.

Dining Rooms:

Im sure you are catching on to the most common way in incorporate this color into your home. Chairs and pillows seem to be the easiest thing to transition in and out of your home since they can be reupholstered or covered. From all of the pictures posted to me it looks like this color truly brightens a home up.

Window Coverings:

Window coverings are the quickest way to catch the eye of a guest. Since windows are everywhere in your home incorporating this color into your blinds or shades can be easy. Of course matching the exact color greenery may be difficult but there are many options when it comes to finding the perfect shades.

Cellular shades are a very popular window covering for many reasons. They have multiple upgrade options including being able to really control privacy and the amount of light coming in. Cellular  Shades are also a great insulator. We offer some gorgeous green colors in our Cellular Shades like Spring Green, Water Green, and Avocado. (all pictured above in order from top to bottom)

Mini Blind are also another window covering that is common.  Mini blinds are extremely easy to utilize and manipulate to your exact specifications, which combined with their high level of customization, makes them an ideal and beautiful solution for any room. We have them in a couple tones of green, the two shown above are named Cactus Sage and Sherwood Green.

(Patterns used from top to bottom: Delray Sprout, Bethany Vintage, Menorca Lily Pond, Bermuda Sage)

Roman Shades are also another window covering option that is both decorative and used for insulation. All of our Roman Shades are extremely easy to customize, allowing you to choose the lining option, cord placement as well as fold style. Since “greenery” is the color of the year our Roman Shades can be a great option if you would like to incorporate the color without overdoing it.

 

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Getting to know Roller Shades PT2

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After reading our first blog about Standard and Reverse Roller Shades we hope its easier to take the next step to getting the perfect Shade into your cart. Lets hop into some other options you have for our Roller Shades.

Why Choose Cordless?

Cordless window coverings have become increasingly popular. They are highly recommended for homes with small pets & children. Not only do they eliminate the hanging cord on the side of the window covering but it also gives the roller shade a cleaner, sleeker look. Another great reason to choose to go cordless is its a FREE upgrade! What more could you ask for!

The next upgrade option you have is to get a cassette valance. Unfortunately our cassette valances do not come as a free upgrade like our cordless does but I promise it is worth it. Cassette Valances will cover the top of the Roller Shade hiding the roll, giving the shade a cleaner look. All Cassette Valances come color coordinated with the same type of material inserted into the valance.

Roller shades are definitely the up and coming window covering option for homes. They are extremely versatile, come in all sorts of colors and material. Take a peep at some inspiration and give us a call if you need any help!

 

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Getting to know Roller Shades

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Standard or Reverse??

Roller shades are the up and coming in the world of Window Coverings, they are easy to operate, look sleek and come with tons of upgrade options, but do you ever come across the wording Standard or Reverse roll? I’m sure you ponder it in your mind before committing to a certain one but lets dive deeper into the differences.

A Standard Roll is the most common option when purchasing a Roller Shade. This is when the Roller Shade rolls closest to the glass and allows the least amount of light in. A downside of a standard roll is you are able to see more of the hardware and not too many people like the look of this. If you are one of those people, we would definitely recommend upgrading to a Valance. Valances will hide all of the hardware and will definitely make your shade look more sleek.

A Reverse Roll is when the fabric comes over the top of the Roller Shade in a “waterfall” style. This hides more of the tube so it gives the shade more of a finished look without the need for a Valance. Reverse Rolls are great for clearing the handles on doors, or cranks on older windows. The reverse roll pushes the fabric out more than the standard roll does, which is great when you have  minimal window depth.

Deciding which style is always easier when you understand the differences. So which do you prefer? Check back soon and take a look at our valances, and different pull types you are able to get on Roller Shades!

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Crazy & Creative Holiday Wreaths

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Not all holiday wreaths have to be made of  garland. Adding a fun twist to this beloved holiday can make your home stand out. Let your creative mind soar, the wreath options are endless.

 Extremely Pink & Bright, this wreath screams girly and creative. It still feels like Christmas since everything used to make it is ornaments. This not only can be used on a front door but can also be used in your home as a main focal point.

Bring back the old memories by adding old vintage toys to a simple tinsel wreath. What better way to add holiday fun and flare to your decor.

Do you have a certain theme in your home that you want to incorporate with your holiday decor? Adding in small obvious trinkets can give people the obvious theme your going for. If your home is mainly decorated Hawaiian, adding seashells, ornament bulbs of sand and a cute flamingo can tie it all in perfect.

Calling all wine lovers! Starting off your wreath with tons of hot glue gunned corks with small bits of cranberries make for the perfect wreath. This can be the perfect addition to a kitchen wall or dining room wall as well as the front door. It shows the perfect amount of creativity and its simple to make.

A very Merry Victorian Christmas. The photo of this wreath pretty much sums itself up. Gorgeous blush faux roses and grapes can start the wreath off perfectly, adding in feathers and bows can be great fillers and to tie in Christmas add a little angel figurine.

A Christmas wreath made of Pom-Poms! Simple things that can be found at a craft store hot glue gunned to a wire wreath. Beyond adorable and bright, add in gold reindeer figurines & bells can add in more of a “Christmas” look.

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Our 6 Favorite Christmas Mantles!

by Lori Goslee on / Blinds and Shade Blog

Christmas is approaching quick is your home ready for the holidays? Fireplaces are rarely found in new homes but in homes that have them decorating them can make them the main focal point.

Whites and Golds are widely popular this year. Instead of the reds and greens that people usually associate with Christmas this is a more modern spin. Nut-Crakcers and Reindeers are great filler pieces to throw in there, and of course so are Christmas trees!

Earthy Christmas decor is up and coming. Lots of garland and pine cones add the perfect amount of Christmas flair. Again throwing some reindeers in the mix can give it more of a Christmas feel.

Tinsel, Elves and Reds! How much more Christmas can be on one mantle? Tons of faux trees and frosted garland filled with red ornaments and green ribbons make the mantle decor perfect. All of the extra decor can be found at home decor stores or craft stores.

Stocking and Wooden Nutcrackers. A more modern simple mantle that screams Christmas. Throwing up a gorgeous hand made sign with a beloved Christmas song ties it all in together. Of course added garland and ribbons can be fillers to finish off the look.

Adding reds & greens doesn’t have to be difficult to match to your home decor. Filling garland and wreaths with cranberries is the perfect touch. Mix match different color trees and reindeers to tie in the look. More is always more when it comes to decorating for Christmas.

Classic Christmas is adding a nativity set into the mix. A nativity set alone is gorgeous and has a great story to it but adding in your families stockings and candles can make it a very delicate & beautiful center of your home.

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What is a Zebra Shade?

by Lori Goslee on / Blinds and Shade Blog

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Zebra Shades are a very modern alternative to a horizontal blind. Zebra Shades are Roller shades that allow you to transition between sheer and privacy. The blinds can be adjusted so that the 3″ zebra stripes line up-offering privacy, light control, and insulation. Adjust the blinds slightly, aligning the 2″ sheer fabric section to allow incoming daylight. Zebra Shades come in 7 Light filtering options or 4 Blackout options they can be a great addition to a bedroom or living room.

Why Choose a Zebra Shade?

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Zebra shades can allow you to adjust the natural light levels by simply pulling the chain. Unlike Roller Shades they can be cracked slightly only allowing very little light into the room. Zebra Shades are a great addition to a living room window to give a spin on a regular Roller Shade or Horizontal Blind.

How do they work?

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Zebra Shades are operated by a side chain that allows you to maneuver the shade so you can see through the stripes or you can retract the blind entirely allowing you to see out completely. The side chains will be matching, as well as the bottom railing. An added upgrade that comes with all of our Zebra Roller Shades is a matching cassette valance.

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Need Some Privacy??

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Need privacy without losing light?

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Top-Down Bottom-Up Cellular shades are a great way to have control over both Privacy and Light. Just like the name suggests these Cellular Shades can be raised from the bottom or pulled down from the top. These Shades are great when wanting to allow natural light to come in without losing all of your privacy.

How are they controlled?

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Top-Down Bottom-Up Cellular shades can be controlled by the following: Standard Pull Cord or Cordless. Of course Cordless is a safer option when you have small children or pets in the home. When you choose to do a cordless lift option the bottom of your shade will have a small plastic piece to lift it up and down.  If you decide to do a standard pull cord you will have 2 cords (one on each side) to lift and drop the shade. You unfortunately do not have the option to put both lift cords on one side.

Other Options

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Another great option aside from Cellular shades is a Solar Shade. Solar Shades provide an economical way to minimize glare, filter out harmful UV rays and control room temperature. Available in different “Openness” Options, these shades can give you privacy during the day while still letting light filter into the home. Of course at night you will not receive the maximum amount of privacy.

What is Openness?

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Openness simply means how tight the weave is, and how much light the shade will let in. When choosing the right openness for you, you want to keep in mind the amount of light & privacy you would like. The higher the percentage the more light will come through, the lower the percentage the less light will come through. Percentages range from 1% to 14%.  There are tons of different color options as well as upgrade options to choose from.

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Blinds for Bay Windows

by Lori Goslee on / Blinds and Shade Blog, Design Ideas

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Having trouble finding Window Blinds for a Bay Window? Here are some great options to choose from that can make the choice a bit easier.

Roman Shades

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Roman Shades are an elegant yet very functional window covering. You have multiple fold options as well as as lift options. With over 100+ color & pattern options to choose from Roman Shades can go in any room in your home.

Pleated Shades

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Pleated shades go unnoticed but can look great on a bay window. Their sleek and slim headrail design is ideal for windows that don’t have a lot of depth. Like Cellular Shades their unique pleats can add more depth and texture to a room. Pleated shades can be light filtering adding the perfect amount of natural light into a room.

Woven Wood Shades

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Woven Wood Shades are another great option for bay windows.  Woven Bamboo Shades offer a unique window covering solution that will bring natural style and beauty to any room. Woven Wood Shades gently filter light while also providing high levels of privacy wherever they are installed.

These are just 3 of the endless options you have for window coverings. Bay Windows can be tricky but the good thing is we are only a phone call away to help you out.

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Creative Ways to Utilize Bamboo Shades

by Lori Goslee on / Blinds and Shade Blog

Not Just Twigs and Strings!

Finding the perfect window coverings for your home is one tough decision especially with so many options, from draperies to Wood Blinds to Faux Wood Blinds and more. But have you heard of Woven Wood Shades They are gorgeous window covering that are very easy to style in an part of your home. They are made from varying colors of grasses, reeds and bamboo.

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In your Living Room Woven Wood Shades will let in a perfect amount of natural light. These window treatments can bring a touch of color and texture to your room. Pairing these shades with draperies or curtains add more drama and appeal. Keep in mind if you are putting them in a living room with a TV a blackout liner may be something to consider.

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In your Bedroom Woven Wood Shades add a gorgeous touch of contrast. If you opt for a lined version of this shade it’ll be perfect for those days when you want to sleep in. These blinds provide a “natural relaxed retreat” setting. One of the primary advantages of these shades is the ability to switch between a great view, and complete privacy when needed.

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In your Kitchen Woven Wood Shades never fail to shine. We spend most of our time in the kitchen while we are awake throughout the day. When you think of blinds in your kitchen you want something that is easy to clean and simple to operate, Woven Wood Shades only need occasional dusting and they pretty much take care of themselves.

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In your Bathroom Woven Wood Shades create a “spa-like ambiance” Woven Woods are a good option that let in light but still make it difficult for anyone to see in. They add a layer of textural and visual interest. The different color and binding options let you really change the style of your bathroom, without paint or other decor.

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In your Dining Room Bamboo Shades are perfect because they are extremely easy to pair with any wood furniture. They let in just the right amount of light that gives it the perfect glow.  They can give the room a much warmer feeling and add so much more texture and interest.

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There is so much more to Woven Wood Shades then what meets the eye, They are gorgeous eco-friendly option when choosing window coverings. They come in so many different colors, patterns, and style options. They can add life to a room and really give it more appeal. Contact Us if you need any help on choosing just the right ones that are perfect for you!
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Everything you need to know about Faux Woods

by Lori Goslee on / Blinds and Shade Blog

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Faux Woods are a very popular alternative to Wood Blinds. They aren’t as expensive but the quality of the blinds is superb. They are man made from high quality, synthetic materials and can be more durable than real wood blinds. These window coverings  are ideal for humid areas due to the lack of swelling, they would work great in a Kitchen or Bathroom. Since they are made of a synthetic material they are easy to clean and maintain.

What is Routless & Privacy?

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You have a couple of upgrade options to choose from when it comes to customizing your Faux Wood Blinds , one option includes making them routless. Routless or privacy blind method, is when the slats are simply cradled by the cords rather than having them strung through holes in the blinds. This adds more privacy and more light control. This makes cleaning the blinds much easier since you can simply slip the slats out of the cords, wash them, then slide them back into the cords.

What are Spacer Blocks?
 

Spacer Blocks are meant to put the window blind away from the door or window seal in which they are being mounted. They help create extra space if there is trim or molding interfering with the blind being mounted. Spacer blocks are mainly used on outside mount blinds, you will not need them if you have enough depth with an inside mount.

What are Hold Down Brackets?

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Hold Down Brackets are small pieces that connects to the bottom of the blind. They are used to secure your window blind so they don’t swing or hit a wall or door. They are great for French Doors, or Front doors that are frequently used.

What are Return?

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Returns are corner pieces that connect to your crown molding valance that is included with your Faux Wood. If the blind is recessed a bit, or an Outside Mount they help cover the gap between the wall and the valance. The Returns connect to the sides of your valance using a small plastic inserted clip creating a perfect 90° and corner. Outside Mount blinds will come with returns.

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