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Abigail Sawyer

Abigail Sawyer

Abigail Sawyer is a Social Media Marketer for Blinds.com. As a newlywed, she’s on the hunt to outfit a new home with all things handmade, preppy and eclectic. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Chat with her on twitter @BlindsDotCom + @whatabigailsaw and support her rampant pinning habit at @BlindsDotCom + @whatabigailsaw.

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Get The Coziest Bed Ever – Dorm Room Decor

In college it’s important for your bed to feel cozy. You’ve left behind your ‘real’ bedroom, but with warm bedding, cute decor and the perfect bedside accessories, your dorm room bed will be feeling homey in no time. Here are our favorite dorm room decor ideas for the bedroom (or the corner that serves as one). Image via Little Booklet. Get Comfortable The first thing to buy when planning out your dorm room decor is a comforter. Find one you like and work off of its color scheme and style as you do the rest of your shopping. Here are a few we love: Dilan Confetti from Urban Outfitters A Good Bright’s Sleep from Mod Cloth Dreaming Porch Quilt from Mod…

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Dorm Room Decor 101: Make Your Front Door Fab

When it comes to college, first impressions are everything. We found some funky dorm room decor ideas that will make your door stand out from the pack and show passers-by how fun the folks inside are! Write White Here First thing’s first, you’ve got to have a whiteboard. It’s on every dorm checklist. You’ll use it to leave your roommate notes when you’re gone, and let you’re whole floor know about movie night at your place. A small generic whiteboard will do, but this DIY Framed Whiteboard is worth the crafting time. Via Voyages of the Creative Variety The Wonder of Washi Dress up your generic dorm door with a simple washi tape design. Washi tape peels off easily, so you…

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The Best 4th of July Party Ideas

r June 13, 2014 | B DIY Projects, Seasonal Trends

Whether you’re having a blowout 4th of July party, or just want to make this year’s family gathering more special, we’ve rounded up the best snacks and decor for the occasion. Read on for lots and lots of 4th of July party ideas. Patriotic Ice Cubes Make simple drinks fun and fruity with raspberry and blueberry ice cubes. Via mom.me. DIY Old Fashioned Flag Bunting This classic flag bunting makes us think of breezy front porches, barbershop quartets wearing straw hats and 4th of July celebrations of yore. Via HMH Designs. Fun Fourth Photo Backdrop Make giant tassels with tissue paper and mylar and drape across an empty wall for an instant photo spot. Via Fab. Red, White and Blue Dipped…

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Decorating Magazine Review: Laura Ashley Inspiration

Flipping through this month’s design magazines we were impressed by the diversity of styles that stood out to us. We want to help you get these of-the-moment looks with hot home accessories from Laura Ashley. Across the pond, Laura Ashley has long been a household name in style, but their classic look isn’t just for Brits. The home accessories, window coverings and bedding are surprisingly versatile and will make any space feel cozy. Summer Sunshine Cheerful yellow and taupe make this dining room feel classic and fresh. Antique accents like the weathered sideboard and iron dish display keep the space from feeling too stuffy. As seen in Better Homes and Gardens February 2014. Get the Look: The Laura Ashley Millwood Fabric is a perfect…

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Can You Recycle Blinds?

r May 21, 2014 | B Eco Chic, Window Help

After replacing a house full of old worn out blinds, what do you the old ones? I don’t know about you, but we would feel pretty wasteful sending 20 + blinds straight to the landfill. There has to be another way! How To Recycle Blinds Like us, you may have googled “How To Recycle Blinds” and come up with lots of conflicting answers. Some websites say to take them to the local recycling center, but if you try this, you’ll probably be turned away. Nearly every major city’s waste services website site has window blinds on the do-not-recycle list along with light bulbs, mattresses, appliances and other odd-ball items. “Recycling” is one of those words that has many definitions. We can “recycle” our window…

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12 Surprising Ways to Use Old Mini Blinds

r May 14, 2014 | B Home Organization

When you upgrade window treatments, the old blinds don’t have to go straight to the trash. Some scrap metal and recycling centers accept blinds, but we got a few ideas for repurposing them around the house after reading this article. 1. Clean Up Crumbs Like a waiter at a fancy restaurant, use a small slat piece to scoop crumbs off of the table. 2. Pick Up (The Tape) Where You Left Off Don’t waste time trying to find the end of the tape. A small mini blinds piece will hold your place and doesn’t waste tape like folding over the end does. 3. Draw A Straight Line Around a Curve Because slats are flexible, they can wrap around chair legs or…

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Make Chalkboard Garden Markers with Blinds Slats

r May 13, 2014 | B Crafty at Home

Recycling has become so ingrained in our lives, that it’s puzzling when things can’t be recycled easily. If you’ve recently upgraded your window coverings, you may feel guilty sending a house full of blinds to the landfill. To go a little greener, you can take aluminum blinds to a scrap metal yard or recycling center, and faux wood or wood blinds are gladly accepted at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore. Before you donate them all, save one set to upcycle into chalkboard garden markers. Learn more about recycling blinds. Chalkboard Garden Makers Made With Blinds Slats What You Need: Chalkboard Paint Paintbrush Aluminum or wooden blinds slats cut to 6″-12″ lengths Chalk How to Make Garden Markers with Recycled Blinds…

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The Big Reveal: Oregon Cottage Makeover with Plantation Shutters

A few weeks ago we told you about blogger Shannon Fox’s DIY home improvement challenges and desperate need to replace her ugly plastic mini blinds. Shannon’s Fresh Cottage Living Room After overcoming several home decor hiccups, Shannon’s living room makeover is complete! We’re are proud to say that Shannon’s windows are ugly no more. Classic Plantation Shutters now are the perfect compliment to her sweet cottage decor. After she installed her gorgeous new floors, Shannons’ crummy mini blinds stuck out like a sore thumb. The living room looks polished and pulled together with Norman Woodlore Plantation Shutters from Blinds.com (that she installed herself!). Why Are Shutters The Holy Grail of Window Coverings? Blinds.com designers and customers alike are big fans of Norman Woodlore Shutters….

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Trending on the Newsstands: Textural Woven Wood Shades

It’s such a great feeling to find a crisp new decor magazine in your mailbox. Pouring over it curled up with a cup of tea – what could be better? As you may have seen in your latest issues, designers love woven wood shades, and there’s one reason why. Bamboo, grass and jute shades got their start in beach cabanas, but when you mix them with other styles something magical happens. They add amazing texture and instantly make formal pieces feel unfussy and lived-in. Woven wood shades are our go-to for a homeowner who wants to try something a little more daring. Read on to see how bamboo blinds are popping up in our favorite newsstand publications. Coastal That’s Anything…

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14 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Summer Sun

r April 28, 2014 | B Energy Saving, Seasonal Trends

The season of backyard parties, climbing temperatures and outdoor fun is coming. Is your home ready? Here are 14 ways to get your home prepped for summer with polished outdoor spaces, cleaning tips and fresh decor ideas. 1. Give Your Patio Something Special Turn your patio into a place for family, friends and summer memories. Something unique like this clam shell centerpiece will make it warm and inviting. 2. Create the Perfect Backyard Eating Area. Whether you’re a kid or grown-up, it’s fun to dine al fresco. Keep supplies on hand to take the party outside whenever you like. We love the new Oh Joy! collection of disposable plates and party supplies now at Target. 3. Keep the Patio Comfortable with Sun…

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