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Katie Laird

Katie Laird

Katie Laird (aka: happykatie) is the Blinds.com PR and Social Media Marketing Manager. But, more importantly, she's a home design obsessed Web geek with a love for Mid-Century Modern furniture, stained glass and DIY / crafty projects she can work on with her family over a bottle of homemade root beer. Find her Tweeting at @BlindsDotCom + @happykatie -- and pinning like nobody's business at @BlindsDotCom + @happykatie.

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Light filtering shades: real customer photos

r December 5, 2012 | B Products + Trends, Real Customer Photos

Whether you want a splash of color in your windows or increased privacy, our Norman brand light filtering cell shades are a great window shade upgrade for your home.  Seriously, check out all of the 120+ colors! The insulating honeycomb shades mean better room temperature control and, if you’re looking forward to sleeping in on the weekend, you’ll go crazy over our selection of blackout cell shades too. Click through our window covering sale page this month to see how much you can save. Cell shade love from a real Blinds.com customer “Fantastic Light Filtering Shades” feedback from customer Loretta E. The shades arrived quickly. They were labeled clearly so that I knew which one went where, and they were cut…

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Blinds.com December Sale! – Winterize your Windows

Did you know: 18-20% of your homes heat loss occurs through windows? For many of us around the country, as temperatures drop, the heating bill starts to climb. We have a wide selection of cutting edge insulating window coverings that will keep your family comfortable and make your house more efficient, so you’ll be sending less cash to the energy company. Insulating cell shades not only block drafts, but they trap air in fabric pockets to prevent heat transfer through the panes of your windows. We know this is the time when you need to bundle up your windows, so we’re giving you savings on insulating cellular shades from all of our major brands during December!   Shop Cellular Shades on Sale…

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Angry Birds for Thanksgiving? Why not!?

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! From the Blinds.com team to you, we wish you a beautiful day of family, food and fun! We had a great time prepping for our own Thanksgiving festivities with a rousing ‘Canstruction’ of donated food for the Houston Food Bank – Angry Birds style, of course. We’re grateful for YOU! Every day we are honored to have the opportunity to serve you and your family.  Thank you for welcoming us into your home! If you are itching for some Thanksgiving shopping without the annoying lines, we’ve got some great blinds Cyber Shopping Deals and are always here to help. Check out our Facebook fanpage and Twitter for even more top secret deals – saving and looking great…

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Real customer photos: Vertical blinds for great light

r November 12, 2012 | B Real Customer Photos

We love a nice set of custom window draperies, but sometimes your windows (and sliding glass doors) need a window treatment that gives you more light control AND a great look. Lighting and looks with Vertical S Blinds Meet customer ‘Cornwell’ from Indiana (and their dining room above!) who fought back against annoying, sunny glares to reclaim their space: We bought the vertical Levolor “S” blinds for our Dining Room because: 1. We were tired of the affect our heavy drapes were having on room appearance, and 2. Tired of the necessary upkeep required for the heavy material used in the drapery. The Levolor Blinds exceeded our expectations in several areas. Not only did the blinds improve the visual aspect…

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Collections for home decoration: Pinterest Fab 4

r September 21, 2012 | B Home Decor, Pinterest Faves

In a way, Pinterest is about creating collections of our favorite things, but today we’re bringing you a few ways to display the things you gather in real life. 1. Printer’s Trays were originally used to sort typesetting pieces in the time when all printed materials were set by hand. They have since gone out of use, but their eclectic look and varied cubby holes make them perfect for displaying a collection of tiny trinkets. 2. A kitschy collection of vintage globes is perfect for a space that’s home to a geography buff, world traveller, or a few curious kiddoes. They’ll bring warm feelings of school room nostalgia and can fill troublesome empty spaces because of their large size. 3. Cloches,…

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Dorm kitchens and bathrooms – how to survive in style

r September 19, 2012 | B Home Decor

Read on to find our Dream Dorm Decor question of the week. Leave an answer in the comments and you’ll have a chance to win our Dream Dorm Prize Packs! Hey Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’? Although on-campus dining is a necessity when you need to grab a bite in between classes, there will come a point when you just can’t eat that greasy cafeteria pizza any more. Get the tools you need for basic food prep. This Global Stripes dinnerware set from Corelle has a great graphic pattern and won’t chip or break.   For a truly eclectic look, mix and match this Potter’s Workshop Tableware from West Elm. Plus it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. One meal you’ll be…

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Try out our ‘Window Shopper’ mobile app + win a tablet!

r September 18, 2012 | B Giveaways and Promotions, New Products

This contest has ended, but try out our app for free and see the latest Blinds.com giveaways here. Sometimes, seeing really is believing – we know how important it is to know how great your blinds or shades will look in your home before ordering! That’s why ‘The Window Shopper’ Blinds.com mobile app is so perfect for our customers – now available for both Android and iPhone users! Here’s how to use ‘The Window Shopper’ to shop for your home window fashions: Take a photo of your window ‘Try on’ your favorite blinds and shades in a variety of different colors to ensure a perfect look Order free samples delivered to your home Send your photos to your best pal / decorating buddy…

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Dream Dorm Decor: Deck The Walls

Now that you’ve settled into the dorm are your walls looking a little bare? In any small living space it can be a challenge to find a wall covering solution that is proportional to the size of the room and conforms university restrictions. We have several ideas that will help you cover up that bad paint job and surround yourself with things you love. Don’t forget to keep your eyes out for our Dream Dorm Question of the week! Leave an answer in the comments and you’ll be entered to win one of our Dream Dorm Prize Packs! Arrange a Gallery Wall image via mattersofstyleblog.com A gallery wall will make a sophisticated statement when frames in gold and black are…

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Congrats to Christine for winning MasterChef!

r September 11, 2012 | B Blinds.com Culture

WOOOO HOOOO!!!  We are so proud of Blinds.com family member Christine Ha for her spectacular win on MasterChef this week! Over the last few weeks, our team has salivated over her dishes and cheered her on like the crazy fans that we are – especially her husband John, one of our awesome designers. Keep in touch with Christine, MasterChef winner! Besides her upcoming cookbook, you can stay connected to Christine through her blog, Twitter account and get a head start with her Ultimate Gourmet Burger recipe. What was your favorite part of this season’s MasterChef?

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Pinterest Fab 4: Home organization

r September 7, 2012 | B DIY Projects, Pinterest Faves

It’s time for another week’s worth of Blinds.com favorite Pinterest gems. Since we’re not always geeking out about window blinds, this time we decided to zero in on home organization tips and tricks. 1.  Methodical Measuring- Say, “No More!” to looking up conversions every time you cook. Including a measurement conversion chart on a cabinet door is genius. It’s a great way to utilize this space and with the labeled hooks for measuring cups and spoons you’ll never have to rifle through a drawer to find the one you need. Click on this pin to see all the other smart organizing tips for the kitchen from Tidy Mom. 2. Neat as a Pin Bathroom Essentials- Give your bathroom a graphic edge…

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