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Katie Laird

Katie Laird

Katie Laird (aka: happykatie) is the 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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Top tips for great summer photos

r July 24, 2012 | B Seasonal Trends

Oh the hazy days of summer with all of its adventures, road trips and grilling recipe discoveries. As part of our ongoing Sizzlin’ Summer Energy Savings series with our friends at Bounce Energy, this week we’re looking at how to best celebrate the smokin’ hot summer months with cool summer photos! How to take the best summer photos Shooting photos of people- The best summer memories are based around the people you spend it with, here are a few tips for capturing even the most camera shy of friends and family: Keep it candid!  Be ‘that guy’ that is constantly shooting photos before anyone realizes it to capture the most genuine moments and smiles of your get-togethers.  Keep your camera…

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Survive the summer heat in the great outdoors

r July 17, 2012 | B Energy Saving, Seasonal Trends

As part of our Sizzlin’ Summer Energy Savings series with Bounce Energy, today we’re looking at ways you can survive the heat while enjoying the great outdoors. Get those outdoor spaces ready to play! Knowing that you’ll be enjoying summer games, star gazing and barbeques outside this year means giving a little more thought to the outdoor spaces you’ll be living in. Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest   You’ll love our great patio and yard decorating tips post, especially when you fight the heatwave with an exterior sun shade.  Invest in a nice large umbrella for your uncovered porch, pick up some fun decorative hand fans for guests and surprise your friends with a backyard water feature!   Dress…

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iDreamofClean keeps cool with honeycomb shades!

We love it when our window treatments can help tie a room together (yes, we’re fans) and make a home more livable to boot!   So when we read how our double cell honeycomb black out shades made a difference on the iDreamofClean blog, we had to share! Have you visited this blog before?  It’s focused on sharing tips and tricks for keeping your home clean, organized and livable so you have more time for the fun stuff! Honeycomb shades cool it down! Our team lives and breathes customer service, so hearing about Christine (and her family’s) great experiences with ordering their window treatments from us pretty much made our day. But we especially love what Christine has to say about using…

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Sizzlin’ Summer with + Bounce Energy!

We’re excited to team up with our pals at Bounce Energy for some Sizzlin’ Summer Energy Savings during these months of sunshine and heat waves. Throughout the summer, we’ll be sharing home energy efficiency tips, summer adventure inspiration and ways to stay cool even on the most sweltering of days with your friends and family. Stay tuned on our blog and on the great Bounce Energy blog every week for sizzlin’ summertime fun and check out these summer surprises we’ve got for you…. Summer savings with Bounce Energy +! We believe that you should spend more money on ice cream and less money on keeping your home cool this summer!  Here are a couple of special summer promotions…

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Laura Ashley for your windows – fashion friendly savings!

There’s something about the Laura Ashley brand that conjures up English gardens, trendy UK fashion and designer home accents all at once.  It’s the perfect blend of vintage meets modern and classic meets fashion-forward. We love watching the great home decor trends that flow in from the UK, Laura Ashley USA is working hard to bring the best of Britain into more homes here in the States! Our custom Laura Ashley window treatments pair beautifully with the gorgeous fabrics, lighting and the rest of their home decorating products.  Enjoy a beautiful Laura Ashley pattern on your bed and pair it with sheer window shadings to complete the look. Facebook fan only Laura Ashley deal! For all of you fellow Laura Ashley lovers,…

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Window FAQ: How to fix a broken window blind cord

Welcome to another ‘Window FAQ’ post from Mindy, a fabulous Customer Service Representative here at   How do I fix a broken blind or cell shade cord? Broken cords on your window treatments can happen – an overly vigorous window shade opening, a less than helpful family pet looking for a unique snack… life happens! Whatever the case may be, you don’t always have to replace the entire window covering just because your cord is broken. If the cord is the only part that needs to be replaced, check out and look for their EZ-Restring Kits that ship directly to your home.  The kit will come complete with detailed instructions, so you’ll be enjoying your window treatments again in no time flat….

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4th of July sales + firework cupcakes (why not!?)

r July 3, 2012 | B Giveaways and Promotions

There are two things that excite us in particular about the 4th of July this year – great window covering sales and baking fun cupcakes to share at friends’ grilling parties. Act fast and get 10% off ALL brand blinds and shades (by 7/5/2012) – just in time to get your custom insect screens for your porch or faux silk roller shades for your swanky living room. But the great deals don’t end with the holiday, check out the rest of this month’s deals here.  Here’s one of our favorites!: 25% off Cape Code light filtering shades We love this sophisticated window shade because they look so modern and so soft at the same time – a…

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Window dressing, Bergdorf Goodman style

r July 2, 2012 | B Home Decor

There’s so much to enjoy about New York City.  I love the architecture, the people, the unique flavor of each street corner (falafel stands and Wafels + Dinges, what’s up!) and gawking at the sometimes startling prettiness found in department store windows.  My hands down favorite?  Bergdorf Goodman! How can your windows take inspiration from storefront window dressings? While your house or office windows may not boast mannequins and high fashion scooters, I firmly believe that the creativity of old school window dressing can be an inspiration for all areas of your home. There’s a lot to be said for artfully arranging holiday decorations, flowers, knick knacks and family heirlooms that can keep your decorating budget low while freshening up…

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r June 20, 2012 | B Culture

The team is hiring awesome people! 8 hours a day is a long time – why not spend it loving where you are and growing an amazing career? If you’re in the area, stop by our Houston job fair this Friday, June 22nd 2012 from 9am – 3pm at our headquarters:  10555 Richmond Ave.  Houston, TX  77042 You can view all of our open positions in detail on the career page, do any of these fit your passion and skill set? Sales team member / design consultant Customer service team member UI rock star Business analyst   Let’s work together!  Our employees voted us the #1 BEST PLACE TO WORK IN HOUSTON and you’ll see why the minute…

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Real Customer Photos: Summer sun edition!

Your windows are with you all year long, but there’s no time like the summer to really appreciate a great light and heat blocking window covering! Here are a few of our favorite solar shade and insulating cell shade reviews, just in time for the sweltering summer heat. Bali Solar Shades: “Perfect for hot windows” “We live in GA and our back yard of flowers faces South. Before we got our Sunscreen blind it was like living in a cave for about the nine hot months. Now it is cool in the room and we can see our garden. It is our perfect solution and can’t wait to do our breakfast room the same way.”  ~Thanks to reviewer: luanngreencat Graber…

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