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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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5 Surprising Ways Your Home is Losing Energy

r March 5, 2014 | B Energy Saving, Seasonal Trends

Did you know that your home is losing energy right now? Even the tiniest air leaks can add up to big unwanted temperature changes in your home. Find out where leaks are happening, and how to seal them up. Top 5 Air Leaks in the Home and How to Stop Them: 1. Unsealed Windows and Doors Take a huge step towards a more energy efficiency by caulking around cracks in window and door frames. Check for cracks by moistening your hand with water and running it around drafty areas. An air leak will feel like air blowing through a straw on your hand. Use a clear paintable caulk on the interior window frame so you can cover it up later if…

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A Window Into the Past: San Francisco’s Painted Ladies

Painted Lady

After a recent trip to San Francisco (known in my mind as the hilly city) I got a peek at the gorgeous Painted Ladies. For those of you who are wondering what I’m talking about, the Painted Ladies are Victorian and Edwardian-style homes that have been repainted to highlight their unique architecture. Needless to say I was in love with these adorably picturesque houses. Struck with inspiration, I decided to do a little research on the best window treatments for preserving the Victorian details of these homes. Here’s the top 3 window treatments I found: Stained Glass Appliques Extremely popular during the Victorian era, nothing looks better on a Painted Lady than stained glass. Not only is it beautiful, but…

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5 Ways to Make your Summer More Awesome

Eclectic Patio by Jary Ralston via Houzz

Can you believe that summer is already halfway over? We can’t – to make sure you make the most of the sunny days we have left, we’ve rounded up our 5 favorite posts about the season. 1. Our Ultimate Summer Road Trip Guide In this blog post you’ll find every essential necessary for a road trip: apps to tell you where to stop along your drive, healthy road-trip snacks, and the best playlists to get those sing-a-longs started. If you’re planning on taking a summer road trip anytime soon – this post is for you! 2. Tips for Summer Design: Outside in, Inside Out The summer is all about soaking up that sun, so why not update your home decor and make…

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Sheer Beauty – New! Cellular Shades with Trilight

Find the perfect balance between privacy and a great view.  Get a sheer pleated shade and cellular shade in one with our new Trilight option. If you love the look of Top-Down/Bottom-Up but need more security, this is the perfect window covering for you. Try Trilight In the past you’ve had to choose between letting in light and maintaining privacy. Top-down/bottom-up blinds and shades let in light from the top, but why not give your windows even more versatility? Our innovative new Trilight fabric is a sheer, lightly textured pleated shade that can be paired with light filtering or blackout cellular fabric. Crisp, larger-than-normal pleats allow for a clearer view outside, but give daytime privacy from the exterior. They also provide UV protection that…

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Houzz into Home: Interior Design Trends You’ve Got to See

While browsing one of our newest favorite sites, Houzz, we came across 4 stunning spaces that we just couldn’t do without so we decided to share them with you. Happy Inspirational Wednesday! This room scene is the perfect marriage between contemporary and country ‘chic’. The antique details add a cozy feel without overpowering the room and sending it into a past decade. The wood accents on the ceiling and doors would pair beautifully with our 2 1/2″ Shutter Style Wood Blinds, adding a touch of warmth to the windows. This beautiful dining room evokes the natural beauty of the outdoors and brings it inside. The warm wood dining table, floral centerpiece, and pale green paint color all help develop the…

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Energy Loss In Homes: Save Money With Proper Insulation [Infographic]

r May 31, 2013 | B Energy Saving

With summer temperatures climbing you may be dreading that next AC bill. Did you know that up to 25% of your home’s energy can escape through windows and doors? Proper insulation can make a big impact on energy loss, especially with windows. Bump up your efficiency with insulating window coverings are Cellular Shades and Shutters. Both trap air between the window and your home to stop heat loss in its tracks. To learn more about where you’re losing energy and how to insulate your home, take a look at the following infographic.   Energy Efficiency Infographic via Blinds.com    

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You Can Have It All With Odysee Insulating Blinds

Blinds and Shades in One! Blinds give you adjustable light control. Shades give you energy efficiency and complete privacy. When you’re shopping for a custom window covering don’t you want to invest your money in something that lets you have it all? Get the best of both worlds with Odysee Insulating Blinds. These innovative window treatments have durable fabric vanes that allow light in when open and can be raised and lowered like traditional blinds. However each vane can be expanded to give you cellular shade-like coverage and insulation. Typical slat blinds can be opened and closed as well, but slats don’t close perfectly and can let in light through gaps. The Odysee vanes expand to an interlocking fit that…

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How to Winterize your Home for A Cozier Winter

Winter has arrived in full force, and in order to keep things cozy and warm it’s important to insulate your home against piercing drafts. These simple steps will help you winterize your home so your family will stay comfortable and your heating bill will cost you a lot less each month. Did You Know? - Properly winterizing your windows can save up to 15% on your energy bill. Make a Draft Snake to Snuggle Up Against Doors and Windows A Draft Snakes are wintertime door and window insulation standbys that worked just as well for grandma as they do today. These tubes of fabric can be filled with dried beans, kitty litter, rice, cotton, dried corn, or anything that will help…

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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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