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3 Surprising Ways to Decorate with Pastel Blinds

Don’t call us crazy yet. I bet you never thought you’d find yourself considering bright pastel blinds for your house, but neither did we. Blinds.com recently expanded the color collection for the Designer 2″ Wood Blinds to include dark espresso stains, bamboo slats, and 3 bright pastel paint colors. In the world of window coverings we see a lot of classic neutrals, but with spring in the air we’re ready for something bright and fun. Why Pastel? Pastels are making a huge splash in fashion and home decor. Designers are mixing them with neon, color blocking, or layering tons of pastels together for a soft, dimensional look. We love the pastel pop of color that bright SMEG fridges are bringing to homes….

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Featured on: Cedar Hill Farmhouse

r April 8, 2014 | B Real Customer Photos

Do you have a friend who you always turn to for design advice? Some people are born with the style bug, and Anita of Cedar Hill Farmhouse is certainly one of them. She writes about french country style on her blog, and uses her own home as the most gorgeous example. But it’s Anita’s helpful, you-can-do-it tips that keep people coming back for decor help over and over. French Farmhouse Perfection Even the most novice seamstress would think, “that looks doable” after reading Anita’s step-by-step linen slipcover tutorial. She’ll hold your hand the whole way and help you give new life to a piece you’re tired of, rather than tossing it and buying new. We had the pleasure of touring…

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How to Mix and Match Window Treatments

There’s no better feeling than personalizing a room to make it your own. Whether you’re using color, fabric, art, wall hangings or a combination of all of these things, it’s always rewarding to mix and match — and this month at Blinds.com, it pays too. Save 10% when you order anything from our list of coordinating products — and 15% when you order $595 or more. Shop our big sale in coordinating products or read on to and learn how to layer your windows like a pro. How to Layer Windows… …If You Love Drapes If you want your windows to have visual softness and voluminous fabric, layer blackout drapes and sheer panels. Your room will be airy and bright during…

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2 Ways to Let in More Light for Spring

Spring sunshine has arrived and all we want to do is be on a patio soaking it up. We need some Vitamin D to lift our spirits after this tough winter. But alas, many are locked away indoors all day. We’re here to help! Here are 2 tips for choosing window coverings that let in more light. But First, Meet Michaela. This lovely lady is the face behind Michaela Noelle Designs, and one of the freshest new players in the design world. She’s a sunny California native whose spaces make the absolute most of all that west coast sunshine. Michaela’s latest design challenge has been a major update to her family home. The mini-blind clad windows were especially crying out for…

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Reasons to Love NEW Signature Pleated Shades

Our new Signature Pleated Shades give you the best in lush fabrics and premium features. Find out why our customers love pleated shades, and where they’ll fit in your home. Blinds.com Signature Pleated Shades Crisp pleats never lose their shape and will keep your windows looking tailored all year round. When raised, they only take up an inch or two, so nothing stands in the way of your view. Choose From 2 Sizes: Signature 1” Pleated Shades - the classic, most popular size. Signature 2” Pleated Shades - a newer, bolder scale that is gaining popularity. Why Choose Pleated Shades? In one word… fabric! Honeycomb shades (a cousin to pleated shades) are limited to non-woven fabrics made of heat fused fibers. Because the construction of…

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5 Ways To Welcome Spring into Your Home

r March 20, 2014 | B Home Decor, Seasonal Trends

It’s Bloomin’ Spring! Welcome in the first day of the season with these beautifully fresh spring decor ideas. 1. Freshen Up a Wall with White Platters Winter white, be gone! For spring, mix white with neutrals and bright green to keep the look lively. Another variation: Use vintage floral china and create a wall bouquet! Via The Inspired Room. 2. Be a Nest Fairy Did you know that yarn is the perfect nesting material for birds? Ask your favorite knit-a-holic for 4-8 inch yarn scraps and fill up a bird feeder. Keep an eye out for feathered friends weaving colorful nests. Via Fiber Farm. 3. A Surprisingly Simple Centerpiece How easy is this? Throw some artificial eggs in a vase, and…

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How to Make New Plantation Shutters Fit Old House Windows – With Fox Hollow Cottage

Do you remember when we told you about Shannon, who’s ditching her crummy plastic blinds? After some blood, sweat and tears to get her nearly 100 year old house looking shiny and new, Shannon was ready to outfit her windows with gorgeous Norman Woodlore Plantation Shutters. But…there was a problem. Windows Gone Weird Old houses are full of quirky surprises and Shannon’s ornately framed windows were no exception. Each one was outfitted with three layers of stair step molding. It was pretty, but left her with hardly any room to mount window coverings. DIY Window Hack Shannon and her husband weren’t going to let weird windows crush their plantation shutter dreams. They whipped out the nail gun, wood glue, and…

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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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Say Goodbye to Plastic Blinds: Oregon Cottage Gets a Window Makeover

r February 26, 2014 | B Home Decor, Real Customer Photos

UPDATE:  Woo hoo!  Check out the grand reveal here of Shannon’s awesome plantation shutters!   Blogger Shannon Fox of Fox Hollow Cottage had just finished installing her new wood floors, when she and her husband looked around and had a shocking realization. Here’s what Shannon wrote to her readers: “Come flash back with me… to the day we completed our new wood floors. Let me share with you the first words out of Jim’s (my husband) mouth when he stood back to admire his handy work; ‘I don’t care what it costs, we have got to get rid of those mini blinds!’” In their gorgeous new space, crummy plastic blinds were just bringing the look down. She decided to upgrade her old mini…

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How to Stop Flashing Your Neighbors and (Finally) Get Your Windows Covered

r January 30, 2014 | B Real Customer Photos

Chicagoans Kim and Scott bought a very old house, ripped it to the studs, and after months of remodeling are on their way to their dream home. We were first introduced to the couple before they were homeowners and have been following their progress at Yellow Brick Home ever since. Diving in Head First This 200+ year old house came to Kim and Scott in a crumbly, closed off, and very orange state. A lot of changes were in store. Who doesn’t love a brown glass chandelier? The couple took saved a lot by doing a good portion of the demolition themselves. Once everything was stripped down, they handed the reigns over to their trusty contractor. He took on larger…

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