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Make Chalkboard Garden Markers with Blinds Slats

By | r May 13, 2014
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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

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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10 Most Hideous Windows on the Planet

By | r April 22, 2014
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We’ve seen some rough “before” photos in our day, but these ugly windows take the cake. All images via Ugly House Photos. 1. OCD Vertical Blinds If someone doesn’t fix that one slat we might go crazy. 2. Shine On You’d think curtains would keep you from being blinded by the light. 3. Let’s Meet in the Middle This artful swoop is the perfect distraction from filthy, nasty walls. 4. Always Invest in a Good Curtain Rod High quality drapes just won’t look right with cheap hardware. And snakes hung on the wall are always a good choice. 5. Foiled Again Knotted curtains give this kitchen a certain je ne sais quoi. Especially with a “fire retardant” wall covering. 6….

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Save Your Summer with Coolaroo Outdoor Shades

What Is Coolaroo? Coolaroo shades are known worldwide for keeping patios cool and comfortable without blocking the breeze. The Australian based company developed it’s high tech sun-blocking fabrics out of necessity. The sun-drenched country needed protection from light and heat. How Coolaroo Outdoor Shades Work Coolaroo fabric is made with a combination of monofilament and polymer tape yarns that are patterned in a unique weave. The revolutionary design blocks heat and UV rays while allowing cooling breezes to pass through easily. These materials have been shown to make indoor and outdoor spaces up to 32% cooler. Long Lasting Protection Coolaroo fabric is made from durable exterior grade materials that were designed to withstand the extreme weather conditions of the outback….

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Manly Wall Art That’s Not A Scarface Poster

Man cave decor doesn’t have to be limited to cheezy neon signs, old posters and a La-Z-Boy. We’ve come across some manly wall art ideas that guys will think are awesome, and more design savvy friends and family won’t cringe at. First Up – Fishy Business Many bedeck their walls with big taxidermied sea-dewllers. If you’re not an accomplished deep sea fisherman, you can still get the nautical look with a painted version. We love this marlin painted right on wood planks. We can’t explain why this giant catfish painting makes us so happy. This whiskered guy is the perfect fit for an eclectic seating area. Give Your Room an Aerial View An off-center window gets some balance with a…

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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

By | r April 8, 2014
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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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