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Can You Recycle Blinds?

By | r May 21, 2014
B Eco Chic, Window Help

After replacing a house full of old worn out blinds, what do you the old ones? I don’t know about you, but we would feel pretty wasteful sending 20 + blinds straight to the landfill. There has to be another way! How To Recycle Blinds Like us, you may have googled “How To Recycle Blinds” and come up with lots of conflicting answers. Some websites say to take them to the local recycling center, but if you try this, you’ll probably be turned away. Nearly every major city’s waste services website site has window blinds on the do-not-recycle list along with light bulbs, mattresses, appliances and other odd-ball items. “Recycling” is one of those words that has many definitions. We can “recycle” our window…

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Get Trendy This Summer With Color – Pinterest Fab 4

As summer rolls in, so do new color trends and finds. Give your home a fresh look this season with the hottest new colors: gold, orchid, dazzling blue and hemlock.  Gold and Brass For years, silver and its cohorts have ruled the world.  But now, gold accented metals are finding their way back in. Make your room sparkle by adding gold and brass accents like coffee tables, wall decor, mirrors, etc. Radiant Orchid The 2014 Pantone Color of the Year is the perfect addition to your home this summer. Add a simple radiant orchid throw pillow to your favorite outdoor furniture set, color-themed lanterns to your backyard patio, radiant orchard umbrellas to your favorite lounge chairs, or best yet, dress…

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12 Surprising Ways to Use Old Mini Blinds

By | r May 14, 2014
B Home Organization

When you upgrade window treatments, the old blinds don’t have to go straight to the trash. Some scrap metal and recycling centers accept blinds, but we got a few ideas for repurposing them around the house after reading this article. 1. Clean Up Crumbs Like a waiter at a fancy restaurant, use a small slat piece to scoop crumbs off of the table. 2. Pick Up (The Tape) Where You Left Off Don’t waste time trying to find the end of the tape. A small mini blinds piece will hold your place and doesn’t waste tape like folding over the end does. 3. Draw A Straight Line Around a Curve Because slats are flexible, they can wrap around chair legs or…

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Make Chalkboard Garden Markers with Blinds Slats

By | r May 13, 2014
B Crafty at Home

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
B Window Help

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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