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5 DIY Home Decorating Smartphone Apps To Love

Make your phone work as hard as you do to beautify your home. Last year I featured 5 popular apps to help with home decoration in the post: Design Help From Your Smartphone – 5 DIY Apps. Because of its tremendous success, I’m back with more great iPhone and Android apps to help you decorate! Metal Detector As a company, one of our core values is to make everything easy and exciting for our customers. So, the metal detector app was a great find.  Available for the iPhone only, the metal detector app is the perfect tool for anyone ready to hang a window blind, a picture frame, etc.  The app helps customers locate steel studs in the wall or lost magnetized…

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Decorating Magazine Review: Laura Ashley Inspiration

Flipping through this month’s design magazines we were impressed by the diversity of styles that stood out to us. We want to help you get these of-the-moment looks with hot home accessories from Laura Ashley. Across the pond, Laura Ashley has long been a household name in style, but their classic look isn’t just for Brits. The home accessories, window coverings and bedding are surprisingly versatile and will make any space feel cozy. Summer Sunshine Cheerful yellow and taupe make this dining room feel classic and fresh. Antique accents like the weathered sideboard and iron dish display keep the space from feeling too stuffy. As seen in Better Homes and Gardens February 2014. Get the Look: The Laura Ashley Millwood Fabric is a perfect…

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Skylight shades and sunshine: a customer story

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Got skylight troubles?  We got answers!  Today’s customer design story comes just in time to save your home from overly toasty summer sunshine. Sure skylights let in amazing natural light, but customer Bob from Seattle was tired of suffering in his sweltering game room when the sun got just a little too brutal. He picked our Graber CrystalPleat Light Filtering Skylight cell shades to filter the light and keep out some of that heat!  We love that the skylight cell shade also adds a welcome pop of color to the room. Bob said: We got 2 of these for our skylights to block the sun that was heating up our room and fading items exposed to the sun beam.  These skylight…

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Win our Laura Ashley Summer Makeover sweepstakes!

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Transform your home decor this month from winter-y blah to summer fab with our 10% off Laura Ashley window covering sale and exciting Laura Ashley home makeover sweepstakes! Need a Laura Ashley Summer Makeover? We’re so excited about our Laura Ashley sale this month that we’re giving away THREE amazing Laura Ashley-themed prizes to make your home look fabulous. Enter our sweepstakes here (and share with your friends for extra entries) to be in the running for our fabulous Laura Ashley prizes: Grand prize:  Laura Ashley $300 gift card, quilt set and chandelier Two more prizes:  $100 Laura Ashley Blinds.com gift cards Laura Ashley style – fashion, decor and beyond Few designers have impacted so many generations of home stylists and…

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Coffee, cookies + culture at Blinds.com

By | r May 23, 2014
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What goes better with a fun workday than your favorite cup of coffee and freshly baked cookies? We’ve been sprucing up the Blinds.complex as we prepare for our huge office build out (we’re DOUBLING our floorspace, so much exciting news to share!) and this gourmet coffee machine and cookie oven are the latest additions to our Blue Star Cafe. Looking for a sales, service, IT or marketing job in Houston? Check out our Careers page at: www.Blinds.com/careers Want to learn more about Blinds.com culture? We’ve got so much cool stuff going on, learn more about our fun employees by visiting: Blinds.com Instagram Thoughts from our CEO Jay Steinfeld’s brain in Inc Magazine Our Blinds.com culture blog posts From our (highly…

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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
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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
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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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