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Fall Decor

There’s a slight chill to the air, the days are getting darker earlier and thoughts start to change from beach trips and swimming pools to cozier things like warm beverages and hiking through the now fire-hued woods. This change of season of course merits a change of decor as well. Long gone are the colorful summer blooms making room for more hearty plants like fall mums and astors. If you have a wreath on your front door consider making way for a style that incorporates corn husks & multi colored corn cobs. It’s a good time to pick up some decorative pumpkins and gourds as well to make a statement on your front stoop or – assemble them in a pot of their own. 

As far as interior decorating goes, try using monochromatic colours in warm, late-summer sun kissed hues. This is the time of year where deep rich burnt oranges take centre stage, with accents of golden yellows and chocolate browns. But don’t feel limited to the traditional fall themed pallet…in the past few years we’ve seen a spike in more unusual accent colours like deep teals, and magentas. You’ll also find no shortage of golden coloured accents in decor stores, they are a great way to brighten up an area while keeping in line the warm fall colours. 

No matter your style, there is no wrong way to approach fall decor.  Just keep a few simple things in mind: the cozier the better (think warm fluffy throws for your book nook/living room),
muted, relaxing pallets (if you’re feeling adventurous try adding pops of color ), and definitely bring in those potted plants that need to stay out of the colder weather and accent your front porch or deck with some gorgeous and simple fall pots or dried out corn stalks. The days may be getting shorter but your decor can still brighten things up!

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Happy Fall Y’all!

By Delilah C.

I love the fall and autumn leaves! Even though, I am not too fond of the colder climates. I always love a cozy autumn season. It means knee high boots, scarves of different colors, leaves falling off the trees. Growing up and living in New England, I have tried and always succeed in making the best of the fall and winter seasons. Decorating can be a little stressful because when you’re a perfectionist it gets harder and harder. What I do know is how to catch a good deal, though! I always look for coupons or deals somewhere, because I never want to pay for something full price.

Here are my go-to ways:

Baskets are your best friends, especially thrifty ones.

There’s something about woven baskets that adds such warmth and texture to invoke “fall” while still adding storage. It’s definitely a WIN/WIN!

When I was younger, my mom used to use a woven trunk as a makeshift end table to store DVDs in our living room (even though we definitely STILL watch them, I know totally stone age). She kept a basket tray on the coffee table to collect the remotes and any other random stuff in there.  We also used the baskets to throw extra throw blankets in there. Obviously, because fall is for movie nights and snuggling, am I right?

You don’t have to go with a certain color scheme. Use what you have.

I always thought as a kid we HAD to decorate with orange because that was the rule, and I would try to reinvent the whole thing in our house. Decorate your house with what you love, any autumn color works for fall décor these days. Now, I look through my décor stash and I just decorate with the stuff I already have. Anything is “fall” if you just throw a white or orange pumpkin in there, right?

Reuse and Recycle every year.

Fresh greenery is so nice and always makes the house smell wonderful. However, they always die after a few days to a week and make a big mess in the house. In the past I’ve learned to just get the faux greenery and keep and change them through the holiday seasons. I also have gone to get the faux stuff after the holidays are over, which normally are on sale for either half the cost or close to half the cost. Savings on top of savings!

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Summer Ends but the Best of Fall Begins

By Darius J.

The end of summer can be a bummer, but never fear pumpkin spice lattes and cozy throws are here! It’s time to introduce a snuggly makeover to your casa. Adding decor upgrades such as accent pillows, metal art and area rugs can tie in the new season seamlessly.  Accent pillows come in all shapes and sizes, plus the color options are endless. Not to mention tossing a few accent pillows on the couch in the living room or in the master bedroom will compliment the furniture and/or fabric color(s), and add a dash of comfy cozy chic to the fall season.

 If you have mastered finding the perfect pillows, then finding metal art will be a breeze. Art can be warm and cozy or vibrant and cool, equally important metal art such as sculptures have mixed designs with multiple metal elements like copper, nickel, brass and gold. Mixing metal art decor will compliment the change in the season like the color variation in the leaves. 

Given these points you can create your own funky artistic vibes to match your inner interior designer. Once your metal art selections are in place then all thats left is to find an area rug to complete the new look. Bold textures like wool, plush and fury area rugs will make the new season come to light. To be mentioned last is choosing a color and texture like rust or teal wool that will turn your home into a warm, comfy, relaxing space. A wool area rug in any color will change how you feel about summers sudden end. Just add a few candles  as well as blanket, and wallah you’re walking into fall the right way. 

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Modernize Cordless with Motorized

Motorized Cascade, girl controing window shade via remote.

By Gina G.

As the window treatment industry evolves, cordless mechanisms have become integral and not just viewed as additional features to blinds and shades.  Cordless blinds and shades have become the main request for most people shopping for window treatments.  This is due to the various benefits opting for cordless brings.  First, cordless options, with no visible strings dangling, provides a clean look; there are no visual obstructions to your window treatment.  Second, going cordless provides the operator with ease of use as the mechanisms are typically very simple and smooth.  Additionally, for most parents and caregivers, it is a “no-brainer” when it comes to child safety and durability.  As a durable mechanism, cordless uses internalized stringing and therefore doesn’t have exposed cords that fray and may break sooner.

The prevalence of cordless is now for all window treatments whether you’re considering blinds or shades.  With lighter weight mini blinds, cordless also includes wandless option where both functions (tilting and lifting) are performed together.  On heavier blinds, the tilting mechanism is still present (usually a wand) but the lift which was traditionally corded, is now cordless.

With this huge swing toward cordless mechanisms brings the emergence of an even more modern mechanism, motorization.  Motorization maintains all of the aforementioned benefits of cordless but now automates those functions.  It allows users to control the window treatments with a remote from anywhere in the room or from a wall unit (similar to a light switch).  Powering motorized blinds and shades also offers choices.  Most commonly, motorized is offered with a rechargeable battery system.  It is easy to think of this as similar to how you charge your cell phone.  And, with most newer homes having outlets near the windows, rechargeable battery powered treatments suffice.  However, if recharging every year or so is not appealing, hard-wiring shades to the home’s electricity is another (perhaps more costly and time consuming) option.  Regardless of how motorization is added, the trend certainly progresses the cordless movement toward technology-driven culture of the modern day.

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Designing with the Five Senses : Touch

By Lauren C.

To end this 5 part series, we figured we would end on an easy note. The sense of somatosensation, touch, is one not often thought about when it comes to home decor. However, with the right textures you can create different environments all over your home. Textures can invoke desired feelings or actions. Adopting textiles and carrying it throughout a home, room by room, creates a grounded and rounded world of design. 

Plush carpeting and fuzzy blankets make a room cozy and inviting. Stone, lucite, and glass can appear really clean and sterile, yet also have an organic feel to it as well. Cold, hard surfaces like stone and wood can create a heavy or weighted look, which is why when you add in greenery it helps to counterbalance and soften the space. Woven materials create a rugged and antiquated environment. We highly recommend mixing textures in a room to draw a person in. 

Decorate so people want to touch something in your home. Give them that overwhelming desire to feel based on looks. Even if your guest don’t reach out, their eyes will and it can create a memorable bond or strike up a conversation. 

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The New Kid on the Block – Panel Track Edition

By Darius J.

While plastic vertical blinds are on the decline, Panel track blinds maybe on the rise; with two great styles to choose from (Woven wood, Roller shade) Panel track blinds has tons of options; unlike traditional vertical blinds. As previous stated Panel track blinds has many options, for instance Panel track blinds can come as a translucent shade for privacy but still able to let natural light in once its close; or a transparent blind that will let light filter in while seeing through the actual material.

Equally important Panel track blinds are great if you have a very wide and tall window that you want to cover; but don’t want the hassle of having a lot of little slats like on traditional vertical blinds. Panel track blinds cover more space with limited amount of panels used.

In conclusion Panel track blinds are very easy to operate, when they are opened the panels will stack neatly to the side, all overlapping each other; in the same sense the panel track comes with a continuous cord loop that is mounted on the side to give a safe and clean look.

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The Resimercial Trend

By Gina G.

If you’re new to the resimercial trend, it may, at first seem like a fictional concept.  However, with its growing success, interior designers are utilizing this very real “blended” trend to revitalize shared spaces in corporate offices.  The emergence of resimerical designs stem from an evolving work force wherein diverse groups of employees spend additional time at their offices beyond the traditional eight hour work day.  

The concept includes blending what were two distinct design areas, residential and commerical, together cohesively to create a comfortable and collaborative space wherein employees can congregate and thrive.  It includes deviating from the common white (and often sterile feel) of traditional office spaces to introducing softer, cozier residential elements. Resimericial designs seek to create clean, efficient and organized common areas that are also relaxing and inviting.  

Although there is by no means a uniform approach to achieve this, there are some common elements to creating a resimerical office space.  Having a more open floor plan instead of divisional work spaces is one element. Utilizing wood as common material in your space is another.  It brings a more rustic and homier feel to a space as opposed to the traditional use of metals and plastics in office spaces. Darker-colored hardwood floors, tables, and chairs can also contribute to the design and bring contrast.

The goal is to incorporate residential decor, yet creating true resimerical spaces are a bit more involved than just transplanting home decor to the office.  Vibrant area rugs and brightly colored throw pillows are often present in resimerical spaces to contrast the typical white office walls. Modern multi-person seating with soft cushioning encourages collaboration and gathering.  The seating furniture in resimerical designs should also be comprised of durable materials since it will need to survive consistent use (beyond that of a home) yet be comfortable. Finally, including bold or textured art work and large potted plants can contribute to your resimercial design.

Rollers as Resimercial Essentials       

The successful in implementation of resimercial design to your office space means you probably have a collaborative, open space with plenty of natural lighting, comfortable seating, and vibrant bright colors.  It is probably a space that is both professianal and cozy. However, to ensure that people enjoy spending time in this space without feeling like fish in a fish bowl, you’ll probably need to make a decision regarding covering the windows.  If your space requires privacy, you’ll need to address that without darkening or closing in the space. In the event that you do not require privacy, you may still want to soften the effects of the sun so that people can work comfortably on their electronic devices.  Roller shades, with their versatility, present the perfect window treatment solution to any resimercial space.

Traditionally, when covering office windows, aluminum mini blinds or vinyl vertical blinds were the common choices.  These were useful in that they were relatively inexpensive, very durable, and could cover larger windows. However, these blinds contributed to the now old-fashioned sterile and institutional office atmosphere left spaces void of design.  In an effort to soften up office spaces emerged the resimercial design approach.

Roller shades are consistent with this approach in both design and in function. Functionally, roller shades are user friendly as they simply go up and down whether they’re cordless, with a cord, or motorized.  There are no slats to bend, break, or tilt. Most roller shades have valances that cover the hardware and roll. Their seamless design brings a modern, sleek and clean addition to any room. However, it is really the abundance of fabric options that really make roller shades essential to any resimercial design.  If you haven’t added any artwork to the space, perhaps select a bold pattern to cover the window. If you have a lot of design elements already in the space, a simple roller shade in a linen-like fabric may suffice as it will add a little texture and be simple but not plain. Finally, if you’re attempting to keep the view, select a sun-weave material that will reduce sun glare but still be sheer.  They are available in wide range of colors and prints and contribute to the openness of the resimercial space.

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Small Kitchen, Big Potential

Modern Kitchen Trends

By Gina G.

Having a small kitchen doesn’t necessarily mean you’re limited in your design capacity. Rather, you have the opportunity to really stretch those creative muscles. Here are a few ideas that can make your small kitchen area  that much more functional:
Try bold colored cabinetry. Hands down, colors pop. More commonly we are used to white or wood colored (spanning from maple to espresso) cabinets in the kitchen. However, why limit yourself? Colored cabinetry is definitely gaining traction in the industry and can be a simple way to add some design to your kitchen without taking up space. If you feel like painting your whole cabinetry is just a little too adventurous for you, try painting just the doors of the cabinets in a complimentary tone. Blue tones and pastels are great options for this approach. Either way, color cabinetry pair well with most granites and stainless steel appliances.
Speaking of appliances, if your remodel is bigger in scale and involves large appliances, consider hidden appliances (fridges, microwaves, etc). Hidden appliances provide dual functions: they are both practical and aesthetically pleasing for small kitchen areas as they blend seamlessly into cabinetry without taking up already limited space.
Another idea to maximize the design of your small kitchen is to dress up your windows. You may only have one or two, so utilizing them to add something special to your kitchen is important. Consider a soft roman shade for a simpler kitchen, a bamboo shade for a more rustic style, or a textured roller shade for a more modern approach. Be sure to keep the treatment light filtering to take advantage of the natural light your window brings to your space.
As far as accessories and smaller appliances, if you opted for more traditional colored cabinets, here is an opportunity to bring in that color. And go bold, use warm colors but limit the prints. Fresh flowers are also a simple, yet impactful addition to smaller areas. Finally, avoid tons of knick knacks and non-essential items as they tend to make smaller kitchens appear cluttered.

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Fall Refresh

By Monica B.

With September here and Labor Day behind us, we’re officially started into the fall season. Its time where work and school pick up again, and we move away from the lazy days of summer. While we’re getting back into our routines and potentially a more challenging workload, it can be a great time for a refresh as we enter this new season.

I love the fall. The air has a crisp feel and the smell of the autumn outdoors gives me a happy feeling. If your family is like mine, for much of the summer we have the windows closed and the air conditioning on because its just too hot and humid. Now that fall is here, I love opening the windows to let the cool air circulate and refresh the house naturally. Thinking about window treatments even though I enjoy the open look in the living room. I highly recommend woven shades. They work great with giving me the cottage and warm feeling when enjoying my hot cocoa and my fire place in the fall.  Woven shades not only serve the purpose for the fall but they are also great window treatments for all seasons, for all styles and for all rooms. With a rich selection of dark earth tones to white, bone and gray, the weaves are visually striking.  Woven shades can be versatile even when you combine with fabric drapery or drapery panels. Woven wood shades come in a variety of styles from roman shades to panel tracks. If you need privacy, you can choose a blackout liner or light filtering liner and all kinds options to bring more character to your woven shade. The liner can extend the life of your shade, prevent fading and reduce energy cost.  For the finishing touch your new woven shades, you can frame these shades with edge bonding in a bold color to contrast or a subtle look.

Holiday decorating can help make the season more special and get your guest into the spirit of the seasons changing.  You can enjoy the season without stressing about perfection and still be able to look out your windows to watch the leaves fall and soon the snow falling off the branches.

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Summer Clean-Up

By Delilah C.

How quick is summer ending?? Fall season is approaching us! Here are a few end of summer cleaning tips that I’ve gathered through the last few years.

Scrub outdoor furniture: Throughout the summer, the outdoor chairs accumulate the buildup of dirt, bugs, etc. from the rainy days. Make sure you give them a thorough cleaning so you’re able to reuse them next summer!

Clean outdoor cushions: Similar to the furniture, these cushions can accumulate a great amount of dirt—although you may not see it at the surface.  Different fabrics need different care, but spot cleaning with some dishwashing detergent and warm water can help with the cotton, polyester, and acrylic fabrics. Always make sure to allow time to air dry before storing the cushions away!

Wash beach towels: Swimming and beach season is over, unfortunately! Give your beach towels a much needed bath, using the hottest water the fabric allows. Add a small amount of fabric softener to the load and they’ll be ready for next summer!

Scrub your grill: After all the summer BBQ’s, your grill will most definitely have some cook on grime that isn’t fully gone! Make sure you clean it thoroughly before putting it away for the winter!

Clean gardening tools:  To prevent your tools from rusting, keep your gardening tools looking brand new after months of maintaining your precious gardens. Things you’ll need to get the job done include gardening gloves, a putty knife, steel wool, a 3 ½ gallon plastic bucket, 1 tbsp. dish soap, 2 cups of bleach, 1 cup of vegetable oil, 5 oz. can lighter fluid, all-purpose play sand, bleach-free disinfecting wipes, old towels and a garden hose.

During your cleanup towards this time of you year, you might have waste, or extra stuff in the garage you know you need to throw away. I would clean out the clutter and just get rid of it all to start your fall and winter months clutter free!

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