Cooler Nights

Cooler Nights

 

Unfortunately, at this point in the year, most of us have had to turn on the heat. It’s always a reminder of the window that is a little too drafty, or the door that isn’t sealed as well as it should be – and makes us start considering the cold months that lie ahead of us. With the holidays ahead, it is also a time we do not want to start too many new projects. The good thing is, covering your windows is a fairly simple process that can solve a lot of your heat issues fairly quickly.

The best option for keeping the cool air out of your house is a hard window treatment – something that lies closest to your window opening. Rollers and roman shades will provide a barrier to the outdoors, but ultimately cellular shades are the go to product if you are looking to insulate the windows.

The greatest thing about the cellular shades are all of the options. They are available from the most basic, white fabric, that raise up and down with a string, to the most complex shades that you can operate from your couch with a touch of a remote control. But, let me back up in case you are not familiar with them. Cellular shades are a polyester shade, comprised of two layers of material that create an air pocket – therefore keeping out the cold air in the winter – and have the reverse effect of keeping in the air conditioning in the summer.

The shades are available in a wide variety of colors, and patterns. They can be made sheer – to still give the feeling of an open room, light filtering – private but let light into the room, or darkening – for those of you that enjoy sleeping in on the weekends or an occasional afternoon nap. They can be made as simple as pulling a string to raise them, or without cords that can just be pushed up or down. They also have a feature where they can both raise from the bottom and lower from the top – if you need some privacy in a nosy neighborhood. And the newest feature, is that they can be motorized – and operate from a remote control. The great part about all of these options is that you are open to matching the décor of any room in your home, and to fit the project into any budget as well.

Harmony Roman Shades

Harmony Roman Shades

 

The newest addition to the Blinds To Go lineup is the gorgeous new Harmony line. The newest roman shades are an upgrade to an old standard of shade that have been around for a long time. Of course, with any upgrade though, they have a ton of new options, and can breathe life into any room in need of an update.

The most obvious change to the new line of roman shades is the fabric. The traditional fabrics still remain – so you have plenty of solids and linens. The new fabrics though really change the game. From chevron to paisleys, the newest fabrics come in bold, strong colors. There are blues, teals, and oranges that can really make a pop in a room. There is a wide range of grays that will match to the gray palette that is so popular in home décor right now. There are also of course the neutrals, the beiges, and the whites, the off whites, that will stand the test of time.

The new line also comes with an array of new options. They can fall flat, in a style reminiscent of a waterfall, traditional with the ribbing, or the classic style with the folds in the fabric that give the shade another layer of dimension. The shades can come with a continuous cord loop – which would be attached to the wall for child safety, cordless – with the ease of pushing the shade up and pulling it down easily, and motorized – which can be programmed with a remote to raise and lower all of the shades in one room with a single button.

The best part is, no matter which style you chose, it will transform the look of your room. Even the most simple pattern will bring a new dimension to the room, and the most bold patterns will make you question if you walked into your house or your neighbors at the end of a long day. Happy Decorating!!

Upgrading Your Thanksgiving Table

Upgrading Your Thanksgiving Table

Hard to believe it’s that time of year again, the holidays are just a few weeks away! Although the excitement creeps in of seeing family and friends you don’t get to see too frequently, the overwhelming feeling also creeps in – is my house going to be ready for guests?? Luckily, thanks to the internet, there are a lot of tried and true, and a few new ideas to decorate your Thanksgiving table this year – and we found a few that come with a small price tag.

 

– Pumpkin Floral Arrangements – A cool new twist on a basic idea, combining your pumpkins and floral centerpieces into one is a big hit this holiday season. Most of the time you have some pumpkins left over from Halloween, but if you not you can grab a couple at the store – they stick around for a while, and even better the prices tend to go down as November progresses. All you have to do is cut off the top of the pumpkin – a straight cut across the top – and hollow out the pumpkin. Fill the inside with floral foam – the green kind that can retain moisture. The cool part is you can use pumpkins of any size, and a variety makes for a cool centerpiece. After filling it with the foam, take apart a floral arrangement (again – you can save some money because you can buy the inexpensive arrangement at the florist because you are going to take it apart anyway!), cut down the flowers, and arrange them to fill up the pumpkin. It gives you the fragrance of the pumpkin, the flowers, and a great look!

 

– Upgrading your Pumpkins – Depending on the crowd you are having over for the holiday, you can adjust this idea. If you are going for a classy, more sophisticated look – grab some white, silver, or gold spray paint. If you are going for a more fun, kid friendly atmosphere – grab some vibrant colors. Take any pumpkins – usually the smaller pumpkins work better, and head outside. Spray paint them – one color per pumpkin, for an instant upgraded look. If you are having kids over, you can also use it as a fun activity after dinner to let them use markers to color on the painted pumpkins!

 

– Bring the Outdoors In – A tried and true idea, why go to the store, when you have the outdoors at your fingertips. There is nothing more festive for a fall holiday then vases filled with acorns, pine cones, and colorful leaves. If you aren’t in an area with a lot of leaves – or don’t like the idea of leaves on your dinner table, you can grab inexpensive leaves from most craft stores that look almost exactly the same.

 

Happy Decorating and Happy Thanksgiving!!