Skylight Dilemma?!

Skylight Dilemma?!

If you woke up today with the sun and heat glaring down on you from a skylight above your bed, don’t worry, you aren’t the only one.  Even better, there is a solution to your problems! When building, a lot of people think that putting a skylight in the bedroom will give good
lighting, and a feeling of openness.  The only issue is that often times people don’t consider that in the summer months, when the sun comes up early, it is going to wake you up! Luckily, there are shades designed to hang up in these openings.

Heat’s Here

Heat’s Here

Around this time of year we get a lot of customers coming in realizing how much light and heat is coming in through their windows.  The sun is pleasant during the other three months, until you realize how much harder your air conditioner is working, and how much higher your first electricity bill comes in. The good thing is, there are a lot of options that can help you to insulate the windows while allowing the sun (we waited a long winter for the sun this year).

While any treatment you add to your window will help to cut down some of the sunlight, and keep out the intense glare, there is one option that is superior to all of the others – cellular shades.  Reason being, is they are specifically designed to insulate your windows! The cellular shades are made of a polyester material, and is two layers of material bonded together to form a pocket of air.  They are often referred to as “honeycomb” shades because the structure looks like a honeycomb if you look at it from the side.  Because of the structure the pocket of air serves as a barrier for the hot and cold air – which helps significantly with the air conditioning bills (it won’t hurt in the winter with the heating bills either).

The other great thing about cellular shades is that they come in a ton of colors and styles – they can be light filtering for your common rooms – or blackout for your bedrooms.  They also come in a few patterns and textures if there is an area of the house you are looking to dress up a little more formally.  The shades can be ordered with many options as well depending on your needs.  You can order it cordless for easier use and child safety, it can be order with a top down bottom up feature – that allows you to cover the bottom half of your window for privacy but still let in the natural light, and with a continuous cord loop that makes large windows easier to open and close.

Country Living

Country Living

 

Now who doesn’t love some country décor? There are endless possibilities when it comes to this style and it is becoming more and more popular in homes, fashion and even wedding themes! But what I am going to focus on is the home décor. When I think of country décor like many, I think of plaid, a whole lot of PLAID! I’m going to try to change your mindset on plaid being the only option to make your home look country chic.

My favorite room to have a country style would have to be in the kitchen. Now don’t go run and purchase everything with roosters on it from your local home goods store. Although roosters are definitely a country item, limit yourself to maybe one or two decorations. There are plenty of other items you can purchase or DIY to get you looking like you live in the country in no time.

Lets start with mason jars. Not only can mason jars be used for storing and preserving food and jams, it can also be used as decorative pieces to make a country statement. I like to use my mason jars as centerpieces with fresh picked flowers from my garden. Or, as glassware for my guests when they come over and we need a little “adult” lemonade! Mason jars come in all shapes and sizes and can really add a simple but elegant touch to any kitchen with a country theme. If you are feeling extra crafty, you can purchase chalkboard labels and add those to the mason jars to write what you put in them.

Another simple idea to add to your kitchen are real wood or faux wood blinds. They usually look best in a 2” slat where you can add a decorative ribbon (that some like to call suspenders). This will definitely add some country to those boring windows and still keep it simple and elegant. Usually I like to match my cabinets, furniture, or wood floors to really bring out the natural feel you normally get in a country kitchen.

Don’t be shy to mix and match textures and patterns. In the long run it can all come together. As long as you don’t have a room full of roosters and apples, that might be a country disaster!

 

Don’t Feel Blue

Don’t Feel Blue

 To be blue or not to be blue. That is the question. We all love the color blue. Whether it be navy blue, sky blue, electric blue, or powder blue. It’s probably the most popular color. Actually its my favorite color. So why don’t we use blue more often in our home décor? Here are some ideas where you can add the color blue to your home and not feel “blue” about it. 

Color is SCARY!

Color is SCARY!

Why do we fear color? Th most common reason is we are anticipating change in the future.  If you think you might change, you would want to make sure you aren’t committing yourself to a color scheme. But why does that hold us back? Color can add such life and fun to your home décor and wardrobe. Whether it be accent walls, some bright wash towels in the bathroom, or some funky bright jewelry. If you are one of those people who fear color, take a risk! Color can have more impact on your everyday life than you would expect. So instead of thinking of color as a commitment issue, think of it as a way to add more spunk and happiness to your life. Here are some facts what will happen when you add color to any room or wardrobe this summer.