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Inspiration Products Shades Tips and Advice

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.

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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.

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Spring Update

Spring Update

After the winter comes to an end, it’s time to freshen up.   A lot of the preparations for winter are to make your room feel warmer, close off the windows, and keep the heat in.  In the process, you generally block off a lot of the light and make the room feel more like a cave.  Once the sun finally starts to shine, it’s time to open the windows and enjoy the light!

Although it’s an investment, sometimes rather than turning to curtains from just a decor perspective, you can purchase new blinds that not only give you a new look, but give you function as well.  The most popular option is our cellular shades, customized with a top down bottom up option.  The good part of the shades is that they are designed for insulation.  Not only will the help once the hot days of summer rolls around and you turn on the air conditioning, but next winter they will help to keep the heat in as well.  Cellular shades are two or three layers of fabric, put together in the shape of a honeycomb, creating an air pocket, and a barrier for the heat and cold in the room. They can be customized further to have cords, come without cords (aesthetically pleasing and child safe), and can have a feature where they lower from the top, as well as raise from the bottom (in case you are close to the street or have nosy neighbors). They also come in a variety of colors – if you are daring you can go with a more bold color – or can play it safe with a neutral (because, again they are more of an investment, you don’t want to get tired of them!).

The best part is, with privacy, and insulation, they still let natural light filter in, so it leaves the room feel open and airy!

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Going Green

by Karen Earle

 
Customers often come in asking for our most natural product, as they have recently redecorated a room with natural decor, and are aiming to go green with their decorating.  While unfortunately none of our products are 100% natural (as they all have some man made components), there is one product that fits the description the best, woven wood shades.
Woven woods are one of the styles that have cycled back into being one of the more popular products in window treatments.  The shades are made from bamboo shoots, woven grasses, and other fibers which are all naturally grown materials. Not only does this give the very natural appearance because of the material, but it is a renewable resource. It works well in many different rooms and styles of decor, ranging from more traditional to a beachy look to a more rustic look.
The other great thing about woven wood shades are how customizable they are.  There are a wide range of color and materials to chose from. They are made in a roman shade style, and can be ordered as a flat panel or a folded panel for a more decorative look.  The shades can be lined depending on the level of darkening or privacy you need.  They can also be edged in a variety of different color fabrics (which not only change the look, but help prolong the life of the shade).
If you are trying to “go green,” not only from an environmentally responsible perspective, but also from a decor perspective, then woven wood blinds would definitely be the best option for you!
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Every Little Bit Helps

Whatever decisions  you make with home decor, and home design, all decisions affect the environment.  From the initial foundation of a home, and how it is laid, to the paints you chose, to the woods you build with, all the way up to the shades you hang in the windows.  All of these decisions, whether it relates to how renewable the resources are, to the land you are harming/affecting, to the chemicals your products are giving off, all affect the environment.
That being said, when customers come into our store, often times there biggest concern is insulation. Of course, the more insulating, the less heating cost, which lowers the amount of oil/gas/electricity that is going to be used in the house.  Most people come in knowing that is a concern, but not really knowing if there is a solution.  Which there is, cellular shades.  Cellular shades are a horizontal shade made from polyester, that is made from two layers of fabric fused together to create the shape of a cell. They are commonly known also as honey comb shades, because looking at them from a side view the shade creates the look of a honeycomb.  Because of how they are made, the fabric creates an air pocket, which keeps the cool air, and the hot air out in the summer, and has an opposite affect in the winter.  They are actually tested, and rated with an R-value (they range from 3.2 – 4.3 depending on the style), and customers have told us they control the temperature in the room 7-10 degrees.
Cellular shades come in a huge variety of colors and styles.  They can be ordered as either a light filtering or room darkening/blackout option.  They come in various pleat sizes, and are available in a single (two layers of fabric) or double cell (three layers of fabric). Surprisingly, the single cell in a 3/4″ pleat is the most insulating, because it creates the biggest air pocket.  They also can be ordered with unique features like corded or cordless, a continuous loop, or top down bottom up (where the shade can be lowered from the top and raised from the bottom.
The best part is they are a finished treatment, and a modern look.  So you get the best of both worlds!!
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