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Summertime Here! Don’t Sweat It; Wood Blinds will Save You!

By Darius J.

Summertime can be fun but also be very hot, yikes! If you’re trying to cool down the indoor patio a great way to do so would be to add wood blinds. Wood blinds help to keep the room cool, as well as complement any décor that you have. Once you find your feng shui, your new wood blinds will fall into its rightful place.

On the same side of this equation adding natural wood blinds will bring nature to your home instantly. With different finishes such as golden oak, walnut and maple, along with other selections will add style and color; while the wood blinds insulation technology helps to keep heat out. Amazing right! Hey don’t worry when it start to get a little breezy out the insulation in the wood blinds work its magic again, and will help to keep the porch cozy and warm.

That’s the beauty of nature, the benefits of wood blinds are great; and the best part is that you will see that regardless of the decor in your home. Wood blinds will bring log cabin inspiration to reality, and all you need is a little imagination to make it happen. 

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Choose Eco-Friendly

Choose Eco- Friendly

By Monica B.

Going green in the kitchen will save you money on energy costs, eco-friendly products have a reputation for being expensive, frumpy and difficult to find. Appliances approved by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program use 10 percent to 50 percent less energy and water than standard models, reducing energy costs. Energy-efficient appliances, improved insulation and thermally efficient doors and windows are standard.  These products will help almost any kitchen be more efficient and comfortable. Another smart way of creating an eco-friendly indoor is by letting the sunlight in and maximizing daylight. You can do this by using skylights and open shades. You can also let your windows face south to get enough sunlight. Using daylight rather than using electrical lighting can be of great advantage to you because it can save electrical bills and prevent the emission of pollutants inside the house. It can also be healthier for you.

Painting your wall you should choice paints that do not emit harmful substances.  You can also use wall coverings like wallpapers to cover your walls. Or you might want to use wood panels, cork or ceramic tiles that are all eco-friendly. Aside from being green, these can surely make your walls look beautiful. Aside from your walls, your flooring would also be considered. You can use stone for your flooring like marble. You may also try using wooden parquet or laminated flooring which can be good for homeowners. Apart from an eco-friendly ambience, it can also add more appeal to the home’s interior.

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Eco-Friendly Outdoors

Eco-Friendly Outdoors

by Monica

Making your home enjoyable doesn’t only have to happen inside your home but also outside on your porch. A front porch is one of the most appealing areas of a home, especially if it is comfortable, inviting, and well decorated. It is a place where people often read the morning paper while enjoying the cool breezes of spring. The front porch is also a place to sit back and relax while taking in fresh air and observing outdoor activities. A well decorated front porch is friendly, and it provides countless ways to creatively welcome in seasons and special occasions. As spring approaches, consider the following creative ways of decorating a front porch for spring, and turn an ordinary entryway into a comfortable and more inviting place to enjoy the outdoors while showing off your personal decorating style.

There are plenty of things that you can do to decorate your porch with and remain eco-friendly. Of course you will want a bench or a porch swing out there on your porch. This will allow you to spend hours on the porch in the warmer months. You can sit on the porch and view the great outdoors. You can place quite a few things on the porch to give it style and color. Pumpkins have been used to add a country flair as well as color to any country porch. You can also add various plants around the porch to give it that nice green color. Flowers are also very nice as they are beautiful they give the porch a nice array of color. Flowers can be put in a flower pot, or even hung to be enjoyed. These can be put in certain areas of the porch to really spruce it up. The nice thing about decorating your porch is that you can decorate it for the different seasons. So now you are able to have a very ecofriendly home and give back to the environment as well as live healthier.

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Preservation

With a growing consciousness towards preservation of the environment and climate change mitigation, energy conservation is becoming evermore popular. Conserving energy can be a tough tasks, especially for those of us who live in an older home, built during a time when energy conservation was not at the forefront. For an extra boost of insulation, cellular shades are an excellent option. The honeycomb pockets in out 3/4” pleats can help control the flow of hot and cool air into your room, meaning you won’t need to pump up the heat in the winter or crank the air conditioner in the summer. This line of sleek, and contemporary blinds will give you that much needed insulation you’re looking for. If you prefer a smaller pleated look, our double-cell, 3/8″ pleats will give you a different look with the same insulation properties as the larger 3/4″ pleats. For maximum insulation value our complete line of blackout cellular shades will be a great option for darkening your bedroom and providing optimal energy control.

Cellular shades are not only functional and practical but extremely stylish. For a more simple, clean look consider one of our ‘Prestige’ or ‘Smart-cell’ colour options available in both blackout and light-filtering. For a more dressed up look, one of our printed fabrics like our ‘Borgata’ or ‘Mandalay’ styles will be a great option to dress up your living areas. With top-down bottom-up options to allow you to control light and air flow as well as cordless options for child safety it will be difficult to find a window covering option as practical aas a cellular shade. Add in the fact that the energy savings they provide will eventually exceed the price you’re paying for them and your window covering problem becomes quite easy to solve.

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Making It Work: Wood Paneling!

By Gina G.

Making It Work:  Wood Paneling              

Many of us have had some type of experience with wood paneling.  Whether it is considered a left over relic from previous home owners, a byproduct of the 1950s suburban housing sprawl, or embraced as a unique décor in your home, wood paneling can appear to be dated.  And, although often times those who inherit a room or home with wood paneling are ambivalent about it, there are actually a few different ways to make wood paneling work for a home.

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White Wood Blinds 101

By Gina G.

White Wood Blinds 101

Even though it may seem that wood blinds are currently “in”, they have actually stood the test of time and should be considered classic window treatments.  This is especially true for white wooden blinds which can be used for a variety of rooms and settings.  Although white wood blinds are classics, there are a few things to consider when choosing them to cover your windows.

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It’s All About Responsibility

By Tiffany P.

When shopping for natural material window treatments you want to be able to trust the company that is making these blinds or shades, is still giving back to nature in some sort of way. With Blinds To Go we take pride in doing just that, because it is important to replace what you take when dealing with materials such as bass wood, a kind of timber that we use for blinds, or bamboo, which we use for our shades.
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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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Have your friends go “green” with envy while you stay eco-friendly!

By: Sarah B.

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Bamboo is a great way to decorate your home while still being eco-friendly. Most materials such as wood or fabric take time to grow or create. However, bamboo is one of the quickest growing plants on the planet. Within a day if the bamboo is cut it will grow back within only a few hours. Even if the plant is cut from the root it will grow back right where it was making it ideal because it doesn’t need to be replanted each season. Also, bamboo releases oxygen after absorbing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide so it can also help in having cleaner air within the home.

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