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The Lure of Allure

By Gina G.

Sliding glass doors and large windows are wonderful additions to any home.  They allow us beautiful natural light and outside scenery, and when weather appropriate, a nice breeze.  However, when we need privacy and light control, they can cause a dilemma on how to cover them.  Sure, you have your usual suspect in verticals.  Verticals are the classic solution to covering large windows and slider doors.  As they are the “go to” option, you have a choice between fabric or vinyl material accompanied by a host of other options such as style, valances, and opening types.  And although some may consider them dated, due the variety of style options, vertical blinds are still viable.  However, what if you want something different, something new?

There are some other options.  You could opt for panel tracks which are large panels of fabric that slide back and forth.  Unlike verticals that have a number of slats and can be challenging with pets and kids, panels are a bit more durable.  They present a great alternative to verticals and are offered in a variety of fabric choices including natural materials like bamboo.  Unfortunately, they do not tilt like verticals do and therefore decrease you ability to control the light and privacy in your room.  And, while they are a worthy alternative to verticals, some consider them bulky. They also can block a good portion of your view when stacked together.
If neither verticals nor panel tracks strike your fancy, you might’ve been left with choosing a large shade or curtains to cover your sliding door or large window.  Fortunately for you, there is another newer alternative, the Allure. 

The lure of the Allure is that it combines the benefits of the aforementioned treatments and offers a modern, soft, and beautiful option for larger windows and doors.  Like verticals, they maintain your tilt ability with soft curtain-like panels (no more noise from vinyl slats).  And, although they do have panels, unlike panel tracks, they are much smaller (more similar to the width of a vertical vane).  In addition to their small panel sizes, the Allure is offered with opening options (even center opening to resemble that of a curtain) and a valance to complete the look.  You can also use the Allure to accompany the sheer shades that cover your smaller windows.  So, while verticals are classics and panels are good options, the Allure with its combining of the softness of shades and curtains with the function of blinds, is certainly worth considering!

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Get the Right Look!

Window treatments are a big thing to consider when designing a space. There are tons of options to choose from that have different purposes and functions. When selecting window treatments, you must consider several questions to make sure you get it right. Do you need to block the light, create privacy, or just look pretty? Do you need the same throughout the house, or can you switch them up? Today we are answering all those questions about how to choose the right window treatments for your home. First things first: do you need to choose the same window coverings throughout your home? The answer is no! Each space has different functions, and different needs when it comes to privacy, light, and aesthetic.

Choosing the right window treatments for your home or business can be tricky. With many options, styles, patterns and colors to choose from, it can be difficult to make the right decisions; especially if your buying for a lot of windows. The process can be a little more complicated when you’re in the market for window treatments for unusual or unique windows and window arrangements; particularly rooms with multiple small windows that are very close together. When mounting inside mount is a great solution for close together windows that have their own separate frames. It helps maintain a sleek, uniform appearance without potential for overlapping that can occur with outside mount. If you are thinking of mounting your window treatments inside the frames of your close together windows, you can’t go wrong with micro aluminum blinds, 1” faux wood blinds, cellular shades, sheer shades, or bamboo shades. For one large window single frame an extra large or over sized window treatment can create the illusion that the room has one giant and luxurious picture window. Having a single shade can also make it easy to control light and privacy in the room. I would recommend roman shades, roller shades, or vertical blinds.

The whole idea of decorating is to make your home more beautiful, inviting, and comfortable with minimal expense and maximum effect. The thing is, no one else must live in your home but you. You have nothing to prove. Imagine you are making this change for you and you only. Stop thinking or worrying about the outside influencers. Good luck!

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Peace and Quiet

By: Brittany

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Picture windows are beautiful in a home but not if they’re making you feel like you’re living in a fish bowl. Plus, those dreaded verticals have gotten on your last nerve with their clicking and clacking. Verticals are the only thing that will come big enough for that window though, right? Wrong. With the new year right around the corner, now is a good time to do some updating and get the look you really love.

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High Rises

By: Sai

Good old fashion high rises. They seem to be an ongoing trend when living the big city life. Growing up in the country side of Connecticut, there was nothing to see.   All I saw was woods everywhere. Driving through my town you could see deer and cows roaming around like it was nothing. It was your everyday occurrence.  Then when I finally went off to college to UMASS Amherst I got exposed to the city life and Boston. Oh my god everything was so fast paced, it took me a while to adjust.  I’m just an old fashion country bumpkin.  

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Tips and Advice

Business Fronts

By: Sai

What people do to windows on their business fronts, I have no idea! Usually business fronts have huge amounts of glass in the front and sides of their business.   Of course they do!  The purpose is to allow the consumer to view inside and see what’s going on.  This is ideal because if you are in a busy area like a mall or something like that it is free and easy advertising. So what’s out there for you to put on your business windows? I am here today to teach you on what options are ideal for your business, depending on the type of business that you have, and how they’re affected by the sun light, traffic, and how much you want customers to see in.

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Shades

The “New” Roller Shades

By: Karen

My husband and I just added a new sunroom to the back of our house. It’s great, overlooking the pool, has a great sound system, and overall is a good place to entertain guests. Small problem – it opens up to my living room, that opens up to my kitchen and dining room… which means my neighbors see everything that we watch on tv – and what color my pajama’s are.

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Verticals- old but still the best!

By: George
 
Vertical blinds; they are old and outdated and worst of all they make noise “when you keep them closed and leave the window open!”  I’ve been hearing this for the past 10 years….So I think it’s fair to say that the excuses for not wanting vertical blinds is that they are “old and outdated!” ….Reality check!
 
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