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Modernize Cordless with Motorized

Motorized Cascade, girl controing window shade via remote.

By Gina G.

As the window treatment industry evolves, cordless mechanisms have become integral and not just viewed as additional features to blinds and shades.  Cordless blinds and shades have become the main request for most people shopping for window treatments.  This is due to the various benefits opting for cordless brings.  First, cordless options, with no visible strings dangling, provides a clean look; there are no visual obstructions to your window treatment.  Second, going cordless provides the operator with ease of use as the mechanisms are typically very simple and smooth.  Additionally, for most parents and caregivers, it is a “no-brainer” when it comes to child safety and durability.  As a durable mechanism, cordless uses internalized stringing and therefore doesn’t have exposed cords that fray and may break sooner.

The prevalence of cordless is now for all window treatments whether you’re considering blinds or shades.  With lighter weight mini blinds, cordless also includes wandless option where both functions (tilting and lifting) are performed together.  On heavier blinds, the tilting mechanism is still present (usually a wand) but the lift which was traditionally corded, is now cordless.

With this huge swing toward cordless mechanisms brings the emergence of an even more modern mechanism, motorization.  Motorization maintains all of the aforementioned benefits of cordless but now automates those functions.  It allows users to control the window treatments with a remote from anywhere in the room or from a wall unit (similar to a light switch).  Powering motorized blinds and shades also offers choices.  Most commonly, motorized is offered with a rechargeable battery system.  It is easy to think of this as similar to how you charge your cell phone.  And, with most newer homes having outlets near the windows, rechargeable battery powered treatments suffice.  However, if recharging every year or so is not appealing, hard-wiring shades to the home’s electricity is another (perhaps more costly and time consuming) option.  Regardless of how motorization is added, the trend certainly progresses the cordless movement toward technology-driven culture of the modern day.

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Cottage Window Coverings

Fair weather season is just around the corner and many are busy preparing their cottage for sunny times ahead. Even if your neighbors abode is located a fair distance from your own, your still need to cover your windows to protect your furniture from excessive sunlight. Depending on your decor, there are a number of products that are available to suit your needs. Our article will concentrate on three specific styles of interior decor.

4 Styles for a Naturally Inspired Look

Woven wood, a natural product, can be a perfect match for the wooden walls of your cottage. If your windows face a wooded area or a lake, unlined bamboo blinds are the answer as they enable you to look out and enjoy the scenery; should you need a greater level of privacy or room-darkening properties, you can always add a lining at the back. As your cottage is only used during certain times of the year, you need blinds that do not attract great quantities of dust a flat woven wood style is easy to clean, just wipe with a cloth.

Wood or Faux Wood horizontal blinds are available in a wide range of natural colors that can be found in a cottage. These provide better light filtering properties and a greater level of privacy.

To confer a more prestigious look on your cottage, shutters are a great choice as they offer nearly the same options as Wood or Faux Wood horizontal blinds. You may open the slats only or the entire unit to let the sunshine in.

Finally, a roller shade from our Naturally Inspired Collection will fit perfectly among the natural decor of your cottage. Our new styles offer the appearance of woven wood while resisting warping in areas of high humidity. Easy to clean and lightweight, they are the ideal decorative solution for large windows.

4 Contemporary Styles for the More Modern Cottage

Cascade Sheers offer excellent light filtering properties combined with a privacy option. Made with a dust-resistant straight fabric, the window coverings are practical has they will only need a periodic cleaning. Furthermore, they are UV resistant to protect the natural furnishings in your cottage.

Aluminum Venetian Blinds come with the same options as the Cascade line, but a lower price. Aluminum shades resist discoloration and their slats do not warp under hot sunlight.

Cellular Shades give a modern touch to your cottage. Whether you choose a sheer, privacy or black out style, they all provide some of the best insulation properties. If your cottage has old windows or windows facing south, Cellular shades are the ideal option to help you save energy; also, cellular shades may be lowered to uncover the top of your window or combined to create a light filtering shade at the top and a darker shade the bottom to provide more light.

Last but not least, a solid shade or a solar shade may be a good option. While a solid shade will provide a greater level of privacy, a solar shade will let you admire the lake or scenery while filtering out harmful UV rays. Often made of wood, the interior of your cottage will be better protected against discoloration and remain cool.

3 Great Styles for the Classical Cottage

Harmony Roman Shades come in wide range of patterns and are lined to provide greater privacy or room-darkening properties. If you want to enjoy the view outside your cottage while maintaining a level of privacy, a top down model may be just what you need.  

Sheers which include panels made of material are better adapted to large windows, as they are lighter. Allure and Serenity window coverings include a sheer material between their panels; just like a curtain, they enable you to see outside.  

Whatever the decor in your cottage, there is a window covering to suit your needs and your budget. You are bound to be pleased with the result. Of course, our in-store qualified staff is ready to assist you!

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Two-Toned Cabinets

If you’re looking to spice up or add flare to your kitchen, a popular trend emerged towards the end of 2017; Two-Toned Cabinets. This trend is sure to carry on into 2018 (and already has!) giving your kitchen a whole new look. This process allows you to incorporate a new color, not only into your kitchen, but to the surrounding rooms as well. It allows you to highlight different aspects or  decor pieces in your kitchen as well.

One of the best ways to use two-toned cabinets is to draw the eye and attention to them. For instance, a large island is a great example of where you would want to make it stand out; or to change your upper and lower cabinets into different colors. This is a great way to add warmth by using a darker shade on the bottom, and a warmer tone on top. You can also choose to go the high-contrast route where maybe you do something like go with a navy or red to really make a point and a bold statement. You don’t always need to use paint to accomplish this either, you can also use stains to add a difference in your cabinets and still make for a very modern touch in your kitchen.

Ultimately, it is important to remember your surrounding walls and rooms so this technique can be a finishing touch and really pull the whole house together.

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New Look

Winter is officially here. Keeping the cold out of your house is literally a topic of conversation in your house once a week. The yearly debate of whether to cover the windows with the insulating plastic, buy some lined curtains, or invest in new windows coverings is now back on the table. The good thing is, new cellular shades have given a new look to a style that has been around for awhile.

Let me back up a step and explain cellular shades in case you aren’t familiar with them. These shades are constructed out of two layers of polyester fabric, that are pleated, and fused together on the pleats – creating the look of a honeycomb if you were to look at the shade from a side perspective. The concept behind the construction is that they are creating an air pocket, that will keep the heat you are paying for in, and the cool you don’t want – out. The added bonus is that they will have the reverse effect in the summer months when you want to keep your air conditioning inside. They can operate traditionally, with a cord to raise them up and down, a continuous cord loop, or you can order them cordless. More recently, the option has been added to order them motorized, so you can operate them from your bed with a simple remote control.  Another useful feature is that you can have them open from either the top or the bottom if you have pesky neighbors you don’t want seeing in your windows! This meaning you can have the shade closed completely and just let a little light in from the top of the shade by lowering the secondary headrail as much as you would like to allow natural light to come in while still maintaining your privacy.

The traditional style of cellular shades pair well with the modern look of them. They give you a clean look and are a stand alone treatment. Now, as I mentioned above, they have recently come out in a variety of different colors with patterns that can give your windows a pop! They are available in a few different textures that give them some dimension, a couple different patterns that soften up the look of the fabric (that some say is very plain on its own), and the newest style lends itself to a natural look with the texture reminiscent of a woven wood shade. And of course, they are all available in the neutral tones, but do come in more bright and bold colors in case you want to make a little more of a statement.

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Bathroom Window

By: Karen

We moved into a new apartment last week. It’s a perfect location in the city, close enough to walk to places, but far enough from your neighbors that you are able to have a backyard (no front yard, but that’s okay). There’s an actual full size kitchen, living room, and dining room. It’s 2 bedroom, 2 baths, which is great – no more sharing a bathroom! Really, it was everything my roommate and I had been looking for.

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Panel Tracks – The Stylish New Way To Treat Your Slider?!

By: Karen

As I was roaming around the blind stores in the area, I was trying to come up with a treatment for the new slider we added in our basement – I love having it open, but because of the sun coming in on the TV in the afternoon it needs to be covered.  We had refinished the room completely, and it now serves as a family/entertaining room, and installed a slider that opens up to the backyard and pool.  Chances are it will become the new hangout for my teenage daughter and her friends, as well as a great place to entertain my friends.

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