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Window Cord Safety Statistics

Window Cord Safety Statistics

October is National Window Covering Safety Month, a time to discuss and share tips that can help stop these easily preventable injuries and deaths.

Too many parents are unaware of the threat or believe they are taking appropriate measures by investing in optional safety features and putting cords out of reach. While these steps can help prevent accidents, they cannot guarantee full safety. Let’s use October to spread the message of this hidden hazard and save a child’s life.

See the BlindSaver Collection on HGTV’s “Love It or List It”

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We are extremely excited to announce that our products have been used in three episodes of HGTV’s “Love It or List It.” Below are the original air dates as well as the premises of the episodes using the BlindSaver Collection: Monday June 1, 2015: Season 11, Episode 9 – A Couple Comes to Terms With Their Unfinished Renovation Plan Monday June 15, 2015: Season 11, Episode 11 – A Couple is Torn Between Fixing Up their Home in the City or Moving to the Country for More Land Monday June 22, 2015: Season 11, Episode 12 – A Couple is Torn Between their Century Old Farmhouse with Music Camp and a Family Ready Home Did you catch us in any of these episodes? Let us know what you thought of how they used our blinds in the comments! If you want to see what any of our products would look like in your home you can order up to 10…

Mixing Color and Texture for a Delicious Design Recipe


One of the easiest and least expensive ways to change the feeling of a room is to add texture. There’s nothing quite like sinking into a luxurious velvet couch stacked with silk pillows. Texture is a key factor in setting up a room that’s both interesting and inviting. Using high contrast, eye-catching textures and unique accents can make bringing a room together simple. A room is a sum of its parts, and mixing decorative elements the right way will result in a balanced, pleasant aesthetic. Contrasting Textures Better Homes & Gardens design experts suggest using contrasting textures to add richness and interest to a room. For example, pair ultra-modern furnishings with a sumptuous and tactile shag rug. The deep, furry pile is a cozy contrast to the clean lines and geometric shapes of modern couches and chairs. A faux fur area rug or a nubby, thick knitted throw would complement a lush leather sofa nicely. Other general tips include: Pair…

Blinds for Businesses


Adding or replacing existing shades, curtains, and other window treatments may be a costly investment for any business. Choosing the right treatments should start by analyzing the size and amount of window coverings needed, factoring in materials and requirements for the space. By taking the time to select durable, easy-to-clean and cost-effective options, businesses can save money and even increase productivity. Size Matters To determine the best window treatments for a business, size is a factor in determining what window treatment will work. Solar shades are available in very large widths. The fabric can be turned (railroaded) height for width to accommodate large window openings. The beauty of solar shades is the view through the shade while it blocks bright light. Draperies can be custom made to any size. Mini blinds can be made as wide as 142 in. and as tall as 126 in. so this product is suitable for many applications. Carefully consider the needs and style of…

Blinds and Shades for Rental Properties


Landlords and property managers have a lot of responsibility when it comes to maintaining the appearance and safety of a property. While some features are required by law or agreed upon within leases, other amenities are strictly up to the landlord. One often overlooked decision to make about a rental is whether or not to install window treatments. Providing even basic window treatments will help attract renters. If the home or apartment requires the landlord or property manager to provide window treatments, several factors should be taken into consideration. The window coverings should be cost effective and durable, as well as appealing to many prospective tenants. Factoring in Cost Depending on the amount of windows needing treatments and the overall price of the rental property, cost is one of the biggest deciding factors in choosing what window coverings to buy for a property. There are unlimited options available ranging from: Cost Effective: Vinyl and metal mini blinds, faux wood blinds, or…

Light Up the Room With Color (and Light)


One of the trickiest problems to solve when decorating a room involves color selection and lighting, most often the natural light from windows. Using the wrong window treatment can change the way furniture or accessories look in unfiltered light. Finding the right window treatment isn’t difficult, though, if a few basic steps are followed. First consider your light filtering or light blocking requirements. Then choose colors that work with your existing color scheme. Lastly, select window covering products that complement the style of your room. Light Filtering vs. Light Blocking When deciding on window treatments, the first question is whether the room requires light filtering or light blocking shades or curtains. While both can be achieved through layering window treatments, carefully consider what the most important function of the window treatment should be. In bedrooms, the greatest concerns are usually light blocking and privacy. Shades and curtains designed to block light are opaque and often constructed from dense materials to…

Setting the Mood in Your Rooms—Not With Candles, But Color


When choosing to redecorate a home or decorating a new space for the first time, one of the first decisions to make is the paint color. Often décor is a reflection of one’s personality and tastes, but color choices can also communicate moods and ambience. Many believe in color psychology, which explains that certain colors create or align with different moods and feelings; for example, reds can be stimulating and blues can be calming. When choosing colors for a room, it’s important to consider the room’s use and what colors create the ideal setting for that purpose. Bedrooms should feel warm and cozy in order to calm the mind after long days and create optimum sleeping conditions. Home offices should establish a setting of productivity. Kitchens should feel inviting and clean. Just choosing the right colors can convey all of those feelings and foster a welcoming environment. Color Theory While there is a basic rubric in color psychology that can…

How to Improve Your Color Coordination


The start of a large decorating project can be stressful, especially when it comes time to choose a color palette. Whether venturing into a brand new color scheme or simply updating and refreshing a room, it can be hard to know where to start. A simple way to decide on a color palette is to choose a focal point or decide on the mood that you’d like the room to convey. Using basic color theory and the color wheel can be an instrumental step in knowing what colors look best together. First establish the ambience of a room by choosing either warm or cool color families, and try to choose colors that complement other schemes already in the home. Find a Focal Point Home decorating authority HGTV says that an easy way to begin designing a room is to base the color scheme around a focal object. Select a piece of furniture or a favorite painting, and use three of…