Want a window treatment that adds style AND value to your property? We recommend the Bali Eurovue Shutter. It’s smooth, clean lines and award-winning design combine to complement any décor style, and shutters are the only window treatments that add to the value of your home. This New Year’s, toast to boosting your property value with style!
Solar screens are a wonderful option in rooms like this with big windows and minimal privacy needs. Solar screens let you enjoy the view and allow lots of light into a room without allowing the heat and glare to come in with it. Available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and weaves, these window treatments are a stylish solution to the classic conundrum of view vs. function.
The holidays are a wonderful time – there’s the time off from work, visits from family, and the fun of carrying on traditions from generation to generation. However, the not-so-fun side of the holidays is the electric and gas bill, pine needles in the carpet, and climbing all over that slippery roof to hang your lights. In a season of excess, going green won’t just make you feel better about the polar bears: over the course of time, it will make your wallet feel better, too. So here’s a list of three things you can do to make your holidays cozier, not costlier.
1. Replace those old tangled string lights.
Everyone has them somewhere- on the tree, wrapped around the roof, draped decoratively around the flower bed. But they’re such a hassle! Lights burn out pretty quickly, and when you replace one string it never quite matches the others. Maybe you can’t afford to replace EVERY Christmas light in your collection, so start with one set- the tree, the windows, the house- and replace a set every year with LED lights. LEDs can last up to 22 years, so this is a very short term expense. Look for EnergyStar rated products to ensure real quality instead of flashy promises. You’ll watch your annual Christmas energy bill fall with the snow.
2. Artificial vs. authentic: the tree question.
This is one of those questions with multiple right answers. Artificial trees look real, don’t shed pine needles, store easily, and are willing to forgive many years of abuse. They aren’t harvested from forests and can be recycled. However, it’s not so much about how many uses you can get from your tree… as it is about what the tree is made of, and what it does to the environment when it is created and when you dispose of it. Recycling isn’t a pollution free endeavor, and artificial trees can be expensive. Your greener bet for the planet is actually going to be the real deal. Make sure the trees are harvested from farms, not forests, and take them to the landfill to be mulched- Mother Nature’s pollution free recycling program- instead of leaving it on the curb.
3. Find the heat leak and stop it up.
With guests wandering in and out and cranking up your thermometer, heating bills skyrocket at this time of year. There’s hope, though. Check the door sweeps and seals for cracking and other signs of age. Replacing them is a quick and cost effective way to take a bite out of drafts. The biggest heat leaks in your house come through the windows. Cellular shades are a great antidote to this problem. Cellular shades create a pocket of air between their layers that insulate your rooms. In addition, they create a valuable layer of privacy- even in most light filtering fabrics- that your guests will appreciate. And don’t worry about cramping your style. With a wide variety of fabrics, textures, colors, and features, these heat savers are sure to make you merry.
Arabesque Window Shadings from M&B are perfect for the window coverings connoisseur. The 2-1/2” vanes look great in nearly every window size. The sheer panels transform harsh outside light into a soft, pleasant sheen. Vanes can also be closed for privacy or room darkening purposes. With M&B’s Arabesque collection, you can transform the light to match your mood.
When it comes to windows, there’s nothing worse than having to drape a sheet over a window for holiday guests. But what do you do when the holidays sneak up on you and that window is still embarrassingly bare? The answer is simple and affordable: One Day Production Blinds and Shades from BlindSaver.
One Day Production products are just that: production is completed in one day (typically the day after you place your order and ships within 24 hours). This means that instead of ordering your shades, hoping everything goes off without a hitch, and forking out the hefty fees for next day air, most customers simply place their order and receive it in less than a week and a half.
One Day Production wood blinds, faux wood blinds, and cellular shades are available in a variety of colors to make it easy to coordinate with any room. So make your holidays less hectic this year, and put that sheet on the bed where it belongs.
This year, your guest room is welcoming and warm.