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About the Author: Alicia Graham

Alicia Graham is the Product Manager for BlindSaver.com. She is also an experienced set designer and interior painter, with a broad knowledge of painting techniques that ranges from faux painting to alternate tools that save time and headaches. She is dedicated to making the imagination work in step with the budget and turning hobbyists into artists. Alicia Graham believes that anyone can be an artist in their home with a little help and information.

Picture of the Week: Kristan Cunningham Roller Shades

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Brrr! Here at BlindSaver, the chill of the fall is in the air, and with it the knowledge that the season is here. The season of Halloween parties, Christmas Dinners, and New Year’s count downs. Of extended family stays featuring big dinners and big messes. So why not choose a window covering that can stand up to all that? Kristan Cunningham’s exclusive line of roller shades are made of 100% Polyester, so spills wipe off easily with just a damp rag. Plus, with a wide range of unique patterns and familiar colors this collection will fit in any home during any season.

Picture of the Week: Niteguard™ Faux Wood at BlindSaver

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This unique faux wood blind featured exclusively at BlindSaver.com has a new way to combat light gaps that keep your privacy from being complete. The slats of the blind are angled with the route holes in the back of the slat. As a result, the route holes are completely hidden when the slats are closed and almost no light passes between the slats. These blinds are a great window covering solution for any room where privacy is an imperative, and will help you sleep easier and deeper.

Picking the Perfect Cellular Shade

With so many fabrics, colors, and light control choices, cellular shades are perfect for any home, budget, and style. But all those choices can feel a little overwhelming. Consider the following to help you make your choice with confidence. 1. Light filtering or blackout? Most people prefer to sleep in complete darkness, and blackout fabrics fit the bill for a deep sleep. Not only do blackout fabrics block light, they also muffle outside noise and provide complete privacy. For complete light control, you can overlap your windows with your shades by a adding a couple of inches on each side. If you don’t want to live in the dark, double cell light filtering shades offer light in your room with minimal silhouetting- the effect of your shadow being visible on your shade from outside your room at night (think shadow puppets here). If you’re not too concerned about privacy, feel free to get a single cell shade- you can choose…

Picture of the Week: Beat the Heat

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Summer is here, with its long, glorious days. Now is the perfect time to address those beautiful wide windows. You’ve left them bare to keep the panoramic views and flood of light intact, but you pay for that decision in air conditioning bills and faded decor. Try instead using Panel Track Blinds with a solar screen fabric. You’ll keep your view while the specialized fabric blocks UV rays. This summer, you can turn down the AC and hang your favorite paintings with confidence.

3 Steps to Being Your Own Designer

Sometimes, the world of window coverings can seem intimidating- especially when you are ordering online. The prospects seem beautiful, but you are afraid of ordering a blind, hanging it in your window, and discovering it doesn’t suit you at all.  Take a breath- we are here to help you recover your Zen with these three easy steps to window coverings harmony. 1. Find Your Style. Take a look around your home, making note of what you love and what you don’t.  Are you redecorating? What do you want your home to look like? This is the easiest time of year to do this, as you clear out the clutter from winter and open your windows for some fresh air at long last. Now choose the group of words below that best describes you and your ideal home. Clean, Cool, Simple   Timeless, Soft, Warm   Textured, Bold, Energetic   We won’t dig into all the myriad of different “style” labels…

Picture of the Week: Protecting Your Privacy

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You made a great choice when you picked out those beautiful woven wood samples. Their rich texture stands out in your room, and does it without making a big fussy scene.  But before you click “Continue With Checkout”, take a moment to add a liner to any shade that’s destined for a bedroom or bathroom. The unique weaves of a Natural Shade are beautiful, but they are also semi-sheer. Add a natural liner to hold on to both your sense of style and your privacy.

Picture of the Week: Bali Diffusion

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Welcome to natural light and a bright, open feel with privacy intact. Welcome to a sleek, modern appeal. Welcome to Bali Diffusion. Bali Diffusion is an innovative product offered exclusively by Bali. The privacy is created by the textured side of the blind, which scatters light while allowing it to fill your room, creating complete privacy in your home. From as little as 6 inches away from your blind, your privacy is complete- and so is your enjoyment of the beauty of natural light.

Spring Cleaning for Your Blinds

The gloom of winter is finally lifting away for the brightness of summer. Now is the perfect time to open up windows for fresh air and clear away the last stronghold of winter dreariness: dingy window coverings.  Your shades have been down all winter, keeping the cold out of your home, and they too may need a little TLC. Here’s a breakdown of the “how-tos” for the most common dirty-blind culprits. Vinyl Vertical Blinds and Faux Woods: Because these are usually made of PVC or a PVC-Wood Composite, the size of faux wood and vinyl vertical blinds needn’t stop you from cleaning them up. A rag and some warm water will easily clean up lingering dust. If you’re wiping them down and notice a thick layer of grunge that resists your efforts and just sticks to the blind, constantly being pushed forward by your rag, don’t despair! This is usually the result of oils from fingers, hair, and airborne skin…