Marta Baker, Author at The Great Room

About the Author: Marta Baker

Marta Baker is a writer, designer, and an expert in window coverings,. Married to an artist, Marta learned to appreciate good design whether it was art, furniture, the written word or a beautifully appointed room. She studied journalism in college and has worked as a writer for nearly 20 years. Marta has been has been working at BlindSaver for over 5 years as a senior designer. Marta has been has been working at BlindSaver for over 5 years as a senior designer.

Decorating for Resale

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Just a thought before you pick out your favorite shade of bright purple for an accent wall in your new home! Is there the possibility you may be selling in a few years. Most new homeowners will sell for one reason or another on average in five to seven years. If that possibility is in your future think about decorating for resale. The first thing a real estate agent will tell you when considering to list your property will be cover up that purple wall with a neutral color. If you’ve made the mistake of coordinating that wall with a vibrant print wall to wall carpet it will make it more difficult to sell your home and affect the selling price. So will that trendy wallpaper already outdated by the time you put your house on the market. Keep in mind, few potential buyers will appreciate your good taste or the amount of work involved in changing it to something…

Top 5 Most Popular Blinds

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Here are the 5 most popular window treatments to guide your decision making. There is a reason these blinds are the most popular. Read on. #1 Cellular Shades Cellular shades are one of the most popular shades in the country because they do so much. The offer a lot of insulation, they offer light control and they come in a wide variety of fabrics and colors. They are available cordless, and some can be raised from the top down. Cellular shades will enhance your windows and work with most decors. Because windows can account for 25% of heat and air loss in the home, the insulation value of cellular shades saves money on heating and air conditioning, a major plus for this product. The structure of the shade creates the insulation. Honeycomb pockets trap air inside and these pockets become instant insulators that stop or slow down the transfer of heat between your windows and the rest of your home….

Easy and Elegant Table Setting Ideas – When Your Dining Room Takes Center State on Thanksgiving

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Set the mood for your Thanksgiving celebration with these creative ideas including linens, centerpieces and windows. Linens Establish your color theme based on the colors already present in your room while adding traditional fall colors such as burnt orange, browns and golden yellows. Table linens are a must for a formal setting, whether a table runner, place mats or tablecloth. A white table cloth can be a backdrop for any color scheme. Cloth napkins with napkin holders are an important element in completing your linens. Match your napkins to the tablecloth or use coordinating napkins in a single color or mix it up with multiple colors within your color scheme. If you don’t have napkin holders, tie your napkins with ribbon or twine. For a formal setting, offer a crisply folded napkin at each place setting. Now set the table. In most circumstances, a basic table setting is sufficient, but set the table based on the food you will be…

Affordable Cordless Blind Options

Affordable Cordless Blind Options

Not all blinds need cords or pulls to work. Cordless window blinds may seem like an unnecessary upgrade to many people, but for any home with children or pets, they’re an essential safety feature. There are several mechanisms that make for beautiful, much safer, and affordable cordless blind and covering options. When looking for cordless blinds, look for a shade that uses one of these functions.

Learn more about the different types of cordless mechanisms and the many different styles of cordless window coverings available!

Window Covering Safety Options

Window Covering Safety Options

Window blind safety is a lesser-known, but equally fatal danger as other household threats. It is an emotional, uncomfortable topic, but the lack of discussion or consideration can have irreparable consequences on a family.

Keeping children safe is of utmost importance and should be everyone’s priority. When choosing window treatments for your home, keep these safety precautions in mind and take the steps necessary to provide the safest environment possible.

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

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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…