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.

Get Cooking With the Right Window Treatments for Your Kitchen


If you enjoy cooking or entertaining, it’s likely that you spend quite a bit of time in your kitchen. However, the kitchen is one area of the home that can often be overlooked when it comes to extra decor. What many people don’t realize is how much of a difference window treatments can make in a room. By taking the time to pick out the proper window treatments to fit the colors and styles of your kitchen, you can totally transform the room, even on a budget. Adequate Lighting & Privacy A kitchen needs plenty of light, but it also requires some privacy. It’s important to find a window treatment that strikes the right balance between the two. Options like a valance provide plenty of light, but not much privacy, while wood blinds allow in enough light but can be closed when privacy is desired. Top -down, bottom-up shades are increasing in popularity, due to their ability to let in…

Everything You Need to Know About Solar Heat Gain


The sun is our original and ultimate source of energy. Understanding how to control and use sunlight gives us new and better ways to make use of solar energy. Every homeowner should take sunlight into consideration to reduce their energy costs. If there is sun shining on your house, it has some effect on indoor temperatures, either positively or negatively. Windows are one of the biggest areas of concern when it comes to the influence of sunlight on your home’s heating and cooling. A Little Solar Science Solar heat gain, sometimes called passive solar gain, is the term used to describe how a home is heated by solar radiation. Sunlight contains different wavelengths of radiation. Objects in sunlight absorb short wavelengths of solar radiation, which is what causes them to warm up. When sunlight shines on a window, the amount of solar heat gain inside the room depends on how much radiation gets through. There are multiple factors involved here,…

How to Safely Decorate Your Children’s Rooms

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Decorating a room for a child can be a lot of fun. You can make bold design decisions that might not be suitable for an adult, while having fun picking out all the decorations. There are also important safety considerations to take into account when designing a child’s room. Decorating Safely for a Baby’s Room Babies have simple needs. They spend a lot of time sleeping, being fed and changed, so parents should pay special attention to the crib and changing table. A baby’s bed should be a comfortable, safe environment that is free from choking hazards. There should be no risk of the baby falling out of the cradle or crib, so choose a stable model and make sure it won’t easily move or tip over. Do not locate the crib or changing table near a window. You need a flat surface for changing the baby. Make sure there is no risk of the baby wriggling off this surface…

The Right Lighting Choice: Accent, Primary, and Natural

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The form of lighting you use to illuminate your home will go a long way in defining your overall decor. Light allows you to create an atmosphere that can highlight the furnishings of each space, brighten the color and texture schemes of your walls, and set the mood that best fits each room. Choosing accent lighting to go along with primary lighting choices requires that you consider the bigger picture regarding your style and the ambiance you hope to create. Natural lighting, on the other hand, does more than simply provide a creative way to design the overall look and feel of your décor—it’s also a way that you can conserve energy by utilizing sunlight, not electricity. Determining which lighting type to use and how these types work independently or together involves understanding the differences among the choices, as well as the factors of your interior design goals. Primary Lighting Primary lighting choices involve the ways in which you light… Recognized as Google Trusted Store

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Denver, Colo. — July 8, 2014 –, a leading online retailer of blinds and shades, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to ecommerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the BlindSaver website, shoppers can hover over the Google Trusted Store badge and see metrics on the store’s shipping and customer service performance. BlindSaver has a pronounced rating for excellent service and a consistent rating for on-time shipping. “We take pride in leading the industry in customer service with innovative features like the Perfect Fit for You program which we launched earlier this year,” said Tim Baker, president of “Participating in the Google Trusted Store program was the next logical step to formalize what we were already doing to take care of our customers.” As an added…

How to Pick the Perfect Houseplants


Houseplants add their own touch to a home and can look stylish as well as freshen up a tired corner. Choosing the right plant for the room you have in mind is an art, as some thrive in lighter areas rather than dark corners. Before you even start looking for plants, you must decide where it will be positioned. Is it in a sunny place or in a shaded area? You also need to think about the space involved as houseplants do grow, as well as how much care is involved. All these issues are relevant to the type of plant that is best suited to the space in your home. Light or Dark One of the most important things to consider when buying a houseplant is the light and the position of the plant. If you plan on buying a houseplant for a sunny windowsill, then a plant like a cyclamen or a geranium will do well. Bamboo palm…

Don’t Let Sunlight Damage Your Art


Do you have any drawings you made as a child, or a really old newspaper? Chances are the drawing or newspaper is discolored, brittle or cracked; this can be caused by UV damage. If you don’t protect your paintings or photographs, they can end up much like the drawing or newspaper. Once artwork becomes damaged, its value is reduced and it can be very expensive to restore. In most cases of UV damage, the harm is irreversible. Luckily, protecting artwork from UV damage is not very difficult. What Is UV? UV stands for ultraviolet light, which is a spectrum of light that is present in sunlight and fluorescent light. This light has more energy than other forms, so it works more quickly at deteriorating artwork. It does this by breaking down the fibers in the photo or painting’s paper and canvas. Paper, however, is much more susceptible and needs more protection than paintings on canvas. This form of light will…

Plant a Garden on Your Window Sill


Herbs are easy to grow and are superb for flavoring foods and freshening up your kitchen. You don’t need a large garden, as many of these versatile plants can be grown on a shelf or balcony near a kitchen window or on the sill itself, space permitting. Here are a few ideas on getting the best out of growing herbs. Choose Your Plants Herbs are very easy to grow from seed. Choose varieties that are used often in cooking, such as parsley, basil and chives. You might also like coriander if you cook a lot of Asian dishes. Take a look at the varieties of seed on sale at the garden center and choose around three or four to start. You can also pool resources with a friend, grow different seeds, and share the crops. If you know you’ll use lots of basil or chives, grow a larger amount when you begin planting seeds. Fill a small pot with compost…