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.

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

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”

blindsaver on hgtv

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…