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Plant a Garden on Your Window Sill

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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…

How to Create Your Own Home Theater

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Wouldn’t it be nice to indulge in the joys of a movie theater without having to drive anywhere, buy tickets, be on someone else’s schedule, search for a decent seat, try to peer over the tall guy in front of you, and listen to strangers talking behind you. You want to watch movies any time you want and watch whatever movie you want, whether it’s a new release or a classic film. You want to be close to your own bathroom and have a pause button for your own intermissions. You want your kids to be the envy of the neighborhood after they invite their friends over. That’s why you want to know how to create your own home theater. You’ve got enough space in your family room, a spare bedroom or basement, so it’s time to finally make this dream come true. The Silver Screen Turning your den into a home theater involves a few details to reach perfection,…

Bay Windows: Everything You Want to Know

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A bay window is a combination of three or more windows that dramatically extend from your home. The combination of windows is typically three with angled sides that extend a room outward maximizing your view. The result is a unique type of window that adds architectural interest to both the home’s exterior and interior which may increase resale value. Advantages and Disadvantages of Bay Windows One benefit of bay windows is they add a little extra space to your interior since they often stick out by a few feet. In addition, due to the angles of the glass, bay windows allow lots of natural light to come in. And since you can open the glass on both sides of the window, you get double the breeze. When you consider these benefits, along with the elegant look that such windows can bring to your home, it’s no wonder that they can increase the value of your property. Of course, like any…

Durable Blinds for Heavy Wear and Tear Areas

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If you have kids, a few precocious canines or felines that act as your kids, you are probably all too familiar with the phrase, “this is why we can’t have nice things.”  Of course, having a house full of white fabrics and antiques is not an ideal situation when you have your kids in the house. Just because you can’t have priceless artifacts, doesn’t mean you can’t dress your home with style and safety for the little ones. Today, we are going to shed some light on durable and safe blinds that will defend against your kids, canines and felines. Faux Wood Blinds Are you the type of person who really enjoys a rustic look to your house, but wouldn’t dream of installing wood blinds because they might warp? Then you are the type of person type who could use faux wood blinds to achieve a rustic look to your house. Wood blinds will provide your home with the look…

Single-Cell vs. Double-Cell Cellular Shades

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When updating or decorating a home, there are many decisions to make. You have to choose what type of material in which all the countertops are made, the color of the rug in the bathroom, and what types of treatments you will add to the windows. With all of these different components, researching each area will help keep you organized—and not overwhelmed—during the process. So, let’s focus on one thing today: window shades. You know you are leaning toward a cellular or honeycomb blind, but are confused whether a single or double cell shade will benefit your home. We will shed light on the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision. What Is a Cellular Shade? Simply put, cellular shades or blinds are constructed with cell pockets that resembled a honeycomb when viewed from the side. The cellular shape promotes insulation and thus energy efficiency, but they are not a one-size-fits-all option. Aside from just…

Blinds vs. Shades: Choosing the Right Window Treatment

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When renovating a room, windows should be one of the preliminary things you decorate, after all, they draw a substantial amount of attention in a room. But as there are so many options within even the two most standard categories, window blinds and shades, choosing the perfect window treatment can seem overwhelming. To make it simple, first think about what you want to accomplish with your window treatments. Do you want to have control over privacy in the room? Do you want to let in a lot of sunlight without obstructing the view? Are you concerned about energy efficiency? There are many types of window blinds and shades that address each individual issue. Before deciding, understand the difference between blinds and shades, as well as their many subtypes, to find which one works best for your room. What Makes a Blind a Blind? Blinds have horizontal or vertical slats that louver to control the amount of sunlight and air allowed…

Strange Window Shapes and How to Cover Them

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Windows are not always just rectangular boxes set in the wall. Using interesting window shapes is a great way to add interest to your home decor while taking advantage of natural light. If you’ve decided to install an unusually shaped window, or if you already have one, the challenge becomes how to cover it. Most shades and blinds are created in rectangular shapes, and it’s unlikely you will find one in a round, oval, or diamond shape. Here are some ideas to cover unusually shaped windows in stylish ways. Accent Windows The most unusual shapes are usually found in smaller windows. Round, oval, diamond, arch-topped, and other window shapes can add visual interest to both your indoor decor and to the exterior of your house. But if you need to control light levels or want to maintain privacy, these unusual shapes may still need to be covered. While non-rectangular blinds and shades are not standard, it is possible to have…

Avoid Fading: Pick Window Treatments That Stand the Test of Time

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Sunlight can be hard on fabrics and other materials, causing color fading and ultimate deterioration of the fabric. This is bad news for some window treatments, which are often hung specifically to block bright sunlight from entering rooms and damaging the furnishings inside. While window shades and curtains protect furniture, rugs, and other items from fading, they take the brunt of the damage from the sun. It’s no surprise that window treatments are most in danger of fading and sun damage, especially when hanging from bright, sunny windows. In order to keep your window treatments looking fresh for years, choose window treatments that can stand the test of time. Color Matters Light colors reflect sunlight, while dark colors absorb it. This makes light-colored fabrics naturally more resistant to sun damage, because most of the sun’s rays bounce off the fabric. This is especially true for the ultraviolet wavelengths in sunlight, which cause the most damage to fabrics. Light colors also…