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Kristan Cunningham Presents: KC Studios with BlindSaver [Video]

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Transcript Hi there, I’m Kristan Cunningham, and I’m an interior designer, television host, and now a shop owner. So, I wear many hats — but underneath all of them, my mission is always the same: To show my audience, and my clients, and my customers how to live a beautiful life. Because it shouldn’t be exclusive to those who can spend the most. The most lovely homes are the ones that are a good reflection of the people who live in them, and the time, effort, and love spent creating them. This is why I’m so proud to have partnered with Blindsaver.com to create this exclusive line just for you. For over 25 years, Blind Saver has been offering beautiful, affordable, customizable product, and now I get to be a part of that. For a designer, nothing is more exciting than being handed the opportunity to create something fresh and exciting and new out of something that is valuable and…

How to Avoid (or Fix) These Home-Decorating Mistakes

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Decorating your home can be daunting, especially if you are taking on more than one room. Using colors, textures, and fixtures to create a statement about yourself and your home is not an easy task, and there are many elements to consider when putting together a design. Although every look is different, there are a few universal mistakes every home decorator should avoid. Working around Something You Hate Getting rid of gifts can be tough. Maybe your mom was so excited to pass down the lace curtains that she used in her formal dining room for you to hang in your living room, or maybe your best friend gave you a giant painting of tap-dancing cats, and she was hoping it would earn a place of honor in your home. Whatever the despised item may be, you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, so you think, “This is okay. I can work around this.” Why It’s a Bad Idea You…

Ideas for Accessible and Affordable Window Coverings [Video]

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Transcript Hi there, I’m Kristan Cunningham and you are joining me at my new shop, “Hammer and Spear”. I’ve spent the last decade as a television host teaching people how to live beautifully on a budget. And I like to call it “The live a little bit lovelier approach.” And you have choices you can make every single day to elevate your lifestyle to make the really small things in life add up to something that feels really, really beautiful. But what I find after all of these years of dealing with clients and even viewers is the one question still remains, “Where do I start?” Your windows take up more visual real estate in your space than basically anything else, maybe the flooring. So, there’s an opportunity to make an amazing statement, and you have a choice. The absolute best compliment that someone can pay me is to walk into my home and say “It feels so comfortable, I…

Dress Your Dining Room for Thanksgiving

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The dining room is sometimes the least used room in the house, but it takes center stage for Thanksgiving. While the focus will be on food, serving your Thanksgiving dinner in a beautifully decorated room will only make the food taste that much better. The dining room takes center stage for Thanksgiving dinner. Dress up your dining room for its biggest event of the year with these simple tips.. Linens Starting from the bottom up, first decide on what table linens you’ll be using. Then determine your place settings: plates, chargers, silverware, glassware, etc. 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. If your dining table can take the abuse, don’t worry about covering it with a table cloth. A table runner with coordinating napkins can be more dramatic. If your table needs protecting, use a padded vinyl table protector under the…

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.