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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…

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…

Spring Cleaning for Your Blinds

The gloom of winter is finally lifting away for the brightness of summer. Now is the perfect time to open up windows for fresh air and clear away the last stronghold of winter dreariness: dingy window coverings.  Your shades have been down all winter, keeping the cold out of your home, and they too may need a little TLC. Here’s a breakdown of the “how-tos” for the most common dirty-blind culprits. Vinyl Vertical Blinds and Faux Woods: Because these are usually made of PVC or a PVC-Wood Composite, the size of faux wood and vinyl vertical blinds needn’t stop you from cleaning them up. A rag and some warm water will easily clean up lingering dust. If you’re wiping them down and notice a thick layer of grunge that resists your efforts and just sticks to the blind, constantly being pushed forward by your rag, don’t despair! This is usually the result of oils from fingers, hair, and airborne skin…

Keeping the “Brrr!” Outside

Winter is upon us with a vengeance, and if you’re tired of walking around the house wrapped in a blanket, we’ve got some shiver-reducing tips that will have you warmed up in no time, while reducing the dreaded energy bill. Get Friendly with a Space Heater At nighttime when the temperature outside plummets, it may seem like your heating system is powerless but your bill is limitless. The solution to your woes is simple- space heaters. They can be adjusted for individual comfort levels, so you don’t need to shiver for the sake of the easily overheated members of your family. By turning down your thermostat to the mid-sixties at night and turning up the space heaters in the bedrooms, you can save a chunk of change. For safety’s sake, though, please invest in new space heaters with concealed coils that turn off when tipped over. Have small children? Wait to turn on the heater until bedtime, and remove it…

Picture of the Week: Top-Down / Bottom-Up

This versatile feature allows light in from the top while still offering privacy at eye-level on cellular, pleated, roman, and natural shades. An important consideration is whether you want this feature controlled with cords or without cords. Corded control is ideal when the top of the window is out of easy reach. This is most common above a sink or on a very tall window. Cordless top-down / bottom-up is perfect for children’s rooms and for any window where the top of the window will be within easy reach. Add this convenient feature for a great price today!

Picture of the Week: Great Prints, Good Housekeeping

What we love about this picture is how the light print adds life and whimsy to the room while letting in the perfect amount of light. Available in Rollers, Flat Panel Romans, and Cellular Shades, this pattern can pretty up any room and coordinates easily throughout the home. What’s more, the Good Housekeeping line of window coverings passed the vigorous testing of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, so their quality is guaranteed like no other shade on the market.

Picture of the Week

Big windows, a beautiful view… and a really cold room. No one wants to ruin their view, but wearing your winter coat indoors is no fun either.  What we love about Levolor’s Sheer Efficiency Cellulars is their patented Energy Shield, which allows you to keep your beautiful view without sacrificing your heating bill. These sheers combine the view and solar protection of solar screens with the insulating power of cellulars, making this the picture of the week.

How to Choose the Perfect Color

You’ve read up on color psychology.  You’ve put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and a slipcover on the sofa. You’ve thought over whether you’re a neutrals or color kind of person. You have decided which KIND of treatment you want. And then you get online to buy your shades and you freeze. There are just so MANY colors to choose from! And going neutral doesn’t solve the problem- there’s more shades of white than you ever thought possible! Take a deep breath. You don’t have to use “eenie-meenie-minie-moe” to pick your color (in fact, I strongly recommend against this method and similar ones such as “well, it says it’s white, so…”). The first step is to order samples. This is always worth the delay, because computer screens do not represent fabric qualities or colors accurately. Since you are typically limited on how many free samples you can get at once, and manufacturers update their available colors annually to keep…