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Archive for March 2012

Blogging — and bloggers — have changed the way the world interacts. Everyone puts in their 2-cents-worth; and we all hope someone out there reads what we write.

But at we’re looking for MORE than your 2-cents!

We send out this request to anyone with a blog willing to
“Take the Cellular Window Shade Challenge”!

Set yourself down… and let’s have a little chat.

We invite you to take a look at our Blogger Recruit announcement on the CWS website for all the details, but I’ll outline a few salient points here.

Here’s how much we think you’ll LOVE our CellularWindowShades: We’re willing to GIVE YOU a FREE shade to hang in your home! The shade is yours to keep – your color choice – your window’s specific size (width/height) – your choice of Light Filtering or Black Out Fabric. A shade customized to fit into your home.

The catch? There really isn’t one! Your shade can have a value up to $250, and all you need to do is blog about your experience as a customer.

Our shades are built to last – we warranty our products for 10 years, by far the longest warranty in the shades/blinds industry. So what a great investment: A free shade in exchange for your “feel free to say it” opinion. That’s right, your opinion is entirely yours. We hope your experience with our Cellular Window Shades will be a positive one, but everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. You can’t get more “no strings attached” than that.

Why are we so confident in our blinds? Because we make them, right here in our Williston, Vermont facility. We think that once you’ve installed your blind that you’ll be glad you took the challenge – and only too happy to talk about it with your online friends.

Support a family-owned, Made-in-USA business by letting your fingers do the walking. We’d love to hear from you!

It’s Easy! Provide us with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Blog web address
  • E-mail address
  • Any measurements, preferences or application specifics you have in mind.
  • You can send your information several ways:

Let me get you started,


Recently, the The Washington Post‘s “Lifestyle” magazine featured an article on what’s trending in window fashion.

Brian Patrick Flynn, an interior designer and found of, rightly comments that “Dressing windows is one of the most impactful ways to give any space a designer edge“.

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Flynn and interior designers Betsy Burnham and Mallory Mathison give the rundown on what’s hot:

  • simplicty
  • softness
  • fuss-free design

Skinny rods, with tiny rings —- rather than conices & valances, add a basic curtain or roman —- sheers are BIG. especially in natural tones; a thin organic cotton living gives a bit of privacy —- use “only the fabric you need”, so ditch those puddling-on-the-floor curtains for the “spare approach”.

Flynn echos my own thoughts and particular cravings: “stick with linen and cotton“. I’m a BIG advocate of natural fabrics, in clothing as well as home decor, when at all possible.

Find fabrics with subtles patterns: tone-on-tone stripes, or use a “rough” linen rather than a “smooth” cotton.

An idea is to use “subtler patterns” for bedrooms — “where it’s nice to have something calmer. In your dining room you can indulge your alter ego, and go little crazier.”

And in the photo above, I can see a stylish CELLULAR WINDOW SHADE, maybe in our new Smoothy Top Down Bottom Up (Duofold) model, so it can nestle down beneath the curtain until you want to use the tub!

Growing up in the 60s, The Flintstones was a cartoon everyone knew and loved. To this day I remember Ann-Margrock and Stony Curtis.


So to find a Flintstones “house” near the beaches of Malibu — Yabba Dabba Do!

This interior photo should make you want to see more. You can find a full series of pictures, including the exterior and its ocean-views, at

Evidently, this little place — including 22+ acres — is for sale! The commentary mentions the “neolithic decor”, but I just love the furnishings — like this large oval chair/love seat seen on the left in the above photo. All the “gatherings” across the back, arms and bottom give the piece great dimension. The coffee table looks to have a driftwood base – very “organic”. The niche, on the right, which I took to be a fireplace turns out to be a TV. The dining room makes clever use of greenery up in the “rafters” and contains a surprising “clay slab” table. Colors throughout are these muted tans, which play off the white; everything inside looking clean and bright when compared to the jewel-tones spied out of the windows. The kitchen you have to see to believe!

This past week, CBS News ran a story crowing about an Ohio company — EdenPURE — which had brought back well-paying manufacturing jobs to the US.

By reducing its manufacturing costs, EdenPURE was able to reduce its labor costs and that meant their pricing stayed competitive. What does EdenPur make? Heaters! Endorsed, according to their website, by the “home expert” Bob Villa and “Home Improvement” actor Richard Karns.

The news piece centers on the company’s decision to find ways to economize in the production of their product — without compromising their product — which then enabled them to manufacture the heaters in the States.

The most interesting part of the broadcast concerned the “trickle down”. Increased production at EdenPURE not only brought jobs to their company,

  • their power cord supplier added 13 jobs;
  • the metal stamper added 20 jobs;
  • the plastic-molding facility added 18 jobs.

And the workers now proudly label their EdenPURE heaters with “Made in the USA” stickers at the end of the manufacturing process:

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