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The blogroll at The Inside Scoop at CellularWindowShades features a number of sites concerning DYI, home decor, decorating advice, before and after stories, repurposing furnishings, gardening – in short many areas that feature in the lives of anyone who calls their “space” home.

I dropped by the 7th House on the Left, the home (and blog) of Greg and Ashley in Virginia. Fabulous (and frequent!) blogposts, but my eye was ultimately caught by their *finished* Kitchen renovation! The post for Feb 15th, “Flashback Friday,” featured the MLS photos that first caught their eye. What a world of difference in Kitchens…

The original kitchen, from the MLS ad:


I was lucky when I first saw my house: the kitchen, which still retained its 1940s cabinetry, had been freshly papered and the cabinets (surely recently done?) sported a sparkling white glossy paint job. Only later did I notice the ‘irregularities’ – the most harmless of which is that the “new” wallpaper was never applied behind the refrigerator. I always knew the original 1940s wallcovering still existed behind the paper; now I also know what it looks like! Fingers crossed that the fridge doesn’t need replacing any time soon (I’d never match its dimensions).

Ashley will walk you through the renovation, in words and pictures – and even answer questions. Click the pic to see the *new* kitchen!


Talking with a gent from Ontario the other day, the conversation turned to which skylight system he might use for his “conservatory / garden room” (the room pictured below from Anglian Home Improvement’s website) .

garden room

These are great spaces to have, and yet they can be excessively cold in winter and overheated in summer. The Ontario conservatory / garden room is HUGE: 23-feet by 13-feet.

Initially, his size – per overhead opening – was 34-inches (width) x 54-inches (length). This meant he could use either our Balcony Skylight or Daylight Skylight shades.

So what IS the difference between the two systems?

The BIG difference is SIZE – a Balcony Skylight Shade can be no wider than 48-inches and no longer than 96-inches — yet as the shade gets wider, it must also get shorter to fit in our production parameters. For instance, a shade 36-inches wide can be 96-inches long; but a shade 42-inches wide should be no longer than 84-inches, and a shade as wide as 48-inches should be no longer than 72-inches.

This photo from our website shows a typical “Balcony Skylight” installation (the window shades, of course, we also manufacture):

Bedroom - cellular shades & skylights

A Daylight Skylight Shade, on the other hand, can have a maximum width of 96-inches, a maximum length of 120-inches. Again, however, the length of any given shade will be dictated by its width: the wider the shade, the shorter the length must be to be within spec.

This photo shows a typical “Daylight Skylight” installation:


These shades are quite long, fairly broad.

The larger-size shown here can be accommodated because of a “framing” structure. The physical differences in the shades can be better understood from the installation instructions for the two types of Skylight Shades. I always recommend that people look them over, if for nothing else, the schematic of each “broken down” shade which shows all the parts and how they fit together.

But back to my Ontario man.

Technically, he could go with either system – a 34 x 54 (w x l) is possible with both the Balcony and the Daylight systems. The first is going to have brackets at the top and bottom of the shade; a moving middle shade allows the shade to open and close. The second will have a frame assembled on site and the entire unit is then lifted into place. Of necessity the pricing structures differ.

I invite you — if you have a skylight application in need of some warming up (winter) or cooling off (summer), to get yourself a price quote for either the Balcony Skylight Shade or the Daylight Skylight Shade — or both!

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