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CellularWindowShades.com
is Pleased to Introduce:

Sleek & Stylish Oil Rubbed BRONZE hardware!

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  • All visible components will be bronze except the fabric color of your choice; good things NEVER change.

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Available on the following lift options:

  • Standard [pictured above right]
  • Duofold [AKA Top Down Bottom Up]
  • Smoothy Cord Loop [pictured above left]
  • Smoothy Duofold Cord Loop
  • Cordless [pictured top]
  • Cordless Duofold
  • Motorized
  • Balcony Skylight (retainer tracks are off-white; coordinated insert)

 

 

We’re currently offering the
Oiled Rubbed Bronze Upgrade

— a $20 value per shade

FREE!

 

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Enter the CWS Store to see what we’ve got in-store for you & your windows . . .

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The above photo illustrates the Symphony Shade’s ComforTrack Plus “sidetrack” system – as you can see, it creates a “seal” between the cold or hot temperatures outside, and your climate-controlled interior. By reducing the exchange of exterior air through the windows and into your room, this “total package” of cellular shade AND sidetracks significantly reduces both winter heating costs and summer air-conditioning bills.

And we’ve got DATA to back up our claims:

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While the main function of the ComforTrack Plus sidetracks is to help block air exchange, as the photos above demonstrate, they do a nice job of blocking side light gaps too!

Requirements:

  • Minimum inside mount depth: 1 1/2″
  • Flush inside mount: 1 7/8″
  • The widest width of the window cannot exceed the narrowest width of the window by more than 3/8″
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Measure depth at narrowest point
(cranks, handles, locks count as obstructions)

Features:

  • Sidetracks are easy to install: Sidetracks attach to the window casing with an adhesive-backed magnet strip.
  • Tracks are made of durable, high-tech plastic.
  • Notched track at upper edge and specially designed bottom end caps provide snug fit at top & bottom of shade.
  • Increases privacy and room darkening by closing side light gaps between the shade and window frames.
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Track’s notched top fits around headrail

Current Sale:

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That’s right: 15% off Shades AND Upgrades!

This could be YOU:

GREEN in your pocket,

because you’re trading in old slat blinds

for New Cellular Shades & Cellular Skylight Shades!

Remember: Shades ship FREE in the Continental US (UPS Ground)

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Artist-inspired RAIN BARRELS are coming to downtown Burlington, Vermont in an effort to raise awareness about Stormwater and run-off. Why is stormwater a problem for the Champlain Valley and other watersheds? Read the information for yourself. You could even WIN a rain barrel for your very own!

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If you’re located in the Winooski Conservation District this particular Let It Rain Program can even help with funding (though funds are limited; so hurry!)

Stormwater “best management practices” include (but aren’t limited to) downspout disconnection, rain barrels, rain gardens, cisterns, and permeable pavers.

Burlington promises demonstrations and Wednesday concerts, so check back at their website for up-to-date information — or just to see what your favorite local artist might be up to.

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Spring is a time to move house as well as clean house. News broadcasts LOVE to publicize the latest home starts or housing sales. So the houzz article on APARTMENT HUNTING FOR RENTERS seemed quite timely. The “customer comments,” however, resonated with me as never before — and I’ve been in my home for more than fifteen years!

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The houzz article is firmly aimed at big city apartment hunters, but the comments hone in on the worldwide dilemma of finding somewhere to live — and loving where you land. Some of houzz’s tips include

  1. Focus on a FAVORITE neighborhood or two, if possible (might depend on the size of the municipality).
  2. Beside budgetary concerns, what two other priorities must your new home have?
  3. Open House overkill? Keep a checklist (of likes and dislikes) or snap a photo or two. (One commenter suggested that snapping a photo of each front door helped immensely.)
  4. Be prepared! in some markets, housing will go fast. Be ready with pertinent information to convince the seller or landlord you’re the person for their property (references; credit history information; mortgage pre-approval; etc).
  5. Hidden costs? Are those window treatments included? how much are utilities? is parking available, or cable / internet hook-ups?
  6. Odd smells? Noises? lack of natural light? add those to your list so you’ll remember your reactions later.
  7. Be nosy! You might be living here soon: peek into closets, run the water, flush the toilet.
  8. Search online, newspapers, dedicated publications — but don’t forget word of mouth.
  9. Negotiate price. It’s worth a try.
  10. Will Grandma’s armoire fit? Bring a tape measure.
  11. Did the seller / landlord makes promises: Get it in writing. Don’t rely on memory…

My take-away from some of Comments:

  1. When talking ‘utilities’, don’t be afraid to ask how a bill is assessed; beware hidden ‘fees’ charged to tenants.
  2. Likewise, be leery of ‘application fees’ or leave-taking ‘cleaning’ fees.
  3. Check out the yard (if applicable), especially if the prior owner / tenant had pets. (think: clean-up…)
  4. Think twice about the flat near the elevator or garbage chute. Do bedroom(s) overlook an alley where the trash is kept? a busy street?
  5. Be on the look-out for signs (for rent / for sale); tell co-workers about your hunt for a home. The more, the merrier.
  6. GREAT idea: Check the neighborhood during commute times on a weekday. Cruise the neighborhood between 10pm and 3am [I personally would extend this to the likes of 7am] “to see who and what is out at night”.
  7. Pertinent to renters: is there a waiting list for a building you want to live in? Get on it!
  8. Really concerned about safety: contact the local police department and ask about the area.
  9. Moving in or doing a walk-through before closing? Take pictures and document.
  10. “Don’t be shy about asking a friend or relative to accompany you” – a second set of eyes can often help.
  11. Do baking cookies hide an odor? Does music mask street noise? Visit more than once to be sure.
  12. Looking near a school – but don’t have children? Be aware of increases in (road and foot) traffic; additional noise; parking or trespassing problems.

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Now to add a few thoughts of my own. I live in what could be termed a “small city”, certainly an urban area. The housing is predominantly single-family homes, a few condo units, only downtown has some “lower” high-rises. Downtown has exceptionally few amenities, so I can start my list with

  1. Is your area walkable? How’s the public transportation? Do you need a vehicle no matter what? Depending on your lifestyle, you may want to think twice about where to locate.
  2. If you like nature, are there public parks, scenic areas easily in reach?
  3. Would you prefer an area where everyone has children, or are professionals, or all retirees?
  4. Consider that the No. 1 business of businesses is to grow: that college up the hill will not be content with a student body of 2000 students in ten-years’ time; that airport will add run-ways and parking garages – or change flight patterns to entice larger jets; that highway may be two lanes now, but what if it became wider or faster?
  5. How close are your closest neighbors? Be aware of basketball hoops, barking dogs, loud cars or loud music. All have the potential to impact your enjoyment of your own home.

I’ve personally have lived through loud neighbors, barking dogs, early morning airplanes, a backyard daycare. I remember reading once about a woman whose neighbor was a chatterbox; ultimately, the writer resorted to diving into her car in the garage, just to avoid the neighbor. The spring after I purchased my home, the state ‘upgraded’ highway bridges – and now you hear traffic thumping over expansion joints; sometimes you feel them too, especially once the potholes begin to crop up again. In the end, you may have little control over what happens over time.

My city used to be tree-lined, but decades ago it lost that attribute to a two-lane / four-lane road through the center. Places change over time. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge when it’s time to cut your ties and move on.

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Whether you’re new to your home, looking for updated decor ideas,
or setting up some “must haves” for a dream home,

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It’s not every post that I talk about our monthly, ongoing sales: But this is one of our best –> the Tiered Sale.

Nearly every order qualifies: Save $10 on purchases of $100…. all the way up to our top tier of $500 off a purchase of $2000 or more. That’s a sale of 25% off our already-low, competitive pricing!

And what do you get with a Symphony Shade from CellularWindowShades.com — a quality, hand-crafted product that’s made in America.

Our Williston, Vermont factory sells direct to you, no middle man. Even our fabrics and parts are American-made. I invite you to click on About Us to learn more about our family-owned business.

Check out all our current sales, including a 15% off sale on Arches.
(current through Sunday 28 April 2013)

Once summer arrives, will you wish you had put a shade over that skylight? Or, black out shades in your bedroom? Now’s your chance at HUGE savings — and you’ll get a jump on Sprucing up for Spring! Talk about a “GREEN Solution“. The savings will slip back into your pocket.

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Top Down Bottom Up, Light Filtering Shades

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living room & fireplaceEver Wish you could measure your windows this morning, order your custom-made window shades tonight, and receive an email that your order has shipped two business days later?

Now your wish becomes reality at

Cellular
Window
Shades.com!

Introducing the CWS “QUICK SHIP” program: Our most popular fabrics and colors can be yours with less waiting. We still offer *FREE* UPS Ground shipping to the Continental US – but let us know if faster UPS delivery is desired.

Sally in Idaho orders a Top Down Bottom Up (Duofold) shade in color ALTO (see fabric sample) on Tuesday Night – with our new QUICK SHIP program that shade will be heading out the door in two business days. UPS will be standing at Sally’s door five business days later (unless Sally lives in the tiny area that needs one extra UPS day).

Bob in Buffalo wants a black out blind shading that street lamp in his guest bedroom. Gardenia is his color of choice, and he opts for ComforTrack Plus side tracks and the Smoothy Cord Loop lift option. He orders on Friday and by mid-next-week his order is boxed and ready to ship. Bob lives two business days from the manufacturing facilities of CellularWindowShades.com, located in Williston, Vermont.

Our QUICK SHIP is developed around our *POPULAR* fabrics and colors. What are they? Here’s a list:

LIGHT FILTERING fabrics

  • ALTO (#100) – white
  • HARP (#101) – cream
  • MANUSCRIPT (#106) – off white
  • CAMEO (#108) – warm cream
  • DANCE (#118) – light taupe
  • VIENNA WOOD (#124) – dark taupe
  • FLUTE (#131) – dark grey [while supplies last]
  • MISTY (#132) – light grey [while supplies last]
  • BATON (#180) – sand

BLACK OUT fabrics

  • GARDENIA (#3200)
  • MUSLIN (#3202)
  • LATTE (#3224)

How to order? Start with your measurements . . . for windows and skylights. Other shades – even arches – available (“standard” production times apply, although rush requests are considered).

2-Day turnaround means:
This Living Room could have
new shades by the weekend!


CellularWindowShades.com

Your Source for Insulating Cellular Shades

CWS offers custom-made cellular shades in both double and single cell light-filtering or blackout fabrics.

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