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In reading Kelly’s comment to the prior post on “What’s Your Dream Home…?“, my memory went back to an article read in 7 Days. Kelly’s dream was a Swiss Family Robinson experience in a Treehouse – and if she can get to Lincoln, Vermont, she could live out that fantasy at Tiny Fern Forest. The ad is on AirBnB.com (which was the topic of Katherine Flagg‘s 2012 “Home Away from Home” article in 7 Days).

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It must indeed be a “Vermont Thing,” for I have found other treehouse rentals!

For instance, in Waterbury, Vermont, there is Moose Meadow – which features a log home AND this TREEHOUSE:

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Country Living has an online photo gallery which opens with Moose Meadow, and includes EIGHT other Treehouse accommodations — From Oregon, to South Carolina, and even Hawaii.

NB: the BIG SUR Treehouse might even appeal to PoshPedlar, who also commented on the “What’s Your Dream Home…?” post. W-o-W!

And RelaxShacks.com makes mention of Tiny Fern and another Vermont cabin that’s perched so precariously I’ll give it a nod here — in Barton, Vermont (also listed on AirBnB).

If you’re interested in the “Tiny House” movement, do check out the RelaxShacks blog – and Derek Diedricksen‘s book (take a deep breath, for it’s a LONG title:) Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshakle Retreats, Funky Forts (and Whatever the Heck Else we could squeeze in Here).

So, Miss Robinson (aka Kelly), there are indeed treehouses out there for you to try!

This year, to honor ARBOR DAY, our company has decided upon planting a tree

CellularWindowShades.com has been in our “new” home three years now, and our plot of land has slowly taken on a new character. There are a couple of keen gardeners in our midst! So among the thoughts on what type of tree we might plant came such thoughts as:

  • I’d like to see something flowering.
  • It must produce something edible – cherry? pear? apple?
  • It should be something that can survive with little maintenance; it must be something that survives long and cold winters.

Current thoughts are leaning towards this little beauty:

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One WordPress Blogger has this particular specimen in the garden. I was so happy to find Gardening in the Lines: A Diary of Gardens because I have so little desire to garden, but LOVE looking at the work of others. Flowers, shrubs, quiet spaces in cool corners – all call to me (though do I heed that call by doing anything myself?? Does raking in the fall count?). Alas, it may not be an active blog – but the photos are still there for all to see.

Some of my favorite pins on Pinterest involve “the garden”. Our board for “GARDENS & FLOWERS” shows a broad range of applications, from potted plants and cut arrangements, to vast public gardens. And don’t discount the whimsical: find our hollowed log planter or mosaic stone swirl walkway. FUN!

There is one thing about being in the window shades business: Windows look out on the world. And whether you cover your windows for light control or privacy, when you look out you hope to see something that makes you smile…. And flowers – with their bright colors and pungent scents – are the ticket. Here in Vermont we’ve had a recent snow storm, but we’re told that “spring is just around the corner”. Our Arbor Day Tree — whatever variety it might in the end be — will soon herald that blossoming season: spring cleaning, new decorating, open windows, garden parties.

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As we count down to a New Year (Good-bye 2013…), MSN Real Estate has been busy thinking about home sales. Home prices even made the news last evening (CBS News: San Francisco Real-Estate Boom: Taller Buildings, Steeper Prices). So it is a topic on many minds, as people either look to get into housing, change residence, or relocate.

Whether you live — or wish to live — in an area of plentiful housing, or an area experiencing a severe housing crunch, these tips will definitely help.

1. Make your home comparable to a “model home”

  • PACK personal belongings
  • TIDY clutter – including in the closets
  • TONE DOWN your color palette: neutralize paint colors

a personal view: my mother has NEVER forgotten the personal photos (all of the homeowner) that littered a property we viewed together. She recalled the owner’s narcissism more than the house! I, on the other hand, still joke about the homeowner whose stuffed bears and rabbits peeked out of every spare corner; the house’s already petite size SHRANK before my eyes.

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2. Freshen up …

  • Your Front Door’s paint & hardware. A “sparkling” door knob (and door knocker, if you have one) can make a bold First-Impression
  • Cheap & Easy: Replace & Update those time-worn plastic switch plates with something a bit unusual

a personal view: I changed out many when I first moved into my home; my favorite: an Art-Deco-inspired metal pair for the living room. Makes me happy every time I shut the lights off!

3. Let there be LIGHT

  • Add higher-wattage light bulbs (note the limit on each lamp!), or if possible, add more lamps
  • Old lamps? Dusty, rusty ceiling fan? Swap them out!
  • Clean windows, inside and out
  • Utilize “lighter” window treatments

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4. Little Updates can mean a LOT

  • Renew tub & tile grout
  • Replace old faucets
  • Replace old toilet seats
  • clean – clean – clean the bath and kitchen until SPARKLING clean

5. REVEAL that Curb Appeal

  • weed – seed – plant color

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read the entire MSN article

a personal view: a friend, selling her house before she retired from teaching, did the ONE thing she’d been dying to do all the years she lived in her home: she took up the wall-to-wall carpeting in the living room and had wood floors installed. I’ve never been back into the house, but, after it sold, the living room’s large picture window got swapped out for a standard window, and the front porch got enclosed for more living space. Gotta wonder: what happened to that flooring the departing owner loved so much?

In short, don’t take the opportunity of sprucing up your home just to put it on the market! Mke the effort for yourself. All of the above are great tips for any home, big or small, old or new, house or apartment.

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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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Finally, I get some time to take a look at some new websites, blogs and magazines – and do a little updating on Pinterest.

And it was while reading “The Adventures of Elizabeth“, that I felt the urge to learn more about “Where Women Create” — and found WWC’s fabulous Pinterest boards, including my personal favorite: STUDIO SPACES & PLACES!

So many times, on the phone with CellularWindowShades.com customers, I have heard the whispered phrase, “We’ve just replaced our windows….”. They, of course are shopping for new window shades; but you can’t help but wonder: What gets done with all the old windows?

STUDIO SPACES & PLACES has some answers! My favorite is the biggest project, found at the end…

studio

shed

recycled conservatory

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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