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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:

apple blossom

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.

wood carving on door

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

xmas evergreens planter

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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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Is “Home Decor” the gift that keeps on giving?

I found myself contemplating this question as I drove into work today. I’m not a lover of crowded stores and not much of a showroom shopper – I do, however, love to let my fingers do the walking over magazines (inspiration!!) and the computer keyboard.

With money continuing tight, we all want what’s essential and practical — what will give us “bang for buck”. And if a “bit of pleasure” pops in to say hello, that would be rather nice…

Decor is difficult. You can spend a lot of money. Sure want no buyer’s remorse when it comes to home decoration! If you’re like me, you have to live with the decision for a fairly long time.

I can think of two pieces that I bought under *such* tremendous feelings of “I WANT THAT”. The first is a wing chair, in a FAB-U-LOUS fabric (deep burgundy, in a diamond pattern) that I simply fell in love with. Ball and Claw feet in the front. The chair had a classic look that had me haunting the store after hours, because it was sitting right near the door. One evening, I stopped by while driving past: Someone was sitting in “my” chair — and their legs were hoisted in the air by a foot-rest: the Wing Chair had turned Barcalounger! Comfort as well as great looks => I had to have it.

barcalounger

But once I got it home… Where could I put it?

The Wing Chair is now companioned by a wonderful Jeffersonville (Vermont) antique-store find: a corner end table, with a second tier around two sides — perfect for the suede-shaded lamp from a local T.J. Maxx / HomeGoods. But the chair ended up against the wall, which means to recline while in it, you have to pull the chair out into the room! So, sometimes I’m rather of two minds about the this purchase. Great piece of furniture – but not always used.

Yet, I LOVE it! Can’t imagine the living room without it.

My other tale of a “find” that I Love-to-Hate, or maybe Hate-to-Love I’ll leave for next time.

If you have a home decor story to share, drop me a line!

 

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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″
depth for tracks

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.
top notch side tracks

Track’s notched top fits around headrail

Current Sale:

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Now that SUMMER is officially here, I’ve been trying to find more websites with home decor content — nothing like a “new” season for a bit of “fresh air” in the home!

So here’s a few new-to-me blogs (and an old friend or two) that I’ve found to be worth visiting.

HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE

rustic cottage

With categories like “Home Furniture & Accessories“, “Bungalows & Cottages” (where this little beauty pictured above resides), and entries for every room in the house; construction tips and renovation ideas; household – and even moving advice, HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE is a great one-stop-shop for everything relating to house and home. Highly recommended!

DESIRE TO INSPIRE

desire to inspire

A photo fest for design and decor, DESIRE TO INSPIRE will give everyone something to ooh and ahh over.

LET ME BE INSPIRED

let me be inspired

Household “goods” never LOOKED so good – like this sleek bathroom sink. With a predilection for the purity of white, LET ME BE INSPIRED offers product photos, apartments portfolios, and even vacation rental advice.

HABITUALLY CHIC

habitually chic

Again, a fest for the eyes, but with short and insightful content. Punctuated with a New York – Europe sensibility, the style of HABITUALLY CHIC will have home-dwellers running to change up their own rooms. I’m heading back for a little Jefferson in Paris. Come join me!

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As usual, CellularWindowShades is open Monday through Friday for calls, email, and live chat (we’re in the eastern US time zone). Our website is open 24/7 — so, while I’m in PARIS, strolling with Jefferson, do take a last chance to shop for shades with our free Smoothy Continuous Cord upgrade (a $30 savings). On sale through Sunday.

With temperatures here in the Northeast topping 90-degrees today (whew!), I thought I’d post a few “summertime” kinds of activities for the upcoming week-end.

(5) Set up a string hammock:

hammock

(4) Haul out the ice cream machine:

whitemountain

(3) Let your kids paddle in the ol’ wash tub:

washtub

(2) Plan a picnic at your local State Park:

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(1) Enjoy a movie the old-fashioned way,
at a Drive-In:

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Has it been three years already since I first began chatting with you??

I’ve built up this blog from near-nothing to a dozen-plus helpful pages; hundreds of posts and hints; scores of websites on our blogroll; and a handful of original photos of our lovely shades in your beautiful homes. Keep those comments and photos coming!

We’ve added stories and new media like PINTEREST. I’m always grateful when people stop by, or leave a crumb (ie, comment or “like”).

happy anniversary

Perusing DECOR8 today, one among our blogroll, I found a new and useful website from down under: The Design Files. As a dedicated travel addict, I know there’s a BIG world out there beyond Vermont – and sites like these introduce us all to different places, new people, and bold design ideas.

The latest at The Design Files is a feature on Aussie Artist Carmel Seymour. Carmel now resides in Reykjavik! Talk about a change of scene. Carmel discusses her love of pattern and texture. Two “terms” of interest to all interested in home decor. She loves botanical illustrations, and her color palette certainly is rich in earth and sky tones. Gotta love someone who’s passion (besides painting, of course) is treasure-hunting at USED BOOKSTORES!

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You can read the entire interview, and see samples of Carmel’s work by clicking above.


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