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Here in the north-eastern United States (CellularWindowShades is located in Vermont), the landscape is looking more like this

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Philadelphia in snow

than this

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Aussie Xmas

So, when I came across this “pin” this week, a deep sigh escaped my lips: Such a luscious green garden is too many months away!

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beautiful photo, by Andrew Renn (via houzz)… The dappled sunshine lays lightly over the foliage; the bright-white “gothic arch” door, with that fabulous lattice-opening that beckons you to stroll through to the opposite side; the chill touch of the black, iron ring latch. Even the scents of the hedge and flowers tickle my nostrils, as I type.

But, remember, north-east: Snow, Cold, Damp, Biting, Sunless, Grey are our watch-words at present.

PRESENT, how that word calls to mind this “Season of Giving”!

A friend in England LOVES gathering clippings of holly and diverse evergreens, mistletoe and pine cones, in order to decorate the interior of her home. She brings a bit of the outside indoors each December! And that is the one thing _I_ can think of to brighten the day as the shortest day of the year approaches. Here’s a sampling, from Pinterest:

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Blushing roses bring a nostalgic whimsy to this fireplace decoration of leaves, vines, ivy, sprays, and candles.

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Various greens, intermixed with shiny Christmas bulbs, make a “welcoming” entry.

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Submerged berries provide color and interest in these clear bowls, which then float a lighted tea-light.

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When all else fails, bake and eat your ivy, cones, and evergreens!

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A decorative “Yule Log” dresses up even those spaces without a fireplace.

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This guest blog is by Michellebofabric_sprayed

A week after I sprayed a light filtering shade and a piece of black out fabric with Scotchgard, I am ready to give them each a little spritz of water.  The water beaded up on both treated fabrics.  I was interested in comparing a non-treated piece of black out fabric to the piece with Scotchgard.  As you can see from the photo, the treated fabric repelled the water, while the water on the untreated piece disappeared. My preliminary results are positive.  Applying Scotchgard to our fabrics does help them repel moisture more than a fabric left untreated.  What remains to be seen is if there is a long term effect of the spray on the fabric composition and whether it will continue to repel water over time without reapplication.

This guest blog is written by Michelle

When you invest money in a product for your home, such as shades, you want to know that they will last for years and maintain their original color and shape.  We already offer a 10 year warranty, so the durability of the operating mechanisms is covered, but keeping the shades clean is up to the customer. The two living spaces that are most susceptible to dirt and stains are the kitchen and bathroom.  A recent fabric question on Houzz got me thinking.  How would our shade fabrics stand up to stains and spills?  What can our customers do to keep their shades in like new condition?

Although the shade fabric is dust repellent and can be vacuumed, I wondered if using a repellent spray would help prevent any stains or splatters.  Light filtering fabrics can be washed in a tub, as mentioned in our FAQ.  I ventured to the store and got a can of Fabric & Upholstery Protector by Scotchgard and started my experiment.

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Note: this experiment is not endorsed or sponsored by Scotchgard.  All fabric protectors may work differently, I stuck with a name brand so customers may replicate my results in the future.

I am testing a light filtering shade that will be installed in a window here in our facility.  I have also sprayed a piece of the Black Out fabric since it normally should not be exposed to moisture and might benefit the most from a repellent spray.

For the light filtering shade we want to see if the Scotchgard degrades or discolors the fabric over time.  I will also spray the shade with water to see how well it repels water in a week, 6 months and 12 months. I have applied 2 coats of Scotchgard to the front and back of the shade (following the directions on the can) and will install it tomorrow.  You can see the shade at right.  It is made of 116 Cadenza Double Cell Light Filtering fabric with Smoothy Top Down Bottom Up lift (and special order Bronze hardware).

For the black out material, I am going to see how the Scotchgard spray repels the water spray as well.  I have just sprayed a scrap piece for this particular test.  I applied the same 2 coats as the light filtering shade.

I’ll update you all in a week!

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.

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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!

 

Pantone’s Color Trends Report for Fall 2013 is today’s TALK!

Now you will ask, “Has ‘fall color trends’ anything to do with window coverings??” Indeed! especially when you wish to incorporate something *new* in your home decor scheme.

Q: To take advantage of the fall trends, do I have to change my window shades?

A: Not at all; just think of drapes or blinds as an additional design layer. Here’s a “before & after”:

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BEFORE: Barb’s home was a chilly bank of windows on a winter’s day, and a boiler bank on hot summer days. The lack of window decorating gave the room a half-moved-in appearance, while the garden shed developed into the paramount item in her view outdoors.

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AFTER: With shades and romans, Barb now had a finished look to her windows, also some “pattern” and “color,” and — surprise! — choice: she could pull up her “top down bottom up” cellular shades, or pull down her Roman blinds! What she liked best -> her view was now the trees, not the garden shed.

Q: I’m starting from scratch in decorating my bedroom; what COLORS can you offer, say, in black out fabric?

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Black Out Double Cell Cellular fabrics offer a pleasing array of jewel-tones, whites, creams, and earth-tones. Compare to this year’s Pantone Palette:

pantone fall colors

Mykonos Blue – a jewel in the Aegean = think, MARINA

Linden Green – the soft tone of a Linden leaf = think, CYPRESS

Koi – the fleeting flashes of a fish = think, CINNAMON

Carafe – their “rich, glamorous” brown = think, CWS’s COFFEE BEAN

Q: I love “Vivacious” and “Turbulence”, but I don’t think I’m bold enough to paint a wall pink or deep grey. What else can I do?

Accessorize! Small SPLASHES of color are often as useful and more entertaining than a broad swathe of today’s latest color. Check out some of our Pinterest “Just for Fun” pins. Imagine them in your home, as posters, pillows, or props:

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Posters – “my favorite things”

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Pillows – one for every family member

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Props – wind-chime teapot

The Cat with Cup introduces that fabulous Mykonos Blue scarf and a touch of Vivacious in the ears; Acai features in the teenager’s trousers; while Carafe and Turbulence are echoed in the rusted-silver teapot chime.

Fall is a time of vibrant color display here in Vermont — we see more golden leaves littering the parking lot of our window shades manufactory every day. Autumn colors rank high on Pantone’s “trending” list, and you, too, can introduce them into your home.

And through the end of October (27th to be exact) you’ll save $30 per shade for Lift Option Upgrades — which means two of the lift options — Smoothy Continuous Cord or Top Down Bottom Up — are actually *free*!

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Check out past posts on
Colors of the Month

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$30 off ALL Lift Option Upgrades, including our popular

cellular shades, top down / bottom up

Top Down Bottom Up
 (choice of Standard or Smoothy or Cordless model)

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Cordless
(choice of Top Down Bottom Up here too!)

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even Motorized!

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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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