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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…

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shed

recycled conservatory

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If you’re in “mid-life” like me, then you will remember the early days of This Old House – and its host Bob Vila. Bob’s still around, plugging more than Sears and their Craftsman Tools. He’s picked out some Tips of the Day. And even has a tweet “What to do with OLD WINDOWS”! How up the alley for a blindcrafter manufacturer specializing in Cellular window shades.

Of more interest, perhaps, is Bob’s website — which is where I ended up when looking at What To Do With Old Windows. LOVE the table!

At CellularWindowShades.com we are all about sustainability!

If more shades can be repaired, that means less will end up in landfills. A big “hurrah!” for the planet, today and for all the tomorrows to come.

A broken string on a Symphony Shade is just one repair easily handled by our Production Team. The person doing the repair just might be the very person who built your shade!

I spoke with a women yesterday who called CWS in frustration: the online company that sold her her shade was proving less than helpful in getting her shade repaired.

The longer we spoke, however, something far more insidious cropped up:

Originally (in 2002), this customer had ordered a Hunter Douglas shade. In 2008, she sent in her shade for repair; got a working shade back in return. Now – 2011 – she’s again got a problem; sent in the shade to Hunter Douglas only to realize that three years ago she didn’t receive her own shade back, repaired, she received a replacement shade! Hunter Douglas sent back her shade with the phrase that cut direct to the end of the tale: “Not our shade; contact the manufacturer.”

Surprising that she had not noticed the switch, but it made me think of small print websites might have about repairs…

With CellularWindowShades.com you can be sure that the shade you ship to us, returns to you!

Shade modifications such as a cutdown or fabric replacement may be possible to save your shade, but you also want to ask yourself “Is this shade worth repairing?”

A good rule of thumb is to calculate how much a new shade would cost; factor into that calculation what your current shade looks like: Is its fabric in good condition? If it is dingey, can it be cleaned?

If the shade fabric looks like the shades in this post and the photo at right, it is probably impossible to get that shade back to “almost good as new condition”: The top shade came in for repair, but it is the same fabric and color of fabric as seen in the bottom half of the photo. (Eeek!)

When the cost to repair is more than ½ the cost to replace the shade (depending on age), you probably should elect NOT to repair or modify the shade. We have, once or twice, sent back shades that, due to age, were not good candidates for the modification desired. Most restring requests have been attempted, even when the fabric has the looks of a very used car filter. We do always ask, however, that you vacuum your shade, and please do not use packing peanuts!

A recent survey of customers about “Why’d you buy in July?” gathered us much information — including the absolute LOVE people have for their Top Down Bottom Up shades.

One reason for this is clearly illustrated in this group of photos. Here’s the after:

Not only does the room have a great “feel” due to the shades being partly UP from the bottom (and how nicely they counter-balance the drawn roman shades at the top of the window! — which happens to camouflage the cellular shades’ headrails), but it also reduces the view of the backyard shed:

I must confess that I simply love all the knotty pine! While the sun streaming through in the middle of winter is advantageous, imagine how HOT this same space would be without the shades once summer hits.

On Winter nights,” Barb in Colorado tells CWS, “we deploy the cellular shades completely and lower the Roman Shades made from Warm Windows fabric over them. I don’t know the resulting R value, but even with the worst of blizzards and 20 below outside, we feel no drafts or cold spots. Our winter utility bill has gone down dramatically since we installed the cellular shades and Roman Shades combination. The Roman Shades are great but the Symphony Shades completed the job.”

So how does the Top Down Bottom Up accomplish this?

Our post on APARTMENT THERAPY, which addressed the privacy issues solved by the Duofold (another name for the Top Down Bottom Up shade), also addresses handy TIPS for how these shades benefit you in WARM WEATHER as well as COLD WEATHER months.

To read CUSTOMER comments about the Top Down Bottom Up shade, click here.

In celebration of  “Earth Day”, the Team at CellularWindowShades joins the crowd with our 2-cents worth!

One thing I can comment on today is, with our recent move to Williston, Vermont (from Essex Junction, Vermont), we’ve undoubtedly accomplished some savings as far as our utilities (heat, lights) go. It’s like going from an appliance made in the “good old days” and upgrading to a spanking new 5-energy-stars one! Chalk up one for the planet.

Our company has, in the past, donated products and money; two more recent ones I recall (1) a donation to Haitian Relief accumulated from a percentage of sales, to help with the aftermath of their devastating earthquake. We also (2) participated in a donation of shades to the Salvation Army, which sold the units through their local store. Giving back means a lot to our company. Chalk up two for the planet.

Some companies “give” to their customers: Starbucks, for instance, has a promotion for free coffee or tea — providing you show up with a reusable mug.

Reading through Starbucks’ blog post on their Earth Day promotion, it really strikes me that our cellular window shades fit right into this scheme of “the impact one can make through careful, conscious choices.” Starbucks recognizes the impact of trash on this planet with a build-up of one-use beverage containers in our landfills. The wonderful thing about our products are their longevity — a Symphony Shade is for life! You repair rather than replace. And in this world of easy disposability, that is a rarity indeed.

Tell us how you celebrate “Earth Day” today. We’d love to know!

By the time you read this blog, we will have been settled into our new premises for three weeks!

Here’s a quick peek at our “web” area:

My colleague was saying just the other day, “I’ve a good idea for a blog post — when we moved, we lost our shades, and really miss them!”

Only too true: on cold days (as these early days of March have been here) the chill just seeps right through the windows and walls; while on sunny days — which are such manna after the long, dark winter (as any northerner will tell you) — the sun gets right in your eyes. Well that’s not helped by the position of the desks (as you can see).

Still, while we don’t mind curling-up, cat-like, to bask in the sunshine we — who are in the window shade business! — have seen for ourselves how well our LIGHT FILTERING shades fabrics truly filter out the sun. Blinding light, as well as heat.


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