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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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Sam SnowmanIf it’s COLD enough to keep a snowman comfortable in your home, consider a:

Cellular Window Shade

For your room’s window!

Cellular Window Shades are perfect for retaining your home’s heat: Today I was talking to a man who had just taken delivery of his recent shade order. He was so enthusiastic! And tonight will be the FIRST time a room (kept at 60-degrees this winter) will have SHADES in the windows at all.

“You will find it makes a WORLD of difference,” I told him, “regarding your comfort as well as the energy savings” — and that’s no mere boast. I sit directly below a “leaky” double-paned window. Today, especially, the only thing that kept me warm was the cellular window shade: I didn’t lift it up till 2 pm! (Winter sun = must “bask” in it)

Click on the snowman to visit our website – Introduce yourself, your home, and your family & pets to the same cold-weather protection my guy was so pleased to be experiencing this afternoon. Our shades are Made in America — unlike this Arctic Blast, which dropped down from Canada….

Over the past few months, I’ve been “pinning” to the CellularWindowShades.com Pinterest Boards – rooms, dilemmas, to-die-for purchases, oh-so-calming garden shots and much more. I must have indicated a liking for food — once I’ve logged in, all these CUPCAKE items pop into view:

peacock cupcake

They’re cute, but I don’t bake a lot… though our head of Production does, par excellence! Small quibbles! The boards CWS has are mainly house-related, dream decor; some gardens; some travel; and just a hint of *FUN*.

So for today’s post, I thought I’d whet the appetite of those who haven’t visited our Pinterest boards.

A recent addition is this lovely living room – the stone fireplace surround is very special, but look at the balance of the room as a whole. The ceiling interest is so different from the plain, flat walls that typically are found in a room that has such ceiling height. And all that natural light.

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You will ALWAYS see something book-related, because I live, eat, and breath books:

circular library(see a larger image: just click!)

We also have posted some of our “graphic” images dealing with heat transference, and thermographic evidence showing how cellular shades can save you money while increasing your comfort:

thermophotos(see a larger image: just click!)

We’ve pinned some “How To’s,” as well as some “Just for Fun” images:

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We invite you to “set a spell” and “y’all come back, now”. Fresh pins and posts!

As the nation readies for Boca Raton, and the last presidential debate, I take this opportunity to mention the Debate on Foreign goods. CellularWindowShades.com builds the skylights and window blinds in our facility in Williston, Vermont – from US-made parts and fabrics. No spun-lace cellular shade fabric – Symphony Shades are made with high quality bonded polyester. Plastic parts and brackets? Not for our shades!

As the country moves towards the upcoming election, as the weather segues into winter for much of the nation, as the holiday season approaches – think of buying American goods.

Our current sale gives a FREE UPGRADE to Cordless shades, a child-safety feature. You can obtain immediate price quotes — or request FREE color samples.

My title may be a bit fanciful, but what is an about-to-be Groom to do when guests are imminent and the house’s prominent SKYLIGHT shades look a bit worse for wear:

He calls CellularWindowShades.com and asks, “You’ve got an order for me – can I get that a few days sooner? I’m getting married next weekend.”

When I first spoke to Dan from Maine, it was late in the day, Production was gone (they begin their day while I’m still asleep!) and I could make no promises without discussing it first with the production manager. “I’ll see what I can do,” and promised to get back to him.

Barring the unforeseen (fabric or rail shortage, for instance) Production was able to say Yes to expediting Dan’s order. While every order and the circumstances surrounding its production will differ, we always do our best to accommodate requests. We do it willingly, and without additional cost to the consumer. UPS also offers faster than “ground” shipping (we charge just what UPS charges; never adding any surcharge), but Maine is one UPS-business day from us, so Dan didn’t even need to think about shipment.

Production team member Kate took Dan’s order and ran with it. It was ready for shipment the following Monday and in Dan’s hands the day before his requested date. Behind the scenes, a parts shortage did occur over (of all things) a special type of screw used to mount the side retainer tracks. But as you already know that Dan got his shades, I won’t say more about the nail-biting that went on here.

So there was joy around the offices of CellularWindowShades.com when Dan sent an email today – complete with photos! Here’s the end result, the “After” to go with his “Before” —

Shades by CellularWindowShades.com, installed by Dan in Maine.

The news broke a few days ago: Uniforms / costumes for the U.S. Olympic team were made in China.

The Press talks of the where but why does no one mention the how much? Am I the only one rather surprised (and slightly appalled) that these expensive games are also expensively apparelled? According to the Los Angeles Times, the uniforms pictured above cost $1473 for the men’s; $1945 for the women’s.

Can you imagine that if even part of that cost per person had been donated to charity, how many dollars might have enriched the world’s “average person”?

Ralph Lauren “designs” yacht club / public school uniforms for a group of athletes and nothing beyond where the clothing was made comes under discussion?

What’s wrong with this PICTURE?

**I’m proud to say that I work for a company whose mind is on fair product pricing as well as philanthropy at home and abroad**

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UPDATE: Weekend News reports –> RALPH LAUREN was “awarded” the next Olympics, too. Winter games in 2014 will see more Ralph Lauren uniforms on the backs of American athletes.

Commentators notice the large “Polo” logo. Commercialism at its best?

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Piers Morgan on the Olympic uniforms:

“I hope those American athletes are inspired to now perform with the Vive of La France, the Rule of Britannia, and the March of the Volunteers.”

“If they do,” concluded Morgan, “then God, and Gold, will Bless America!”

Jay Leno on the Olympic uniforms:

“Looks like designer Ralph Lauren is trying to calm the controversy over the fact that those Olympic uniforms they produced were made in China. Well, he now says the uniforms they make for the 2014 winter Olympics will be made right here in the USA using our own good old-fashioned illegal immigrants.”

The Green Building Forum, in the UK, featured this recent Q&A session about blinds. One forum-poster, JT, confessed “I think I’ve been so fixated on heat loss that I hadn’t given thought to avoiding overheating.”

With July temperatures already wilting many communities, OVERheating — through glass found in windows, patio doors, and skylights — is a concern.

Of exceptional interest is James’s link to this article on Thermal Performance of Traditional Windows. I have “original” windows in my modest Cape-style home here in Vermont, and have blogged a couple of times about the value and also the historic desirability of original sash windows (never mind the landfill conundrum). This article actually uses the phrase “evidence is available to counteract some of the misconceptions about the energy efficiency of original timber sash windows“. They advocate simple repairs and “basic improvements”.

In point number 3, where there is discussion of curtains and “roller blinds”, imagine how much more effective and efficient those windows could be with Cellular window shades. We’ve got data to back up our assertions: Check out our R-values for Cellular Shades page.

If the UK strives to target U-value for windows of 2 or below then more windows should be covered by Cellular Shades: “To compare R-value and U-factor, divide 1 by the U-factor number,” says the site Efficient Windows.org. Using this to get an R-value for “high performance double-pane windows” -> with a U-factor of 0.30 on average – that equates an R-value of 3.33.

This R-value is desirable: and what comes close is the Light Filtering Cellular Window shade fabric, with an R-value of 2.8.

Add side tracks to that same shade and you’ve raised the R-value to 3.3 — and tied that “high performance double-pane” window.

Use Black Out fabric rather than Light Filtering fabric and you up those values even more: R-value of 4.0 and, if you add side tracks, 4.7.

These numbers are for SHADE ALONE. Once you factor in the window itself, you’re potentially reaching R-values in the range of 8.2.

So how does all this help with keeping OUT the hot weather, as well as keeping in HEAT during the winter months?

English Heritage has produced a video Sash Windows – Why They Are Worth Keeping. The same link also gives access to a couple of well-thought-out publications on improving thermal performance.

It’s a two-way street: What improves to keep heating inside rather than dissipating to the outdoors also helps keep the sweltering outdoor temperatures from impacting your internal temperature. If outdoor heat doesn’t enter your premises, then your cooling system — whether a/c units or fans — can relax and work much less.

CellularWindowShades.com offers the following “Handy Info” pages:

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“There is nothing quite like walking into a cool room on a hot day…”

If you answer the following question, with a YES, maybe it’s time
to research Cellular Shades and Skylights:

Do you start your air conditioning early in the morning,
and run it all day??

(for A Cooler You, Click on the link or photo)


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