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… just looking at the exterior of THIS home, featured recently in the New York Times – here’s the one _I_ wouldn’t mind inhabiting:

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Writer Elaine Louie‘s article is accompanied by nineteen photos – though most of them treat objects found within this Stockton, New Jersey home. How I wish they had included more interior shots of whole rooms. Although antiques are lovely, and antique-hunters will be glad to see the ‘from where,’ ‘how purchased’ and ‘prices,’ the rooms of this place would have been more meaningful!

The exterior shot shows the balance exhibited by this facade. How inventive to included ONE brown door. It really propels you up the walkway and to the “front” door. As do the twin – very big, very bold – lamps. Can almost see the candles flicker in them, from this distance.

What melts my heart, though, is the stone work. There is a town in the southern part of our state that is quite famous for its stone buildings: CHESTER DEPOT, Vermont. On the National Historic Register!

So, I was already predisposed to enjoy the looks of this property.

The owners – John and Judy Hobday – date the house to 1810. Hear the clop of hooves…? The swish of skirts, and the click of boots on the walk…?

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Even their “outbuilding” has great character — something of that wistful “enchanted cottage” look, especially with the creeping vine.

 

 

 

 

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And, inside, a Simon Pearce Handblown Lamp – One of the main Simon Pearce sites being located in Windsor, Vermont (in the southern part of our state).

Spring and Summer is a time of year that MANY municipalities encourage owners of historic or unusual houses to open their doors for viewing. I cannot say that this home is open for visitors, but I did run across a listing – another New York Times article entitled (appropriately!) Gawkers, Welcome. Tickets prices run the gamut of not-bad to pricey – but their list encompasses the whole country. How could it not start off in the Metro area, but it does then meander up to New England (brief stop in Vermont), down to the south, and over towards the west.

I encourage readers of The Inside Scoop at CellularWindowShades to “show & tell” about YOUR dream place. It may be a locality – it may be an architectural style. You can include a photo, or a link – but especially, tell the story of “why you love it”. Give us something to add to our Pinterest boards, for instance What’s Your Style? or Favorite Places & Spaces.

 

 

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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:

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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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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:

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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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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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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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Top Down Bottom Up, Light Filtering Shades

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Readers of this blog will suspect that I am an ardent fan of the Vermont publication 7 Days; today, perusing upcoming events while at lunch,

I spotted this extra-special spooktacular taking place in Proctor, Vermont on Saturday night, October 13th at:

Castle

Guests participate in a Murder Mystery! Calling all Sherlocks! Channel your inner Sir Peter Wimsey! Where’s Agatha Christie when you need her?

Wilson Castle’s Murder Mystery Live! nights
follow this basic premise:

  • Combination Dinner Theater, Scavenger Hunt, & Reality Game
  • Be yourself, or assume an identity – it’s up to you
  • You will not be asked to pretend it is another time period or setting
  • Each mystery is different, so you can come back again and again

Enjoy Cocktail hour (BYOB) between 6 and 7 PM, and take the time to “do a little exploring…. Remember, anything could be a clue, anyone in the castle could be a suspect.”

At 7 PM, Rusty Trombley, your host, will give a tour / history of the Castle – and the basics of the game. “Solving the night’s Mystery will take some keen detective work, imagination, memory, and maybe even some deception to throw off your competition. GREED and DISHONESTY is fair game.”

Food on offer to suit any diet — it’s a small buffet of hot and cold entrées, salads, cheese & crackers, fruits and sweets; complimentary water, ice tea, glasses & ice for your BYOB beverages. “Be social, get names, and be alert”!

“After intermission, you will be given exclusive rights to search this mysterious mansion and the secrets that it houses. Pay attention and watch other’s reactions. You are permitted to ‘gently Search’ in unlocked closets, drawers and rooms… At some point you will be asked for your first impressions and deductions. If you are getting close, we will step the game up a notch or send you back hunting for clues.”

Please: Semi-Formal to Formal, or period costume preferred. No shorts (brrrr!) or sandals (we’ve just spotted snow here in Williston). You may want to bring a flashlight.

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PERFECT Time to Remind Readers –>

Our OctoberCOLOR OF THE MONTH” IS

BLACK

Order your shades in Night Sky 3499-our Double Cell Black Out; or Licorice 4499-our Single Cell Black Out, and CellularWindowShades.com takes off an extra 10% from the base shade price.

Blog by Michelle, one of the customer care duo at CellularWindowShades.com.

Many Vermonters would agree that Fall is a beautiful time in our state (even with the impending winter, which some of us do not gleefully look forward to).  Occasionally I will be driving along on my way to work or some errand and catch a glimpse of a stunning view.

I’ve made it a habit to have a camera in the cup holder when I’m driving around, just in case. I’m going to share a few photos with you from this year in this post.  They may not be high autumn color, but I think you may appreciate them. Click the photo for a larger view. (No lives were endangered in the taking of these photos.)

Geese flying southwest over South Burlington, VT 10/7/12

Geese flying southwest en masse on October 7

View of Lake Champlain and Shelburne Bay

View of Lake Champlain and Shelburne Bay

View of Lake Champlain from Spear St in Shelburne

Another view of Lake Champlain and Shelburne Bay

Allen Road in October

A photo of a Vermont Road on an Autumn morning

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