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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…

studio

shed

recycled conservatory

Talking with a gent from Ontario the other day, the conversation turned to which skylight system he might use for his “conservatory / garden room” (the room pictured below from Anglian Home Improvement’s website) .

garden room

These are great spaces to have, and yet they can be excessively cold in winter and overheated in summer. The Ontario conservatory / garden room is HUGE: 23-feet by 13-feet.

Initially, his size – per overhead opening – was 34-inches (width) x 54-inches (length). This meant he could use either our Balcony Skylight or Daylight Skylight shades.

So what IS the difference between the two systems?

The BIG difference is SIZE – a Balcony Skylight Shade can be no wider than 48-inches and no longer than 96-inches — yet as the shade gets wider, it must also get shorter to fit in our production parameters. For instance, a shade 36-inches wide can be 96-inches long; but a shade 42-inches wide should be no longer than 84-inches, and a shade as wide as 48-inches should be no longer than 72-inches.

This photo from our website shows a typical “Balcony Skylight” installation (the window shades, of course, we also manufacture):

Bedroom - cellular shades & skylights

A Daylight Skylight Shade, on the other hand, can have a maximum width of 96-inches, a maximum length of 120-inches. Again, however, the length of any given shade will be dictated by its width: the wider the shade, the shorter the length must be to be within spec.

This photo shows a typical “Daylight Skylight” installation:

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These shades are quite long, fairly broad.

The larger-size shown here can be accommodated because of a “framing” structure. The physical differences in the shades can be better understood from the installation instructions for the two types of Skylight Shades. I always recommend that people look them over, if for nothing else, the schematic of each “broken down” shade which shows all the parts and how they fit together.

But back to my Ontario man.

Technically, he could go with either system – a 34 x 54 (w x l) is possible with both the Balcony and the Daylight systems. The first is going to have brackets at the top and bottom of the shade; a moving middle shade allows the shade to open and close. The second will have a frame assembled on site and the entire unit is then lifted into place. Of necessity the pricing structures differ.

I invite you — if you have a skylight application in need of some warming up (winter) or cooling off (summer), to get yourself a price quote for either the Balcony Skylight Shade or the Daylight Skylight Shade — or both!

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.

pinterest_living room(see a larger image: just click!)

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:

chippy

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

Decor Ideas for your window from TLC: “If eyes are the windows to the soul, then… windows are … one of the most important decorating decisions facing the homeowner.”

“Window treatments are more than a decorating decision… — [they] must also serve a functional end: to admit or block sunlight and to provide privacy. Window treatments need to do far more than look good.”

ANALYZE your needs:

  • How important is privacy?
  • What direction is the room’s “exposure” (south or west = sunny)?
  • Does your climate (hot or cold) call for energy-efficient window treatments?
  • Does the window’s architecture dictate a particular treatment?

How to make your Window Solution SIZZLE:

Sage Decorating ADVICE:

  • Absence of color doesn’t have to mean a lack of style at the windows.
  • Reflect your lifestyle: Casual and bold can be fun!
  • Shades “come in a range of diverse looks and executions. Compatible with virtually any decorating and architectural style”.
  • Choose from Clean-lined – Highly Decorative; Translucent – Opaque; Patterned – Solid.
  • “Because the blinds provide all the privacy and sunlight function … drapery treatment over them really can be for appearance only“. Try “fluid and spontaneous”.

CONSIDER:

As owner of an “older home” (c1948), I’ve an interest in stories on replacement windows. The noise reduction! the increased insulation! As a Blindcrafter Team Member, found on the web at CellularWindowShades.com, the conversation also includes how shades can help older windows — which are often better built windows — out of the landfills.

Over the weekend, I watched a 60 Minutes episode on the demolition of foreclosed home in the Columbus, Ohio, area — truly, a great waste – of money, energy, goods; not to mention the foolishness of removing people from their homes which now are fodder for criminals stripping a property for items of a little worth (the guy on the segment mentioned: “They’ve even taken the kitchen sink!”).

So it was with great interest I read about a Vermont man who has been in the business of “redressing” older windows. The story ran in the free weekly newspaper, 7 Days, and was written by Amy Lilly. The company — which is bound to get some much needed publicity, is Open Sash, owned by Christopher Pratt. Amy’s story really tells you all you need to know, so I will let it speak to you – just click on the photo:

 

Other posts on similar subjects, include:

 

The moment I saw this photo, I knew it would be of value to our blog readers:

As you can see, the day was fairly bright — there is light coming through the SHADES, yet you are not able to see through them. This demonstrates that “sense of light” which I often mention to people inquiring about how a light-filtering cellular fabric looks when in a window.

This next photo is of great interest because of the top down, bottom up shade: Obviously, taken on a wintry day, the sun is quite minimal (pity us!); yet, the photo again illustrates how the light filters through the shade, as well as how much privacy they achieve.

And if you WANT to see out: Just Open Your Shade! Cellular Shades certainly are meant to be opened and closed with some regularity: what we call “cycling” the shade.

Stay tuned for more pictures!


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