Let the Sun Shine

LET THE SUN SHINE!

Protecting Your Furniture from Sun

Let the Sun Shine

Finally, Spring is right around the corner, and that means one thing; taking those blinds and shades that have been closed all winter to preserve warmth, and opening them wide!  This is a welcomed treat, but one that you don’t want to result in damaging your furniture.  Luckily, your furniture can have a long and bright future by taking a few easy steps.

Sun – The Perfect Healer

If you’re fearful of what the sun can do to your cherished furnishings, and you’re considering keeping the curtains closed for the rest of the year, don’t go there.  There are too many benefits to natural light that you don’t want to forgo.

  • Sunlight impacts our emotional well-being.
  • Sunlight has a significant impact on productivity and health.
  • Our eyes and brains function better with natural light versus artificial lighting.
  • It has been shown that school-children can concentrate and maintain focus better when there is ample natural light vs. artificial lighting.
  • Natural light boosts our energy levels.

Shade It Beautifully!

Now that we’ve established how all that wonderful sunlight pouring through your windows is good for our well-being, let’s now address how it does nothing good for furnishings. Fading, discoloration and fabric damage are the downsides of sunlight.   Even on Let the sun Shinecloudy or rainy days, it’s UV rays are a silent destroyer, busy at work on wood, leather, fabric, and artwork.

One solution is by starting at the source. For example, treating your windows. Good-quality solar window films prevent most of the sun’s harmful rays while allowing you to enjoy the outside views.

Another more decorative solution from The Blind Guy are window treatments.  For example, Pirouette window shades, and Solera Soft Shades are two extremely stylish window treatments that protect your furniture, flooring and artwork from fading with at least 75% protection from harmful UV rays.

Treat It Nicely!

Of course, you won’t be able to block all sunlight from entering your home, but luckily there are direct efforts you can take to protect your furniture.

Wood  Applying a quality finish to wooden furniture like lacquer and varnish provide a durable coat that will stand up to sun exposure. Keep in mind that even the best of finishes will fade over time.  Your best defense is for the finish to last longer is to keep wooden Let the sun shinefurniture out of the sun.

Upholstered Furniture – If possible select fabrics that will s t and up to UV rays, made from synthetics rather than natural fibers. Also, consider color.  Sun fading on darker fabrics will be much more noticeable than a lighter shade.  The same goes for carpet.

Leather  Leather is particularly problematic, not just because of fading, but also because it tends to dry out and crack. You can prevent this by using a leather conditioner at least once a year.  The best option for leather is to avoid sun exposure altogether by moving your leather pieces away from the windows.  But if your floor plan doesn’t allow it, keep the leather conditioned and shielded by good UV protection window treatments.

Feeling Shady?

FEELING SHADY?

Design Tips on Lamp Shades

for Your Every Need

Feeling ShadyNatural light comes from skylights, sliding glass doors, and standard windows. It can fill your home wonderfully but lights from lamps provide us with purposeful and directional lighting that meet our functional needs. Selecting the proper lamp is one thing, but a proper lamp shade can help you get exactly what you’re looking for!

If your goal is to:

SEE WHERE YOU’RE GOING!

Ambient (also known as general lighting) is crucial to assure that basically everyone can see where they’re going in your home as it provides overall illumination. Because this light should be comfortable (not too bright or produce glare), you’ll want to choose a light-colored lamp shade (for example off-white, or cream color), and something that’s translucent, to allow maximum light output and soft diffusion.

Feeling ShadyIf you have a room that already has plenty of natural light (for example, from a sliding glass door) and all you need is additional layering of light, have some fun with darker-colored shades. Torchiere shades that direct the light up towards the ceiling are also a good choice for general lighting and will provide some decorative flair.

WHAT YOU’RE DOING!

Task lighting is what you’ll need to perform specific tasks, such as reading, sewing, working on hobbies, etc. Task lighting should be bright in order to prevent eye strain, and free of any sort of distraction (i.e. Feeling Shadyshadows and glare). Therefore, a good option for task lamp shades are wide shades, shades that flare on the bottom, and shades that are more transparent allowing for more light.

BE A SHOW OFF!

If your goal is to add drama to a room by creating visual interest, you’ll want to consider accent lighting. Here are a few reasons why.

Feeling Shady• Accent lights draw the eye to specific things and areas you want to highlight (I.e. window treatments, paintings, and sculptures).

• Accent lights beautifully highlight the texture and architectural elements in a space that may be lost if not well-lit (i.e. a brick or stone wall). Because accent lighting requires at least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surrounding it does, make sure you don’t use a shade that blocks the output of the light. Contact us at To set up an appointment for your window coverings and/or design needs http://www.blindguy.net/

 

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE STYLISH

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE STYLISH
Holiday Dressing for You and Your Home

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We recognize this as the season to embrace fashion to achieve a sensational party look. Why not consider the same stand-out style for your home that you can use all year long? It’s easier and more beautiful than you may imagine.

A LITTLE BLING!

stock-photo-fragment-yellow-fringed-curtains-140283853Look around your room. Is something missing? Does the space and décor feel a little flatlined? It may be a void of a necessary design element: texture. Like adding the perfect jeweled piece to accentuate your holiday attire, you can do the same with gold pieces in your home.

interior-design-25638034Gold used in a variety of textures; smooth silks for drapery or upholstery, rough surfaces like vases and planters, and glass tiles with golden tones in your bathroom will cause your home to retain a feeling of splendor well after the holiday season is over.

A LITTLE GREEN

stock-photo-a-handy-man-home-repair-service-technician-or-home-owner-hanging-curtains-for-the-window-treatment-420897445-1You can’t wait to break out that holiday sweater you bought last year. After all, its dramatic and warm, plus green is one of your favorite colors. But how about green to provide that same warmth and style in your home?stock-photo-beautiful-living-room-with-white-sofa-162743195

Greenery in the form of garland is prominent during the holiday season. It’s traditional but it also represents growth and renewal. Incorporating green in your home for drapery, wall color, or accent furniture will keep your décor appearing fresh and alive throughout the year as well.

MONOTONE IT!
Wearing a single-stock-photo-urban-apartment-wooden-table-in-dining-room-151476695color tone from head to toe (especially winter white) always looks crisp, and chic. And yes, you can break the rules and wear it even after Labor Day.

stock-photo-bouquet-of-pink-roses-in-white-vase-on-windowsill-background-257686801You can also take advantage of all-white window treatments to achieve a brilliantly fresh look, as well. Luminette® window treatments come in a variety of fabrics that will keep your home cool in the summer, toasty during the winter, and chic from January through December.

DON’T FORGET SAFETY!

hunter-douglasIn your home, safety is a prime consideration, as well. Luckily, there is a wide array of lifting system options for window treatments that provide enhanced safety for children and pets. Additionally, the window coverings industry uses warning tags, labels, and other methods to inform you of potential hazards of corded window coverings.

‘Tis the season to contact your local participating Hunter Douglas dealer for complete details on their fantastic Season of Style and Savings Event.

 

Color Me Perfect

COLOR ME PERFECT

How to select the right paint to match your décor.

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It’s taken weeks to select your favorite roman shades. But why not? There were so many colors and patterns to choose from. Now that they’re installed your only decision is selecting the perfect wall color to match. If your past experiences with choosing paint wound up to be a big surprise after it was all said and done, these tips on how to properly test paint may help.

HI-TECH TEST IT!

We marvel at what today’s computers can do. They allow us to shop, talk to family, even see what we’d look like twenty pounds lighter. Now we can add selecting paint color to the list. With online color tools, along with a well-lit photo of one of the walls you wish to paint, you can digitally see what the color will look like long before purchasing the paint itself. Keep in mind, generally you will need a picture of the wall without your furniture. And because the samplers don’t pick up wall texture, choosing a flat wall is better.

SWATCH OUT NOW!

After painting a room, how many times have you said, “Boy, it didn’t look like that on the sample”? That’s because we generally sample paint incorrectly.

Color is relational, perceived in context, and not alone. That means, what the color will ultimately look like is affected by the colors nearest to it. So when you paint color samples on the walls it will be distorted by the color that’s already on the wall. If you paint several sample on the wall they will all influence each other. Using this technique, you can never get a true read on what any of the colors will look like alone.

color-me-perfect-3Your new color will be affected by its surrounding colors. Make sure you compare the new color to the room décor (furniture, window treatments, etc.)

Color me perfectIt takes a few coats of paint to see the true color of the sample which creates build-up on the test area. To prevent it from being noticeable after the walls are painted make sure you feather out the edges. If you don’t take this precaution you could be looking at a lot of effort to hide your test samples when it comes to painting the wall the color you’ve selected.

 

GO BIG!

 color-me-perfect4Inch-wide paint samples from the paint store is not your only option, nor is the best way to get a true read on color. In fact, any sample smaller than 6×6″ will never give you a true representation of color. While some professional decorators use 5×5′ boards this is probably not practical for the average homeowner. 1×1′ seems to be large enough to give you an extremely good idea of what the color will ultimately look like in your home.

The good news is; in many cases you can special order oversized paint color chips from some paint stores. You can also make them yourself, or you can buy them online. Whichever way you get them, they’re great to work with as you can move them around the room, exchange them, and isolate them from one another to keep them from influencing one another.

Memorable Lines

MEMORABLE LINES

How to use Lines in Design

Memorable Lines

We all have our favorite movie lines. Think for a moment. Is it, “You had me at hello”? How about the famous improvised line from Jaws the moment Chief Brody sees the shark for the first time? – “We’re going to need a bigger boat.” Does Humphrey Bogart’s, “Here’s lookin’ at you kid” still bring tears to your eyes? Film writers labor for weeks, sometimes years to come up with the perfect line you’ll remember forever. Now think about your home. Lines can elicit memorable feelings there, as well.

 

 

Horizontal Lines

Horizontal Lines
Horizontal lines can make a room appear much longer and wider than it is. But they can also make a room appear lower than it is, so be aware of placement.

Lines in this direction tend to cause one to feel more grounded and stable.  Wood panels, counters, credenzas, shades and blinds are all wonderful ways to showcase horizontal lines and help you and your guests feel stability. But remember to compliment them with other patterns. Too many horizontal lines                                                                                       can become boring.

 

Vertical Lines

Vertical Lines
Vertical lines extend away from our visual plane and are associated with elevation. In design they do this in more ways than one. They add height to a short room and even more height to a room with tall ceilings. To add memorable elegance and formality to a room, go vertical. A hanging chandelier, a tall flower arrangement, draperies that start from the ceiling down are all ways to give sophistication to a space that will not likely be forgotten.

 

 

Diagonal Lines
Diagonal LinesParty on! Diagonal lines give a sense of excitement, movement, and freedom. They’re what you bring in to liven up a space. But beware, applied incorrectly or too abundantly, diagonal lines can cause a sense of uncertainty and imbalance.

 

Thick, thin, wavy, dotted, dashed, horizontal, diagonal, or vertical – Well placed lines in your home will definitely evoke sustained emotion, like well-written lines in your favorite film. So, have fun with lines and, “Here’s lookin’ at you (and your home), kid”

Adorably Protected!

ADORABLY PROTECTED!

DESIGNING A

CHILD-SAFE ROOM

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Planning to decorate your child’s room often feels like more fun than work. And why not? This is the one room in your house you can go completely wild with lively patterns, bright color palettes, and themes ranging from NASCAR to rain forests.  But health and safety are actually the foremost factors when considering a makeover for your child’s room. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo adorable.

Furnishings

When shopping for furniture, you may feel it’s cost effective to plan in advance for when your child becomes older.  But for safety reasons the furniture you select for your child’s room should be properly sized for your child’s current size. For example, that delightful work table or desk you found should be at a height that doesn’t force your child to have to continually stretch to work with ease, or the chair so high it tips over because your child has to climb to sit on it.  Also steer clear of collapsible furniture and be mindful of furniture placement.  Keep tables, stools, chairs, etc. far away from windows and shelves. And allow plenty of vacant area as a safe spot for your child to play and enjoy his or her new awesome new space.

Non-Toxic MaterialsChild Safety Blog

Because some carpeting and fabric used in drapery and upholstery can release gasses or fibers into the air that can cause irritation, proper ventilation and filtration should be a consideration for your child’s room. Another option is selecting furniture, fabrics, accessories and even paint made from non-toxic materials.  Hand-painted tables, chairs and shelves can make your accent color really pop. Luckily, there are wide varieties of paint colors manufactured by companies committed to environmentally-friendly products that are zero VOC, zero emissions, and have practically no odor. 

WindowsChild Safety Blog

Natural light helps create lovely ambiance and a positive environment for your child.  Studies have shown that natural light along with bright colors improve learning. Window treatments are a superb choice to control the amount of light and privacy but they can also achieve greater child (and pet) safety if you opt for cordless manual and motorized operating systems, as well as retractable lift cords, cord tensioners and wand controls. These safe and easy to operate fashionable window treatments are available in a wide variety of designs, fabrics and materials so you don’t have to give up lively patterns or colors.  And with their lifetime guarantee they can enhance your children’s rooms until they head off to college.

Non-slip Flooring

Your child’s room isn’t the only room in your room that could use design protection.  In order to keep your entire family healthy and safe turn your attention to the flooring in your bathroom, kitchen, and living room too.  For instance, floor tiles are available in an array of beautiful styles and should also be resistant to fungus or mold. Textured styles for your kitchen and bath are an excellent choice to avoid slipping. Area rugs add color and accent a room to be sure, but should also have non-slip under coatings or be tacked down.  For the safety of your family and guests remove any drastic level changes in flooring throughout the house as they can all result in unforeseen injuries.

Spring Cleaning

The Why’s, the How’s & the How Lucky We Are!

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spring cleaningSpring is finally here. Of course, you picture yourself frolicking through meadows, picking wildflowers, and experiencing the joy of a butterfly gently landing on your nose.  That is, until reality sets in. — You have a house to clean!  Pouting while gathering up all your cleaning supplies isn’t going to help.  Neither is wondering where this annual ritual we call spring cleaning, originated from…

The History of Spring Cleaning

Before the invention of our modern HVAC systems, people kept warm all winter by shutting themselves inside their homes. They kept toasty by burning coal, oil, and wood.  By the time spring with its warmer weather came around, they would excitedly open their windows and doors, and WOW!  You can only imagine how much accumulated soot and smoke was revealed and what a big task it would be to clean all of it up. This is how Spring Cleaning came to be.

Additionally, before the washing machine was invented, people had to wash all that soot and smoke from their drapes and comforters by hand.  With spring’s warmer weather (and no invention of the dryer in the near future), these things had to be hung dry outdoors.  Feeling a little better about your spring cleaning tasks now?

spring cleaningTips and Tricks for Easy Cleaning

So, you’ve successfully managed to avoid the many dust bunnies in your house all year, but the time has come for you to face the music.  In other words, get out your mop, roll up your sleeves and get to work.  Luckily, compared to spring cleaning as it once was, our work today is a cinch. Here are some tips and tricks to make our tasks even faster and simpler.

  • Remove tarnish from silver easily with baking soda.
  • Clean lint from lampshades with a lint roller.
  • To get rid of bathtub scum, try water, vinegar, and lemon.
  • Freshen your washing machine by simply running a cycle with bleach, and then a cycle with white vinegar.
  • Put your damp sponge in the microwave for two minutes to kill germs.

And lastly…

  • Hire someone to do all of the above.

But What About Windows?!

spring cleaningAs dedicated to meeting your spring cleaning goals as you may be, it’s easy to cower in the face of dirty windows.  Although the outcome is well worth the work, the thought of how much effort it will take can cause you to put away your spray bottle, and close the drapes until next year… Until you realize just how nice your newly clean windows will look next to any of the stunning window coverings that The Blind Guy has to offer. When you trust us as your blind and shutter expert, you will not be let down by the way your window coverings look with your spotless windows. And that means you’ll be done with chores, and out enjoying the sounds of singing birds, in no time.

Hope may spring eternal, but if you’re wishing to get out of spring cleaning this year, no need to fret.  Due to living in the modern age, and making some smart purchasing choices like  beautiful window coverings to compliment your clean windows, you might even carry a renewed attitude about spring cleaning, and that will have you singing like a bird!

RESOURCES

http://blogs.britannica.com/2008/04/spring-cleaning/
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-origins-of-spring-cleaning.htm
https://bloodcenterblog.stanford.edu/tips-tricks/spring-cleaning-why-do-we-do-it/
http://www.babble.com/home/25-amazing-spring-cleaning-tips-and-tricks-2/mages

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