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August 8, 2017

Decor Advice for Commitment-Phobes

“Permanent” decor can be intimidating. We’ve all been there—that first “designer” sofa you invest in gets a large stain, or the bedroom set you had to have ends up being made of plywood and falls apart after a year. So, you’re not alone if you consider yourself a “decor commitment-phobe.” Some aspects of interior design can help alleviate this fear—you can find easy, short-term design commitments to make those longer-term decisions easier to make. Furniture and accessories don’t fall into one single category. Here’s a breakdown of how to think about those decor commitments.

Long term: Window treatments

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August 2, 2017

Decorating for a Pet-Friendly Home: What Works

For so many of us, our dogs and cats are just as integral to our family and our home as any of the family members who might walk on two legs. Little Rocky the pup or Jinx the cat brighten up our homes, bring smiles and create lasting memories. They can also unintentionally wreak a little havoc from time to time.

As great as our pets are, they don’t necessarily have the same respect for things like throw pillows, curtains, blinds, or the bottom of wooden doors as we do. They’re apt to chew up, slobber on, soil, and gradually destroy things if they aren’t given the proper attention. But you can head-off some of the damage by choosing pet-friendly decor. Here [...]

 
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July 19, 2017

Decor Advice for Commitment-Phobes

“Permanent” decor can be intimidating. We’ve all been there—that first “designer” sofa you invest in gets a large stain, or the bedroom set you had to have ends up being made of plywood and falls apart after a year. So, you’re not alone if you consider yourself a “decor commitment-phobe.” Some aspects of interior design can help alleviate this fear—you can find easy, short-term design commitments to make those longer-term decisions easier to make. Furniture and accessories don’t fall into one single category. Here’s a breakdown of how to think about those decor commitments.

Long term: Window treatments

If we could [...]

 
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January 10, 2017

Top 10 Iconic Window Treatments from Pop Culture

Pop culture seeps into our collective consciousness to inspire actions in our real lives, so it’s no surprise that we latch on to specific imagery from movies, TV shows and even video games that we love. From clothing, to cars, to even home décor, our favorite pop culture guilty pleasures can stick in our minds and even influence our choices.

Providing texture and background in the homes of our favorite characters, window treatments — curtains, shades, shutters, and blinds — are in some cases as recognizable as the protagonists themselves. Window treatments help to make a house a home, but they can also be a dramatic element for a “big reveal” like the rich, draping tapestries [...]

 
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November 3, 2016

No More Peeping Toms: Window Privacy

Whether you’re moving into a busy city apartment or a small suburban neighborhood, privacy in the home is vital. For most people, privacy means avoiding nosy neighbors, but even more importantly, it means feeling safe. With some functional and stylish improvements to your new your home and yard, you can gain a sense of security and confidence.

From the Inside

When it comes to privacy, one of the first and most obvious places to look is at your windows. How do you block visibility into your new home, without losing your own view of the outside world and the natural light that we all want?

Window treatments. Choosing the right window blinds, shutters, or curtains can [...]

 
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November 1, 2016

Blinds vs. Curtains: What Are the Selection Criteria?

When you rent your first apartment or you buy your first home, likely you will move in and notice your windows are completely bare. That sun sure can be bright coming in through wide-open picture windows or a room full of exposed panes. Whether you’re in a brand new home, or the previous owners decided to take their window treatments and blinds with them, it’s now up to you to add some curtains or blinds (or possibly both) to your abode.

But which way should you go? Curtains or blinds?

Considering the Factors

There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to picking curtains, blinds, or a combination of both for the rooms in your home or apartment. [...]

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