BlindsChalet.com Blog Feed http://www.blindschalet.com/window-blinds-blog.aspx The latest in window blinds, window coverings, safety and energy conservation. en-us Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:31:42 GMT Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:31:42 GMT Home and Garden Window Coverings Window Treatments Crazy Upgrades for Wealthy Home Owners http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-401-crazy_upgrades-for-wealthy-home-owners.html <img src="/images/blog/guestposts/home-of-wealthy-person.jpg" alt="" class="imageFloat">You would be forgiven to think that wealthy homeowners only enjoy living in big houses. However, the truth is that their houses are not only huge, but they also have home fixtures that you wouldn’t expect to find in a normal home. Whether chosen out of personal preference, convenience, or class, these top 5 crazy upgrades will no doubt make your jaw drop. They are nonetheless worth investing in if you can aff... 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Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-399-seven-creative-ways-yo-improve-your-kitchen.html http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-399-seven-creative-ways-yo-improve-your-kitchen.html Mismatched Furniture http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-396-mismatched-furniture.html <div align="center" class="imageFloat"><img src="/images/blog/guestposts/multi-colored-furniture.jpg" alt="multi colored furniture"><br><a href="http://stilettosandbubblegum.blogspot.co.uk/2012_04_01_archive.html" target="_blank">image source</a></div>Although we might not like to admit it to ourselves, we will undoubtedly spend a significant amount of our home lives sitting, lying or slouching on the sofas in our living rooms. There is nothing more satisfying after a long day than collapsing in... 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Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-398-selecting-right-bed-linen-to-comfortable-sleep.html http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-398-selecting-right-bed-linen-to-comfortable-sleep.html Create Drama and Atmosphere with Chandeliers http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-397-create-drama-and-atmosphere-with-chandeliers.html <img src="/images/blog/guestposts/silver-chandelier.jpg" alt="silver chandelier" class="imageFloat">The chandelier may appear to be out of place in the modern setting but for homeowners who wish to add an element of drama in their home should consider incorporating chandeliers into their lighting scheme.<br><br>Before scoffing at the idea, know that chandeliers also come in subtler and streamlined versions. Ornate chandeliers with dangling crystals and delicate curving arms are still alive and w... Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-397-create-drama-and-atmosphere-with-chandeliers.html http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-397-create-drama-and-atmosphere-with-chandeliers.html What’s hot and what’s not - Deciding for your bachelorette apartment furniture http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-395-deciding-for-your-bacholerette-apartment-furniture.html <img src="/images/blog/guestposts/bachelorette-bedroom.jpg" alt="bachelorette bedroom" class="imageFloat"/>Getting your own apartment is the first step to declaring independence. You feel all grown up having your own place with no curfews or mom badgering you on coming home late and doing your chores. You can have friends over at any time be it night or day. It’s the ultimate stamp to freedom.<br><br>But how do you turn it into that cool place you feel proud to live in and love showing off to yo... Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-395-deciding-for-your-bacholerette-apartment-furniture.html http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-395-deciding-for-your-bacholerette-apartment-furniture.html Add Glamour to Your Home with Wall Lighting http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-393-add-glamour-to-your-home-with-wall-lighting.html If you’ve just bought yourself a new home, you probably have an image of a dream home in mind – the perfect nest of beauty and comfort. Whether it’s earthy and laid back or modern minimalist, one thing that cuts across the eyes of different preferences in home decoration is lighting. Any space can look and feel different in accordance to the type of lighting fixture installed.<br><br>Humans react to our environment, and the right lighting can exude the right mood for a conversation, whet your ap... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:08:00 GMT http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-393-add-glamour-to-your-home-with-wall-lighting.html http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-393-add-glamour-to-your-home-with-wall-lighting.html 6 Best Interior Design Apps http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-394-six-best-interior-design-apps.html If you hired an interior designer 15 to 20 years ago, you’d be presented with a story board with fabric swatches and decorating ideas. Those days are now a thing of the past thanks to laptops and tablets. Interior designers now present everything in digital form. The digital age also makes it possible for you to be your own designer. If you’re interested in transforming one of your spaces, take a look at these six best interior design apps on the Android platform to help you out.<br><br><h2>Desi... 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Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-391-four-tips-to-design-the-ultimate-bachelor-pad.html http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-391-four-tips-to-design-the-ultimate-bachelor-pad.html Home Made Comfort: 6 Must Have Amenities for Your New Home http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-390-home-made-six-must-have-amenities-new-home.html <img src="/images/blog/guestposts/Home-Made-Comfort.jpg" alt="Home Made Comfort" class="imageFloat">Building a new home is an exciting time in your life. You finally have something that is completely yours and you can finally do anything you want to the space you're living in. However, there are a few amenities that every home needs to make it into the perfect living space.<br><br><h2>A Relaxing Space</h2>This can be anywhere in the house but there a few places you can create a completely unique... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:15:00 GMT http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-390-home-made-six-must-have-amenities-new-home.html http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-390-home-made-six-must-have-amenities-new-home.html Trends and Predictions for Home Automation http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-389-trends-and-predictions-for-home-automation.html <img src="/images/blog/guestposts/107059_107485_2_HomeControl.jpg" alt="107059 107485 2 HomeControl" class="imageFloat">With technology becoming more and more interwoven into our daily lives, it should come as no surprise that the availability of home automation features has increased. These days, homeowners can use automated technology to do everything from programming the thermostat to <a href="http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-361-what-are-exterior-porch-shades.html">pulling the shades</a>. Man... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-389-trends-and-predictions-for-home-automation.html http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-389-trends-and-predictions-for-home-automation.html Backsplashes, and Bake Ware: Give Your Kitchen a Facelift in 2014 http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-388-blinds-backsplashes-and-bakeware-kitchen-facelift.html <img src="/images/blog/guestposts/Blinds_Backsplashes_Kitchen.jpg" alt="Backsplashes, and Bake Ware: Give Your Kitchen a Facelift in 2014" class="imageFloat"/>If you feel that your kitchen is just downright uninspiring, perhaps it could use a makeover in 2014. There are a number of ways to make your cooking area more beautiful and appealing in a cost effective manner. For example, putting up new blinds or changing the color of the blinds, installing new back splashes or purchasing new bake ware ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-388-blinds-backsplashes-and-bakeware-kitchen-facelift.html http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-388-blinds-backsplashes-and-bakeware-kitchen-facelift.html Winter Redecorating: Interior Design Projects For Frightful Weather http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-387-winter-redecorating-interior-design-projects.html <img src="/images/blog/guestposts/renovation_home.jpg" alt="renovation home" class="imageFloat">It's the standard cliche in snowy climates: "There's only two seasons -- winter and construction." While this saying may prove true when it comes to transportation changes, homeowners need not put renovation plans on hold when the weather outside is frightful. Here are five <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/living/index.ssf/2013/11/5_home_improvement_projects_gu.html" target="_blank">interior design pr... Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:01:00 GMT http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-387-winter-redecorating-interior-design-projects.html http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-387-winter-redecorating-interior-design-projects.html Pinterest to Pro: All you Need to Know About Tools and Hardware http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-386-all-you-need-know-about-tools-hardware.html <img src="images/blog/guestposts/Tools-and-Hardware.jpg" alt="Tools and Hardware" class="imageFloat">Maybe you'd like to do some home repairs or construction yourself. The satisfaction of having performed your own fix-up jobs or built an addition to your living space (plus saving a bundle by not calling in repair or construction people) is worth the effort. But what tools and hardware are necessary? Here are some basic items that no do-it-yourselfer should be without.<br><br><h2>Tool sets:</h2>T... Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-386-all-you-need-know-about-tools-hardware.html http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-386-all-you-need-know-about-tools-hardware.html Good Housekeeping Tip Number One Test Your Fix-It-IQ http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-385-test-your-fix-it-iq-good-housekeeping.html This is the start of a few Good Housekeeping posts that will be presented on our blog. They are designed to offer solutions to common problems. Most of these tips or fixes can be accomplished by using simple household items. Good Housekeeping Magazine and their fantastic product lines are perfect for any home. <br><br>We sell the the <a href="http://www.blindschalet.com/good_housekeeping_blinds_shades.aspx">Good Housekeeping Blinds and Shades line</a> on our website. Every one of their window tr... Mon, 02 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-385-test-your-fix-it-iq-good-housekeeping.html http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-385-test-your-fix-it-iq-good-housekeeping.html Four Luxury Upgrades You Need for Your Home http://www.blindschalet.com/bpa-384-four-luxury-upgrades-you-need-for-your-home.html <img src="images/blog/guestposts/Four_Luxury_Upgrades_You_Need_for_Your_Home.jpg" alt="Four Luxury Upgrades You Need for Your Home" class="imageFloat">Today's upscale remodel focuses on ways to increase a home's tranquility and reduce its environmental impact. The focus is on green construction, which emits fewer harmful gases and is more energy efficient, and on fully integrating the outside of the home as part of its interior design.<br><br><h2>Turn Your Master Bathroom into a Soothing Spa-Lik... 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