Archive for October 2010


Turn a cramped bathroom into a stylish spa with roller shades
Turn a cramped bathroom into a stylish spa with roller shades
Oct 29 2010

Homeowners who are looking for a way to relax when they get home, but can't seem to find any calming environment to do so, may want to try and refine their bathroom into an area of comfort and quiet.

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Keep design simple with solar screen shades
Keep design simple with solar screen shades
Oct 29 2010

When homeowners are trying to decorate their abodes with a certain theme, they often spring for many different elements that will encapsulate the look and feel that they are trying to create. However, interior designer Sarah Larson recently claimed that, with home design, simple may be better, according to The Argus Leader.

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Make a classy children's room with faux wood blinds
Make a classy children's room with faux wood blinds
Oct 28 2010

Many design experts recommend not making any permanent changes to a kid's room, such as wallpapering with age-specific cartoon characters or using bright paints that only appeal to youngsters, but there are still ways to customize a child's living space and make it appealing to youngsters and adults alike.

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Make a home feel more open with soft sheer shades
Make a home feel more open with soft sheer shades
Oct 28 2010

Professor of interior design Ellen Goode claims that one current trend in home design is to create open floor plans and have large, spacious rooms, rather than having a distinct space for each one, according to The Canadian Press.

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Green builders are driving the use of digital models for design and construction before projects begin.
Solar screen shades can be part of a green, digitalized building movement
Oct 28 2010

Green building practices are driving the increased use of building information modeling (BIM) software to create digital models for design and construction projects.

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Some houseplants thrive in bright, but indirect light.
Bamboo woven wood shades are an attractive backdrop for medium-light plants
Oct 28 2010

Most homes have variable amounts of light flowing into their rooms, and that may be the best atmosphere for houseplants that will grow best in medium-light locations.

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Older bathrooms can be given new life with small, inexpensive changes.
Roller shades add texture and color to give a tired bathroom a bright, new look
Oct 28 2010

Re-doing a bathroom is one of the most expensive renovations that homeowners face, but making small changes can breathe new life into a tired bathroom without breaking the bank.

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Traditional home can be modernized with paints, horizontal fabric shades
Traditional home can be modernized with paints, horizontal fabric shades
Oct 27 2010

A couple living in Winchester, Virginia, recently updated their early 1900's home with the creative use of some colorful paints and innovative storage solutions and their first target was the kitchen, according to The Washingtonian.

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Vertical blinds can be ideal dividers for patios
Vertical blinds can be ideal dividers for patios
Oct 27 2010

Patios can be great places for family and friends to gather for a relaxing or for an intimate conversation, but many homeowners choose not to install this unique addition to a residence due to a small backyard.

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A high-style bedroom can be fashioned with imagination and good bargain hunting.
Soft sheer shades offer the elegant look of the rich on TV's Gossip Girl
Oct 27 2010

To get the look of Manhattan's elite, TV viewers can get a quick course in trend-setting interior design by watching the show Gossip Girl, according to ApartmentTherapy.com.

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Using different textures in fabrics is an important element in home design.
Horizontal fabric shades fit British designer's use of texture in home decorating
Oct 27 2010

For British interior designer Robert Kime, who has decorated homes for members of the Royal family and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, lending texture to a room is as important as using color wisely.

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Design a natural, intimate dining room with wood blinds
Design a natural, intimate dining room with wood blinds
Oct 26 2010

The later months of fall are marked by important holidays for many families, and decorating expert Karl Lohnes recently shared some tips for creating an intimate atmosphere in a dining room that can serve as a peaceful gathering place for friends and relatives, according to The Evansville Courier & Press.

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Homeowners need to winterize their homes before winter sets in.
Honeycomb cellular shades conserve heat to help winterize a home
Oct 26 2010

Before frigid temperatures and stormy days descend on homeowners, they should take winterizing steps to get their homes ready for the colder days ahead, according to RealEstateMSN.com.

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Homeowners need to follow safety tips for proper use of holiday lights and extension cords.
Cordless blinds or shades can be a safe choice at holiday time
Oct 26 2010

Trying new arrangements of lights each year brings a fresh look to holiday decorating, but DoItYourself.com recommends a number of safety tips that apply to decorative light schemes, whether new or old.

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Blackout shades can darken a room for a better night's sleep.
Blackout shades can darken a room for a good night's sleep
Oct 26 2010

The ability to sleep soundly may be related to an individual's genetic makeup, according to a study published in the October issue of the journal Neurology.

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Motorized blinds should be added to homes with older adults
Motorized blinds should be added to homes with older adults
Oct 25 2010

Many baby boomers these days have found themselves to be part of the sandwich generation - caring for adult children and elderly parents at the same time. In some cases, seniors may be living in the house and some precautions should be taken to accommodate these olde radults, according to The Times Herald-Record.

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Roller shades can help create a common study area
Roller shades can help create a common study area
Oct 25 2010

Parents may want to encourage a child's study habits during the school season, but are hesitant to put a computer in a youngster's bedroom, because they know that this could lead to over-use.

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Clean, uncluttered design is a favorite home style of today's consumers.
Pleated window shades are an attractive, economical choice for utility-based design
Oct 25 2010

A home design trend focusing on utility takes into account the public's newfound respect for saving money, energy and materials, according to CosmoWorlds.com.

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Window shutters are a signature look of Mission-style room decor.
Shutters are a signature look of the Mission-style decorating scheme
Oct 25 2010

Whether for a den, home office or living room, Mission-style furniture adds a classic look to a room.

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Vertical blinds are good choices for large windows in family rooms.
Vertical blinds are a good choice for basement windows or glass sliding doors
Oct 25 2010

Making the best use of a finished basement starts with deciding how the room will be used.

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Prepare for Halloween with roman shades
Prepare for Halloween with roman shades
Oct 22 2010

Homeowners who like to get into the spirit of the season may want to prepare for Halloween in a special way, but sometimes it's difficult to think of ideas that can make a home as spooky and stylish as possible.

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Consumer interest in sustainable design is growing.
Bamboo woven wood shades fit in with eco-friendly home construction
Oct 22 2010

A big turnout at this year's tour of eco-friendly homes in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia showed tour organizers that consumers' interest in sustainable construction is growing.

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Keeping light and noise low with noise reduction shades may give teens a healthy night's sleep.
Noise reduction shades may improve mental health in teens
Oct 22 2010

The number of hours that teenagers sleep, and when they sleep, could influence their risk of developing depression or more serious mental disorders.

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Make a bedroom for all ages with roller shades
Make a bedroom for all ages with roller shades
Oct 21 2010

Given the rapid pace at which children age, it's sometimes difficult to find the right choice when designing a bedroom for them. However, The Washington Examiner reports that homeowners can make life easier by looking for only basic designs that can age with the child.

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Turn a tiny apartment into an intimate space with custom drapery
Turn a tiny apartment into an intimate space with custom drapery
Oct 21 2010

Sometimes, less can compel homeowners to do more when it comes to interior design, and Enid Woodward exemplifies this trend with her 600-square-foot apartment in Manhattan, where she made the most of every corner and color at her disposal.

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A wood valance can tie in window treatments with nearby cabinetry.
Valances offset cabinetry and bolder colors in kitchen decor
Oct 21 2010

Kitchen colors are moving away from the hues of Tuscany and terracotta, with splashes of color to offset darker woods that have become popular in recent years.

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Taking online courses at home requires an organized study area.
Soft sheer shades provide privacy and limit computer glare for studying at home
Oct 21 2010

The growth in online education is one of the biggest trends in education, whether for college degrees, professional certification courses or secondary schools that have broadened their curriculum through internet services.

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Combine ceramic tiles and horizontal fabric shades for a bathroom renovation
Combine ceramic tiles and horizontal fabric shades for a bathroom renovation
Oct 20 2010

Installing new flooring in a bathroom can be a tricky process, particularly if money is an issue and homeowners aren't aware of their options. The Indian Express suggests that a good compromise between aesthetics and affordability is found in ceramic tiles.

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Give a room a makeover with a new arrangement and roman shades
Give a room a makeover with a new arrangement and roman shades
Oct 20 2010

Touching up a home before winter can be a simple process, and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that homeowners may be able to make a substantial difference in a home by simply rearranging furniture and accessories, thereby investing in the bare minimum of new pieces.

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Going back to nature is a design trend using natural materials in home decor.
Versatile faux wood blinds can enhance a natural look in home design
Oct 20 2010

Going back to nature takes on new meaning when it refers to a design preference rather than a lifestyle choice. Economic as well as aesthetic considerations are increasingly coming into play as people re-think how they want their personal havens to look.

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Modular homes can offer energy savings over conventionally built homes.
Modular homes outfitted with solar screen shades increase energy savings
Oct 20 2010

In recent years, modular homes have become increasingly popular in new home construction because of the savings of time, money and energy they provide homeowners.

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Refresh a bathroom with honeycomb cellular shades
Refresh a bathroom with honeycomb cellular shades
Oct 19 2010

Homeowners who have grown tired of a bathroom and want to add something new may not know where to start, or lack the funds to make any real changes, but The Creston News Advertiser claims that, with a little hard work and a tight budget, a bathroom can be transformed.

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Refresh a bathroom with honeycomb cellular shades
Create an age-neutral room with wood blinds
Oct 19 2010

When children are young, parents may feel that they can do no wrong when designing a room. Colorful fabrics and wallpapers are often plentiful in kids' bedrooms but as years go by, it may be necessary to create a more permanent setting that can accommodate a child from the single-digits to adulthood.

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High ceilings can be decorated to match a room's decor.
Motorized blinds or shades on high windows can offset a beautifully-designed ceiling
Oct 19 2010

A carefully chosen color palette and design scheme doesn't have to end where the wall meets the ceiling, particularly when the ceiling is cathedral-style or just reach-for-the-sky height.

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Shutters can add to a cottage style decorating scheme, while controlling light and privacy.
Interior shutters provide a cozy look and controlled light for cottage-style decor
Oct 19 2010

Decorating a home with a cozy, cottage-style theme can incorporate both vintage accents and a lighter, contemporary edge in furnishings.

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Vertical blinds can help create an outdoor living room
Vertical blinds can help create an outdoor living room
Oct 18 2010

When Janet and Larry French of Huntington Beach, California, became tired of their unused backyard, they decided to convert it into a place where they could throw a party of any size in a setting that was both outdoors and inside, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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Turning antique furniture into contemporary with roller shades
Turning antique furniture into contemporary with roller shades
Oct 18 2010

Many households have heirloom furniture stowed away in the attic collecting dust, but with a few creative touch-ups, these forgotten relics can be turned into worthwhile additions to any room, according to ChicagoNow.com.

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Noise reduction shades help those who can't sleep well.
Noise reduction shades are an aid for sound sleep
Oct 18 2010

Home testing devices for a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are expected to become more widely available with physician reimbursements for the devices starting after the first of the new year.

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A custom drapery in bright colors enhances a living room.
Make a living room colorful through a choice of custom drapery
Oct 18 2010

A living room may the most formal room in a house, but it doesn't have to give away any of its elegance when bright colors are used to decorate it.

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Compromise on contrasting design tastes with wood blinds
Compromise on contrasting design tastes with wood blinds
Oct 18 2010

Many married couples are aware of the difficulty that designing a room can present when both individuals have different preferences, but ExpressNightOut.com states that it may be better to compromise, instead of letting one partner choose all the decorations.

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Create an economically-sized office with soft sheer shades
Create an economically-sized office with soft sheer shades
Oct 18 2010

A home office can be a great place for productivity, whether an individual is doing bills, homework or a 9 to 5, but it is often hard to find a room that can be spared for that purpose. However, ShelterPop.com claims that dividing a part of the space into an office can be just as effective.

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Eclectic interiors include a variety of decorating styles.
Horizontal fabric shades works well with the Mix Mash style of design
Oct 15 2010

Eclectic is often used as a term to describe a design style that brings together some traditional décor with contemporary pieces.

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The right kind of storage results in an organized playroom.
Vertical blinds are a good choice to control lighting in an organized playroom
Oct 15 2010

With Barbie clothes and Legos scattered everywhere, organizing a playroom may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. The goal is to create what a playroom needs most – enough space to play.

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Roman shades can make a bedroom calm and comforting
Roman shades can make a bedroom calm and comforting
Oct 14 2010

Veteran interior designer Debbie Travis, the star of All For One, recently sat down with The Metro to discuss some design tips for those looking to turn their attention to the bedroom.

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Create a mature, Twilight-themed bedroom with solar screen shades
Create a mature, Twilight-themed bedroom with solar screen shades
Oct 14 2010

While preteens can freely decorate with posters of Edward Cullen and adorn their rooms in the colored themes of Twilight, older fans may have to be a little more subtle about it. Luckily, TheStir.com has some ideas for those who are looking for more dignified approach to the design inspired by the books and movies.

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Decorating a motorhome should include window treatments that offer privacy, including mini blinds.
Mini blinds lend privacy to decorating scheme in a motorhome
Oct 14 2010

Decorating a motorhome needs to be functional in every step of the design process to get the most out of a limited living space.

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Refrigerators will use less energy, based on a new standard proposed by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Honeycomb cellular shades are in line with new energy-saving standard
Oct 14 2010

New energy efficiency standards proposed for residential refrigerators and freezers by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) could save consumers about $18.6 billion in energy costs over the next 30 years.

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Roller shades can provide a modern touch to rustic home
Roller shades can provide a modern touch to rustic home
Oct 13 2010

In 1982, F. Michael Lorenzo was contacted by an elderly couple who wanted to craft a unique forest hideaway that blended in with the environment. He was allowed to work on the project with no constraints, according to The Tribune.

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Roller shades can provide a modern touch to rustic home
Make a healthier home with bamboo woven wood shades
Oct 13 2010

Making a home more eco-friendly doesn't always just benefit the environment - sometimes it can benefit a family as well, according to The Hindustan Times.

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Pleated shades will fit many colors, materials and finishes in home decor.
Pleated window shades offer a softened look and fit any decor
Oct 13 2010

Pleated window shades have become a popular choice in window treatments in recent years because they have all the advantages of regular shades, but with added texture and attractiveness because they are made from fabric.

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Sunlight from skylights can be controlled with motorized window shades or blinds.
Motorized window shades moderate light and privacy for skylights
Oct 13 2010

Natural light flooding into a home can be achieved in any room with the installation of skylights.

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Create a welcoming home atmosphere with faux wood blinds
Create a welcoming home atmosphere with faux wood blinds
Oct 12 2010

Sometimes, clutter can sneak up on homeowners without any warning and may seem to appear in every room, resulting in stress and headaches. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer recently suggested some tips for those who are feeling overwhelmed by housework.

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Noise reduction shades can be ideal for distracting college atmosphere
Noise reduction shades can be ideal for distracting college atmosphere
Oct 12 2010

Settling into a new dorm room can be tricky for any college student, but learning to convert one

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Consumers are looking for high quality home decor items that have long-term value.
Wood blinds bring a natural, precise look to rooms that match trends for 2011
Oct 12 2010

One of the projected home design trends taking shape for the next couple of years is a return to what is essential and traditional, reports CosmoWorlds.com.

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Consumers rely on word-of-mouth advice when they buy home improvement products.
Word-of-mouth wins over social media with home improvement products
Oct 12 2010

When it comes to buying home improvement products by those planning to buy or renovate a home, word-of-mouth advice wins over social media information, according to HomeTextilesToday.com.

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Making sure windows are safely child-proofed gives parents peace of mind.
Cordless blinds are an easy and safe aid in child-proofing
Oct 12 2010

Child-proofing a home is a major undertaking, but well worth the time and effort it takes to make a house safe for babies and young children.

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Apartment decorating options include using roman shades to give a rental home some style.
Roman shades enhance the apartment dweller's domain
Oct 11 2010

Living in a rental unit brings with it a number of restrictions about what can be done with walls and flooring. But today's savvy apartment dweller has a variety of options to brighten up any space, owned or leased, without breaking the bank or abandoning one's style.

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Vertical blinds can create personal spaces in a home
Vertical blinds can create personal spaces in a home
Oct 11 2010

One trend that appears to be growing in popularity among elderly and young couples alike seems to be that of individual rooms, according to The Journal.

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Refresh a bedroom with horizontal fabric shades
Refresh a bedroom with horizontal fabric shades
Oct 11 2010

When homeowners think of redesigning a bedroom, many immediately think of expensive renovations and additions to the space. However, with a few strategic and creative flourishes, a bedroom can be transformed at very little cost.

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When retrofitting a house for energy savings, choose eco-friendly cellular shades for their insulating quality.
Energy savings of passive houses continue inside with cellular shades
Oct 8 2010

California's first retrofitted house using passive house specifications – and one of the first of its kind in the U.S. – will be open for public tours later this month.

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An Illinois design business is encouraging the public to recycle rather than throw away old window treatments.
Soft sheer shades can replace old window gear that has been recycled
Oct 8 2010

An Illinois interior design company has come up with a way to recycle outdated window treatments so customers can move on to new window décor selections.

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Faux wood blinds can add classy appearance to a home for less
Faux wood blinds can add classy appearance to a home for less
Oct 8 2010

Homeowners are often looking for ways to make a house as luxurious as possible without spending too much money. Updating a home by adding antiques and other accessories can be one way to give a room some personality, but there may be another key to creating a space of color, motion and excitement, according to The New York Times.

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Bamboo woven wood shades can create a beautiful bathroom atmosphere
Bamboo woven wood shades can create a beautiful bathroom atmosphere
Oct 8 2010

The trend for luxury bathrooms used to put an emphasis on jacuzzis, double sinks and spaces that were often larger than one room. In recent years, however, sparse, economic design has ruled, and The Canadian Press spoke to interior designers who had tips for homeowners looking to make the most of their bathroom space.

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Create a safe and beautiful room with cordless window shades
Create a safe and beautiful room with cordless window shades
Oct 7 2010

Parents who are caring for small children may want to create a room that is a safe haven, and NapsNet.com recommends a few ways that a space can be danger-proofed for curious infants and toddlers.

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Remodel a home with solar screen shades
Remodel a home with solar screen shades
Oct 7 2010

When homeowners choose to remodel an abode, it can be an expensive undertaking and planning can be immensely beneficial, particularly if budgets are limited.

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A dorm room can be made to feel like home with attractive bedding and pleated window shades.
Pleated shades add to the décor of a college student's 'home away from home'
Oct 7 2010

A dorm room is more than a home away from home – it's also a college student's bedroom, study area, living room and sanctuary from the stresses of collegiate life.

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Roller shades to block light can help people get a good night's sleep.
Roller shades may help improve memory after a good night's sleep
Oct 7 2010

Getting a good night's sleep may yield more creativity and better long-term memory during daytime waking hours, say researchers in sleep studies.

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Mini blinds can reduce the glare on computer screens.
Mini blinds can limit computer glare that leads to eye problems
Oct 6 2010

Computer vision syndrome (CVS), or eye problems related to extensive computer use, can affect both children and adults if they don't take steps to rest their eyes during long stretches at the computer, according to Microsoft Home Magazine.

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Renovating a garage can add extra living space to a home.
Roman shades will fit any décor when renovating a garage into family space
Oct 6 2010

When a family outgrows its home space, renovating a garage into an extra room may be the answer.

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Noise reduction shades may be good for the heart
Noise reduction shades may be good for the heart
Oct 6 2010

A new study has found that a noisy environment at work may actually lead to heart problems and high blood pressure, according to The Washington Post.

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Wood blinds can accompany attic antiques
Wood blinds can accompany attic antiques
Oct 6 2010

Before going out to a store to purchase new decorations for a home, The Winnipeg Free Press suggests that many treasures may be found in the attic and afford a room a new look for free.

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Roller shades are among the window treatments that can control light cast on house plants
Help plants grow by choosing roller shades or window blinds to control light
Oct 5 2010

Just as some people prefer the cool shade of an overgrown tree to a day in the sun, some plants flourish under shady conditions.

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Wood blinds would complement wooden furniture based on Shaker style.
Wooden slat blinds complement Shaker-style furniture
Oct 5 2010

The smooth and simple craftsmanship of Shaker-style furniture can be reflected on the walls and windows that surround it, if a home is decorated in this nineteenth-century style.

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Blackout shades may help with weight loss
Blackout shades may help with weight loss
Oct 5 2010

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Chicago found that a lack of sleep may actually be harmful to people's attempts to lose weight, according to ABC News.

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Make a home energy-efficient with honeycomb cellular shades
Make a home energy-efficient with honeycomb cellular shades
Oct 5 2010

With the months getting cooler, some homeowners may be looking for ways to warm up their residence without breaking the bank at the same time. CreativeLoafing.com recently suggested some effective ways to insulate a home that won't require a full-scale renovation.

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Maximize space with vertical blinds
Maximize space with vertical blinds
Oct 4 2010

Many homeowners who are looking to make the most of a small space may be able to do so with a few thoughtful arrangements and decorations, according to The Hindu.

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Go green with bamboo woven wood shades
Go green with bamboo woven wood shades
Oct 4 2010

A small community in Meadowlands, Canada has recently approved the construction of a 20-acre housing settlement which is meant for baby boomers. Each residence will be constructed to accommodate the needs of older adults and also emphasize green design, according to The Abbotsford Mission Times.

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Fall cleaning should include thorough window washing.
Horizontal fabric shades give a warm look to spruced-up rooms after fall cleaning
Oct 4 2010

Spring cleaning is deeply ingrained in people's minds when they consider giving their homes a top-to-bottom cleanup, but fall also lends itself to a clean sweep before winter sets in.

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Bamboo woven wood shades can evoke contemporary design trends
Bamboo woven wood shades can evoke contemporary design trends
Oct 1 2010

An emerging interior design trend this fall appears to be combining contemporary or transitional design with distinct, exotic items, while keeping the rest of the area clean and uncluttered, according to ChicoER.com.

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Create a long-lasting kid's room with honeycomb cellular shades
Create a long-lasting kid's room with honeycomb cellular shades
Oct 1 2010

It can often be difficult to design a child's room that will last for years, from infancy to childhood to adolescence, but with the proper steps, a parent can manage to create a space that will be able to adapt to a child's changing preferences, according to The Orange County Register.

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Custom drapery can revive tired decor
Custom drapery can revive tired decor
Oct 1 2010

Sometimes, a homeowner can grow tired of an interior decorating scheme that may have run its course.

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Hang a valance to complete fall decor
Hang a valance to complete fall decor
Oct 1 2010

As the calendar moves from September to October, many people may be putting the finishing touches on their fall décor.

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