Archive for July 2010


Moms who have trouble sleeping can use room darkening shades
Moms who have trouble sleeping can use room darkening shades
Jul 30 2010

A study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation has found that almost two-thirds of women in the United States have insomnia. No matter how busy or full a day can be, many mothers, especially, are unable to go to bed when it's time.

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Design an eco-friendly office with bamboo woven shades
Design an eco-friendly office with bamboo woven shades
Jul 30 2010

Homeowners who have a home office can easily convert their work space into a more energy-efficient room with minimal cost and effort, according to GreenFudge.org. Rather than any sweeping financial expenses or lifestyle changes, these easy steps for going green depend on maintenance and awareness.

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Cellular shades could lessen noise problems
Cellular shades could lessen noise problems
Jul 30 2010

Residents in Ferndale, California, have had enough of the noise from the town's downtown clubs, as residents have began a petition drive to limit the sound levels. The Daily Tribune reports that the petition is aiming to lower allowable decibel levels, ban outdoor speakers and measure sounds for violations.

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Fair features energy-efficient window blinds
Fair features energy-efficient window blinds
Jul 29 2010

The third annual Delaware-based Renewable Energy Fair is little over a week away, and over 30 area vendors are getting ready show their eco-friendly products at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, the Cape Gazette Reports.

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Wake up early, keep roman shades down to cool off
Wake up early, keep roman shades down to cool off
Jul 29 2010

With only two days left on the calendar, July is shaping up to be one of the hottest months on record. Although New York City has seen some of the most oppressive heat in recent memory, The New York Times reports that some residents are finding a brief respite from the heat, even if it means having to get up incredibly early.

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Create a luxury bedroom on a budget with faux wood blinds
Create a luxury bedroom on a budget with faux wood blinds
Jul 29 2010

A bedroom can be a sanctuary from the outside world and a place that should have all the comforts of a five-star hotel. While this may not be possible for all homeowners, Arizona Foothills Magazine claims that, by following a few steps, it's possible to make a room have all the gloss and charm of a luxury suite at a fraction of the cost.


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Incorporate the Florida Keys with woven bamboo shades
Incorporate the Florida Keys with woven bamboo shades
Jul 28 2010

Ron and Debra Hall Payne wanted to incorporate the feel of Key West, Florida into their Kentucky home. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the couple added many elements to their abode to simulate the look and atmosphere of the Florida Keys.

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Blackout cellular shades good option in nursery
Blackout cellular shades good option in nursery
Jul 28 2010

Bringing home a newborn can be an exciting and momentous occasion in a couple's life. Despite the excitement, a baby that is upset can have parents feeling pushed to the limit. Luckily Softpedia.com reports that a new iPhone application is supposed to play video that will have a calming effect on infants.

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Taking care of an elderly family member with motorized blinds
Taking care of an elderly family member with motorized blinds
Jul 28 2010

When living with an elderly family member, it's crucial to take certain precautions in the home.

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Drapes seeing a resurgence in popularity
Drapes seeing a resurgence in popularity
Jul 27 2010

Lois Macaulay, an interior designer based in Toronto, has fallen in love with drapes, according to the National Post. She also claims she has seen evidence that other people are leaning toward customized window treatments, after about a decade of blinds and shades.

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Go green and maximize space with vertical blinds
Go green and maximize space with vertical blinds
Jul 27 2010

Smaller homes generally mean lower utility bills and more eco-friendly living arrangements. However, residences that are pressed for space can also run into problems with storage and organization.

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Avoid allergies with aluminum mini blinds
Avoid allergies with aluminum mini blinds
Jul 27 2010

Allergies can certainly be a nuisance for some, and for others they can be exceptionally disruptive. According to the Chicago Tribune, there are a number of ways homeowners can reduce the suffering by adhering to some simple rules around the house.

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Go green while living at college
Go green while living at college
Jul 27 2010

As July turns to August, the beginning of school is moving ever closer. For some students, that means going back to college and moving into one's dorm room. According to Earth911.com, there's no reason to give up going green when it comes to furnishing a temporary living space.

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Design a mountain lodge with wood blinds
Design a mountain lodge with wood blinds
Jul 26 2010

The rustic feel of a mountain lodge can capture a sensation of warmth, adventure and relaxation that has become increasingly difficult to find in the modern world. Luckily, it's not hard to add a few touches to a home so one can benefit from a more natural setting.

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Blackout shades can cool down a room
Blackout shades can cool down a room
Jul 26 2010

The heat waves during the recent weeks have forced families indoors and many have had to recalculate their energy budget due to extra use of air conditioning and fans. Some of these practices can be costly, both to a family and the environment.


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Soft sheer shades becoming most popular treatment
Soft sheer shades becoming most popular treatment
Jul 26 2010

Homeowners are presented with a wide array of choices when it comes to decorating a room, and, while it seems like that's an advantage, having so many things to choose from can sometimes be a problem. According to the Staten Island Advance, the area that has many consumers feeling overwhelmed is window treatments.

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Roman shades can make a room appear larger
Roman shades can make a room appear larger
Jul 26 2010

Although many homeowners find themselves at a loss at what to do with a small living space, the Orlando Sentinel reports there are many options at their disposal to make rooms appear larger than they actually are.

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Get students ready for college with faux wood blinds
Get students ready for college with faux wood blinds
Jul 23 2010

July is almost over, which means that, one month from now, students will be embarking on the journey to the dorm room. While this marks an era of independence for children, parents can still help with the transition by supplying some niceties.

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Impress guests with interior shutters
Impress guests with interior shutters
Jul 23 2010

Having company over can be an enjoyable occasion, but it can also bring some stress to the hosts, especially in the preceding days or weeks. There are some easy ways to prepare and forget about the anxiety and instead tend to a home's appearance.

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Cellular shades can lessen effects of noise pollution
Cellular shades can lessen effects of noise pollution
Jul 23 2010

When residents in Buchanan, Saskatchewan, were told that construction on a nearby highway would begin in the spring, they were also told that a noise wall would be built to lessen the impact of the cacophonous commotion carrying on. However, according to the Winnipeg Free Press, that wall has yet to be finished.

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Living an eco-friendly lifestyle in the living room
Living an eco-friendly lifestyle in the living room with bamboo shades
Jul 22 2010

A new trend in home design may be found in making households that are environmentally conscious. There are many different ways to outfit rooms so that they are both green and affordable.

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Childproofing a hotel room
Childproofing a hotel room
Jul 22 2010

When vacationing away from home with young children, it's crucial to make sure that the hotel or home in which one is planning to stay is a safe environment. There are many features of a room for parents to consider, especially if there is a baby in the family, according to Babble.com.

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Change up bedroom with honeycomb cellular shades
Change up bedroom with honeycomb cellular shades
Jul 22 2010

A person's bedroom can sometimes be the most important area of a home. It allows the occupant a space that is all their own and often can be a place where they spend much of their time. However, a particular style can grow stale after a while and sometimes the look has to be changed around and, according to the the Reading Eagle, doing so is not too hard.

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Hang wood blinds to add classic appearance
Hang wood blinds to add classic appearance
Jul 22 2010

A new building in Winona, Minnesota is using a wealth of elements from times past. The Winona Daily News reports that the 1,200 square foot addition to the Winona County History Center features everything from pine beams from the 1880s to stone elements from the 1920s.

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Space can play role in cognitive development and well-being
Space can play role in cognitive development and well-being
Jul 21 2010

Most people have an inclination towards designing homes or apartments with space in mind, but recent research has shown that this may be linked to a deeper, psychological habit.

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Making a reading room with solar screen shades
Making a reading room with solar screen shades
Jul 21 2010

Although there is no school in the summer, there are often reading lists for children who are going back to the classroom in September, according to the Boston Globe.

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Alleviate bay window worries with Roman shades
Alleviate bay window worries with Roman shades
Jul 21 2010

Although James Wood's home is over 150 years old, the Muncy, Indiana abode is still as beautiful as it ever was. According to the Muncy Luminary, Wood and his family are in the process of renovating the home into a magnificent bed and breakfast.

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Add an elegant feel to the kitchen with valances
Add an elegant feel to the kitchen with valances
Jul 21 2010

When Pat O'Brien and her husband, Jerry, moved into their Cockeysville, Maryland home, they knew they had to do something to make it their own. The Baltimore Sun reports that Pat, an artist, adorned the walls of every room with a unique mural.

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Drapes can keep an upstairs room cool
Drapes can keep an upstairs room cool
Jul 20 2010

Working in a home office in an upper floor can turn into a sweaty experience during the summer, with or without a fan. This is also true for bedrooms and living rooms that seem to turn swampy when the temperatures creep upwards.


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Hang pleated shades for a kitchen with a view
Hang pleated shades for a kitchen with a view
Jul 20 2010

Kitchens are sometimes the center of a home's activity, especially when it's time to cook dinner or clean dishes afterward. Natural lighting can be an important feature of any room, but it is particularly appealing to have a kitchen with a source of gentle illumination.

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Incorporating wood into design becoming popular
Incorporating wood into design becoming popular
Jul 20 2010

Although wood has been around as a design material for many years, it has largely been limited to flooring and architecture. That is beginning to change, reports The Economic Times, as the material is beginning show up more often in home accessories as well.

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Retirement community begins energy-efficient overhaul
Retirement community begins energy-efficient overhaul
Jul 20 2010

Two new buildings at a North Carolina retirement community are installing eco-friendly temperature controls, among other features, in an effort to go green. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, the buildings will feature geothermal heating and cooling systems.

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Island living with soft sheer shades
Island living with soft sheer shades
Jul 19 2010

ShelterPop.com recently displayed photos of Kate Moss' vacation getaway in the British Virgin Islands, a 10,000-square-foot residence with five bedrooms that is built on top of a hill overlooking the emerald waters of St. John and the Sir Francis Drake Channel.

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The advantages of motorized blinds
The advantages of motorized blinds
Jul 19 2010

Sometimes, drawing or raising window blinds is a hassle. When air conditioning is escaping outside or the sun is causing a room to get too swampy, it can be a painful experience to run around the house, trying to close all the blinds.

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Paltrow penthouse features relaxing window treatments
Paltrow penthouse features relaxing window treatments
Jul 19 2010

Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay's Chris Martin, have created very relaxing abode in their New York City penthouse. According to the New York Daily News, the couple designed a "fuzzy nap zone" for their two young children and the atmosphere extends throughout the residence.

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Window shades drastically lower Indiana home's energy bill
Window shades drastically lower Indiana home's energy bill
Jul 19 2010

Fort Wayne, Indiana resident A.J. Patrick certainly is a man ahead of his time. According to The Journal Gazette, after the oil embargo of the early 70s raised energy prices, Patrick built his home to be as energy-efficient as possible and has now been reaping the benefits for 30 years.

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South Africa begins ambitious green building project
South Africa begins ambitious green building project
Jul 16 2010

Designing a home so that it has environmentally friendly specifications is sometimes thought of as only an endeavor of the wealthy. However, a project in South Africa is attempting to change that stereotype, Engineering News reported.

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Home safety with soft sheer shades
Home safety with soft sheer shades
Jul 16 2010

A poorly lit home can be hazardous to a family's health, especially if furniture or other objects are constantly being rearranged. The tops and bottoms of the stairs and children's rooms are particularly prone to presenting perils.

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2010 on pace to be the hottest on record
2010 on pace to be the hottest on record
Jul 16 2010

If the temperature has appeared to be higher than normal, even for summer, that's because it has been. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), last month's average temperature made it the warmest June ever. Going back even farther, the January to June period of this year ranks behind only 2007 in terms of average heat.

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Relaxation tips for busy parents
Relaxation tips for busy parents
Jul 16 2010

A day can be extra long if caring for children takes up most of it. While entertaining young ones can be rewarding, it can also be exhausting, especially when school is out for the summer and children demand more attention from parents.

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Michigan school is renovated with new window treatments
Michigan school is renovated with new window treatments
Jul 15 2010

In Milan, Michigan, an immense project is being undertaken over the summer - the complete overhaul several school buildings, two of which has been standing since the 1950s, according to the Monroe News.

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Protecting books with wood blinds
Protecting books with wood blinds
Jul 15 2010

Any well-read homeowner is bound to have a respectable collection of books scattered around the house. While some could be in the bedroom or living room, others could be in the dining room. Wherever they are, it's important to protect exposed books from too much natural lighting.

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Blackout roller shades can provide health benefits
Blackout roller shades can provide health benefits
Jul 15 2010

Now that it's been summer for almost a month, many people have already spent a significant time outdoors and face the dangers that go along with it. According to SCNow.com, extra attention should be paid to the sun rays over the next few weeks, as July is UV Awareness Month.

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Motorized blinds are an easy way to control light
Motorized blinds are an easy way to control light
Jul 15 2010

New York residents Shlomo and Lilian Bakhash used to enjoy vacationing in a small 750-square-foot co-op that amounted to little more than a hotel room. However, the New York Times reported that, three years ago, the family and their then-17-year-old daughter, expanded the abode into a lavish, two-bedroom apartment.

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Making a small household seem bigger with vertical blinds
Making a small household seem bigger with vertical blinds
Jul 14 2010

Living in a smaller residence can be economic, but sometimes it may also make things seem cramped. Luckily, there are some simple design concepts that can create extra space, no matter how small.


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Saving energy with solar shades
Saving energy with solar screen shades
Jul 14 2010

Robin Wilson, one of Oprah Magazine's top green designers, tackled a 1950s home for the Early Show on CBS, and employed the newest in environmentally friendly technology.

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Practice saving energy, even on vacation
Practice saving energy, even on vacation
Jul 14 2010

Summer is the time when many people take off for a much needed, and much deserved, vacation. Even though a house may be unattended for a significant period of time, homeowners can still rack up a hefty energy bill that can eliminate all the good feelings that the time off created.

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Fabric roller shades show rise in popularity
Fabric roller shades show rise in popularity
Jul 14 2010

Not too long ago, having an eco-friendly home was somewhat of a rarity. Now, according to the Los Angeles Times, houses that tread lightly on mother nature are a burgeoning trend in southern California.

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Letting the air in with faux wood blinds
Letting the air in with faux wood blinds
Jul 13 2010

After a long work day, the first thing that people want to do is get home and relax. Unfortunately, that's often not possible, especially if there are pets, children or spouses waiting after the commute.

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A good night's sleep may help prevent Alzheimer's
A good night's sleep may help prevent Alzheimer's
Jul 13 2010

Recent breakthroughs in science have helped identify some of the leading factors that can cause Alzheimer's Disease, according to HelpGuide.org.

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Maryland colonial decorated with wood blinds
Maryland colonial decorated with wood blinds
Jul 13 2010

Many people who tour the town of Kensington, Maryland often comment on its quaint nature. According to the Washington Times, some call it "the town where the train still stops and the people still walk" and one house in particular embodies that spirit, even after being renovated only six years ago.

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Reduce a main cause of migraines with honeycomb cellular shades
Reduce a main cause of migraines with honeycomb cellular shades
Jul 13 2010

Migraines can be a very painful affliction for someone to suffer from. These severe headaches can significantly disrupt a day and leave a person in a large amount of pain. The Abilene Reflector-Chronicle reports that recent studies have shown that 12 percent of Americans are affected.

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Customize and protect a room with drapery
Customize and protect a room with drapery
Jul 12 2010

When reinventing a particular room, many people start painting and then don't know how to continue. Window treatments can affect tremendous shifts in the theme or mood of a room, according to HomePortfolio.com.

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Natural daylight important for home offices
Natural daylight important for home offices
Jul 12 2010

When designing the perfect home office, Entrepreneur.com claims that natural daylight is one of the most important elements to include. This is because daylight is a constantly alternating source of illumination, so, in addition to have a relaxing effect, it is less likely to make you squint when working at the desk for hours at a time.

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Colorado realtors adding green glossary to home listings
Colorado realtors adding green glossary to home listings
Jul 12 2010

Realtors in Steamboat Springs, Colorado are trying to find a more efficient way to list the sustainable aspects of the homes they're selling, the Steamboat Pilot & Today reports. According to Prudential Steamboat Realtor, Angela Ashby, the company is working to provide an easy way to quickly determine how environmentally friendly a house is.

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Create a reading room with cellular shades
Create a reading room with cellular shades
Jul 12 2010

For many people there are few things better than reading a book. Being able to sit down with one's favorite author on a beautiful summer day can be the perfect way to relax.

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Aluminum mini blinds ideal for RV homes
Aluminum mini blinds ideal for RV homes
Jul 9 2010

RVs have become an increasingly popular mode of travel and living in the United States. A study conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association found that RV purchases are rising faster than the American population, with an estimated 8 million to be purchased by 2010.

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Wood blinds can help allergy-proof a home
Wood blinds can help allergy-proof a home
Jul 9 2010

Summer can bring nice weather, but it can also bring dust, pollen and mold that can cause allergies. TheDecoratingDiva.com has written a quick guide to preventing allergens from spreading throughout the home, so you can breathe easy.

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Honeycomb cellular shades offer respite from heat wave
Honeycomb cellular shades offer respite from heat wave
Jul 9 2010

Although the Northeast reported record temperatures earlier this week, it certainly was not the only area of the country experiencing sweltering heat. The Fresno Bee reports that residents of central California have been trying to find ways to beat the heat.

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Bring outside in with woven bamboo shades
Bring outside in with woven bamboo shades
Jul 9 2010

With the beautiful weather that comes along with the summer months comes the desire to spend as much time outside as possible. While being outside is ideal, sometimes one wants to stay indoors. However, that does not mean there aren't ways to take nature inside, The Seattle Times reports.

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Convert a shed into a retreat with interior shutters
Convert a shed into a retreat with interior shutters
Jul 8 2010

Many people who own tool or garden sheds generally fill them up with junk and forget about them, but UKTV.com suggests that, with a little time and effort, these forgotten buildings can be turned into wonderful summer spaces for work or relaxation.

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Making a home eco-friendly
Making a home eco-friendly
Jul 8 2010

Discovery's Planet Green has released a guide on how to make a home go green. One of the top steps to becoming eco-friendly is a simple evaluation of all furniture options before purchasing new pieces for bedrooms or living rooms.

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Soft sheer shades add simple, summery feel to any room
Soft sheer shades add simple, summery feel to any room
Jul 8 2010

Whether it is because of the heat or the fact that school is out, summer has the power to cause people to want to do as little as possible. Luckily, when it comes to interior design, that may not be a bad thing, the Toronto Star reports.

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Hang wood blinds to jump on growing trend
Hang wood blinds to jump on growing trend
Jul 8 2010

In nearly every aspect of interior design wood is making a come back. According to the Canadian Press, the material and its elements are making their way into flooring, wallpaper and even upholstery.

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Brighten homes with solar screen shades
Brighten homes with solar screen shades
Jul 7 2010

Tim Hill lives in a two-story home that is lodged between a big tree and a 13-foot wall, and this particular location has given Hill's home a decidedly darker interior, because there is very little light shining into the windows, reports the New York Times.

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Vertical blinds can help concentration
Vertical blinds can help concentration
Jul 7 2010

Tony Schwartz, president of the Energy Project and author of "The Way We're Working Isn't Working," recently wrote about the American addiction to e-mail on The Huffington Post.

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Woven bamboo shades stylish, functional
Woven bamboo shades stylish, functional
Jul 7 2010

A Florida-based green design firm is helping a local middle school become more environmentally friendly. The Seminole Voice reports that SchenkelShultz Architecture is designing the $14 million renovation at Jackson Heights Middle School in Oviedo, Florida. The new look is welcome news to Winston Bailey, the schools principal.

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Conserve energy in the heat with honeycomb cellular shades
Conserve energy in the heat with honeycomb cellular shades
Jul 7 2010

Temperatures in the Northeast reached triple digits earlier this week, and as people sought relief from the record setting heat they turned on the air conditioning. According to the Belleville Times, the increase in energy use led to power outages in New Jersey.

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Thirty extra minutes before school found to boost performance
Thirty extra minutes before school found to boost performance
Jul 6 2010

A small private school in Rhode Island recently concluded a study about the effects of sleep on high school students, according to the Associated Press. Patricia Moss, the dean of the school, said that the results were "stunning."


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East coast heat surge could set record highs
East coast heat surge could set record highs
Jul 6 2010

Associated Press reporters have found that, over the next several days, temperatures may rise as high as 102, in some East Coast states and many mid-Atlantic states are predicted to experience a blast of humidity that will hover around 100.

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Add texture with wood blinds this summer
Add texture with wood blinds this summer
Jul 6 2010

With the amount of functions they serve, windows can be the most important part of a room. According to the Hindustan Times, they can both add light and create the illusion of a larger area. However, decorating one's windows incorrectly can be a big drawback in a room.

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Keep kitchen comfortable with woven wood shades
Keep kitchen comfortable with woven wood shades
Jul 6 2010

Most people typically assume that the kitchen is for just cooking and eating, but nothing else. That's not entirely true, says the Times and Transcript.

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Protecting hardwood floors with roller shades
Protecting hardwood floors with roller shades
Jul 2 2010

If they are treated right, hardwood floors have the power to make any room stand out. However, there are a number of things that homeowners should do to guarantee the longevity and finish of these surfaces remain pristine.

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Designer John Derian buys 18th century home
Designer John Derian buys 18th century home
Jul 2 2010

John Derian, the King of Decoupage, made an unlikely purchase recently. While traveling through Provincetown, he saw a dilapidated sea captain's house from 1789, reports the Boston Globe.


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Protect decorative artwork with wood blinds
Protect decorative artwork with wood blinds
Jul 2 2010

Making a room stand out among all the others in a home can be a difficult task. There are any number of directions a homeowner can go in but, according to the Connecticut Post, hanging artwork in a room can add an effective accent to make it unique.

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Hang Roman shades to accentuate benefits of bay windows
Hang Roman shades to accentuate benefits of bay windows
Jul 2 2010

There can be a number of advantages of having a room with bay windows. They can offer fantastic views of the surrounding scenery and also allow light to gently bathe the room. Although there certainly are benefits, deciding how to decorate bay windows can be a problem.

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New technology reads brain waves while you sleep
New technology reads brain waves while you sleep
Jul 1 2010

At a recently televised TED MED conference, Dr Philip Low presented a new technology that allows people access to their own brainwaves and record the results onto a handheld electronic device. The hope is that this can eventually be used to find abnormalities before the onset of serious conditions.

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Seoul home takes advantage of corners and hallways
Seoul home takes advantage of corners and hallways
Jul 1 2010

A couple has just completed their unique twist on a traditional Korean home, reports the New York Times. The house has the features of a hanok, a Korean-style home, such as a carved wooden door and pagoda-style roof, but its interior is very modern.

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Bamboo shades can add tropical feel
Bamboo shades can add tropical feel
Jul 1 2010

With the hectic nature of everyday life, having a room where one can simply relax can certainly be an enjoyable experience. According to JustLuxe.com, decorating such a room with a tropical theme can be just the touch a utility room needs to give it a summery, relaxing feel.

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Motorized blinds can help keep energy costs low
Motorized blinds can help keep energy costs low
Jul 1 2010

Motorized blinds are often thought of as only beneficial to people who cannot easily get up to adjust them. However, according to ElectronicHouse.com, there are numerous advantages to motorized blinds other than simply being able to control them far away.

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