Archive for August 2010


Brighten a bedroom with roller shades
Brighten a bedroom with roller shades
Aug 31 2010

The Sacramento Bee reports that homeowners often neglect the design of a bedroom when considering the layout and comfort of a home, even though this is the space that can serve as a refreshing and private space after a long day.


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Help a child's grades with blackout shades
Help a child's grades with blackout shades
Aug 31 2010

In a recent column in The Vail Daily, Dr Drew Warner wrote that, when it comes to helping a child get better grades, there is no substitute for a good night's sleep. Tired students have a harder time concentrating and waking up in time for class.

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Wood blinds can accent neutral shades
Wood blinds can accent neutral shades
Aug 31 2010

Many homeowners believe that, if they are going to add color to a room, they need to do so in vibrant hues in order to make the inclusion worthwhile. However, Imperial Valley News reports that many decorators are using subtle, neutral colors in their decor to add a soft, calming aesthetic to rooms.

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Wood blinds can add quiet dignity to a home
Wood blinds can add quiet dignity to a home
Aug 30 2010

The New York Times reports that a series of renovations to a home in Paris has left it humble on the outside, but impressive and historical on the inside. The house, which is located on the same street as the Palace of Versailles, is a 17th-century marvel which is hidden by an expansive courtyard, overhanging branches and leaves, and a quiet, green door.

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Going green, honeycomb shades can save money in winter
Going green, honeycomb shades can save money in winter
Aug 30 2010

The Boston Globe recently reported a home in Holliston, Massachusetts saved more than $2,000 in heating costs this past winter due to the new installation of their geothermal system and may also have benefits in the hotter months.

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Drapes can be good choice for rooms with high ceilings
Drapes can be good choice for rooms with high ceilings
Aug 30 2010

Living in a home that boasts high ceilings and expansive rooms can certainly have its benefits. The increased space and openness have an immediate impact on anybody who enters this kind of home. However, the Economic Times reports that these buildings also bring with them a number of design dilemmas that dilute the desired decor.

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Faux wood blinds a quick, effective upgrade
Faux wood blinds a quick, effective upgrade
Aug 27 2010

In a time of economic uncertainty, many homeowners who are looking to renovate their houses are seeking to do it as cost-efficiently as possible. The Baltimore Sun reports that this has changed the type of projects that many interior designers are undertaking.

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Soft sheer shades can make a room appear bigger
Soft sheer shades can make a room appear bigger
Aug 27 2010

Homeowners who want to give their residence a feeling of spaciousness, especially for the expected chill of the coming months, may want to treat a room with a new perspective by applying a new coat of paint, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Colorful pleated shades can get a home ready for fall
Colorful pleated shades can get a home ready for fall
Aug 27 2010

The Creston News Advertiser reports that the coming months of fall may be a good time for a homeowner to reevaluate the current interior design of a residence and enact some modest changes to get ready for the new season.

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Solar screen shades can energize a dorm room
Solar screen shades can energize a dorm room
Aug 26 2010

College students who are moving out of the house and preparing to live in a new dorm room or apartment may want to check their final list of supplies and see if they have enough items to furnish the space, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Bamboo woven wood shades can help green a home
Bamboo woven wood shades can help green a home
Aug 26 2010

EcoHome magazine, a publication that promotes the awareness and implementation of eco-friendly home design, recently awarded the Grand Award to a Cape Cod house designed by ZeroEnergy Design, a company which strives to produce green residences.


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Roller shades can maintain a rug's color
Roller shades can maintain a rug's color
Aug 26 2010

Many individuals choose to furnish their home with hardwood flooring because it can add a tasteful elegance to a living space. However, according to the Evansville Courier-Press, complementing the floor with an engaging area rug can make the room even more appealing.


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Noise reduction shades can help with new college neighbors
Noise reduction shades can help with new college neighbors
Aug 26 2010

While living in a college town can offer residents a chance to attend plays, concerts and other events that would otherwise be inaccessible, the location can also have its downside during the fall and winter months, according to The Coloradoan.

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Getting a home ready for autumn with interior shutters
Getting a home ready for autumn with interior shutters
Aug 26 2010

The end of August means that the colors of the outdoors are changing and many homeowners may want to shift gears in the household to better prepare for the coming months. CountryHome.com recommends several steps that can help with the decorations that can mark this transition.

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Faux wood blinds give room a quick update
Faux wood blinds give room a quick update
Aug 25 2010

Many people have a room that often gets neglected when it comes time to renovate. Whether it's because it rarely gets used or is simply forgotten, the result may be a space that does not blend with the rest of the updated home. Rockville Centre Patch reports there are several ways to give it a quick facelift that can make it an appealing are of the abode.

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Brighten the room, one's mood with natural light
Brighten the room, one's mood with natural light
Aug 25 2010

The change in season can sometimes leave people feeling down, especially when the carefree days of a relaxing July afternoon are in the rearview mirror. According to The Paper, those looking for a way to lift their spirits can do so by incorporating natural light into their home.

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Getting ready for fall with Roman shades
Getting ready for fall with Roman shades
Aug 24 2010

The International Business Times recently reported that homes across the country are getting ready for the new season by slipping into décor that fits better with the changing colors of the trees and cooler temperatures.

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Wood blinds can protect artwork, other accessories
Wood blinds can protect artwork, other accessories
Aug 24 2010

Many homeowners are frequently looking for new and exciting ways to increase the aesthetic appeal of their abode. Adding a painting or mural to a room can be one such way, and the Naples Daily News reports that Florida-based artist Jan Ellen Atkielski will be hosting a seminar this weekend at the Miromar Design Center to share tips to successfully integrating art into home decor.

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Contemporary homes can benefit from soft sheer shades
Contemporary homes can benefit from soft sheer shades
Aug 24 2010

For many individuals, deciding how to furnish a home can be quite a challenge. There are many different areas to tackle and sometimes the correct window treatments can get lost in the fray. The Times and Transcript reports that there are myriad options at one's disposal and homeowners should take several areas into consideration when deciding which direction to take.

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Keep hardwood floors fresh with honeycomb cellular shades
Keep hardwood floors fresh with honeycomb cellular shades
Aug 23 2010

Shelterpop.com reports that homeowners with hardwood floors may want to check the way that they treat these beautiful surfaces, because a few simple steps can prolong their life and ensure that an expensive refinishing isn't needed until absolutely necessary.

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Refresh an old bathroom with pleated shades
Refresh an old bathroom with pleated shades
Aug 23 2010

Interior designer Candace Olson, writing in The Seattle Times, describes a recent renovation to a bathroom that she made to a 1920s-style home. While the homeowner had decorated every other room to her taste, the bathroom, which was painted with intense, blue colors, had left her feeling embarrassed.

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At a design crossroads? Think Roman shades
At a design crossroads? Think Roman shades
Aug 23 2010

Nearly everybody knows the importance of installing window treatments. While they serve a number of important functions, many homeowners are at a loss as to which to choose to provide the best look for their room. The Daily Herald reports that, while drapes are still popular among those with larger living spaces, there is a growing minimalist trend among the younger population.

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Woven wood shades can bring crisp autumn day indoors
Woven wood shades can bring crisp autumn day indoors
Aug 23 2010

Matching the interior decoration of one's home to the season can be an easy and effective way to boost the aesthetic appeal of a room. With autumn rapidly approaching, many homeowners may be looking for a way to incorporate the elements of fall into their abode, and Black Hills Today reports that one of the best ways to do so is to place some floral decor around the house.

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Tour suggests green design tips like bamboo woven shades
Tour suggests green design tips like bamboo woven shades
Aug 20 2010

The third annual Green Home Tour, hosted by the Environmental and Conservation Organization, is taking place this Saturday, in North Carolina, according to The Times-News.

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Vertical shades can help remake a porch
Vertical shades can help remake a porch
Aug 20 2010

A family in Arlington, Virginia, had an outdoor porch but couldn't use it due to the overpowering sunlight that would shine on it all afternoon. This Old House reports that designer Brian McCracken helped construct a solution to this problem through a series of strategic developments.

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New Jersey designer makes renovation easier
New Jersey designer makes renovation easier
Aug 20 2010

While sometimes homebuyers find the perfect home in terms of location and size, the house may also be in need of significant renovation to make it as appealing as they originally dreamed it to be. According to The Ridgewood News, industry expert Victoria Stepanov recently opened a business to aid new homeowners in this arduous quest.


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Wood blinds can add to a nautical theme
Wood blinds can add to a nautical theme
Aug 20 2010

Although graphic designer Katherine Rasmussen spent much of her young life growing up on the coast, it was not until she spent time with her parents in Port Clyde, Maine, that she realized the appeal of nautical design. The New York Times reports that Rasumssen, who lives in Brooklyn, has since created many fashions out of recycled sailcloth and other materials.


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Preparing for winter, going eco-friendly with honeycomb shades
Preparing for winter, going eco-friendly with honeycomb shades
Aug 19 2010

August marks the final, full month of summer, as well as the beginning of the end of high temperatures, so it's wise to begin preparing an apartment for the cooler months of the year. Window treatments can be instrumental in this task and also succeed in making a place more eco-friendly.

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Redesigning a home for sale with custom drapery
Redesigning a home for sale with custom drapery
Aug 19 2010

Emma Riley Sutton, writing for Helium.com, recently suggested that homeowners who are looking to sell their house may want to consider updating it before showing it to prospective buyers.

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University of Illinois builds dorms with motorized blinds
University of Illinois builds dorms with motorized blinds
Aug 19 2010

Thousands of college freshman will be moving away from home in the coming weeks, but the move is even more meaningful for 18-year-old Kelsey Rozema, who has limited use of her arms and legs. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rozema will be moving into a new dorm at the University of Illinois that is specially designed to help students with physical disabilities.

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Roller shades a good choice for small dwelling
Roller shades a good choice for small dwelling
Aug 19 2010

Sometimes homeowners may find themselves in a small living space, and although they may not know how to maximize the limited size, The Wall Street Journal reports there are several ways that individuals in tiny quarters can maximize their area.

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Noise reduction shades provide prime study environment
Noise reduction shades provide prime study environment
Aug 19 2010

With college starting up in the next two weeks, incoming students will be looking for any ways to boost their grades. The New York Post reports that having an ideal dorm room can be one way to help collegians achieve that elusive 4.0.

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Woven wood shades a good choice for fall decor
Woven wood shades a good choice for fall decor
Aug 18 2010

The summer is rapidly coming to a close, and many homeowners may be looking for a way alter their decor for the upcoming fall season. The Seattle Times reports that there are several unique ideas that can add an appealing autumnal atmosphere to any abode.

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Cherry juice, blackout shade may help insomnia
Cherry juice, blackout shades may help insomnia
Aug 18 2010

Researchers across the country have been studying sleep patterns for years, but the Neurology Channel claims that approximately 40 million people in the United States experience chronic sleep disorders, and another 20 million have occasional problems falling asleep.

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Update a room with Roman shades
Update a room with Roman shades
Aug 17 2010

Many people believe that in order to update their home, they have to undertake a significant renovation project. According to The Daily Gleaner, that may not be the case, as small projects can be just as effective in making one's house feel new and fresh.

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Interior shutters complement historic homes
Interior shutters complement historic homes
Aug 17 2010

Those living in North Carolina who appreciate beautiful interior design will be in luck for the next couple weeks, as the Boyd Mansion, located in Flat Rock, North Carolina, will be open to the public for tours. The Burlington Times-News reports that designers have been working tirelessly to bring out the building's most striking features.

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Help detoxify a home with faux wood blinds
Help detoxify a home with faux wood blinds
Aug 17 2010

Dr Frank Lipman, an integrative physician, recently wrote in the Huffington Post that there were many different ways to detoxify a home, but few families actually take the necessary steps to do so.

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Motorized blinds update San Francisco apartment
Aug 16 2010

A new penthouse in California may be very appealing to fans of the San Francisco Giants. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the 2,300-square foot abode is only a block from AT&T Park.

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Wood blinds add a charming accent to any room
Wood blinds add a charming accent to any room
Aug 16 2010

There can be a certain challenge to creating a living room that exudes a warm, welcoming feeling. It may seem difficult, but the Daily Monitor reports that there are certain steps one can take to achieve this specific goal.


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Solar Screen Shades fit a home that embraces natural settings
Solar Screen Shades fit a home that embraces natural settings
Aug 16 2010

A recent article in Peoria Journal Star described Holly Henline's approach to her home as a blend of natural and traditional design, which depended on exotic aspects that would appeal to Henline's sense of organization and fashion.


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Homeowners should match style to decor
Homeowners should match style to decor
Aug 13 2010

One of the most common roadblocks that homeowners run into when decorating their home is that they do not know how to identify their own style. However, according to Metro Canada, there are several easy ways to help one define their look that can then be reflected in their home.

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Mimic coastal living with light colors, soft sheer shades
Mimic coastal living with light colors, soft sheer shades
Aug 13 2010

For those lucky enough, having a beach side getaway can be one of the best ways to get away from the rigors of everyday life. However, if the living by the seas is not an option, The Independent reports there are several ways homeowners can recreate coastal living in their inland home.

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Redesigning a kitchen with horizontal fabric shades
Redesigning a kitchen with horizontal fabric shades
Aug 13 2010

Kitchens are often the center point for any home, a place where families prepare meals, talk, and eat just about every day of the week. Due to the high traffic of this space, NorthJersey.com recommends that homeowners should refresh it every 10 years.

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Going green with solar appliances and bamboo shades
Going green with solar appliances and bamboo shades
Aug 13 2010

The Boston Globe recently reported that the oil spill in the Gulf Coast has triggered a growth in environmental concern that has had homeowners reconsidering the way that their property uses energy.

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Meditation and room darkening shades can make sleeping easier
Meditation and room darkening shades can make sleeping easier
Aug 12 2010

Health.com recently released a guide for meditation techniques that is meant for individuals who experience trouble with their sleeping patterns or from insomnia when they try to go to bed each night.

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Roman shades reused in home office renovation
Roman shades reused in home office renovation
Aug 12 2010

Kathy McCleary, from Home and Garden TV, recently documented the renovation of her home office in the Chicago Sun-Times. These fixes were all on a tight budget, so other savvy homeowners looking for quick remedies may be interested to know how she transformed this space without breaking the bank.

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Woven bamboo shades are a versatile way to go green
Woven bamboo shades are a versatile way to go green
Aug 12 2010

Many homeowners who want to incorporate earth-friendly decor into their abode may not know where to begin, or become lost in a maze of choices that leaves them confused. However, according to the Evansville Courier and Press, there are several simple options that can leave an individual satisfied.

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Alabama residents experiencing record setting heat
Alabama residents experiencing record setting heat
Aug 12 2010

Throughout much of the United States, this summer has been one of the hottest in recent memory. According to The Birmingham News, Alabama has been suffering from heat that has never before been felt, even in the deep south.

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Vertical shades ideal for new porches
Vertical blinds ideal for new porches
Aug 11 2010

The Buffalo News reports that front porches have experienced a resurgence in popularity, especially for homeowners whose children have grown up and left home. These extensions to a home can connect individuals with sidewalk traffic and keep them involved in the community.

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Honeycomb shades can regulate high summer temperatures
Honeycomb shades can regulate high summer temperatures
Aug 11 2010

Homeowners in some parts of the country may use their air conditioning units much more often than others, but in Washington's Snohomish County, Mark and Sharon Hammond started to suffer during the later weeks of July and August when the sunlight came pouring in through their windows and ignited the household, according to HerlandNet.com.

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Green elements, wood blinds can relieve stress
Green elements, wood blinds can relieve stress
Aug 11 2010

Selecting the right colors for a room can be an important choice. According to the Manila Bulletin, each shade provides a unique atmosphere and feel to a room, and homeowners should be aware of what effect certain hues can have.

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Roman shades can protect hardwood flooring
Roman shades can protect hardwood flooring
Aug 11 2010

Hardwood flooring can be one of the most attractive design choices a homeowner can make. The material provides a natural warmth and elegance to any room while adding resale value to the house. However, the Steuben Courier reports that, if these surfaces are not cared for properly, they can lose appeal.

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Transform a room with solar screen shades
Transform a room with solar screen shades
Aug 10 2010

After a while, even the grandest rooms may become a little drab. Homeowners who want to put a fresh spin on a space can easily do so with some quick, inexpensive flourishes. HomeBeautiful.com suggests a few tactics that can be used to entirely refresh an area of the home.

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Reduce pet allergies with faux wood blinds
Reduce pet allergies with faux wood blinds
Aug 10 2010

Pet dander can cause cold-like symptoms such as sneezing and swelling. However, many pet owners choose to live through this discomfort because of their love for animals. While there is no cure for these allergies, there are ways to allergy-proof a home.

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Depression era Canadian home maintains ageless charm
Depression era Canadian home maintains ageless charm
Aug 10 2010

A house in Esquimalt, British Columbia, incorporates flair from Hollywood's heyday to make it one of the most attractive abodes in the area. The Vancouver Times Colonist reports that the owners, Larry Richardson and Albert Beekma, have spent a lot of time and effort in maintaining the 65-year-old home.

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Roller shades can aid in desert living
Roller shades can aid in desert living
Aug 10 2010

In many areas across the United States, this summer has been one of the hottest on record, and that has been especially true in Arizona. While the area has been as hot as usual, tourists are still flocking to the state for an exciting vacation destination, and MyFoxPhoenix.com reports that visitors should be careful when they are out and about in the desert.

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Transform a room with custom drapery
Transform a room with custom drapery
Aug 9 2010

For years, homeowners have been wary of outfitting windows with billowing custom drapery but, according to NewsObserver.com, this trend may be starting to change.

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Green an office with bamboo woven shades
Green an office with bamboo woven shades
Aug 9 2010

Earthtalk, a feature in Environmental Magazine, recently ran a feature where advice was given to someone who wanted to make their office have less of an environmental impact. By following a list of easy steps, people can make their workplace greener.

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Automated shades featured in energy efficient home
Automated shades featured in energy efficient home
Aug 9 2010

A project run by a Virginia Tech professor has resulted in one of the most energy efficient houses in the country. According to Design News, the so-called Lumenhaus has a number of features that reduce the amount of energy it consumes.

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Prime nap environment can benefit mood, alertness
Prime nap environment can benefit mood, alertness
Aug 9 2010

There are few things better than indulging in a much-needed nap. Taking a couple hours to relax can leave one feeling ready to face the gauntlet- this sounds pretty depressing of every day life. It can be difficult to find a nap-friendly environment, but the Houston Chronicle reports that there are several simple steps which homeowners can take to create an oasis of calm.

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Creating a calm space with room darkening shades
Creating a calm space with room darkening shades
Aug 6 2010

Erin N. Marcus, an associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Miami, recently wrote in the Huffington Post that there were some simple steps that anyone could take to reduce high blood pressure levels.

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Design an exotic room with pleated shades
Design an exotic room with pleated shades
Aug 6 2010

The New York Times recently reported that homeowne Harrice Miller teamed up with designer Vincent Wolf to convert an apartment room into an Indian getaway. The aim was create a place that looked nothing like the rest of the residence and would emphasize Miller's love for the country's music.

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Hang Roman shades when designing a home office
Hang Roman shades when designing a home office
Aug 6 2010

Having a home office can be one of the nicest additions to any house. The ability to get some work done while not even stepping out the front door can certainly be a luxury, and the Chicago Sun Times reports that redoing one's home office on a budget does not have to be a herculean task.

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Design student offers tips to make most of small space
Design student offers tips to make most of small space
Aug 6 2010

College students often have to make the most of a small living space. Whether they are in a dorm room or staying in an off campus apartment, they certainly need to be creative when it comes to furnishing their room. The Canadian Press reports that keeping extras to a minimum is key.

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Dampness linked to development of allergies
Dampness linked to development of allergies
Aug 5 2010

New research has shown that children who live in damp homes are more likely to develop nasal allergies. Reuters reports that the study, which focused on 1,900 Finnish children, found that 16 percent of children studied whose parents reported dampness were diagnosed with allergic rhinitis in the following six years.

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Cool down in August heat with honeycomb cellular shades
Cool down in August heat with honeycomb cellular shades
Aug 5 2010

The final month of summer is here and, if it was anything like July, it's sure to be humid and hot across the country. That means that it's necessary to take a few steps to mediate the heat levels in a household without using air conditioning, which can be expensive.


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Homes near highways or airport can benefit from shades
Homes near highways or airport can benefit from shades
Aug 5 2010

This past Monday, Senator Chris Dodd announced that $412,742 would be given to the Tweed-New Haven Airport Authority so that the group can conduct a study related to the noise pollution in the surrounding areas, ConnecticutPlus.com reports.

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Consider adding woven wood shades to fall decor
Consider adding woven wood shades to fall decor
Aug 5 2010

As the calendar turns to August, it inches one step closer to the fall, and it is never too early to start thinking about replacing that summer decor with an autumnal atmosphere. The Canadian Press reports there are several steps homeowners should take when getting ready for the new season.

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Mom remodels teen's room with Roman shades
Mom remodels teen's room with Roman shades
Aug 4 2010

The Star Tribune reports that Amy Kelly, the mother of a soon-to-be teenage boy, wanted to totally remake his room into something that was a more mature by using the appropriate colors and accessories.

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Add value to a home with custom drapery
Add value to a home with custom drapery
Aug 4 2010

After purchasing a new home, owners may want to look for ways to increase the resale value of the house. This can be accomplished with a number of simple renovations, according to MyBankTracker.com.

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Home improvement show debuts in Florida
Home improvement show debuts in Florida
Aug 4 2010

Radio listeners in the area of Tampa Bay, Florida, who are looking for home imporvement advice are in luck. The city's first such radio show debuted this past weekend on 970 AM.

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German skyscraper adds energy efficient feature
German skyscraper adds energy efficient feature
Aug 4 2010

A skyscraper in Bonn, Germany, has found an innovative way to keep their rooms cool during the summer. According to the Ottawa Citizen, the Post Tower has been outfitted with a computerized system that allows windows to respond to the sun's position in the sky. With this feature, the windows convert sunlight into energy, reduce solar glare and let in wind.

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Brothers building 100 percent sustainable home
Brothers building 100 percent sustainable home
Aug 3 2010

The Living Building Challenge was a three-year contest that was held to see if any architects around the world were able to construct a residence that produced all of its energy on-site. There are currently a total of 70 projects in six different countries pursuing the Living Building Challenge, but none, as of yet, have managed to be certified.

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Making a country home with distressed wood blinds
Making a country home with distressed wood blinds
Aug 3 2010

When Patrick Quinn, the co-owner of Mackinaws, built his cabin-style restaurant in 2001, he and his son harvested the timber themselves. After the construction was complete, he made every effort to maintain a rustic tone, according to GreenBayPressGazette.com.


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Roman shades can be great addition to large windows
Roman shades can be great addition to large windows
Aug 3 2010

Bay windows offer homeowners a long list of desirable qualities. Their size provides beautiful view of the outside that cannot be matched by conventional windows, and they can bathe any room a beautiful wave of natural light.

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Add valance to bathroom, increase resale value
Add valance to bathroom, increase resale value
Aug 3 2010

Decorating a bathroom can be a tricky endeavor. There are a number of ways a homeowner can go, from sleek modern design to a more classic look. According to HGTV.com, the windows can play a big role in tying the look together.

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The advantages of faux wood blinds
The advantages of faux wood blinds
Aug 2 2010

When considering window treatments, homeowners who want wood blinds are faced with a choice - should they spend a little extra on authentic wood blinds or save money by hanging faux blinds?

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Repairing windows with a touch of roller shades
Repairing windows with a touch of roller shades
Aug 2 2010

Peter Hotton, the Boston Globe's handyman-on-call, recently gave some advice for homeowners who may have experienced rot on their window frames from moisture. He claimed that wood deterioration was the result of a poor design that didn't allow water to drain from the trim of the frame.

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Cape Cod couple could benefit from cellular shades
Cape Cod couple could benefit from cellular shades
Aug 2 2010

A couple's once-idyllic life on Cape Cod has been disrupted by the recent arrival of a 400-foot-tall wind turbine less than 1,500 feet from their house. The Cape Cod Times reports that Neil and Elizabeth Anderson have had a hard time coping with the noise eminating from the nearby nusiance.

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Save money on energy bill with interior shutters
Save money on energy bill with interior shutters
Aug 2 2010

Many homeowners are frequently looking for new ways to save money on their house. According to The Daily News, one of the best ways to do this is to hang the right window treatment, as many costs can be incurred by poor insulation.

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