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Three key benefits of blackout shades
By Julie
12/10/2014 12:00:00 AM  

Blackout Cordless Cellular Shades

How many times have you found yourself struggling to get a good night's rest because your existing window treatement fail to block out light around you? It can be downright uncomfortable to wake up in the morning with sunlight directly in your face, but these days, you don't have to - blackout shades can eliminate this problem altogether. Here are some of the key benefits of custom window shades designed to keep out blaring light.

Blackout shades save energy

As much as 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. Rather than cranking up your heat or air conditioning to avoid uncomfortable temperatures inside your home, you can avoid those costly energy bills through energy-saving window treatments such as blackout cellular shades. These window treatments can help keep your home insulated throughout the year. During the winter, they can be extremely efficient in keeping heat indoors and preventing drafts from entering the home. In the summer, Blackout shades reduce heat gain and keep the cool air from escaping out.

Blackout shades prevent glares

How often do you find yourself struggling to watch your favorite television program because the light coming in through the windows is causing a glare? New light-blocking materials make blackout roller shades even more effective for light control and sunlight protection. You can control the amount of illumination in a television-viewing room and make the space more convenient to use.

Advantage Blackout Roller Shades in Blackout Ivory Color

Sleeping is easier

If you have trouble sleeping at night because of small traces of light that flow into your bedroom, consider putting up blackout roman shades for the ultimate darkness. These window treatments can also keep the morning sunlight from waking you up and becoming a regular problem. Plus, there are many colors and fabrics to choose from to match your bedroom decor.

You can enhance your interior

These days, blackout shades come in different colors, patterns and styles. If you've been looking for a way to spruce up a living space with the right shades, these might be the perfect choice. In the end, you'll be able to benefit from the light control as well as the elegance the window treatments add to the room.

Whether you already own blackout shades or you want to try them for the first time, there's no better opportunity to do so than now.

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Tags: Blackout Shades, Cellular Shades, Window Treatments, Home Decor, Privacy, Energy Efficient
Categories: Cellular Shades, Roman Shades, cordless shades, Home Decor, Shades, Blackout Shades, Roller Shades
Solar Shades for Every Season
By Julie
10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM  

Entertaining on your porch or patio doesn't have to end because summer is over. Stay cool all year long while protecting yourself and your home with Solar Shades. These shades are not just for keeping out the scorching heat. They look great and help you control privacy and light for every part of your home. Additionally, they protect porches and patios from blowing rain and inclement weather.

It can be hard to kick back and relax on your screened in porch when worried about privacy. That's why 
Payless Decor's Advantage Solar Shades are a great choice because with over 10 colors and 4 privacy levels, they can suit any room or outdoor patio. The privacy options range from 3% to 15% openness, one having the tightest weave and most private. Other upgrades for this shade include going from a chain control to a cassette valance that has a matching fabric insert.

Dine al fresco whenever it’s convenient. Solar shades block 80-97% of harmful UV rays and eliminate glare while mainting natural light and an outdoor view. Keep your patio comfortably cool while your guests enjoy a delicious meal or cocktails outside. 

Solar shades are very durable and perfect for porches and patios. Whether you have a screened in porch or a covered patio, the outdoor controls option allows your roller shade to withstand the harsh outdoor elements and guarantee a long use. By blocking some of the sun’s rays, you also slow down the fading of outdoor furniture.

These shades offer privacy and are perfect for backyard bonfires and barbeques throughout the year. So this fall, gather the family around the fire and toast a few s’mores on the back porch.

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Tags: solar shades, shades, exterior, outdoors, porches, patios
Categories: Solar Shades
Add a vintage flair to your living space
By Julie
10/22/2014 11:33:00 AM  

When it comes to design, old is always new.  Whether you are in the mood for eclectic, traditional, vintage modern, mid-century modern, shabby chic or just about any other style, classic vintage pieces can be easily found at flea markets, garage sales, antique stores, and even the attic. These great additions to your space help express your personality and style while honoring the past. The secret is in the balance.

Here are a few ways to infuse the past into your home to give it an antiquated feel.

Stay Unique
Fill your home with vintage pieces that define you and your personal style. Don’t shy away from bright colors, as they balance your palette and pull together the space. Rich dark colors on the walls and furniture creates the perfect backdrop for vivid, contrasting moments throughout, so you can greet your guests with comfort while presenting decor that is undoubtedly your own.

A dresser with a distressed finish and mismatched drawer knobs, in Shabby chic style.

Lights, camera, action
Old movie posters are a great way to bring vintage aesthetics to your living room. You may want to pick a few of your favorite classics like Gone With the Wind or Casablanca, or you can choose a foreign film that has great artwork. You can check online vendors like Amazon or look through eBay for people selling their private collections. Frame your finds in an antique frame that matches your faux wood blinds or pick a slick new one that mixes the old with the new.

Go Boho
Are you drawn to all things eclectic, colorful and unique in both your fashion statements and your home? Boho chic means using a little creativity and whatever one has on hand like mix-and-match fabric patterns, antique mirrors, specialty lighting fixtures, brightly hued candles and travel-themed accessories. Creating a boho chic decor is fairly simple, and the result is an eclectic decor with a bohemian stylish flair.

Rust is a must
Many times if your decorations get rusty that isn't a good sign, but if you go antique shopping sometimes finding old appliances that are covered in rust gives them a timeless feel that can complement your home. Unfortunately, rust can cause a mess so you may want to put any antiques on some decorative lace, or perhaps reserve them for great lawn ornaments.

"Barnstar" anchor plate

Incorporating vintage decor to your living space can also be great for your budget. Who doesn't love a beautiful bargain?

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Categories: Home Decor, Decorating Tips, Faux Wood Blinds
Fall Mantel Displays
By Julie
10/8/2014 8:33:00 PM  
If you have a fireplace, decorating your fall mantel is a wonderful way to show off this season's bounty. You can use pumpkins, ornamental gourds, dried flowers, fruit, leaves, leaf prints and other seasonal beauties.

When temperatures drop, a fireplace is where the whole family can gather and spend quality time together. How you decorate the mantle depends on what style you are going for and what seasonal touches you want to add to your home's décor.

"Fall" into the spirit with these inspirational mantels:

Opposites Attract:

Rhoda Vickers of Southern Hospitality blog uses jewel tones and touches of red, opposite but complementary colors that work beautifully together for fall. The peacock feather wreath is the star of this fall mantel, tying in the red of the color palette and adding some glamour. Tall, leafy branches give the display height as well as bring out the colors in the rock fireplace.

Image: Southern Hospitality Blog

Paint It White

If you don't want to use traditional orange pumpkins, buy faux pumpkins and spray paint them white. 

Image: Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Go Glam

If you want to go Glam this season, check out this Gold and Glam Mantel.The symetrical look is centered by a beautiful mirror and dough bowl filled with glittery pumpkins, gourds and antique acorns.  If you don't have a fireplace, don't worry, go ahead and create a Faux Mantel.

Image: Decor Chick

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Categories: Decorating Tips
Fall Maintenance Checklist
By Julie
9/24/2014 10:28:00 AM  

Fall is here! Get ready for winter's worst and avoid expensive repairs by taking care of your home with this essential fall maintenance checklist:

  • Clean your gutters.
  • Inspect your roof.
  • Seal gaps and cracks around doors and windows.
  • Drain and turn off outdoor water.
  • Store yard equipment and outdoor furniture.
  • Repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
  • Get your furnace serviced.
  • Look up chimney for blockages, check damper is working.
  • Clean dehumidifiers.
  • Perform a home safety check.


Gutters: Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. It is very important to keep your gutters clean. Your roof's drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house's exterior and foundation walls. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems, water in your basement, pest infestations and are also one of the major causes of ice dams. Also, inspect joints and tighten brackets if necessary. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards to keep debris from returning.


Roof: Inspect your roof from top to bottom for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents. A leaky roof is a costly problem for homeowners and not one you want to discover during a snowstorm. Also, look in your gutters for large accumulations of granules, a sign that your roof is losing its coating. For safety’s sake, have a licensed, certified roofing professional check the condition of your roof.


Doors and Windows: Leaky windows and doors can account for 10% of your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Weather-stripping is the most cost-effective way to rein in heating and cooling costs year-round. Because weather-stripping can deteriorate over time, it needs to be inspected periodically. Also check for missing and damaged caulk around windows, doors, and entry points for electrical, cable, phone and gas lines. Repair leaks and reduce drafts by replacing old weather-stripping and sealing any gaps with a suitable caulk. Change summer screens to cool weather storm windows and doors. Before storing, clean and repair screens, spray with a protective coating and place in a dry area of the basement or garage. Another way to reduce your utility bills and conserve energy is by installing energy efficient window treatments. Cellular or Honeycomb shades have a unique honeycomb design that traps air and has an insulating effect. 


Outdoor Faucets and Irrigation Systems: Any water left in exterior pipes and faucets can freeze and expand breaking the pipes. Burst pipes are an expensive and messy problem in the winter. Make sure to winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems by draining them and then shutting off water valves in cold weather. Do you know how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve? If you don't have shut-off valves, and your faucets are not “freezeproof” types, try styrofoam faucet covers sold at local hardware stores and home centers. Don't forget to drain garden hoses and store them inside coiled and flat.


Yard equipment and outdoor furniture: Prepare your yard equipment for storage. This includes draining fuel from from all gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws. To dispose old oil properly, take it to a local service station or recycling center. You can also use a fuel stabilizer in your mower which will keep the gas fresh until spring. Store your lawn equipment indoors if possible. If storing outside, protect equipment with a tarp. If you have extra room in a basement or garage, store your outdoor furniture indoors. If not, you can purchase outdoor furniture covers. Covers protect from the elements, as well as keep off dust, dirt, leaves, animals, and other debris. Make sure to properly clean your furniture before storing or covering it. Shake off or vacuum dirt and leaves from the cushions, use a mild detergent to spot clean, and air-dry thoroughly before storing for the winter.


Walkways and Drives: Inspect and repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps. These can be a hazard year round, but once the weather turns icy a broken step or sidewalk can be much more dangerous. Look for cracks more than 1/8-inch wide, uneven sections, and loose railings on steps. Check for disintegration of asphalt in your driveway. You can clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer. Most do-it-yourselvers can handle small jobs, but save major repairs for professionals.


Furnaces: Have a licensed heating contractor inspect your heating system. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems if properly serviced. Call early to schedule your appointment and beat the cold weather rush. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters once a month. Clogged filters make it harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, and can seriously increase your heating bills.


Chimneys: Even if you use your fireplace only occasionally, you need to check it annually for damage and hazards. Have your chimney cleaned by a licensed and reputable chimney sweep. A clogged chimney poses the risk of a chimney fire, which can be ignited by burning creosote—a combination of wood tar, organic vapors and moisture buildup. Make sure that your damper is working properly by moving it to the open and closed positions. Also check your chimney for damage. Make certain that the flue cap (the screen or baffle covering the top of the chimney) is in place. Inspect brick chimneys for loose or broken joints. If you have glass doors, clean and inspect them for cracks.


Dehumidifiers: Clean the coils of your dehumidifier seasonally and keep them clear of dust and dirt. Don't forget to clean any inside filters. It is important to do so because dirty coils decreases the efficiency of the dehumidifier. Also, dirty coils can get damp and possibly freeze in cold weather resulting in major damage to your dehumidifier. It is not necessary to run your dehumidifier in the winter because they do not function well at lower temperatures and there will be less moisture migrating through the basement floor and walls when the ground is frozen.


Home Safety Check: Keep your family safe with an annual home safety check. Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and keep extra household batteries on hand. These should be located on each floor of the house, covering all sleeping areas. Inspect or install fire extinguishers. Keep one in the kitchen and one on every floor and learn how to use them. Review fire escape plans with all members of your family. Create an escape plan with two exit routes and practice it twice a year (once at night) with the whole family. Make sure that your electrical cords are not frayed or cracked. Clean out your clothes dryer lint filter and venting system. Rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards. 


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