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11/19/2014 8:33:00 AM  

Out With The Old, In With The New

Spring cleaning isn’t a new concept. You sift through all the things you’ve acquired over autumn and winter, and you start anew with a more organized home. But in order to accumulate these things, you must do a little of what we like to call fall decorating.

One of the best ways to transition into the colder seasons (besides making more hot chocolate and buying an abundance of sweaters) is to decorate your home with fall and winter decor. Use this time of the year to pack up all your bright-colored decorations and furniture, and turn to darker neutrals, deep reds, and moss greens, perhaps even some golden yellows - think the colors you see on changing leaves.

The first addition to your newly-decorated home should be a rug, simply because it’s easiest to build your other decor around this central focal point. Since you’ll most likely be spending more time indoors during these colder seasons, you’ll need a more durable rug.

Jute - which is a strong fiber made from plants - is one of the best materials for a fall and winter rug, because not only is it eco-friendly, but it has water-repelling properties for those little spills. Try the Mustard Seed Jute Rug to brighten up an otherwise dark room or the Salem Jute Rug to tone down any bright walls or decor you may have.


Mustard Seed Jute Rug
Mustard Seed Jute Rug
Salem Jute Rug
Salem Jute Rug

And even though it’s not the season of spring cleaning, be sure to stay adamant about cleaning your rugs so you can pack them up at the end of the season and reuse them instead of having to toss them because they go too dirty. Does this mean you have to take a steam cleaner to your rug every week? Absolutely not. In fact, it’s only necessary to deeply clean your rug right before you replace it with your spring and summer rug. Instead, simply vacuum twice a week to maintain appropriate cleanliness.

Once you’ve selected your rug (or multiple rugs if you have a rather large living space), it’s time to decorate around it. Choose some heavy drapes to add to the coziness of your new space. The rule of thumb is if your rug has multiple colors, go with neutral drapes. But if you’ve chosen a single-colored rug, you can get more adventurous with the drapes.


Advantage III Drapery Panels
Advantage III Drapery Panels


If you’d prefer to bypass drapes, but still want some coverage for your windows, opt for bamboo shades. But be forewarned, once you make the switch to bamboo shades, you’ll never want to go back to cheap, plastic shades ever again (which is actually a good thing). The best thing about bamboo shades is the natural light they let in as well as the fact that because of their decorative quality, they look good alone or with drapes.


Premium Bamboo ShadesPremium Bamboo Shades

Switching out all of your decor after the summer may seem unnecessary, but you’ll be surprised how much cozier your home will feel when you fill it with new rugs and window fixings.


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11/5/2014 7:28:00 AM  

Common Issues With Window Blinds: How To Troubleshoot and Fix

Blinds can transform your home, add visual interest to an otherwise dull living space, and can help you to mix up the textures and colors in a room. Keeping them clean and functioning can be tedious at times, but can save you the cost of having to replace blinds more often than necessary.

Here are some tips to address a few common issues that occur with window blinds and shades.*


Replacing Slats

Work with an expert in the area to make sure that the slat holes are cut to match the existing slats. This is not something that can be done remotely.

  • Remove the bottomrail plugs to reveal the knotted lift cord.
  • Undo the knot and pull the lift cord out from the front of the blind. Only pull out the lift cord as far as necessary to release the slats you are removing.
  • Replace slats.
  • Restring the blind. Alternate the lift cord from left to right on each ladder rung as you work your way down the blind.
  • Insert the lift cord through the bottomrail hole and tie a knot. Make sure that the lift cords are even and that the bottomrail hangs straight.
  • Replace the bottomrail plugs. Use a rubber mallet or hammer to keep from marking the plugs.


Shortening Blinds

  • Remove the bottomrail plugs to release the string ladders and reveal the knotted lift cord. Undo the knot and pull up lift cord enough to release the slats you need to remove.
  • Remove the bottomrail and slats necessary to shorten the blind.
  • Determine the desired length and insert the bottomrail into the last ladder rung.
  • Cut the string ladder above the rung that hangs below the bottomrail. You should have enough ladder hanging to be able to insert these strings into the route holes on the bottom of the bottomrail.
  • Insert the lift cord through the bottomrail hole and tie a knot. Make sure that the lift cords are even and that the bottomrail hangs straight.
  • Adjust to the desired length by lowering or raising the knot in the lift cord. You may also insert more or less of the ladders in the bottomrail route. Do not try to adjust the length by pulling on the lift cord.
  • Replace the bottomrail plugs. Use a rubber mallet or hammer to keep from marking the plugs.

Shortening Blinds
Troubleshooting Tilt Problems

Before having to change the tilt mechanism (instructions below), check to see if the tilt rod is not impeded from turning or is not bent. You can also spray the headrail components (including the tilter and tape rolls/drums) with a silicon spray to remedy any abnormal stiffness and squeaking.

When it is obvious that the tilter is worn out or defective, you can change the tilt mechanism.

Changing the Tilt Mechanism

    • Remove the blind from the window.
    • Remove the end stiffener at the end of the headrail where the tilt mechanism is located.
    • Slide the tilt rod over (out of the mechanism) to free the tilt mechanism.
    • Snap-out the tilt mechanism and replace with new one. Make sure the new tilt mechanism is fully seated in the control route/punch.
    • Slide the tilt rod into the new tilt mechanism.
    • Replace the end stiffener. 

Troubleshooting Tilt Problems


Adjusting String Ladders

  • A metal crimp/grommet is attached to the top of the string ladders. This metal crimp/grommet is inserted into the opening on the top of the tape roll. This opening narrows to hold the crimp/grommet securely in place.
  • To release the ladder from the tape roll, move the crimp/grommet to the wider opening and remove.
  • The crimp/grommet can then be moved or you can adjust the position by tying a knot in the ladder. Additional crimps/grommets are available and can also be used to adjust the position.
  • Insert the crimp/grommet or knot into the opening on the top of the tape roll and move to the narrow opening to secure in place.

Adjusting String Ladders


Troubleshooting Lift Problems

  • Make sure the lift cord runs straight up into the cord lock mechanism with no obstruction or diversion. The lift cord should not be twisted.
  • When the blind is lowered, the roller pin should be loose to the touch.
  • The roller pin must be able to move freely up and down on the track.
  • Make sure that the lift cord is not caught between the lift cord mechanism and the headrail when the lift cord mechanism is snapped into the control route/punch in the headrail.
  • Small blinds (less than 20-1/8” net width) and blinds with same-side controls have a tape roll support near the cord lock mechanism. This closeness may create tension on the lift cord if the lift cord rubs against the tape roll support.
  • The curved tabs that secure the cord lock mechanism under the lip of the headrail can sometimes become bent after use. To create a more firm hold: remove the cord lock, bend the tabs upward, and replace the cord lock.
Troubleshooting Lift Problems

*Please note that any issues that arise when modifying your blinds or shades will not be warrantied. 


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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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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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10/14/2014 10:38:00 AM  
Covering Your Sliding Glass Door

Sliding Glass Doors


Choosing the perfect window covering can go a long way in creating the right atmosphere in your home. You can’t just pick any set of blinds or curtains—you need to choose an option that seamlessly blends into your existing decor. Covering your windows can be tricky enough when you consider all the various curtain and blind options available, but what about that sliding glass patio door?

Your sliding glass door can be a great addition to your home. It’s a good source of natural light, provides an excellent view into your backyard, can give the illusion of more space and, because they’re often larger than normal doors, they can be a great way to move larger objects into and out of your home. But there are times you may not want an abundance of natural light, or you may not want to allow an unblocked view into your home. This is when a set of blinds or curtains for your sliding doors will come in handy.

Vertical Blinds

The most common option for covering your sliding glass door is by using vertical blinds. Many of these blinds will be made from a sturdy PVC, and they often come in a variety of colors to match your decor. These will typically be the most cost-affective way to cover your sliding glass door, as they’re fairly inexpensive to purchase, clean and replace. Like typical, horizontal blinds, vertical blinds come in a variety of styles and textures. If the PVC versions aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, you can opt for a sturdy fabric or even a faux wood material instead. While vertical blinds are easy to install and certainly get the job done, they may not fit well with the design aesthetic of every home.

Woven Wood Sliding PanelFor those looking for a door cover that blends with their decor, there are other options available.If your home has a more natural, earthy feel to it, or your family is environmentally conscious, a woven wood sliding panel is a great option. Made from tightly woven bamboo, these come in a variety of natural colors. They’re great for allowing softly filtered light into a room, and their edges are bound to provide extra durability. You can also install a privacy lining with the bamboo panels if you enjoy the natural look, but want to increase privacy, light control and present a neutral appearance to the street.

Solar Shade Sliding Panel

A third, and more high-end, option for covering your sliding glass door is to use a Solar Shade sliding fabric panel. These provide a modern, designer feel to any room and can be easily coordinated with existing decor. They come in a variety of colors and openness options (including blackout for complete room darkening), allowing you to control and customize the amount of light you want to filter into the room. They feature solar mesh and other materials that block UV rays and solar heat gain while still preserving views - perfect for sliding glass doors, large windows or as a ceiling-mounted retractable room divider.

Covering your sliding glass door doesn’t have to be difficult. With a variety of blind and shade options, you can easily tailor the coverings to match your interior decor, as well as the other blinds and shades used throughout your home. With easy installation and affordable pricing, covering your sliding door can be a simple way to transform your space and give your home a whole new look.

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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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10/1/2014 7:43:00 AM  

Installation Guide for Your New Horizontal Blinds



For those looking to revamp their house on a budget, self-installation of new horizontal blinds is not only possible; it’s also simple. Before beginning your DIY project, make sure you have a stepladder, tape measure, pencil, screws, screwdriver or drill, and a level on hand. Then, follow these simple steps:

Before Purchase:

  1. Decide whether you want to mount your new blinds on the inside or outside of the window frame. It’s a matter of personal preference; would you rather the blinds just cover the glass (inside), or extend to the outer edges of the window frame (outside)?
  2. Carefully measure your window/ window frame, depending on your answer to #1. For an outside mount, you should measure to the outside edges of the molding. For both mounts, you’ll want to measure the window both horizontally and vertically in order to determine the length of both the head rail and the blinds themselves. The store will then cut your blinds to size.

After Purchase:

  1. Mark the frame: The end brackets, which should be included in your blinds purchase, will anchor the head rail. Keep in mind that one of the two open-sides of the end brackets should be facing straight out, and the other should be facing toward the center. Mark these placements. Then, keeping in line with these end brackets, pencil in your support bracket placements. These should be evenly spaced along the head rail, and their number is dependent upon the length of your blinds. 
  2. Install the Brackets: Using the marks as your guide, use an electric drill to create holes for exactly where the screws will go. Generally speaking, using a drill bit slightly small than the screws will be most effective. Then, screw one bracket in at a time by hand. Note: it is absolutely essential that the brackets are aligned, or else the blinds will rise and fall unevenly. Use a level to ensure perfect installation.
  3. Install the Head Rail: Consult your individual manual to determine the best way to attach the blinds. In most cases, you will insert each side of the head rail into the end brackets and snap it into place.
  4. Attach the tilt wand and valence: If the blinds have an included decorative valence, attach the valence clips and slide the decorative valence into place. The tilt wand, which is responsible for opening and closing the blind slats, has tiny hooks on one end that will latch onto the head rail.
  5. Adjust the Blinds to Appropriate Length: If your blinds hang too low, it is possible to remove individual slats from the bottom. First, remove the plastic retaining tabs/ plugs from the bottom rail, and then slide out the piece and cut the strings to proper length. Remove the excess slats, and re-knot the cord.

Keep in mind that specific blinds may have installation steps beyond these general tips. Consult your product manual or Payless Décor’s window treatment installation guide for further information. 


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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. For a more detailed home safety checklist, Check out the National Safety Council's Home Safety Checklist

 


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9/17/2014 7:25:00 AM  

Rest Well With Blackout Shades

Outside noise, stress from the day, temperature of the room and even what we ate before bed can all play a part in how well we sleep at night. The amount of light that comes in from outside can also stop us from getting the best sleep possible, whether it’s from a streetlight or the sun coming up a little earlier than you need to be awake. Blackout shades are a great way to block out unwanted light and noise, and they’re also a conservative way to reduce energy costs.

Blackout Ivory Roller Shades 

Block Unwanted Light

If hung properly, blackout shades can block or filter almost all natural and unnatural light. They’re also thicker than typical shades or curtains, which allows them to block some of the noise from outside as well. Most people are capable of sleeping with varying degrees of light, but from a physiological standpoint, having as little light interference as possible results in a notably restful night.

 

Increase Rest Time

Exposure to light can decrease your melatonin levels. Melatonin naturally increases as the sun goes down, making you less alert and more able to fall asleep. Sunlight and artificial lighting can prevent the release of melatonin, making it harder to fall asleep and less likely that you’ll awake well-rested. Using blackout shades, in addition to ensuring all inside light sources are turned off, can keep melatonin at healthy levels throughout the night and into the morning until you’re ready to wake up.

 

Save Money

Not only will a reduction in light and noise help you sleep better at night, but using blackout shades can save you money as well. During the hot summer months, we put our air conditioners into overdrive to keep our homes nice and cool. The sun beating in through the windows works against the air conditioner and keeps rooms heated, which in turn keeps the air conditioner running longer and makes your power bill more expensive.

A similar thing happens in the winter, but with the opposite effect; during the coldest months, heat escaping through windows can account for 10 to 25 percent of your heating bill. Blackout shades will block the sun from entering the room in the summer, while also protecting the heat from seeping out cold windows in the winter. By using blackout shades, many people see a 15 to 25 percent decrease in their energy bills.

If you’ve been suffering from insomnia, not waking up feeling completely rested or just want to cut down on energy costs, installing blackout shades could be worth a shot. They’re also great for people with atypical work schedules. With all the options out there, it’s easier than ever to find nice blackout shades that are effective and also look great in any space. They are also a great option if you aren’t interested in hanging thick curtains around your house, and they’re equally as effective.

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9/3/2014 8:25:00 AM  

How to Best Clean Your Faux Wood Blinds 

Clean Faux Wood BlindsWe all try to keep our spaces neat and clean, but it’s no secret some areas of our homes are often neglected when we break out the sponges and mops. Baseboards and ceiling fans often fall victim—along with those pesky cobwebs in high ceiling corners—but few of these places are more frustrating and difficult to clean than the blinds.

They may look great, but trying to really clean those nice faux wood blinds properly can be a big headache. Luckily, with the help of a few products and tips you can be on your way to dust-free shades all year round.

Many people often make the mistake of dropping their wood blinds (real or not) into a bathtub full of water to soak away all the dust and grime. This may seem like the easiest solution, but soaking real or faux wood blinds can permanently ruin them. Dipping them for a minute or two might be safe, but it’s easy to walk away and forget about them. Instead, it’s better to leave them hanging to clean them off.

 

Step 1: Dust

Feather Duster


First, you’ll need to dust your blinds using a soft cloth or feather duster. Many vacuum cleaner attachments also work well for this, or you can buy a blind duster to easily clean between the slats. If your blinds have a significant amount of dust build-up, you can use a cloth dipped in a mild vinegar and water mixture to remove tough grime.



Step 2: Clean


Cleaning SuppliesAfter removing all the dust from the blinds, you can create a cleaning solution by mixing water with a mild detergent. Soak a cloth in the detergent and wring it out until it’s just damp,because you don’t want water warping your blinds. Clean each blind slat on both sides thoroughly with the cleaning solution until all the dirt is removed. You can also clean the cords the same way.

 

Step 3: Rinse

Cleaning Cloth

Rinse the blinds with a cloth soaked in just water, and then dry them. You can either open the windows to let them dry naturally, use a soft cleaning cloth to dry them off by hand or use a portable or ceiling fan to speed the process along. If your blinds are spotted with tough stains, you can blot them with soap and warm water until the stain disappears. 




Step 4: Dry

Bounce Dryer Sheets

Once your blinds are clean and dry, you can wipe them down with dryer sheets to reduce static cling and help repel dust. After giving your blinds a good, deep cleaning, it will be easier to keep them clean on a regular basis. Keeping your blinds dusted once a month will only take a few minutes of your time, but it will keep you from needing to deep clean them more than a couple of times each year. 


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8/27/2014 3:02:00 PM  

Payless Décor’s Premium Bamboo shades come with a universal “L” shaped metal bracket for installation.  There are several sets of holes on the bracket that will allow you to back, top, or side mount the shades depending upon how it is turned.  There is a portion that is threaded that comes down like a screw with a wingnut and washer attached.   



The Premium Bamboo shades will be routed at the top.  You will need to unscrew the wingnut and remove the washer from the bracket.  Then, you just slip the shade over the screw portion of the bracket.  Next, just replace the washer and wingnut and then the shade is installed securely. 

The bracket is about 2” deep by about 1 3/8” long.  In order to inside mount these, you will need a minimum depth of at least ½”.  If you want a flush fit (where your shade is fully recessed) then you need to have at least 2” of depth. 

To back mount, you will utilize the back set of holes.

To top mount, you will utilize the upper set of holes.

To side mount, you will turn the bracket and use the back set of holes.

The hardware will be exactly the same for inside and outside mount.  Screws and dry wall anchors will also be included in the hardware packet.

Make sure to check out the measuring guide before ordering so that you will get a perfect fit: http://www.paylessdecor.com/measuring-guide.asp

You can download a PDF version of our Premium Bamboo Installation instructions here:     

BAMBOO_ROMAN_SHADE-BS01.pdf


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8/22/2014 12:54:00 PM  

To bring a unique style to your home, you can choose decor from various cultures that will bring about a unique and exotic feel. Infusing your living space with Japanese-style decorations can add a soothing and welcoming touch - here are a few tips to doing so.

Mini zen garden

The Japanese zen garden has been a long standing tradition in the East that has been co-opted by horticulture enthusiasts. While many outdoor Japanese gardens incorporate water and bonsai trees, a large part of their composition includes sand and rocks. You can have your own tabletop zen garden by getting some smooth sand (from your next beach trip) and putting it in a decorative dish, with a mini rake as a great finishing touch.

Wind chimes

Metal wind chimes will bring soothing sounds to your home, complemented by a cool autumn breeze. Your wind chimes can be made from a variety of materials, and if you have a crafty flair you can construct your own using old silverware or pieces of metal pipe.

Tatami mats

These lightweight straw mats give a welcoming feel and are a great additional piece of furniture. They are typically made with straw and their neutral hues will go great with some bamboo window blinds. You can place them around your coffee table and store them in a closet until you have guests.


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8/4/2014 12:46:00 PM  
Have you ever been in a restaurant where the sun hits you right in the eyes? You are squinting to see what’s on the menu while your stomach rumbles with hunger. Today's Customer Story shows you how one business is beating the heat.

For restaurants and business owners, solar screen roller shades are the perfect solution to prevent glare and block UV rays. By blocking the sun's glare, solar shades help reduce the sweltering heat and prevent the need for high levels of air conditioning.

Chris Fitzgerald, Co-owner of Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint -Edgewood in Atlanta, Georgia, was looking for relief for her customers, "Today was sunny and hot and while the temperature on the thermostat was still high, the solar shades were helping. And regardless, it helped remove the intense glare which is great.”

Fitzgerald chose Payless Decor's Advantage Solar Shades in Tabby Chocolate for the large windows in the restaurant's front entrance. With a western exposure and no window treatments, it became a problem area for staff and customers alike. “It was so hot and the glare was awful so we had to do something,” said Fitzgerald. “We had a custom blind guy come and give us a quote, but we couldn't justify the cost.” Payless Decor's affordable prices on custom solar shades fit their budget and they are very satistfied with their purchase.

Solar shades are ideal for restaurants, offices or anywhere the sun's glare is a problem. Shop our selection of solar shades - available in a wide variety of colors that exactly match the color selection of our Advantage Solar Sliding Panels line that allow you can create a beautifully coordinated room setting. Payless Décor can help you filter the light and keep out some of that heat!!


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8/1/2014 2:47:00 PM  

If you're always looking for the latest window treatment furnishings and wall decor, there are plenty of trends to take advantage of as you create a fresh look in your living spaces. Each year, many new styles emerge and take the American interior design world by storm. Whether you give your rooms a different look every season or you do so infrequently, there are several trends worth noting this year as you begin your adventures in decorating. Here are some of the most popular thus far being seen in homes across the country.

Bold colors
Gone are the days where window shades, wallpaper and furniture were meant to be subtle in neutral hues. House Beautiful magazine states that bold colors are trending in American design, and this style is right up your alley if you want to add flair to your living spaces. Think fire engine red, cobalt blue and forest green to make an impact in your rooms. While it may take some getting used to, color can do wonders from a drab area of your home.

Stylized features
While clean, minimalist modern decor is still trendy, For Your Home claims that more designers are leaning toward stylized furnishings to create an intriguing interior. Furniture that has curves and fine detailing is becoming all the rage as homeowners try to avoid being too bland in their living spaces. If you've been keeping the antique cabinet from your great aunt in the basement, now is the time to bring it up and show off its beauty!

Green
Specifically, the Pantone color institute has named emerald green is the hue of the year, according to the Huffington Post. Now, it's showing up in everything from wallpaper to arm chairs, and this color isn't going away any time soon. If you want to encompass all that is American design in your home in 2013, opt for emerald green when you select new furnishings for your living spaces. Even if you aren't a "green" person, you may come to love the soothing, eye-pleasing qualities of it over time.

Many people wish that they could have the picture perfect American home, but it can be a lot of work to get rooms to look flawless as they do in magazines. By taking upcoming trends into account, you can increase your chances of creating a beautiful look that pleases the eye.


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6/24/2014 7:34:00 AM  

There's nothing quite as boring as a room with little color. Even if you want your living space to encompass neutrals with its window treatments and furnishings, a splash of color can do wonders for a room. If you aren't interested in embracing a handful of hues from the rainbow, it's possible to add a hint of color to a space without creating an overwhelming look.

"Color is the most powerful design element," Interior Design Professional Sabrina Soto told SheKnows.com. "Colors add character to your designs. With character comes perception and emotion. Colors set the mood, tone and feel of any space."

Colors in accessories
One of the easiest way to begin incorporating color into your living space is by using it in the accessories throughout your room. This means bringing in colorful window shades, throw pillows and blankets that have a hint of color to create more visual interest. To add further appeal to the area, consider utilizing accessories that have texture as well as color.

Using black
If you're particularly interested in using a bright or bold color in your living space, consider complementing it with black to anchor the entire look. HGTV states that this is an effective way to use color in a room without going overboard. The contrast is eye-catching as well as soothing. The drama of the black can also enhance all of the other hues used throughout the space.

Whether you're interested in adding color to a bedroom or a living room, these tips can help you get off on the right foot. Take the time to narrow down your options prior to choosing one or two hues to use throughout the space. In the end, you'll be happier with the final product.

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6/2/2014 12:46:00 PM  

When was the last time you were able to go an entire summer without turning on your air conditioner? Whether you live in a warm region of the country or you experience brutal hot temperatures for three months a year, it can be downright uncomfortable to live without air conditioning. However, there are ways to keep your home cool without increasing your electricity bill. Here are some tips you can take into account to keep from sweating while saving a few bucks and reducing your overall carbon footprint.

1. Use window treatments to your advantage.
Items such as wood blinds and cellular shades are for more than just decoration - these window treatments can make a big difference when it comes to conserving energy. Your blinds, shades and drapes can keep strong sunlight from increasing temperatures in your home throughout the summer.  In the winter, they can insulate your living spaces - it's a win-win situation!

2. Opt for natural ventilation.
Opening your windows and using ceiling or standing fans can have a positive impact on your electricity bill in the middle of the summer. Crack your windows during the early morning hours and at night to allow fresh cool air to flow into your home when the sun isn't shining brightly. Use ceiling fans and standing units to keep it moving during the day, according to Care2.com. While the slight breeze might not be as chilling as air conditioning, it can still keep you comfortable without spiking your utility bills.

3. Know what creates heat.
Yahoo! reports that knowing what's creating heat in your home can give you an edge when it comes to cooling down your living spaces. For example, your desktop computer might be emitting a large amount of heat. Turning it off when it's not in use can make your surroundings cooler and reduce the need to turn on fans.

4. Invest in a dehumidifer.
Good Housekeeping magazine reports that using a dehumidifier may be able to instantly improve your comfort level in your home. Approximately 50 percent of homes have an unhealthy level of humidity in their living areas. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it might encourage you to turn on your air conditioner prematurely. Invest in a dehumidifier before a large air conditioning unit to help you improve your air quality and sleep with less worries.

Finally, if you don't have central A/C, but the temps are unbearable Lifehacker has a few ideas on projects that can generate some cool air: http://lifehacker.com/no-central-ac-no-problem-six-ways-to-keep-your-home-c-729713655


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6/2/2014 12:42:00 PM  

Windows act as a source of heat in addition to being a factor in draftiness. Insulating is just as important in the summer as in the winter, and there are some ways to cut costs when doing so. Here are some tips for keeping your home cool in the warmer months. 

Use cellular shades 
Custom window treatments that fully cover your window are typically more efficient than using curtains that let the sun in at places. Cellular shades help to trap the heat between layers of material, which keeps it out of the room. If you have a south-facing window that gets a lot of sunlight, try using a blackout shade when you're not in the room to keep the sun from heating it up. You can also layer drapes over shades to keep your room even cooler. 

Cover your windows
In order to keep your room from getting too hot while still letting some light in, cover your windows with reflective film. It's an inexpensive project you can complete yourself, and makes all the difference when paired with the proper window treatments. Once you apply the film, it can be easily removed with no damage to the window. 

Seal leaks
Plugging up gaps in and around your windows and doors is particularly helpful when it's chilly out, but it is also advantageous when trying to beat the heat indoors. You can seal leaks in your windows by identifying all of the areas that are letting hot air indoors and applying caulk or foam weather stripping to the leaks. Do not apply the adhesives to parts of the casing that facilitate traction, however, as this could interfere with proper opening and closing.



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5/14/2014 8:24:00 AM  

Whether you intend on remodeling your bathroom now or next season, there are a few trends you can keep in mind to give you an edge in the renovation process. You don't have to be a professional to redecorate a living space in your home, but being mindful of the hottest styles in window treatments, furnishings and decor can make your project easier. This year, there are a couple of trends worth jotting down if you want to create a bathroom that shines.

Eye-popping color
As you redecorate your bathroom, SheKnows.com recommends thinking about adding a pop of color to the space to make a memorable impression. Whether you're shopping for window treatments or a shower curtain to get the project rolling, examine bright hues such as fire engine red, mellow yellow and grass green. In the end, you may find that all of these colors can work brilliantly in your space!

Eco-friendly fixtures
No one wants to complete a remodeling job and finish knowing that they increased their carbon footprint. For this reason, more homeowners are becoming eco-conscious as they shop for bathroom fixtures and decor for their spaces. Look for items made from recycled materials to go green during your project.

Luxurious features
More people are transforming their bathrooms into spa-like rooms with everything from automatic faucets to fancy shower heads. If you have a few extra dollars in your budget, think about splurging a little bit on items that will enhance your bathroom experience. By doing so, you'll increase the chances of being happier with the finished product.

While it can be challenging to tackle a bathroom, these trends can give you viable starting points. Trying a new style may also be just what you need to freshen up a dull, dated space.


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4/17/2014 4:01:00 PM  

You can't put a pair of grills on your living room, but you sure can try. One of the greatest ways to dress up a room is to add a little sparkle. It can be as simple as buying a disco ball-inspired vase or as in-depth as applying silver leaf to the majority of surfaces in your home. Either way, your home will be anything but boring. 

Blinged out accessories
The use of sparkly, shiny and bedazzled accessories is one of the simplest ways to add interest to a dull room, but it's very effective. From the hardware that holds your custom window treatments to a jeweled throw pillow, shiny accents will work best if there are at least a few of them scattered throughout the room. For example, adorn your mantlepiece with an array of vases encrusted in mirrors and fill them with big white flowers to keep the space feeling inviting, or buy a few bedazzled throw pillows and put a couple on the couches and chairs and match them with some mirrored picture frames. 

Go big
You can have a room that heavily features bling and still keep it classy. House Beautiful recommended refurbishing your mantlepiece with mirrors. Not only does this add some fun shine to your room, it will also help the space look more spacious. In addition or instead of that, you could use metallic wallpaper on your walls or ceiling. If the paper has a pattern that consists of silver and white, it will likely look more delicate than loud while still being interesting. If you're not into wallpaper, you can officially use metallic paint on your walls. If an all-silver living room seems like a little much to you, restrict it to the trim or furniture. Alternately, you could use the shiny paint in a small space like a bathroom or foyer. 

Do it yourself
If you want a do-it-yourself project that is challenging, produces amazing results, and will impress your friends and family, look no further than silver leafing. Elle magazine recommends applying silver leaf to sea shells for a sophisticated nautical look, or to a small side table to spruce up a space. 

In order to silver leaf, you will need several thin sheets of the material, exactly how much depends on what scale you're doing it. The material might come with glue, but if it doesn't then a spray adhesive will likely work well. You should prime the item you're looking to silver leaf in case there are cracks in the material and the base shows through. Spray small amounts of the adhesive at a time, and carefully apply the silver leaf with a paint brush. 

Have you added bling to your room with any of our window treatments? We'd love to see!

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4/8/2014 1:11:00 PM  

For those who seek to make a positive impact on the environment, there are things you can do in addition to composting and recycling. It's possible to decorate your home in a green way - without using the color green. Here are some decor ideas for the environmentally friendly.

Conserve energy
You can cut back on the environmental damage that the energy used for heating and AC can cause by better insulating your home. Using cellular shades in the summer keeps the sun from heating up the room, and installing additional film over windows helps cut back on draftiness in the winter. Taking these measures will reduce the need for air conditioning and heating which, in addition to saving you money, will help to shrink your carbon footprint.

Upcycle
Rather than buying a new vase, why not use a nice looking glass bottle? Reusing recyclables or items around the house instead of buying them is referred to as "upcycling," and is an environmentally friendly way to decorate. Giving old products more value instead of throwing them away reduces the need to use new materials. Next time you go to buy a new product, ask yourself if there's something around the house you can use instead.

Have houseplants
What's more green than houseplants? In addition to being visually appealing, having foliage indoors can improve air quality. NASA has discovered that they can use common plants to keep space stations breathable for humans, According to the University of Minnesota. Through photosynthesis, plants remove toxic gases from the air, like carbon dioxide, benzene and formaldehyde. If it's good enough for space, think about what it could do for your home.

Use renewable resources
Bamboo is a grass product and grows much more quickly than a tree. Using bamboo for floors, furniture or of course window shades is a terrific way to make your house feel more environmentally friendly, while also using your wallet to encourage bamboo production.

Image: Blackout cellular shades are a great insulator and keep your room warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Blackout cellular shades


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