Window Covering Ideas for Creative Stimulation

Moving this Spring/Summer?  Ever read the notorious new-age book, Creative Visualization?  It’s described generically as “the practice of seeking to affect the outer world by changing one’s thoughts and expectations” (Wikipedia).  Couldn’t we all use a dose of that occasionally! But if visualization techniques are a bit too esoteric for your tastes and moving related interior design aspirations…maybe you’d like some more pragmatic suggestions for smoothing your move…next go round.

Like anything else, moving to a new place and starting over again has it’s upsides and downsides.  Sometimes it’s just invigorating to start afresh in a new place…making new friends and acquaintances, and creating a brand new space to nest in and make your own.  The flipside…those very same things can be challenging too…especially when less than enthusiastic family members may not share your optimism.

From the decorating and design perspective, window coverings can have a huge impact on a new living space…bringing more light and openness for example.  On the other hand…a big, fat downside to moving is that taking and successfully reusing window treatments at a new location usually doesn’t turn out well.  Since windows and their corresponding living spaces are fairly unique and one size doesn’t fit all.  When it comes to outfitting the windows to the soul of your new home, finding the balance between function, fashion, affordability and privacy become more fun when you’re infused with a variety of creative new ideas.  Here are a few to get you started:
 
 

  • Roman Shades

  • Ombre’ Cheveron Stenciled Panels

  • Yellow Chevron Curtains

  • Lengthening Dining Room Drapes

  • Updating Your Vertical Blinds

  • Sliding Door Window Treatment Solutions

  • Valances are Simplistic

  • Dropcloth Curtains

  • Stenciled Drapery

 

 
 

 

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Moving? 7 Ways to Smooth Your Move

Maybe you’re relocating residences and moving into a newly build home…or possibly one that has accommodated several families before yours.  Either way, moving into a home that’s new for you offers excitement, change and many decisions to be made. Why not jump start the process of moving to your new place…before moving day? Here’s how:

  1. Notebook – start one for the new house. Jot down items to purchase or activities to handle. Include eye-catching fabric and color samples, favorite window product brochures and quotes from movers. Carry your notebook with you to have data handy when you need it.
  2. Floor Plan – sketch one of your new home when you don’t have blueprints. Record measurements of rooms, windows, closets and doors in your notebook. Include distance of window moldings from corners, floor and ceiling. Use measurements or blueprints to make a “to scale” floor plan and determine your furniture placement for moving day. Your movers will love your organization!
  3. DONATE Before you Move – things like furniture, clothing and accessories that aren’t really needed…or won’t mesh with the motif of your new home.  Packing and moving old baggage can be huge drain on the whole relocation process.
  4. Painting – Rooms, Closets & Ceilings that don’t fit with your existing decor ideas…before the move!  It’s so much easier when there are no heavy furnishings to move and the window treatments of your dreams aren’t yet in place.
  5. Kitchen Cupboards, Drawers & Closet Shelves – Clean and paper the inside of each.
  6. Floor Coverings – replace old worn out coverings…or clean carpets before your furniture arrives.  Nothing like a fresh, clean, new home for your family!
  7. Room Light – On a sunny day, visit the new home a take notes on how light shines into each room.  Jot down quick ideas about which window coverings will make the room most usable and comfortable?

Window coverings make an enormous difference in reflecting your personality & style…and your overall enjoyment of your home. They offer privacy, enhance light quality, add beauty…They even help reduce utility bills. Blinds, shades, shutters and drapery are classic treatments that bring style into a room without overpowering it. They’ll last and be valued as long as you own your home!  Whether your new home reflects the tastes of previous owners…or is brand spanking new…you can imbue it with your own personal decorating touch with Allied Drapery Service & Hunter Douglas.

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What To Do with Interior Windows-to-Nowhere? — Good Questions | ApartmentTherapy

by Regina Yunghans

Q: Our new apartment has many quirks, including the two windows in the kitchen that look out into our hallway. The previous owners put them in because the wall can’t be taken out, and they allow natural light into the room. I think they’re ugly. Any ideas for something that will still let the light in but looks nice and won’t interfere with dinner (nothing fragile)?

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When I was growing up, my mother would bemoan others’ limited imaginations: “Some people can’t see potential; they just can’t visualize things.”My problem was never a lack of imagination. An argument could be made that I have had too much imagination, bordering on delusion. Take the second…

 

Keep Moving Day Safe | WindowCoverings.org

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NEYORK, NY (April, 2013) – As April and spring start, more and more families throughout the country will continue to move in higher numbers from now through the summer, . During this often hectic time, it is important for families to not forget about safety in all the hustle and bustle of a move.

The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) wants to remind parents that children are especially vulnerable during a move and are offering life saving tips to keep children safe. When moving into a new or pre-owned home there can be new or existing dangers, and preoccupied parents need to be especially vigilant with small children. For example,

  • Loose bottle caps of medications and household chemicals
  • Furniture and boxes stacked high around the home
  • Windows without screen guards
  • Window coverings and drapes with hanging cords.

Window covering cords can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers. WCSC urges parents and caregivers to check their window coverings to make sure there are no dangling cords, and if there are to replace them with today’s safer products or order retrofits kits.

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