Eco-Friendly Decorating

11 Dec

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“Go green” in your home


You may not realize how much of your home may be harmful to you and the environment. But the wrong furnishings and paints can actually emit toxins that cause migraines, respiratory conditions and other health issues. Fortunately, by making smart choices, you can reduce your carbon footprint and ensure a healthier environment for you and your family:

Eco Friendly2Look for recycled materials that last a long time and require very little maintenance.

Consider woven wood shades. Made from renewable materials, like bamboo, grasses and jute, they can stand up to a variety of weather conditions. 

good for the planet and our health


Eco Friendly3Make sure your wood is sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Or, pick up reclaimed lumber from your local wood salvage yard.

Keep plants around. Plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. And by soaking up toxins and pollutants, they help purify the air.

Fill mason jars with colored water and place near windows that get a lot of sun. The water absorbs heat in the daytime and releases it back out at night.

keep the air in your home clean


Avoid paints with high concentrations of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These Eco Friendly4harmful chemicals can linger for years. Instead, chooses paints labeled low-VOC.

Use candles scented with essential oils and made from natural materials, such as beeswax or soy. Other candles may have harmful VOCs or metal wicks.

Keep in mind, some eco-friendly home improvements can earn you a tax write-off. And if you take your old materials to a reuse facility, they can be redistributed to organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

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Boost Your Home Value

6 Dec

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How to choose the right HOME upgrades


If you’re contemplating a home improvement, it can be helpful to know which projects give you the highest Return on Investment (ROI). Keep in mind though, while you may want to focus your efforts on more valuable upgrades, don’t totally discount others if you plan on staying in your home for a while. Here are some of the most profitable home improvements:

Kitchen/bath remodel
Boost Value2Without a doubt, kitchen and bath remodels are the most valuable investments, bringing in ROIs often exceeding 100%. In fact, an additional bathroom offers more than twice the return as a new bedroom!

 

Some improvements pay off more than others


Boost Value3Refinished wood flooring
By refinishing your hardwood floors, it’s possible to recoup 100% of the costs. However, installing brand-new flooring has only a slightly lower return.

Energy efficient windows
Besides increasing the value of your home, energy efficient windows save you heating and cooling costs throughout the year. Even better, install energy efficient cellular shades, too, for even more savings.

First impressions are everything

Paint
Boost Value4When painting the interior of your home, concentrate on high-traffic areas like your kitchen and bathroom. If the exterior of your home has ever been painted, you’ll need to repaint before you sell – but touch-ups may be enough.

 

 

Wood deck addition
While the value of a deck varies by region, wood decks typically bring in the highest
Boost Value5recoup value nationally – although, composite decks recoup only slightly less. Just remember that a wood deck requires a lot of upkeep.

As a general rule, if your home is already in good shape, focus on projects that will improve its appearance. First impressions are everything!

Decorating with Throw Pillows

20 Nov

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pillows2Liven Up Your Space

Throw pillows can give even the most gorgeous furnishings an extra finished look. (Not to mention lounge appeal!)

While many pieces of furniture already come with a matching set of throw pillows, you may still want to consider swapping out a few or all of them to create your own personal statement.

But with so many colors, patterns and sizes to choose from, how do you know where to begin?

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First of all, keep in mind is that your pillows don’t have to match – you’ll actually pull off a more stylish, modern look if they don’t. But to ensure your pillows coordinate well together, here are a few tips for creating a perfectly mismatched look:

– Choose an odd number of pillows (three to five for a sofa or one for a chair). The asymmetry will make your pillows look like they were naturally tossed there.

– You don’t have to stick to square pillows. A small rectangular one in the center or odd-shaped ones on the outside can add visual interest.

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More tips for selecting throw pillows:
– Mix and match patterns – combine a larger pattern with solid, subtler designs.
– Contrast different textures (for instance, linen or faux fur against a leather couch).
– Pick complementary colors that work well together. Think about colors you can pull from your walls, an area rug or a piece of artwork.

The fun thing about throw pillows is that you can always change them up to give the room a whole new feel. And whatever pillows you go with, the true test of a great look is how much you like it when you enter the room.

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Decorating with Rumba Orange

13 Nov

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Make your room pop with this trending Color


Like the name suggests, Rumba Orange exudes the energy and passion associated with Orange2the rhythmic Cuban dance. And in 2020, you’ll be seeing a lot of it. Paint company Behr just included Rumba Orange in its 2020 Color Trends ‘Worldhood’ Palette that features a variety of rich hues and rustic tones for a contemporary, yet warm feel.

When combined with neutrals and earth tones like grays, beiges and taupes, Rumba Orange can really spice up your décor. But you don’t have to go full on orange. By adding just a few orange accents, you can still make a bold statement.

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Here are a few ways you can introduce orange to your space:
– Accent your room with an orange area rug, end tables or wall art.
– Mix and match throw pillows and blankets. Try combining solid oranges with multi-colored designs.
– Decorate with orange lamps, candles or other
lighting fixtures.
– Add an orange ottoman or bench to your space.
– Install orange curtains or window shades.
– Paint just one wall orange (or use orange wallpaper) to create a focal point in the room. Then use other elements in your space to complement it.

Orange4Rumba Orange is the new black


The key to decorating with Rumba orange is that a little goes a long way. By starting with just one or two strong elements, you can accent them with a variety of accessories to create the perfect balance in color and design.

If you decide to paint, choose a deeply saturated orange because a less saturated color may look dull. Also, if you’re painting an interior space, use an eggshell or matte paint sheen – those sheens have a slight shine and they’re more durable than flat finishes.

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Decorating With Flowers

6 Nov

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Brighten up the colder months with flowers


It may not be spring, but that doesn’t mean you should stop decorating with flowers. After all, they have a magical way of brightening up the colder months. And with the right varieties and a touch of creativity, you can enjoy gorgeous arrangements all year round.

So what types of flowers work best this time of year?

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Red roses

If you have a lot of white or cream in your room, red roses are a great way to give your space a splash of color. To create some visual interest, try combining them with eucalyptus pods or pine needles.

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Incorporating limes or kumquats into a flower arrangement adds a colorful accent, beautiful aroma and tropical feel to your home. Make sure to insert the sturdy branches first to protect more delicate flower stems.

Tulips

The great thing about tulips is that they can survive colder temperatures — even those that drop to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. For a warm, seasonal look, frame your tulip arrangement with berries.

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Amaryllises and Primroses

Colorful houseplants like amaryllises and primroses will brighten up your space well into the winter months. Arrange them along a side table, and add a few evergreen branches for the finishing touch.

 

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Poinsettias

While you may typically buy poinsettias for the holidays, they can actually last a whole lot longer. And even when the flowers fall off, you can still enjoy plenty of greenery. Just be careful — poinsettias are poisonous to pets.

 

 

 

Think outside the vase. If you want a really extraordinary arrangement, old watering pots, tin cans and glass bottles offer a truly unique look.

 

 

Diagonal Lines in Home Design

25 Sep

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Put a new slant on your décor


Most structural components of a house are organized on a horizontal and vertical grid, including floors, walls, ceilings, windows and doors. In addition, most furniture and home design elements are square or horizontal. Why not think creatively and introduce an item or two on the diagonal?

In the architecture of your home, diagonals can be planned in:

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Diagonal lines add interest and energy.


– Angled top windows
– Angled mullions in windows
– The design of beams in the ceiling
– Angled walls, creating a non-rectangular room

 

 

 

Diagonal Lines In Patterns

 

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Rugs and lamps provide an easy way to add diagonal lines.

For interior design planning, the most obvious diagonal options are patterns in carpeting, rugs, flooring, tile, upholstery, and window treatments, such as a zigzag pattern.

Some elements that, at first, seem to be horizontal or vertical can be used on a bias to create a diagonal look, e.g., you can lay wood flooring planks on a bias.

Also consider plaid or checked fabrics and wall coverings, or hanging mirrors on the diagonal instead of straight up and down.

Ideas for your furniture

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Consider placing your chairs on an angle.


More ideas for thinking outside the box are:
– Add tables and chairs with slanted legs
– Select lamps that have an angled lamp shape or a tripod stand
– Place your sofa diagonally to a wall, instead of parallel or perpendicular
– Add two club chairs diagonal in relation to each other, instead of squared off, with an occasional table in between
– Build an angled kitchen island

Turn your home design on the bias. It will add a burst of energy to your home décor.

We are a local window covering dealer specializing in the full line of Hunter Douglas window treatments, including roller shades, cellular honeycomb shades, roman shades, sheers and shadings, woven wood shades, horizontal blinds, vertical blinds, plantation shutters, and motorized window fashions. We also offer a variety of other interior design products, including custom drapery and valances, furniture, wallpaper, custom bedding, patio screen shades, and much more. Our showroom is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan (MI), and we proudly serve Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities.

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Decorating with Earth Tones

18 Sep

 

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A Warm and Natural Look


Earth tones are comfortable, rich looking and warm, adding harmony and coziness to a

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 An earth tone palette can go with almost any decorating style.

home environment. They remind us of the colors of the falling leaves in the harvest season.

An earth tone palette can go with almost any decorating style – smooth and sophisticated, rough and rustic, or dainty and feminine. It all depends on the specific hues you select and the style of the home elements you purchase. Using lighter versions of earth tones will create a more lustrous, natural look.

What’s your favorite hue?

 

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Earth tones tend to work well together.

Consider the variety of earth tones that work well for home design projects: ginger, copper, cinnamon, tan, umber, khaki, pumpkin, coffee, persimmon, sage, and terra cotta.

Earth tone hues tend to work well with each other, so it’s easier to combine colors than with some other palettes.

Earth tones also go well with cream, taupe, beige and light gray as a neutral. Use white to brighten an earth tone palette or introduce black to add drama and sophistication.

Where to use earth tones

Earth tones are perfect for a variety of interior elements, including:

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 Earth tone hues help blend the indoors and outdoors.

– Upholstery fabric
– Window treatments
– Pillows and bedding
– Rugs and flooring
– Paint
– Countertops

If you have large windows or a beautiful outdoor setting, earth tone hues will help blend the indoors and outdoors, since they mimic the colors of the natural world.

Take the chill out of your home environment this fall. Add earth tones for a natural and balanced look.

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Ideas For Updating Your Guest Room

11 Sep

GuestRoom1Make your guests feel at home


Some guest rooms seem like an afterthought, with a mishmash of furniture and linens

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 A well-planned guest room makes your guests feel welcome.

and a closetful of stuff, while others are carefully planned to help visitors feel pampered and comfortable.

Think your guest room could use some TLC? Don’t worry, it’s easy to make a guest room more inviting, and it doesn’t have to do with the size of the room or the cost of the elements in it. It’s much more about the details you include to add comfort and function.

 

Where to get started

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 A bench at the foot of the bed doubles as seating and a place to put bags.

First and foremost, clear some of your stuff from the closet, so guests can hang their clothes and store their shoes out of sight. Also clean out at least a couple of drawers from a dresser for visitors to stow their socks and t-shirts.

Think about where people can put their suitcases or sit to put on shoes and socks. A bench at the foot of the bed is perfect.

If there’s enough space in your guest room, set up a sitting area with a cozy chair or two, good lighting, and a small table.

How to add comfort and function


Other elements to consider are:
– A high-quality mattress and good bed linens

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 For a bit of luxury, add pillows with different firmness levels.


– Pillows with various stuffing materials and a couple of firmness levels
– Several blankets or throws, so guests can adjust to their own heat level
– A ceiling fan and/or space heater as needed
– Window fashions that provide privacy and block out the morning light
– Side tables or nightstands on both sides of the bed, with good lighting for reading

Upgrade your guest room this season, and you’ll be ready to host your holiday visitors in style.

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September Is Baby Safety Month

28 Aug

This blog will look a little different this week. We want everyone to be aware that September is Baby Safety Month. It is a good way to showcase our child safety products.

Copyright © 2015 Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.

The Basics

  • Ideally, the best time to babyproof is early in your pregnancy before you register so you can include needed safety items on your registry list.
  • The best way to babyproof? Get down on your hands and knees and think like a baby! This is a great activity for both mom and dad since males and females tend to look and inspect different aspects of the home and safety measures in general.
  • Take care of all the obvious hazards such as exposed electrical sockets and blind cords, but be on the lookout for those not-so-obvious items like empty dishwashers, hanging tablecloths that can be easily pulled down, and poisonous plants.
  • Babies at any age are curious and want to touch, feel, lick, smell, and listen to everything and anything they can get their little hands on. Your job is to make him or her part of your home as much as possible. After all, this new addition is not a temporary guest and should be able to safely explore every room in your home.
  • Consider child-proofing an ongoing process.  Monitor your child’s growth and development and always try to stay one step ahead. For example, don’t wait until your baby starts crawling to put up stairway gates. Install them in advance so the entire family gets used to them and baby doesn’t associate his new found milestone with barriers.
  • If you are preparing for baby #2 or #3, don’t underestimate your “seasoned” approach to babyproofing from the first time around. In fact, having an older sibling creates additional hazards you should be aware of like small parts from toys and your toddlers ability to open doors, potty lids, and cabinets now.
  • Safest Option – Keep in mind that new products meeting current safety standards are the safest option.
  • Second-Hand Products – It is recommended secondhand products should not be used for baby. However, if it is necessary to use older products, make sure all parts are available, the product is fully functional, not broken, and has not been recalled.
  • Register your products- Through product registration, parents can establish a direct line of communication with the manufacturer should a problem arise with a product purchased. This information is NOT used for marketing purposes.

Top Hidden Hazards- Play our hidden hazards game!

  • Magnets – Small magnets can be easily swallowed by children. Once inside the body, they can attract to each other and cause significant internal damage. Keep magnets out of your child’s reach. If you fear your child has swallowed magnets, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Loose Change- Change floating around in pockets or purses may wind up on tables around the house, where curious children may be attracted to the shiny coins and ingest them. A great way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to assign a tray or jar for loose change and keep it out of a child’s reach.
  • Tipovers – Tipovers are a leading cause of injury to children and the best way to avoid them is to make sure all furniture and televisions are secured to the wall.
  • Pot Handle Sticking Out from Stove – When cooking, it is best that pot handles turn inward instead of sticking out from the stove where little ones may reach up and grab the hot handle. In addition, if holding a child while cooking, remember to keep the handles out of the child’s reach.
  • Loose Rugs or Carpet -Area rugs or carpet that is not secured to the floor causes a tripping hazard for little ones who may already be unstable on their feet. Make sure that all corners are taped down and bumps are smoothed out.
  • Detergent Pods -It is estimated that thousands of children have been exposed to and injured by detergent pods. Easily mistaken by children as candy, these pods pose a risk to the eyes and, if ingested, to their lives. It is important to keep these items out of reach of children.
  • Hot Mugs -A relaxing cup of coffee or tea can quickly turn into an emergency if hot mugs are left unattended or are placed to near the edge of tables where little hands can grab them.
  • Cords- Cords can pose strangulation hazards to children, whether they are connected to blinds, home gym equipment or baby monitors. It’s important to keep cords tied up and out of reach of children. In addition, remember to keep cribs away from cords that the child may reach while inside the crib.
  • Button Batteries -Button batteries are flat, round batteries that resemble coins or buttons. They are found in common household items such as flashlights, remotes or flameless candles.
  • Recalled Products -Make sure you’re aware if a product you own has been recalled. In addition, check that any second-hand products you own have not been recalled. The best ways to ensure your products are safe is to fill out your product registration card as well as check for recalls at www.recalls.gov.

 

How to Choose and Use Products

  • Choose a carriage or stroller that has a base wide enough to prevent tipping, even when your baby leans over the side.
  • Use the basket underneath and don’t hang purses or shopping bags over the handles because it may cause the stroller to tip.
  • Choose a baby carrier or sling made of a durable, washable fabric with sturdy, adjustable straps.
  • Use a carrier or sling only when walking with your baby, never running or bicycling.
  • Choose a swing with strong posts, legs, and a wide stance to prevent tipping.
  • Never place your swing or bouncer on an elevated surface such as sofas, beds, tables or counter tops.
  • When choose a changing table, before leaving home, measure the length and width of the changing area available on the dresser and compare to the requirements for the add-on unit before purchasing. Check for attachment requirements.
  • When changing baby, always keep one hand on baby and use restraints.
  • It is vital the car seat/booster is appropriate for a child’s age, weight, and height.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for both the vehicle and the seat.
  • Choose a crib mattress that fits snugly with no more than two fingers width, one-inch, between the edge of the mattress and the crib side.
  • Never place the crib near windows, draperies, blinds, or wall-mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Choose the right gate for your needs. Before leaving home, measure the opening size at the location the gate will be used.
  • Gates with expanding pressure bars should be installed with the adjustment bar or lock side away from the baby.
  • Use waist and crotch strap every time you place a child in the high chair to prevent falls from standing up or sliding out.
  • Buy JPMA Certified products whenever possible for peace of mind that the product meets the strictest requirements in today’s marketplace.

Delux Drapery can help with safe window treatments for any nursery or toddler windows. Hunter Douglas has the best child safety mechanisms on the market. Come and see for yourself in our showroom at 2215 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

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Decorating With Cream Colored Accents

21 Aug

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The Color Cream

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The color buttercream lets your accent colors shine.

Call this color what you like – buttercream, whipped honey, straw, pearl, or linen – it’s a flexible shade for home decorating that’s bright and sunny, creating warmth in a room.

Like other neutrals, buttercream lets accent colors shine and makes your artwork pop. But it’s warmer and more inviting than pure white or barely off-white. Buttercream has many subtle versions. True buttercream has a yellow undertone; other versions have touches of pink, grey or peach.

A Flexible, Relaxing Neutral

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This versatile neutral goes with both warm and cool colors, pastels and bold tones. It also pairs perfectly with black, white, gray and various tones of brown, especially dark wood furniture, flooring and cabinets.

Buttercream is a soft shade that makes you feel relaxed and serene, and it won’t go out of style. It shines in most any room of the house and can go casual or formal, traditional or contemporary. In a bedroom, home office or library, you can even go with a slightly deeper shade of cream to create a cozy feel.

Where to use Buttercream

Consider the color cream for:

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Cream colored accent pillows add warmth to gray and blue hues.


– Paint
– Carpeting and rugs
– Stone surfaces
– Upholstery fabrics and pillows
– Window fashions
– Cabinets and counter tops
– Bedding
– Table and bath linens

Add buttercream this season to your decorating plans. It’s a delicious color for heightening your home décor.

 

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