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Spring Spruce Up

7 Feb

The long Michigan winter is almost over, which leaves us all with the same question: what now?

If you were stuck inside all winter like many of us were, you probably got very acquainted with your window treatments. If your cabin fever has you itching to redo them, Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan has some ideas to set you on your way.

Go Cellular

Whether you’re environmentally conscious or just conscious of your own budget, it’s safe to say that we’re all trying to conserve energy in one way or another this year. Did you know that your window treatments can help you do that? Hunter Douglas offers a variety of honeycomb and cellular shades, which on top of fulfilling your needs for light filtering, can also save you some hard-earned cash. The hollow pockets, similar to honeycombs, within cellular shades actually trap air coming in from outside, providing much-needed insulation to your home. Particularly once the temperatures start fluctuating in the spring, these shades can keep the temperature in your home consistent without you having the fiddle with the thermostat.

Go Motorized

We’ve all seen the cheesy infomercials for motorized outdoor awnings that aired in the 1980’s and 1990’s. But that, thankfully, wasn’t the end for motorized window treatments. They’ve come a long way, and Hunter Douglas is on the cutting edge of their improvement. If you truly want to keep up with the times, consider getting motorized window treatments. Not only are Hunter Douglas’s PowerView® motorized window treatments convenient, they’re also a technological marvel. By installing the PowerView® app, you can control your window treatments from anywhere in the world that has Wi-Fi all from your smartphone or tablet. If that isn’t stepping into the future, what is?

Go Bold

You don’t have to revitalize your energy bill or how “smart” your house is to partake in some of the rebirth this season is famous for. If you want to revitalize your style instead, why not order a set of Hunter Douglas roller shades for your home? Roller shades are a wonderful confluence of design sensibilities, from the retro silhouette of their design, to their large variety of fabrics. Roller shades are made of one contiguous piece of fabric, and since that fabric isn’t obstructed by pleats or vanes, you can show off large, bold prints or patterns on your shades, which are all the rage this year.

Did any of these tips get you thinking about how to redo your window treatments? If so, stop by Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan to get started on revitalizing your home today. We also proudly serve Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities.

A Breath of Fresh Air

20 Feb

A Breath of Fresh Air

Did you know that Americans spend about 90% of their lives indoors?

Whether it’s home, work, or a vehicle, we are stuck inside a lot.  Homes used to be more open to the outdoors.  Now we close up and insulate, which is great for warmth but not for air quality.  It’s like living in a plastic food container, it will only keep fresh for so long.  We go through a lot of work sealing the windows with plastic, FreshAir1investing in honeycomb shades and piling on blankets at night to stay warm and healthy.  However, there is a benefit to opening up your windows for 20 minutes a day, even in winter.

You need clean, fresh air for your lungs.  You don’t always notice how stuffy your home is until you walk in from outside.  Most of the time, you can smell the difference.  Many may argue that they live in the city where the air isn’t fresh or clean.  So they keep their home sealed up and invest in an air purifier.  Which is good, just make sure to change the filter frequently.

But opening a window will help circulate stale air out and bring oxygen in.  In fact, when the house is airtight, there are higher levels of carbon dioxide which can lead to headaches and fatigue.  When you open the window, you let fresh oxygen in, not the FreshAir2rancid oxygen being breathed over and over.  If you’re concerned about wasting money on the thermostat, turn off the heat and open your windows during the late morning so you get the best advantage of the sun to warm the space. You also can turn the ceiling fan to move in reverse, sometimes called the winter setting, which helps circulate warm air down.

Some worry that the cold air will get them sick.  But we have learned that it is not being cold that makes us catch cold.  It’s a virus.  And again, where do we spend almost all of our time?  Inside.  You are harboring more bacteria by keeping the home closed up than opening a window.

With that being said, open your windows!

Don’t Cut Corners When Decorating

21 Apr

Capitalizing on the corners
of your rooms will fill in your decorating plans.Corners

Corners can be a challenge, but they’re not wasted space. Decorate them thoughtfully to add interest and function to a room.

Just about whenever you have four walls, a corner is created. Corners are seldom the heart and soul of a room. Sometimes they’re charming and engage us to decorate them beautifully. More often they create an awkward space, especially when the corner doesn’t include 90-degree angles. And often they fall totally “under the radar” of decorating plans. But an empty corner can make a room look unfinished and unbalanced.

Corners2Don’t think of your corners as wasted space; embellish them to add flair to your home environment and even add function to a room! Most important of all, don’t let corners become spots for clutter to accumulate.
Here are some ideas:

  • An interesting small table can be topped with a unique art object, striking lamp or beautiful vase.
  • A large houseplant or tree can sit on the floor, adding nature and beauty, and even refreshing the indoor air quality.
  • An extra-tall vase filled with tall branches or grasses can sit on the floor.
  • A small desk can provide an additional work area or computer space.
  • An easy chair and good lighting can create a cozy reading space.
  • Small wall art on one or both walls of the corner can provide a point of interest to engage visitors.
  • Display shelves can hold family photos or treasures collected on adventures around the world.

 

Don’t cut corners in your home decorating! Make it a point to focus on enhancing these challenging spaces in your house.

 

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Spring Cleaning

10 Apr

  Organizing your stuff will help you breathe easier and enjoy your home more.

Spring cleaning is such a cliché, but a bit of streamlining really does enhance your decor.
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I would bet that even the most organized home owner still has at least one shelf, drawer or closet that has become a repository for “stuff” that has no function or adds no decorative value in the foreseeable future.
That means we can all benefit from a bit of “spring cleaning,” even though it’s such a cliché. Not only does managing your “stuff” make it easier to find the items you use most; it also makes your house look streamlined and clean, and enhances the design elements. Sometimes it’s not even about getting rid of “stuff”; it’s more about re-organizing what you have.

Start with just one shelf, cabinet or drawer so you don’t feel overwhelmed – and so you get a sense of accomplishment that spurs you on. Here are some ideas about where to start:

Your closet full of clothes and shoesOrganizing pic
Your pantry stuffed with foods and housewares
Your linen closet crammed full of sheets and towels
Your bathroom cabinets crowded with out-of-date medications and cosmetics
A cabinet in your garage or family room that’s brimming with games, DVDs and books
Your home office that’s bursting with papers and computer accessories you no longer need

 

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