Retro Décor Trends that are Making a Comeback

It wasn’t long that having outdated or retro furniture or décor in your home was considered a faux pas. But now, retro décor is making a big comeback due to its timeless style and stark contrast with modern designs. Many interior decorators use vintage pieces sparingly, while others design entire rooms and even entire homes around the design philosophy.

Whether you’re interested in restoring some of your old furniture or hunting for vintage pieces on your own, here are a few trends that you can incorporate in your home to give it a retro vibe that will bring new life to every room.

white ice appliances

Some of the top brands, including LG, Samsung, GE, and Maytag now offer appliances that come in beige and “ice-white” colors.

Non stainless steel appliances.

For years, beige, cream-colored, and even mustard yellow appliances were the norm in homes across the country. Then it went to white, black, and finally stainless steel, which still dominates most home décor to this day. But the old days of white and off-white appliances is making a comeback. Some of the top brands, including LG, Samsung, GE, and Maytag now offer appliances that come in beige and “ice-white” colors. If you’re really invested in the retro look, look for actual vintage appliances that have been refitted with modern components, which will give you modern convenience and reliability with true vintage design.

Shag rugs

Wall-to-wall shag carpeting is extinct and likely never coming back. What is in style, however, are shag rugs.

Shag rugs.

Like the Wooly Mammoth, wall-to-wall shag carpeting is extinct and likely never coming back. What is in style, however, are shag rugs. A small or area-sized shag rug can add a new dimension of texture and color to an otherwise drab or uninteresting room. And best of all, it still adds the softness that made people in the 1960s and 1970s fall in love with shag carpeting in the first place—it’s incredibly soft and comfortable.

luxury wallpaper home interior decorating

Sticky wallpaper that you’ll be sick of in a year’s time isn’t coming back anytime soon. Instead, use small amounts of wallpaper on accent walls to add a burst of color or décor flair that paint just can’t replicate.

Wallpaper

Like wall-to-wall shag carpeting, covering every wall in your home with messy, sticky wallpaper that you’ll be sick of in a year’s time isn’t coming back anytime soon. Instead, use small amounts of wallpaper on accent walls to add a burst of color or décor flair that paint just can’t replicate. Best of all, if you get tired of it, you only have to remove a small section. No more daylong wallpaper removing sessions that leave you with aching hands and shriveled fingers.

Brass accents

Unlike the brass designs of the past, the new era of brass is all about subtletly.

Brass

Whether it’s used to make a door knob, faucet, decorative bowls, or any other accent piece in your home, brass is making a big comeback in home décor. Unlike the brass designs of the past, the new era of brass is all about subtletly—a few well-placed brass accents throughout your home that with antique or weathered look instead of the shiny metal that people couldn’t wait to remove from their homes in years past.

Colorful front doors

For years, front doors came in approximately two colors—brown or occasionally red. But now, it’s becoming more and more common for homeowners to paint their front doors bold and bright colors.

Colorful front doors

For years, front doors came in approximately two colors—brown or occasionally red. But now, it’s becoming more and more common for homeowners to paint their front doors bold and bright colors: think turquoise, yellow, purple, and even pink. The age of subdued colors on the inside and outside of homes is giving way to a retro design philosophy that liberally used color to make a statement about the home and the person or family that lives there.

Modern minimilist chandelier

Traditional chandeliers have fallen out of favor in recent years for most traditional homes, a new type of chandelier is emerging as a retro-inspired design choice.

Chandeliers

While chandeliers have worked well in large rooms with high-ceilings for many years, most homes simply don’t have the room or the need for these huge hanging light fixtures. Although traditional chandeliers have fallen out of favor in recent years for most traditional homes, a new type of chandelier is emerging as a retro-inspired design choice. Modern chandeliers are often minimalist in their appearance and emphasize functionality over beauty, while others feature bold shapes and designs that are meant to draw the eye upwards in any room of your home.

Retro kitchen booth area

If you have the room for it, a booth is a great way to entertain guests and create a conversation piece in your kitchen.

Booths instead of tables

Many homeowners are taking cues from the diners of the 1950s by installing retro-inspired dining booths right in their kitchens or breakfast nook areas. If you have the room for it, a booth is a great way to entertain guests and create a conversation piece in your kitchen. Plus, there’s nothing quite like eating breakfast and reading the newspaper at your favorite booth—especially when you don’t have to leave your home to do it!

Retro design with avocado green couch

While you certainly don’t have to go all out with such a retro color, a well-placed piece of green furniture or brightly-painted accent wall can dramatically change the appearance and mood of any room in your home.

Avocado and wasabi green

Whether it’s the color of your furniture, your walls, your appliances, or even your home, wasabi and avocado green are two of the hottest colors in home décor. These colors haven’t been in style for nearly 40 years, but the cyclical nature of home design means they’re coming back and are guaranteed to make your home stand out. While you certainly don’t have to go all out with such a retro color, a well-placed piece of green furniture or brightly-painted accent wall can dramatically change the appearance and mood of any room in your home.

Wooden walls and floors

Modern wood paneling is different from the wood paneling of the past in two important ways: it’s much brighter and it’s often installed horizontally instead of vertically.

Wood paneling

Like wallpaper and carpeting, for many people wood paneling is still a tell-tale sign that a home is out of date and in desperate need of remodeling and renovations. But modern wood paneling is different from the wood paneling of the past in two important ways: it’s much brighter and it’s often installed horizontally instead of vertically. Those two differences alone combine to make the appearance of modern wood paneling an interesting design that brings a decorative flair to rooms instead of being the dark and drab disaster that many homeowners are used to seeing.

Indoor plants

Having a well-placed plant, such as a potted tree, in your living room or dining room can literally be a breath of fresh air.

Indoor plants

Filling your home with indoor plants was and still is a decidedly 1970s philosophy of decorating. In response to the changing of the times, many people removed every living plant from their homes. While it’s still not a good design choice to make your home double as a greenhouse, having a well-placed plant, such as a potted tree, in your living room or dining room can literally be a breath of fresh air. The tree doesn’t necessarily have to be real, either, as even artificial plants are making a comeback. Just be sure to choose one that looks real and doesn’t smell like…well…plastic.

Blindster’s Top Natural Light Solar Shades

At Blindster, we offer several varieties of sheer and filtered window treatments designed to enhance the look of any room in your home that also preserve your privacy and security. Take a look at some of our top natural light solar shades and find the look and style that works best for your home.

Solar Shades

Solar shades are the most effective at allowing natural light into your home while also reducing glare and heat from the sun. The higher the “openness factor” rating, the more natural light the product lets in and the clearer your view is to the outside.

Available in 16 different colors, this shade blocks 97 percent of UV rays while still allowing ample amounts of natural light indoors.

Available in 22 unique colors and patterns, the Premium Solar Shades Exotic Collection offers openness factors from 3 percent all the way up to 10 percent.

Choose from 16 colors with this premium shade made from Phifer Sheerweave®. Its 10 percent openness makes it ideal for rooms requiring ample natural light.

Available in cordless or corded configurations, this shade comes in 16 colors and lets in a moderate amount of light while blocking 95 percent of the sun’s rays.

Pick between six distinct colors for one of our newest shades. With a 3 percent openness factor, it’s perfect for rooms that need sunlight without any glare or heat.

Made with Phifer Sheerweave® 3000, this shade is one of our most light-friendly and allows a huge amount of natural sunlight through your windows to brighten any room in your home.

Available in 19 colors and cordless or corded configurations, this shade blocks out 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays while still allowing sunlight into your home and a clear view to the outside.

Choose between 6 unique colors, including white linen and ebony, when purchasing this shade designed to provide ample sunlight and unobstructed views of nature and cityscapes.

Manufactured using Vertilux® Solar Screen 3000 fabrics, this high quality shade is C.P.S.C. child safety certified and blocks 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays.

With a 1 percent openness factor, this shade blocks out the vast majority of sunlight, allowing only soft and diffuse natural light into rooms that require significant glare reduction and privacy.

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Energy efficient buildings are becoming more and more popular and for good reason. Not only do they cost less money to heat in the winter and cool in the summer, but they’re also better for the environment. The trend of making buildings as energy efficient as possible using Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards has made its way to new apartments, condos, and homes throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Even if your home is too old to have been built with those standards in mind, you can still make it more energy efficient with a few upgrades and a few quick and easy DIY projects. Here are 10 ways to save on your next electricity bill that won’t break the bank.

Plant trees in your yard and shrubs near windows.

Even small trees can make a big difference in your home’s energy bills by providing shade and limiting the amount of direct sunlight that passes through your windows. And as the trees grow, the shade they provide grows as well. Shrubs provide the same effect if they cover portions of your window. Just be sure to trim them as needed to prevent them from completely blocking your view.

Unplug all electronics when not in use.

Did you know that electronic devices use electricity even when they aren’t plugged in? As long as a device is plugged into the wall, it draws power. That’s why it’s important to unplug any devices that aren’t in use, including things like televisions, video game consoles, DVRs, computers, and cell phone chargers. To make it easy, plug your gadgets into a surge protector and unplug the entire strip from the wall when you leave your home for an extended period of time or go to bed at night to save energy.

Don’t pre-rinse your dishes.

If you have a modern dishwasher, it’s unnecessary to pre-wash or pre-rinse your dishes. Dishwashers and dish detergents are now designed to work best on dishes that still contain food particles. Next time you load your dishwasher, scrape off any large pieces of leftover food and place the dishes directly into the rack. Not only will you save water and energy, but your dishes may actually come out cleaner than ever.

Open windows during the spring and fall.

Take advantage of mild weather during the spring and fall by opening windows as often as possible. The fresh breeze and fresh air makes your home smell and feel great and the pleasant temperatures will reduce the workload on your AC unit. You can also take advantage of cooler temperatures at night during the summer by opening your windows and letting in the cool night air.

Install a programmable thermostat.

If your home or AC unit are compatible, consider installing a programmable thermostat. These thermostats help keep your home’s temperature at an ideal setting to coincide with your schedule, including time spent sleeping, at work, or on trips away from home. Many programmable thermostats are capable of saving homeowners $100 or more in energy bills over the course of a year.

Reseal doors and windows.

Drafty doors and windows are terrible for your home’s energy bill and efficiency. They let out warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer and force your AC unit to work overtime. Although the rest option is to often replace old windows with more energy efficient models, you can also get most of the benefits by resealing the edges of your windows and doors. Install door sweeps at the bottom of every exterior door of your home and apply fresh caulk around the perimeter of your windows to create a new seal.

Use fans instead of your AC unit in the summer.

AC can be a godsend in the summer, but it’s also very inefficient at keeping your home cool. That’s why electric bills are often much higher in the summer than during any other time of year. Instead of relying solely on your AC unit to cool your home, consider using fans. Ceiling fans or oscillating fans help keep air moving throughout your home and make each room feel much cooler during the hottest months of the year.

Replace light bulbs with CFL or LED models.

Incandescent light bulbs have been around since the mid-1850s and are quickly becoming obsolete due to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Not only do these new generation of bulbs produce less heat and more natural light, but they also use much less energy and can last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs. While replacing one bulb in your home may not make a big difference, replacing every bulb can make a big difference in your energy bill in the years to come.

Install solar panels.

Although more expensive than many of the tips in the list, installing solar panels is a highly efficient way to not only improve your home’s energy efficiency, but it will also reduce your home’s dependence on traditional electricity provided by the power company. Even a single solar panel can provide significant savings over a long period of time, and many qualify for tax incentives. You can also add more solar panels as the years go by to increase your savings.

Replace your appliances with Energy Star certified models.

If you have an older home, many of your appliances may be from an older era before manufacturers began releasing Energy Star certified models. Everything from refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, and washers and dryers are available with Energy Star certifications. That means they can operate while using much less electricity than their standard, non-Energy Star compliant counterparts.

10 Ways to Make Cleaning Your Home Easier than Ever

Let’s face it, not many people enjoy cleaning their homes. It’s a lot of work and it seems like it gets messy again within days or hours—especially if you have kids.

But it doesn’t have to be such a chore. Blindster created this list of 10 ways to make cleaning your home easier and more enjoyable than ever. Just follow these tips to cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning each week and use the time you save to do the things you love instead.

Do small chores right away.

Two of the most trafficked and easily cluttered areas of your home are your bathrooms and kitchen. Both are used on a daily basis, and both can quickly accumulate clutter and messes. To make cleaning these rooms faster and easier than ever, make it a habit to do at least one small cleaning task every time you enter the room.

Wipe down the counters, clean the mirror, scrub the sink, and put away any dishes into the dishwasher on each trip. These tasks don’t take more than a minute or two, but they can make a huge difference in the day-to-day appearance and overall upkeep of your home.

If you have pets, use oversized lint rollers on your furniture and bed.

Pets bring a unique joy to your family, but they can also bring messes, including leaving their hair on every square inch of furniture you own. While it may seem like a hopeless dream to keep their fur off your belongings, using an oversized lint roller several times per week in the places they like to lay the most, such as the couch, bed, or rug, can keep the fur at bay and your home cleaner than ever.

Brush your pets to remove excess hair.

Another way to prevent pet hair from building up on your floors and furniture is to brush your animals frequently. The less hair they have to shed, the less hair you’ll find scattered throughout your home. Check with your veterinarian to find out the best times of the year to brush your animals, as some animals tend to shed more at certain points during the year.

Deep clean your vacuum.

If your vacuum is more than a few months old, it probably needs a good cleaning of its own. Over time, vacuums lose their suction due to dirt and dust clogging their filters and hair wrapping around the bristles, brushes, and hoses. Find the instructions for your vacuum either in the box or online and follow them step-by-step to break it down piece by piece and clean every component.

Consider replacing any dirty filters or worn out belts to restore your vacuum’s performance. Even if you think your vacuum is still effective at picking up dirt, clogged or underperforming vacuums often leave behind huge amounts of dust that ends up in the air and settling on your furniture. Removing the dust on your floors, carpets, and rugs will prevent it from spreading throughout your home and creating even more work for you in the future.

Create a designated space for mail.

The days of snail mail are slowly dying out, but that doesn’t mean that your physical mailbox won’t get inundated with junk mail to go along with bills and other important items. Instead of allowing mail to pile up on the kitchen table or counter, take the time to create a designated space for it. And to make it even easier to quickly find mail that needs a fast response, sort your mail by its urgency and its importance. Not only will that keep your tables and counter spaces free from clutter, but it will also mean you’ll never miss a bill.

Get rid of things you don’t need.

A small bit of clutter can seem overwhelming in a house that’s already brimming with too much stuff. To give yourself and your family more breathing room, consider downsizing your possessions and furniture. You may be surprised how much you can remove from your home and your life without feeling its absence. In addition to freeing up more space, it also makes cleaning much easier, as you have less to maintain on a day-to-day basis and easier access to clean your floors and other furniture.

Keep cleaning products and equipment handy at all times.

If your kitchen counter accumulates grime from frequent cooking and food preparation, keep a roll of paper towels and cleaner close by so that you can clean up immediately after every meal. Other cleaning items like mops, brooms, vacuums, and floor cleaners should always be easily accessible as well. Keep these items at the front of any storage closets or cabinets and near other things you use on a daily basis. The more you see them and the easier they are to use and put away, the more likely you will be to use them.

Stick to a schedule.

Sometimes, the easiest way to make sure your home is cleaned on a regular basis is to schedule it into your daily routine. Give each room in your home its own day once or twice per month for a deep cleaning. Vacuum and mop the floors, wipe down all exposed surfaces, and put away all clutter. By sticking to a schedule, no room gets neglected and you’ll be less likely to face any truly daunting cleaning tasks down the road.

Give yourself something to look forward to after cleaning.

Just like parents often reward their children for completing their chores, sometimes it’s best to reward yourself after a job well done, too. Whether it’s watching a movie, ordering takeout, reading a book, or any other simple pastime, try to schedule something to look forward to after cleaning—especially if you know it’s going to be a daylong affair.

Enlist the help of your family.

If you get everyone in your family onboard with your cleaning schedule and the tips above, it’s a snap to keep your home clean at all times throughout the year. Make everyone responsible for his or her own rooms, plates, clothes, shoes, and messes. Without accountability, it’s common for people to wait for someone else to make the first move when it comes to cleaning. But when everyone knows exactly what they’re responsible for cleaning, it’s much easier to stay ahead of the curve and turn big tasks into small chores.

Blindster’s Top Natural Light Cellular and Sheer Shades

Natural lighting brightens rooms and reveals the true beauty of furniture and décor in a way that artificial lighting can’t match. Filling rooms with natural light also helps improve your mood and sense of well-being—not to mention the mental and physical benefits of sunlight exposure during the short and gloomy days of winter. Here’s a list of some Blindster’s top natural light cellular and sheer shades.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are created using multiple layers of pleated and reinforced fabric designed to fold accordion-style for maximum coverage and flexibility. By using multiple layers of fabric, these window treatments offer significant glare reduction and privacy without eliminating the benefits of natural sunlight.

Capable of blocking up to 98 percent of UV rays, this shade is perfect for bathrooms or bedrooms, as it provides substantial privacy while allowing ample amounts of diffuse sunlight.

By opening from the bottom and top, this shade is perfect for ground-level rooms where you want as much natural light as possible without allowing views inside your home.

If you need versatility, this is the shade for you. It offers beautiful and soft diffuse lighting during the day, while including the option of a blackout shade for hot summer months or times when you need to eliminate glare.

This high-end shade filters the harshness of direct sunlight, reducing glare and increasing privacy while allowing soft and diffuse natural lighting into any room of your home.

Available in 41 colors, this shade blocks 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays while giving you the versatility that only a top down bottom up style shade can provide.

Getting soft diffuse lighting in your home doesn’t have to break the bank, as the Super Value Cordless Single Cellular Shade provides privacy and UV light blockage at an unbeatable price.

Sheer Shades

Sheer shades are both stylish and practical. Adjustable to fit the needs of any room, these window treatments can be both highly transparent, allowing substantial amounts of natural light into your home, and also light-resistant with use of louvers, creating private and cool spaces with minimal glare or UV rays.

Choose from 19 different colors when purchasing the 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades. Created with a soft sheer fabric that provides up to 99 percent of UV ray protection, this window treatment is perfect for living rooms and bedrooms.

7 Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas Day is rapidly approaching, and that means it’s time to break out the holiday decorations to get your home looking like a winter wonderland.

If you’re like most people, you probably use many of the same decorations every year. But if you’re feeling a little adventurous this holiday season and want to change things up a bit, Blindster.com has a few simple and easy decorating ideas that will boost your Christmas cheer and make your home look more beautiful than ever during the weeks leading up to the big day.

A Christmas Card Display

Who doesn’t love getting Christmas cards? To put them to good use after you’ve read the warm wishes from your friends and family, designate a section of your living room or foyer to proudly display each card you receive. Attach them with pins along a string decorated with ornaments, or secure them inside decorative reindeer antlers for an even more festive look. One popular display location is on your mantle just above the fireplace. While you’re busy displaying your Christmas cards, don’t forget to create and send cards of your own.

A Christmas Artwork Board

If you have children in elementary or preschool, you’ll have no shortage of Christmas-themed artwork and crafts that they create in class. Instead of hanging their handiwork on the refrigerator or putting it away in storage, buy a corkboard and fill it with their creations. As the years go by, you can add to the collection to show off your children’s artistic skills as they improve over time. Make sure that each piece is labeled and dated so you can easily remember all the details about each child’s artwork for years to come.

Liven Your Staircase with Lights and Ornaments

Christmas lights and ornaments don’t have to be confined to your Christmas tree. Use any additional lights you have and wrap them around the bannister and columns of your staircase—then, add ornaments and ribbons to give the display even more color and flair. You can also add even more decorative touches, like garland and stockings, for a truly impressive Christmas display. Your staircase will looking stunning at night and will light up your home from the outside.

Line Your Walkway with Christmas Lights

If you’ve decorated the outside of your home but feel like something is still missing, try lining your walkway with LED lights. A great way to create a soft light that stands out at night is to fill white paper bags with sand to weigh them down, and then place small battery-powered lights inside. The light will shine through the bag, but the paper will soften the glow and allow beautiful diffuse light to radiate out towards your home’s walkway and lawn. Not only does this improve the Christmas beauty of your home, but it also serves a practical purpose and helps your guests find their way to your door for nighttime Christmas parties.

Decorate Your Mailbox

Another outdoor decorative opportunity that often goes unnoticed is your mailbox. Whether yours is brick, wooden, or plastic, you should have ample room to make your home’s Christmas spirit extend all the way to the edge of your property. Place a bow on the front of the mailbox and a wreath or bouquet of Christmas plants on top, then string battery-powered lights around the base and post of the mailbox to make it well-lit at night. For an even more festive look, wrap the entire mailbox (excluding the opening, of course) in Christmas wrapping paper.

Decorate Multiple Christmas Trees

To stay in line with tradition, many people put up only one Christmas tree, even if they have multiple windows that are perfect for displaying beautifully lit and decorated trees. If your home has more than one set of large, front-facing windows, consider decorating multiple Christmas trees to really bring attention to your home’s holiday decorations and festiveness. Use one tree for presents and the other strictly for decoration, or spread the presents and sentimental ornaments between both trees to spread cheer throughout your home.

Place Candles in Your Windows

Window candles are an inexpensive and simple way to add a big boost to your home’s Christmas appearance at night. Place the candles in your window sills next to lighted garland and ribbons for an even more spectacular window display. When picking out candles, you can choose from battery-powered or plug-in lights that display white, yellow, or even colored light that’s visible from the road at night. In addition, you can also use real candles for a natural look—but remember to blow them out at night before going to bed!

5 Stylish Bar Cart Ideas

A bar cart is an item many people overlook when stocking their homes with the essentials for entertaining friends, family members, and guests. However, a well thought-out and designed cart can make a big difference at your next get-together.

Whether you typically serve wine and cheese, whiskey and snacks, or anything in between, these bar cart ideas are sure to liven up the atmosphere and keep your guests well-fed and enjoying themselves into the night.

The Whiskey Cart

After being the nation’s drink of choice for decades, whiskey is once again becoming more and more popular as people try out new varieties and revisit old classics. To match the warmth and characteristic sweetness of this spirit, use a bar cart made of real wood—and the older the wood, the better.

Stained wood works best to capture the look and feel of an old-timey speakeasy, and the beautiful wood grain will match the oak-flavor many whiskeys are known for. Make sure you stock with enough variety to give your guests conversation starters and comparisons. Having a few varieties of bourbon, Irish whiskey, Canadian whiskey, and Tennessee whiskey will go a long way toward completing the experience for you and your guests.

The Wine Cart

Whether you’re serving a single varietal or a wide variety of wines, you can’t go wrong by offering them to your guests on a beautiful wine cart.

Pair vintage wines with a restored and vintage wine cart, and serve newer wines and blends on carts with more modern designs. Make sure you have enough room on your cart for finger foods that pair well with wine, such as meats and cheese. Finally, don’t forget to offer your guests small snacks that work to cleanse the palette between wines, like crackers and small pieces of bread.

The Beer Cart

Bar carts aren’t the exclusive domain of wine and spirits. If you and your guests prefer beer, it’s a snap to convert a traditional bar cart to one capable of serving up the finest IPAs, lagers, and stouts. Because you’ll want to keep your beer cold, it’s important to choose a bar cart that’s large enough to hold a cooler or large bucket of ice. Some carts have ice buckets built in, making them perfect for storing several bottles or cans of beer.

In addition, you can also pick out carts with designated spaces to chill and hold small beer kegs, which allows you to save room on top for appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, and snacks. To get the full experience, stock the cart with multiple bottle openers, koozies, and coasters, so your guests can easily open, store, and rest their beers wherever they go.

The Cocktail Cart

Cocktails are the perfect drinks when serving a large number of guests, because they provide something for everyone. To get started creating the ultimate cocktail bar cart, choose a cart with dividers that allow you to easily separate liquors, liqueurs, and mixers. That allows guests to more easily create their own drinks without accidentally mixing the wrong ingredients. In addition, it’s important to keep certain mixers and liqueurs chilled, so keep an ice bucket handy for those bottles.

Designate an additional space for garnishes and fruit, such as olives, limes, cherries, and other flourishes that put the finishing touches on drinks. Finally, make sure guests have access to plenty of straws for drinking and stirring, napkins to wipe up any spills, and glasses to pour themselves and their guests the drinks of their choosing.

The All In One Cart

If your guests have eclectic tastes in beverages and you know you won’t be able to please everyone by offering one type of drink, take the all-encompassing approach and build a bar cart with all of the above drinks. When it comes to building an all-in-one cart, functionality beats style simply due to the amount of space needed to pull it off. The larger the cart and the more divisions the better off you’ll be, as you’ll need room to separate every type of drink and have enough room to keep certain drinks cold.

Make sure you choose a heavy-duty cart that’s both easily moved and capable of holding a substantial amount of weight. You can also split your drinks into two carts for added room and versatility if one cart becomes too overwhelmed with food, mixers, and assorted drink accessories.

No matter what type of cart you set out on creating, take your time and create something that will look great for any occasion. If you take your time and get creative by sanding, painting, polishing, and accessorizing your cart to match your home, your tastes, and your reason for celebrating, you simply can’t go wrong no matter what style you choose.

Inside and Out: Top 35 Natural Light Shades

Not all windows require room darkening shades that block out sunlight. In fact, many rooms in your home can get a major facelift simply by adding more natural light.

Natural lighting brightens rooms and reveals the true beauty of furniture and décor in a way that artificial lighting can’t match. Filling rooms with natural light also helps improve your mood and sense of well-being—not to mention the mental and physical benefits of sunlight exposure during the short and gloomy days of winter.

At Blindster, we offer several varieties of sheer and filtered window treatments designed to enhance the look of any room in your home that also preserve your privacy and security. Take a look at some of our top natural light shades and find the look and style that works best for your home.

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Top 5 Eco-Friendly Window Shade Options

With both architects and home buyers focusing more and more on making living spaces as eco-friendly and energy efficient as possible, it’s no surprise that blinds and shades that act as insulators are must-haves in today’s market.

Not only can effective window treatments spruce up the look of any room, they can also block sunlight in the summer that can heat your home by several degrees—which means your air conditioner and utility bills get a much-needed break.

Insulating window coverings aren’t just effective in the summer. In fact, while sun-facing windows are great for helping to heat your home during winter days, they can also allow heat to escape at night. With the right type of blinds or shades, however, you can keep heated air inside the rooms that need it most to keep your family warm and cozy, even on the coldest nights.

In addition to making their homes more energy efficient, many people who shop for window treatments want new blinds and shades that have a minimal impact on the environment. The most eco-friendly window coverings are those that lower energy costs while utilizing self-sustaining materials and manufacturing processes that leave small ecological footprints.

At Blindster.com, we know how important it is to offer products that aren’t just effective at making your room look and feel comfortable and inviting, but are also created with the environment in mind.

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