Blindster Gives Back

There’s nothing better than seeing hard work pay off, except maybe seeing your hard work truly help another person. It’s rare in life to see the immediate result of one’s labors.

This weekend the Blindster team experienced one of those rare moments while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. We were able to see how a simple day’s worth of work could directly impact the less fortunate within our community.

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You would think it would be hard to convince a group of busy adults to get up and out at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning to do physical labor and in most cases, you would be right.  hfh7

But when offered the chance to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, our employees jumped on it. We easily had the largest corporate group on Saturday, September 17, 2016, with 14 volunteers. We only have about 20 employees in the whole company!

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Everyone showed up on time, smiling and ready to put in a good day’s work. The neighborhood we were working in was filled with Habitat houses that would be sold to underprivileged families at an affordable mortgage rate, without interest.hfh5

As the volunteer leader explained what we were going to accomplish and introduced one of the families that were going to be living in these houses, we began to realize the impact of what we would be doing that day. And with their smiling faces as encouragement, we picked up our ladders and paintbrushes with exuberance.

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Even though only a few of us were experienced in building work, each of us was able to help with the task at hand. The house we had the privilege of working on was in its twelfth week of construction.

This meant that we were responsible for doing outside detail work, like painting the trim and caulking windows. Working outside in the Houston heat could have easily been grueling, but everyone stayed positive and kept the jokes flowing.

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By the end of the day, we had finished painting the trim and gained a new sense of achievement and camaraderie. There’s just something about being able to look up and see exactly what you have been working for accomplished. hfh-group

Even though this is just a small part of the entire home building process, we felt we made a difference. We hope the family who gets to live inside this home creates wonderful, lasting memories and feels the love and teamwork that was poured into the creation of it.

 

Best Blinds and Shades for Dining Rooms

Dining rooms are often the most lavish room in a home. Chandeliers, stately and antique dining tables, elaborate place settings, and fine china are just a few hallmarks of dining rooms where families gather to share meals and celebrate special occasions. Due to their reputation as being the centerpieces of many homes, it makes sense that every aspect of dining rooms carries an air of elegance and beauty—including the window coverings.

For many homeowners, choosing low-profile and no-frills options for window coverings is perfectly suitable for bedrooms and bathrooms, but their tastes often change when it comes to their dining rooms. At Blindster.com, we know that homeowners often need window treatments for their dining rooms that are not only beautiful to look at, but are also versatile in both operation and light control functionality.

If you’re looking for the perfect window treatments for your dining room, look no further than these elegant, practical, and affordable blinds and shades:

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From a visual standpoint, it’s hard to beat the beauty and timeless design of classic Roman shades. Our selection of Premium Roman Shades is divided into four distinct groups: A, B, C, and D. All the shades in these categories feature a wide variety of options and customizations, including pleated and hobbled fold styles, optional cordless lifts, top down/bottom up functions, and blackout liners. Each category also features a wide variety of colors, with all four categories offering more than 200 unique colors to choose from.

 

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Whether you have a country-style dining room, a formal dining room, or anything in between, you can’t go wrong with our Faux Wood Plantation Shutters. These window coverings combine the look of real wood, with the versatility and durability of faux wood, giving them an elegant appearance and an exterior that’s easy to clean and maintain. Another benefit of the faux wood manufacturing process is the lightweight materials. Because these window coverings are hollow, they are quickly and easily installed in even the most hard-to-reach dining room windows.

 

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Many homeowners want the utmost in privacy in their dining rooms. Thankfully, emphasizing privacy in your search for window treatments doesn’t mean you have to compromise on looks or style. Our 2” Privacy Wood Blinds have all the beauty and elegance of our entire selection of real wood blinds, but with one key difference: no route holes. That means that these blinds are not only more effective at protecting your family’s privacy, but they’re also great for blocking out the sun’s harsh UV rays and glare, giving you the ultimate control over the lighting in your dining room.

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With their all-natural materials, cordless operation, and beautiful array of wood stains to choose from, our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades are the perfect complement to any dining room suite or décor. No lift cord or chain means easy up and down movement, as well as a peace of mind if you have small children or pets. While the all-natural construction process is perfect for eco-friendly and eco-conscious homeowners. Choose from colors that are certain to bring out the beauty in your dining table and place settings, such as Key West Camel, Waikiki Tortoise, and Maya Camel.

 

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Roller shades are highly effective at blocking light and protecting privacy, but some varieties may feel too plain or low-profile for dining rooms. If that’s the case for your home, our Premium Woven Wood Fabric Roller Shades will definitely be enough to make you reconsider this type of window covering. Designed to look like real woven bamboo and wood, these roller shades are manufactured with a high-quality polyester fabric that filters light and cuts down on glare and heat from the sun. These shades can be ordered with a continuous loop lift cord and come in a huge variety of colors and textures, including Highlands Bark, Woodland Nile, and Savannah Sand.

 

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While maximum light control is a high priority for many homeowners, others may prefer to simply reduce the sun’s glare and UV rays, while still allowing ample natural light into their homes. If that’s your idea of the perfect window treatments for your dining room, you’ll love our 3” Deluxe Light Filtering Sheer Shades. The 3” light filtering vanes float between two soft pieces of sheer fabric, giving these shades the combined functionality and beauty of both shades and blinds. Choose from four distinct colors to match the color scheme in your dining room, including White, Ivory, Beige, and Chocolate.

 

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Finding the perfect window treatments to match your dining room décor and furniture doesn’t have to break the bank. Our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds are attractively priced and beautifully designed. The large 2 ½” slats have the appearance of real wood, but the composite materials used in the manufacturing process makes them easier to maintain and clean, as well as more durable throughout their lifetime.

 

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If your dining room has a beautiful view that you want to preserve at all costs, solar shades may be the ideal option for your home. Solar shades are unique in that they can significantly reduce heat and UV rays from entering your home while preserving your view of the outdoors. Our Premium Solar Shades Exotic Collection is manufactured using high-quality Phifer Sheerweave® 5000 solar screen fabrics, which makes them extremely durable due to the vinyl coated polyester materials. Choose from four openness factors: 3 percent, 5 percent, 7 percent, and 10 percent—to get the perfect balance between light filtering and view of the outdoors.

Back to School Tips for Kids’ Rooms

Back to school is always a hectic time for both kids and parents. Children have to adjust to new classrooms, new teachers, new subjects, and new schedules, while parents have to adjust to added demands on their time.

This can be a stressful time of year for families, but it also represents a fresh start. New clothes, new haircuts and new backpacks can help kids start the school year off right, but it’s also a great time for kids to get fresh starts in their rooms as well.

With kids often having schedules just as demanding as their parents, it’s essential that their rooms are well-equipped to handle all of the challenges of a new school year.

To get your child’s room up to speed for the 2016-2017 school year, check out Blindster’s tips below:

  • Make room for a desk

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The value of your child having access to a study or work desk in his or her bedroom can’t be stressed enough. Homework and long study periods are the norm for students of all ages and grades in 2016. Having a place to focus and complete assignments and study before an important exam can make a big difference in grades and test scores. Desks are also essential for long writing or reading assignments, as prolonged work sessions on the couch or dining table can lead to discomfort and difficulty focusing.

  • Upgrade to a comfortable and size-appropriate bed

Upgrade to a comfortable and size-appropriate bed

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For most elementary school-aged children, single or twin-size beds are more than adequate to provide comfortable rest and relaxation. But as children grow to reach middle school and high school age, their sleep patterns change and getting a full night of rest can become more difficult. Larger beds, such as full or queen-sized beds, make it easier for older children to fall asleep and stay asleep longer, which can significantly improve their academic performance and ability to stay focused throughout the day.

 

  • Install blackout and noise dampening window treatments

Install blackout and noise dampening window treatments

 

Bright sunlight is great for lighting up your home, but it can be a kid’s worst enemy in the morning or while they’re attempting to study and finish homework. To help your child sleep better and focus after school, consider installing window treatments that are designed to block sunlight and reduce outside noise levels. Our Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades not only block 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays from entering your child’s room, they’re also great insulators, making them ideal for climate control and noise reduction.

 

  • Paint the walls according to your child’s personality

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It’s well known that colors have a profound impact on mood and energy levels. If your child tends to be hyperactive or has difficulty sitting still and focusing on homework for long periods of time, consider painting his or her room a cool and calming color, such as light blue, green, or yellow. If your child has difficulty waking up in the morning or getting motivated to study, choose energizing colors like red, orange and purple.

  • Create space to showcase your child’s accomplishments

Create space to showcase your child’s accomplishments

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Displaying your child’s accomplishments can be a great motivator to keep him or her striving for more success in the future. A few prominently arranged shelves serve as the perfect displays for your child’s achievements, and you can continue adding to it as he or she grows in both academic and after-school activities throughout the years.

 

  • Make sure there’s plenty of storage space

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Kid’s rooms can go from neat and tidy, to total disaster areas in the blink of an eye. Trying to keep your child’s room 100 percent clean day in and day out is often a losing battle, but you can cut down on the mess by supplying him or her with plenty of storage spaces. Label crates or tubs and keep each separate. Then use one for sports equipment, one for art supplies, and one for instruments or music-related equipment, etc. When everything has its place, your child will find it much easier to keep his or her room tidy without your help.

 

  • Encourage responsibility by hanging a large calendar or whiteboard on the wall

Encourage responsibility by hanging a large calendar or whiteboard on the wall

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Managing an ever-evolving list of appointments, meetings, errands, and family get-togethers is difficult enough for adults, but nowadays, many children have schedules that are just as busy and hectic as their parents’. Instead of hoping that your child can rely on a small, school-issued planner, hang a large wall calendar or white board in his or her room. That way he or she can list and easily keep track of all upcoming assignments, sporting events, tryouts, and other activities.

 

  • Organize closets and dressers for fewer hassles in the morning

Organize closets and dressers for fewer hassles in the morning

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Mornings are the most hectic time of day for both adults and kids. For kids, the hectic nature of mornings is often due to desperate searches through closets and dressers to find something to wear. Make it easier on your child by making sure his or her closet is organized and all clothes are accessible. Move clothing that’s out-of-season to another closet or push them to the back to make room for season-appropriate clothing, and be sure to regularly sell, donate, or hand down clothing that your child has outgrown to avoid overcrowding closets and dressers.

 

  • Limit distractions by moving electronic devices to other areas of the home

Limit distractions by moving electronic devices to other areas of the home

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Technology is an essential part of life for everyone, including kids in school. However, that doesn’t mean that it should be allowed to take over their lives or create major distractions that get in the way of homework, studying, and excelling in extracurricular activities. If you find that your child is having difficulty staying on task, consider moving his or her computer, television, gaming console, or tablet to another part of the house. This makes it easier to monitor your child’s usage and set time limits if their usage gets out of hand or interferes with school work.