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Home Design Trends: The (Royal) Baby Nursery

Posted: Friday, September 20th, 2013 | Filed under: modern window treatments, window treatments
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Young-girl-room--zThe excitement of the birth of Prince George to Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) the summer of 2013, sparked many conversations (and some debates) over various aspects of raising a child.  As the world discussed possible baby names, baby fashions, and baby accessories, none was perhaps as intriguing as the speculation around the design of the royal nursery.  Would the Prince and Princess choose a “theme” for the heir’s room?  Would her simple chic style lead the way? Would they succumb to nursery decorating overkill as so many celebrities tend to do (ahem, Maria Carey and Donald/Melania Trump), or even worse decorating underkill (threadbare royal nurseries were the norm for years).
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Winterizing Your Skylights

Posted: Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 | Filed under: Home Improvement, Shading systems, Skylights, window treatments
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Winterizing Your Skylights is Important

Winterizing Your Skylights is Important

In the warm weather, all of the beautiful sunlight streaming through your skylights can make winter seem like a distant memory.  However, chillier weather is just around the corner, and as the days grow shorter and shorter, little by little there are things that you could be doing to make sure that your skylights are in tip top shape to deliver you with an energy efficient winter.  Here are a few of the tips we’ve collected as we’ve worked closely with top contractors who build homes with skylights. Read more »

Will Exterior Awnings Make my Home More Energy Efficient?

Posted: Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 | Filed under: Home cooling, Uncategorized, window shading, window treatments
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Energy Saving Ideas

Energy Saving Ideas

Most people understand that energy efficiency equals budgetary efficiency, and so we see a growing number homeowners who are looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient.  One way to introduce energy efficiency into your home without the need for any major construction is to add awnings to the exteriors of your home that have significant window spaces.  You may ask why people seek out homes with large windows if they want to be energy efficient, and the answer is that the windows can be very efficient, as long as the homeowner has the proper shading systems to control the amount of light that enters the home.  In cooler months sun streaming through large windows can help heat the home, and in the summertime, strategic shading over those same windows can help cool the home.  And that is where awnings come in.

 

In fact, in 2012, the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) did a study that showed fabric awnings could save homeowners up to 50% on their warm weather energy bills by reducing the air conditioning load in hot weather months.  Also, the US Governments Department of Energy advises window awnings for “reducing solar heat gain in the summer by up to 65% on south-facing windows and 77% on west-facing windows.  You can use an awning to shade one window or have an awning custom made to shade the entire side of your house.”   So, you can indeed have your windows and keep your home cool too. Read more »

The Benefits of Retractable Awnings

Posted: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 | Filed under: awnings, Green shading, Home cooling, retractable awnings, Shading systems, window shading, window treatments
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Retractable Awning

Retractable Awning

For homeowners who love to spend time outdoors, protection from harmful UV rays is crucial. Avoid an increased skin cancer risk by installing a retractable awning in your outdoor living space. On days with unbearable heat, awnings provide reduced temperatures in both outdoor and indoor seating areas. Deterring the sunlight from reaching the windows, retractable awnings can assist with keeping indoor temperatures nice and cool.

Retractable awnings also offer a safe haven from blinding sunlight, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while reading or playing games. With retractable awnings, there are a variety of design and layout options. Some even feature screens to protect from bugs. One of the best features of the retractable awning is the ability to motorize the shade. With the touch of a button, your retractable awning will assemble itself over your outdoor living space. No work required! Read more »

Window Shades for Solar Control

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Solar Control

Solar Control

Not all window shades are designing for solar control, many are simply for décor. If you’re in the market for new window treatments, it’s important to thoroughly identify your needs for window shades. If you’re simply trying to add some color to your room, in addition to the honeycomb shades already on your window, you may not necessarily need solar control. In other cases, if you don’t already have window treatments on your windows, purchasing window shades that don’t protect against the harsh sun, you can fight against your air conditioning.

Many different window shade manufacturers offer solar control options. One of the best options for solar control is a drapery system. Since most draperies are thick and can protect your interior against harmful light or heat, they are a great option to consider in any room of your house.

Drapery systems allow you to adjust your curtains horizontally along with the sun’s movement. You can open and close your draperies throughout the day to allow light in at certain times, and keep it out when the sun is at it’s strongest in mid afternoon.

To ease the process even more, you should consider motorized systems for your draperies. There are a variety of different motorized shades solutions that can be customized for any home. Motorized systems are very easy to use and can be set up on a timer! So, instead of manually opening and closing your draperies all day every day, set up your motorized system to do it automatically for you.

Draperies are a great option for solar control, especially because fabric and color choices are almost endless. You can even opt to add a blackout fabric liner in your curtains to fully block the light. This is a great option for bedrooms, media rooms and other living spaces in your home.

Aside from draperies, there are solar rolling shades that offer a clean, simple look to your home. There are honeycomb or Roman shades, all of which can be customized for your style and need. Most options are also available in a motorized system, so keep in mind the simplicity, compared to manually operated window shades.