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The Focal Point

When it comes to window treatments, they should be a focal point in any room. If you don’t want bare or uninteresting, add a layer over your blinds, shades, or shutters. Layering can be done in a variety of ways.

Joan Miller

Cleaning window shades

Last month I talked about cleaning blinds. What about shades? Shades are a bit trickier because there are so many different fabrics or materials used. What works for one type of shade fabric may damage another.

How do I clean my blinds?

Most often, the simplest method is to use a vacuum cleaner with the soft brush or long wand attachment. A feather duster or an old sock over your hand works, too.

Joan Miller

When was the last time?

When was the last time you pulled up in front of your garage, got out of your car, manually opened the garage-door, got back in your car, drove your car in the garage, and then manually closed it again? When was the last time you got out of your chair, walked up to your TV, and adjusted the channel?

Joan Miller

The perfect window cover

I love to help people find the perfect window covering, be it a blind, shade, or soft treatment. When meeting a homeowner for the first time, I am almost always asked, “What do you think?” It’s not a simple answer. I have to know what is needed to create the perfect solution, so I get there with questions.

Joan Miller

The Blind Ladies | The right amount of light

By definition, light is something that makes vision possible. Light can affect your mood and enhance your surroundings; but what can you do in a room where there is too much light? 

Tim Daly

Making your garden ‘bird friendly’

People travel thousands of miles to search for rare and elusive bird species inhabiting exotic locations such as the frigid tundra in Alaska or the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. However, one does not need to travel long distances to observe diverse species of birds as their backyard garden can potentially attract a multitude of bird species.