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Why We Love The Layered Look

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Everything in life goes through seasons. We have the weather seasons, seasons of our lives (weddings, children, middle age, etc), and we have seasons of interests (you really liked Zumba last month, but now you’re not really feeling it). Seasons are such a natural part of life, that they flow in and out of each other and it feels best when we flow with them. One way to change with the season, is letting your surroundings, your home, change as well. In the Summer we tend to have open windows, lighter colors, less layers. In the Winter we like to hunker down, cover up, insulate, and have that calm, warm feeling of hibernation. Because of the time of year, we are going to focus on preparing for Winter. One of the more natural ways to prepare your home, just like you would prepare your body, is embracing the layered look.

Because “layers” literally mean adding more to what already is, this doesn’t take a ton of work. You don’t have to remove all your summer drapes and replace them with a whole new “wardrobe”. Instead, you can add a few things here and there, creating warmth and a completely different look, to embrace the season. Just how you wrap a present and then add flare at the end, you can do this for your home.

Below are a few simple ideas to move into the next season for layered windows.

Shades Layered Look


You already have shades? Great! Chances are, they are lighter shades that let in air and light. For this next season you can simply layer a new set of shades on top of the ones you already have -- creating insulation and an entire new look. This will add texture, style, and warmth to the room. With all the different Shades available, the combinations are extensive.

Solar Shades are a great option for the homes located in slightly warmer climates during the day, but the weather cools at night. Have the first layer of the window shades as solar, keeping heat out while letting sunshine in, with the second layer as a decorative, warmer, thicker shade to bring spark to the room while adding insulation during the cooler temperatures.

Shutters Layered Look


Shutters are versatile. Many homes have only shutters on the windows, leaving the option of complete privacy, open shutters letting in some light, or completely bringing the shutters up or down exposing the window to everything. If you have shutters, the simplest thing you can do is add shades or drapes, giving the option for double insulation and a layered look. With so many draperies available, you can be as dramatic or subtle as you want for the season. Once the season is over, simply remove and go back to your light, airy space!

Drapes Layered Look


Drapes are fun! Many people are used to seeing layers in drapes - which means you can go wild. A popular, classic look is using sheer drapes under your thicker, heavier patterns. Sheers allow the option of privacy and some light ambience and warmth into the room, without exposing the room to the outside elements. You can have the heavier drapes half drawn or fully pulled back during the day, making the layers obvious, and fully close them at night bringing in the cozy, private atmosphere. For a low budget option, you can add the look and impression of sheers by sewing a bit of sheer fabric to the front edge of your drapes giving the illusion that the layer extends to the width of the entire drapery.

Worried about a heavy look? Don’t! Any space can be lightened up and still layered. You can add to shutters, shades, and blinds with combination of panels on top of the windows, drapes tied off to the side of the window, and light sheer shades to bring an airiness to the room. Layering does not have to be heavy -- any extra layer will add extra insulation, and based on your needs you can tweak the style to your best interest.

Just like life, your season doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s season. Stay true to you, and you’ll love your surroundings with the freedom to change them at anytime.

Stylish Ways to Cover Glass Doors

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Have you noticed when you stay in a hotel with a glass sliding door to the balcony, 85% of the time they are covered with those thick, vertical, white plastic blinds? Or have you ever rented an apartment with those same blinds in every single unit? Or how about walking into an office space with wider windows and sliding doors...what do you see? The same plastic blinds.

Take a deep breath, because you do NOT have to carry those into your home! There are so many stylish options to cover and decorate glass doors of all sizes. Whether it’s a traditional hinged door, or a sliding door -- check out the fun options below for quick and easy ideas to not only help insulate your home, but also add flare to compliment your own personality.

Motorized Window Drapes


A popular and effective look for glass doors, is treating them like large windows by hanging heavy drapes around the frame. During the day the drapes can be drawn to the sides, allowing the door to easily open and close if it’s used often, while at night they can hang down creating privacy as well as insulation.

The cool thing about drapes, is they come in so many different styles! If you don’t like the look of drapes drawn on either side for functionality, try the Motorized Drapes for simplicity and clean look. These can have a sheer look to them, still allowing light into the room while creating privacy and easy access to the door.

With so many different styles to choose from, there are also ways to vamp up the look by simply choosing Decorative Hardware to support the drapes.

Cellular Shades Glass Doors


If the Motorized Drapes caught your eye, but you feel something is missing --- Solar Shades may be what you’re looking for. These shades also offer an efficient and clean look, while providing functionality and light. If you’re into the more traditional look, Roman Shades combine classic form with contemporary function. The door is functional even with the shades down, as there would be one shade per hinged door. You can choose to install these shades as top-down or bottom-up providing privacy yet still allowing natural light into the room.

 For the best of both worlds, you can combine drapes with Cellular Shades for some extra fashion, or use the Cellular Shades on their own. The most versatile glass coverings on the marker, Cellular Shades are available in three popular cell sizes and various light control levels so you can create the perfect setting while providing a cohesive look throughout your home.

Shutters Glass Doors


For a more tailored look, Shutters are mounted right on the door frame, avoiding anything hardware around the door or added bulk to the frame. Wood Shutters add a one of a kind look to a home, giving the space a peaceful, relaxing essence while letting in light or almost completely shutting light out.  You can blend the shutters into the room by painting them the same color as the wall, or set them apart by complementing the room with a dark cherry wood or another contrast to your particular style.

Depending on your door location, Indoor/Outdoor Shutters could be a unique option for your home. These Aluminum Shutters create space on a patio, enclose a balcony, or partition large rooms. With many styles and colors, there are almost endless options to design the look of your home exactly how you want.

You don’t have to be stuck with boring designs and cookie cutter home appearance. Whether you have a one of a kind designed home, a home that is brand new and has a matched design in other neighborhoods, an older home that just really needs a change...you can re-create your space and feel like you’ve started all over with just a few simple changes to your windows and doors. 

Our Favorite Ways to Insulate Windows and Doors (Without Replacing Anything)

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Ways to Insulate Windows and Doors

Have you ever walked into your home and immediately go double check the thermostat to make sure you’re not crazy and that it IS on the right setting? Only to have to crank up the settings, knowing they’re on longer than necessary and you’re dreading the utility bills? Energy saving and efficiency is one of the big topics of our time, and we have some quick and easy ways to save your time and money. Whether your goal is to keep heat in or out, here are some of our favorite ways to insulate without replacing your doors or windows.

First things first...

Check the casing. Especially on older windows and doors, the casing may need a quick little pick-me-up by caulking inside and outside for any air leaks. This is a fairly quick and easy task, and can make a big difference in temperature leaks. Once you’ve insured the windows and doors are secured without gaps, you can move on to the more creative and effective energy saving insulation options !

Here’s Some Options... 

Cellular Shades

Cellular Shades, with their folds of fabric with a pillowy look, create multiple air pockets, having the effect of a fluffy down comforter over a window, helping to effectively insulate by themselves or layered with other treatments. They come in all window shapes and sizes, with various light control levels to create the perfect setting. 

Drapery Insulation

Drapes come in all different fabrics and lengths. In the colder months, heavier drapes such as velvet, are a great option for locking in heat and creating a cozy atmosphere. Budget Blinds has a wide selection of custom drapes that compliment energy saving techniques, helping you save money and energy on your monthly bills. For modern looking drapes, you can add the motorized effect and easily let in natural light during the daytime, and securing your temperature by the press of a button once the sun goes down. You can also layer treatments by combining approaches. For example, adding a Drapery Panel to your Cellular Shades, which adds an additional layer of insulation.

Have you ever seen someone put down a towel or a blanket in front of a door to either stop cold air or smoke from coming into a room? That’s because it works! You can actually buy door draft stoppers that are made exactly for that purpose. They come in all colors and patterns, and you just lay them on the inside of each outside entrance door to close off any gaps underneath and keep what you want INSIDE and what you don’t want OUTSIDE.

Draft Stopper

In the really cold months, insulation window film is an option. The only hitch is that your window will not be clear with this thin film over top of it, so you may want to reserve these for basement or attic windows if the look bothers you. These will effectively save energy in the more extreme scenarios.In the really cold months, insulation window film is an option. The only hitch is that your window will not be clear with this thin film over top of it, so you may want to reserve these for basement or attic windows if the look bothers you. These will effectively save energy in the more extreme scenarios.  

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that appropriately installed window treatments can cut heat loss by at much as 25%. The importance of Expert Measuring makes all the difference. Professional measuring and installation can be your FIRST line of defense in making your window coverings more energy efficient. Not only will we guarantee precise measurements, but we will consult on the best looking window energy saving treatments for your home, keeping you loving the atmosphere and saving energy and costs at the same time.   

Quick And Easy Tips to Modernize Your Home

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Tips To Modernize Home

Styles are always changing. Fads come and go as the culture constantly shifts and evolves. Maybe you found your dream home 5, 10, even 20 years ago -- but have noticed it hasn’t quite kept up with the times. You don’t need to find an entire new home. Instead you can spruce up your space to bring your past dreams into current reality. We have some quick and easy tips on how to transform and modernize your home.


Wall Color

A decade ago, bright, bold painted walls were the fresh new look. Bright yellow kitchens, red dining rooms, green living rooms - setting the whole house apart in a colorful theme. But times have changed -- neutral is the way to go. To have a fast, huge change to your environment, change your bold, bright colors to cool tones such as gray, light blue, or soft mint. Neutral colors cause small spaces to feel larger, as well as add brightness with natural light.


Wood Floors

To go with the new walls, replace tiled floors with dark or gray wood. Both look sleek and modern with cool toned walls, and have an airy, open feel to the entire room.


Update Fixtures

Many past homes were accessorized with brass or mismatched fixtures. Change door knobs, faucets, large brass light fixtures (i.e. over dining room table) for a brushed nickel, stainless steel, or oil rubbed bronze fixtures. Whichever you choose, have them all match. Decorate the room with some Faux Iron to play off of the fixtures coordinate with the new style.



It’s amazing how a window can change an entire room. You have the window frame, the color, the shades, the draperies -- which by themselves are hundreds of options. Thankfully, that’s where we come in. Not only can we give advice on the rest of the changes you want to make during your Free Consult, with our experienced eye for design -- we can show you how choosing the exact eco friendly window accessories for your home will alter the entire vibe of a room.

For example, a great change is ditching the mini blinds which are easily damaged and cause weird shadows around the room, and replacing them with one of our over 260 modern Custom Shades, which harness natural light. These include Sheer Shades, Motorized Shades, Solar Shades, etc with over 80 original print patterns.

Or you could drastically change a room with cool tones and Wood Blinds, setting off that wood floor for a modern trendy look with sharp edges.

You don’t have to feel stuck in the past. You don’t have to move. You can actually “eat your cake and have it too” by staying where you are, where you love, and updating your home to fall even more in love again. 

Your Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist

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Stop for a moment. Walk over and open up your window. Take a deep breath in. Smell that? It’s the incredible smell of another beautiful Pacific Northwest fall starting to set in. Soon the trees will start changing colors, we’ll be eating pumpkin flavored everything, and swapping out tank tops for turtlenecks.

Fall isn’t just great for campfires and long walks in the glorious Snohomish county woods; fall is also a good time to do a little home maintenance in preparation for winter. The best way to protect your home from damaging PNW winter weather is by properly preparing for the coming winter months. These guidelines will help you make sure all of your bases are covered so you can sit back and enjoy the cooler fall and winter months, worry-free.

PNW Fall Home

Show Trees and Shrubs Some Love  

Everyone knows that trees do that hibernation thing in the colder months. If you have trees on your property, this is a good time to have a tree specialist come out and take a look; kind of like an annual check up at the doctor’s office. Tree specialists can tell you if your trees are diseased in any way or simply if they need a little trimming before the cold sets in. One thing PNW residents are sometimes concerned with is powerful winter winds blowing dead branches out of trees and possibly damaging property or other trees. Your tree specialist will advise you on which branches look to cause the most risk and even suggest entire trees be taken down if they are unhealthy or unstable. It’s great to get this work done now so when spring comes your trees are ready to bud and blossom!

Pull Out the Rake

This is a great way to get the kids involved in fall clean-up. You’re going to want to take some time to get the leaves raked off of your lawn before winter sets in. Although they look pretty, having a thick covering of leaves over your grass can damage the grass and make it look less than healthy in the spring. Again, do the prep work now so that in the spring your yard will look brand new and fabulous. One thing to remember: never leave piles of leaves sit on your lawn for an extended period of time. This will kill the grass underneath. Instead, bag your leaves or dispose of them according to your city’s vegetation disposal guidelines.

 Rake Leaves

Time to Gut the Gutters

We know, this job can be incredibly gross and disgusting and no one ever wants to do it, however, this is one of the most important fall maintenance steps you can take to properly prepare your home for the winter months. Taking the time to clean pine needles and leaves out of your gutters and downspouts will help keep them clear of debris and can also help prevent damage to your roof.

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Check for Gaps Around Windows and Doors

As the weather gets colder outside, critters and creatures are going to be looking for a warm place to lay their little heads for the winter. You don’t want your home to be that warm, cozy place. It’s a good idea to check for gaps or small holes where mice, squirrels, or chipmunks can burrow into your home or possibly even store their winter food stash. Patch any holes you find with spray foam, caulk, or if it’s a larger hole you may need to use small pieces of wood. We all love our woodland creatures, but they need to stay outside.

Drapes and Curtains Winter Months

Assess Drafts Around Doors and Windows

There’s nothing worse than sitting down for a cozy fall afternoon and feeling a draft hit the back of your neck. Drafts around windows and doors are not only annoying, they can also cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Check around the doors of your home to see if you can feel a draft. If so, you may want to replace the seals around the door. You can purchase adhesive sealing strips at your local DIY store. You could also place a blanket or heavy towel at the base of your door to prevent drafts. If you notice drafts coming through your windows, you may want to consider replacing your traditional window treatments with ones made from heavier fabric. These winter-type window treatments are not only a beautiful addition to your fall decor, they also work as an excellent insulator to help keep your energy bills down.

We hope these guidelines will help you properly prepare your home for the winter months. Now that the work is done, it’s time to sit back and relax with a warm cup to cider and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Happy Fall!

The History Of Curtains And Drapes

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1950s Curtains

It seems everything has a past; curtains are no exception. While the history of curtains may not be quite as interesting or as colorful as, say, a celebrity’s past, it certainly does shine an interesting light on why curtains are not only functional but a must-have decor items as well. 

You may know several people who insist they have no need for curtains. They may argue that curtains are more trouble than they are worth, are hard to keep clean, that it’s difficult to find curtains that aren’t completely hideous, or that they are simply unnecessary. These are not the kind of people you need in your life. On a serious note, we’re going to walk you through some of the most interesting parts of the history of curtains and we guarantee you will finish this article with a new appreciation for this seemingly simple yet intriguing invention.

As with just about anything in life, curtains came about due to a functional necessity. Back in the days before central heating and cooling, people lived in homes that weren’t very well built. The windows and doors were quite drafty and allowed freezing winds to blow through. Homeowners started hanging large pieces of heavy fabric in front of the windows to keep out the draft, and the curtain was born.

History states that the earliest curtains were actually made from animal hides. Once the trend caught on, people started looking for ways to make these draft-stoppers fashionable. Along came the advancements in textile production and a new generation of fabrics took center stage. Linens and flax were first developed in Egypt. Later, wool, silk, and cotton were woven into fabrics that would change the course of clothing and drapery forever.

Bedroom Of Queen Charlotte Drapery

Imagine, if you will, early England. Castles there were known to be cold, dark, damp places and with the dawn of curtains early people had a choice to make. They could either hang their heavy curtains and tapestries over the windows and doors to keep out the drafts or they could keep the window clear of curtains in order to let the natural light flow through the room. Even with the large fireplaces burning for warmth, many opted to keep their curtains closed, making rooms exceedingly dark even during daylight hours. You can imagine how thrilled people were when, in the early 13th century, the Italians succeeded in creating glass, and thus, the modern-day window came into being. No longer did people have to choose between keeping drafts out or letting sunlight in. They could finally have the best of both worlds. 

When we look back through the history of curtains, we see that Asian cultures were using fabrics and tapestries to cover windows and doors long before the trend caught on in Europe. Persians, Indians, and the Chinese even used curtains as dividers to separate rooms. The elite hung curtains made from the finest fabrics around their beds for added privacy and luxury. Curtains, it seemed, had graduated from being simply functional to functional and stylish.

1800s Drapery

The late 1800’s brought about mechanization and mass production of clothing, bedding and linens making these items more affordable for the average citizen to purchase. Curtains were no longer only for the elite, but could also be incorporated into even the most modest of homes. Soon textile production experts began to experiment with the creation of different weights and designs of fabrics. We see the birth of sheer fabrics come about after 1850 along with other fabrics resembling our modern-day lace or netting. Curtains became fancier and more elaborate as people used design and fabric choice to separate the upper class from the middle class. Vibrant colors and trimmings also became an essential part of curtain design and development.

By the 1950’s every home in America was adorned with just the right curtains hanging in the windows of each and every room. We see a somewhat simpler design than those historians describe in early English castles, as the 50’s and 60’s were remembered as a “less is more” time period. Curtains were most always kept to a simple panel; functional, simple and tidy. It is later that we see more billowy, ruffled curtains become popular.

Today we see curtains as a way to express our individuality and design tastes. We wouldn’t think about leaving a window naked or undressed, as we value our privacy but also like to remain environmentally conscious. Using curtains for functional purposes helps us use natural lighting rather than having to use electricity. Using curtains for design purposes is just plain fun and helps to create a feeling of comfort to a home.

Curtains have quite the history, wouldn’t you agree? Who would have thought that an idea as simple as hanging fabric would have such an impact on how we function in our daily lives? Think about it; what would you do without the curtains hanging in your home right now? Would you feel vulnerable having your windows wide open to the public? Would you notice a change in your emotional state sitting in a room where you once felt comfortable and cozy, but now with the absence of curtains, the room just doesn’t have the same feel? We bet you’ll never look at another curtain quite the same ever again. We know we won’t.

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Create Drama, Function and Beauty With Luxuriously Draped Fabric

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Remember the good old days when you would go over to Grandma’s house and everywhere you look you would see one of two things going on. Either her window treatments were loud and gaudy and horrid or they were plain white as the driven snow. There was no in-between.

Thank goodness window treatments have come a long way since then. Today, window treatments say as much about your personality and the vibe you want to create as your hairstyle or the clothes you wear. Choosing window treatments has become just as important as choosing furniture or major appliances.

This being said, it’s also important to note that back in Grandma’s day she also had maybe two fabric choices. Wealthy people chose one and middle class chose the other. That was pretty much it. Today, not only do we have various affordable styles for everyone to choose from but advancements in the textile industry have given way to new fabric blends and materials that Grandma never could have dreamed up. It’s a great time to be alive, folks!

Outside Drapes

The textile manufacturers aren’t the only ones having fun creating new fabrics for window treatments; interior decorators have also been busy finding unique ways to incorporate what was traditionally reserved for windows into other parts of the home. This article will focus on how you can add depth, beauty, and function to your home with fabulously draped fabrics.

Living in the North West, particularly Snohomish County, we experience pretty much every type of weather imaginable. From the bright sunshine of summer to the rain and sometimes snow in the winter, it’s important to be able to control how the outside elements affect the inside of your home. Too much sun coming through the windows can overheat your home while the cold winds of winter can add a chill to the air. Fabrics draped in the right way in just the right space can help alleviate these issues while making your home look chic and incredible.

If you have a deck and love spending a little time in the natural surroundings that Washington state have to offer, consider choosing an outdoor-friendly fabric and adding drapes to a portion of your deck. If you choose a heavier fabric, these drapes would be perfect for blocking chilly winds, keeping your favorite nook cozy and warm. Drapes used in this way also add a personal touch to a part of the house that can sometimes be forgotten when it comes to decor.

The great thing about drapes is that there are so many different styles and fabrics to choose from. Take the same deck we mentioned earlier, only change the drapes out to something a little lighter like a gauze-type fabric. Now you have an area that is perfect for entertaining in the summer time. The lighter fabric helps keep pesky insects from invading but allows a gentle breeze through to cool your guests. If you wanted to go all out, add a few strings of white lights around the top of your deck for a little glitz and glamour.

Bedroom Drapes

Moving from the deck to the bedroom, drapes can be used to add life to an otherwise ordinary sleeping space as well. Not a big fan of headboards? Try draping fabric on the wall over the head of your bed to create the feeling of having a headboard without the commitment. Choose colored fabric that compliments your bedspread. This fabric can also be quickly and easily changed out for special occasions such as holidays or if you’re just ready for a new look. Store old drapes away for use in another room at a later date. 

Do you have a nook or small area in your home where you would love to have just a bit more privacy? Why not add drapes? Drapes can be attached to the wall or ceiling surrounding the nook and allowed to hang freely or be tied back when not in use. Again, this makes for a lovely look either way without too much commitment on your part. Remember, drapes can be easily changed out to suit your changing decor.

Corner Drapes

As you can tell, drapes are not just for windows anymore. These are just a few of the many ways you can incorporate drapes into your home or porch area and add beauty and drama to any space. For all of your drapery needs, whether for windows or otherwise, visit Budget Blinds of Snohomish County. We’ll show you our wide variety of drapery and curtain options and discuss the best uses for all of our products. You’re guaranteed to walk away with just what you need at just the right price every time.

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