Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hurricane-Proof Homes

To commemorate the pending natural disasters this week (First an earthquake, now a hurricane?! What’s next, east coast?!), here are a couple delicately- constructed homes designed to withstand mother nature’s fiercest battles:

Source: buildingstudio
Source: Make it Right N.O.L.A.
Source: Dome of a Home

Although it’s unclear at this point how hard New York will be hit, it’s better to be overprepared than under, so be sure to stock up on vitals like water, candles and batteries. (Remember, most of us have at some point and time spent plenty of hours unplugged. Imagine how the younger generations will survive if we lose power!)

If  Hurricane Irene does become serious enough of a threat, protecting your windows and glass exterior is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your house will still be livable if we experience the worst. Once a window is broken, the wind blows rain and broken glass inside, completely wrecking the interior.

Although this is only upon expecting the absolute worse, it’s still valuable information to know just in case. When protecting your windows, don’t waste time with tape. It might keep glass from going everywhere if a large object flies through your window, but using storm shutters or plywood is worth much more in the end.

 

Hopefully, this will all be just F.Y.I., but keep track of the storm here, just in case! Stay dry, everyone!

The Future for Somfy

Professionals can expect big changes from Somfy this September. The leading home automation company is creating a useful reference website, SomfyPro, which will be filled with tools and applications for successful installation. The new site will replace the current Professionals tab on Somfy’s regular website.

Here's a screenshot of the current site for Professionals

What kind of things can you anticipate from SomfyPro? The latest news on products, and special events such as in-person training sessions or online webinars. There will also be a section dedicated to tech support: user-friendly instructions, how-to videos, FAQ’s and easy-to-read spec sheets.

 

A preview of the upcoming SomfyPro website

To add to your business, SomfyPro will also provide Marketing tools. Learn how they can help the value of your business grow.

New Kid-Safe Products from RollEase

Horizon Window Treatments, RollEase, Hardware, Kid Safety, Roller Shades, Ball Chain,

 
RollEase, our trusted hardware provider at Horizon, has a new product that’s compliant with the recommended WCMA safety standards.

RollEase, Window Treatments, Hardware, Kid Safety, Roller Shades, Anchor, Ball Chain

 

SafetyHold2 consists of two clear anchors at the top and bottom of the window that stablizes the bead chain when mounted to the wall. Children and pets are kept safer at home without the hazardous dangling cords.

 

Bathroom Break

It is your sanctuary- for such a small (or not-so-small) space, the bathroom is one of the most private places in the home, and the most utilized.  Spa-like, and also known as the “rest room”, it should be open, clean, and welcoming. Common looks for the bathroom are contemporary, natural, luxurious and traditional.

Custom sheer roman shade in bathroom

Smaller spaces can be overlooked, so it’s easy to forget about little details like window treatments in the bathroom. That is, until you realize your neighbors can see everything. It’s no secret that the primary purpose of window treatments is for privacy. But here are some inspiring bathrooms that are stylish too:

Relaxed roman shade in bathroom

 

Solar shades in bath

 

 

draperies, bathrooms, window treatments
Source: Architectural Digest

 

blinds, shades, bathrooms, window treatments
Source: Apartment Therapy

 

Do you have a bathroom you’re just dying to show off? Send it to us here!

Back-bending Arches!

Arches, Interior Design, Inspiration
Source: The Snail and the Cyclops

 

Arches, Interior Design, Lighting
Source: weddingplans

I was inspired by these two photos, and how arches in the home can simultaneously add drama and soften a room. They also create a gorgeous focal point.

Arched Windows, Arch, Curtains, Interior Design
Source: Exciting Windows

 

The arch has been found in many different cultures, dating as early as Mesopotamia. The Egyptians used it in tombs and vaults and the Greeks used in for practical construction purposes

These uniquely shaped windows decorate your home, but they can be difficult to dress. Shades, shutters, curtains or blinds can enhance the shape, depending on your personal style.

Here are some inspiring solutions to your arches:

Arches, Window Treatment, Foyer
Source: Allshutter

 

Source: Summerour Architects

 

Arch, Curtains, Draperies, Interior Design, Windows
Source: House Beautiful

 

Arch, Valances, Windows, Interior Design
Source: Better Homes and Gardens