How to Move towards a Zero-Energy Home

A zero-energy home is one that produces as much energy as it uses. Although going zero energy requires a good deal of effort and planning, it is something that can be accomplished by anyone:

Most low-flow showerheads and faucets aerate water, which means you use less energy heating it. There is often no need to replace

By |April 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Window Weather Stripping to Lower Your Heating Bills

All those leaky spots around windows are notoriously big problems in locations with cold winters and humid summers, and they can lead to bigger problems. Even before adding insulation to your house, the most important step in making your house more comfortable is controlling air movement. The principle is pretty simple: plug up the holes

By |April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Useful Concepts you need to know about Drapery Rods and Accessories

“Center support.” To cover any lengthy window span, you need a functional support to hold the bar up against gravity and prevent the drapery rod from bowing.
“Drapery arms.” Very short segments of drapery rods that flank a window (rather than span it) are called drapery arms. They’re often used when the draperies are stationary and

By |April 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Low-Cost Ways to Insulate Windows

Weatherstripping and caulking. The first step in getting the most out of your current windows and doors is to plug any air leaks. Caulk inside and outside your window casing and use weatherstripping in the sash.
Heavier curtains. Switching out lighter summer curtains for heavier drapes in the winter is a smart idea.
Cellular shades. Also known

By |April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How to Choose the Right Window Blinds

Blinds are wonderfully adjustable; the slats are able to stay tightly closed for privacy and light control, or tilt open to allow just the amount of light you choose. When they are pulled up and stacked at the top of the window, they leave an unobstructed view.

Blinds generally come in one of three standard sizes:

By |March 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Ideas for Shades That Add Style to a Room

Nonfunctioning, or “faux,” shades are perfect for those who want a pop of color in the window, but who don’t need the functionality of a shade that fully extends. As a bonus, they can offer a transitional alternative to valances and cornices.
Top-down, bottom-up shades allow the homeowner to shut out glare without blocking all the

By |March 18th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How to Pick the perfect Roman Shade for your Home

If drapes are too fussy and blinds are too cold, roman shades offer a classy alternative that warm up windows, while providing privacy. In their most basic form, roman shades are just fabric window covering panels that can be raised or lowered with the help of a cord system and rings sewn onto the back

By |March 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Ideas for Window Shades

The roller shade is still a good option. At its most basic, the material is wound around a wooden dowel and is spring loaded for pulling up and down. Roller shades can be a simple addition behind draperies, adding not only privacy but also another layer of style to your windows.
Roman shades are a bit

By |March 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

What is the Right Way to Hang Roller Shades?

Over or under? It depends on how you want your shades to look, how much light you want to block and other factors:

The most common option is the standard roll, in which the fabric rolls back, close to the window glass. Having it as close to the glass as possible blocks the most amount of

By |February 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Ideas for Contemporary Takes on Classic Window Treatments

Innovations in materials and energy efficiency that lend practicality and a modern aesthetic. Ambience sheers that offer a choice of room-darkening and light-filtering liners are making a big comeback as people rediscover their virtuous simplicity and versatility.
Motorized window treatments for both interior and exterior use are a must-have in today’s smart homes.
As time-saving automation becomes

By |February 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments