Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sell This House Extreme

3 Day Blinds on Sell This House: Extreme


Sell This House Extreme

3 Day Blinds is thrilled to be featured in the season of A&E’s long running hit series Sell This House: Extreme. Tune in for this seasons premier this Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10a/9c. Be sure to check out our Design Consultants, Helane Kramer and Jennifer Yun as they work side by side with host Tanya Memme, construction expert Charlie Frattini and designer Daniel Kucan in tackling these desperate homes.

Design Consultant Jennifer Yun describes working with the Sell This House Extreme team to be “an absolute joy, immediately I felt like we were family.” Jennifer felt the Sell This House Extreme team matched up with the 3 Day Blinds team perfectly, as they shared design tips and expertise.

A few more members that helped make this transformation come to life were 3 Day Blinds Authorized Installers, Jason Hendricks and Chris Barth and their installation team Carlos Ruiz, Gary Taylor and McKade Greer.

3 Day Blinds and Sell This House Extreme Cast

Pictured: Host: Tanya Memme, Design Consultant: Jennifer Yun

Jennifer describes her experience walking up to one of the desperate homes as, “whoa, this clearly needs a lot of work.” Reflecting on the results of the renovation Jennifer states, “I was absolutely mesmerized, you would never think that anyone could make that kind of transformation to a home in such a short time.”

What role did 3 Day Blinds have in transforming these homes into highly desired properties? Well of course, beautiful window treatments, but the creative cast were able to use 3 Day Blinds products to furnish the home in ways you wouldn’t imagine. When Jennifer watched Daniel Kucan decorating process unfold she thought, “this house looks crazy, how in the world is he going to make this all come together? And in the end he would surprise me every time and the home would look fantastic.”

With pressing deadlines unpredictable renovation complications one can never know what to expect on this seasons Sell This House Extreme episodes. Design Consultant Jennifer says you can expect one thing for sure, “a finished home that not only functionally is better to live in but aesthetically fabulous.”

3 Day Blinds is excited to be a part of the amazing transformations that take place on Sell This House Extreme, be sure to tune in Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10a/9c and watch the magic unfold


Terrarium Trend

Do you desire a home with beautiful plants inside but can’t seem to find the time to maintain them, have you tried a terrarium? Well, one of the most popular garden trends of the season are terrariums. Terrariums are the perfect complement to any room in a home and they are so great because they can be inexpensive, easy to build and maintain. Here are a few terrariums that have inspired many looking for that dash of greenery in or outside the home.


Photograph credit: Drew Kelly for The New York Times

Terrarium Table Top:

Who wouldn’t want one of these gardens-under-glass sitting on top of their desk or coffee table? A couple of glass containers, soil, a few small house plants and you’ve got yourself an adorable table top decoration.

terrarium kit

Photograph by: Amanda Wright from Wit & Whistle 

DIY Terrarium Kit:

This would make an amazing affordable gift, and even a adorable party or wedding favor. This DIY kit would include a mason jar full of rocks, and a small card with instructions. The recipient would just need to add spoil and a few plants!

Terrarium Hung

Photograph by: Amanda Wright from Wit & Whistle

Hanging Terrarium:

This handing terrarium teardrop would look great mounted within a windowsill or hung anywhere in your home. A unique glass canister filled with a few small plants transforms these everyday items into an eye- catching piece of art.

Terrarium Greenhouse

Photography by: Country Living

DIY Terrarium Greenhouse:

Give your plants a place to call home while decorating yours!  All you’ll need is a few picture frames, hot glue and some white paint and you can create a mini greenhouse for your ferns, orchids and other small plants. The only thing this home needs is a few blinds and shades to give these plants a little more privacy!

Whether you’re hoping to decorate your home or use terrariums as party favors, I hope these ideas inspire you to bring these gardening trends into your home.

white woven woods

Houzz-Dream Kitchen

Photograph by Katrina Mojzesz

Photograph by Katrina Mojzesz

There are so many appealing elements in this kitchen it’s almost impossible to pick just a few.

To start off, there is nothing more attractive then a white kitchen. This space looks so clean, bright, and cheery. On the other hand, what makes this kitchen feel warm and inviting is the rich cedar flooring. Pairing a white and cedar gives this room a wonderful balance and is truly eye catching.

The next element of this room that is particularly desired in any kitchen is, that is multifunctional- both a kitchen and dining area.  In a shared room like this, many people struggle deciding how much space to designate to a dining area and how much should be for the kitchen. This kitchen designates about 70% to the kitchen and 30% to the dining area. You know what that means, cooking heaven. There is so much counter space in this kitchen and yet the dining area doesn’t feel crammed.

white woven woods

Last but certainly not least, what really polishes off this rooms look are the bay windows. For some people this style of windows are too traditional. To update this look I would add woven wood shades- cape cod whitewash. That way the natural sunlight can still stream in but the room appears to have a more polished and finished look.

For more kitchen inspiration and design ideas check out our Houzz page: .

Photograph by Luxesource

Inspiring Dinner Parties

While dinner parties are a time to dine over good food, good drinks and good company, some people find hosting them to be a daunting task. Many hosts are overwhelmend by the process and think, where do I even begin! All these hosts need is a little inspiration to get their creative minds flowing. Whether your party will be inside or outside, small or large, these ideas can be just the spark to helping you plan your dream dinner party.

Garden Dinner Party

Photography by Philippe Cheng

 Garden– Having a dinner inside but still wanting to embrace the Spring time? Bring the outside in! This elaborate garden table setting is phenomenal. Moss and other shrubs are the base this centerpiece, and meshed in are wild flowers, leaves and tea candles. Nothing says spring more like light pinks and warm greens.

Photograph by The Decorista

Photograph by The Decorista

Glam– This dinner party look takes the term black tie quite literally. Napkins folded into bowties, paired with black metallic place settings makes this table simply glamorous. The gold silverware and textured balls are the perfect pop of color that complete this classy look.

Photograph by Real Simple

Photograph by Real Simple

Recycle- These chalkboard place mats are so fun, easy and reusable. Guests of all ages will love this and be entertained with a game of tick-tack-toe or hangman.

Photography from Pinterest

Photography from Pinterest

Outdoor- With the sun staying out longer and temperatures warming up outdoor dinner parties are the way to go. This centerpiece is so easy yet magical. Start with a few large candles and sprinkle vases of wild flowers about the table and you can’t mess this look up. Outdoor dinner parties are supposed to be eclectic and give you the rustic feel.

Photograph by Luxesource

Photograph by Luxesource

Bold- If you love fun colors and patterns and want to make a lasting impression on your guests, this is the look for you. A simple burlap tablecloth with a neutral flower arrangement is all you need if you have dishes that are this fun and exciting. Your guests will be so delighted by this look they won’t even notice the casserole you burnt– just a little.

Hopefully these ideas have left you inspired to create your dream dinner party.  For more dinner party ideas check out our Pinterest page:

Cellular Shades- room darkening

Room Darkening Shades

cellular blinds_bedroomGet Some Sleep With Room Darkening Shades | 3 Day Blinds

For many people, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of the sun on your skin. But, let’s face it – sometimes, sunlight is an unwelcome intruder.

Is the sunshine waking you up (or your kids, who then wake you up) too early on Saturdays? Is the sun’s glare on your new television screen interfering with your enjoyment of your favorite movies? Maybe the sunlight in your office is making it hard to see your computer screen?

If you answered, “yes” to any of those questions, then it sounds like it’s time for room darkening shades. When you want to darken a room, room darkening shades are the perfect solution.

Your Bedroom Is Your Refuge

When you have worked hard all week, or maybe stayed out celebrating the arrival weekend a little too late, the last thing you want is to be rousted from dreamland before you are ready. As soon as sunlight hits your eyelids, your brain starts getting the message: “Wake up, it’s morning!”

Cellular/ Honeycomb shades block out the sunlight so you don’t have to rise from slumber until you are good and ready.  Also some room darkening shades filter out more noise than other types of window treatments, so outside noises stay outside, instead of ruining pleasant dreams.  

Not only that, but they also provide excellent privacy, so you can be yourself, without having to worry about whether or not the neighbors might happen to be looking at your bedroom window.

Keep the Kids Comfy With Room Darkening Shades

Don’t forget about the kids. Room darkening shades make a great window treatment for children’s bedrooms, too. They work well for filtering out intrusive artificial light and sunlight, and help to ensure that your children get adequate sleep.

They are also an excellent choice for the baby’s nursery. Babies tend to have their own ideas about when it’s time to sleep, and when it’s not. Getting cellular shades for the baby’s room can help tired new parents have more influence over their baby’s sleep schedule.

Save on Energy Costs

Room darkening shades are ideal for keeping sunlight under control, and they can also help to make a home more energy efficient. In fact, they are one of the simplest, cost-effective ways to reduce both heating and cooling costs.

During the winter, the room darkening fabric and cellular design of the shades acts like a blanket for windows, keeping warm air in while keeping drafts out. During warmer months, they reduce the amount of the sun’s thermal energy coming into the home.

Plenty of Options with Room Darkening Shades

Room Darkening shades are available in many styles and configurations. They pair well with our custom drapery panels and curtains, as the combination eliminates light seepage from the edges of the shades. And of course, the right combination can really increase a room’s “wow” factor.

For those who want the light filtering capability of a blackout shade, but prefer a different style of window treatment, we offer Room Darkening in other products as well (Pleated Shades, Horizontal Sheer Shades, FlexCell Blinds, Roman Shades, Soft Roman Shades, Simply Sheer & Woven Wood Shades. All of which are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.  These options can also be quite effective in controlling the amount of light coming into a home or office.