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Home Staging Curb Appeal

Home Staging Tips| 3 Day Blinds

Check out the top 10 tips for staging your home to sell. From getting rid of clutter, to perfecting your curb appeal, these easy tips will be sure to prepare your home for the competitive real estate market.

Home Staging Clutter Free

Source: Design to Appeal

Get Rid of Clutter

Pick one room or area and evaluate items worth keeping and get rid of those that aren’t. Your home will appear larger and buyers will be able to assess your home rather than your décor preference.

Home Staging Clean

Source: Clorox


Potential buyers will inspect everything in your home, an inexpensive way to prepare your home for the market is to clean- carpets, counters and even ceilings.


stainless dishwasher

Source: Coordinately Yours

Stainless- Steel Appliances

Rather than going out and purchasing a new dishwasher, here is a low- cost way to refurbish an old. Apply a stainless- steel stick-on covering for just $20 and your old dishwasher instantly becomes a modern appliance.

Home Stage Neutral Paint

Source:Jeff Herr Home Design

Paint with Neutrals

First; remove all wallpaper, buyer’s associate wallpaper with being outdated.  Next, add a fresh coat of paint, be sure to use neutral colors which are most attractive to potential buyers.

Home Staging Curb Appeal

Source: Inspiration

Curb Appeal

Having a positive curb appeal will be sure to get buyers interested on what‘s inside. Cut back any overgrown bushes or trees, and keep your lawn and garden well groomed to give off a good first impression.

Home Stage 3 Day Blinds

Source: 3 Day Blinds

Replace Window Treatments

Potential buyers are attracted to homes with lots of natural sunlight. Upgrade to new window treatments that filter sunlight into the space. For rooms with high sun exposure, consider treatments that prevent glare or secure privacy.


Home Stage Group Furniture

Source: Hendel Homes

Grouping Furniture

Contrary to common belief, furniture should be freestanding away from walls. Grouping furniture this way makes the room appear larger and is actually more user friendly.

Home Stage Furnish Room

Source: Grandview

Don’t Leave a Room Empty

Having rooms furnished is important so that potential buyers can visualize themselves living in the home.

Home Stage DIY

Source: DIY and Show

Repurpose Your Resources

Salvage old materials and use them to create new household items. There are tons of DIY projects that can help you save money and polish off your homes look.

Home Stage Fresh Flowers

Source: Elizabeth Metcalfe Interiors & Design Inc.

Fresh Flowers

Catch interested buyer’s eyes with a vase of fresh flowers. You can also use potted flowering plants that are in season for a low-cost solution.

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Sell This House Extreme: 3 Day Blinds- Atlanta

For almost a decade, Sell This House Extreme has been helping homeowners sell their desperate homes, and 3 Day Blinds is proud to be a part of this process. Keith and Leigh have a small family home in Atlanta, Georgia and were forced to take out a reverse mortgage on their home in order to pay for their mother’s 24- hour care. In order to pay off their mortgage they need to sell their home fast, but buyers aren’t interested in their home that hasn’t been updated for over 50 years. Thankfully, the Sell This House Extreme cast is up for the job and has big plans to bring this dated home into the 21st century.

Sell This House Extreme Kitchen BeforeSell This House Extreme: Kitchen- Before

This kitchen appears to have had an installation mishap, instead of a dishwasher a washing machine was installed! Unfortunately, this is no mistake, Keith and Leigh’s home had no place for a washer and dryer so the washer ended up in the kitchen and the dryer was a permanent fixture in Leigh’s room. That is not the only thing wrong with this kitchen, it is so small and outdated no one would want to buy a house with a kitchen in this state. Not to mention the unattractive bright orange window treatments yellow daisies, yuck.

Sell This House Extreme kitchen after

Sell This House Extreme KitchenSell This House Extreme: Kitchen- After

Designer Daniel Kucan’s inspiration for this home was to keep its quaint charm without looking old fashion. The renovated kitchen definitely achieves a charming look, the all-white counter tops and cabinets, paired with the dark blue tiled wall looks amazing. To complement the freshly painted, muted green walls, 3 Day Blinds has provided a Soft Roman Shade in Jasmine Palm. While you can no longer wash your clothes in the same room you cook dinner in, this kitchen has been completely transformed into a functional and attractive space.

Sell This House Extreme Dining Room BeforeSell This House Extreme: Dining Room- Before

You are probably thinking- wait this isn’t a dining room. Well, you are correct, this was Leigh’s bedroom when she was young, complete with a dryer.  Designer Daniel Kucan instructed builder Charlie Frattini demolish the wall between the kitchen and Leigh’s old bed room, to create a fluid kitchen and dining room.

Sell This House Extreme After- Dining roomSell This House Extreme: Dining Room- After

Daniel’s open floor plan includes French doors that bring natural sun light into this home and opens the space up. With the addition of newly tiled floors, fresh paint on the walls, and a few new chairs this room looks phenomenal.

Sell This House Extreme BeforeSell This House Extreme: Living Room- Before

After walking into this room one potential buyer stated, they “felt like they were in jail in this room.”  Another buyer followed that comment up saying they, “feel like this house should be haunted.” Yikes, Keith and Leigh are not giving buyers the right first impression when they enter their home.

Sell This House Extreme Living Room After

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Sell This House Extreme: Living Room- After 

Designer Daniel Kucan chose to go with light yellow walls to create a warm and cheery look in this room. 3 Day Blinds, Woven Wood Shades in Nassau Nutmeg were selected because they play up the rich wood tones of the floor. Complementing these shades are Marquee Stripe- Linen, custom 3 Day Blinds Draperies.  Buyers originally complained the house felt old fashion the moment you opened the door, they hated the featureless depressing white wall and old- lady furniture in the living room. To make this room charming without being old fashion, Daniel purchased some classic style furniture mixing it in with modern items.

Originally, host Tanya Memme had appraised Keith and Leigh’s home to be 50,000$ less than their asking price of $250,000 but with the hard work of the Sell This House Extreme team this Atlanta home is now worth at least  $240,000.

Be sure to tune in and watch 3 Day Blinds on an all new episode of Sell This House Extreme, in Tucker, Georgia on this Saturday, May 18th 10a/9C.

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Tips to Organizing Your Bedroom

Tips to Organizing Your Bedroom:

If you are a person, (which I know none of you are)… who walks into their bedroom and becomes instantly stressed out at the sight of: shoes sprawled across the floor, dishes on every table top, and forget about the bed because it is completely covered in clothes! This blog post is dedicated to you, and will educate you on quick, and easy tips to help keep your bedroom organized.

Organize Your Closet

Source: (Closet): Spearmint Baby (Swatches): 3 Day Blinds

Organize Your Clothes

Step one, is to take the doors off your closet. Yes, that is correct remove the doors. I empathize with your hesitance and complete confusion as to why one would do this, but from experience this works! Taking off closet doors prompts you to keep your closet organized. No more shoving clothes into your closet and shutting the door, now the empty hangers will be literally staring at you. If no doors is too drastic for you, add drapes on the sides of the closet. This will warm up your rooms look too. While this image is of a baby’s room, the concept is still the same for any room. Above are three of my favorite 3 Day Blind’s Drapery fabrics-Andes Cement,Savannah PaprikaMadagascar River, would make amazing closet curtains.

organize jewelry

Source: Obaz

Organize Jewelry

Over the years, I have tried many, many different ways to store my jewelry. I’ve used the hanging rack with pockets for jewelry pieces that can be stored in your closet, I’ve used a traditional jewelry box and used a jewelry drawer sorter. The problem with all of these was that I would forget what jewelry I had because I it wasn’t ever visible. To be honest, I would see these cool, tree- like jewelry stands and always admired their look but questioned if they were functional. I imagined myself knocking the fixture over, or items slipping off and getting lost. Turns out that is not the case at all, the likeliness of knocking it over is about as likely as knocker over a lamp, and I haven’t ever had an issue with items falling off. The best part about this jewelry stand is that I can see all my jewelry, so I actually wear all of my pieces!

Organize Boots

Source: The Container Store

Organize and Store Boots

Similar to my jewelry storage issue, I have struggled in the past with storing my boots. Boots are one of those long-term investment items that you typically do not get rid of each season, as a result you end up with a collection. The most effective solution I found for storing boots is on these thin metal hangers, actually any type of pants hanger can work. This allows for easy access to the boots and doesn’t take up too much space. To keep the shape of the boots I recommend rolling up magazines and stuffing it inside the boot shaft, it’s easy and practically free.

Organize Bedroom Storage

Source: Me and Alice

Organize with Storage Bins Under Bed

Everyone has those items where you just simply do not know where to store them, blankets, extra sheets, bulky sweatshirts, etc. A great place to store these items is in bins underneath your bed. What I love about these storage bins is that they aren’t your typical plastic container bins, but adorable wicker baskets that you would want to be visible.

Organize Wall Storage

Source: Miss Moss

Organize Wall Storage:

If you’re really tight for space and need additional storage, install a top shelf and line a rack of hooks underneath.  Allotting yourself one shelf for storage items such as books or trinkets forces you to keep only those items you really want or need. Installing hooks like these is a great idea because it designates a place for every day clothing items that tend to get tossed on the floor or bed.

Being organized is not a state its a process. It takes a little effort on your part, but implementing these helpful tips in your bedroom will have you well on your way to living a stress free and organized lifestyle.

Homemaking Mother's Day

Tips My Mother Taught Me About Homemaking

Homemaking Mother's Day

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Mothers are the heart and soul of the home, and in honor of Mother’s Day, here are 5 tips homemaking tips my mother taught me.

Mother's Day Garden


My mother always said that no home is complete without a garden. To this day people walking by my house will stop to smell the roses and complement her on the beautiful garden that sits out front of our home. As my siblings and I grew older, and one by one, we moved out from our home, we noticed my mother’s garden expanded. A large portion of my backyard, where a swing- set used to reside, has now been transformed into a giant fruit and vegetable garden. For many gardening is a therapeutic activity, but for my mother it has an even deeper meaning, “my garden reminds me of you kids- you feed them, you watch them grow, and you love them.”

Mother's Day Kitchen

Source: Carla Aston

White Kitchen

While most people stray away from designing a completely white kitchen, in fear of every spill and crumbs being visible, my mother adores them. She claims, “there is something so beautiful about a white, pristine kitchen.” As a person that is notorious for spilling, you can imagine my mother wasn’t thrilled with me when it came to keeping the kitchen clean. Anyone that steps foot in my mom’s kitchen knows not to brush their clothes up against the counter tops or cabinets because there’s a pretty good chance your clothes will be ruined from bleach. That said, I do have to admit, I love the look of an all-white kitchen, and I’d like to think it corrected my bad habit of spilling.

Mother's Day Picture Frame

Source: Lona de Anna

Decorate with Photos

 One Christmas my mother only asked for one thing, ten black picture frames. It was encouraged for them to be all different sizes and styles. My siblings and I were confused to say the least, yet relieved that we knew exactly what to get her. Shortly after the holidays, a once bare wall was filled with eclectic photos of my family members taken through the years. My mother stated, “having photos of your family in your home is essential because as kids come and go over the years, the photographs are a constant reminder that you are always together.”

Mother's Day Living Room

Source: Between the Box

Keep Electronics in One Room

With the new advances in technology, it is incredibly difficult to separate yourself from your laptop, cell phone or television. Growing up this was never an issue in my home because my mother made a rule that all electronics stayed in the family room. This ment no cellphones at the dinner table, and certainly, no TV was allowed in the bedrooms. Call my mother old fashion, but looking back I appreciate this rule. As my siblings and I got older, and our lives got busier, it’s easy to lose touch. The time we spent as a family at the dinner table sharing stories about our day at school and soccer practice is something I look back and truly cherish now.

Cellular Shades

Updated Window Treatments

 Inevitably, my mother has passed down her obsession with window treatments in the home. It dawned on me when I was in college and on the hunt for a new apartment with my roommates. Nearly every place we walked into, my eyes darted to windows and I immediately was turned off by the broken and disheveled blinds. The aesthetics of the window treatments aren’t the only contributors to our obsession, the amount of light they let in is equally as important. My mother swears by light filtering Cellular Shades or Horizontal Sheer Shades. “They provide the right amount of privacy without sacrificing the natural flow of sunlight into a room.” While some might find our obsession with window treatments odd, we like to think there are many women out there who share our appreciation for quality blinds and shades.

These are just a few homemaking tips my mother instilled in me over the years. On behalf of 3 Day Blind’s, we wish all moms a very happy Mother’s Day!

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Custom- Fitting Odd Window Types | 3 Day Blinds

Odd Shaped Windows

Source: Seven Sun Windows

Custom Fitting Odd Window Types

Unconventional window types can certainly add a lot of panache to a home. These architectural details lend unique character to any space, and are often a key selling point for home buyers.

Regardless of their special appeal, however, unusual window types can be tricky when it comes to window treatments. For most odd window types, finding a ready-made window treatment is next to impossible. Thankfully, 3 Day Blinds provides professional help in choosing custom-made solutions for all odd window types with our design consultants.

Bay Windows

Source: Indulgy

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows refer to window types that protrude from the main structure of a building. While the terms “bay” and “bow” are sometimes used interchangeably, a bow window is actually a bay window with a curved, rather than a polygonal, design (think of an archer’s bow).

Bow and bay windows certainly add appeal to a home, as they increase the flow of natural light, add apparent size, and provide a sweeping, panoramic view of the outside world.

A good window treatment is a must, in order to maximize the appeal of bay or bow windows. Roman shades and roller shades can add a clean look, and both go a long way toward tying the design of a room together. Accenting a bay window treatment with a valance can conceal the blinds when they are up, and it lets in more light than drapes. Custom-fit cloth shades in each window can add a regal touch, and serve to control light very well.

Awning and Casement window

Source: Sahara Windows and Doors

Awning and Casement Windows

Once the most popular type of window, casement windows have side-mounted hinges, and are typically opened with a crank. Awning windows are similar to casement windows, but they are hinged at the top, and open from the bottom. Both of these designs require some consideration when choosing window treatments.

Casement windows require dressings that don’t interfere with the operation of the window. Additionally, casement windows that open inward require extra clearance. Window dressings such as drapes and curtains must be mounted so that when they are drawn, they remain outside the casement window’s range of operation. They can also be mounted within the window frame, so that they move with the window.

Vinyl vertical blinds represent a great option for awning windows. They provide light control, don’t impede the function of the window, and are available in a wide variety of colors and styles.

Roman shades are another excellent choice for dressing awning windows. The shades have a timeless look; when they are drawn, they take full advantage of the wonderful airflow offered by awning windows.

Bay Window

Source: Indulgy

Picture Windows

As the name implies, picture windows are intended to provide big, striking views of the outside world. But, as one might imagine, they can also let the outside world see into the privacy of your home.

3 Day Blinds can custom-make cellular shades, roman shades, roller shades, or other types of shades to fit any picture window. When using shades to dress a picture window, valances can add a splash of color and conceal the shades when drawn open. Drapes can also help to frame the complete picture of your home’s décor.

We also provide custom treatments for angled windows, French doors, sidelight windows, and other types of challenging windows.

Sell This House Extreme Dining Room after

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Sell This House Extreme: 3 Day Blinds- Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach is a beautiful beach city in Los Angeles where the weather is warm and cost of living is high.  Money Magazine ranks communities in the area as some of the most expensive and desired places to live in the U.S.

Redondo Beach has a competitive real estate market with many beautiful, ‘ready to move in homes’ to choose from. One can imagine, the Kaufman’s unfinished remodel is not something buyers are looking for. With three children off to college, the family needs to downsize and help their children out with paying for their education. In order to do this, the Kaufman’s are going to need the help of the Sell This House Extreme cast to transform their desperate home into a desired beach bungalow.

Sell This House Extreme Living Room beforeSell This House Extreme: Living Room- Before

Walking into this living room, you immediately realize there is no consistency with regard to style and color. A chartreuse painted wall, sits next to a tacky looking tiled fireplace that faces oversized and unattractive brown couches and a wall of eclectic art. Because this room has, so much going on it appears to be cluttered and overwhelming.

Sell This House Extreme Living RoomSell This House Extreme Family Room

Sell This House Extreme: Living Room- After

When Designer Daniel Kucan stated he was putting wood paneling on the walls of the living room, homeowners Michelle and Abram were seriously questioning his expertise. The Kaufman’s were not the only ones skeptical of Daniels direction, the thought of wood paneling on walls has most people thinking of dated, 60’s home décor. However, this wall looks amazing, the horizontal flanks of wood creates more depth making the room appear larger.

To add the finishing touches to this room, Design Consultant Helane Kramer gave Daniel Kucan her expert opinion on what draperies to select to pull this rooms look together. Helane selected Draperies in Annalies Blues to complement the beige, powder blue and navy color scheme of this room.

Sell This House Extreme Kitchen before

Sell This House Extreme: Kitchen- Before

There are two major eyesores in this kitchen. First off, cooking is supposed to be a fun and relaxing activity but not in this small and cramped kitchen. Designer Daniel Kucan wants Builder Charlie Franttini to do what he does best and knock down a wall to open this kitchen up.  Daniel comments on the kitchens original state, “this must be changed, with this kitchen there is nothing we can do to give the illusion that it’s a larger space, it’s just too small and we have to open it up and make it more functional.”

Sell This House Extreme Kitchen

 Sell This House Extreme: Kitchen- After

It is hard to believe that this is the same kitchen! Removing half of the wall and creating a bar is the perfect solution to opening the space up and gaining more counter space. The creative cast of Sell This House Extreme used 3 Day Blinds Madagascar River fabric to reupholster bar stools, complementing the powder blue cabinets. As for the windows, 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant Helane suggested Daniel use Cape Cod Alpine White Woven Wood Shades that add textual interest to the space.

Sell This  House Extreme Sitting Room

 Sell This House Extreme: Sitting Room- Before

Multifunctional spaces are great, when done correctly. Unfortunately, the Kaufman’s are among many homeowners who do not achieve this. Michelle describes this room as a office, a family room, and a dining room, all in one. To me this room looks more like a storage bin that has all been unloaded in one room.

Sell This House Extreme Sitting Room

 Sell This House Extreme Dining Room afterSell This House Extreme: Dining/ Sitting Room- After

Designer Daniel Kucan wanted to keep this room simple, he added a new powder blue kitchen table, small couch and wooden cabinet. Continuing with the color scheme of the home,  Draperies in Annalies Blues were added to the windows. These draperies achieve a lot in this space, they are the perfect pop of color and actually are the focal point of this room. 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant Helane Kramer, and Designer Daniel Kucan, chose to use Cape Cod Alpine White Woven Wood Shades on these windows. Woven Woods are not only aesthetically attractive window treatments, but provide the right amount of light control and privacy for this room.

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Photograph: Michelle Kaufman (home owner), Daniel Kucan (Designer), Helane Kramer (3 Day Blinds Design Consultant)

Once again, the Sell This House Extreme and 3 Day Blinds team was able to pull off a truly amazing transformation. The Kaufman’s were so pleased with how the home turned out! They are looking forward to selling their home and assisting their children financially in college.

Be sure to tune in this Saturday, May 11, 10a/9C for the next extreme home makeover in Atlanta, Georgia. This home hasn’t been updated for over 50 years, and desperately needs to be brought into the 21st century!


Drawer Dividers

Tips for Organizing Your Bathroom

Get the most out  of your spring cleaning session with these 5 tips on how to organize your bathroom.

Vertical Bathroom Storage

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Vertical Storage

If your bathroom has limited storage space and there’s no place to go but up, here’s how! This space is an excellent use of vertical storage without overwhelming a small space. These top and bottom free standing cabinet dual as storage for linens and other bathroom necessities. Keep everything neat and tidy by storing items in separate bins, baskets, or containers.

Drawer Dividers

Source: Good House Keeping

Drawer Dividers

Start your day off right by making your morning beautification process easy. Use drawer dividers to keep makeup and other necessities organized. This will surely help you save time in the morning and make your daily routine a breeze.

Towel Hooks

Source: Sarah Macklem Interiors

Functional Towel Hooks

Cross bars are probably the most common storage for towels but they take up a ton of space and you find yourself only being able to hang one or two towels. Hooks are extremely functional pieces in the bathroom because they allow the towels to dry without taking up horizontal space. Plus, this hook fixture serves as a decorative piece too!

Door Storage

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Back- of- the- Door Storage

Believe it or not, the back of a door can be a wonderful use of storage space. Make your life easier and label each tier to help keep things organized and in place. After a long day, who doesn’t want to open one cabinet that houses all of their relaxation essentials and being the recovering process.

Organize Hair Tools

Source: Marcy Mckenna

The Solution for Storing Hair Tools

Every woman knows what it’s like to open a drawer of hair tools and waste time unwrapping entwining cords that have tangled into knots. This medicine cabinet converted to hair tool storage is perfect. Not only does this keep cords separated but it has a power strip so you can have all your tools plugged in at once. Get the curling iron warmed up while you blow dry your hair, this fixture will save you so much time and hassle during the beautification process!

Bathroom Shades

Source: 3 Day Blinds

Spring cleaning isn’t just organizing but attending to those areas in your home that have been neglected all year long. Give your bathroom a makeover with a new coat of paint or new window treatments. If your looking for the perfect balance of style, privacy, and light control, check out 3 Day Blinds blinds, shades and shutters for the bathroom.

Good luck organizing your bathroom this Spring, and look out for out next organizing tips as we tackle each room in the home.

3 Day Blinds Award

3 Day Blinds Awarded- Best in Class

3 Day Blinds Award

3 Day Blinds is thrilled to announce we have won an award for Best in Class in the category of ‘Architecture/ Interior Design’ for our website from the Interactive Media Awards.

The Best in Class award is the highest accolade award bestowed by the Interactive Media Awards. This award represents the very best planning, execution and overall professionalism of a website.  3 Day Blind’s went through the IMA’s comprehensive judging process, achieving very high marks in each of the judging criteria. Our total score ranked us in the 97%, an outstanding achievement to say the least.

At 3 Day Blinds we take pride in all the different ways we can delight our customers and it thrills us to be recognized for our efforts. Whether it’s a great online experience or wonderful appointment with a Design Consultant, 3 Day Blinds strives to provide the best service possible for our customers.