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happy father's day

Tips My Dad Taught Me About the Home

happy father's day

The modern day mother and father now comes in various forms. No longer are fathers the traditional married breadwinner and disciplinarian in the family. My family is a product of the times, where my dad and mom wore many hats and often had overlapping roles. In honor of Father’s Day, here are a few tips my dad taught me about making a home that I am forever thankful for.

Tips My Dad Taught Me School Lunch

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School Lunches

As a child I was always jealous of the kids that got to buy lunch from the cafeteria. Looking back, I am extremely grateful I didn’t have to eat half defrosted chicken nuggets every day. Thank you, Dad. Yes, my dad made my siblings and I lunches every day for school because my mom worked early in the morning and that’s just how it worked out. What I remember the most about these lunches was the little notes he would put in them with loving and encouraging words. This continued into my high school years and if I could, I would have had my dad make me lunches in college. Judge if you want but you haven’t tried one of my dad’s PB & J’s. The best part was, Dad gives not one but two gummy snacks… and if Mom asked about them, the extra was to… “share with our friends”!

Tips my dad taught me- lawn mowing

Gardening

While most people hire gardeners to upkeep their landscape, my Dad to this day does it all. How my Dad keeps his lawn the greenest on block I will never know, but he did teach my brother and I how to push a lawn mower around. It was probably my least favorite summer, ever. Every two weeks my brother and I had the pleasure of taking turns on lawn duty. Looking back, I see my dad was trying to teach us discipline, hard work and responsibility around the house, all characteristics that I hope to instill in my kids someday.

tips my dad taught me comfortable furniture

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Comfortable Furniture

It is truly comical to go furniture shopping with my dad. Without fail, he always gravitates towards the biggest, brownest, most comfortable couch on the sale rack. I’m certainly not praising my dad’s eye for home decor, but rather appreciating his practical nature. If it was solely up to my Mom we would have been sitting on a designer couch that’s hard as bricks, and nothing is worse than that. With that in mind, my parents would meet somewhere in the middle between aesthetics and comfort. So thank you Dad for allowing me to come home from soccer practice and relax on a little slice of heaven after a long day.

Tips my dad taught me cleaning blinds

Clean Blinds and Widows

Now my dad wouldn’t want me to use the word obsession, but for lack of a better term, I’m going to. My dad is obsessed with cleaning windows and blinds. This wasn’t like a spring cleaning type thing, it was more like an every two weeks take off all the window screens and apply dusting spray to all of the blinds type of thing. Another one of my favorite pastimes growing up, window and blinds cleaning day! I can hear my dad now, “do you want to be sick from breathing in all that dust and all those germs? Get cleaning.”  On a serious note, thanks to my dad I now have a phobia of a cloud of dust blanketing my blinds. If you’re reading this and starting to taste the dust you’re breathing in from your blinds, check out 3 Day Blinds window treatment cleaning tips to put your mind and lungs at ease.

Tips my dad taught me- home with character

 Embrace a Home’s Character

One weekend my Mom was out of town and my brother and I were fairly young and spent the day painting on canvases outside on our driveway. When Dad went inside to watch the rest of the football game, my brother and I got creative and took the paint to the driveway. We then invited our neighbors over to join in on the fun and before we knew it looked like one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces covering the driveway. Accept our angels were depicted with dragons, leprechauns and unicorns, but same idea.

Amidst our creative paint session my father came out to check on us, I don’t recall his initial reaction but I distinctly remember him partaking in the painting activity. Needless to say when my Mom returned she was furious but my Dad somehow  was able to convince her that the art brought our house character. For one whole year I was able to brag about being the house on the street with the driveway adorned with angels and dragons. While this was an extreme incident of character in a home I think every home has a little bit of character that makes their house a home and I appreciate that my Dad embraced this.

These are just a few tips my father taught me growing up about homemaking that I will forever cherish. 3 Day Blinds wishes all the dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

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Cool Home Design Ideas

Cool Home Design Ideas

With so many cool home design options out there, it can be difficult to decide how to decorate your space to make it your own. Your home is your refuge. It should be functional, comfortable, and reflect your personal style.

Possible sources of design theme inspiration include favorite historical time periods, your best-loved hobbies, cultures you’re interested in, or your favorite vacation spots. With some careful consideration, you can create a place that you’ll be happy to call home.

Time Capsules

History is rich with design inspiration. If you’re enamored with the opulence and warmth of the Victorian Era style, you’re not alone. This popular design style employs deep reds, rich greens, and golds, patterns inspired by nature and ornate, often sturdily crafted furniture, generally made of dark woods. Window treatments from this era were usually of the “soft” variety, such as sheer curtains in rooms where natural light was desired, and luxurious drapery panels in areas where privacy and a more stately look was desired.

If you’re taking a slightly newer page from the history book, you can draw inspiration from retro styles from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Homes decorated in this style typically use lots of earthy base colors, accented by citrus tones, and deep purple and electric blues.

Retro-futuristic designs, in the vein of Arne Jacobsen’s iconic design language pair well with this look, as do Vertical Blinds and Mini Blinds in bold colors.

Home design ideas- woven wood shades

Vacation at Home

After arriving back home from a great vacation, it can be difficult to return to the daily grind. Fortunately, you can keep a little bit of that adventurous spirit with you by bringing it into your interior design.

Mix Woven Wood Shades with bold animal prints, subtle browns, grays, and whites, and classic furniture in complementary colors to add an exotic African feel to your living room.

Patterned ceramic tiles; rustic, textured walls; and bright, but natural colors can all be put together to create a festive Latin American theme. For window treatments, opt for bright, color-coordinated curtains, or Wood Horizontal Blinds with complementary accent tapes.

Home design ideas- mini blinds

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Follow Your Muse

Maybe you’re a retail manager by day, and a rock star by night. Or perhaps you’re a web designer with a burning passion for developing your own photos. Most of us have an artistic side, and it can be a great source of inspiration when designing your home.

Perhaps your home office needs a little more rock ’n’ roll. Checkerboard floors, framed posters of classic album covers, and a red Stratocaster guitar mounted proudly on the wall are all good places to start. Add some wide-slat metallic Mini Blinds, and you’re ready to rock.

Those photos you have stashed away in your attic or basement deserve to be seen. Frame your black and white photographs in clean, contemporary frames and create a modern, minimal space that embraces gray scale. The striking lines and visual repetition of Vertical Blinds might be just the thing to really make it work.

For more home decor ideas check out the 3 Day Blinds Pinterest page, we’ve got tons of inspiring projects that will help you bring your personal style into the home.

Summer Entertaining Appetizers

Summer Entertaining Tips | 3 Day Blinds

There is no better way to enjoy the nice sunny weather than with picnics, barbecues, dinner parties, bridal showers and any other excuse you can come up with to get friends and family together to share good food and great company.  Check out these easy summer entertaining tips that will have your guest leaving impressed and thinking- how does she do it?

Summer Entertaining Outside

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Summer Entertaining Outside

If the weather is right and you have the proper amount of shade, bring the party outside. Throw a blanket down, pillows for seats and decorate the table top with wild flowers. This casual dining setting will have guests feeling completely relaxed as they enjoy natures tranquility.

Summer Entertaining Appetizers

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Summer Entertaining Appetizers

In my many years of entertaining I was completely in the dark when it came to the anatomy of a cheese plate. Typically my approach when creating a cheese plate was- make it look pretty… I it never occurred to me that there was a science behind the presentation of the food but turns out this makes a lot of sense. These appetizers are perfectly complementary to one another in both taste and texture. Organization of these items is key too; you don’t want guests reaching across one another for bread that is on the opposite side of the cheese wheel.

Summer Entertaining Indoors

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Summer Entertaining Indoors

If it is too warm to entertain outside, bring the outside in. Nothing says summer more than this nautical themed tabletop. What’s especially great about nautical theme is that it is completely gender neutral and can be used for really any event, from a bridal shower, to dinner with friends.  While you’re at it, if you’re entertaining indoors you’re going to want to make sure your home is looking its best…

Summer Entertaining 3 Day Blinds

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Summer Entertaining Update Window Treatments

A quick and easy solution to giving your home a little update before having guests over is new window treatments from 3 Day Blinds. Take your dining room from drab to fab in a jiffy. You don’t want guests to be distracted by your disheveled and broken blinds or outdated draperies. 3 Day Blinds has lots of window treatment ideas for your dining room that will be the perfect solution to updating your home before entertaining this summer.

Summer Entertaining Dessert

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Summer Entertaining Dessert Bar

Make guests departure from your gathering extra sweet with this adorable ice cream bar. Buy a few different ice cream flavors and an assortment of toppings and voila! This is exactly what guests will be craving on a warm summer day or night.

Regardless of the event you will be throwing this summer, hopefully these tips from 3 Day Blinds have inspired you to entertain family and friends this summer.

Moisture Resistant Blinds

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Moisture Resistant Blinds

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Ideal Rooms for Moisture-Resistant Blinds

Style is a primary concern when choosing window treatments. You want your new window coverings to complement your design aesthetic, and new blinds can really make your décor look great.

However, looks are not the only concern, especially when it comes to rooms that have a lot of moisture. Excess humidity can shorten the life of your window treatments, especially if you choose to install a type that is not well suited for the task.

The Home Is a Proving Ground

Kitchens can really test the longevity of blinds. Variations in humidity levels are a regular occurrence in the kitchen, as are fluctuations in temperature, not to mention the wide variety of aromas. Window treatments near a stove or sink are especially vulnerable.

The bathroom is another room where moisture-resistant blinds are a must. The privacy and light control offered by your new blinds won’t last long if the bathroom’s constantly fluctuating moisture levels ruin them.

And, let’s face it: as adorable as they are, kids are messy. Spills, spontaneous art projects, and other mishaps can all take a toll on the window treatments in a child’s room.

Last but not least, laundry rooms and finished basements are also parts of the home where moisture resistance should be taken into account when choosing window treatments.

Form and Function

If you’re looking for moisture-resistant blinds, 3 Day Blinds has you covered. Faux Wood Blinds are a great choice in areas where moisture or messes are a concern. They are durable, water-resistant, affordable and easy to clean. They resist cracking, fading, warping and peeling, and as a bonus, they sport the rich appearance of natural wood blinds.

Our clean, chic Vertical Blinds are attractive and energy efficient. They make a great statement on a large picture window or sliding glass door. Not only that, but they are also available in durable vinyl, which stands up very well to humidity and is virtually maintenance-free.

3 Day Blinds’ Vinyl Blinds are as easy on the budget as they are on the eyes. They offer excellent privacy and plenty of light control. They make the perfect partner for our vinyl verticals, and as one might expect, they are nearly impervious to moisture and messes.

Office Shades

6 Rooms in Need of Shades | 3 Day Blinds

These 6 rooms are all unique in style and look fantastic but they all are missing one crucial item… Shades!

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Bedroom Shades

With a uniquely designed bedroom layout typically comes unique windows. Who wouldn’t want to lay in bed and watch the sunset or gaze at the stars? That’s all great but can you imagine with the sun beats down into this room? Yikes. That’s why shades are a must. I selected an array of  3 Day Blinds Roller Shades and Woven Wood Shades to complement the eclectic theme of this space. 

Kitchen Nook Shades

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Kitchen Nook Shades

I adore this kitchen nook but without shades, this space looks unfinished. Typically I wouldn’t suggest continuing the same wall color on shades but in this instance I think it works. With the thick white molding and white furnishings this space can definitely get away with pulling out one of the different yellow tones in a shade. Any of these Roller Shades or Soft Roman Shades would be the perfect finishing touch to this space.

Kitchen Shades

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Kitchen Shades

This kitchen definitively takes a minimalist approach, so minimalist that it doesn’t have shades! This rustic kitchen needs some window treatments to give it a more homey appeal. I selected 3 Day Blinds Roman Shades to add visual warmth to this space. The two black shades would add sophistication and formality to this kitchen, while the shade of a blend of earth tones  would give this room a rich, natural look.

Office Shades

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Office Shades

Muted blue, white and pop of red, this is a great color pallet. What this space is missing is texture. The Soft Roman Shades and Roller Shades I selected for this office are both vibrant in color and pattern and would elevate the decor of this space.

Living Room Shades

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Living Room Shades

The missing element in this traditional living room is a classic Cellular Shade or Roller Shade. Unlike the office pictured above this space has a lot of texture, from the rock tiled wall to the intricate pillows and wall fixtures. Because this room already has a lot going on a solid shade would complement this space best and just add a more finished look.

Bathroom Shades

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Bathroom Shades

No one wants to be watched while bathing, even it if is just by the birds and the bees.This bathroom is in desperate need for shades that provide a bit of privacy. This bathroom already has a formal look to it so I selected Soft Roman Shades that would elevate this spaces elegance.

These 6 rooms are all very different styles but each are in need 3 Day Blinds Shades to complete their looks. If you’re space is in need of shades or any window treatments 3 Day Blinds has the most current styles that complement any rooms decor.

Drapery Install

DIY Drapery Disaster

To begin, I am a huge fan of DIY projects- from party decor ideas, to refurbishing old furniture- I love it all. That said, I have learned that regardless of your expertise, there are some projects that don’t fall under the “do it yourself” umbrella and should be left to the professionals. Draperies and curtains are at the top of that list.

I’m happy to say I didn’t have to find this out first hand, but it was still painful watching my mother run into disaster after disaster when attempting DIY curtains. Working for 3 Day Blinds you would think my mother would have listened to my advice as I cautioned her  that curtains and draperies are much harder to construct  then they look… But no, stubborn in nature and a born seamstress she decided to take on the DIY drapery challenge.

Drapery Design

Drapery Design

Off the bat my mother was stumped with the drapery design, she never knew there were so many ways to hang curtains on decorative hardware. She went back and forth between applying draperies by gathering the fabric directly across the rod but then questioned if attaching the fabric to rings would be more aesthetically pleasing. I explained to her that this happens to many people looking for window treatments, these are things you don’t initially think about. With the help of an expert Design Consultant from 3 Day Blinds they can help answer these questions.

Drapery Fabric

Drapery Fabric

The next speed bump my mother encountered occurred with a trip to the fabric store. Sure my mom knows a lot about fabrics- for clothing, and even upholstery. Naturally she thought she could identify fabrics appropriate for draperies and curtains. Wrong. It took about three months and several trips to the fabric store just to select the drapery fabric. With knowledgeable of fabric types even my mother didn’t know which fabrics would provide precise room lighting conditions, or how the fabrics would lay after being hung. Once again, I reminded her  that 3 Day Blinds Design Consultants are highly trained in products and without hesitation would be able to provide recommendations for draperies that would be both functional and attractive home décor.

Drapery Decor

Drapery Decor

Curtains and draperies are powerful decorative elements that can make or break the look of your space. The problem with DIY curtains is that you probably have a specific look in mind and more often than not it doesn’t always turn out the way you had envisioned. This happened to my mother. When selecting fabric for the draperies she wanted a light airy look and bought a bundle of cream sheer fabric. No offense to my mother but the fabric reminded me of the curtains I bought from Target for my college dorm. After purchasing the fabric, my mother held it against the windows as a visual and it was then she knew she had made a mistake. But as I said before, stubborn in nature and with several yards of purchased sheer fabric she decided to sew the draperies anyway.

Drapery Install

Drapery Install

In theory, installing draperies is easy as- one, two, three. Watching the drapery install unfold it’s more like… as easy as- one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven. As someone who assisted the install, trust me, it’s not easy. The saddest part of my mother’s DIY drapery project was that not even the cats liked the way they looked. Within 24 hours of being installed, the cats had seen the cream sheers flowing in the window and pounced on them, leaving a pile of fabric on the floor. Total DIY drapery disaster.

3 Day Blinds Draperies

3 Day Blinds Draperies 

Shortly after, I got the call. My mom had surrendered and wanted the help of the experts at 3 Day Blinds. I explained 3 Day Blinds in-home consultation process, the Design Consultant comes to your home, takes measurements, and walks you through the various styles and options that suit your decor preference and budget. My mother agreed that this is a totally stress free process and is happy to abandon any future DIY drapery projects.

If you want to avoid the headache of updating draperies or any kind of window treatment in your home schedule a free appointment with 3 Day Blinds and let the expert guide you to the perfect window treatment solution.

safe window treatments

Fun and Safe Window Treatments for a Kid’s Room | 3 Day Blinds

safe window treatments

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Fun and Safe Window Treatments for a Kid’s Room

As we mature, some of our tastes get a little more refined. After a long commute, we might want our bedroom bedecked in colors that soothe the mind. However, that’s not necessarily the case with kids, who tend to want window coverings that are playful and bright.

Color isn’t the only consideration that should be taken into account when choosing window coverings for a child’s room. We all want our children to be safe, first and foremost. Second, choosing a durable window covering for a kid’s room is another smart idea.

3 Day Blinds offers options that fit the bill on both accounts with fun and safe window treatments.

Wood and Faux Wood Blinds

Our Wood and Faux Wood Blinds are a wise choice for the children’s room. The natural wood really warms up an interior, making the kids feel right at home. The faux wood offers the natural look of wood at a lower cost, and it is moisture resistant as well. As you might imagine, that often comes in handy when kids are around.

And further, choosing the liftless option with our Wood or Faux Wood Blinds eliminates the standard lift cords, which can pose a hazard to little ones.

Roller Shades

Our Roller Shades are available in playful colors that children will love, and they are great for keeping your youngster’s room shady when it’s a little too hot to play outside.

When installing roller shades in a kid’s room, go with the cordless option, or instead select the motorized, remote control system. Both options eliminate potentially hazardous lift cords.

Cellular Shades

 Like Roller Shades, Cellular Shades are available in cordless or motorized options, which is a definite child-safety plus. They are also among the most energy-efficient window treatments around, acting as a blanket for junior’s windows during the cold season, and filtering out solar energy during the summer.

With so many colors available, we’re confident you can find one that will complement your décor, and make the kids say, “Wow!”

Child safety is very important to 3 Day Blinds.  All products manufactured by 3 Day are in conformance with the current voluntary American National Standards Institute for corded window covering products. We are proud to provide safe window treatments that are also attractive decor elements for any space.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Dining Room

3 Day Blinds | Sell This House Extreme

The 3 Day Blinds and Sell This House: Extreme team head to Prairieville, LA to help Summer and Daniel transform their desperate home into desired real estate. From the odd layout, to the half- finished renovation projects, buyers are completely disinterested in purchasing Summer and Daniels home. Host, Tanya Memme is joined by designer Daniel Kucan and builder Charlie Frattini, who get to work making the house more spacious and more attractive to buyers.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Kitchen

3 Day Blinds Sell  | This House Extreme- Kitchen Before

With several unfinished projects in the kitchen, interested buyers were completely turned off by this space. One buyer commented on the horrible vinyl flooring and ugly paint combination, another pointed out the limited counter space and isolation from the rest of the house. The worst insult this kitchen received was that it looked like the “90’s threw up in here.”  The Sell This House team agreed with buyers, this kitchen needs a major makeover that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Kitchen

3 Day Blinds | Sell This House Extreme- Kitchen After

Builder Charlie Frattini, worked his magic and opened the space up by knocking down the wall and creating a bar. This not only allows for more counter space but also completely brightens the space up. It is a proven fact that buyers are more inclined to purchase homes that are well- lit. To achieve this, a 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant selected a Woven Wood Shade in Cod Alpine White that allows for plenty of natural sunlight to flow into the space. With fresh white cabinets, hard wood flooring and new stainless steel appliances, this kitchen is transformed into a attractive and functional space.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Dining Room

3 Day Blinds | Sell This House Extreme- Dining Room Before

Dining is supposed to be a relaxing and social activity shared with friends and family, but no one is going to want to spend time eating in this space. The dated 90’s theme from the kitchen is pulled into the dining room area and paired with all the clutter, this space appears much smaller than it actually is.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Dining Room

3 Day Blinds | Sell This House Extreme- Dining Room After

While this room didn’t suddenly grow larger, it certainly appears that it has. The color blocking in this room creates sharp horizontal and vertical lines that open this space up. Additionally, the muted purple walls make the gorgeous Soft Roman Shade in Andes Cement the focal piece of the space. To polish this rooms look off 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant, selected Draperies in Portofino White.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Wide Shot

3 Day Blinds |  Sell This House Extreme- Before

As if the layout of this space isn’t awkward enough with the funky floating wall, the color certainly tops it off. You might be confused as to why Summer and Daniel chose to replicate the home of superman, but don’t worry you’re not alone.  One buyer walked in and asked if “this is where the cookie monster lives?” Unfortunately, I don’t think even the cookie monster would subject himself to living in such conditions.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Wide Shot

3 Day Blinds |  Sell This House Extreme- After

Walking into this spaces, neither superman or the cookie monster come to mind and that in itself is a success. With Designer Daniel Kucan’s expertise this space is completely renovated into a open and attractive living area. I can’t get over how amazing the Soft Roman Shade in Andes Cement looks in the massive window in the dining area.

The Sell This House Extreme team and 3 Day Blinds team transformed Summer and Daniel’s home from a house suitable for fictional cartoon characters, to a functional and attractive home for potential buyers. Be sure to check out 3 Day Blinds on the next all new Sell This House: Extreme, Saturday, June 8th 10a/9C on A & E.