Tips My Mother Taught Me About Homemaking

Homemaking Mother's Day

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Mothers:

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

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

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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

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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

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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!

Happy Holidays from 3 Day Blinds!

The holidays are a fun and festive time here in the office and around the entire nationwide team at 3 Day Blinds.  Office potluck breakfasts and lunches, pranks like the accounting office and marketing team pulled off include having offices and desks completely wrapped like Christmas gifts (including the ceiling!) and the floors covered in fake snow!

Today marked our annual holiday party, and while it was a fun and festive occasion like always, our Executive Vice President Tikie Holewski led us in a moment of reflection of the events of last week in Newtown, Connecticut:

It was followed by a very poignant rendition of “Silent Night” performed by our own Darrell Wilson from the IT Department.

After taking our time to reflect, the festivities began. We started our “competitions” including Best Ornament, which went to Candace Arellano of the Appointment Sales Team, who fashioned a window with miniature Hobbled Soft Roman Shade underneath a pair of our Custom Drapery Panels in one of our top selling fabrics, Maison/Cafe Au Lait.

Candace with her winning ornament.

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Here is a close-up of Candace’s winning ornament.

There was an ugly sweater parade, here are some of the “fashions” that were on display in the office today:

Melissa Caton and Jenni Su from the Merchandising department show off some of their Christmas fashions. Check out Melissa’s earrings!

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Some of the ugly sweaters on display from the Senior Team through Customer Care and Appointment Sales!

Here is some of the amazing decor that popped up in the office during the last few weeks:

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Appointment Sales and the entire Call Center here in Irivine was filled with the holiday spirit! Here is the winning entry for Best Decorations, Cubicle:

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After all of the excitement of the awards, the talent portion of our day got going!

Were there some amazing performances, including a 6-year-old’s solo to One Direction’s “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” and some fantastic Jazz Christmas music provided by members of our Irvine team!

Some of the performances brought the house down, like 3 Day Blinds’ Christmas Parody for Santa. Eyvet Walters, Christa Wadley, Bashar Saman, David Andexler, Jennifer Venezuela, Ramona Seneviratne, Amber Neeley, Yanna Washington and Will Padiernos put on a show unlike anything seen at the Irvine Headquarters:

Another team giving them some competition is several of the ladies from the Accounting and Merchandising Departments, lip syncing “The Chipmunk Song” much to many of the office’s delight:

Overall, this year has been a fun and fulfilling one at 3 Day Blinds. We are proud to have such an amazing team here at our Corporate Headquarters, as well as all around the nation in our amazing team of Design Consultants, Installers and Managers.

As 2012 winds to a close, we at 3 Day Blinds would like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season, and a very Happy New Year!