Ways to Smoothly Transition Your Home for Fall

Although the hottest months of summer are still coming through, fall is actually right around the corner for Knoxville, Tennesse. While it may feel like summer just started, the end is closer than we realize. This means that before we know it, fall decorations will be popping up in stores and we’ll be left wondering what to do with the summer décor we just put up. Fear not, there is no need to run around in an autumn craze to try to get the most perfectly decorated house on the block. Relax, and instead, aim for a smooth, slower transition into the fall that feels more natural and less forced. Here is how to practice mindful season décor transitions.

Let your windows be a framed view to the outside world

Because the days will be gradually getting cooler, this is the perfect time to turn off the AC, and open up your windows to let the outside air in. Look out your window and notice the gorgeous transition of the world from summer to autumn. Take note of the naturally decorative elements you see outside, and then bring these in to serve as points of interest to frame your window. For example, you could spruce your candle holders up with twigs and leaves that are changing color, or you could make an ornate log and twig arrangement that is bursting with dried berries and leaves.

Mix transitioning colors and patterns

Frame your windows with the changing seasonal colors by adding transitioning pieces like patterned orange, red, or brown window panels, paired with the sheer light colored panels that have been blowing in front of your window all summer. In the transitioning time between summer and fall, it is very visually interesting to pair both of these up in a way that feels so appropriate to the mixed weather outside. Help them better fit together by using color tones that are similar, and textures are complementing and play each other well.

Use natural elements that are in season

While decorative palm leaves are fresh during the summer, they seem a bit out of place once the fall months come around. Instead of trying to make them fit in with the changing seasons, use plants that are actually actively in season in the month you are presently on. Branches, and deep purple flowers like hydrangeas sing the loveliest songs of autumn. Try to use as many natural resources to decorate your home. You can make some stunning decorations with objects like seasonal fruit, branches, gourds, nuts, and pumpkins. These can decorate regular household items like candles, or serve as decorations themselves when arranged around the house in containers like crates, boxes, plates, and trays.

By using these tips, you will be able to make your home’s decorations seamlessly reflect the natural changes happening outside. There is no reason to make sudden stressful changes to the décor, simply allow yourself to be inspired with nature’s visual transitions from one season to another, and decorate accordingly.

How To Recycle Blinds

For those who love to decorate it’s time to give your house a little love and freshen it up. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in some new blinds. However, you may be wondering what to do with the ones you’ve already got. Should you throw them away, or is there something better to do with them? And what about all the different kinds of blinds there are? Surely they can’t all be treated the same! Many recycling places do not accept certain kinds of blinds. This gives recycling a whole new meaning when it comes to blinds. Certain types of blinds can be repurposed, while others can be gathered to use as material for creating other usable items. Here is a guide on how to recycle any of your blinds the best way.

Mini Blinds

Generally, aluminum blinds are made with completely recyclable aluminum and can be taken to any recycling center, or scrap metal yard. Be sure to clean the blinds thoroughly before dropping them off. You can easily do this by hosing them down with some water. If you are taking it to a scrap metal yard note that they won’t accept full blinds, only the parts that are made of aluminum and steel. You can get these by cutting the lift and ladder cords in order to free each slat.

Wood Blinds

Unfortunately, wood that has been treated in any way or painted cannot be recycled by conventional means. Recycling centers usually accept cut limbs, or lumber pieces that are left over, but wooden blinds don’t fit the criteria. This leaves donating as the best option. Not only will someone be able to reuse them, it is very eco friendly. If your wooden blinds are broken, there are several projects they can be used for, like using the leftover slats to make garden markers, or using them to create accent pieces for your furniture. Once you stop looking at them like blinds, the possibilities for what they can do are practically endless. The same story goes for faux wood blinds. These are made with a mixture of PVC and recycled hardwood which cannot be recycled a second time. Again, these can be donated, or used in a fun DIY project.

Roman Shades and Curtains

Fabric window coverings are some of the easiest to recycle. These are almost always in demand, and can be easily donated or given to a friend. If your shades are not in the greatest condition (torn or broken) you can take them apart to be taken to a recycling center. Simply use scissors to cut the fabric away from hardware and cords. Any leftover metal hardware can be recycled at a local center. Fabric can be taken to a clothing donation place like Goodwill, or you can also keep it to use in a project. Note that if your fabric is wet, has grown mildew, or been exposed to something hazardous, it’s better to throw it away.

Cellular Shades

Usually cellular shades are made using a plastic headrail, metal components and 100% polyester fabric. Polyester fabric is sometimes made using recycled materials like plastic bottles, but currently the technology doesn’t exist to melt down the fabric back into other usable items to be recycled multiple times. Polyester can, however, be shredded and reused to use in making quilts and as a filler for homes and cars. To recycle them simply cut the head and bottom rail off the fabric, and take it to a clothing donation place. They sell clothing that can be used, but also send soiled or scrap textiles to be shredded and used as filler and insulation.

Donating Blinds

Remember that reusing anything is always a better choice than recycling, simply because there is no extra energy spent to turn the material into something else. If you are ready to get rid of your old blinds but they still work, many organizations happily accept these. If for some reason you have blinds that were never used and are still in their packaging, Habitat for Humanity ReStore takes these in to resell them with other building materials that support the organization.

If they are used, but still work well, check to see if a friend or neighbor is in need of them. Another option is to take them to local places that offer help like churches, women’s shelters, and children’s homes, which usually accept any donations. Always remember, someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure!

When you’ve found a way to recycle or reuse your old blinds, head to Shutter Masters to create a new window treatment vision for your home with a local, custom blinds store you know you can trust.

 Are shutters worth it?

When making serious considerations for the decoration of a room, people hardly ever think of their shutters first. It’s often the bigger furniture pieces, paintings, or paint color that get the most attention. However, shutters have a lot more to offer than most people realize. Shutters are the frames that complete the picture your window’s view creates, ultimately tying a room’s decoration into a completed masterpiece. So what else do they offer to the table aside from making your house look put together? Let’s explore the hidden benefits of having great shutters in your home.

They bring beauty to your home

Shutters are one of the most customizable window treatment options, able to take any existing style to the next level. There are classic and contemporary options available to fit any home, and because our shutters can be custom built for your home, you can be sure that it will match any existing furniture or flooring you may have. Not only are shutters more durable than blinds and draperies, they give your home a completely new look, providing an elegant and sharp appearance. A lot of people choose to use shutters because of their ability to seriously improve the style of any home, not to mention drive up its value when selling.

They raise the value

If you are planning on selling your house anytime soon, it’s a great moment to become acquainted with “home staging”. This is when people decorate the house they are trying to sell in such a way that interested buyers can see the character of the home when they walk in. For the home to make a lasting impression, people need to be able to see themselves living there. It allows them to see the full potential of the home. Great shutters can play a vital role in making the house appealing to a buyer. It completes the look, allowing potential buyers to get a sense of the character of the home. Because shutters are often installed into the existing frame of the window, they are often left once the sale is made. This raises its value, and provides a great point of interest that could drive the sale of the home. As an added bonus, shutters help you make a great impression by making the room appear to be much more spacious when you leave your shutters open and allow natural light to filter in.

They help you save on heating cost

If you live in a home that is blessed by a lot of natural light, you know all too well that this can quickly turn into a curse when it begins to get uncomfortably bright and hot. Shutters can significantly help this situation by allowing you to control the amount of light and heat coming into a room with the simple turn of a switch. This also works in the winter when shutters help stop warm air from escaping through the windows.

Shutters deserve a lot more attention than they usually get. If you are considering a change in your room’s decoration, or simply want a solution for exceedingly bright windows, give shutters a try. At Shutter Masters, we know that choosing from all of these options can seem fairly daunting at times, and are more than happy to help you reach your decorating goals. We will bring samples, fabric and color options so you can see what the treatments will look like in your home or place of business. Let Shutter Masters’ in home services help take the guesswork out of deciding the best solution for your window treatment needs. Schedule your free consultation today!