Meet Mackenzie!

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Colorado Blinds and Design has been in business for over 36 years, and we believe our amazing staff contributes directly to our success and longevity. Today, we’d like to introduce to you our newest Window Covering Specialist/Interior Designer, Mackenzie!

Mackenzie has been interning with Colorado Blinds and Design for the past ten months and will be joining the team full time once she graduates from Colorado State University in May with her degree in Interior Design! She is a native of Colorado – born and raised in Littleton. We are so excited that Mackenzie will be joining us full time in June!

“Making people happy with beautiful window coverings is the best part of being part of the Colorado Blinds and Design team,” says Mackenzie. “We have interior designers here that can offer an outside perspective and advice, especially with upcoming renovations for spring and summer!”

When not hard at work at school or at work, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her English Bulldog mix, Harley.

Be sure to visit the Colorado Blinds and Design Showroom to meet Mackenzie and get a few new ideas for your upcoming spring projects!

Find Us At The 2017 NOCO Home & Remodel Show & You Could Win a $100 Gift Certificate!

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Join Colorado Blinds and Design at the NOCO HBA Home & Remodeling Show Friday, March 10 to Sunday, March 12 at the The Ranch Events Complex where we will have displays, demonstrations and a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to use at the store!

The Home & Remodeling show is is a three-day event where you can find inspiration from the latest trends and ideas in building, remodeling, landscaping and of course, window treatments and interior design! Colorado Blinds and Designs will be one of over 130 exhibitors, so you can be sure there will be something for everyone. There will even be a Kids Korner and “FUN stage” which will feature the 4-H dance group, cooking demos, and more. The Show will also be hosting a food drive for the Larimer and Weld food banks, so bring a nonperishable food item with you and you’ll be entered into a drawing for fun prizes.

Show times are from 12pm – 6pm on Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Parking and admission are free, so make sure you swing by our booth to say hello and to enter our drawing for $100 gift certificate. You do not need to be present to win!

We’re nominated for a 2017 BBB Torch Award for Ethics from the Better Business Bureau serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming!

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Colorado Blinds and Design is excited to be one of four Loveland businesses nominated for a 2017 BBB Torch Award for Ethics from the Better Business Bureau serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming! 

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2017 BBB Torch Award for Ethics

The BBB Torch Awards for Ethics was created to acknowledge businesses that exemplify outstanding ethics while also providing hands-on education for students at the College of Business at Colorado State University, University of Colorado, and University of Wyoming. We will work with students as they conduct a thorough review of our business practices. The students will then prepare a nomination paper based on the criteria of the six Trust! Principles of Ethical Enterprising:

  • Transformation at the Top
  • Reinforce and Build
  • Unite the Team
  • Steer Performance
  • Treasure People
  • ! Enthusiastically Reinvest!

From everyone here at Colorado Blinds and Design, we are humbled by this nomination and honored to have the opportunity to work with up and coming entrepreneurs!

 

Holiday Decorating & Gift Ideas

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Readying your home for holidays? Hosting friends and family this year? If so, our designers have an important holiday decorating tip for you….  the rule is, there are no rules! Don’t feel like you have decorate with traditional red and green for Christmas, or that you have to do what you’ve always done for Thanksgiving. Consider the style of your home and feel free to buck tradition and try something new. Decorating your home for the holidays is should be fun, and here at the Colorado Blinds and Design showroom, we have some festive holiday decor sure to add the perfect touch!

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Gobble ‘til you wobble with cute pumpkin poultry, floral/greenery arrangements and other fun Thanksgiving-ware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Check out our cheerful Christmas cardinals and other Christmas decor!

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We also have some great gift ideas for friends in family. Swing by to check out new arrivals like…these purr-fect kitty bags!

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A variety of jewelry, for any gal on your Christmas list

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year Is……

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Last week, Benjamin Moore announced it’s 2017 color of the year; a deep, saturated purple called Shadow.

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Benjamin Moore’s creative director describes Shadow as “allusive and enigmatic,” and explains that it reflects consumers’ newfound level of confidence in using deeper, saturated colors.

We know that using rich, darker colors like Shadow, Dark Burgundy, Salamander, and Guacamole in your home can be a little intimidating, but in the right space, it can feel both sophisticated and cozy. The designers here at Colorado Blinds and Design would love to show you how to make the most out of this fresh, new color trend. Call or stop by today!

Join Us Saturday October 29th For An Open House Party!

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The 2016 Color of The Year Is…..

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The 2016 Color of The Year was recently announced by Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams’ Director of Color Marketing, and it is… drum roll, please….. ALABASTER!

Alabaster is a fine grained sedimentary rock that comes from gypsum, and is an understated, slightly warm white color. As Jackie points out in her blog post, it is sometimes debated whether white is really a color at all, but ultimately, white is extremely versatile and works well with any designer’s taste, as simple or as eclectic as it may be. Since alabaster is not a stark white, it tends to trigger soothing, meditative feelings, so it’s suggested to pair it with a neutral color palette of soft greys, dusty blushes, or other soft earthy tones.

If you can’t quite visualize how alabaster can enhance your living space, swing by Colorado Blinds & Designs for a color consultation, where we’d be more than happy to help you generate a few ideas!

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2013 Federal Tax Credit Opportunity

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The following products if mounted inside mount over double pane glass windows have been certified for the Federal Energy Tax Credit:

  • Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Shades
  • Hunter Douglas Duette Alustra Architella Shades

 

Exclusions do apply. Visit www.hunterdouglas.com/taxcredit to learn more.

Please consult your tax professional for more information.

Skylight Shades

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At Colorado Blinds & Design, we receive a fair amount of inquiries about covering skylights. Sure, skylights can open your space up to beautiful views IF your home is correctly orientated to the sun. If your home has east or west facing skylights, then you know how uncomfortable you can be in a space that is filled with intense sun and heat.

Hunter Douglas’s Simplicity™ skylight system, available on Duette® and Applause® honeycomb shades, is a manual lifting system ideal for skylights.

Basically, a rectangular honeycomb shade is installed into a frame that holds the shade into place. The system allows the user to operate the shade like a regular cordless shade. The honeycomb design blocks 99% of harmful rays while reducing heat loss and gain through the window.

Call or stop by with any questions you have regarding skylight shades!

10 Tips for Caring for Your Furnishings

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Check out these helpful tips for keeping your furniture looking brand new and flawless for generations to come.

1. Buy the best. The easiest way to make furniture last longer is to buy the highest quality you can afford. “Pieces made of solid wood with screwed and glued construction from manufacturers with a good reputation are going to be heritage pieces,” says Brent Simon, owner of Colorado Style Home Furnishings.

2. True grit. “Think of dust as very fine sandpaper; it can ruin your finish,” says Mike Ackerman, owner of Ackerman and Sons Furniture Workshop. Dust furnishings frequently with a barely damp cotton cloth such as an old T-shirt.

3. Keepin’ it clean. The dust that can hurt your wood finish isn’t doing any favors for your upholstery either. “Vacuum your furniture every time you vacuum the rest of the room,” says Ackerman.

4. Good oils. Once in a while your furniture’s wood needs a good oiling. Kate Sultan, co-owner of Modern Bungalow, recommends a light lemon or orange oil. Just apply liberally with a soft cloth, let it set for a few hours and then wipe away any excess. Avoid polishes with silicone; Ackerman recommends Guardsman Furniture Polish.

5. Moisturize. “If your lips feel dry, your furniture probably feels dry too,” says Simon. In Colorado’s low humidity, furniture can easily dry out to the point of cracking. The solution? Add a humidifier to your heating and cooling system or put a small humidifier in the room.

6. Made in the shade. Sunlight can fade fabrics and darken woods, says Simon. Keep pieces out of direct daylight if possible, and draw draperies as often as practical. Reorganize accessories frequently to avoid fade spots. Flip and rotate cushions to distribute wear and tear. Even rearrange the room periodically to even out your furniture’s exposure to light.

7. Thrills and spills. If you spill something on your upholstery, blot it up immediately; don’t let it set and don’t rub it in. And then have it professionally cleaned.

8. Age-defying skin. “Leather is skin,” says Sultan, “and just like your skin it needs moisturizing.” Every month or two you should condition leather with something like Liberon Leather Cream or Leather Tech Conditioner.

9. Ease joint pain. When furniture falls apart, it happens at the joints, Ackerman says. Can’t you just hear your grandmother telling you not to lean back in her dining room chairs? Well, don’t push furniture across the floor, either; lift it to move it. If a chair or table develops a wobbly leg or arm, have it professionally repaired right away. It’s less expensive to fix a wobble than to rebuild a break.

10. Too hot to handle. If a bowl or pot is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your wood. “Hot pots create burn rings,” says Sultan. Use a trivet or let the bowl cool down.

Source: http://www.coloradohomesmag.com/article/10-things-you-should-know-6

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