Spring is FINALLY getting close. Seems we have all endured a long, cold winter. Looking outside and seeing the sun shining brightly is a welcomed sight. We want the outdoors to look like spring has already sprung. We start spring cleaning our house and opening up the windows to let the fresh air in and the stale winter air out. Adding some spring to your windows will really help welcome in this wondrous season. Here are our favorite ideas to do just that.
Clean those windows! Clean windows are more than just clean glass. Cleaning your glass is one step to a squeaky, clean window. Open your windows up and clean the inside of the jamb, and the interior trim. Your insect screen can be easily cleaned by vacuuming it with a dusting attachment on your vacuum and then wiping them down with a damp cloth. Polish your window locks and hardware with a damp cloth to get rid of that winter dust. When spring truly gets here, you will want to be able to see it through clean, crystal clear glass in a nice and clean setting.
Replace drab winter window treatments with bright or pastel flowered curtains. Reflecting inside all that Mother Nature is doing outside will truly spring up your windows. Take down those insulated drab window coverings and replace them with flowing, airy curtains that easily move with the air. Aim for colors or patterns that compliment all the changes happening outside your window.
Add a window bird feeder or place a bird feeder in front of your window. Nothing says spring like the chirping of birds. Watching them hop around your windows, to and fro, is sure to put a spring in your step.
Place house plants on your window sills. Spring is the time of renewal for plants, flowers and trees. Placing some house plants on your window sill is a great way to bring that feel of renewal into your home.
Add some colorful sun catchers to your windows. Sun catchers come in countless shapes, sizes and colors. These fun shaped window accessories are not only pretty, but they reflect that gorgeous spring sun as it shines in. You can even buy kits and make your own sun catcher to make it more personal.
Windows are a big part of our spring time experience. If your windows are not in the best of condition and no amount of cleaning, repair or decorating can make them better, give us a call here at Window Nation. We offer some of the top name brand windows in the country. We can replace your old windows with new, energy efficient vinyl replacement windows and have them done in time for you to enjoy spring! Contact us today!
Spring is a great time for a fresh start in your home. The temperatures are starting to warm up. You can let in some nice, fresh air. Clean out your closets, attics and basements. Prepare the summer gear and get ready to enjoy a beautiful summer. As you look around your home and make a list of things to clean, it may start to seem a little daunting. Do not panic. Take your time and go at a speed you can reasonably fit into your schedule. Do one room a week, if you need to. Make your list as thorough as you want to or as short as you need to. The whole point of spring cleaning is to give you and your home a fresh start. It should be an enjoyable event for you and your family.
Maybe even this year you are so excited to see spring around the corner that you can’t wait! You have to start your spring cleaning now. Here are a few tips for you early bird cleaners ready to jump in and get organized and clean.
Clean Walls: Giving your painted walls a good wipe down can really make a difference. It may even surprise you how dirty they were in the first place. This is especially great in entry ways were dirt is frequently brought in.
Clean Carpets: Here is your chance to rent one of those rug cleaning machines. Taking the time to really clean your carpets all the way through can make such a difference in your home. It may even help to eliminate some carpet odors for pets.
Organize Attics and Basements: When it is still a little too chilly out to start any outdoors cleaning, it is a great time to work away at organizing and cleaning your attic or basement areas. Go through old boxes. Maybe eliminate a few items. Take your time and organize these spaces to gain better access to items all year.
Rearrange Furniture: If you start your spring cleaning early, it is a great time to rearrange furniture in your home. This can make a room feel like a completely different area. If you start early, you have time to settle in and see if the new layout works or you can change it around again.
Prepare for Mud Season: Starting your cleaning before spring means that you have time to prepare for spring. Bring out the mud boots and the boot placemat. Put up the signs about taking off your shoes at the door. Get the rain jackets and umbrellas out. Preparing for the muddy season can save you a lot of cleaning time in the middle of all the rain and mud.
Remember that spring cleaning is supposed to be fun and helpful for you and your family. So take your time and enjoy this fresh start.
First impressions are important. Well, the first thing that most people focus on when coming to your home is your front door. Believe it or not, your front door can say more about you than you think. From its size to its color, you may be revealing more about yourself than you know! Here are list of the more popular door colors and what the color could be telling others about you!
A red front door has commonly put forth a welcoming message. Red is the color of passion and love. It tells visitors and onlookers that you are welcoming them in. There are many shades of red, and using any of them will certainly tell everyone that you aren’t afraid to stand out on the block.
Blue is a tranquil color. Painting your front door any shade of this calm color says that your home is your sanctuary. This calm and relaxing color tells of the serenity within the walls of your home. If you desire a bit more privacy, but are still in search of the peace that blue offers, use a darker shade to give a sense of solitude.
A yellow front door portrays mental clarity, wisdom, confidence and understanding. This is usually the door color of the pack leader. The color yellow is a reflection of the natural joy and energy of the sun. Making your entrance door a reflection of the sun is a great way to add a ray of happiness to all who enter.
White has traditionally been used to represent purity, virtue and serenity. Using it as the color on your front door is no different. A clean and crisp white front door tells everyone that you are neat, organized and clean.
A black door is a timeless look. Black lets everyone know that you are not easily swayed by fads and passing styles. Black can be used to signify power and strength. Often homes of authoritative figures have black doors.
Green is a natural reflection of the world around you. A front door that is green sends a message of health, tranquility, harmony and safety. Some may say that your door says that you are concerned about your community and its values.
Whether your front door is green, blue, yellow, white, black or red, it is certainly telling a story. Let that story be one that reflects you, your home and your family. If you need to replace your front door, then search no further than Window Nation. With a huge variety of steel and fiberglass entrance doors, you are sure to find one that suits your style.
It is no secret that having plants in your home is good for you and your family’s health. Plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Oxygen affects our entire body and how well we function. Having living green plants in your home will increase the air quality you live with every day. Good air quality helps you have good health and well-being. Plants also add an extra element of fresh life. Making your house seem more like a home. Depending on the plants that you choose, having houseplants can also provide spices and sustenance. Having a greener home with living plants is a winning choice.
So you may have decided that having a houseplant is a great idea. You would like to freshen up your home, add some life and start growing a few plants of your own. Now comes the hard part, choosing which plants are right for you. The best bet is to start out with some easy choices and see how they do in your home’s environment. Here are a few easy to grow houseplants to choose from.
Norfolk Island Pine: This small tree can make any room cozy. It just needs lots of light and humidity.
Peperomia: This colorful plant has waxy leaves sure to add texture and color to any room. It needs medium light and the soil needs to dry between watering.
Chinese Evergreen: This plant is tough with nice leaves that add interest to any room. It needs medium light and it needs to stay moist.
Dracaena: These plants grow leaves that are green with a yellow strip in the middle creating a beautiful display. They need medium to bright light and the soil should be allowed to dry between watering.
Fiddle Leaf Fig: This plant grows very nice with interesting shaped leaves growing upward. Medium to bright light is what it requires and it needs the soil to dry between watering.
Snake Plant: This unusual plant grows green and yellow leaves out of the dirt like large pieces of grass; making a beautiful statement piece for any home. Low to bright light for this one and it needs the soil to dry between watering as well.
Philodendron: This plant has a climbing stem that you can use to create an upward growing plant. Low to bright light here and it needs the soil to dry between watering.
English Ivy: This versatile vine plant with deep green leaves adds class to any room. It needs medium light and to be kept moist.
These are just a few of the many plants that you can use in your home to help make it more inviting and alive!
At Window Nation, we offer a variety of products to help make your home more green friendly. From our energy efficient windows that will allow light in for your new plants to grow to our energy efficient doors and vinyl siding. We are here to help you turn your home into a healthy, happy environment that everyone can enjoy.
Windows are a prominent part of your home. Color, size and placement are very important. They are a source of ventilation and a light. Replacing your old windows with new vinyl replacement windows will update your home and make it more energy efficient. Not to mention, increase your curb appeal. But what do you do with these old windows that have been removed from your home? Do you just recycle them? Here are a few ideas to repurpose those old windows by using them in your home décor.
Turn your old window into a family activity and message board! If your old window frames are divided, you can use the frame as a central message and planning station for your family. Here’s how;
Paint the frame to match your home décor colors.
Add some cup hooks to the bottom of the frame. Cup hooks help keep track of car keys! You can even hang a calendar from one of these hooks!
Put a piece of thin cork board in one of the sections for use with thumb tacks. Attach the cork board to a piece of cardboard and then glue to the window frame.
Put a small piece of chalk board in another of the windows for writing notes and grocery lists. You can make your own piece of chalk board with special chalk board paint on a piece of cardboard.
Fill other sections with photos attached to cardboard, fabric or leave open.
Fill a window frame, with or without glass in it, with scrap booking paper or pieces of fabric to decorate any room in your home. By adding colors that go with your bedding this can be a nice large piece to hang above a headboard. Or, add patterns that match your mud room, place a small shelf on the top, add a couple coat hooks to the side and you have a great conversation starter in your mud room that can hold umbrellas and hats!
Use a glass-free window frame for a fun, custom jewelry holder. You can add simple hooks or cabinet knobs or even buttons for hanging bracelets and necklaces. By stringing a small wire or string between the small sections you can hang bracelets, earrings and more. This can be a fun and whimsical addition to any girl’s room.
New windows are a great way to improve your house in many ways. Just because your old windows are no longer doing what they were originally designed to do doesn’t make them useless. Use your imagination and repurpose those windows to add fun, elegance and design to your home décor.
Thanksgiving. A time for family, friends and fellowship. Getting your home cozy and welcoming while reflecting this time of thanks can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are six easy ideas for decorating your home this Thanksgiving.
Simple Thanksgiving votive candles. Candles can be used to illuminate your home or holiday table. Here are a couple simple ideas to create your own festive candles:
Dried peas (green), dark kidney beans (reddish brown) and un-popped popcorn (yellow) layered in the bottom of a clear mason jar are the perfect combination for a base to set a small votive candle on. Tie a piece of brown twine or ribbon around the jar to complete these easy accents.
Modge Podge some fall leaves to the outside of mason jars of various sizes or baby food jars, and drop a small votive candle inside or add a small battery operated candle. Finish with a piece of ribbon or twine tied around the rim.
Cranberry and twig bouquets. Fill a clear vase half full with cranberries. Add some dark colored twigs as the bouquet. If these aren’t colorful enough, you can spray paint the twigs for some flair or add some burlap or paper ribbon tied around the vase. Changing up the twigs and adding a bundle of wheat will give a harvest theme to this easy decoration.
Thankful tree. Place small twigs/branches in a vase. Cut out some small card stock style stiff pieces of paper. You can cut in various shapes like pumpkins, hearts, acorns, leaves etc. Punch a small hole in them and thread a small piece of twine through the hole. Write something that you are thankful for on each one of them and hang on the tree. Each day ask everyone to add at least one label of something that they are thankful for. You will be pleasantly surprised at all the things that will adorn your thankful tree.
Cinnamon wrapped candles. Place an elastic around a 3” – 4” wide candle. Place cinnamon sticks beneath the band. Continue filling around the candle until it is completely covered. Use varied heights for your cinnamon stick to add texture and depth. Once the candle is completely covered, wrap twine around the candle to hide the rubber band and tie off in a simple knot. These rustic candles are a great addition to almost any occasion.
Pine cone centerpiece or accent bowls. Pine cones are easy to find outside, or you can buy bags of them at a craft store. Fill your favorite wood or fall colored bowl with them. Adding a candle to the middle of the bowl and surrounding it with the pine cones is another option. Fill small baskets with pine cones, cranberries and cinnamon sticks for an aromatic accent that you can place all over your home.
Decorating for thanksgiving can be quick and easy. Following these Thanksgiving decor tips will decrease your holiday stress and increase your home’s holiday dress!
Halloween is right around the corner! How ready are you for this festive event? There are so many fun decorating ideas for this time of year. The seasonal colors of fall are here and ready to be a part of your home this Halloween. Here are five fun decorating ideas for your home this year.
Ghost Shades: For this fun trick you take paper blinds and some crafting paper. Use the black paper as a shade and cut out ghost shaped holes in them. Then place white paper behind the ghost shaped holes to create a fun, ghost shadow on your wall.
Haunted Houses: Use construction paper (black and yellow) to construct small, black haunted houses with yellow windows. You can use cardboard to help hold them up right.
Bat Mobile: Use a tree branch from outside. Cut out small bat shapes out of construction paper. Hang bats from tree branches using string.
Spider webs: Use cheese cloth to create the illusion of spider webs. Shred the cheese cloth on one side hang from the ceiling.
Eerie Candles: Use Columns used for wedding cakes spray painted black to create the illusion of creepy candle holders.
Enjoy these fun projects this Halloween season! Be safe when going out trick-or-treating or to a party. Always go out in groups and wear safety gear. Keep costumes fun and safe with reflective gear.
Most of all enjoy this fun Halloween season!
Fall is Here! Our absolute favorite time of year. The leaves are changing to beautiful, vibrant colors, the nights are rosey cheek cool and the sunny days still require sunglasses. Perfect. Mother Nature is redecorating the trees and shrubs. What are you doing to redecorate your home in the celebration of the arrival of fall? There’s endless ways to re-decorate to celebrate the fall and harvest season of the year. Here are a few of our favorite ideas to help your home look the part this fall season.
Traditional fall decorating has been to commemorate the harvest season, as fall was the last real harvest of the year before the cold winter months made their debut. Bunches of dried corn stalks wrapped around light or porch posts and mailboxes with a twine belt to hold them there, are simple, easy and inexpensive. Add color to these easy bunches by poking in some dried holly berry or small tree branches with some bright red and yellow leaves. Add a hale bale or two on your front porch or near your entrance door with some beautiful pumpkins, squash and gourds of different size and color. Pumpkins don’t have to be carved to be a fall decor, of course the occasional jack-o-lantern is fun to make and use!
Pumpkins, gourds and squash of all shapes, sizes and colors are very friendly for indoor fall decorating. Painting them different colors, in patterns or with fun faces quickly melds them into your existing decor, except with a fall flair. Setting out and using candles that are red, auburn, yellow or brown in color seem to bring the colorful fall leaves inside. Wonderful fall smells like cinnamon and apple will bring your taste buds back to the realization that it’s apple picking season. Which means a bowl or basket full of nice, bright red apples is an edible healthy addition to your fall decor.
Of course, if you want to have a fun and easy project to remind you of your childhood days then bring in some fall leaves, add crayons, wax paper and an iron and you can make some colorful and fun leaf accents. Use these accents to tack up on existing picture frames on your walls to add the fall flair without removing what is already on your walls. String the waxed leaves together to make leaf garland that can be used on mantels, light fixtures and over doors and windows. Stick these colorful waxed leaves up on your windows for a fall stained glass-like look.
Flowers like pots of Mums, and sunflowers that are intertwined with grapevine, cornstalks, pumpkins and even a beautiful bloom of a purple cabbage are an easy and pleasing way to accent both the outside and inside of your home. Decorating your home for the perfect season of fall doesn’t have to be expensive, stressful or hard. Using traditional harvest items and switching them up a little bit to add texture color or style is all it takes. The options are almost endless. Help honor and celebrate this fall season with some of our favorite fall projects, but don’t forget, above all have fun!
Looking for a fresh style in your home? At Window Nation, we may specialize in the installation of windows, doors and siding, but we enjoying sharing home improvement tips, too! With the spring season here and many homeowners eager to redecorate, we thought it would be a good idea to offer home decor ideas featuring the pantone color of the year…radiant orchid! This purple hue can fit into just about every room in the home.
A few ways to incorporate radiant orchid, or similar colors into your home…
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