Smart Winter Tips: Keep Toasty Warm Without Breaking the Bank

Smart Winter Tips: Keep Toasty Warm Without Breaking the Bank

 

Feel that winter chill? It’s colder than expected this year, and between the holidays and the heating bill, this is turning out to be an expensive season. If you’re one of those people who can’t decide whether to suffer by being cold or by shelling out the extra cash to keep warm, you’re about to learn that the two aren’t mutually exclusive! Whether you’re a broke college student, frugal, or live in an old, drafty house, making a few small changes will make your winter more manageable.

 

Step 1: Avoid Pesky Drafts

Most of us know to seal up our windows and keep doors closed when it starts to get cold – so why does it still feel so drafty inside the house? The answer is because drafts come in through places that we’re least expecting. Though letterboxes, pet doors, and the gaps underneath doors may be small, cold winds find their way through and undo all the work your heater puts in throughout the day. Putting a strong metal flap on your letterbox, a plastic curtain over your pet door, and some draft-stoppers underneath all your doors will help to seal in your heat and keep the winter chill where it belongs – outside!

 

Step 2: Choose Window Coverings Wisely

Hopefully, you’ve already applied some weather-stripping to your windows to help insulate your home (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?). What’s equally important, though, is choosing the right window coverings so that sunlight can get in during the day, but the cold can’t come through at night. Plantation shutters are a popular solution because they look attractive, are heavy-duty, and can easily open and close – thus, they don’t let any drafts through but can be opened when the sun is hitting that side of the house. For a frugal (and much less attractive) alternative, you could use clear shower curtains to seal the windows while still letting sunlight in.

 

Step 3: Cover All Grounds

Having bare floors, whether tile or hardwood, can make a room so much colder. Investing in an area rug makes a big difference – it fights out cold temperatures that attempt to sneak into your home through the floor. Plus, you can walk around barefoot without having to touch a cold, hard surface!

 

Step 4: Shut Up

If there are rooms in your home that you’re not using, close the heating vents and shut the door. This will give your heater fewer rooms to take care of, making it more efficient. The rooms in your home that you actually do use will be much warmer!

The Louver Shop of Jackson, MS Best of Award

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Louver Shop Jackson Receives 2013 Best of Flowood Award

Flowood Award Program Honors the Achievement

FLOWOOD October 2, 2013 — The Louver Shop Jackson has been selected for the 2013 Best of Flowood Award in the Venetian Blinds category by the Flowood Award Program.

Each year, the Flowood Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Flowood area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Flowood Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Flowood Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Flowood Award Program

The Flowood Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Flowood area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Flowood Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Flowood Award Program

CONTACT:
Flowood Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardprogram.org
URL: http://www.awardprogram.org

October Is Window Cord Safety Month

Some great ideas to use when designing your home.  Please don’t forget to use cordless options on blinds and shades…or choose shutters.

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Hire a decorator to find that sofas and a coffeetable for your living room.
Find new home builders who can help you create a dream kitchen, complete with stationary kitchen island, a large dining table and a creative cabinet design.

Au Natural: 2013′s Biggest Home Decorating Trend

Just because your house keeps you protected from the elements doesn’t mean that nature shouldn’t come inside. In fact, bringing natural elements into home décor is 2013′s biggest interior design trend, and it’s breathing new life into living spaces of all sorts. Having nature’s handprint in the texture of your furniture or the design of your windows is elegantly refreshing, and there are a few different ways you can adopt it yourself.

louver1Furniture and accessories that embody the raw, uneven elements of driftwood are becoming extremely popular. Not only do unfinished surfaces like these, which venture away from recently popular dark furniture, bring a lovely rugged aesthetic to a room, their lighter colors tend to open up the room visually as well. Better yet is that natural finishes like that of driftwood are very neutral and mesh well with other colors and materials such as porcelain and metal. Natural wood blinds and unfinished wood kitchen cabinets are a great complement to wood furniture.

louver2White canvas has a very natural feel to it since it isn’t dyed and often has rough edges that offer the room a certain earthiness. It’s easy to accentuate white canvas with colorful pillows or patterned wallpaper, but it also stands well on its own. When paired with natural wood, it can make for a very clean – albeit natural and modern – look, but white canvas furniture also stands well on its own!

louver3Whether you want to get creative or are just shopping at your local home goods store, there are plenty of natural (or natural-inspired) trinkets and wall-hangings that can really bring the room together. Go to the local beach and collect seashells to put on display or keep a plant in a jar with some pebbles and water for a simple, clean aesthetic that makes a big difference.

Nature inspires us all, so why not be surrounded by it, even when you’re indoors? If done properly, the natural interior decorating trend of 2013 is quite minimalist but incredibly chic and works well in any room of the house.

Class is in Session: Noteworthy Tips for College Apartment Makeovers

The phrase “Back to School” holds a very different meaning for students in grade school and students in college or university. The first day of, say, tenth grade is attended begrudgingly; reluctant goodbyes are said to summer vacation and summer reading projects are finished in a hurry. For college students, though, it sometimes can’t come soon enough. You get to reconnect with your friends you haven’t seen all summer, move back out of your parents’ place and into an apartment of your own, meet new roommates, get re-acquainted with the freedom.

If you’re lucky enough to get an apartment – whether it’s on-campus or off – you’re probably super excited to get to decorating. Decorating for a college home, though, is a lot different from decorating for a family home! Try these tips for practical and youthful décor and storage.

Space Savers

A totally underrated form of storagshutterstock_32416633e is the under-the-bed container. Whether you need to store some off-season flannel sheets, Halloween costumes, or summer clothes, these storage bins are super useful. They keep everything out of the way while still in an easily accessible spot. You can even get bags that you compress with a vacuum to save even more space.

Wall hooks and over-the-door hooks are also totally underrated. There are tons of cute looking hooks that will fit right in with the décor of your apartment, but they’re great for keeping sweatshirts, hats, umbrellas, keys, and a lot of other items from lying around the house and having it look messy.

Even though it might seem like kind of a boring accessory, a letter organizer is more useful than you know! Every day when you come in, you probably throw the mail on the kitchen counter or coffee table. It adds up after a while. Letter organizers help to remind you to throw out junk mail, keep important mail, and stop leaving it lying all over the place.

Simple Décor

There are a few small pieces of décor that can really change the way an entire room looks. The first is window treatments – though many college students like to neglect them, they’re both practical and stylish. Help keep the sun from causing a greenhouse effect in the summer, give yourself some privacy, and add to the color scheme with some drapes or curtains of the right opacity or by even adding some plantation shutters.

Throw rugs are another useful pop of color. Your apartment will probably have either very thin carpeting or tishutterstock_145310344le or linoleum flooring. Throw rugs help to prevent the cold from seeping up through the floor in the winter and definitely make the trek from bed to the bathroom a little more bearable. They’re also useful for dividing rooms that don’t have any other visual divide, like the living room and dining room. Put a big area rug in the living room and another under the dining room table to section off your apartment and make it look bigger.

You’re probably not allowed to paint, but there are plenty of easily removable wall decals and temporary wallpapers that can really add a pop of color to your living space as well. Whether you want a quote or an abstract design, these are a great way to customize your home without angering the landlord!

The Louver Shop Columbus Ohio Award

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Louver Shop Receives 2013 Best of Columbus Award

Columbus Award Program Honors the Achievement

COLUMBUS August 6, 2013 — The Louver Shop has been selected for the 2013 Best of Columbus Award in the Blinds category by the Columbus Award Program.

Each year, the Columbus Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Columbus area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Columbus Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Columbus Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Columbus Award Program

The Columbus Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Columbus area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Columbus Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Columbus Award Program

CONTACT:
Columbus Award Program
 

4th Of July – Made In America

statue of liberty
We love our country and are so proud that our products and materials are all made right here in the USA. Celebrating Independence Day means spending time with family and friends, BBQ, and…booms! After a day at the grill, we love kicking back and watching the fireworks. It never gets old hearing the “oohs” and “aahs,” does it? Unless, of course, you have to run inside with a little one who is afraid of the noise and peek through your shutters. Shutters from The Louver Shop, we hope. Whether you attend a grand firework show with all the bells and whistles or get together with neighbors for an impromptu gathering with fire crackers and sparklers, we wish you all, a very happy and safe, 4th of July and may God Bless America!

Summer Time In The South

Summer Time in the South

One of the best things about summer time is the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. Here in Georgia, our Vidalia onions are still available. They are, hands down, the BEST onion ever grown. By the way, the name of the city the onion is named after is pronounced VIE-DALE-YAH. Many of you may have watched a cooking show like Martha Stewart’s; they never, ever say it right. Tomatoes are at the peak of perfection right now. Of course, the best are the ones you grow yourself, but the Farmer’s Market or road side stands are a great alternative. I love the variety of heirlooms that are available these days.

We wait all year to be able to make a tomato and onion sandwich. Simple deliciousness:

2 slices of fresh white bread, slather (yep, lay it on) with mayonnaise
1 thick slice of tomato
1 slice of Vidalia onion
Salt and Pepper to taste
Put together, the best sandwich and a right of summer in Georgia! Have a napkin ready!

tomatoes
Here’s a tomato and onion salad you can make for a crowd ahead of time:

4-5 large heirloom tomatoes, in a variety of colors, if you can find, cut into bite sized pieces
1 large Vidalia onion, cut into bite sized pieces
¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
¼ cup of fresh basil, chopped

Slice tomatoes and onions and place in a serving bowl. Mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, pour over tomatoes and onions. Marinade for at least two hours, longer is better. Before serving, mix in fresh basil

So easy, inexpensive, and delicious!

I’m sure you all have your favorite foods and recipes for summer, and I would love for you to share them with us. E-mail me at AHendrix@louvershop.net and I’ll post some other regional favorite recipes.

We hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Pool Side

Pool Side

Summer Vacation Tips

 

Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters

Finally, Summer is here!  We all look forward to the more relaxed pace that summer brings, the extra time to spend outdoors, the bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and of course, the all important summer vacation.  Speaking of which, we would like to remind our customers of a few tips before leaving home.

 

Contact the Post Office and Newspaper and ask them to hold your deliveries.

Ask someone you trust to drive by and check on your home periodically.

Make the home appear occupied by installing timers on some of your lights.

Keep your curtains, blinds, and shutters in their normal positions.

If you will be gone for an extended period of time, hire someone to maintain your lawn.

Do not announce on social media when you plan to be gone.

Unplug your electronics.

Make sure to set your security system.

Remove that spare key you keep under the mat, above the door, or any other not so sneaky hiding place.

Secure valuables in a home safe or safety deposit box

Finally, make sure all your doors and windows are locked.

 

We, at The Louver Shop, care about our customers and hope you all have a wonderful and safe summer.

Summer Swelter and Going Green: Keep Your House Cool Naturally

The spring season of 2013 has been a temperamental one: just when we thought we had a few more weeks of pleasantly warm weather, the thermometers began to spike. If that’s any indication as to how the rest of the season will go, we’re certainly in for a treat (if that’s what you want to call it).

Unfortunately, heating and cooling systems use more energy than any other home utility.

We don’t want our air conditioners to be working overtime this season for a number of reasons – the main one being, of course, to keep energy bills low. Overworked HVAC systems also run into more issues and tend to break down more frequently, not to mention the fact that we’re supposed to be concerned about our carbon footprints! That being said, we surely can’t go withoSummer Shadeut when the temperatures make their way into the 90′s and 100′s. So how can you remain comfortable while still using a light hand on the thermostat?

Use Landscaping to your Advantage

A lot of people have trees around their houses because they like how they look, but the benefits are manifold. Having big, shady trees around your house – as well as other foliage, like vines and shrubs – can create enough shade to lower the internal temperature in your home. As a result, you won’t need to pump that AC quite so much. The US Department of Energy estimates that three strategically-placed trees can save the average household anywhere from $100 to $250 per year in energy costs. Additionally, shrubs are relatively easy to plant, but they help to prevent the walls from absorbing heat in the summer and act as a wind blocker for winter. Bet you didn’t know your landscaping did more than just look green!

Get More with your Décor

Plantation ShuttersIf you’ve got standard glass windows and blinds, you’re throwing money away in the summertime. 25 to 50 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling is lost through the windows! Window fixtures such as plantation shutters are great for cutting back on heating and cooling costs. By being substantial enough to block out the sun in the summertime while also acting as a form of window insulation, plantation shutters help to lock in the heating and cooling so your house reaches the desired temperature more quickly and stays that way. On top of that, they have a design that incorporates a classic elegance into any home’s décor, and can even help to prevent fading on carpet and furniture from the sunlight.

Cut Down on Hot Work

Appliances like ovens, stoves, washers, and dryers can increase a home’s interior temperature by a staggering amount. Though it’s difficult to stop using the oven at dinnertime, it’s always a better option to go for the grill when it comes to summer energy efficiency. When your oven raises the kitchen temperature by 20 degrees or more, your air conditioner is going to try to compensate, causing it to guzzle energy. If and when you have to use these heat-producing appliances, try to use them early in the morning or at night after it gets dark. This will help to even out the difference between the temperature inside and outside your home, and regulate the amount of energy that your HVAC unit uses.