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The winter will soon be gone, and spring will bring forth its own excitement – Ground Hog Day, the baseball season, spring break, daylight savings, floods! According to projections from, a late start to spring is expected across Ontario and Quebec (including Toronto and Montreal) thanks to a chilly north westerly wind. Excellent news for skiers and snowboarders! After staying indoors most of the winter, Canadians are, I’m sure, looking forward to outdoor activities to break the cabin fever plaguing all. The church community center and libraries are great life savers in winter as people try to deal with cranky family members all getting on everyone else’s nerves! And tired of shoveling snow!


But spring will soon be here, and personally, I like to do a lot of spring cleaning. My husband always says that this is just a great excuse to spend more money! Well, which woman doesn’t like a bit of a splurge every so often? And not always for ourselves, mind you! Cleaning up means perking up. Perking up means something new. And why not? Why do we work so hard if we can’t give our homes a good old perk up with a perky new season?! Just as new leaves make an appearance and buds burst through! Just as rabbits and hedgehogs come sniffing out of their burrows, whiskers first! Oh, isn’t this just the best thing?


As far as I’m concerned, every home can do with an infusion of brightness, come spring. Airing is one way to achieve this, as one has to open operable windows in order to do this – an activity that lightens the heart! Doesn’t the chirping of birds just lift your spirits? And allow the spring sunshine and breeze to carry away the stuffy mustiness of winter, and wash your home with warmth and lightness. Don’t the portals of our homes deserve a perk up too?



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An excellent way to give your home that spritely freshness is to accessorize your windows! The exquisite framing

of your view outside would simply lift your blues and elevate your decor – a masterstroke of art! Achieving this is not difficult at all. First, consider your windows –

· Are they operable or not?

· Do they receive direct sunshine during the day?

· What type of windows are they – sliding windows, casement windows, awning windows, bow windows, bay windows, picture windows?

· Do you need to change the existing window treatments?


Whatever the question, the first thing to be done would be to give the windows a thorough cleaning. If you don’t plan to change your window treatment, clean them/have them cleaned as well. Now stand back and take a good look at the picture they portray – can they do with some embellishment? Remember the excitement of Christmas when myriads of ideas clamored in your head – baubles, ribbons, swags, holly, pinecones, cards, and tinsel – all in red white and green! But spring is the time for gentle colors – pastels.


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If you have heavy drapes covering your beautiful picture windows, it’s definitely time for a change of scene! Have them dry-cleaned and put away for another season and transform your windows with double roller shades – a light filtering fabric facing the window for use during the day, and a room darkening fabric for privacy and added insulation at night; patterned or plain depending on your upholstery and carpeting or rugs. Alternatively, go for zebra sheer shades to give your room a beautiful zing with its jaunty striped effect. In colors of your choice. For additional flirtatiousness, add a scarf valance to the roller shades on wooden or metal drapery rods. Beauty!

If you have bay windows, you might consider adding an upholstered wooden box seat with a hinged flap at the top, with throw cushions in soothing colors – for the kids to sit and enjoy the sights of spring from the comforting warmth of their home; or for yourself, to snuggle down with a warm shawl, to enjoy the warmth of the waning sun, sipping hot steaming coffee. You could stow some of your winter stuff away in the box – two birds with one stone and all that! And if you would like to go for a change in window treatment, try out the Artisan Balloon Roman shades with a Top Down Bottom Up cordless option that makes for ease of use, privacy, and a view that you desire.

Team up the Window Coverings.


Use Natural shades or wooden blinds from Graber Blinds or Comfortex on your casement or bow windows. Team them with sheer curtains and elegant knob or rosette holdbacks to create new allure every day! If you live by the beach, use marine motifs as holdbacks – starfish, shells, anchors, etc. Or use elegantly self-printed sheers for that extra glam! There’s nothing like natural shades to lighten a room’s looks, pleasant in summer too! Spruce them up with tassels or valances for more homey warmth.


So, rather than crawl through town looking for options, I crawl the net instead! I love blinds and shades, and I decide to retire my fantastic cellular shades that have served me so well through the winter for a less insulated feeling. I choose to buy interior solar roller shades from Graber, made of the GREENGUARD certified Phifer fabric, in a pale green for all the common areas of my house. And I’m going to have them screen printed with dappled leaves in unusual colors. No dangers of off-gassing with these shades, and I’ve chosen tighter weaves for windows that receive the afternoon sun so I can have wonderfully cool interiors in summer! Zebrablinds has given me the most incredible offers possible that I didn’t have to think twice before placing my order. As spring rolls in, I can roll up my shades to lighten my home!



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