Unsponsored Select Blinds Review: Cellular, Roman & Bamboo Shades

Select Blinds Jute Natural vs Jute Wheat

When we moved into our place last year, we had zero window coverings – no wonder the photos looked so light-filled! So, we quickly stuck up some temporary paper blinds, which covered the majority of our windows until this year.

Initially, I had no intention of installing our own blinds. However, a colleague convinced me that it was very simple, even for someone as inexperienced as I was. Window frames are always surrounded by 2×4’s, so I wouldn’t have to worry about finding a stud (an issue I’ve had in the past when installing a closet system).  The internet (aka reddit) further convinced me that self-installation was the way to go. Apparently, the vast majority of window products are very similar and there is no need to pay a mark-up unless a brand like Hunter Douglass has a very specific material that you just can’t live without.

Select Blinds came highly recommended by Redditors, and they had the initial style I was looking for – top/down bottom/up honeycomb cellular shades. So I decided to order one set to test… since then, I’ve installed their shades in three additional rooms in various styles!

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Ruggable Washable Rug Review: 1 Year Later

When we moved into our new place almost a year ago, one of our first new purchases was an area rug for our living room. We ended up buying a Ruggable, as we were intrigued by the fact that it was machine washable. 

And now, Ruggable has their Anniversary Sale through the 27th with many popular styles 15% off, including the one we purchased. So, I figured this would be as good a time as any to review our experience so far.

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Adjusting to Working from Home

Above: Photo by BRUNO CERVERA

I have a confession: I love working in an office environment. At least, in a generally well-balanced, lively office environment. Our company has WFH Fridays, which is a nice perk – however, I still come into the office on Fridays because I find myself most productive in an office. With the COVID-19 situation, many companies in the San Francisco bay area changed to remote work this week, ours included. While the current timeline is two weeks, we’re really not sure how long we’ll need to continue WFH – so it was time to finally make my space “work-ready” with the following steps. 

EDIT: As of today, March 16th, six counties in the Bay Area have officially issued a “shelter in place” mandate through April 7th. So, we’ll be WFH for a while.

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