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Jul 06

Amish gazebos… what a classic in beauty and style. Before there was a “she shed” there was the gazebo. They are beautifully hand crafted from wood, elegant in design, and will stand the test of time. We are proud to announce that we are now offering Amish gazebos for our customers! If you’ve ever wanted to have something that has the functionality of a she shed but with the classic beauty and versatility of a covered porch space, then an Amish gazebo is the perfect choice for your household!

 

What Can I Use A Gazebo For, Exactly?

Great question! Entertaining outdoors comes with a variety of challenges. If the weather is nice and sunny, you can run the risk of exposing your guests to too much direct sunlight or heat. If it’s windy or rainy, then your guests will want to have some shelter from the elements. If you don’t have any sort of semi permanent shelter set up outside, then the actual days and seasons in which you can comfortably entertain guests is very limited. When you have something like a covered porch or pergola or gazebo (or all three!) then you can offer your guests some respite from the elements any day of the year. That means more BBQ's, more movie nights, and more Easter Egg hunts for you and your family, regardless of the weather! 

 

Gazebo Varieties

Gazebos can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. They can be round or octagonal or even square. They can be made of vinyl or wood or a mixture of both! Some can even be metal. Some styles of Amish gazebos can have a single roof or even a double roof. The second roof is called a cupola. So much to customize, so little time! We can help you pick the perfect gazebo for your outdoor area.

 

Your Favorite Indoor Activities, Elevated Outdoors.

Do you love to curl up with a light shawl and cup of coffee and a good book? If you had a gazebo, you could do that just about any day of the year in the middle of nature’s beauty. Summertime? Get yourself a cold iced lemonade and your favorite puzzle book for an afternoon of refreshment and brain teasers. Do you love movie night? Why not put a sheet up on the outside of your house and watch a favorite movie on a projector from the comfort of your new gazebo? Is it raining out and you don’t feel like going to the park and getting soaked? Grab your favorite spooky novel and a cup of steaming cocoa and take in some fresh air under your gazebo. Have a newborn and it’s tummy time? Take the little one outside and do tummy time in the beautiful outdoors while staying in the shade in your gazebo! So many great activities that you can do each day that are so much better and more fun if you do them in a gazebo.

 

Want A Gazebo? Give Us A Call!

We are so excited to be offering high quality Amish gazebos for sale. Give us a call to have one of our experts provide a free estimate and walkthrough today: (208) 888-1056. Click our Contact page here for more ways to get a hold of us. You will be glad you did!

 

Jun 30

Who doesn’t love choices? When it comes to relaxing on your back porch or entertaining guests year round, it’s great to have as many choices as possible! With a beautiful Pergotenda by Corradi, you can have tons of choices and options for exactly how you want your porch area to look. If you’re looking for a customizable covered porch solution that is motorized and easy to use or if you’re just looking for something new that your neighbors won’t already have, the Pergotenda is the perfect choice for your home.

 

What is a Pergotenda?

A Pergotenda is a specialized sliding covering system for porches that’s been created and patented by high quality manufacturer, Corradi. This system allows your porch to have a retractable roof and walls so you can control the amount of sunlight and shade in your exterior porch for more months out of the year than when using a standard covered porch. During the summer months while it’s hot and sunny, you can keep the roof closed and maybe open a wall or two to let a breeze through. In the fall, you can keep the roof open to let the stars shine through and keep the walls up for some extra warmth. In the winter you can batten down the hatches and have the roof and all walls closed to keep you and your guests nice and comfy and out of the elements. 

 

Check Out These Amazing Pergotenda Videos!

Why take our word for it? Watch these fantastic videos of Corradi’s spectacular Pergotenda system in action. With a push of a button you can open the roof, or change the direction of the roof slats. You can have a wall section slide down or up to let a cool breeze in. When it’s time to lock up for the night you can shut everything again to keep rain and debris from entering your nice porch space. See the awesomeness for yourself here on this page that is packed full of great videos for you to enjoy: https://www.blindappeal.com/products/exterior_shades_awnings/pergotendas/

 

Check Out These Photos Too

Well, videos are nice but a picture is truly worth a thousand words! Check out a wide variety of options available to you with your next Pergotenda from Corradi. A louvered roof system is a great way to keep the sun out of your area for when it’s too hot or you can let the sun shine in if you’re out relaxing and getting a sun tan. These photos are great because they show just how versatile this system is and why it is one of the absolute must haves for the summer. You’ll want to zoom in super close to see the great details and features available in every Pergotenda!

https://www.blindappeal.com/products/exterior_shades_awnings/pergotendas/#nanogallery/nanoGallery1/72157714667269487

 

Time To Call

What time is it? It’s time to give us a call in order to get a FREE no obligation estimate. Let us send an expert over to you that will help answer any questions you may have and will be able to give you the best setup to fit your needs on your outdoor living product purchase. Give us a call to set up an appointment: (208) 888-1056. We can’t wait to hear from you. 

 

Jun 19

Summertime means higher temperatures in and around your home and with it come higher energy bills. There are dozens of ways you can optimize your home both inside and out so that you can save on energy costs, but one of the best ways is to reduce the amount of harsh sunlight that enters your home through your windows. That’s right. Putting up a new set of high tech modern shades in your windows is the perfect way to stay cool this summer and keep more money in your pocketbook. Let’s look at some of the brands and styles that you may want to have in your home this year!

 

High Tech Solutions To An Old Fashioned Problem

Sometimes you have to go a bit high tech when it comes to lowering your summer energy costs. In that case, we recommend adding motorization technology to your current shades or by purchasing new shades and installing the motorization features along with them. We can help you with both! We have a team of experts that can help give you a consultation on the best ways to add high tech mechanization to your home’s window coverings. With mechanization also comes automation! You can even hook up your motorized shades to your home’s smart station like Alexa or Google’s Home. They can then be set to open and close your blinds according to the current time of day and weather outside to make sure you get the most out of your technology and your blinds. 

 

Do As The Romans Do

Roman interior shades are an excellent addition to your home’s decor that will also help you save on your summer cooling costs. Roman style shades are a classic way to add a touch of sophisticated style and elegance to any room in the house. They also make fantastic sun blockers and come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and thicknesses. Get these especially if you have a lot of long vertical windows in your home. 

 

Interior Shades

Speaking of high technology, interior solar shades have some of the most high tech features on the market. Special metallic fabric helps to reduce the noticeable glare in your home yet let enough filtered light through to help reduce the need for lights during the day. Interior shades also help reduce heat energy build up by blocking much of the sun’s harmful UV rays from entering your windows. 

 

Our Service Guarantee

One of the best reasons to buy from Blind Appeal, aside from our excellent customer service and knowledgeable staff of experts, is our service guarantee. Any blinds or window treatments  purchased from Blind Appeal are backed not only by a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty, but even more importantly, are backed by Blind Appeal’s Service Guarantee. You will never pay for any service or repair for any product you purchase from Blind Appeal. The one exception is for Motorized products which come with a 5 year warranty on motors. If a motor ever does fail after 5 years, the only cost you would pay is the actual cost of a new or repaired motor. No additional service fees would ever be added. Interested? Call us today to get a free in-home estimate!

 

With that in mind, we hope that you have a safe and fun summer and are able to stay cool while saving money on energy costs!

 

May 29

We have so many great products to offer that are of the utmost quality and craftsmanship, but there is one brand that we’d like to highlight today: Corradi USA. We are proud to be carrying several of their products and we’d like to go over some of their special features and properties so you can find the right Corradi product for your home or business. That’s right, they can be used for commercial purposes as well! Let’s dive into more of what they have to offer. 

 

Exterior solar motorized shades by Corradi

Welcome to the future. With some sort of smart speaker (like Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Home) in just about every household these days, it’s no wonder that home automation demand is skyrocketing. If you have a smartphone and/or a smart speaker in your home, then you can control your shades with the touch of a button or a simple voice command. Adding this product to your home can take a regular home and turn it into a smart home. Did you know that smart-device controlled shades can help you save money? You can automate when the shades are open or closed to help better regulate your home’s temperature year round. Being smart really pays off in this case!

 

Corradi specializes in high end window coverings, including their highly sought after line of exterior solar motorized shades. Their exterior shades can be the perfect addition to your backyard sun porch area or can make a huge difference to your clients in an outdoor commercial environment. They can be installed at the opening of your garage and transform your garage into an insect free “extra” room that can be fun for the whole family year round. This is a really great choice if you need shade or insect protection in your home or small business outdoor dining area. If you have a west or south facing patio, then you’ll definitely want to install some exterior shades like these.

 

Awnings

Corradi is a great choice for awnings. They use high tech and high quality fabrics from renowned suppliers and innovators like Para, Mermet, and Phifer. They make incredible awnings that provide excellent solar heat protection, light reduction, protection from harmful UV rays, and are made of Microban specialized antimicrobial protection that will help prevent rot and bacterial contamination. 

 

Make sure your next awning is a Corradi awning. They come in a variety of colors and shades like White, Desert Sand, Mocha, and Beige. You can really customize your outdoor dining or entertaining experience at your home to make sure that your guests are impressed and having fun. They even have great options and built in durability to help protect you and their fabrics from wind, rain, and other elemental factors. 

 

Conclusion

So, if you’re in the market for some good exterior solar shades or a new awning or just about any other window covering need, then make sure to give us a call and make sure to ask about one of our favorite brands, Corradi USA, a great company making exceptional products in Texas.

 

Feb 28

Let’s shed that winter hibernation and embrace the spring! There is so much to do and enjoy out in the Treasure Valley this year, it can be nearly impossible to keep track of it all. We have put together a handy guide to help you hit some of the highlights of this spring’s fun family friendly activities. 

 

Treefort Music Festival: March 25 - 29, 2020

Just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock this last decade, Treefort music festival is quickly growing into one of the hottest and biggest events in Boise each year. It started humbly in 2012 with just over 140 bands (mostly small and local bands) to 500 bands in 2020 featuring smash hit artists like Calexico, Chromatics, and Prefuse 73 to name a few. Pick up your tickets here:https://www.treefortmusicfest.com/tickets/

 

If music isn’t your thing, or you’re looking for something that is a little out of the ordinary from the typical wild concert, Treefort is still an amazing place to take the family! They have a slew of other events called “Forts” that feature food and activities ranging from gourmet food prepared live by all-star chefs to a curated film festival called “Filmfort.” There truly is something going on for everyone and there are lots of family friendly activities for all to enjoy. Get your fort on!

 

The Children’s Museum Of Idaho Presents Spring Break Space Camp: March 24 - 26, 2020 

If you have kids ages from 4 through 6, then this is the perfect space themed educational camp adventure for them! Register at the Idaho Children’s Museum of Idaho here: https://www.cmidaho.org/event/earth-space-spring-break-camp/. The price for the entire three day camp is just $65 (for one adult and one child) or $50 if you are a member of the museum. Activities include a chance to make their own spin art nebula, play the Mission to Space game, explore the moon, star formation and lunar landscapes, discuss what it might be like to mine an asteroid, and much more! If you have a future STEM professional in the family, then this is the perfect place for them.

 

The Idaho Fish and Game MK Nature Center: Year Round

Located just off of Warm Springs near the Albertson’s corporate campus, the MK Nature Center is a great place to take the whole family for an educational adventure in nature without having to drive outside city limits. You and your family can enjoy (for free) a guided streamwalk tour where you’ll see and learn about the plants and animals that make up Idaho’s amazing ecosystem. Or, if you want something a little different, they are putting on a fun event all about eggs found in nature. It is on Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at their main center off of Warm Springs. Learn more information here: https://idfg.idaho.gov/event/weekend-wildlife-nature-activities-eggs

 

At this event, you and your kids will learn all about the different kinds of eggs found in nature and the animals that lay them. There will even be a hunt for natural eggs all around the nature center. This is a perfect companion to Easter celebrations!

 

Feb 11

The truly best part about the Blind Appeal business is our employees. We are so happy to have the pleasure of working with these great people day in and day out as we install the best window coverings in the valley. We are excited for this great opportunity to help you get to know three more of our amazing employees a little bit better. Introducing the Sales Team!

 

Meet Ryan Van Artsdalen!

 

My favorite part of working for Blind Appeal is meeting new people every day and helping them design this part of their home. I have worked for Blind Appeal for 3 years.

 

We have a strong sales team, led by Frank, and we all take pride in the product and service we provide. Every day presents a new challenge so it keeps our creative minds activated. I enjoy the feedback every time someone has our locally manufactured shutters installed, or our motorized Corradi exterior shades set. Those two products meet or exceed expectations every time!

 

Meet Nichole Kellogg!

 

My favorite part of working for Blind Appeal is meeting different people everyday. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people in our communities! I have worked for Blind Appeal for 3 years. 

 

My favorite part of working on the sales side is that every single day is different. It makes me feel very good and happy when a customer texts or emails me after installation and tells me how happy they are. 

 

Meet Wes Tankersley!

 

My favorite part about working at Blind Appeal is the great people that work here as well as the great customers we have a chance to serve on a daily basis.I have worked at Blind Appeal for 9 months now as I transitioned from being a full time school teacher to a salesman last June.

 

My favorite part of being a member of the sales team is the fact that I am in charge of what happens. I have the opportunity to help customers on a daily basis and help them complete their homes the way they like.

 

We are a family owned and operated company that strives to bring our customers the utmost in quality blinds, shades, shutters, exterior shades, and custom draperies. If you have been thinking about updating your window coverings, give us a call! One of the members of our wonderful sales team would love to talk with you about the services we offer and provide you with a free estimate, all from the comfort of your own home! 

 

Spring is just right around the corner and there are some great deals available. Our sales staff can walk you through all of the details and talk to you about a big promotion with Graber. Contact us now to learn more about the FREE cordless lift upgrade available until April 22nd, 2020. Graber will be offering FREE cordless lift on Graber Cellular, Pleated, Natural, Roller, Solar, Fresco Roman, and Fabric Shades. Request your free quote today!

 

Feb 07

Nothing beats living in a house equipped with great window coverings. In the summer, you can keep your living areas cooler and darker so that you can catch a cat nap even in harsh summer heat. In the winter, good window coverings can help you to save money on your heating bills and keep your rooms a little warmer by increasing insulation and trapping more heat. Window coverings may not be the centerpiece of every home, but they are the cherry on top of a delicious sundae. We have great window coverings on offer in a wide variety of styles and types, but today we wanted to focus on hardwood blinds. That’s because they are a modern yet timeless look that will inspire your guests and delight your family with their ease of use and stunning visuals.

 

They Increase The Resale Value Of Your Home

Bar none, one of the easiest ways to increase your home’s resale value, aside from burying a pot of gold in the backyard, is to install a complete set of hardwood blinds like the ones we have from Graber which offer the natural beauty of sustainably sourced North American hardwood. Turn your home into a real estate agent’s dream by installing a set of hardwood blinds in your home. Whether you’re selling soon or just investing in your future, you’ll want to equip your house with these exquisite window coverings.  

 

They Are Easy To Maintain

So, not only are hardwood blinds a great way to increase your home’s resale value, but they are also going to save you valuable time in their maintenance. They are as easy to take care of as they are elegant and will save you dozens of hours of dusting, scrubbing, and refitting that other blinds require. What are you going to spend your new found hours on? The choice is yours when you choose hardwood blinds for your home! 

 

We Install Them For You

Speaking of saving time, (and stress!) we install these for you! That’s right. Our experienced team of professional installers will make sure that your purchase is well taken care of as they are installed the right way for your home and your needs. We take the guesswork out of buying and installing beautiful window coverings in Boise, Meridian, and the rest of the Treasure Valley!

 

Lifetime Value And Service

Don’t worry, once our friendly and knowledgeable technicians leave your home, we won’t forget you. Our products are not only backed by the manufacturer's lifetime warranty, but they are also backed by our Blind Appeal Service Guarantee. You will never pay for any service or repair for any product you purchase from Blind Appeal. The one exception is for Motorized products which come with a 5 year warranty on motors. If a motor ever does fail after 5 years, the only cost you would pay is the actual cost of a new or repaired motor. No additional service fees would ever be added. How’s that for a great added bonus?

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, you’ll want to contact us today to learn more about our amazing hardwood blinds offerings and how we can get started on installing them in your home today! We’re happy to answer your questions and can offer you a free estimate.

 

Jan 15

With the new year here to stay, it’s time to say hello to new styles and new trends for your home. Much like fashion, interior decorating has yearly trends, fads, and must haves. We’re going to look at some of the hottest interior decorating trends for the year ahead that are coming to a showroom near you.

 

Sustainable Is Desirable

With 2019 being the year of Marie Kondo, who taught us to de-clutter our homes and our lives, this theme played perfectly into the minimalist design trends that were all the rage of 2019. However, in 2020, we are slowly filling our homes back up again with stuff that sparks joy, it’s just made of more sustainable and responsibly sourced materials than before. When shopping for more sustainable and ecologically friendly furniture and decorations for 2020 look for the following:

 

  • Furniture and decorations that are made from wood or other natural materials like acacia and rattan

  • Pieces made in countries with good environmental and sustainability standards

  • Things made by companies with positive sustainability standards

  • Items with a low carbon footprint, including locally sourced furniture

  • Materials that emit low to no volatile organic compounds and are packaged responsibly without lots of plastic and non-recyclable materials like plastic bubble wrap or styrofoam

 

Upcycling Is On Trend

To go along with being sustainable, it’s very much in vogue to have some, if not all, of your main decoration components be crafted (cleverly) from “upcycled” materials or objects. Case in point, a dining room table or coffee table created by hand out of leftover wooden pallets or industrial spools. Wall decorations can be created by using upcycled pottery that has been painted and restored. Another popular wall decoration is to purchase a landscape painting from a 2nd hand store and then carefully paint in new items in the landscape like classic muscle cars or fantasy castles. It’s a cheap and easy project that nets you a classic piece of unique framed artwork for very little effort.

 

Natural, Simple, Biophilia Is All The Rage

Since we’re getting back to basics and back to nature with our new trends for the new year, having a house that looks less industrial and more “nature made” is what is “in” this year. And that means a return to wood showing up everywhere from table tops to flooring to kitchen counters. And let’s not forget our window coverings! Wood is back and we have tons of great North American hardwood blinds that would be the perfect on-trend addition to any home this year. Check out our fantastic prices and top of the line installation! While we’re in an all natural mood, house plants are coming back with a vengeance as this year’s top sustainable decoration and accessory. While they definitely take some upkeep, houseplants are worth every minute of care they take to keep healthy. They not only look fantastic by providing an organic pop of color, but they also help to keep your home’s air filtered and fresh! 

 

Want some in-design window coverings this year? Give us a call or send us an email by using our contact page. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Dec 20

The most important part about any company isn’t the products they sell or the services they provide, but the people that make up the company. We are so proud to have such a wonderful group of people on our staff that truly make our family business into one big extended family. Today, we are featuring three Blind Appeal team members, Denise Van Artsdalen, Katy Aguilar, and Brooke Rooker. 

 

 

Meet Denise!

My favorite part about working for Blind Appeal is that we are a family-owned business. I enjoy working with my brother (owner Frank Arroues) and his wife and two sons. Even my husband and son are part of the Blind Appeal team! We consider members of the Blind Appeal team as family. Most of the staff who are not directly related to us have initially been referred to us by family members. 

I have worked for Blind Appeal since June 1st, 2014. I oversee the Office Management and some of my other duties include Processing and Handling all Costco Member paperwork. Marketing and Management of all social media such as Instagram, Facebook, BBB, HOUZZ, and our website. I am involved in several Treasure Valley organizations, including Brokers Council of Realtors and BCA (Idaho Building Contractors Association). 

When I first started with Blind Appeal one of my favorite things was to watch my brother interact with potential customers. I remember the first time I went into a customer’s home with him and was amazed not only by his knowledge of the product but also by the way he related to people. One person on an Instagram post recently said, “Frank is a legend.” I love that! 

 

Meet Katy!

 

My favorite part about working with Blind Appeal is the family atmosphere. Not only do most of the family work within the company, Frank and Wendy make sure that all staff feel that family vibe. Although we might work in separate areas, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t laugh with one person or another! 

I have worked for Blind Appeal for just over a year as an Administrative Assistant. I am one of the first people you’ll speak to when you call in. I handle scheduling appointments, as well as taking payments and sending receipts. I also support management by assisting with newly implemented programs. 

I’ve known Frank for 16 or so years. Every now and then Wendy, his wife and Sales Development Coordinator, would ask me if I would want to come work with them, but before a year ago when I started, the timing was never right for one reason or another. Last year I left my position at my last job when my husband graduated with his Master’s degree and went into the workforce. I was looking for something that would be part time and would allow me to work from home, so I could stay with my daughter. I happened to see Wendy again in Costco and she asked again if I was looking for a job, which of course I was! A few months later I got a text from her, seeing if I was still interested. I had an interview the next was and was hired the night after! I’ve enjoyed every day since!

Meet Brooke!

My favorite thing about working at Blind Appeal is the team has welcomed me like family. I must send out a million emails a day asking questions and everyone has been completely understanding. 

I have only worked for the company since Nov. 1st, 2019 but I have known Wendy for years. As the Office Assistant, when you call Blind Appeal, you reach me! I schedule appointments, create invoices, take payments, and help maintain other computer programs that we use. 

As a new member of the team I am still learning the ropes and everyday has been an adventure for me!

 

Dec 20

As a family-owned company, we understand the importance of staying connected to each other through the holidays. This holiday season, we wanted to connect with you, our incredible customers in the Treasure Valley and beyond. We truly wouldn’t be here without you in our lives and we will always continue to appreciate and work hard to earn your business. We appreciate all of our customers and want to take a moment to wish you all a very happy holiday season this year. What better way to celebrate family than to share some family-friendly bonding ideas with you that you can try out this year with your loved ones. Happy Holidays!

 

Here are some ways to enjoy the holidays with your family that won’t break the bank and will hopefully help you form some fond and lasting memories together. 

 

Holiday winter hike

One great way to bond with your family is to explore the great outdoors together. We recommend getting together this holiday season and planning a little nature hike together as a family. It’s a great way to get some exercise and spend quality time together without having to be out of pocket for the outing like when going out to eat or to a movie. It’s so great living in Idaho because we are surrounded by some of the best hiking trails in the world both in and around Boise. It’s also fun to pack some holiday snacks and plenty of hot cocoa!

 

Holiday baking/cooking competition

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Top Chef or a microwave chef, spending time with the family in the kitchen is a great way to create fun experiences and lasting holiday memories together. There are two ways that we like to have family fun in the kitchen. 

 

-Dinner cook-off: Split into teams until you have four evenly matched teams (either kids vs adults, or a mixed or random pair) and cook a small portioned dinner plate (typically a main protein with two sides). Then, the whole family tries all of the dishes and votes on the one they like the best by using a piece of paper. You can’t vote for your own dish so you must pick one of the other three. The winner gets bragging rights and everyone wins with a full belly of delicious food!

 

-Cookie bake-off: This is more of an individual event. Each person in the family bakes and decorates their own choice of cookie and then they all bring them together for a “cookie tasting.” Each cookie is scored by points on a paper ballot. You can do it like Iron Chef, or score however you’d like. The person with the most points is the winner! Although, technically we’re all winners because we get to eat a bunch of delicious cookies.

 

Holiday themed family book club

Whether you’re all still under the same roof or are in far flung states across the union, you can always find time to read a book. Books are great because they can be inexpensive, easy to ship and travel with, and don’t require batteries! Pick a holiday themed book for your whole family to read and have a fun book club party! It’s a fun way to share an activity together, especially if you are far apart during most of the year. 

 

Whatever you do with your family this holiday season, we hope that you are having fun and enjoying your time together. We are so grateful to be doing business in a community as spectacular as the Treasure Valley and we wish all of you the best holiday season this year!

 

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