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Feb 26

Blind Appeal has been serving the Treasure Valley and beyond for over thirteen years. Our family-owned business has been built on the commitment to bringing our customers the highest quality in blinds, shades, shutters, exterior shades and custom draperies. This dedication to excellence in customer service would not be possible without our expert sales and installation team. 


Cultivating a team of first class professionals committed to top of the line service who settle for nothing short of perfection is the foundation of Blind Appeal’s success. Leading the Valley’s best sales and installation team is Mike Van Artsdalen. As the Director of Operations, Mike’s job ecompasses all aspects of the Blind Appeal business. Coming from a background in Art Education and the Visual Arts, his eye for aesthetics and design benefit all the Blind Appeal clients as well as our staff. A leader with integrity and generosity, his connection to the community and his commitment to excellence make him an ideal leader.  


Blind Appeal’s Field Manager is Chris Meyers. Being in the field and delivering on Blind Appeal’s promise on best pricing and customer satisfaction is a perfect fit for Chris. He shares the team's commitment to excellence in all things and is a gregarious leader who genuinely enjoys meeting new people and helping them realize their dreams for their home. 


Without Wendy Arroues Blind Appeal would not be able to reach as many of the Valley’s homes as we do. Wendy is the Sales Development Coordinator and has been with Blind Appeal since the very beginning. Knowing what the customer needs and wants is something that Wendy has been able to anticipate and build on for years. Creating new connections in the Treasure Valley and developing relationships based on the Blind Appeal concept is a natural talent of Wendy’s. She leads a team of dedicated sales associates who are able to build on her dedication and continually grow the Blind Appeal client base.  


These three stellar individuals represent a small portion of the Blind Appeal team but are a great example of the type of  stellar individual you will be working with when you get your window treatments with us. It is based on the trust and confidence that they have in their team at every turn that they are able to stand behind their service guarantee and customer satisfaction guarantee. Our service guarantee means that our customers get the piece of mind that the Blind Appeal team will exceed your expectations and the job is not done until our customers are satisfied. Even better, a Blind Appeal customer will never pay for any service or repair for any product you purchase from us (the one exception being our motorized products which come with a 5 year warranty on motors).    


You simply cannot have the level of guarantees and commitments to customer satisfaction without having the finest team of professionals in the business. Give the thoughtful team at Blind Appeal a call today and let us show you not only how beautiful your windows can be, but also how incredible customer service can be. 


Feb 19

If you are trying to find a way to block harsh light without sacrificing any of your view from your windows then consider an outdoor shade or awning. The dedicated team at Blind Appeal has a sophisticated and effective selection of outdoor shades that will meet the needs of any room. If an outdoor window treatment is something you have been considering, now is the time to start working with the team at Blind Appeal to get your design selected, ordered, and scheduled for installation before the gorgeous days of spring and summer set in. 


Outdoor shades and awnings can provide just the right amount of sunblock while also creating a pleasing exterior look that will add interest and appeal to your home's appearance. Working with the best brands in the industry, Blind Appeal has a selection of choices for you to find the perfect exterior finish to your windows. 


Exterior shades and awnings are not only visually appealing, they also are an ideal solution to manage unwanted glare and can help control the heat coming into your room from sun exposure. This maximizes the usability of any room at any time of day while not having to lose any of your incredible views. Even better, these are a great option to increase your home’s sustainability as these exterior window treatments help save energy.  


Think about your outdoor spaces and the beautiful areas you have created to enjoy time with guests and family. Outdoor shades and awnings are a perfect solution to making sure that you can enjoy your outdoor spaces in any weather. Adding a shade cover to a pergola is a great way to protect from harmful UV and make your pergola or poolside spot a perfect shady oasis from the harsh summer sun. An awning over a deck or patio just outside your home will keep the sun or rain from chasing you indoors when you want to be outside enjoying the view with friends and family. 


Blind Appeal has a selection of classic designs and modern looks to fit with any architectural theme ensuring that your outdoor window treatments look as if they have always belonged. Our talented team will work with you to come up with a design that will meet all of your needs. Blind Appeal is the Treasure Valley’s connection to all the latest with window treatments so you know you will have all the best options and up to date technology. 


No longer worry about harmful UV light damaging art on the walls or fading the fabrics on your furniture. You don't have to choose between the view and harsh sun glare anymore. Get the full enjoyment out of your windows while adding a classy addition to your home’s exterior look with an outdoor window treatment or awning.


The team at Blind Appeal is the best in the business when it comes to providing outdoor window treatments. If we don't have something you love then we can work with you on a custom design built to meet your needs. Don't waste any time. Call the team at Blind Appeal and set up your quote and consultation today.

Feb 01

When deciding how to finish a window in your home or place of business there are seemingly limitless choices. How do you sort through all of the options and get the quality and finish that functions for you and your home the way you need it to? We are here to help! We have decades of experience to help you choose window finishes and can provide you with a free quote. We carry the leading brands to cover your needs for any type of window finish. One option that is continuing to be popular among decorators are roller shades. 


Designer roller shades are a popular choice with a modern finish. The sleek design and clean lines of roller shades are available in a variety of styles and finishes fit to match any room and interior design. Customers love roller blinds because of their space saving and clean look. The sleek design of roller blinds are dust resistant and will look modern and fresh in your home. If there are allergy concerns in your home roller blinds are an obvious choice to help control irritating dust.


Choices of finish for roller blinds have come a long way from the roller blinds of our parents years. One of the many exciting choices is how much light you want your blinds to let in. The light controlling solar filtering aspect of roller blinds has elevated this window finishing option to an even more desirable ranking. Sheer fabrics provide an airy and translucent finish that lets the outdoors in while still providing an air of privacy. A stronger light filtering choice provides the outline of outdoor features while still allowing the outside to come in; a dramatic finish for rooms with mountain views. The room darkening options are a perfect solution for an office or sun rich room that needs to be dimmed occasionally for clear view of screens and an overall relaxing effect. The black out option instantly turns any room into a home theater, or provides a night-like feel that supports a restful sleep at any time of day. 


You will love the versatility these window finishes will give you in deciding how to style and decorate your home. You will also appreciate how clean these window finishes look. Dust clings to curtains and can be hard to clean from venitian blind style window coverings. These window finishes clean easier and stay clean longer, keeping your windows the beautiful focal point they are meant to be. Enjoy your windows more and clean your window treatments less with a roller shade finish. 


Our specialists can help you decide what style and finish is right for you. Our products are manufactured by the leaders in the industry with care to detail and customer satisfaction our main concern. Our work and products are guaranteed so you never need to worry about quality and finish when you choose a window finish from Blind Appeal. Give us a call to learn more about this modern option for your home!

Jan 27

The windows of a home are among its most celebrated features. They let the light and beautiful outdoors into your home. Windows are a big selling point and can make a marked difference in the curb appeal of your home. The big challenge for homeowners is how to dress up this structural focal point. Shutters are a diverse and gorgeous solution to finishing any window. Finding the right shutters can be a challenge though. Big box stores only have a couple of options and are plagued with poor reviews about their ill fit and difficulty to use. There are great local options like Shutter Crafts to help you find the perfect fit for your home.


Shutter Crafts have been offering beautiful custom shutters in a variety of styles since 1976. Family-owned and operated, Shutter Crafts has been beautifying windows and satisfying customers with their personal touch and impeccable customer service for decades. Servicing all of Idaho, eastern Oregon and western Wyoming, their shutters go beyond stunning window finishes with interior options that can provide the perfect finish to a closet, pantry, or other room. No job is too large or too small for this customer focused company that prides itself on the quality of their product and their service before, during, and after installation. Consumers have raved about their attention to detail as well as the ease of use of their product.


Hunter Douglas is another favorite company when it comes to quality and craftsmanship for shutters. They offer three beautiful options. Using shutters beyond window finishing is a forgotten choice by many homeowners. The truth is shutters provide a beautiful and unique finish to many rooms with great benefits beyond their beautiful and refined look. Shutters provide great noise cancellation while also letting in natural light and giving a feel of more space. With more and more of us moving to a working at home environment, we need to find creative ways of creating a home office. Using shutters when designing your home office area can provide the perfect solution. The ability that shutters have to let light in makes small spaces feel bigger. Even the smallest office suddenly feels larger and more workable. 


What really surprises most homeowners about shutters is how versatile and modern they are. Another leader in the industry, Norman Shutters, offers Perfect Tilt motorization. Now you can control your shutters from the comfort of the couch with an app based control that you can use from your phone.  Graber is a brand that has been building customer trust and first class shutters that clients can believe in. They guarantee their work with a limited lifetime warranty, a characteristic of all our favorite brands we share here. 


Most believe that shutters are only an option for square windows. Nothing could be farther from the truth. These leaders in shutter design and manufacturing can create operating shutters for any window shape or size. Many people also think that they will be limited in their choices for finish. Again, the brands here shatter those preconceptions with color matching and several options to please any customer.  


For a first class window finish that is as classic as it is modern, functional as it is beautiful, and above all else dependable - look into the limitless options these brands can supply for shutters. Give us a call to learn more and for a free quote!


Dec 29

This past year we have all spent more time in our homes than ever before. Working from home and learning from home has changed our living spaces in unpredictable ways. In the coming year we hope for a return to more normal times, but we know that the home will continue to be the focal point of our lives. As you look for ways to upgrade your spaces and invest in your home, we encourage you to consider a face lift for your windows. Here are some suggestions for window treatments that will elevate your space, modernize your room, and be a great investment in your home. 


Solar Shades

When you have windows you want to be able to bring in that natural light. However, that light can interfere with computer and TV screens. Tired of hiding in a corner with your computer, covering the light coming in from the window? You need solar shades. Banetti and Insolroll have designed beautiful solar shades in a variety of colors to compliment any room. Let the light in, see outside, but cut out the harsh light and glare of full sun. Don’t hide from the glare, control it! Simply the best of both worlds and an attractive addition to any room. 


Bring Color and Character

Remember when the only treatment option for a window were plastic blinds that came in three colors, with strings that always got knotted? And forget about trying to clean them! Thankfully, there have been some inspiring evolutions in home blinds. No need for the boring and predictable; window treatments can be beautiful and creative. If you want something interesting in your room when you close the windows consider a patterned roller shade, or a blind in a vibrant color that perfectly completes a room. There is no limit to the possibilities, and you have license to be as creative as you want. Hunter Douglas and Graber Solar are a couple of our favorite brands for creating magical window coverings that are functional and stylish.


Motorize Your Blinds

With robot vacuums and wireless everything there seems no end to the exciting advancements in home technology. While some of it borders on the just plane silly, there are some advancements that really are too good to miss out on. The top of our list for a way to bring your home beautifully into the future is motorized blinds. Control the light you let into your home from the comfort of your couch or bed with motorized blinds. This is an added level of sophistication that is a great investment in your home and an even better investment in your quality of life. In addition to beauty and style, these cordless window treatments provide added safety for small children and pets. 


Whether you are looking to add beauty and style, modernize, or create more livable rooms; an update to your window treatment is a great way to maximize your spaces both indoor and out. Any and all of the possibilities for window treatments we talked about here and more are available from our trusted team at Blind Appeal. Give us a call for a quote today!

Dec 18

The holiday season is in full swing. Downtown the trees at the Grove and Capitol Building are lit up bright and the streets and shop windows are decked with holiday frills. There are many family-fun activities around the Treasure Valley. You can take a stroll at the headquarters of Scentsy for a holiday light walk like no other or head over to The Village in Meridian to see how they transformed into Christmas Town with a holiday fountain show to boot. This time of year provides so many reminders for why we are blessed to live in this beautiful valley. There is no better way to show you appreciate all our beautiful Ida-home has to offer than through supporting local businesses. This year, more than any other, our small local businesses need our help to get through these unprecedented times. 


Encourage the Artistic 

Our valley is home to several world class artists. They get their inspiration from the beauty of Idaho and they love to share their craft and experiences. Why not give your loved one the gift of art while supporting a local business at the same time? 


Zion Warne of Zion Warne Studios has been creating incredible glass art in the valley for over twenty years. His melding of colors and his masterful technique combine to create one of a kind works of art that are sure to be a prized possession for generations to come. Delia Dante has a new studio in the heart of downtown, her world class welding and enamel work provide great gifts from jewelry to sculptor work. 


While in downtown Boise, finish your holiday shopping at Boise Merry Makers Market or Idaho Made. These two amazing shops feature handmade items from local craftsmen. Your gifts will be unique and will help support local artists. 


Give the Gift of Adventure

We are very lucky to live in the Treasure Valley for many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is our access to amazing outdoor adventures! The Boise Gear Collective, right next to the Boise Public Library downtown, is an awesome shop that sells outdoor gear and apparel. Sporting both new and used gear, this is a great place to get professional guidance on what you need to get started in your next outdoor activity. From cross country skiing to mountain biking, they have everything you need and know how to get you on your way. 


Is the person on your list ready for a challenge? Vertical View is a new indoor climbing facility here in the Treasure Valley. With four stories of climbing this is great for the daredevil in your family or even to challenge someone you love to get out of their comfort zone. 2021 should be about trying new things, with a gift certificate here you can give those dear to you a chance at an exhilarating new hobby. 


No matter who is on your list this holiday season, try your best to get them a gift while supporting a local business. Celebrating local businesses, celebrating local artists, and celebrating all that Idaho has to offer will make your gift unforgettable.

Nov 25

With the COVID pandemic still underway, we are approaching the holidays a little bit differently this year. Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings will be smaller and a lot of businesses aren’t offering the same services they once were, or may be closed altogether for a while. But, that doesn’t mean that everything has to come to a grinding halt! There is still fun to be had for children and families all over the Treasure Valley. Let’s look at a few fun family friendly events that you can still participate in this year for the holiday season.


Snowman Scavenger Hunt At The Village (Meridian) 

Have you ever wanted to hone your detective skills? Do your kids love games that involve critical thinking and fun clues? Then head on down to The Village at Meridian between November 13th and December 31st to take part in the socially distanced Snowman Scavenger hunt! Can you find all 15 snowmen that are carefully hidden around The Village? Check out the official website for the complete clue list. 


Photos With Santa

Hey, while you’re at The Village, why not head on over to where Santa has set up shop and get some socially distanced pictures with the Jolly Old Elf? Between November 27th and December 24th you can find Santa there and get your child’s picture taken with him. Prints start at $17.95. Here’s the full website page with info. 


Winter Windows Program, Downtown Boise

The beautiful holiday tree at The Grove Plaza is going up this year on Friday, November 27th and will be up all through December. Come on by and check it out with the family! While you’re there, you can check out lots of local stores that are going big with their winter window displays. Winter Windows showcases local businesses in an effort to encourage more Idahoans to support their local stores this holiday season. Winter Windows also starts November 27th and goes through December. For more information, follow this hashtag on social media: #LightUpDowntownBoise. 


Winter Garden Aglow At The Idaho Botanical Garden

This year’s event will still be spectacular, although a bit changed. There will be a one way route that you and your family can follow through the gardens that will be lit with an array of stunning lights! This year, the first day of the event will be Thanksgiving day and will go through December 27th. You must purchase your tickets online in advance in order to control crowds. One hour tour blocks will be sold each day so you can reserve the hours between 6pm and 9pm. They do expect tickets to sell quickly since time slots are limited and demand is high. Get all your ticketing information here so you don’t miss out!


Boise Art Museum Exhibit: UNPACKED For Kids, Mixed-Media Masterpieces

For kids of all ages and for the young at heart. This is a great excuse to take the family to the Boise Art Museum and take a tour! This kid friendly exhibit features art created with mixed media and non-traditional media that will surprise and delight all viewers. Get ticketing information here. 


Nov 23

It’s the holiday season again and it’s a great time to celebrate the love and the good times that we have together. As a family owned business in the Treasure Valley, we would like to take a moment to thank you and your family for choosing us and for helping us bring our products and services to the homes and businesses all around Western Idaho. You have allowed us to follow our family’s passion for our industry and for that we are very grateful. So, among so many other things this holiday season, we are truly thankful for all of the wonderful people we have had the pleasure of serving. 


Now, it’s one thing to count your blessings and share fond memories at the dinner table this Thanksgiving, but there’s something else of high importance as well: the turkey! Let’s look at some of the best and some of the most out of the box turkey recipes for you to try out this year for the holidays. 


Traditional Tried And True Roasted Turkey Dinner Recipe

As straightforward and proudly American as apple pie, this roast turkey recipe yields two things: spectacular turkey and no surprises. With this recipe you can expect a juicy, flavorful, and well cooked bird and only the bare minimum of traditional spices to go with it. If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser for a picky audience, then this is your best bet. Check out the full recipe including the ingredient guide here at Delish.com


A Turkey That Is A Little More Adventurous: Ranch Dressing Dry Rub Roasted Turkey

Ranch dressing isn’t exactly the first thing people think of when they are thinking of Thanksgiving flavors, but this variation can be a pure hit. Who doesn’t love ranch dressing? This is a great step outside of the traditional roast turkey but it isn’t too wild and crazy. It is safe while still being different and most importantly, delicious. Check out the full recipe here to see for yourself. 


A Little Wilder: Bacon Wrapped Turkey

Seriously. This is a real recipe. Bacon. Wrapped. Roast Turkey. Is covering an entire 20 pound turkey in fat strips of juicy bacon entirely necessary? Absolutely not. Is it going to be mind blowingly delicious and will have you dreaming about it all year. Absolutely yes! 


This is one of those recipes that reminds me of the great Jeff Goldbloom quote from Jurassic Park, “Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.” So, should you try bacon wrapped turkey this year? I think we both know the answer to that one. Full recipe here.


Way Outside The Box: Hot Cheetos Turkey

There’s not much to say here but to leave you with a warning. There is no middle ground with this turkey. Yes, it is a spicy roasted turkey covered in Flaming Hot Cheetos crumbs. Yes, it is going to be delicious if you are a fan of those things. And, yes, it will absolutely terrify your in-laws if they are not up for this kind of thing. Use at your own risk, but have fun with it! Either way, your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner will be unforgettable. Here’s the recipe. You have been warned! (Plus, if you make this, please let us know on our social media! We would love to see pictures and hear your thoughts!)


Oct 30

October is a great month. The pumpkin spice lattes are back and the weather is still warm but the evenings have a bite to them and it’s a good month to take a few minutes to help ensure your home is safer for children. October is National Window Covering Safety month and that means that with just a little bit of your time you can make a big difference for the children in your life. Here are some things that you can do in order to help child-proof your home’s window coverings. 


Window Coverings With Cords

If you have window coverings with long pull cords like traditional blinds or even some curtains, then you should take extra steps to ensure that those cords are safely out of reach for small children. Cords of all kinds can pose a safety (strangulation) hazard to children, especially infants. Here are some things you can do in order to help make your home safer for children:


  • Replace all corded window coverings with modern cordless models if at all possible.

    • The Window Coverings Safety Council actually certifies certain window coverings as “Best For Kids” which means that they have been tested and approved as kid safe. Look for the “Best For Kids” seal when buying new coverings. More info on their website here. 

  • If you can’t immediately replace or remove corded window coverings, then make sure that your existing cords are out of reach by safely tying them to secure anchors up high.

  • Move all furniture, especially cribs and bassinets away from windows and window coverings with cords.

  • If you have them, inspect your current cord anchors to ensure that they are still secure and aren’t in need of replacing.

  • If they are old enough, take a moment to talk to your children about not playing with or near window coverings and to be careful around cords of all kinds.


Furniture Safety

As we mentioned earlier, move all furniture away from windows and window coverings that have cords. Make sure that the cords are high enough and out of the way enough that children can’t reach them even if they climb on nearby furniture. You’ll also want to anchor and secure all heavy and tippable furniture to make sure that they don’t tip over and fall on a child that is climbing it. Speaking of cords, you’ll also want to check your cords connected to your household appliances and make sure that they are out of the reach of children. Don’t forget to check your TV and entertainment center! 


All it takes is a few minutes to go through each room and check for hanging or unsecured cords and it can make a huge difference in the well-being of the children in your home. If you’re looking to replace your current window coverings with ones that are more child safe, then please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we would be happy to help you. Our friendly sales staff are standing by to help you with all of your window covering safety questions and needs. Give us a call today: (208) 888-1056.


Oct 30

Did you know that your blinds and window coverings can be one of the top sources for spreading dust and pollen in your home? You can significantly cut down on the number of airborne irritants in your home just by cleaning your indoor window coverings regularly and properly. The fall is a good time to do it, but really you can start anytime of the year and you should clean your window coverings every six to eight weeks to ensure that your home is as dust free as can be.


How To Clean Your Indoor Blinds Or Shutters

If you have plastic or wooden indoor blinds, then you’ll want to check out these tips for easy cleaning and maintenance. 


  • Start with an initial dusting by running a clean microfiber cloth lengthwise on your blinds. If you don’t have a microfiber cloth, you can use a sock or kitchen towel. Flip your blinds over and repeat to get both sides. It helps if you don’t have a microfiber cloth to slightly dampen your cloth before dusting to help the fabric trap more dust.
  • Spot clean any stains with a toothbrush and a bit of warm soapy water. You can use a tablespoon of dish detergent in about a quart of water to start with. Pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Make sure to not leave any water droplets behind as they trap dust and pollen and can leave stain marks.
  • Finish cleaning by running your vacuum over them with the brush attachment. This will help to dry your blinds more quickly if they are damp and will help to get any extra debris that has accumulated in the nooks and crannies. 


How To Clean Your Indoor Fabric Shades

This is a bit of a different process but it is still easy to do if you do it regularly. The longer you wait between cleanings the harder it will get. 


  • Take your vacuum wand with a brush attachment and thoroughly go over both sides of the fabric shades going from top to bottom.
  • Spot treat any stains or gunk buildup with the same soapy water mixture. Just be sure to not brush too hard with your toothbrush (or small cleaning brush if you’re using one instead). 
  • Set a box fan in the room for about an hour or two after cleaning to help dry out the coverings faster. Wet fabric will trap dust faster than dry.
  • Check the manufacturer’s instructions, but some fabric window coverings can be dry cleaned. Your results may vary. 


How To Clean Wooden Blinds

These are the trickiest of all because too much water can warp the blinds or leave unsightly stains. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions first, but in general you can use these tips. 


  • Dust them first with a microfiber cloth or soft rag or even your vacuum brush attachment. 
  • Spot clean with just a few drops at a time of the dish soap mixture. Let dry completely. 
  • Oil the wood blinds by using a lemon oil product made for wood or one that is recommended by the manufacturer. 
  • Finish by running a fresh fabric softener sheet across the blinds to help prevent dust buildup. 

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