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Nov 10, 2023
Holiday Home Decor Tips, Embrace the Cozy Charm
As the crisp autumn breeze begins to weave its way through the rustling leaves, it’s time to transform your home into a warm and inviting sanctuary that embraces the essence of fall and the upcoming holiday season. One of the best ways to achieve this is by adorning your living spaces with carefully curated home decor items. In this blog, we’ll demonstrate how our unique and useful home decor items can enhance the atmosphere of your home.
Why Choose Duvets Over Comforters: The Ultimate Cozy Upgrade
When it comes to creating a comfortable and inviting bedroom, the bedding you choose plays a pivotal role. While comforters have long been the go-to choice for many, there's a growing trend towards using duvets, and for good reason. Duvets offer a level of versatility, style, and comfort that comforters often struggle to match. In this blog, we'll delve into the world of duvets and explore the many reasons why you should consider making the switch.
Pillows are a crucial component of a good night's sleep. They provide support for your head and neck, ensuring you wake up feeling rested and refreshed. However, like any other bedding item, pillows have a lifespan, and it's essential to know when it's time to change them.
Window coverings are essential in establishing a warm and welcoming ambiance in your home. They contribute to your home's character and flair while also offering insulation. In this blog the Port & Bay team explores how to utilize window coverings for both insulation and decorative purposes. We'll concentrate on striking the perfect balance between visual appeal and functionality.
The bathroom is a space in your home that should be both functional and stylish. It's a place where you start and end your day, so it's important to make it a space that you enjoy spending time in. At Port and Bay, we understand the importance of a well-decorated bathroom, and we're here to help you create the perfect space. In this blog post, we'll explore how to decorate a bathroom, where to start, and how color schemes can set the tone for your bathroom oasis.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner? Like any holiday, hosting Thanksgiving should be a fun and enjoyable time spent surrounded by friends and family. Staying organized and preparing your home ahead of time will help reduce stress and allow you to be fully in the moment on Thanksgiving Day.
Area rugs complete any room, bringing together the decor and furnishings for a cohesive look. They add warmth and comfort and are available in a wide variety of sizes, materials, and patterns. Keep reading for tips on picking an area rug that best meets the needs of your household!
Seas the day with nautical decor from Port & Bay! Whether you live by the ocean or wish you did, we have window treatments, bedding, fabrics and more to bring coastal charm or sunny beach vibes into your home.
Summer is a time of sunny days, outdoor adventures and relaxing with friends and family. Whether you're looking to keep cool or spice things up, these four versatile colors are sure to inspire your decorating sense this season!
Bed pillows, in addition to quality sheets and mattress toppers, are essential for a restful night's sleep. Before selecting a pillow, is it important to understand how you sleep. Pillows are designed based on sleeping positions, back, stomach, or side, to create the ideal sleep experience. Port & Bay carries a selection of pillows for any sleep position, as well as pillows with a variety of fills, from down to gel beads.
Cleaning blinds is one of those pesky household chores that often gets forgotten about. However, when blinds are left neglected, they can become soiled with dust, pet fur and other unwanted dirt. Figuring out how to clean your blinds is as easy as knowing what material they're made of and how dusty or dirty they are in general.
Farmhouse decorating is a style that's warm and cozy, but also simple and savvy. Whether you live in a rural home – or just love the country look, bring charming rustic style to your bedroom with products from Port & Bay!
After a long winter, what better way to usher in the spring season and brighten up your mood than with a home refresh! From bright colors, floral accents, and fresh patterns, welcome spring into your home with décor from Port & Bay.
While choosing curtains or drapes for your home is usually a well thought out decision, it's easy to forget the rods that will accompany them. Choosing the right curtain rod means finding balance between function and style, while also making a positive impact on the rest of your home decor. This blog post will help you make sure the curtains rods you choose are dependable and fashionable.
With 2020 behind us, it's time for a fresh start! A new year means new hues to be inspired by, thanks to companies like Pantone, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore. What colors are trending this year? And how can you incorporate them into your home? Keep reading to find out!
Here at Port & Bay, we love a fresh and clean home! This blog post will go over some best practices when it comes to cleaning your curtains and drapes. Just like sheets, bath towels, rugs, and other soft goods in your home, curtains can collect dust, dirt, dander, and absorb smells. If you've been forgetting to add window treatments to your cleaning routine, now's the perfect time!
Insulated Curtains provide a wide range of benefits for your home and are a great way to reduce energy costs. Studies show that windows account for approximately 30% of heat loss within a home, and heating accounts for over 70% of household energy consumption. Keep reading to find out how you can warm up your home with Insulated Curtains!
With the chill of autumn in the air, it's the perfect time to spruce up your home and add some cozy layers. Whether you want to update one room, or your entire house, we have lots of great tips and products to help you create a warm and comfortable space.
Why Fall is the Best Time to Clean Your Rugs & Carpets
It's often debated what time during the course of the year is the best time to have your carpets cleaned. Spring is usually the first season that comes to mind, but fall is also a great time to scrub away the summer dirt and prepare your rugs, carpets and door mats for winter. Is carpet cleaning a priority in your home? It should be! Keep reading to find out why it's so important to keep your carpets clean and why fall is the perfect season to check this task off of your to-do list.
Just like your shower, your curtain and liner can become dirty and unsanitary over time. Not only do dust and soap scum build up, but the recurring heat and moisture can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. Ready to freshen up your bathroom? Most shower curtains can be cleaned right in your washing machine, but be sure to check the label for any special washing instructions first! Keep reading this blog post to learn how to properly clean shower curtains (fabric or plastic) and curtain liners.
Fall is on its way — bring your interiors to life this season by incorporating the colors of turning leaves! Use nature-inspired textures, patterns, and tones to add interest and warmth to any room of your home.
Washing your towels seems like an easy enough task, but even after a wash cycle towels can still trap odors and bacteria. If your towels aren’t as fluffy and absorbent as they used to be or if they smell funky even after washing them, this how-to guide is for you!
Washing your pillows regularly is an important part of keeping your bedding clean and germ-free. While pillowcases help keep pillows clean, over time they still build up dust, dirt and bacteria. We recommend washing your pillows at least twice a year or when they're visibly dirty or stained. Ready for a cleaner night's sleep? This blog post will explain the steps to washing different types of pillows - most can be washed right at home in your washing machine!
Making your bed every morning is a simple, but beneficial habit. According to Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations, "If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.” In this blog post, we'll break down the different layers of a bed and the how to take those layers and turn them into a beautifully made bed to start your day off right.
It may not surprise you, given their name, that Roman shades date back to Ancient Rome. During archaeological excavations, a system of retractable fabric shades were discovered at the Coliseum. It featured draping folds of fabric, but extended outward, more like an awning than the vertical window coverings we know today. According to historians, these shades helped spectators avoid overexposure from the intense Mediterranean sun and could be adjusted when temperatures cooled later on in the evenings. Additionally, it is believed that ancient Roman shades were a symbol of status and reserved for the Coliseum's wealthiest patrons.
Layering window treatments is an increasingly popular trend, and one we are in love with. The layered look allows you to add an extra layer of customization to your home. It adds depth, complexity, and texture to any space, and the best part is, there are endless ways to accomplish a layered look. Pairing two types of window treatments in one window also offers greater privacy and light control, as well as insulation. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of layering window treatments and for some advice on how to create stellar combinations.
We specialize in ready-made window treatments and home decor items, but we also love supporting your own creative endeavors by providing a selection of unique and high-quality fabric. Many people are currently stuck at home with a bit of extra time on their hands, making this the perfect time for DIY home projects. Whether you are a seasoned DIYer or want to give it a try for the first time, we’ve put together a list of our favorite DIY projects to help inspire you.
For most, Spring is a time of rejuvenation and new beginnings. Flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining, and warmer weather is on the way. For many, Spring is also a time of sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and dealing with watery eyes, and headaches. There isn’t much anyone can do about the fine layer of pollen that will hang in the air, coat cars, and blow through open windows. There is however, something you can do to minimize household allergies, and ensure you at least get a good night’s sleep.
Window coverings come in many shapes, sizes, materials, and styles. The ideal window treatments for your home depend on where you live (in a busy city or a quiet countryside), your style, and your personal preferences in terms of light control and privacy. Today, there are so many options on the market that it can be hard to know where to start. In this blog post we will explore cafe curtains, what they are, the rooms they are best suited for, and how to hang them. For more general information about selecting window treatments, read our blog post 'How To Select Window Treatments For Your Home'.
As the end of February approaches, Spring is just around the corner, and being home decorators, this is our favorite time of year. Every season brings new home projects, but there is just something about changing up your decor in the Spring that is so refreshing. To help inspire you, we’ve picked out five items that are perfect for a Spring makeover.
Today, bedding options are endless. Whether a traditional brick and mortar operation or online store, they will likely have a wide variety of sheets in different materials, weaves, and quality levels. When it comes to buying sheets, thread count is often overvalued, but what does it actually mean and is it really the most important characteristic to look at? Thread count is determined by the number of threads per square inch of fabric, including both the horizontal and the vertical threads. Generally, a thread count between 200 and 800 is good, and the higher the number the softer the sheets will be. There is a lot more to a sheet than its thread count though, both in terms of quality and the feeling of the fabric.
Window Treatments for Older Homes & Odd-sized Windows
When buying window treatments, the first step is always to measure the windows in your home. Some have it lucky, and have standard-sized windows throughout their home, or at least windows of the same size in each room. For many, this is not the case. Older homes present a number of challenges when it comes to fitting or sizing window treatments, but we are here to help.
When it comes to home decor, decorative pillows are your best friend. Whether you are decorating a new home or simply want to refresh your current look, pillows are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to elevate your space. They are great for living or family rooms, as well as bedrooms. In addition to adding style, throw pillows provide back support on couches and chairs, and extra comfort when curling up in bed to read a book or watch a movie.
Top down bottom up shades can be freely moved up or down to cover or expose any portion of a window. There are a few different mechanisms on the market, but the most popular is cordless and is moved up or down by tabs on the bottom and top of the shade. These new designs allow for an increased level of control over light, insulation, and privacy. The shade can be positioned to cover the bottom half of the window to allow for privacy while still letting light in. In the evening the same shade can be moved to cover the top half of the window to block the blinding rays of the setting sun without obstructing the whole window. Top down bottom up shades are quickly becoming one of the most popular styles of window treatments.
The heading style of a curtain describes the way it is sewn at the top, where the curtain meets the curtain rod. It is important to consider heading style when choosing curtains or drapes for your home. Heading style will affect the overall look of your window treatments, as well as the type of curtain rod used and the way the rod is mounted. Our most popular headings styles include: grommet top, pole top, tab top, and pinch pleated. This article will help explain each of these styles and the type of curtain rods that can be used with them.
Deciding on top layer bedding can seem like a daunting task. There are so many options on the market today that it can be hard to understand the differences between them and know what is the best option for you. If you live in a colder climate, or one that has cold winters, it is important to select bedding that will keep you warm through the coldest nights. This article explores comforters and duvets and how to pick the right one for your climate.
Top Layer Bedding For Winter: Quilts, Bedspreads & Blankets
Selecting a style of top layer bedding can feel overwhelming, especially when you live in a colder climate and must choose something that will be suitable for a long, cold winter. Any bed and bath store or website will be stocked with many different top layer bedding options including comforters, duvets, bedspreads, quilts, and blankets. This guide to top layer bedding will cover quilts, bedspreads, and blankets to help you select the best type of bedding for your sleeping style that will keep you warm through the coldest winter nights.
We have been in the window coverings business for 43 years, and have seen many changes in style over that time period. Our goal is simple; offer more services, a greater selection, and fair prices. With this in mind, we have created this guide to choosing the right window treatments for your home.
Blackout and insulated window treatments serve important decorative and functional purposes. Selecting curtains or shades that complement the style and color pallet of your home creates a cohesive space that feel homey and welcoming. In addition, choosing window treatments that are blackout or insulated provides privacy, light control, noise reduction, and reduced energy consumption. This guide explains what blackout and insulated window treatments are, the benefits of using them, and the best way to install them, so you can choose the best option for you home and living style.
Throw Pillows - Add a Touch of Fall to Your Living Room Décor
The living room is space for family time and a space to gather and relax after a long day. For a room that we spend so much quality down time in, it often goes untouched from season to season, even though we may be tired of the overall décor. Since most of us typically do not have money to go and purchase a brand new sofa and living room set every time we get tired of what we already own we are often asked how do you perform a design makeover in the living room without breaking the bank?
When it comes to the bathroom, it is one of the busiest rooms in the house and is also one of the easiest and lowest costs to decorate. We have customers that will change their bathroom décor subtly each season. As we round out summer and head into the fall customers often look to bring some warm earthy tones to their home décor and the bathroom is no exception. You can still have some fun and liven your bathroom up a bit by choosing bright colors or a fun novelty pattern instead of a dark or sophisticated pattern.