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There are still a few things I do not understand about human beings, but I am trying- so please bear with me! For instance, when I am feeling the summer heat I just stay inside the showroom and take a little nap on a cool comfy recliner. It seems natural to me to stay out of the elements, especially during the scorching midday hours! However, I do notice human beings are busier than ever in the summer time. Fortunately, members of our design team, here in the beautifully air conditioned show room at Contents Interiors, are happy to do what they can to help customers with their homes’ super-heated trouble spots. Indeed, keeping homes cool, and preventing furnishings from degrading from excessive sun, through the installation of window treatments, are among the many challenges that our design team can help you with.

Heat control is a common reason customers come in looking for window treatments at this time of the year, especially for windows that are south facing. Contents Interiors works in creative partnership with BDD Inc., a family run wholesale business in Tucson that has served the community’s window treatment needs for 60 years. BDD Inc. has great knowledge of, and relationships with, a great number of esteemed companies that supply window treatments-from blinds to drapery. This partnership enables us to obtain the broadest range of window treatments at the best prices for our customers.

Cellular Shades, also known as Honeycomb Shades, are popular in the Desert Southwest because of their ability to provide added insulation. The design of the shade creates an added barrier that prevents heat and light penetrating into your room from the outside. A Screen Roller Shade provides a very good solution for those who wish to keep their view intact while simultaneously cutting heat and glare. These vinyl coated fiberglass mesh screens have varying degrees of opacity and come in many designs and colors, to suit your home’s specific needs.

MOTORIZED SHADES with rechargeable batteries are absolutely fabulous, in that you never have to change batteries and they can also be operated via a smart phone or a timer, giving you the ability to make your home look ‘lived in’ when you are away. If you have windows in tricky-to-reach places, like in a bathroom with a large garden tub or high up on a large living room wall, you can, with a press of a button, make the shades go up or down. The investment is worth it, when you consider that cords are a tragic cause of injury to pets and children and awkward placement of windows can tempt people to tread where they should not. For this reason, I am so happy that motorized “smart” shades have become incredibly popular recently. Carol Bell, our wonderful President, co-owner and buyer at Contents Interiors, has them in her own home and says she has not had to re-charge the batteries yet! Talk about convenience!

My “mom”, designer and co-owner Tamara Scott-Anderson, has been working with window treatments since the very beginning of her career in design. She tells customers that blinds or shades can look a little stark on their own and adding panels of drapery and a valance can soften the look of your room, as well as help with light leakage (for those who need blackout to sleep) and acoustical problems. She is delighted to show our clients new drapery designs that are free of pinch pleats and offer a sleek elegant look and a more contemporary feel. Ambiance Sheers, by Kirsch, create a lovely effect of elegant drapes in a room like a bedroom where privacy might be a factor. These are soft vertical blinds that marry the function and versatility of vertical blinds with traversing sheer drapery.

In sunny and hot Italy, outside shutters are used to block out the elements and you can see an interpretation of this look in our Desert Italia Apartment. Truly gorgeous! You can also see an example of Vision Designer Shades, affordable and elegant roller shades in the showroom. There are so many options and possibilities in your efforts to keep your home cool and the Contents Interiors team wants to be of service.

I may not understand why human beings do not stop to rest more during these hot summer months, but I am so happy to hang out in a place where the goal is to help busy folks live more comfortably. Come and see us and talk to the team about making your home more comfortable with motorized blinds and/or window treatments, but please don’t be upset if I don’t get up to greet you. I’ll likely be taking my extended siesta!

Stay cool,


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