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Say Goodbye to Outdated Screen Doors

And, say H-E-L-L-O to a fresher new view!

Arjay’s Window Fashions  is extremely pleased to announce a new product offering exclusive only to us through our partner Lorge Fabrication, Inc. Our Retractable Screens are a top-of-the-line retractable screen manufactured here in the U.S.A.  As always it is our goal to provide you with the best solutions for anything on your windows or doors, and that is why these retractable screens fit so well with our product offering. We always strive to provide you with the-highest-quality-of-products at the-lowest-possible prices.

Retractable Screens retract both horizontally & vertically to provide protection and ventilation for many types of openings such as entry doors, french doors, patio doors, decks, sun porches, sliding patio doors and more! The screens glide smoothly to allow you to bring the best of the outside… inside.  Our Retractable Screens provide  breezy cross-ventilation and expanding space; while at the same time they block the sun’s rays, insects or dirt from coming indoors. Retractable screens eliminate the need for traditional screen doors and enhance the style of almost any door or window. When not in use, the screens glide away into an attractive, self-protective casing.  As window-covering specialists, we will work with you to provide you with the best match for the decor in your home! Arjay’s promises to make your shopping experience easy and informative, in the convenience of your home, with one of our expert designers and all… at the best price possible!

Customization is available through our offering of several housing colors (a great selection), real wood veneer (stainable or paintable to match exterior or interior wood work), screen fabric colors and options and sophistication of options for privacy and safety.  Solar Screens, which block more UV rays than the standard mesh options, and no-see-ums screen, an extra-fine mesh screen, provide extra screen solutions to every day problems! The beauty is you choose your color, screen type and latching options with the help of our expert designers.

We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all mentality; therefore, because our clients’ needs are individual and unique,  so are the specification needs for retractable screens!  Our trained and expert team can answer all of your questions in the comfort of your home and provide you with an immediate quote that is tailor-made to your own needs.  We serve all of Ventura County ( Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Somis, Newbury Park, Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Fillmore, Santa Paula & Ojai) Los Angeles County(including Santa Clarita Valley) & Santa Barbara.

Please call us for your complimentary consultation from Arjay’s Window Fashions, 805.642.2300!

And, remember to say H-e-l-l-o to a fresher new view!

Drapery Newbury Park

Leadership Lessons from a Curtain-Call

 

More than…just a Drapery Call

 

This was more than our typical drapery call.

Don’t get me wrong, technically it was the same kind of call we go on day-in-and-day-out.

Yet, this doesn’t happen everyday in our business of designing, selling and installing window coverings.

This was about receiving the unexpected.

This was about lessons and life and gleaning insight when you least expect it.

And, we learned more than we do in our typical product-knowledge seminars where we gain greater knowledge through workshops and continuing education and webinars.  We gained much more about humility, interest and intention.

No one has a corner on wisdom. Regardless of how much we know there is always room for more wisdom, more knowledge and more skill. School is always in session – at least in the classroom of life. Essential to developing wisdom is an acute need to cultivate a willingness to learn and remain teachable. Learning from your co-workers. Learning from your customers. Learning from your friends. Learning from your children. Even learning from our enemies.

And, learning from a Coach.

Posted on a board in our employee break room is Coach John Wooden’s The Pyramid of Success, a chart he used to both inspire players and sum up his personal code for life & leadership.  So, recently when my company received the call to do a drapery project at John Wooden’s home we marveled at the opportunity.  After all, it’s not often that a leadership & organizational icon you admire and……a curtain call collide.

Scattered around Coach Wooden, the day of our drapery installation, were several reporters passionately documenting his responses to their many inquiries of his life.  Without hesitation, upon our entrance into the room, Coach Wooden,stopped speaking to the reporters to smile and acknowledge our presence. That’s right, to smile and acknowledge with intention the laborers in his home. What a class act!

Coach Wooden is known as a Class Act, because frankly, he acted like one. He took time to acknowledge others and he acted in a way that says to people, “You’re special. You count.”

Lessons.

He showed humility. Always remember your goal is not to get people to think more highly of you, but to get them to think more highly of themselves.

He showed interest. Show your team you are interested in them before they take an interest in you.  If you care nothing about the people you lead it will become a hindrance to your ability to lead them. Recognition is appreciated by everyone, not just high-profile leaders. A little recognition can go a long way in a person’s life.

He was intentional. Work with purpose – making every action count.  Successful leaders are intentional. It’s about focusing on doing the right things consistently.  Just as Coach Wooden was intentional as he politely parted the men-in-suits to acknowledge our presence, we need to be intentional in our actions towards other people.

It’s important to note that leadership personalities vary. Learn from others, yes, but be yourself! Commit to lifelong self-improvement and learning – improving your mind and increasing your skills.

And, learning from a Coach!

Sometimes, it’s not always just about a curtain call.

Lesson Learned.

How do you stack up against the winning ways of a great coach?

{This was written as a tribute to our customer, Coach Wooden. Since his passing, we’ve continued to put into practice the lessons we’ve learned since that very unique drapery call.}

Help, I Need Ideas!

In our ‘Ask the Expert’ series a question surfaced that needs a little more explanation than we can write on our Facebook Fan Page; so, we’ve highlighted this question for this week on our blog.

As we are working with customers, we’ve discovered a common-place question, one that although communicated in many different ways…..surfaces daily.  And, when we peel away the layers usually what a client is really asking is what product to choose based on their own décor, in other words, I need ideas!Often, when you don’t know what to do, you do nothing, and that is true in window coverings, too.  A free consultation with our company will help guide you through steps in making the best decision for your home.           

                    

Window coverings and treatments serve as an important decoration and functional part of your home. In fact, coverings and treatments are just as important as windows themselves and contribute to the majority of features and benefits that your windows can offer. Some of the key benefits of window coverings include the moderation of light & temperature, privacy control, noise insulation, accentuating the view from your windows, and energy efficiency.

So, the question we are answering today is,“I’m undecided and need suggestions to determine what window treatment is best for me.  Can you guide me in the right direction?”

And the answer to the question is always a resounding …….yes, yes, yes!

When we work with a client there are some fundamental questions that should be answered immediately, these help to steer you in the direction of a field-of-options and eventually a solution fit for you. It’s important to note that although we can guide you through a process that will offer the best choices and ideas…. the end result will always be left up to you!

Let’s consider the most basic questions first. These are in no particular order, their significance is equally important in the big picture of choosing window coverings for your home or office. So, before we get into specifics of design elements you will need to consider the following information.

One way to diffuse light and add texture in your room!

The primary function of windows is to provide natural light. However, the control of this natural light falls upon window treatments.Therefore, Tip #1 is to ask yourself, whether you need your treatments/coverings to darken a room or to be a light filter, or a combination of both. To admit the maximum amount of light into a room, you want to choose window coverings that can be parted completely to reveal the windows. If you want to filter the sun’s rays, you want to choose sheers, light filtering shades, or coverings that can be tilted to diffuse light. To block out light completely, you want to select draperies and shades lined with blackout linings, or consider a plantation shutter! Deciding how light will affect your room is important in laying out your options.

Window coverings also help to moderate temperature within your room. For maximum insulation, choose draperies or shades made from heavy fabrics. To take advantage of refreshing breezes, open your windows and part the drapes or lift up the shades or blinds.  Today, window coverings have been rated for their energy efficiency capability and if you desire to save dollars on your utility bills, we can offer you several products that are designed to reduce costs, by nature of the material, while moderating temperature. Energy Efficiency is one of the fastest growing options selected by consumers today and is an important consideration in choosing window treatments, therefore, Tip #2 is to ask yourself if there is a need to moderate temperature or heat gain.

Energy Efficient Cellular Shade as a Vertical

Privacy Matters! Because windows allow others to look inside your home, coverings and treatments can help in adding privacy to your room. Tip #3 is to decide whether or not you are covering a window for the purpose of privacy. If not, and you want to maintain a view,Don’t Block It, Frame It!! Our suggestions will lead you to use design techniques that ensure your option of letting the light shine in to maintain a view and beautifully decorate a window.  Or, we can make suggestions to help keep your home free from those unwanted views.

Do you need to reduce noise? Noise control is also a feature of window treatments. Tip #4 is to ask yourself, “How important is reducing noise to me?” Noise insulation makes your room warm and inviting without the echoing sounds that reflect off of bare windows or floors. Draperies & shades offer the most absorption of noise from both outside and inside the home; and the more layers you apply to your windows the better to prevent noise that generates from outside. It’s important to note that window treatments/coverings are not designed to eliminate noise; however, the effective use of some treatments will reduce any unwanted noise.

Time-honored Shutters

Mostly, time-honored treatments are important in today’s economy! What you choose, you should be able to live with for a long time. If you are stuck and need guidance to make your next step in selecting the best window coverings for you we offer complimentary consultations with an expert from our design team.  We are a shop-at-home-service, give us a call and we can together come up with a personal solution tailor-made just for YOU!

Above all else a hard-fast-rule is to decorate to define your personality!!

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5 Child Safety Actions to Take…. Now!

Whether you are preparing yourself for a new baby, dealing with a young toddler, or sending off young pre-school children each morning to school, every parent should be Child Safety Aware. Especially, since each year young children are injured or die in tragic accidents related to unsafe practices at home.That said, we think it is an important practice to routinely check your living spaces in-and-around your home for potential areas of danger.

Here are a few simple action tips to get you started {from a window covering perspective} and to help you keep your kids safe and sound – right where they live!

1.  Never place a crib near a window and be conscious of furniture that a young child can climb on to where a window covering cord can be reached.

2.  Outfit window blind cords with safety tassels or consider using cordless window coverings to reduce the risk of strangulation.

3.  Get down on your hands and knees to get a child’s-eye view of your home.  Think about what might be tempting to a toddler and what’s within reach.

4.  Keep window covering cords secured out of reach with cord cleats. Professional installation by your window coverings expert is highly recommended and if not done will void the manufacturer’s warranty.

5.  Keep windows closed when young children are present. Window coverings alone are not strong enough to stop a fall. If you must open windows for ventilation, install locks that limit how far they can be opened.

Now is the time to do a quick audit around your house to make sure your home’s standards are met. But remember; when it comes to preventing home accidents involving young children, there is no substitute for adult supervision!

Because we care about your family’s well-being all of our products meet the Consumer Products Safety Guidelines and all of our window coverings have features that enhance child safety!

For more information on child safety tips or to have one of our expert come to your home for a free consultation, please call us at 805.642.2300. And, we’d really, really love it if you would FAN us on FACEBOOK and Follow us on TWITTER!

How important is it to you that your window coverings meet child safety guidelines?

We’re SO Excited about our New Product!

We’ve Got Exterior Shutters! And, we’re SO excited about it! Over the past few years, we’ve received enough calls inquiring about exterior shutters that we thought, “You’ve asked so why not have Arjay’s Window Fashions be your answer!” After all, we are experts in the interior shutter business, why not be your exterior shutter expert, too! That said, if you have ever tried – have tried over and over again – or you have recently thought about getting information on outside shutters and hit a wall – look no further – we now carry exterior shutters that are cost-effective, rot-resistant, and withstand insects, and extreme weather conditions.

BEFORE EXTERIOR SHUTTERS

Your home is a reflection of your style and in today’s times where we are all spending more time in our homes, your home is important! It’s a place of rest – a place of entertainment – a place of comfort – and a place you’ve made an investment in for the future.

And speaking of investment, The California Board of Realtors has determined that shutters are the one window product that adds lasting value to your home,whether interior shutters or exterior shutters. Now that IS something to be excited about when you are considering dressing up your windows!

If you are renovating, remodeling, need to replace existing shutters or you are in new construction, consider finishing your home with Exterior Window Shutters. We offer different types of style options which include: Historical, Bahamas, Board n’ Batten, Louvered, and Raised Panels, Combination (1/2  louvered, 1/2  raised panel) and Bimini styles that best fit your home’s architectural design. With our wide-range-of-styles we also offer a-range-of-color-options and materials to fit any budget! Our Vinyl Exterior Shutters come with a 40 year warranty against cracking, splitting, and/or excessive fading which means your exterior shutters will maintain their beauty for years to come!

Over the past few years, Arjay’s Window Fashions has become Southern California’s leader for all interior window coverings including motorization & solar film. Now we can be your affordable low-maintenance exterior solution, too!

AFTER EXTERIOR SHUTTERS

Call today for your Complimentary In-Home Consultation with our expert representatives. You can reach Arjay’s at 805.642.2300! We come to you or you can always visit us in our showroom located at 1879 Portola Road, Ventura, CA  93003. And, we’d love to have you fan us on facebook!

Don’t you think it’s time to add curb appeal and lasting value to your home?

Arjay’s Window Fashions serves all of Southern California, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Filmore, Somis, Camarillo, Ventura, Oxnard, Malibu, Santa Barbara & Ojai and parts of the greater Los Angeles County.