CONTINUING TO MAKE PROGRESS!

Woohoo! We’re back to full production capacity, while carefully following all CDC safety guidelines, of course. As a result, we’re furiously working away at the backlog of orders placed while we were unable to operate (thank you so much for your faith and your patience!!!).

It remains somewhat difficult to determine precise production times for new orders. Our current estimate? Orders placed today will ship in approximately 3 weeks. And we’ve added new staff and taken other measures to try to reduce our turnaround times even further!

As always, please continue to reach out with any questions. And again, thank you so very much for the tremendous support we’ve received!

What’s that ol’ saying?

“All Good Things Must Come to End?”


Well, that time is now, our shady friends. We’ve NEVER offered this kinda discount before. EVER!  Our 50% sale was a temporary response to the global pandemic, and it’s not something we can sustain under “normal” operating conditions.

Alas, the sale must come to an end on Sunday 5/31.

The good news? We’re back in full production mode, which is VERY exciting! It was our great pleasure to do what we could to help, and to honor your patience and loyalty to our small Vermont business. Truly!

Thank YOU, our amazing CellularWindowShades.com family! It might sound trite, but we ARE all in this together.

Wait, what was that? You say you need more time?

If you know us at all, you know we want you to be thrilled with your purchase. We want it to be perfect for you. Do you need to order samples, so you can choose your ideal fabric color? Are you worried about rushing your window measurements? Pffft… relax!

Take your time and get things just right!

Simply shoot us an email and we’ll happily extend the 50% discount for you!

(OK, maybe not for months – but for any reasonable period. 🙂 )

Making Progress!

In our continuing effort to keep you updated on new developments, here’s the latest…

Our state is still on a promising trajectory, and some industries are slowly opening up more and more. One of those is manufacturing, including our cellular shade production facility!

We’re still limited as to the number of people allowed in the building at any one time, and of course, we’re carefully following all CDC safety guidelines. As a result – and also due to the phenomenal response to our 50% OFF SALE (thank you!!!) – it remains somewhat difficult to determine precise production times for new orders. Our best guess? Orders placed today will ship in approximately 4 weeks. However, as restrictions continue to be relaxed, this could certainly change for the better!

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns, install snafus, cute photos of your kiddos and pets, a new recipe you have to share..and again, thank you so very much for your patience and for the tremendous support we’ve received!

Great news!

We’re building shades again! Our beautiful state of Vermont seems to be past the worst of the pandemic, and some businesses are being allowed to resume operations while still following CDC guidelines for safety.

What that means for us is, we can have a limited number of people in the building at any one time producing and shipping new shades.

Yay! We’re going to make the most of this, with multiple shifts and smart planning, and it should allow us to catch up on orders within a matter of weeks.

As we adjust to this new way of doing things, we should quickly get a feel for more specific time frames for each order, and we’ll provide additional updates as this occurs.

Once again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for the amazing support we’ve received throughout this unusual period. We’re thrilled to be one step closer to delivering beautiful new shades to our faithful ‘shady’ friends!

Update from CWS President!

Hi Valued CellularWindowShades.com Family!

As promised in my last note, I am reaching out because there has been a new development in our situation. On Friday, we received the GREAT news that Vermont’s numbers for Covid-19 cases are tracking better than predicted in the best case scenario! This is largely credited to our state’s “Stay Home – Stay Safe” policies. In order to continue the trend and beat this thing completely, our Governor has decided to extend the order through 5/15, at which time we expect to be running full speed getting shades built and out the door to you!

I understand that this extension can be frustrating for some of you. And believe me, all I want is to get my team back to work just as quickly as it’s safe to do so! I truly appreciate the outpouring of support we have received from clients like you.

The fact that you show such caring for this small Vermont manufacturer and are willing to work with us through this uncertainty makes me confident that all of us will make it through this… together!

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I am here for you.

Warmly,

Kelly

COVID-19 UPDATE 3/26/2020

Dear Cellular Window Shades Family,

The state of Vermont has recently issued a directive to temporarily close all non-essential businesses. We believe these closures will help get our nation back to normal more quickly, and so in our efforts to be a part of the solution are complying with the directive.

What this means is that our admin staff will be working from home and here to help as normal! We can answer questions, get you an estimate, and take orders. What we are not able to do at this time is guarantee a delivery date for your shades. However, we absolutely commit to above-average communication as we navigate these next few weeks. We will keep in touch to let you know the status of your order.

We’ll also post new announcements at our website as our status changes. In addition, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns – or to have company updates personally emailed to you. We would love to keep in touch and to know that you are safe and well during this unusual period. In all sincerity, we’d be happy just to chat if you’d like somebody to talk to!

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for the outpouring of well-wishes our small Vermont company has already received. You are in our thoughts, and we hope for the very best for each of you as we all pull through this together!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at CellularWindowShades.com

How’s everybody doing?

Hello, Dear Cellular Window Shades Family!


My name is Kelly Clements, and I am the president of CellularWindowShades.com. Our company is a small manufacturing business based in the green mountains of Vermont, where we have been passionately building custom window coverings since 1986. 

I care deeply about my team and each of our valued clients. As such, I have been working hard to do what’s right to keep our entire team healthy during this time, while still building and shipping our clients’ shades in a timely manner. As of now, our production team is keeping up with demand, and using staggered shifts, we are able to maintain appropriate social distance. 

Our customer service and admin teams are working from home and here to assist you as always… or even just to chat!
We’ve had clients ask about the safety of the packaging once they receive their shades, and according to the World Health Organization “the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is low.”
We are extremely confident you can order, receive and install your shades safely from the comfort of your home.
I will reach out again as the situation changes. Until then, please stay safe and healthy, and know that we are thinking of you and sending a smile your way. 

I hope you take every opportunity to take in some Sun and fresh air!

Be well. Check in(from safe distances) on our most vulnerable. Eat good food. Read good books. Watch Great things. Call/Facetime with everyone. Reconnect in ways you’ve never done before.

We will get through this together.

Warmly, 

Kelly

Home-Schooling Subject: NAPTIME

You might have heard, Vermont schools have closed for the rest of the year. The kiddos are staying home for the rest of the school year. You probably also heard the collective screams from all the parents. And more and more states will follow suit.

NOW more than ever, nap times are NEEDED (desperately needed, am I right, parents?). Naps are not only beneficial to our children, but c’mon parents, we know YOU need that down time as well.

Gram and I in ’79 in Mystic, CT

Personal sidenote: my grandmother knew I was a competitive kid. We played numerous card games, checkers, Scrabble, etc. Soooo..it was no different when it came to racing! Doing my best to break my fastest time from point A to point B. My gram, was a genius! She’d ‘race’ me to sleep. Clever, because I never wanted to lose! Very clever, indeed.

Our Blackout shades will create a nap-enticing environment, that your stir-crazy kiddos will not be able to resist.


“More than 85% of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness. It is not clear that this is the natural sleep pattern of humans. Young children and elderly persons nap, for example, and napping is a very important aspect of many cultures.” Sleep Foundation

I remember FIGHTING my mother about nap time, but once they tried to wake me up for dinner, I was nothing short of combative. Now, as an adult, I love a good nap. 20 mins GREAT! 1.5 hours even BETTER.

Now with homeschooling a new reality for many families, parents need down time, just as much as their kiddos.

This mama shared her newly created home-schooling schedule, due to the global pandemic, and yes, every day includes “Quiet Time”

“We then have quiet time in our house.(1-3pm) They can have their Kindles, watch a movie, play with toys, or read books — as long as the volume is low. Usha may take a nap during this time. For me, this is time I work on my business by making products, updating my social media, checking inventory, preparing orders for shipment, breathing and relaxing. They also usually have a snack during this time.” Tamykah Anthony, a scientist, STEAM educator

Creating a space for this “Quiet Time” is so important for your kids to be able to shut out the daily chaos that we are hearing, seeing and actively being a part of, can put SO much stress on you and your children.

Close our cellular blackout shades, curl up with your snuggly-soft blanket, dive into a book, a movie and get lost for a while. And yes, take a little snooze. We are certified Nap Promoters.

Check out all these health bennies from a little shut-eye:

  • Relaxation
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Increased alertness
  • Improved mood
  • Improved brain function; quicker reaction time and better memory

Even on the best of our ‘normal’ days, not to mention our new quarantined life, we are exhausted. If you find your energy GONE mid-day, you might like to know that 34% of the U.S. naps. Napping can boost your immune system, (we ALL need that right now) help you learn new skills, and improve your physical stamina.

So whether you join in with your kiddos on the glorious mid-day rest or not, our blackout shades can encourage this downtime, and like me, as a kiddo…I start looking forward to naps.

2020 Home Trends!

In the British Vogue 1939 issue, product designer Gilbert Rhode was asked what people in the 21st century would be wearing. He had NUMEROUS thoughts. According to Gilbert, in year 2020 we would have NO buttons, pockets, collars or ties. Men will have revolted against shaving. “His hat will be an antenna, snatching radio out of the ether. His socks—disposable.” Rhode declared.

Does that sound like our modern-day hipster living in NYC to you? The antenna…we’re close…with airpods, amirite? *curious side-eye*

Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore and Pantone‘s selections for the prestigious COLORS OF THE YEAR!

Sherwin-Williams went a little darker for their pick: “Naval”

“Giving a nod to Art Deco influences, Naval fuses the striking and bold opulence of Art Deco with the awe‑inspiring power of nature – from the infinite night sky to the mysterious depths of the sea – bringing navy out of its comfort zone to usher in an empowering new year and fresh decade of change. This deep shade evokes a prominent sense of confidence that fuses timeless color with a fresh mix of natural materials and textures that bring navy blue into a new era.” – courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

Benjamin Moore went for a softer hue with their selection: “First Light”

“First Light” is warm, rosy pink.Benjamin Moore’s first time choosing a pink hue for Color of the Year, and symbolizes an upbeat and hopeful start to the next ten years. A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential, is the backdrop for a bright new decade.” – Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Pantone’s choice: “Classic Blue”

“A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” – courtesy of Pantone

1.Black and White Interiors.

It’s BACK! (And this trend I thoroughly enjoy, on a deeply personal level.) There are endless ways to explore this yin/yang trend into your home. Black chairs and sofas, white throw pillows, black ceilings, black and white marble. So many delicious textiles and pattern variations that marry these two colors. For the more daring, try a black ceilings or walls. In 2020, the interior designers of the world are already looking forward to the endless possibilities of bringing this bold, yet classic trend to your homes.

2.Velvet.

OH MY! Vivacious Vibrant Velvets are on trend. So DELISH. Ok, take a moment and JUST imagine for a moment, stunning floor-to-ceiling, in Pantone’s Classic Blue velvet drapery adorning your home. Phew! I just might faint. So gorgeous! And if I do faint, I’m gonna collapse on one of these GORGEOUS sofas, in Ben Moore’s Color of Year and recover in my bed with the tufted headboard in Pantones’ “Classic Blue”

SWOON

3. Geometric Patterns.

This is not new. This design accent has been on the upward trend for the past couple years now. It’s easy to fall in love with it, and use it everywhere, but resist the urge. Pick an area of your home where you want the geometric pattern to make a bold statement. How about geometric bathroom floor tiles, or a thin-lined geometric wallpaper? Check out those cellular wall shelves or accent table? SO CELL. SO AWESOME.

4.Maximalism.

What exactly is maximalism? While minimalism focuses ‘less is more’, maximalism is about embracing the idea ‘more is MORE’.  Like Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” Interior designers across the globe are drooling with this trend. This decor style can EASILY get out of control. Ok, OK….before you get too carried away, you’ll have to use SOME restraint. Pick a single room to go all excessive and BOLD with saturated colors and carefully curated collections of art. Keep in mind, maximalism encourages utilizing your space in the boldest way possible.

5.Neutrals.

If that maximalism tredn is just ‘too much’ for you…I get it. I totally get it. Instead create a serene, calming oasis for your living room or master bedroom and go neutral, and you’ll still be on trend. If you think, “UGH Neutrals are SO boring….”  I’m gonna tell ya something, you’re wrong. Neutral are whites with cool or warm undertones, mixing with shades of beige and grey. Don’t underestimate the power of neutrals. They make an excellent choice for your walls, allowing your artwork to POP! They’re also great options for furniture (furniture covers for families with kiddos/pets recommended) including sofas and bedding.

6. Biophilia.

The term “biophilia,” an affinity for the living world, was coined back in the ’80’s by American biologist and author E.O. Wilson. “We have an instinctive drive to connect with nature”, he said, “and the more we connect, the happier we are.” That’s why a walk in the woods can feel SO friggin good, or hiking up our very own Mount Mansfield will change your life. A daily hike not an option? Bring nature indoors, with plants and a hot trend now, moss walls. SO cool. So tactile. LOOK! Don’t you just wanna touch these moss walls? I know, wouldn’t be able to resist. And how bout that skylight rainfall SHOWER?! UGH. WANT.

Click here for step-by-step instructions to make your own.

7. Floral Wallpaper and Fabrics.

What’s that saying, “Everything old is new again” ? A throwback with a VERY contemporary twist. We are not talking those small blue or pink floral patterns that all of our Nana’s had everywhere. Sorry, Nana. This 2020 trend is NOT your grandma’s florals. GIGANTIC, gorgeous abstract blooms, that are oh so bold. Wallpapers for powder rooms, and accent walls.

Oh, the joys of the new year! So let us honor Earth’s trip around the Sun with new personal goals, new resolutions and these latest trends. Ya know, one trend that will NEVER go outta style, energy efficiency.

We LOVE what we do, sooo stick with us. We got you covered in 2020.

Which windows are “Witch Windows”?

Perhaps you’ve never seen one in the flesh? Perhaps you’ve NEVER heard of them? Perhaps YOU DON’T believe in witches and their need for windows? Perhaps you have and they have cast their spell on you…

More than likely when you have seen one of these man-made phenomena you were in our home state of Vermont. We have the MOST witch windows in the world. (I MIGHT be exaggerating that statement a tiny amount.) And even more precisely, they are found in the area of Vermont we fondly call the Northeast Kingdom. They have THE MOST, EVER!

But what IS a ‘witch window’ you may be asking yourself?

Witch windows have another name that’s not so Halloween-y, “Vermont Windows”. BUT the crazy back-country, tall-tale-believing New Englanders say themselves, is that these architectural whacky marvels are deeply rooted in Vermont’s super cold temps and SpoOoooOoOOOky superstition/folklore! Now just look at the design. For any broomstick-flying Wiccan, this would be ideal to have in your home! Wonderfully wicked for that super quick getaway when the townspeople come with torches and pitchforks to see if you actually do float in the nearby bog. Or if the progressive townsperson needs a curse on their cheating spouse, ZOOOOOOM-you’re there! And those semi-annual meetings of your coven…when you’re late because you were ALMOST done brewing the local children in your cauldron. A slanted window is ideal for a Witch.

And the creepy names don’t stop there. There is yet ANOTHER name for these quirky design wonders. “Coffin Windows”. Yeah, coffin windows. No wonder this design element stayed in one corner of the world with this kinda PR. EEK!

The tall tale behind this nickname is…well…unnerving. Ok yes..the window is laying down, but that’s not where the lore ends. There was SUPPOSEDLY a purpose for them. 1800’s undertakers would hoist coffins outside and slide them down the slate-shingled roofs, instead of lugging the deceased down the narrow, ornate windy staircases. Yeah, I had the same thought. HOW did the coffin get up there anyhow? A workshop in his home? The calling hours were often in the home…Who knows? But whatever the ‘reason’…the nickname stuck to these windows.

BUT the real reason these “Vermont windows” exist is because of good ol’ Yankee ingenuity and frugality. Vermonters are recyclers. Our blood is GREEN. We re-purpose/ reuse and recycle EVERYTHING we can. We were GREEN before it was trendy. So ya know, Harold down the road, he had an old window left over from his recent build, by gum! Let’s USE IT. Vermonters are also known for building addition after addition, after addition. Especially after the 5 or 9th child was born (remember large farm families?). So…with the loss of wall space, it was bound to happen. The only place for an upper-floor window would have to be kinda horizontal. KINDA. GENIUS right? Without it, light and ventilation would be completely limited.

Did I say Vermonters are frugal? Not many of us have AC. Yeah, read that again. NO air conditioning units in our homes. And most of us play the game every year “How long do we hold out before we turn on the heat/start the first fire?”

We know FUN, I tell ya!

And in the Summer, my mother would just open the windows across our home to get the cross breeze flowing on those HOT August days. And Witch windows are GREAT as a 2nd story vent! Just crack open that weird 45 degree sideways window and feel the coolness. It could be the ghosts awaiting the return of their coffins…or really it’s JUST a breeze. Keep telling yourself that. *wink*

When our customers say they have tricky windows to shade, we giggle to ourselves. Because here in Vermont, we’ve seen it all. We can shade “Witch” Windows, “Vermont” Windows, and even “Coffin” Windows and even your wonky windows.

Email us: service@cellularwindowshades.com