Enjoy Ultimate Convenience with Motorized Blinds and Shades

Somfy Motorized Shades

There’s something almost magical with all the smart home technology that is available today, am I right? Even if you aren’t super tech-minded, you have to agree how cool it is to monitor and direct your home from a remote, phone or tablet, even when you are away. You can lock or unlock doors, set timers, adjust temperatures, turn lights on and off, and visually check on pets, children and caregivers. Remember the old saying, “Mom has eyes in the back of her head?” Well, technology (and Budget Blinds) can make that happen!

LITTLE HISTORY FOR YOU: In 1926 the first electric garage door opener was invented, before that people had to manually open and close heavy garage doors (what!).  The “lazy bones”  wire-connected TV remote was invented in 1950, and the first wireless TV remote was introduced in 1955 – before that people had to get up to change the channel or adjust the volume! As amazing as they were when they were invented, now they are the norm. We don’t even think twice about it and the remote control of so many things in the home is just expected. Entire homes are automated for entry, security, heating and cooling, with timers on everything from coffee makers to showers.

Now you can motorize your window coverings with Budget Blinds®. Imagine the luxury of closing the blinds, shades or drapes without having to get up to close or adjust them when the glare on the TV gets distracting or you just want privacy when the sun goes down. No need to disturb the sleeping baby in your arms or interrupt the movie. It’s the ultimate convenience for a comfortable, functional home.



Budget Blinds offers motorization from Somfy®, the world’s leading manufacturer of specialized motors and control systems for 30 years. The range of control options includes wireless wall switches, hand-held remotes, timers and the newest tech advances:

  • Somfy® MyLinkTM app for whole home automation – making customization, security (and style) that much easier!
  • Virtual CordTM control (available on our private label Signature Series® cellular and pleated shades) provides quiet operation and clean design for single or multiple window channels.
  • Remotes and mobile devices to control all the window coverings in your home. No hard wiring is required and you can operate up to five windows from one remote (so cool!)

Budget Blinds’ motorized window coverings simplify operations so homeowners can have peace of mind and live more productive lives.


  • Cordless window coverings are the safest option in homes with children and pets. Dangling cords are one of the five hidden home hazards as defined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, resulting in strangulation deaths of approximately 12 children per year.
  • Hard-to-reach windows are tamed by motorization, eliminating the need for stools or stepladders that can be a danger to children or anyone unsteady on their feet.
  • Heavy blinds or drapery, such as on patio doors or a wall of windows, can easily be opened and closed to control sunlight and privacy.
  • Timers can program window coverings to open and close so your home appears occupied even while you are away.
  • Battery-operated remote controls allow you to raise, lower, tilt or open and close your window coverings with the touch of a button.


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The U.S. Department of Energy projects that heat gain and loss can be reduced by 25% with proper window treatments designed for energy efficiency.

Motorization is one way to ensure optimum performance from your window treatments  – and it’s so easy too – let us help you!

  • Program your window coverings to close when the sun is bright, providing UV protection for home furnishing to keep fabrics, rugs, upholstery and artwork from fading.
  • Sensors can be installed on some systems to signal motorized window coverings to close when the sun’s at its hottest. A more neutralized temperature will lessen the need to run heating and air, reducing your energy costs year round.
  • Solar shades on a patio, deck or porch can provide complete control of that environment. You can close the shades for protection from the sun, wind or rain, or open the shades to admit sunlight and breezes.

Last month  was National Window Covering Safety Month. But, that’s just one reason to check into motorized window coverings. The convenience and energy savings (and style) you’ll experience with motorized blinds, shades and drapes will have you wondering why you waited so long! Call 651-351-7620 today to schedule a FREE, in-home consultation. We will put the eyes in the back of your head and create seamless and chic style too! We come to you, no need to leave the comfort of your home, call us today to schedule your FREE design consultation!

Take your style to the next level

Accessorize Your Home Like a Professional Designer


So you may not know, but not only do we specialize in professional window treatments, and exceptional customer service 😉 but we are also an amazing source for your home decor accessories. Together, the Budget Blinds of Stillwater (and Western Wisconsin!) carry a combine  20+ years of professional interior decorator experience. We absolutely love what we do and we have a passion for design, we especially love it when we can help our clients not only with window treatments, but with the overall style of the space, and of their home!

Beyond your custom window treatments we want to help you bring your whole home design to lift by coordinating your style with custom accessories like pillows, rugs, bedding and other specialty decor items such as faux iron accents (trendy!)

No need to drive to all over town or spend hours online hunting down just the right accessories to complete your room design.  You can shop our custom products right at home, ensuring that what you order will look perfectly in your space. In addition to this, we can customize your pillows (and other details) to the exact fabric and/or pattern of your window treatments. Keep reading for some quick and easy tips on how to incorporate a professional-level style into your home.. trust me, your friends will notice, whether they want to compliment you or not  😉

(3) tips to professional designing:

   1. There’s no such thing as too many pillows…ever

So listen to this, the same manufacturers of our award-winning curtains and drapes also custom make pillows to match, contrast or compliment your window treatments! In addition to the phenomenal range of fabric choices, you’ll also have embellishment options such as trims, fringes, crystals, buttons and ruffles to inspire your inner decorating diva (I’m obsessed!)


DID YOU KNOW – Throw pillows are just about the easiest way to introduce bold and invigorating colors with a neutral palette in a room. The bright patterns and colors on these throw pillows (pictured above)  provide a sharp contrast to the furniture and shades in the space – they bring the space alive yet keep it simple and clean. Pillows are one of my favorite elements in design, whenever your mood or the seasons change you can easily update your style to reflect and reinvent your color scheme – I just love it!

    2. rugs are for every occasion (and a necessity!)

Indoor and outdoor rugs are easy to care of and are designed to withstand heavy use and all kinds of abuse ( aka spills in your kids playroom, a family game room or even the garage!)Rugs are an important accessory to a living space as they add color and warm up a room. Rugs define the space, add character to a room and even absorb sound. They come in all sizes from small throw rugs to full room-sized custom rugs and to stairway runners. You can customize the content of your rug to include 100% wool, wool blends, polyester, polyester blends, mod-acrylic, silk, nylon, cotton or wool berber (so many options!)


Our custom rugs at Budget Blinds carry a wide range of colors, patterns and styles, made by artisans around the world. From handmade to machine loomed, all of our rugs are high-quality with good/better/best options, so we have rugs for every budget and personal style. Again, check out your options on our website and feel free to ask us for design advise (we love to help you!)

   3. good bedding is key to a good nights sleep

Studies show that the average person spends 26 years of their lifetime sleeping and an additional seven years lying in bed trying to fall asleep. That’s 33 years (that is crazy!) That much time spent anywhere deserves to be in beautiful surroundings, don’t you agree?  Your bedding needs to be make you happy and your bedding needs to reflect your style.

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Bedding accessories like custom comforters, duvet covers, bedspreads, quilts, daybed covers, bed skirts, pillows and even fabric headboards are all options for designing your dream bedroom. You can coordinate with your curtains, drapes, shades and valances, or design your bed and then tackle the windows – let us help you!  Budget Blinds offers almost endless possibilities of fabric choices, textures, colors and patterns to mix and match to achieve your right ambiance for a good night’s sleep. Let’s connect and schedule your FREE  in-home consultation today and let’s make your dream bedroom a reality.

the bottom line to decorating and accessorizing is to follow your heart, live with what you love. 

Behind all the decorating advice and trends, one constant remains: “Nothing is passé if you really love it.” –RoseTarlow, Interior Designer and Antiques Dealer

No matter what your style sensibilities are, let us help you enhance your home with custom accessories and window treatments you will truly love (because they will reflect you!)

Call us at 651-351-7620 today to schedule a FREE, in-home consultation or go online to www.budgetblinds.com/stillwater  to get inspired! Keep up with us on facebook and follow us on pinterest to keep up with us 🙂


Window Coverings Add Polish + SophisticatioN

Being in the window treatment  and interior decorator business I have the privilege of inspiring clients through style and design – and I absolutely love it! I truly believe that the right window treatments can totally transform and polish a room, and I love showing my clients how easy it is to choose the right style.

If you are at all familiar with the show Property Brothers (or any show on HGTV) you know that modernizing the home is critical to a quick sale; as it more often than not increases the overall property value.

While you don’t necessarily have to involve yourself in a full-blown renovation, there are some quick tips for modernizing your living space (and yes, proper window treatments are one of them!)


* critical elements of modern design:

1] COLOR – homes are dated just by the colors on the walls. UPDATE your color to refresh your overall living space, go for neutral yet bold. Ask me how!

2] FLOOR – updated floors are a big selling point. See what is new yet traditional and keep in mind that flooring can add an element of texture in the space!

3] KITCHEN BACKSPLASH – modern styling wakes up the whole kitchen (and is very D.I.Y. friendly too. Go for tile, texture or a simple pattern too, this one is easy.

4] BATHROOM – often a major overhaul, but worth it. UPDATE your main bathroom first, choose accents by contrasting colors of the floor and walls.

5]  WINDOW COVERINGS– the right window treatments polish up a room, take advantage of customizing your coverings and your living space will be complete.

For three seasons, HGTV’s  Buying & Selling has relied on Budget Blinds for high-quality blinds, drapes and decorative hardware from our trusted manufacturing partners . Budget Blinds has a  HUGE selection of trending styles and colors, all of which are customizable!!



Essential Silk Drapes

Budget Blinds Essential Silks drapery panels (pictured in Sterling Grey) paired with faux wood blinds.


Jonie, a single mom with two daughters (still living at home) welcomed back home daughter #1 with granddaughter #1. After five years of five in the house, the family maxed-out their living space and decided it was time to look for a larger home. Jonathan (Property Brothers) immediately got to work to “banishing boring” throughout the house, and he transformed the kitchen into a gourmet’s dream to captivate buyers. Drew (Property Brothers) found himself facing five tenacious females, each with definite ideas. He had to be top of his game to find their new, next home and, of course, everyone came out smiling!

  • The living room was transformed with mirrored and mixed metal textures for a sophisticated style, set off by Budget Blinds’ Essential Silks, floor-length drapery panels in sparkling Sterling Gray on contrasting Matte Black curtain rods. 2” faux wood blinds in the color of Ecru provide complete light and privacy control.
  • The dining room received matching window treatments. Keeping with the modern and metallic vibe, new table and chairs, geometric patterned rug and a colorful, over-sized art print were added to tie the dining space to the living room, creating an artfully dramatic great room.
  • The kitchen was lightened up with soft grays and white, new stainless steel appliances and a stylish, informal eating area. 2” faux wood blinds in Ecru on a 2-on-1 headrail allow for complete functionality at the patio door, whether open or closed; sage colored woven textures drapery panels frame the door and anchor the room.

*  See the complete renovation of Josie’s home by clicking here.


* let’s connect!

Every room could use a little polish and sophistication – let us help you! From your first phone call to precise measurement and installation, we pride ourselves on being able to provide the perfect window covering solution.  Ask us about Somfy® motorization, for the ultimate in comfort, efficiency and safety!

[ PBrown@BudgetBlinds.Com]   or   [651-351-7620] 



Ask me what product my clients ask about and I would respond with, “SOMFY.”  Ask me what product has the most recent installs and I would respond with, “SOMFY.”  Ask me what is the coolest (and still budget-friendly) window treatment and I would respond with “SOMFY.” Seriously… SOMFY has the #hottestproduct, and it is window motorization.  Check it out here.

Somfy is the world’s leading manufacturer of specialized motors and control systems for rolling shutters, interior shades, blinds, projection screens and other lift-up applications for the home (and it is super cool.) Budget Blinds of Stillwater carries (and installs) SOMFY systems all the time.  In fact, it is one of my products that I hear the most about – everyone really loves motorized window treatments! 

Motorized window coverings powered by Somfy combine functionality, simplicity and style all in one. These practical systems can be controlled with a wide array of options from wireless wall switches, hand-held remotes, timers, and more.


Motorized window treatments let you control lighting and privacy preferences at the touch of a button. They save time by simultaneously opening or closing window coverings throughout your home, even on those hard to reach windows. SOMFY has over three decades of experience so you can feel confident you are getting the best window covering motorization systems available.


1. Energy Savings
You can program your window treatments on timers to open and close at specific times during the day (you could save up to 30% on energy costs!)

2. Automation
A hot, sunny day can trigger your AC unit to go into overdrive. Install a sensor to signal the motorized shades to close when the sun’s at its brightest.

3. Safety
Motorized window coverings eliminate dangling cords so they are kid-friendly and pet-safe.

4. Security & Privacy
Timers allow you to open and close your window coverings on a predetermined schedule, when you’re home or on vacation.

5. Convenience
Motorized window coverings allow you to raise and lower at the touch of a button. This is especially convenient for hard to reach windows



Contact me today for a quote – and ask about my monthly deal too!  I love SOMFY, and they are especially good in the hot Minnesota summers. You deserve to have convenience and style – and a nice temperature controlled home when you come home 🙂  Tell me what you think and lets get started!