4 Tips on Furnishing Your First House

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Moving into your first house?

This is a big milestone and an exciting time in your life. On the other hand, having to furnish your house can be overwhelming and stressful, figuring out how you’re going to fill out all your space. Whether you’re coming into your new house with little to no furniture, we want to take off all the stress for you and give you tips on best practices you can implement when furnishing your own house.


Establish your style.


The style you choose for your house should ultimately resemble your personality. Are you an outdoors lover? Are you a perfectionist or have a minimalist style? Knowing your personal attributes will help you tap into what decor style you want to establish. If you’re still lost, you can use a Pinterest board of different images that inspire you or you can buy a piece of furniture that you like and style the rest of the room around that one piece.


Quality over quantity.


Don’t feel rushed that you have to fill out your house right away with as much furniture as you can. You should pace yourself and make sure you’re satisfied with what furniture you’re putting in your house whether it takes weeks or months. There’s no perfect method of filling your new house with furniture but having a clear process may help during this stressful time of your life. To make things easier, try focusing on the important furniture first such as your mattress, sofas and dining table.


Have a furniture planning budget.


One of the misconceptions most people have when it comes to furniture is the costs that add up. Moving into a new home with no furniture can be stressful on top of your other house payments so planning a budget for your furniture can make the process simpler and less stressful. One important rule you can follow when budgeting furniture is to budget around 10% to 50% of the total cost of your home. If your house is $300,000 then you want to have a budget of about $30,000 to $150,000. Other tips that are useful when planning your furniture budget is paying attention to any seasonal sales and using secondhand shops such as the Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, or Craigslist. 


Tie everything together with color.interior decor/ blinds and shades


One great way to tie your rooms together is through your use of color. If you already have your main pieces of furniture, such as sofas, you can coordinate your other matching materials through color and texture. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors. Here are some tips and tricks you can implement using color when furnishing your house:

  • Decorate from dark to light vertically
  • Use white in your kitchen to brighten the room
  • Use the 60-30-10 rule. 60% a dominant color, 30% secondary color, and 10% of an accent color
  • Contrast warm and cool colors
  • Limit your palette to three colors


At ABC Blind & Drapery, we offer many amazing products for homeowners to use when furnishing their first house! A house that speaks to your personality makes it feel that much more like home. If you have any additional comments or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us!

Our Response to COVID-19

Our Coronavirus response

At ABC Blind & Drapery, the health of our employees and beautiful surrounding communities is a priority. We would first like to send our condolences to all those affected by the coronavirus. We are closely monitoring changes in the everchanging landscape of this global situation and are working wisely to ensure that we are protecting the health of all those in association with ABC Blind & Drapery.


We acknowledge the concern that some clients may have with allowing us into their home or visiting our office during this time, therefore, we are offering flexible solutions to cater to your needs. If you are stuck in your home during this period and are debating new window coverings, we still are happy to do in-home consultations for the time being, but we have added the option to consult with designers via video conference. Our designers will still walk you through all our product options and we will mail you free swatches so you can sample your products of interest.

We are following all CDC recommendations, therefore we have implemented stricter sanitation guidelines such as:


  • Disposable gloves and shoe covers put on before each install.
  • Hand sanitizer before and after each appointment.
  • No handshaking. Maintaining personal distance.
  • Our showroom is only available for appointments. Only one client at a time.
  • Sanitation of our showroom and offices after every appointment.
  • We will be having our office email copies of sales contracts to avoid the shuffling of contracts between people. 

In addition, we will be doing a courtesy phone call before any in-home appointments to confirm no unexpected circumstances have arisen since the time the appointment was taken. We deeply appreciate your support and care, for not just ABC, but for the entire community during this time of uncertainty. We are honored to continue serving Austin and the surrounding areas. 

Thank you.

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Interior Roller Solar Screens

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Interior roller solar screens (also referred to as solar shades or sun shades) are available in 10%, 5%, 3% and 1% UV blockage with your choice of four colors that are sure to coordinate with any exterior house color. Framed in aluminum and attached to the interior window frame for easy removal.

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Tableaux Decorative Grilles

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When ABC was offered the opportunity to be a retailer of Tableaux products, we jumped at the chance. Ken McWilliams, the owner of ABC Blind and Drapery, actually has the decorative grilles in his own home. It only seems fair to offer these stunning products to our customers.

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ABC is THE factory when it comes to custom mini blinds – made locally in our own shops, by our own expert craftsmen.

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Custom Bedding

We’re pleased to offer an outstanding line of custom-made bedding with an array of themes including traditional, contemporary, lodge and beach house, as well as an entire line for children’s rooms. At ABC, we use the most up-to-date fabrics and trims with impeccable attention to detail. The overall quality and look is the finest on the market for custom-made bedding. Choose from a wide range of draperies, footstools, and decorative pillows to coordinate with each bedding ensemble.

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We also offer services for custom bedding that is sure to coordinate with any interior imaginable. With our custom bedding, “the sky’s the limit.” Endless styles, fabric, trim choices, and coordinating products give any interior that customized look found in many of the high-end homes today.

Have existing furniture that you love but the fabric is old and worn? We also offer upholstery services to give your old furniture a fresh new look and to coordinate with your custom draperies and other furnishings.

Make It Your Own

All About Quality

As your order is being completed, ABC will contact you to schedule a convenient time for the installation.  Because we know people lead busy lives, an appointment will allow you to plan your schedule around the installation.  Prior to arriving at the installation location, our team double-checks your order to ensure it is complete and ready for installation.

With every installation, our team is committed to providing hassle-free, timely and professional services.  The average length of employment at ABC of our installers is 15 years, which is a testament to their commitment to excellence.

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Contact Us

ABC Blind & Drapery provides the most extensive selection of window solutions, including materials and styles, in the Austin area. We guarantee our work, and we can provide a solution to fit nearly any budget. Call us at (512) 459 6561 to schedule an in-home or showroom appointment with a designer who can help you consider the possibilities and realize your dreams!

  • (512) 459-6561
  • info@abcblind.com

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ABC is THE factory when it comes to cellular window shades – made locally in our own shops, by our own expert craftsmen. ABC uses Comfortex fabrics in light-filtering and room-darkening material in a variety of color choices. We use, and recommend, the 3/8″ double cell for the most energy efficient shade on the market.

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