New years resolutions for cave dwellers;  Keep the Casa Organized & Safe

Happy New Year!!!!  Oh wait the parties over, now what do I do?  JT Blinds would like to welcome the New Year with fresh ideas that will make your home more organized, contemporary, and charming.  Whether you live in an apartment, condominium, house, or King Arthur’s Castle- this article really has some good ideas to help beautify your home.

New Years Resolution

  1. Forget Spring Cleaning; Get a jump on things with Winter Cleaning.

The most effective way to start the remodeling of your dwelling place is to get rid of unnecessary junk. Yes,  I said JUNK!  If you have clothes in your closet and you haven’t fit into them in years then it’s time to get rid of them.  If you miraculously lose 50 lbs by diet and exercise then you deserve to buy yourself some new clothes.  I totally speak from my own weight gaining experiences.

Typically each year in my household we gather our stuff from around our home and create three piles.  The first pile is trash (items that just will not be reused like “holey underwear”).

The second pile are the hand me down items.  It’s not just for younger kids who have older siblings.  We have three teenage daughters and I recently gave each of them a couple of my old t-shirts which they now use as pajama tops. My daughters wear them all the time even more than their regular pajama tops.  Being an only child, I was quite confused as to why my daughters grew so attached to my hand me down clothes.  My wife explained it in one simple sentence, “When I was in high school, I used to wear my boyfriend’s shirt to bed.”  OMG!!!  Did she really just say that?  Oh well –  It’s better that my baby girls are still daddy’s little girls!

The third pile are items that we donate to charities like Hope of the Valley, Habitat for Humanity, and Goodwill

After all this, think twice about what you bring in because it might even save you a few dollars that can be used on something you really need. Fill your home with the things that raise your energy level and make you feel good, and get rid of the things that drain your energy or are broken.

Pile up useful (but not beautiful) items such as DVDs, remotes and those kicked-off shoes in cartons or simple woven baskets. Group similar items together and keep them in same place every time you. Clear your counters of everything you don’t use on a daily basis and get ready to breathe a little easier in your own home.

  1. Safety

Is your home safe? There are a few things that every homeowner & property owner should do to ensure the safety and well being of their families and residents.  Make sure your house has plenty of ventilation. It’s surprising to know that many bathrooms and attics are not vented to the outside, which can create the potential for mold.

If you are considering a remodel and your home was last built or remodeled before 1978 consider testing for lead paint and asbestos flooring, paint, and building materials.  We advise you contact a licensed contractor with EPA certification to properly remove any potential dangerous materials.

Check window coverings for exposed cords that could pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children. Replace corded window coverings with today’s cordless safer products or automated window coverings. If you cannot install newer products, ensure that all window cords are out of sight and reach, by using cord cleats to tie wrap the cord high and so they are inaccessible to young children. Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to the opposite side of the room. These items could act as unintentional “step stools” that allow a child to reach a window or cord.  For more information on child safety with window coverings please visit

  1. Security

You should ask yourself the following questions and your own answers will help you create your own plan to be safe:

  • Does my home have a security system?
  • Has there ever been a time when I have not felt safe in my home?
  • Do I own a dog?
  • Am I aware of my surroundings?
  • Do I check my windows and doors before I leave for work? Do I check them before I go to bed?
  • If I live in a house, is there a security door on my front door?

I would like to share an incident that happened to me and my family about two weeks ago: Please follow this link to find out more…

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I would like to share an incident that happened to me and my family about two weeks ago:

I was working on the computer late in the front living room and around 11:30 pm. someone knocked on our front door.  I did not open the front door, because we have one of those small peep doors.  So not knowing who it was I opened the small opening to look outside.  There was a young man there late teens to early twenties, dressed in a dark hoodie and I surprised him by only opening the small peep door.  I don’t think he knew the peep door was there because our Christmas wreath was mounted around it.  Either way he wasn’t expecting it.  He then asks me “Mmmm Mmmm is there a park right here?”  I responded, “What?  There isn’t any park around here.  What do you really want, it’s 11:30 at night and why are you knocking on my front door?”  At that moment I noticed that there was another person riding by on their bicycle also wearing dark clothing.  In my mind I totally realized that this guy and his homeboys were going to try and rob us by home invasion if I had opened the door.  He kept moving his hands in the pockets of his hoodie.  I couldn’t tell if he had a gun or a knife, but I did know right away that this was a serious situation.  Everything was in slow motion as my adrenaline was pumping.  He then proceeded to ask, “Well isn’t there a park on…..”  He named the cross streets.  I responded with “Yes, if you know the area then, why are you knocking on my door and asking me?”  He then took off running as fast as he could up our street.

My wife remembered when she went out to her car about 15 minutes prior,  she thought they saw someone sitting across the street on the curb, but really couldn’t make out who it was.  It is my conclusion that this person assumed that there were only two females in the house and that they could somehow attempt whatever it was they were trying to do.  They just did not expect a man to answer the door and I assume they were expecting someone to actually open the door.  At this point I realized that I need to install a security screen door.  Why not? My own company offers security screen doors and we install them all the time.  Feel free to contact me directly if you require a security screen door just like me.  I can be reached at or visit us at for contact information.

I then called the Police to notify them that this happened.  They were going to have squad cars patrol the area and keep an eye out for the description I provided.  I now know that these types of burglars are known as “Knock Knock Burglars.”  There are many news stories regarding these type of home invasions or knock knock burglaries.  It even says on one article that many gangs are known to commit this type of crime.  Smh.

Quality head rails are the backbone of an apartment vertical blind

Head rails are the backbone and life of a Vertical Blind. If you’ve got a top quality one, you will enjoy your blind for many years to come as it operates with minimal issues. If you have a low quality 1” x 1” Head Rail, you will you’ll end up annoyed with constant repairs or perhaps replacements, leading to a waste of your time and cash.

Unfortunately, folks purchase Vertical Blinds that use low grade head rails as a result of big box stores selling imported blinds rather cheaply. Rather than taking the long term operation of a blind in to consideration, they decide on whatever is the cheapest at the moment, not realizing that a blind that usually breaks down could be a blind that constantly needs to be repaired or perhaps replaced.

What makes a good quality head rail? There are several key components however it all starts and ends with the carrier. Plenty of manufacturers use what is referred to as an 8 prong carrier (see picture). This type of carrier is NOT designed for long term or heavy usage. It will misalign quickly and soon you will have vanes that are facing in different directions or even spinning out of control.

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Other fabricators use another type called the Self-Aligning Carrier. It’s a step up from the 8 prong and it’s designed to realign itself whenever it misaligns. It will last a lot longer. This is head rail is known with most blind companies as their top of line deluxe vertical blind. JT Blinds also carries this head rail; we call it EZ Glide which traverses smoother than most.

But, why not have a head rail that doesn’t misalign at all? The All-Pro Head Rail system factory-made completely by JT Blinds features a carrier made from strong Delrin plastic that can withstand an average of 18 lbs. per in of torque ensuring years of permanent synchronization and trouble-free performance. Delrin is a High-Performance Acetal Resin that combines lubricity and wear resistance with the stiffness and strength needed in parts designed to replace metal. In addition, All-Pro Carriers come with a flexible stainless steel link instead of a plastic one, allowing for durable yet smooth traversing.

All Pro is the smart choice. They say that you get what you pay for but in this case, you are getting more! Not only will you be buying the best Head Rail system on the market but you will be buying the peace of mind that comes with a product that doesn’t require constant repairs or maintenance.  Call JT Blinds today at 800-732-6162, email us at jtblinds@gmail.comor visit us at

2” & 2 ½” Wood Blinds


When you want high-end quality at a much lower cost, Wood Blinds are the answer you have been waiting for. We provide top-quality wood blinds that are specially constructed to resist everyday wear and tear while making an attractive statement in any room of your home or office.

Our Wood Blinds are made from American Basswood. Among consumers, it is a popular choice because of the natural beauty and soft grain. We provide blinds of beautiful color that will stay strong for many years. Because of the nature of the materials, repeated lifting and lowering will not damage the fine finish of these window treatments.


Excellent construction and the rich beauty of Basswood make our Wood Blinds the perfect solution when you want to bring the brilliance of the outdoors into your living spaces. Wood used to manufacture wood blinds has many natural characteristics which make it truly unique… no two pieces of hardwood are alike. The grain direction, size, and appearance of wood fibers vary greatly depending on where the wood is cut from within the tree. Pin Knots vary in size, shape, structure and color.

  • 2” Available colors: Bright White, Pure White, Snow, White Sand, Cottage White, Natural, Golden Oak, Pecan, Mink, Cherry, Mahogany, & Espresso
  • 2 ½” Available colors: Snow, White Sand, Sun Kissed Oak, Warm Chestnut, Roasted Chestnut, & Espresso.
  • Size: There is a ½” Factory deduction from window opening sizes
  • Slats: 2″ or 2 ½” Smooth Bass Wood
  • Lift: Right side, cord lock stamped steel.
  • Tilt: Heavy Duty Cord Tilter (left side)
  • Valance: 3 ¼” Royal Crown Valance. IB Straight cut or ¾” mitered return, OB with mitered return.
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2 ½”, 3 ½”, & 4 ½” Plantation Shutters


When selecting window treatments it is good to know about the one window treatment that increases the home value: plantation shutters. They are custom made to fit each window and are actually considered “window furniture”. They add to the appraisal value of the home.

Plantation Shutters

The simple elegance of rich, plantation shutters gives a lift to any room. Shutters add the architectural beauty and functionality, while being the wisest window covering investment in the home. Interior shutters usually hinge on either side of a window opening, and swing inwards to allow access to the window or to allow light to enter a room. Operable louvered shutters have louvers, or slats, that rotate open or closed to control light, visibility and airflow. Shutters that have operable louvers are described using different terms such as traditional shutters, or plantation shutters which typically refers to the size of the louver blade. Shutter panels and frames can be custom crafted to windows, sliding patio doors, french doors, skylights, closets, and cabinets.


Crafted from renewable North American hardwood, our premium wood shutters add lasting warmth and depth to any space. An extensive assortment of upgrades and specialty options make it ways to create custom Wood Shutters that are completely unique. Our custom match color paint or stain program available. A large variety of frames, louver sizes, and options available.


Composite Polycore Shutters

A great option for moist environments like bathrooms, spas, and kitchens

Polycore shutters are the only fully aluminum reinforced shutters available. After many years of research and development, a co-extrusion process was perfected merging an aluminum reinforced interior into shutter louvers and components to be fabricated into stronger shutter panels. All Shutters have a conveniently located tilt rod that provides easy access to light control and privacy. Components are finished with a state of the art baked on water borne paint. This ensures that the shutter finish will never warp, crack, chip or peel. Polycore shutters are moisture and UV resistant, making them impervious to the elements. Cleaning and care visit

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2” & 2 ½” Performance Essentials Faux Wood Blinds


If you’re looking for an easy all-in-one solution that’s easy to lift even on large windows, built tough and can block out intense UV rays and heat while ensuring maximum privacy, turn to Performance Faux Wood Blinds, which can make everyday operation into a whisk of delight. INDUSTRY’S #1 BLIND

  • Tightest Closure
  • Less Light Leakage
  • More Privacy
  • Colors Last Longer
  • Child and Pet Safe
  • Easy to Clean

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Put the patented technology to work with Performance Faux Wood Blinds designed to be a cinch to operate and to withstand the elements, including light, heat, moisture, and salty air.

  • 2” Available colors: Pure White, Pearl, Black Walnut, & Old Teak
  • 2 ½” Available colors: Pure White, Silk White, Pearl, & Alabaster
  • Large Selection of sizes, customized to fit your window
  • Hardened for toughness: slats resist denting and scratching for the long haul
  • Patented SmartPrivacy: award-winning routeless feature offers minimal light leakage, smoother operation and tighter closure.
  • Patented Insta-Lock: Locks the blind at any position and at any angle, effortlessly without frustrating tugging – even on corner windows.
  • Slats won’t shift or slide out of the blind
  • Withstands industry-leading heat deflection temperatures
  • Resists fading and yellowing
  • Genuine quality reengineered components that make tilting and raising/lowering a breeze
  • Patented cord release device for child and pet safety
  • All materials are lead free, V.O.C. free and without any harmful chemicals
  • New patented Child Pet Safety Cord Release Device

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EZ Glide Vertical Blinds


If you’re looking for an “EZ” Solution for window coverings in apartment rentals, commercial or residential. The EZ Glide Vertical Blind is what you are looking for. It’s price competitive compared to most other window coverings. 3 ½” Vanes also known as slats can be installed on smaller size windows, patio sliding doors, really large residential and commercial windows, as well as angled top windows. 2” Vertical Blinds Vanes are available for narrow window frames and aluminum mullion commercial windows.

EZ Glide Vertical Blinds

The EZ Glide Head Rail is our Self Aligning Track System with a gear reduction End Control and Clear Polycarbonate stem carriers, which ensures years of reliability. 180 degree vane rotation and realignment with one turn of the wand or chain. Traverses very smoothly by pulling cord or guiding wand across.   Draw them one way to the left or the right, center opening to both left and right sides, reverse pull cord and chain on opposite side of stack (only available with cord & chain), or actual center stack to the middle.

  • Self-Aligning Self Adjusting Clutch Head Rail System
  • 4 Prong Tilt Rod with 180 Degree Rotation
  • Wand Operated Child & Pet Safe
  • Easy to Clean “washable” & to maintain
  • Vanes manufactured from top quality, lead free resin
  • Passes NFPA 701 Small Scale flammability requirements
  • PVC Vane Shapes & Styles;
    • 3 ½” Standard Curved, 2” Curved, 3 ½” S Curved, 3 ½” French Fold “Fabritech Sandstone”, Flat Perforated “with HOLES”
  • Best light control by tilting the blind vanes.
  • When a vane breaks, it can easily be replaced instead of having to purchase an entirely new blind like with a horizontal blind.
  • Wide Selection of Colors Available
  • Optional Valances Available
    • Channel Panel Valance
    • Dust Cover L Valance
    • 3″ Crown Molding Valance
  • Cord and Chain recommended for handicap units, commercial buildings, and high windows.
  • 84 stock sizes available and custom sizes minimum size is 8” width & maximum width is 240” (20ft)

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Why do verticals get a bad rap?

It’s a chilly and gloomy day here in the Golden State and I’m sitting here at home on my pc reading about vertical blinds. As the owner of a vertical blind fabrication company, I’m disappointed regarding the information offered online with reference to sensible vertical blinds for living accommodations. So many of the articles that I found had topics like, “How to cover up your ugly vertical blinds,” “Don’t be afraid to take down your vertical blinds, we did” and “How to repair your vertical blinds.”


analysis I even have discovered that several imported vertical blinds use the lowest quality Vertical blinds appear to have received a bad reputation, but why? In my of parts for apartments and I will tell you why, but first let me share many facts regarding vertical blinds. First off, they work extremely well on large windows and sliding patio doors. You also get the best light control by tilting the blinds and you can draw them one way to the left or the right, as well as center opening to both left and right sides. Verticals that are operated by a wand are child and pet safe. And lastly, when a vertical blind vane breaks, you will be able to simply replace it rather than having to shop for complete new blind as you would when something similar happens to a horizontal blind.

The bad reputation of a vertical blind simply boils down to the poor quality of merchandise within the market. The self aligning head rail is reliable and can operate efficiently for at least a few years in a rental unit. The replaceable stem scissor or plastic strap with the slim steel head rail is the cause of poor quality in a vertical blind and most contractors use this product strictly due to its low cost and selling price. If their budgets allowed for a few dollars more per blind, then the bad reputation of a vertical blind could be restored. For instance, if you have a durable quality head rail such as the All-Pro permanently aligned carrier system, you can get decades of trouble-free use.

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PVC slats or vanes are a totally different issue than the head rail. After years of sun exposure, PVC vanes can become brittle and break. Can window blind companies manufacture a better vertical blind slat? Well the answer is “yes.” The thicker a slat is, the longer it will last. PVC manufactured for the apartment commercial marketplace has a general gauge of 0.022 of an inch thickness, while PVC manufactured for residential use has a general gauge of 0.030. It all comes down to dollars and sense with the marketplace. After serving the multifamily housing industry for more than 20 years, I have seen how most property and service managers look at the lowest cost for their budgets. It doesn’t make sense to me how property management companies will increase budgets for granite counter tops, hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances but not increase their budgets for a quality long lasting window blind. Having a long lasting blind will save time and money without even being considered a true upgrade for an apartment unit.

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In addition to just replacing the vanes with new ones, there’s another choice called Vane Savers.   The general public is unaware of this cool little part that can fit in a tool box or perhaps in a pocket. The Vane Saver is made of a clear plastic or metal tab that attaches to the top of a broken vane for an easy repair. Follow the link for information on vane savers

I hope that my thoughts have been helpful and insightful. Issues like stronger head rails, quality PVC vanes and Vane Savers can make life easier for all vertical blind consumers.



Steve Tristan: From DJ to Company President

In the city of San Fernando on the outskirts of Los Angeles County sits a family owned window covering company located on First Street by the name of JT Blinds. The story of JT Blinds begins with Steve Tristan and his unusual success story. Started in 2002 initially as a side business to help supplement the income for Steve and his family, JT Blinds has grown in to an established provider for window coverings and screens to a variety of industries such as apartment communities, hotels, construction, commercial and residential markets. Steve Tristan was introduced to the window coverings business fresh out of High School during his days as a weekend party DJ and a re-seller of out of print vinyl records. After applying for an Installation position at a then-leading blind manufacturer Gilmore Enterprises, Steve was able to climb the corporate ladder from an Installer to Customer Service Representative and eventually to Sales and Management, providing the experience needed to form his own company when he made the decision to go out on his own. It’s not every day that you come across an individual who grew up in a poor area of the San Fernando Valley and managed to make himself a success without much help, support or even prior training. Learn a little bit more about Steve and his journey from a DJ to a company President.      

I imagine that 20 years ago when you started as an Installer for Gilmore Enterprises, that you didn’t see yourself owning your business and becoming a company President.  

Back then, I was just happy to pay the rent with my job but I’ve always had a drive to do “something more.” I remember one of the Sales people at the company that I worked for would tell me often that I was an entrepreneur because he saw all of the things that I was doing outside of the company. You never can foresee life when you’re young. I got married and had kids – and that’s an accomplishment in itself. I also never knew that I would find my faith. That was the biggest change in my life. Back when I was younger, there was no way that I would ever go to church.


Did your former boss ever tell you the potential that he saw when he hired you as an Installer?

He told me when he interviewed me that he knew I had a unique quality he could use and that I had a lot of potential. I ended up accepting the position and after 2 years of working as an Installer, I transferred to the Customer Service department. My experience in Installation, which nobody else in Customer Service had, enabled me to help our customers with repair issues right over the phone.     

You could have easily pursued your DJ record selling business. What made you choose the window coverings path?

It was a secure job. At that point, my daughter Mia was born, my view of life changed instantly when she was born. I sold off everything involving my DJ business. In doing so, I committed to my bosses that I would focus my energy on their company. In turn, they had given me a promotion from Customer Service and I was in charge of their Component division. They eventually put me in charge of the Service and Sales of nearly their entire operation.

Tell me about the formation of JT Blinds.

Everything happens for a reason and I believe that God has a plan for us all and my plan was to be here doing this. When I quit my job, I didn’t want to initially compete against the company I had worked for. I was nervous and a little scared because I had to support my family. I took a couple of offers from a few companies and I was operating JT Blinds as a side business. I figured that I would work in Sales for a window coverings company and do my JT Blinds work on nights and the weekends. I accepted a position from a company based out in Georgia to be their West Coast representative and a two week training schedule was required. By the time I made it out to Georgia my wife informed me that our youngest daughter had been crying for me because she missed me – and that bothered me. That next morning I met with the owner and I saw a corporate environment that I didn’t like. To me, it was a worse situation than what I had just left. I spoke to my wife and told her that I felt this wasn’t going to work out, so I flew back the next day. I called them while I was on my way to the airport to inform them of my decision and they tried to convince me to stay but I was set. Sure enough as soon as I got home, there were a half dozen messages for JT Blinds estimates waiting for me and here we are today.

There might not be a JT Blinds today without those circumstances.   

I know now that I was destined to start JT Blinds and I think I knew that back then too. It’s scary going out on your own. I had a family to support, so I had to make it happen. When I left Gilmore, I quit, so I couldn’t collect Unemployment Benefits. I started by providing a service to my community first by offering blinds to them. We were using my house to run JT Blinds, starting out from a room at first and then I moved it to the living room. We made a little shop in the garage with a counter and added a table with some saws so that we could produce vertical blinds and screens for our accounts. Later on we opened our first location in Mission Hills, CA by renting a small 900 square foot building with a yard in the back which enabled us to put a container back there and keep an inventory of materials. We were manufacturing out in the yard with a canopy over us which was difficult during the winter sometimes. We did whatever it took to get the job done.

There’s so much competition in the window coverings business. How are you able to make JT Blinds a success in the midst of so many competitors?

By establishing relationships and building a rapport with people, while providing excellent service. I had a lot of relationships out there already when I started JT Blinds. I began focusing on residential work a lot of business came from referrals and word of mouth. I began networking with people without even realizing what networking was back then. I was just being myself and I’d meet people and promote the business anyway that I could. There was this one company that I established a relationship with and they asked me what I needed to get my business going. They ended up helping JT Blinds get off the ground and we were able to move forward.  It all goes back to relationships.

I’ve noticed that your company has focused a lot on Home Automation lately.

There are several companies that are helping us with that but the main one is Q-Motion Shades. Their products have an attachable module called Q-Connect that allows your shades to be programmed in to a Home Automated system where everything is tied in all-together; the door locks, heating, air condition and now blinds and shades. There are other brands that we carry which have the same type of systems; it’s just that Q-Motion has the most advanced technology in our industry in my opinion. We’re also a Gold Level distributor for them in our area. It’s a great accomplishment because we can sell their product and at the same time promote it to other designers and dealers in the industry. Home Automated businesses have purchased from us and installed it themselves for their clients. Our industry is going towards automation just as the car industry has done towards new cars. Another thing that the industry is going towards to is cordless blinds and shades. Cords present a danger to children and the Consumer Product Safety Council has begun to mandate stricter codes for making blinds and shades with cords.

What’s your ultimate goal with JT Blinds?

We used to focus primarily on the apartment market but we’ve expanded by going after different markets like residential, construction, tenant improvement, interior designers and facility accounts. We launched product lines for Shutters and Roller Shades and I’m looking to offer more products that would allow for even more opportunities like our Internet venture Best Custom Screens which offers window screens, patio screen doors, security doors and sunscreens.  We have big plans for the Internet market in the upcoming future where a lot of our recent leads have come from.

Another goal is to increase the awareness on our PVC recycling program and raise funds for it whether it’s through a private organization or the government. We’re the only window coverings company in the entire country trying to do something like this but we can’t do it alone. I did a seminar at UCLA recently for an Architect and Design class and when I showed them photos of the Pacific Garbage Patch mainly consisting of plastic products, they had a look of shock and surprise. Our company has been trying to encourage people to not throw their PVC blinds away. They can be recycled and we have a program in place which does that. It’s something that I really believe in and would like to focus more on but it’s hard without the support and finances for it.  

This year I was able to work with Hope of the Valley, where we donated blinds to a house built for homeless women and their children. Partnering with Hope of the Valley and organizations like them to serve the community is something that I want to do more. I want to do more with my business than just provide for my family and employees.

New solar screen roller shades at Shabu Shabu House in Little Tokyo Los Angeles.

New solar screen roller shades at Shabu Shabu House in Little Tokyo Los Angeles.

Estimate done today! We’re going to be replacing the old mini blinds with new solar screen roller shades at Shabu Shabu House in Little Tokyo Los Angeles. ‪