This post is written in collaboration with Window World.

farmhouse style family room

Welcome to “As the Window Turns.”

It’s another exciting episode.

To catch you up to speed, you can read all about where we started here.

Here’s the second chapter about eight mistakes not to make when buying windows.

And in today’s installment, I went all old school and visited the local window store.

farmhouse style decorating

Someone mentioned visiting the store in the first round of advice I got about selecting windows….

….and whoever said it was brilliant.

Pat yourself on the back.

There’s something about seeing the windows and the features that makes all the difference.  Being there and seeing first-hand all of the window options and all of the features, helped me make all of my window decisions.

For example, it cemented the fact that I wanted double-hung windows with the tilt feature.

When I saw them in person, I am officially clearing my calendar to clean them at least once a week because it was so easy.

family room farmhouse style

And I love the attachment on the window frame itself that allows you to safely open the windows just a little and holds them in place.

I also saw the color selection of the windows in person and the different grid options (even though I’m not choosing grids).

I learned that the white and beige color options are the most cost-efficient and I was so happy I decided to go with white.

I’ll be sure and drop it in conversation to my husband how much money the white windows are saving.

how to select a window

Lauren, the manager, demonstrated the energy efficiency with the heat lamp and the difference types of glass.

You could actually feel the difference.

But why read all about it or listen to me describe it or imagine what it was like visiting the store, when you can actually see my trip.

Here’s a quick video I made of the trip and my discussion with Lauren on all things window.

It’s sure to be our highest-rated episode yet.

I’ll be back next month with the next step in the process, but in the meantime I have to go.

I want to make sure the networks know my number. 🙂

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  1. Image for Peg Peg

    "May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility." Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey

  2. Image for cindy cindy

    Cleaning the windows once a week? I have a house filled with double hung tilt-in windows...27 to be exact. I think I'm gonna have to hide this post in my email! LOL! We can't have my hubby wondering why I don't clean the windows every week:) Have a great day friend!

  3. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    If you clean your windows every are going to be setting an impossible standard for the rest of us to follow. Let's not get too carried away Karianne! LOL! Enjoy your day! ;)

  4. Image for Jeanne @ I Dream of Jeanne Marie Jeanne @ I Dream of Jeanne Marie

    Good morning KariAnne, I know a thing or two about putting in windows...My hubby and I have put in 16 windows ourselves in the 1892 house we bought. We have 4 dining room windows to go! One year to get a tax credit on improvements to your house, the windows had to be installed by December 31st. We were out there in 42 degree weather freezing as we managed to get the three windows in and the siding back in place. We did it! You won't ever be sorry you got the double hung ...they are wonderful to clean...although cleaning them once a week rarely gets done around here! Blessings, Jeanne

  5. Image for Michelle Rudis Michelle Rudis

    I just loved seeing the video! It makes me want to go out and window shop myself and I don't even have a window to put one in ;-) And I love the pictures of your living room, Karianne. I just know your new window is going to love living there!

  6. Image for Rowena Philbeck Rowena Philbeck

    That was great to know. I have to replace all my windows at some point. My house was built in 1983 with the same windows and I have a breeze that you can feel in my living room from the windows. Can't wait to get something like that. Thanks for the great video!!

    1. Image for Window World Window World

      Thanks for stopping by, Rowena! When the time comes, we hope you consider Window World as your home exterior remodeling partner. Let us know if you have any questions about the process (or hit up Karianne, she's an expert now). :)

  7. Image for Gee Gee

    Hello KariAnne, We too are doing the window replacement thing. Had 3 different window replacement contractors come out to do a demo and give a quote. Went with Window World! :) Yeah... them stand8ng on the window is really soemth8ng they do in the demo... and the heat lamp . Amazing! We went with white , double hung as well, with no grids. The order went in on Wednesday. Do now we wait for them to come in and the install to be scheduled. WOOHOO!! I am pretty excited. Happy weekend. Gee

  8. Image for Julie Blanner Julie Blanner

    I look forward to seeing your new windows. I struggle purchasing anything that I can't see, touch and feel first. Sometimes smell helps, too. I loved our tilt windows from a couple homes ago and wish cleaning them at our new house could be so easy. Have a great weekend!

  9. Image for Susan Susan

    If the networks were truly worth their salt, they'd hound you relentlessly until you said, "Yes!" to doing a show bearing the Thistlewood name! :) I'm soooooo glad that you went with the double-hung tilt windows, but don't get too cray-cray on the cleaning schedule quite yet because, even though this will make window cleaning MUCH's still cleaning. :( You did a wonderful job on the video, btw...I particularly liked the part with the heat lamp, showing the importance of knowing your glass! The way you handled this video is proof positive that you could more than handle your own network show...not only are you a rock star, but you are a born television star, too! I can hardly wait for the next installment!

  10. Image for Ann weisman Ann weisman

    Love our Wondow World windows. Have had them 5 years and they have been great. Enjoy. The installation was interesting! Sledge hammers flying as our windows were installed under brick in 1956. They came out without one damaged brick. Pretty amazing to watch and they were through in about 4 hours! Enjoy

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