This post is sponsored by Blindster.com
Now that all the paneling in our home office is done (I keep calling it the “hardscaping” even though I know that’s an exterior term), we’re focusing on bring in furnishings and soft textiles to soften the space a bit. I wafted between curtains and blinds or a combination for so long and finally settled on this cordless roman shade from Blindster.com–a great site that offers premium-quality, custom-made, and handcrafted window coverings–which is kind of the best of both worlds. (Psst. Big discount for all of you at the end of the post!)
We’ve been getting more requests to go through the process behind our design decisions, so here’s how we decided on this shade in particular. The window looks out into a window well, which is admittedly not very pretty, but we also get a good amount of light from that window so we didn’t want to cover it completely with traditional blinds or use a bamboo kind of blind that tends to block more light at the top of a window–where our natural light source streams through down here. A curtain would add a nice softness to the room, but would also simply frame the window with not a very great view outside. We still may or may not add drapes down the road, but we definitely knew we wanted to add a softness/disguise to the window that still filtered light and allowed all that trim and paneling to shine.
Out of about 85 color options, we landed on Crepe Oyster which offers up the prettiest texture in a warm color that ties into our carpet color. There will be a lot of white furniture in here, and since the walls are more green-gray, we thought tying in the carpet would work best. And if we did want to add curtains down the road, the neutral shade would blend seamlessly with that addition.
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I had Chris hold up the shade right at the edge of the window and a few inches in and I liked it set back a little since our sill is so deep.
I really didn’t want a cord on the shade to distract from the simplicity we were going for, but while I love the idea of cordless blinds but I rarely love the functionality of them. The spring-loaded ones seem to always fail me over time. But Blindster’s extremely helpful customer service assured me these shades aren’t spring-loaded and go up and down so smoothly.
They were right. I really love how even when they are down, there are nice folds in the shade–The details! I’m in love. Now just picture art on either side of the window. Can you see it?
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