After three years of living in a fishbowl, I finally have shades to provide privacy on my front windows! The good people at Blindsgalore partnered with me to provide these beautiful woven shades for my breakfast room and living room windows.
Now I’m even more anxious to get all of my draperies finished and hung so that my windows will be completely finished!
I had narrowed down my selection to four colors/patterns…
And I finally decided to go with the Blindsgalore Nature Woven Shades in the bottom right color and pattern above called Hana Tranquil.
I ordered mine lined with blackout lining.
I line all of my window treatments (shades, draperies, valances, etc.) with blackout lining because I don’t like the sun streaming through the window treatment and distorting the color, but most people probably wouldn’t use blackout lining on shades for a breakfast room or living room unless the living room also served as a media room. But I just really, really like blackout lining. They do offer other types of linings that don’t block out quite so much of the light, but will still give you that lined, white, cohesive look from the exterior of your home.
I also added the top down/bottom up feature to my order. I’ve never had this kind of shade before, but so many of you recommended it, so I went for it!
My main hesitation with the top down/bottom up feature has been that on the ones I’ve seen in stores, the top doesn’t pull up tight enough to the top rail, and light peeks through. But these are made in a way that I’ve never seen on other shades, with two valances at the top of each shade — one on the front and one on the back. That design, along with the lining, keeps any and all light from peeking through the top. It’s a very nice design.
As a side note, I swear to you that I don’t pose my cat for pictures. 😀 Ever since I refinished that table, it has had a canvas drop cloth over it so that I can paint my cabinet doors. (It’s been windy and/or rainy here, so no painting outside.) Peeve had taken over that table, made herself a little nest on that canvas dropcloth, and only left for necessities.
She was none too happy with me when I took the dropcloth away this morning to get pictures. 😀 She was staging a protest on top of the table this morning.
Anyway, I’m so pleased with the shades. Woven wood shades are my absolute favorite, so I don’t know why I even entertained any other options last year. I should have gone straight for the woven shades and never looked back.
The installation was quite easy. I did all of these myself, and each one took about ten minutes from start to finish, not including the time I spent adjusting the lengths of the cords. Honestly, though, I do have one complaint about their products, and it has to do with the mounting hardware. The mounting brackets look like this, and I just screwed one bracket into each side of the top window jamb for each window…
And then those threaded posts go through the slots in the top wood rail of the shade, and the shade is held in place by wingnuts screwed onto those threaded posts.
My main issue is that I had a heck of a time getting each wingnut started on the threaded post. You know how you can generally turn it counterclockwise just a bit until you feel it become seated on the threads, and then you can turn it clockwise to tighten? Well, these just weren’t that simple. I had trouble with about 12 of the 16 wingnuts. I think it’s because the wingnuts are designed to fit snugly on the ends of the posts so that the shades stay securely mounted and don’t wiggle loose during use. But that tight fit just made it a little challenging for me to actually screw them onto the posts. I also wish they would change the shape of the wingnuts. The wings on them are small and come to a point, which hurt my fingers when trying to tighten them. I wish they would use wingnuts with larger and rounder wings on them for easier tightening.
But quite honestly, those are small issues, and probably wouldn’t have been issues at all if I had another person helping me install them. But y’all know I like to do anything and everything myself if at all possible. And the quality and beauty of these shades more than make up for a little bit of wingnut inconvenience.
They also have cordless and motorized shades, but I went for the corded. I really like corded because in the off chance that something goes wrong (i.e., the cord hardware breaks, or I accidentally cut one of the cords — yes, I’ve done that before), the corded shades are easy to repair. The others, not so much. But that’s just a person preference, and of course, motorized shades are becoming increasingly popular because they’re so convenient.
And since many of you said you enjoy pictures showing how my rooms flow together, I thought I’d leave you with one more. But this picture also shows the state of disarray my kitchen is currently in — missing cabinet doors, messed up trim, uncaulked and unpainted trim, and even some dishes in the sink. 😀 Oh well. This isn’t curated magazine life. This is real life, y’all.
No, I can’t leave y’all with that. I’ll leave you with this. It’s still unfinished (as is everything in my house), but it’s not in such disarray. And aahhhhh…such pretty woven shades.
Anyway, a HUGE thank you to Blindsgalore for rescuing me from my fishbowl life. It might take me a while to get used to all of this newfound privacy at night! 😀
*Blindsgalore provided the woven shades for my windows at no cost. All opinions are my own.