A few months ago we moved into a tree house. Well, not exactly. It's a real house, but it has more windows than a zebra has stripes. We love them (windows, and zebras), but grew tired of accidentally showing off for the neighbors at night. We needed a barrier between our house and the 'hood. Read on to find out what we ended up with ...
To refresh your memory, here are some pictures of our naked windows:
So we started searching for window treatments. You can read more about that search here. After deciding blinds were the way to go and with some consultation with Ben from Blinds.com, we made our choices. We ordered 2" wooden blinds painted in a white finish.
Ben recommended going with 2"-wide blinds, because our windows are large, and he felt a 1" blind would feel too busy. He was totally right. To mount the 2" blinds on our 3/4 inch trim, we ordered a valance to hide the pulley system. This piece gives the blinds a polished look, and makes them look like they were meant to be on our windows.
A few weeks later our order was complete and our front porch was filled with boxes o' blinds. Bruno and I have a secret love of good packaging, and as soon as we opened the first box I squealed, because the packaging was perfect. Everything was labeled, organized, wrapped, and easy to navigate. Bruno dove right in and began installing the blinds.
We allowed about 3 hours (about 30 minutes per blind) for the installation process. The first blind was the hardest, and took the full 30 minutes, but the remaining seven blinds were installed within an hour! Woot!
When the blinds are up, they're so subtle you hardly notice them. In fact, initially, no one did because they fit so perfectly with the character of our house. This is exactly what we hoped for. Instead, people asked when our new windows were installed, which is probably the biggest compliment you can pay to 100-year-old windows.
We love the blinds for a million reasons, but these three stand out:
1. We can control the amount of light that filters into our house at all points of the day and night.
2. We have total privacy at night.
3. They are easy to clean.
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This post was sponsored by Blinds.com, and they donated product for us to review; however, all opinions are mine alone.