This post sponsored by Blinds.com.
I’m so excited about the 1905 Cottage renovation! And today I’m thrilled to share another sneak peek of my family room with you!
I’ve been working my way through room by room to choose the right window treatments. For some rooms, simple curtains have been fine, but for the front-facing windows, I wanted to find something more cottage-like. So I chose cottage-style plantation shutters, and I plan to put them in all my front-facing windows! I’ll explain why I chose them – and also tell you how you can enter to win one of two $200 gift cards from Blinds.com.
(Plus – you can get 10% off your order at Blinds.com – just use the coupon code TATERTOTSBLINDS10)
It has been a challenge to mix the new addition with the older, 1905 part of the house. (They’re 110 years apart!) Once I looked at the family room with its many windows, I knew I needed to choose just the right window treatments. I knew:
- Curtains weren’t going to work in the room layout. The three windows side by side would be awkward to work with, and I definitely didn’t want to cover up the planking.
- I needed something that would block the direct afternoon sun from the three East-facing windows, but would let light in when I wanted it in the mornings.
- I wanted something classic and timeless that goes with the cottage style.
So I started my research at Blinds.com. I had ordered from Blinds.com in the past, and I trust their quality. But I was so pleased to find cool features on the site that helped me figure out what I wanted. I watched a few of the helpful videos and then dove into the styles, colors and fabrics.
I enjoyed looking through all of the styles, but narrowed my search to window shutters. I could even have used the face2face service to book a Skype session with their designers. I love that idea – as a committed DIYer it’s so much better to feel like I’m getting some expert advice on my project. And on top of the Blinds.com designer help, I felt good about the SureFit guarantee and the satisfaction guarantee.
But once I had narrowed my selections to plantation shutters, I was ready to order some free color samples to make sure the white was going to work with my decor. They arrived quickly, I lived with the samples for a bit, and then ordered the Norman Woodlore Plantation Shutters.
The interior shutters arrived promptly, well-packaged, and shipping was free. Installation was easy, even if you’re not super handy! Just to keep it real: yes, this is a new addition, and yes, installation went smoothly. But I had to adjust the fit in every window. Despite trying to measure accurately, every window is slightly different than the next — it’s just how construction works! But my Blinds.com installation kits included little hinge spacers to help me get the fit just right.
I couldn’t be happier with the way they turned out! I love how I can shut the top and bottom sections independently to provide light but still ensure privacy.
And now, to share the love, Blinds.com has offered some awesomeness to TT&J readers!
First, get 10% off your order at Blinds.com – just use the coupon code TATERTOTSBLINDS10 !
And here’s how you can enter to win one of two $200 gift cards from Blinds.com:
Just visit Blinds.com, then leave a comment in the widget below telling me what you’d use the gift card for if you won!
Winners will be randomly selected. Giveaway ends 16 August 2015, 11:59 PM MST. Void where prohibited.
Alexa Jordan says
Oooh, I love it. I am a big proponent of using motorized shades or roller shades or something with out cords for kid-safety. Love the shutter option on this house though!
Shutters are so gorgeous! When I visited Cape Cod a couple of years ago it was wonderful how elegant all the houses looked. My favourite window covering!
I need to replace my window treatments and want to get plantation shutters too. I love the look of them, it is such a great look and easy maitence.
B Snow says
we’re right in the middle if renovating! I would love love love to put up shutters in the windows that are at the front of the house. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
Carmen N says
We need a window covering for our banquet area – one side faces the west window and it’s difficult to eat dinner there!
I would makeover my living room and bedrooms with these same shutters, I love them!
Gina S says
Love the shutters!
Gina S says
Hit submit too soon. I’d love those in my living room and dining room. We have wooden blinds now, but that’d add such a streamlined look to it.
Oh, my living room. I cannot stand the treatments I have in there now. I have used blinds.com before and LOVE them.
*giftcard, not giftware!!!
Thanks for sharing your shutter story. They look great!
I’m thinking I would use the blinds.com giftware to purchase some relatively sheer top down bottom up blinds for our sunroom. We need something for privacy in that room. Thanks for offering the giveaway!
Cindy Jones says
I would put the blinds in my guest room and replace old roll-up shades that are falling apart.
DK Keels says
Wow! What a fabulous selection on blinds.com! I am not certain the brand\fabrication that I want. However, I am positive that I want the” top down\ bottom up” feature for my home office. Then I can enjoy my view, the changing light all while feel save with window covering!
Jackie Mitchell says
I’ve been dying to do plantation shutters ever since we moved into our house 8 years ago! I’d love them for the clean, uncluttered look and for easy maintenance while still giving you great privacy and control over lighting. I’d probably start in the upstairs bathrooms and bedrooms, but I don’t think I’d be stopping there!
I’d definitely consider the Lucerne Wanda Pleat Panels for our guest room.
I need to redo my whole house would love plantation blinds they look amazing
Tina W says
I would makeover the windows in the living room. We started off with cordless fabric blinds and five cats later ….. they aren’t looking so great.
I would makeover my back door and guest room.
I’m renovating a small cottage farmhouse. I hadn’t considered blinds or shutters but these would be perfect!!
My living room needs blinds.
Jennifer W says
My family room desperately needs blinds! Thanks for the giveaway.
Cindy B says
I would get something for our office that has a window in the front of the house
Christy Davis says
We’d put shutters in our family room!
Kathy M. says
Plantation shutters in my dining room.
Bella H says
I love the way your blinds look in your house! It’s like they were meant to be there…
My living room needs some TLC!
Our solar room! I want to make it more usable.
Carrie Rhoades says
We have been in our new house for a year now and still do not have window coverings in the master bedroom. I tell you, it’s made me crazy. I would love this opportunity to get those windows covered!
I would love some shutters for my living room. They are so timeless.
I would really love some shutters for my living room They are so timeless.
I would buy the 2″ Fauxwood Blinds for our dining room because right now we have Silhouette blinds and I hate them. My office, which is also on the front of the house had the 2″ blinds, so it would be nice for them to match. 🙂
steve weber says
The master bedroom that we just moved into does not have anything on the windows!
Julie Weller says
I’d use it for shutters in my livingroom!
I would love to do my kitchen window. I love the designer 2″ wood shades!
Kelly D says
I would makeover my living room.
Definitely my living room! I”d love the plantation shutters.
Chelsea Holt says
Plantation shutters for sure!!!
I’d love shutters for my kitchen window, It looks directly at my neighbor’s front door. I’m sure they’d appreciate it too!
Hi Jen ~ How ironic is this?! I spent much of the morning looking for living room curtains! Love the shutters, and just might consider this option. Yours look so perfect in your new room…
Emily L says
We are gutting our kitchen and plantation shutters would be beautiful to go along with the new kitchen.
Sandy Rees says
I would get more room darkening shades for the hottest rooms in our home. I love the cordless ones that can be brought down too.
Christy Spurlock says
http://www.blinds.com/control/product/productID,103569 I would use these on my porch
I have a bedroom window that needs new window treatments. Plantations shutters would be beautiful and timeless.
Melanie C says
We need blinds on our bedroom windows!
Dianna L. says
I would give it to my parents to get new blinds in our living room!
chickie brewer says
I think the plantation shutters would be so nice in my bedroom..
Beki hancox says
my home is from the 80 ‘s and it is dark and not enough windows.
I would love to have new white shutters in my own living dining area and re-do the whole area.
This home needs help!
Megan S. says
I need to find the right window coverings for my entry!
Julia McIntosh says
I would use plantation shutters in my Living Room and Kitchen, they are all one room so it would tie these two rooms together.
Anne P. says
I would put those beautiful plantation shutters in my front room as there are 3 windows that really need it.
I LOVE plantation shutters. We just bought a new house and I can’t wait to add shutters to all the rooms!
I would love to revamp my bedroom with shutters. We have lived in our home for 40 years old and the bedroom is need of a pick me up! They would really help with the sun it receives in the morning. I love the makeover in the cottage! You are so talented, you inspire me
beverly e says
I would love to have these in my living room. Thanks for the giveaway!
Kelly Espinoza says
I would love new blinds in my living room. Right now we have accordion blinds and they are getting old! ????
Jeannie Garcia-Buechele says
I live in Arizona where the temps are outrageous and I have lots of windows in my home that I would love to cover but know I could never afford the real wood shutters so I would choose the Economy Fauxwood Shutters for my home because they look just like the wood ones 🙂
Lora A says
We really need some blinds. I would get the Norman Woodlore Plantation shutters for the kitchen and bathroom window. We don’t have anything over the kitchen window right now. A tree blocks the neighbor but you can see in when driving by. Eek! If I love them as much as I think I will, then I might look into getting some for our bedroom window and the basement door (walkout basement).
Joan Snader says
My big window in the living room of my 60’s ranch is crying for plantation shutters.
Norman Wood Plantation shutters for our family room! Looks great!
Emily Adams says
I would makeover my dining room, we are in the process of putting a new window in and this would be great!
I am making over EVERY. SINGLE. ROOM. in this circa 1900 Spanish style home, replacing windows as we go. The room I would put Roman shades or plantation shutters in would be the dining room or office. A gift card would be AWESOME!! Thanks for the opportunity!
Kathy E. says
Our master bedroom still holds those stylish 90’s vertical blinds on the windows! EEEeeek! Maybe shutters would be the way to go….they look great on your cottage windows!
ANN MENK says
I need new blinds in each and every room of my house!
Jennifer K says
I would love new window treatments in the master bedroom/bath!
I would love have these in out kitchen!
I would love to install plantation shutters in our master bedroom!! 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win!!
The Norman: Norman Wood Plantation Shutter would be great in my living room.
Megan Fraley says
I just bought a house built in the 60s, so it needs new window treatments in every room!
Lyndee Henrichsen says
I recently bought a new home and would love to put shutters in all the rooms, starting in our master bedroom.
Jane K says
They would look great in the bed rooms of our new lake house, the current owners have horrible heavy gross drapes!
I love your room! I have an older home as well and would love love love to use the exact same shutters you have! I need all the help I can get because there are over 30 windows in the house!
john hutchens says
I would put shutters in my living room
Alexis Bielozer says
I have been wanting the same ones you have ever since we remodeled our kitchen. I want them in our sun room where we have our kitchen table and are building banquet seating!
New shades for my kitchen and living room! The previous home owner left non-functional, cheap, roll up shades and I’m tired of fighting with them.
Stacey B says
I would put plantation shutters in all my front windows. I love how they look.
Karen J says
Have always loved the shutter look and would start in my dining room.
I would love to put plantation shutters on the windows next to my fireplace.
Lisa B says
We are building g a new house and I would love to hang shutters on either side of of my floor to ceiling fireplace. Regular curtains would cover up the stone and draw attention away from the real focal point- the fireplace!!! Thanks!
I would use blinds.com to finally tackle the master bedroom. It is easily the part of the home that is last on the priority list and it needs some love!
Our blinds in the living room are broken and need to go! I, too, have three windows together and would love to change the look of the blinds and curtains that came with the house. Right now they are overwhelming and take over the room.
I am re-doing my children’s bedroom with dark grey walls and changing all the accents to bright white and the plantation shutters would look great in my old house (1938).
Chelsea @ the johnson plus dog says
We’re going to be replacing ALL of the yucky blinds in our house as part of our renovation! I love your shutters!!
I have been wanting wood shutters for a while and the Norman Plantation ones are great!
Sandi Allen says
Would Love the large slat shutters in my dining room.
Thanks for the chance!
We are building a new house with huge windows and I would love to put in shutters!
I’ve been dreaming of shutters for our living room to replace old blinds
I’ve been dreaming of shutters for our living room
I am dying for some woven wood blinds in my home renovation project!
Sarah Hickman says
I would love to put large slat shutters in my kitchen. It would be the perfect compliment to finishing my cottage like kitchen!
Tracy D. says
I would makeover our bedroom. It’s the one room I haven’t decorated much, so it could use some sprucing up.
Would put the simplicity wood shutter in my dining room so the whole neighborhood doesn’t have to watch us eat every night!
We don’t have any blinds in the basement so all the kids room and the family room need 2″ wood blinds
Kristen d says
We just bought a house and need to do all the rooms! But I suppose we would start with the family room since so much time is spent there.
I am not sure yet… But I think I want bamboo shades in the living room in our new house that we are building.
Stefanie Hamm says
I would love to get some solar roller shades to put up in our living room. Or some room darkening shades for the kids rooms.
This would be amazing!! We moved into our home 2 years ago and Just finished my kids playroom. The room has 6!!! Yes 6 windows that let so much light into the room but curtains don’t work with the space. I love the idea of plantation shutters.
Shutters to replace a broken blind I haven’t been able to open since last November!
Janelle Belka says
I would love plantation shutters in my home!
They look awesome!
Crystal LC says
I love the simplicity wooden shutters! Simple, clean and oh so elegant!
We are currently building a house and this would help so much when it comes to covering our windows! I want shutters so bad in the dining area in my kitchen!
I would splurge on the plantation shudders!!!
I would replace my yucky blinds in my living room! Need them bad! Thanks for the giveaway!
Billie E says
I would definitely get some window coverings for the casement windows in my basement, maybe some chic blinds 😉
Kathleen Benson says
We are currently as I type redoing our living room. Hubby just finished off our DIY wainscoa ting walls and paint. Flooring next and then shutters!
We are in the process of buying a new house and need to get blinds for every single room. We’ve decided to get them from blinds.com so this giveaway would be perfect!
I want to redo my living room with simplicity wood shutters
I would buy shutters, too!!
I would makeover my kitchen and bathroom…and maybe my bedroom! I think I need some better blinds to help give the room a facelift 🙂
Amy C. says
I would love to have custom blinds for my living room which is on the front of our house.
wendy sue anderson says
I LOVE your blinds! I have always wanted to have plantation shutters throughout my entire home…but I’d love to be able to start with at least one room. I’d choose the family room/kitchen where we spend most of our together time. 🙂
I need blinds for the living room. I want the java cocoa deluxe woven wood shades.
i would love to replace all the curtains in my house with plantation shutters.
Kim Sherrod says
My livingroom needs some upgrades.
Jennifer V. says
I’d get cellular shades for my kitchen window. It faces west, which means gorgeous views of the sunset but hot, hot sun when I’m trying to cook dinner!
Sandy A says
We are changing up our family room…the would be great…
Anne Marie says
I definitely want plantation shutters – have been smitten with them for so long. I would love to put them in the downstairs rooms.
I have been looking for the same plantation shutters for our living room for the entire year since we got the new house!
I’d love to put plantation shutters in my downstairs. The shades in there are awful and over 20 years old.