Dressing up the windows

The One Room Challenge reveal was just over a month ago but it seems like ages ago! With the makeover of my daughter’s room came lots of new items that I shared sources with in this post. Putting brand new items in a young girl’s bedroom is a risky endeavor indeed. My daughter is not the cleanest of children and in the end she is still a child so the care of new furniture, bedding, and window treatments isn’t the best that it could be. But after a month of living in the room I’m super happy that we had the opportunity to work with great companies who produce great products. One of those companies that I worked with for the first time on the challenge was The Shade Store. And I’m now a big fan of using this company for window treatments and recommend it as a source for my clients. Today I wanted to share my experience with choosing window treatments from The Shade Store for my daughter’s bedroom.

One of my favorite window treatments right now is a fabric roman shade. I love how clean a folded roman shade looks in a window when it is raised half-way up. And using fabric for window treatments gives endless possibilities of bringing in pattern, color, or texture to a room. My only gripe about roman shades is that they aren’t always able to withstand every day raising and lowering as I’ve had shades in the past with less than easy to operate mechanics.

Before the makeover in my daughter’s room, I had faux wood blinds with a fabric roman shade on top of the blinds. The roman shades I had in her room weren’t super easy to raise up and down so we kept the faux blinds in the window so that we could control light with the blinds and keep the roman shades halfway down all the time. The roman shades were just decorative at this point. When the One Room Challenge came up and The Shade Store was a sponsor, I decided now was the time to ditch the decorative roman shades and the faux wood blinds.

My plan was to stick with the fabric roman shade but get it in a white linen fabric with a different color edging to add some interest. And a blackout lining was a must since this shade would be the only way to darken the room at night. Without a dark room my daughter wouldn’t ever go to sleep! I love linen roman shades because the linen gives the shade a bit of a relaxed look and if the shade has some wrinkles in it you’d just attribute that to the look of linen. I embrace wrinkles in my fabrics because I hate to iron!!

The first step in ordering fromThe Shade Store is to request swatches of fabric. Swatches are free and shipping of the swatches is quick! And The Shade Store also sets up a time for a measurement of your windows. You might think that the measurement step is unnecessary but let me tell you, I’ve messed up on the dimensions of a window treatment before and it is a stupid mistake that can be avoided. Let the professionals come out and measure so that if anything comes in and isn’t the right size it’s not on you (and the measurements are free!). After you pick your fabric and the measurements are taken you order the shades and the hard work is done. Once you order, the shades ship in 10 days or less, which is crazy fast for custom shades!

The Shade Store also offers install services which were very reasonably priced. I think if you are fairly handy you could install the shades yourself but when it comes to hanging drapes I would completely pay for install services. Getting drapes hung straight is a huge PIA.

The roman shades in my daughter’s room turned out exactly as I hoped! And here is my favorite thing about the shades- they can be raised and lowered so easily!!! Every morning my daughter raises up the shades and at night when they are lowered the room is dark as a cave, even in the middle of summer! So far with over a month of every day raising and lowering we haven’t had any problems with the internal mechanisms. These shades are very well built!

A big thank you to The Shade Store for the beautiful roman shades and also for being so easy to work with! Next time you are looking for well-made custom drapery or window treatments give The Shade Store a look. They have a great selection, fast lead times, and competitive pricing!





**The Shade Store was an official sponsor of the One Room Challenge. As an invited designer we were given product for our room makeovers. As always, all words and opinions are my own**

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One Response to Dressing up the windows

  1. Susan says:

    I have the exact same shades in my bedroom, but I ordered them from Etsy at a significant price savings. I was able to customize completely and have blackout shades, etc. Just adding this because for many of us, the price is a show stopper.
    I love the wallpaper.