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Living Room Windows (and our weekend)

Oh my word, y’all. I really need time to slow down. I swear I blinked and missed the entire weekend. While our days are full of fun and I wouldn’t trade them, I can’t shake that nagging pre-deployment feeling that each day of fun is one day closer to A leaving. And that makes everything a little bittersweet.

But this weekend, I tried really hard to focus and stay present because we had lots of fun in store! Saturday we hosted an end of summer BBQ for a bunch of folks from work and stayed up way past our bedtime. A and I agreed we’re far too old to an adult like that. Then yesterday, we hit up the Raleigh Home Show and I mentally remodeled our (brand new) home roughly 532948 times.

I know it’s bad, but there were just so many good ideas that it was hard not to! Luckily A dragged me away from the custom flooring people to take a look at some possible window treatments. We have been working to pick out window treatments for our living room windows since basically the day we moved in, but surprise, surprise, I’m having a hard time making up my mind. Making up your mind is always difficult, you will want to consider a lot of different styles and colors to suit your room design such as louvres, this design will go with any room and will make your home beautiful.

For reference, here’s a photo of the windows during construction. They are gorgeous and let in an unbelievable amount of light which I love. And hate. We get full-day sun in the backyard and it can get really hot downstairs around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. We very much need some light control in those windows. Privacy is also on the wish list.

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And that’s about all I can settle on right now. Yesterday, we looked at shutters and I really like the style of those, but they are so pricey! I especially like the ones in the below photo: the top and bottom pieces would offer even more light control. I also love the addition of soft, neutral curtains.

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A new option may be these natural Roman shades. They would blend in well with the look of the living room and based on initial research, they are cheaper. When it comes to our home, we all have our preferences. So even if someone prefers something simple, it doesn’t mean that this will be the same for everyone. Someone may prefer hunter douglas blinds, for example, and this could go with the aesthetic of their home more than natural roman shades. Each to their own.

Anyway, I would still do white or off-white curtains with them. Layering of window treatments, i.e. combining window blinds and drapes with coordinated colors, seems to be the in thing at the moment, and I can see why! It gives such a cozy look to any room. In regards to blinds, consideration could be SmartBlinds; that way we can introduce some modernity and automation into our living room while still have a cozy and traditional look. It would be rather nifty to be able to open the blind with a press of a button or a tap of a screen.

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While I like the bamboo ones a lot, we do have plans to repaint the walls a light grey eventually and I’m not sure how I feel about that color combination. These soft gray ones may be better in the long term.

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While browsing Pinterest, I also found these DIY shutters and I really like them! They won’t work for the living room because of the size and number of windows, but maybe I could convince A to make them for some other rooms.

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So while I definitely haven’t made a decision, I’d like to think that I’ve picked out a few good options. I remember seeing some really nice window coverings at a place in Colorado too so I might consider taking a look there again some time soon. Ideally, I would like to have this taken care of before A leaves for deployment. Do you guys have any standout favorites?

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