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Made in the Shade

by habituallychic

05 . 01 . 12
While we’re on the subject of window treatments, I thought it would be fun to take a look at my favorite type. They are referred to a few different ways from bamboo blinds to matchstick shades but the result is always the same: chic and simple. The best part is that they work in a wide variety of rooms and look just as great alone as they do framed by beautiful drapes.  Actually, if you plan to use them in a bedroom, it helps to also hang drapes with a black out lining since the shades usually don’t completely shut out the light.  I know this because the sunshine filters through mine and wakes me up in the morning. Enjoy!

Markham Roberts via Domino

Markham Roberts in House Beautiful

via House Beautiful 

Ashley Putnam in April/May 2012 issue of Lonny.

Amanda Nisbet in House Beautiful.

via Canadian House & Home

Lisa Sherry in Sept/Oct 2011 issue of Lonny.

Ashley Whittaker Design

via Elle Decor

Ashley Whittaker via House Beautiful 

Peter Dunham

Ashley Whittaker Design 

Ashley Whittaker via Domino 

Celerie Kemble in House Beautiful 

Ashley Goforth Design 


Steven Gambrel via Domino

Ashley Whittaker

Katie Rosenfield Design 

Jennifer Dyer in March/April 2011 issue of Lonny.

Ashley Putman in April/May 2010 issue of Lonny.

Celerie Kemble in Oct/Nov 2010 issue of Lonny.

Ellie Somerville in June/July 2010 issue of Lonny.

via House Beautiful

Samantha Pynn via House Beautiful 

Steven Gambrel 

Leslie Klotz via House Beautiful 
Leslie Klotz via House Beautiful 

Markham Roberts via House Beautiful 

Top image: Robert Leleux in Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Lonny

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  1. Cyra May 1, 2012 | 11:43 pm

    I find the first picture very cozy! Although it is simple, the design is very elegant-looking! I am in search for designs because I am planning for a living room makeover. This will surely revive the plain real estate Denver look of my pad. Thanks for sharing this post!

  2. Tricia Rose May 2, 2012 | 1:21 am

    Always so smart, and the texture always contributes to the room. a staple!

  3. McKae @ kaes corner design May 2, 2012 | 1:22 am

    Great post! You found some really nice pictures. those blinds are so classic and look great in any space!

  4. Shoshana B May 2, 2012 | 2:01 am

    Do you know of any good resources for this look?

  5. Little Miss B x May 2, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Jennifer Dyer in March/April 2011 issue of Lonny – Simply stunning


  6. Lisa Mende Design May 2, 2012 | 11:24 am

    I love these blinds. I have used them in projects and have actually lined them with blackout lining. It does keep the light from coming through and doesn’t really change the look that drastically.

  7. Karena May 2, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Heather these are gorgeous examples, I always love the blinds hung all the way up to the ceiling!

    Art by Karena

  8. AlwaysMe May 2, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Love the first picture as well. I just love the bamboo shades in tortoise shell and the black trim gives them a finished and elegant look. Still can’t get over the wallpaper hung upside down in the Ellie Somerville picture – that would just drive me CRAZY!

  9. Belle on Heels May 2, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    Wonderful assembling of photos. This is one of those details that, until it’s pointed out to me, I didn’t realize was such a common thread in interior design photos that I admire. They really are fabulous!

  10. cindy hattersley design May 2, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    Love the texture they bring to a room. Love them in almost any setting!

  11. The Williams Family May 2, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    I would love to have window treatments in my bedroom- the examples above with the shades and the curtains would be perfect!

  12. Peggy @The Decorating Files May 2, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Bamboo blinds are an excellent way to bring texture to a room. I love they way they look against white curtains. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos.

  13. noladesign May 2, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    When I bought my house, the seller had put in bamboo blinds in every window just 6 months before. I was thrilled. After 5 years I have to replace 2 of them. Any suggestions on finding matching blinds? There are so many varieties.

  14. Katie Corrigan May 2, 2012 | 10:17 pm

    Great post. I want to replace some of my cellular shades with woven woods especially in the living room.

  15. Hilary May 3, 2012 | 3:23 am

    Love these – they go w/anything and everything! I’ve had great luck over the years w/Smith & Noble catalog for these and they offer black-out as well as privacy liners. Fast delivery.

  16. Jennifer White May 3, 2012 | 4:46 am

    Thank you for this post! These blinds truly are simple and chic. I’ve thought about putting these up many times. This might just be the weekend I finally make it happen. Perfect timing in preparation for all the glorious summer sunlight.

    profiter de la vie!!


  17. Zé Pedro Rodrigues May 4, 2012 | 8:32 pm

    I love the photos are beautiful!
    kisses and nice weekend!

  18. mamavalveeta03 May 5, 2012 | 5:46 am

    I adore the look of matchstick blinds in a room, but I have the problem of living by the ocean (real serious problem, huh?!?) and things get moldy, including my brand new blinds. Any suggestions???