Two Story Cottage

Completed Window Treatments {Family Room}

Dear Friends,

I asked for your opinion on bamboo shades for the naked patio doors and was met with an overwhelming yes.   My gut instinct was to go for it but I was happy to get back-up feedback before I had two more custom cut.  You can’t exactly put them back together once they go through the machine!

I’m tickled pink about the finished look that the wall of shades provides.  It really gives the room a cozier feel.  The walk-through, hollow feeling is nearly gone.


I can’t wait to get my new custom birthday pillows for the sofa and chairs.  I think after that this room will be nearly complete, with the exception of a moulding treatment that lives in the recesses of my mind.


I got a little panicky at first with the space between the shades on the doors.  Do you see what I’m talking about?  When I first put them up it felt like a cavern but I don’t even notice it anymore.  Because of the door handle, I couldn’t put the left-hand door shade any further to the right.  I had to match it accordingly on the right side.  From a visual stand-point I wish they could meet a little closer but I want them to be usable.

I toyed with the idea of another curtain panel in the middle but I think I like it as is.  What do you think?


Those panels are worth the dough.  Ballard Designs carries very quality panels and the fabric is beautiful.  As a reminder, the bamboo shades are Levolor and you can have them custom cut at Lowe’s.

*The original panel post is here.
*The extra-wide curtain rod post is here.
*The original shade post can be found here.


Let’s tie it up in a tidy package (with baker’s twine of course)  so you can see the full progression!   A finished project feels euphoric.  Like dark chocolate and sea salt waves of happy.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend.  Today is Memorial Day so between bites of that cheeseburger, maybe we can all try to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.




  1. look good the way it is but if you do not use the doors much you could put up curtain panel. if you do put up the curtain panel i would cut it in the middle so when you use the doors you can move half on one side and the other one on the other side and then it will be even. i just copyed it in to my paint works and i think it would look good haveing the curtain panel up. good luck

    • Thanks, Angela!! I appreciate your thoughts. I think I am going to sit on it as-is for a little bit and keep my eye on the price of those curtains but I may snatch up another one if they go on sale.

  2. Oh my goodness, I think it’s beautiful! I love it when a project comes together!
    “Like dark chocolate and sea salt waves of happy.”…YES!!!

    • Thank you, Jennifer!!! I think I was eating a Trader Joe’s dark chocolate with sea salt and caramel bar while I was writing the post. 🙂

  3. I LOVE the panels and the placement of them! This room makes me feel peaceful and light and airy with a touch of coastal. Can’t wait to see it in person!!

  4. It’s perfection. ;}

  5. I really appreciate this post! The curtain designs was all stunning and looks elegant. This is a very inspirational project! Brilliant post!

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