Design Lesson: Window Shades & Giveaway

This past weekend I learned a valuable lesson about window shades and window treatments in general. You guys, they can transform a room! Such a simple thing can completely change the look and feel. Oh. Em. Gee. Who knew. They made me no longer want to take a sledgehammer to my mantle. I no longer think it’s necessary to paint the entire first floor white. I had no idea. Before I start to ramble on, there’s a giveaway at the bottom of this post! WAAAAAAY down there. Be sure to enter to win before you take off.

Anyhoo, remember way back when I posted an I Make Emily Henderson Cry room reveal of my living room? There was a resounding distain for my old wooden blinds. I believe you called them country, 1990’s, and yishy. I was told, “Cover them up! They’re hideous!” and “1996 called. They want their blinds back.” Don’t worry. I ain’t mad at cha. In fact, I was right there with ya, but all in due time.

I Make Emily Henderson Cry Living Room Makeover West Elm


When we bought The Souk rug from West Elm, the room felt cozier but still dark…cave like despite all the windows. I thought maybe a coat of white paint would brighten things up, but if I painted, I had to paint the entire first floor. Blerg. Y’all were right, the natural wood seemed dated, but it’s everywhere in the house. The floors, trim, doors, bannister. It seemed like a can of worms that I didn’t want to open. Besides, I didn’t realize how window shades could make such a huge difference. Boy was I wrong.

During the day, we normally have the blinds pulled shut because the kids can’t see the TV without glare. And when Bob, our neighbor, is grilling he can see right into our living room. Which I found out the hard way 2 years ago while nursing Little Maus. I apparently gave him quite the show while he was flipping burgers. Sorry about that Bob. Anyhoo, I recently found Cellular Window Shades. As you know I’ve been working on the guest bedroom with Decorist. Ashley, my interior designer, removed my ugly blackout curtains to let more light in. Problem with that was all the street lighting and landscape lighting lit that room up like a Christmas tree. I needed to buy blackout blinds to help my guests sleep comfortably.

You ready for a sneak peek into the guest bedroom makeover? It needs white paint…it’s not completed yet, but seriously, no one has seen this you guys! Not even Decorist! Here ya go, boom.

Cellular Window Shades Blackout window treatments for the bedroom

Cellular Window Shades came to my rescue. They are handmade in Vermont which I appreciate, but what really sold me was that they have the highest quality insulating cellular shades available. Specifically designed to be energy efficient so they save me money. Most important, the cordless option makes me feel secure as a parent of two young mischievous children.

In the bedroom, I chose a blackout cordless option. The blackout feature is a true blackout. It keeps the space cool during the day and completely dark throughout the night. You can see in the window above just how sunny it was. That shade is letting in zero light.

For the living room, we chose the light filtering, cordless, top down, bottom up shades. They diffuse the light yet still reduces glare on the TV.  The room became instantly brighter! By removing those old, dark, heavy blinds and installing these whiter, lighter window shades, this room is no longer a dark hole to the underworld with fancy taste in rugs. Ready to be amazed?

Cellular Window Shades light diffusing window treatments for the living room

Look at all that light coming in!!! The whole room just shines. And I don’t mind the mantle.

Cellular Window Shades light diffusing window treatments for the living room

We loved the window shades so much, we not only ordered them for the living room and the guest room, but we have another shipment coming for Little Maus’ bedroom, The Dude’s bedroom, The Boy’s home office and the bathroom. Yowza! And BTDubs, the installation was super slick, even I could do it.

Although I had the boy be my model below…you don’t need fancy levels or bullseyes or prayers to the window shade gods. All you need is a drill, measuring tape and a pencil. See those little lips on the brackets? There’s a channel on the inner portion of the window shades that just snaps on. To ensure you have the right measurements, they lay it out for you for a perfect fit. I might be a window shade newbie, but I felt like a pro when the installation was complete. And that’s it. Licketty split.

Cellular Window Shades installation of window treatments

So right now Cellular Window Shades is running a Friends & Family Sale of 30% Off. But they are also offering an additional 5% off for all House of Hipsters readers with the promo code HOH. That’s a total of 35% Off, PLUS,  you can enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card on your next purchase.

So what do you have to do? Easy peasy, enter the Rafflecopter below and visit Cellular Window Shade’s website. Choose the window shades you like the best and leave the URL in the comment section below. You also get additional opportunities to win if you follow both Cellular Window Shades and myself on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest (it’s all in the Rafflecopter below). That’s it! Get ready to beautify your home! Must be a US resident and let’s keep it over 18. Good luck you guys!

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  1. Gilly June 24, 2015

    Poor Bob! Haha!

    • kyla June 24, 2015

      Ha! I know…I was like uh, whoopsies!

  2. June 24, 2015
    Love These!

  3. spiritanimaldiviner June 24, 2015

    Love these!

  4. Megan C. June 24, 2015

    My master bedroom is in desperate need of these shades!

  5. startraci June 24, 2015

    Wow! Window treatments do make a huge difference, don’t they? The rooms look great.

  6. Lauryn Hock June 24, 2015

    The natural lighting in your house is gorgeous!

  7. Kellie June 24, 2015

    I love everything about that room!! The new window treatment looks awesome!!!

  8. Angela Roberts June 24, 2015

    This comes right in time. I need white filtering shades for my kitchen and yes, what a room transformation window treatments can make. I love those curtains too.

  9. Amanda {Planning It All} June 24, 2015

    I love how the window treatments turned out!

  10. Kelly June 24, 2015

    The new shades look great and I LOVE the blackout option. We need to consider something like that for my husbands office… #blogitforward

  11. Annette June 24, 2015

    I would love to have these in my living room!

  12. Kelly Minyard June 24, 2015

    I would love some Smoothy Cord Loop Single Cell Blackout Shades for our bedroom!

  13. Nicki June 25, 2015

    I need new shades on most of my windows, fingers crossed!

  14. latanya t June 25, 2015

    I like these

  15. Solducky June 26, 2015 in fawn!

  16. Nicole Mangum June 26, 2015

    I like the cordless blackout shades!!

  17. allthatsjas June 27, 2015

    Lol, maybe Bob is not that sorry 😉 Thank you for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

  18. Erin June 29, 2015

    Love the overall appeal and comfort of this layout. Very homey and cozy! Definitely want to add this feeling to my living room. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Anna Pry June 29, 2015

  20. Lisa Coomer Queen June 30, 2015

    I think I like these the best.

  21. Brandon Roberts July 6, 2015

    As I was looking through your website, it really gave me a few ideas on what things I could add to my home. My wife has been talking to me about adding some window shades in our front roof for a while now. But, I just haven’t really found anything that would look good for us. These shades that you talked about actually look really good. I’ll have to show my wife this and see what she thinks.


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