This post is in partnership with Bali Blinds. Soon after moving into this house, we had to replace both of our large picture windows – one in the first floor living room, one in the second floor studio. It was scary and costly at the time, but due to the poor condition they were in, it was ultimately worth…
  • Amy - November 29, 2016 - 5:24 AM

    Your blinds look great! I would love to have the solar blinds in my dining room. I have a large picture window that I hate to cover up with a heavy blind. Unfortunately, the houses behind us sit a bit higher than our home so we literally live in a fishbowl.ReplyCancel

  • Beatriz - November 29, 2016 - 5:29 AM

    These blinds look great! Our home is in desperate need of window dressing. These cordless blinds would would be perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Speyers - November 29, 2016 - 6:16 AM

    We have a large picture window in our l Bing room and the blinds just broke. Would love love to get something motorized!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - November 29, 2016 - 6:19 AM

    Oh, I’ve been wanting to replace the blinds I inherited when I bought my house 4 years ago (that the previous owner’s cat liked to chew on!), but blinds are just so expensive! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Tami - November 29, 2016 - 6:21 AM

    Hi Kim. I live in the western burbs of Chicago and happened upon your awesome blog! Love the look of the new blinds paired with the white curtain panels! Did you buy the curtains with the trim or did you add the trim yourself? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 29, 2016 - 8:49 AM

      Those curtains are also from Bali! They have a lot of options to customize curtains, too! I wrote all about them right here:

      • Tami - December 2, 2016 - 6:59 AM

        Thanks! I love everything about your house. We recently painted the stairs leading to our 2nd floor bedroom and found your post on your hallway stairs very helpful.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya - November 29, 2016 - 6:59 AM

    Our blinds have been breaking on every window. I can tell they were all purchased at the same time by the previous owner. Having a toddler, I don’t want cords around, but I don’t like open windows at night. I’m excited for these options that will blend with our current decor.ReplyCancel

  • ellen ross - November 29, 2016 - 7:06 AM

    I would totally be ecstatic to win and be able to put these in our living room!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - November 29, 2016 - 7:06 AM

    How fancy! Love the way these look.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle | Birds of Berwick - November 29, 2016 - 7:37 AM

    We’re in the process of adding solar shades to nearly every room in our home, so this couldn’t be more timely! We added them to our bedroom in a textured weave and couldn’t love them more! We also went with cords and although I can handle it for one window, cordless is a must in our living spaces!ReplyCancel

  • Missy G. - November 29, 2016 - 7:49 AM

    We need new blinds in our front TV room. Ours have been broken for years now, so it is always dark in there. Such a shame, too, because it would get the perfect amount light for weekend morning reading.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa P - November 29, 2016 - 8:00 AM

    Love the look of the shades!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie B - November 29, 2016 - 8:07 AM

    I hadn’t heard of solar blinds before. Thanks for the info!ReplyCancel

  • amy c - November 29, 2016 - 8:20 AM

    Right now, our house mostly has faux wood blinds with cords in an off white color. We also have a few vinyl blinds. I would love to change all our blinds to faux wood in white without cords.ReplyCancel

  • Leah Prevost - November 29, 2016 - 8:30 AM

    I’ve been trying to decide for over a year what to do in my south facing living room. I basically have a wall of windows and that room always feels 20 degrees warmer than the rest of the house, no bueno for someone who runs hot like me! I think solar shades are the answer!ReplyCancel

  • alex - November 29, 2016 - 8:33 AM

    This would be huge. I’ve never been a blinds person, but recently, I’ve noticed a guy across the alley just, um, kinda staring into our bedroom? We have the annoying fake wood slats right now, which are a mess to get up and down every day. There are downright dreamy!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - November 29, 2016 - 8:41 AM

    I’ve been pondering new bedroom shades forever — I bought what I thought was a neutral set a few years back out of desperation and I’ve hated them ever since! Will have to check these out — I definitely like the remote feature!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - November 29, 2016 - 8:45 AM

    I have those honeycomb shades on my crappy windows for insulation purposes, but I really like the clean look and see-through capability of the solar shades. I usually hide my honeycomb shades with sheers so it serves the same purpose, but I imagine that would be a problem if I had dogs.ReplyCancel

  • Aimee - November 29, 2016 - 8:45 AM

    My daughters room needs blinds and a valance.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - November 29, 2016 - 8:48 AM

    We’re in the slow (surprisingly expensive!) process of replacing the cheap contractor blinds throughout the house. I’ve got my eye on some Roman shades for the stairwell and kitchen! As much as our cats love the cords, I’m glad to go cordless for sure.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 29, 2016 - 8:52 AM

      Needing to replace all the blinds throughout the home IS an expensive process, especially when taking the time to choose quality. It’s always a smart decision for the long haul, though – and Roman shades are SO dreamy. We love peppering that style in wherever we can!ReplyCancel

  • Laura C - November 29, 2016 - 8:52 AM

    Love these – they would be perfect for our big bedroom window.ReplyCancel

  • Christy Griffin - November 29, 2016 - 8:58 AM

    Love the functionality of these. I bet the solar would be great for me in AZ.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - November 29, 2016 - 9:18 AM

    I am sure our neighbors would appreciate us acquiring some blinds. We have windows that reach up to the top of our 9.5′ ceilings and a cordless option hasn’t hasn’t seemed possible. Thank you for sharing the remote. It is a real possibility now.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Kirby - November 29, 2016 - 9:20 AM

    We have standard blinds on *most* of our windows. We’d love to upgrade to a light white either honeycomb or roman shade for style points. Some of our windows still have no covering, which we’d like to rectify!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - November 29, 2016 - 9:32 AM

    Love these shades. Thinking of going this direction in my house.ReplyCancel

  • krissy - November 29, 2016 - 9:32 AM

    i grew up in the cooooooooountry and am used to no window coverings, but my husband, who just moved into my childhood home, HATES bare windows. This would be such a great start to outfitting some of our windows to his liking.ReplyCancel

  • Karen M - November 29, 2016 - 9:33 AM

    I’d use my blinds in the living and perhaps on my sliding glass door… Would it work there?ReplyCancel

  • Emilia Ventura - November 29, 2016 - 9:35 AM

    I need new shades in my living room townhouse. Right now I have cheap ones and they are killing the whole look of my house modern/contemporary home style!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Der - November 29, 2016 - 9:41 AM

    Window treatments!!! So hard in a new place–yours look (and function!) perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Roxie - November 29, 2016 - 9:44 AM

    Love the simplicity of these blinds! We have one huge floor to ceiling window in our main room that could use a sheer “blind” when the afternoon sun hits!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - November 29, 2016 - 9:44 AM

    In our small 1100 sq ft home, we have 18 windows! Only 6 are shaded because I have yet to find shades I love for every space. Our dining nook faces right out to the street and would be the perfect space for Bali Blinds! I love how clean they look and the cordless feature is amazing!!


  • Jane lim - November 29, 2016 - 9:45 AM

    These shades would be perfect for our living room. We have tons of windows without shadesReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Smith - November 29, 2016 - 9:46 AM

    We’re replacing all of our south facing windows and could use new blinds for them, too!ReplyCancel

  • Julia - November 29, 2016 - 9:51 AM

    My sunroom could definitely use some shades!ReplyCancel

  • Arielle - November 29, 2016 - 9:54 AM

    I’ve been eyeing new shades for all of the common areas in our house, but they are so expensive! Would love this option for our house.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer walters - November 29, 2016 - 9:54 AM

    We’ve loved in our house for over a year now without window treatments. All of the choices are so overwhelming and costly. I love the look of your shades.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - November 29, 2016 - 9:56 AM

    These look great! I’ve been trying to choose window treatments in our new house for over a year now and these are a wonderful option.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - November 29, 2016 - 10:03 AM

    We have two large windows in the nursery I am working on right now for our girl due in February, these would be so perfect in there!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren S - November 29, 2016 - 10:15 AM

    Renovating our upstairs including the master bedroom, office and hopefully future nursery. Would love blinds in any of those rooms!ReplyCancel

  • LaurenB - November 29, 2016 - 10:15 AM

    YES! These look awesome. We are building a house right now, and will need blinds EVERYWHERE! We have a toddler and a dog, so a cordless option is perfect for us.ReplyCancel

  • Jacki - November 29, 2016 - 10:28 AM

    I have been looking at Bali blinds for our master bedroom. One of the dogs as slowly destroyed the mini blinds we currently have :(.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - November 29, 2016 - 10:42 AM

    We have a window in our entry that cannot be reached. Would love motorized blinds to filter the light (and heat).ReplyCancel

  • Nathan - November 29, 2016 - 10:46 AM

    We could use some Bali Blinds in our master bath and basement. Both areas are dark with the current wood blinds. These motorized ones would be perfect for light and privacy!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - November 29, 2016 - 10:48 AM

    This is great! We just bought our house in August and our living room would benefit from some decent window treatments. The curtains that came with the house are not a good permanent solution.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - November 29, 2016 - 11:41 AM

    Definitely could use some new blinds in our kitchen which we are currently making over!ReplyCancel

  • Cait - November 29, 2016 - 11:43 AM

    Your blinds look great! We’ve been wanting to add blinds to our library’s corner window. The long side of the window is 108″ long, so we’re having trouble deciding the best way to handle that. Freckles also has a tendency to alert us to any dogs who pass by, like Jack.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - November 29, 2016 - 11:44 AM

    This is great! I have 3 windows in my tiny master bedroom that I have a hard time accessing (limited space around a queen bed in an old 4-square home) – these Bali blinds would let me open the blinds in the morning to let the sunshine in, but still keep them closed at night to keep out the city lights (and stop my dog from barking at all the shadows in our backyard!)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - November 29, 2016 - 11:47 AM

    LOVE your new shades!ReplyCancel

  • Bridget P. - November 29, 2016 - 11:47 AM

    these would be perfect for our master bedroomReplyCancel

  • Emily R - November 29, 2016 - 11:54 AM

    We have a baby on the way and remote controlled cordless blinds would be an amazing blinds solution. And so cool that you can order these through Lowes!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 29, 2016 - 12:02 PM

      If you go to Lowe’s or Home Depot, they also have huge swatch books so you can see and feel the options in person! It’s awesome. Congrats on the baby on the way!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Holloway - November 29, 2016 - 12:11 PM

    I would love to get some cordless blinds for my daughters room, I love the safety feature.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey G - November 29, 2016 - 12:14 PM

    I need blinds in my bedroom. Maybe then I can sleep til 6:30 instead of 5!!ReplyCancel

  • Toni - November 29, 2016 - 12:18 PM

    Would love some Bali Blinds for my family room picture window!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - November 29, 2016 - 12:23 PM

    Blinds look great!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - November 29, 2016 - 12:27 PM

    I LOVE the battery option! We have upper windows in our open two story living room that need blinds badly. I’ve only seen the plug in option for motorized blinds which won’t work for us, so the battery pack option is awesome! I’m definitely looking into these!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 29, 2016 - 2:03 PM

      Gotta love cords free EVERYTHING! The batteries are rechargeable, too. :DReplyCancel

  • Nr - November 29, 2016 - 12:29 PM

    That’s awesome! I’ve been looking for cordless shades, and this is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - November 29, 2016 - 12:34 PM

    Oh…this would be PERFECT for our large windows in our living room!ReplyCancel

  • susan - November 29, 2016 - 1:03 PM

    This is a great give-away; thank you! I have a cat that chews and snarls the cords, so no blinds in my windows. These cordless ones would be great EVERYWHERE! yay!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - November 29, 2016 - 1:12 PM

    Oh – this would be awesome for our new addition. We’ve got a gigantic wall of windows to cover, and I definitely want to do motorized shades.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Stewart - November 29, 2016 - 1:14 PM

    The blinds look great! When we moved into our place (4.5 years ago) we only bought blinds for the front living room windows. We literally have nothing in any other room in the house, not even our bedroom!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - November 29, 2016 - 1:18 PM

    We recently purchased a home and completely renovated it, including new windows everywhere! Cordless shades have me thinking about them on our huge bay windows or the French doors! And also a great for our cats!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 29, 2016 - 2:05 PM

      No joke – our cat Maddie used to LOVE batting around the cords! It drove us ca-razy.ReplyCancel

  • Paloma - November 29, 2016 - 1:24 PM

    My boyfriend and I just bought our very first home and we have absolutely nothing for any of our windows. We have an open kitchen that goes into our living room that brings in a lot of light. Unfortunately, all of our windows are visible to our neighbors and outside. I would love to have light seep into our home and open up our small living room without anyone being able to see inside. After reading your guys post, it seems like these blinds do exactly that! It would be extremely hard for us to afford them other than this awesome giveaway! (NYC tax is insane) lol Thank you for such great content! Cant wait to see what you guys do next! Thank youReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 29, 2016 - 2:04 PM

      Yup, these blinds fit all of your criteria! Thank you for the kind words.ReplyCancel

  • Breck - November 29, 2016 - 1:32 PM

    Ahhh, this post is so timely! My husband and I are closing on a duplex TODAY and, just like our last house, there isn’t a single shade or curtain in the entire place. We used another online blinds company last time, but I wasn’t thrilled with the customer service and am looking for other options for our new place.

    Perhaps this is elsewhere in the comment section, but could you share the type of strong foam tape and the process you used to apply them (how many, etc.)? We drilled last time, but I’m not super into the idea of drilling into the pristine moulding of our 108 year old house!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 29, 2016 - 2:03 PM

      Congrats on the new home!

      We used some 3M foam tape that we had on hand. Sadly, we don’t have the packaging so I can’t remember exactly what it was called, but I do remember that it was double sided, with a foam-like center. We had to use a couple of pieces per battery pack.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - November 29, 2016 - 1:57 PM

    The blinds look great! We just moved into a new house that could use blinds for almost every window.ReplyCancel

  • Elif - November 29, 2016 - 2:26 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - November 29, 2016 - 2:34 PM

    To win this would be so amazing. We’ve been living in our new house for over a year now and every room but one has crappy curtains thumbtacked to the top of the window frame until we find blinds that we both love and can afford. So much harder than I thought it would be to get both of those things in one product and I’m so tired of living like I’m in a bad college apartment, especially when our family and friends visit!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia - November 29, 2016 - 2:36 PM

    What a wonderful giveaway! Would love to add these blinds to the master bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - November 29, 2016 - 3:09 PM

    We need new blinds! All fingers and toes crossed. : ) Thank you for the fun giveaway. I so love seeing all the care you put into your gorgeous home.ReplyCancel

  • Emily s - November 29, 2016 - 3:15 PM

    I need some shade in my living room!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Marcey - November 29, 2016 - 3:37 PM

    This is a dream give away! I have 3 individual windows in my master bedroom that stay closed all the time because it’s such a pain to individually open and close all 3 every day. I was just telling my husband there has to be a better way!ReplyCancel

  • Janelle - November 29, 2016 - 3:51 PM

    So awesome! We could really use some new blinds in our front room. Thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Arroyo - November 29, 2016 - 4:02 PM

    These blinds would be amazing in my sunroom. As a first-time homeowner, winning this giveaways would be fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - November 29, 2016 - 4:09 PM

    So awesome! I would love to do these blinds in my living room!ReplyCancel

  • kelly - November 29, 2016 - 4:14 PM

    we live in new orleans and one side of our house (4 rooms!) is south facing and i’ve gotten sooooo tired of opening and closing shades all day that they often now (unfortunately) stay closed almost all of the time because of the sun. these automated shades would be HUGE for the efficiency of our home! fingers crossed!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna J - November 29, 2016 - 4:16 PM

    Remote control blinds?!…INCREDIBLE. Would loveeee these for my dining room windows that face a very close neighboring house.ReplyCancel

  • Rust - November 29, 2016 - 4:24 PM

    My bedroom is where I would most like to have new window treatments.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin H. - November 29, 2016 - 4:35 PM

    My boyfriend and I just bought our first house 6 months ago and since it was a new build we only have the cheap paper blinds that we bought to get us through. We have yet to put any nice blinds up so I’d love to get some blinds for the master bedroom and bath!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Kristina - November 29, 2016 - 4:38 PM

    My husband and I bought our 1935 condo a year ago and have been slowly making it ours. Every single window (18 not counting the one in the shower) still has the cheap-o off-white vinyl blinds with crazy long cords, and with a new cat and a baby on the way, replacing them is creeping higher on our to-do list. This giveaway would be fantastic to help us do that!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Allmen - November 29, 2016 - 4:50 PM

    My living room windows are feeling jealous!ReplyCancel

  • karen pellegrini - November 29, 2016 - 4:50 PM

    My 15 y.o. daughter’s room is so much colder than the rest of the house. I think some insulating roman shades would be great for warmth, and look great, too!ReplyCancel

  • Jon - November 29, 2016 - 4:59 PM

    Amazing! With my 2 year old acting like tarzan most days, it’d be great for him not to swing on the blind cords anymore!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - November 29, 2016 - 5:05 PM

    I wonder if Lowes offers installation. You are both do handy, a word never used to describe us.ReplyCancel

  • jan - November 29, 2016 - 5:28 PM

    This would be perfect in my daughters roomReplyCancel

  • Jana - November 29, 2016 - 5:45 PM

    These look so nice and I love that they’re battery powered. I’ve needed new blinds for about 8 years now, so I really appreciate this info.ReplyCancel

  • Dee Johnson - November 29, 2016 - 5:54 PM

    I love these blinds! So nice! I could use a little extra shade in my living room.ReplyCancel

  • christina purvis - November 29, 2016 - 8:00 PM

    We are building our house so we need new blinds on every window. These blinds would be perfect for our new home!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - November 29, 2016 - 8:10 PM

    Oh man, those would look amazing and be so helpful in our huge front window…where my dogs hang out waiting to bark at the mailman :/ReplyCancel

  • Nicolette - November 29, 2016 - 8:11 PM

    I need this so bad! We have two giant windows opposite the tv that casts a terrible glare making it impossible to watch tv! Right now we have cheap IKEA curtains thrown on tension rods *cringe*ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Steele - November 29, 2016 - 8:17 PM

    I have 25 windows in my house and all of them are oversized!! So getting blinds on them all is going to be quite the feat! I’ve been dying to go cordless as well!
    Ps- I love your designs & have pinned your projects numerous times!ReplyCancel

  • Nate - November 29, 2016 - 8:35 PM

    I would use this in our master where we rarely open the long blinds because of the hassle.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Arnold - November 29, 2016 - 8:51 PM

    I shocked by how much I like these!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - November 29, 2016 - 9:11 PM

    I could use a little extra shade in my bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Livingston - November 29, 2016 - 9:16 PM

    I love our neighbors’ roman blackout shades but I love the idea of seeing our green space while staying private!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - November 29, 2016 - 9:39 PM

    I’d love to put one of these blinds in our master bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - November 29, 2016 - 10:26 PM

    We’ve got a big picture window in our living room and the current shutters have fallen victim to the dog “protecting” us from the mailman. New and dog proof would be great!ReplyCancel

  • Dee - November 30, 2016 - 1:09 AM

    We are in the process of buying our first home. We have to figure out how to deal with the way light hits the front room throughout the day, and this seems like the perfect solution!ReplyCancel

  • Kesha - November 30, 2016 - 3:42 AM

    I love these blinds. They are so functional and convenient. I would love to have some in my sunroom! They would be perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - November 30, 2016 - 5:17 AM

    I would love some shade in our bedroom the morning glare as the sun rises is brutal!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - November 30, 2016 - 11:24 AM

    Perfect timing. We’re redoing our bedroom and a friend just suggested new blinds for the window. I’ve been shopping around and haven’t been able to decide. thanks for the review.ReplyCancel

  • Ananda - November 30, 2016 - 11:42 AM

    I’ve been wanting to replace the mini blinds in our guest bedroom ever since we bought this house 3 years ago!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - November 30, 2016 - 12:00 PM

    We need blinds in the living room and kitchen. The kitchen window has nothing right now and would be hard to get to with a transitional corded blind so motorized would be the key. The living room has curtains and corded blind but the sofa butts up against the windows making by it less than ideal. We have been in the house for less than two years so it’s a work in progress. Maybe I should just update my Christmas list,eh? :)ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - November 30, 2016 - 12:57 PM

    We just closed on our first house and move in this weekend. I was drawn to the house because of the beautiful natural light and large windows but of course it didn’t come with window coverings. This would be a dream!ReplyCancel

  • shannon - November 30, 2016 - 1:45 PM

    wannnnt blinds like these!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Flasche - November 30, 2016 - 3:22 PM

    Love your articles and the blinds are wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - November 30, 2016 - 3:52 PM

    Crazy coincidence… I am looking to put motorized shades in our master!!! These would be perfect there!

    On that note… if we do go with a motorized shade, it would have to be externally mounted; we have an older home and there isn’t enough space to mount them internally. Any thoughts or suggestions? Initially I wanted them to be internally mounted. Can I get away with just the shade externally mounted? or do I need to try to cover it with curtains? I like the clean and simple look you have in your master….


    • Kim - November 30, 2016 - 3:57 PM

      I’m almost positive that ANY of these styles can be an outside mount. Definitely give their customer service a call to clarify, but if you choose outside mount, they’ll likely provide you with a different type of bracket to contain the shade and the motor!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - November 30, 2016 - 4:53 PM

    OMG this would be WONDERFUL to have over my kitchen sink!!! It faces WEST and in the afternoons the kitchen is really unusable due to the sun shining directly in your face! Its literally blinding. The window set up is tricky/awkward for adding off the shelf blinds so this would help tremendously! Great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Marn - November 30, 2016 - 4:53 PM

    Thank you for blogging about these remote controlled blinds. I did not know that they existed! I have a clere story window that currently has mini-blinds on it, and the blinds have been there since we built the house about 35 years ago! To open these blinds, I must carefully walk out on a 2 x 4 wooden beam while below me is a stairway. This has gotten to be quite a feat and SCARY! I would definitely replace these blinds if I were the lucky winner! xoxoReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 1, 2016 - 8:52 AM

      Marn! That’s terrifying!ReplyCancel

  • Jo - November 30, 2016 - 4:53 PM

    Love your new blinds. Our 3 dogs constantly drive us crazy with barking at any passerby. We need to research a good blind option to help.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lynn - November 30, 2016 - 5:15 PM

    Looks great as always! We have several windows in need of redressing …. one of these days you guys should come on up and take a peek and let us know what you think! ;) We’ll take you out on the town. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Matlack - November 30, 2016 - 9:03 PM

    I could use blinds throughout my house. These are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Susan C - November 30, 2016 - 9:22 PM

    We have a tall two-story high living room with large windows going up to the high ceiling. The sun is bleaching my wood floors even, along with my fabrics. Due to the height of the windows and inaccessibility, motorized shades are the way to go. Your post is perfectly timed for me. We got stumped on how to power the blinds though. We don’t want to cut into the sheetrock to hardwire and there are no outlets. So battery or solar powered were our options. Does Bali offer solar powered? I’m thinking the battery option would be problematic once again due to the 20′ high window tops. Love your blog!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 1, 2016 - 8:50 AM

      Hi, Susan! The blinds in our bedroom are solar powered, but I’m not seeing that as an option anymore. I know they’ve been working on changes for their motorized systems to provide the best possible product. That said, I think it doesn’t hurt to call their customer service and ask about a solar option! I agree that may be your best bet as well. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - November 30, 2016 - 10:30 PM

    I, well actually my parents, could use a bit of shade in their new cabin! They are still working on the interior finishes, but are starting to look at window coverings. Winning this giveaway would be so awesome for them!ReplyCancel

  • Brittney Romanson - December 1, 2016 - 9:49 AM

    I have been pining over Bali blinds ever since you posted about them in the dining room and bedroom. Which, funny enough, are EXACTLY the two places I would be wanted to put them in. Traditional blinds get so dirty and just take away from the personality of the house. Given student loans and working in public service, I’ve been DIY-ing everything so I can have my funky little home, not just a house I come back to. This give away would make me cry tears of Bali Blind joy!

    Thank you so much for all of the inspiration you give with your blog!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 1, 2016 - 10:04 AM

      So sweet, thank you, Brittney!ReplyCancel

  • Elle Mann - December 1, 2016 - 9:56 AM

    These would be awesome for the windows downstairs!ReplyCancel

  • Emily K - December 1, 2016 - 10:20 AM

    Would love these for our master bedroom! We’re currently in the process of redoing it and are still deciding on the window coverings.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - December 1, 2016 - 10:45 AM

    Would so love something like this for my french doors! I’ve been looking for something light filtering but not totally opaque, and it’s been hard to find nice options. I think these would be perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth - December 1, 2016 - 12:32 PM

    I’m buying my first home and would love love love to have some of these Bali blinds!!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - December 1, 2016 - 5:47 PM

    I have solar shades in the bedroom to provide a little extra privacy while still allowing us to see outside. I just moved our television and now I need to find a solution for the windows flanking the fireplace that are directly behind it. Enough light comes through them to cause a glare but curtains seem bulky since they’re above the built-in bookshelves.ReplyCancel

  • Kent Way - December 1, 2016 - 6:58 PM

    We desperately need a room darkening shade in our bedroom– our neighbors across the street have a security light that blinks off and on throughout the night! We have horizontal windows that make curtains look very heavy. Shades would be great!ReplyCancel

  • paula s - December 1, 2016 - 10:53 PM

    My blinds are a mess! We moved in our home and had to do other things so bought cheap blinds. I have taken them down and tried to repair clean with nothing helping. I would love to have new nice blinds in my living roomReplyCancel

  • Tanja - December 2, 2016 - 2:11 AM

    I need blinds for pretty much every room in our house… I need to dive into Bali blinds website.ReplyCancel

  • Ali - December 2, 2016 - 8:43 AM

    My living room the sun really shines through the windows.This would help and the Bali Blinds are appealing to decorate with your’s looks great.ReplyCancel

  • Sierra - December 3, 2016 - 9:13 AM

    Since seeing your post, I am looking into getting some Bali solar blinds for our master. Where are the valances in your master from? They look great!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 3, 2016 - 10:55 AM

      Our bedroom blinds are the tailored roman shades, and they don’t need a valance! It keeps the whole look super clean. You won’t be disappointed.

      If you’re referencing the solar shades in this post, we just got the medium valance that was recommended for our width/length.ReplyCancel

      • Sierra Trentham - December 3, 2016 - 10:02 PM

        Ok, I see! I was thinking that your master blinds were the same solar shades in your other rooms with a faux roman valance over them. Thanks for the info, Kim. All of your window treatments look awesome!ReplyCancel


There was a time when we thought, We won’t live in Chicago for the long haul. We told ourselves, This is temporary! Just for fun. For now. But here we are, 10 years later, and we truly can’t imagine living anywhere else in the world. We moved here from Cincinnati in the fall of 2006, rented the cutest…
  • Katya - November 22, 2016 - 5:47 AM

    So cute! I’ve only been to Chicago once, and I loved it! People were so nice and the city is really beautiful. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Mallory - November 22, 2016 - 9:36 AM

    This is so sweet! My husband has been living in Chicago (Streeterville!) for a construction project he’s managing for the last 4 months and it’s such an amazing city! I’ve been visiting about 1-2 times a month (from NE Ohio) and while we jam-pack each day, there are still so many awesome things I look forward to doing when I come back. If there ever was a city we would move to, it would be Chicago!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 22, 2016 - 10:27 AM

      Lucky him! The list of things to do is never ending! Never, ever bored.ReplyCancel

  • Jacki - November 22, 2016 - 10:50 AM

    I remember stumbling upon Lurie Garden during my 3rd visit to Chicago (I live in Des Moines). It felt like a little piece of heaven. I sat soaking my feet for over an hour, just watching people. During my next visit, this time with the whole family, it was again so inviting. Especially after an entire day of walking and exploring (we had to have walked six miles before resting).

    And watching my son play in the water at Crown Fountain will always be one of my favorite memories.

    Chicago feels much more like home to me than my own city. But I’m done with Midwest winters and ready to head to a warmer climate.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 22, 2016 - 11:06 AM

      The Lurie Garden is SO tucked away with only a few (small) entrances, that we only just discovered it maybe 5 years ago! I used to work right across the street at the Art Institute, and I still didn’t know about it then. So funny.ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - November 22, 2016 - 11:00 AM

    Chicago is one of my favorites, and I love how close it is to Indy! Chuck and I go often for short trips!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - November 22, 2016 - 12:08 PM

    This is so cute, informative, and makes me want to visit so bad! Thanks for sharing <3ReplyCancel

  • misie - November 23, 2016 - 6:34 PM

    Just stop. You guys are too freaking cute. 100. When is the best time of year to visit…cuz…we’re sold.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 23, 2016 - 10:09 PM

      It’s always the best time! But honestly, nothing beats Chicago in the summer.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - November 23, 2016 - 7:59 PM

    I’m from Cincinnati too so you’d think I’d have been more than once but unfortunately, I only went once for a couple days before flying out to South Korea a couple years ago. It was so incredibly cold that I didn’t get to see enough so I can’t wait to head back once I return to Cincinnati in a few months to check out more in some warmer seasons!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 23, 2016 - 10:11 PM

      Maybe it’s my rose colored glasses, but I’ve never really thought Chicago is that much colder than Cincinnati! On the other hand, I’ve never been a fan of summer until we moved here. Cincinnati humidity is NO JOKE! Chicago changed my mind about summer and now I couldn’t love it more.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cuckoo4Design - December 1, 2016 - 5:20 PM

    You guys are way too cute. I fell in love with Chicago too the couple of times I got to visit. It’s an amazing city.ReplyCancel


The secret workshop behind our kitchen has been one of the best decisions we’ve made for our home. A long, long time ago, we had kind of sort of toyed with the idea of knocking down the wall that divided this small room from the kitchen. It would have allowed us to create a larger kitchen,…
  • Molly | Awfully Big Adventure - November 18, 2016 - 9:53 AM

    This post makes my tidy-loving heart so happy. I want a lil workshop room!!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy [oh hello sam] - November 18, 2016 - 12:13 PM

    I love it! I wish we had space for a room like this, when we finally buy our single-family home I will have to incorporate something like this!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - November 18, 2016 - 5:08 PM

    Oh i need to organize my tool/work area so bad. We have an awesome vintage work bench in the basement that’s actually too nice to be a workbench (it’s trimmed out and painted even) so I’m planning to re-purpose it for our laundry area. But since we’ve moved in I’ve just dumped paint and other jars/tins under it and all of the tools and project detris on top. The 12″ square peg board held a few tools and my sister made a temporary cardboard screwdriver organizer that was always missing half of my screwdrivers.

    I’m definitely using some of your ideas like a tote for painting stuff and a tote for electrical. I also need some hardware sorting drawers of some sort. We recently packed everything into cardboard boxes when we ripped out the ceiling down there and I refuse to unpack the boxes until I have some sort of system. I can’t find anything but to be honest, I couldn’t find anything before either. I’m so jealous of your work room but i know that I can make mine just as functional and organized. I just need to make it happen.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2016 - 5:11 PM

      That workbench sounds beautiful – perfect for a laundry room! A for sorting drawers, we have these and they are AWESOME. Perfect for all those little items, nuts, bolts, washers, anchors, etc.ReplyCancel

  • gigi - November 19, 2016 - 4:45 PM

    Doesn’t your indoor workshop smell of paint, etc?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2016 - 5:09 PM

      Only if we’re working on something with paint or stain. Otherwise, lids are sealed tight! When we are working on small projects in this room, we leave the window cracked/open, and we close the sliding pocket door.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - November 21, 2016 - 7:01 AM

    Those black and yellow bins are actually pretty cheap! We found the huge size (32 or 64-gallon?) at Costco for $7. At ours, it was by the liquor, so instead of grabbing a box at the end, we…loaded up the entire bin. Zero shame.ReplyCancel

  • Emelia - November 21, 2016 - 2:23 PM

    How do you store your caulk? I haven’t had any luck! It always hardens and then I just open a new tube. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 21, 2016 - 2:32 PM

      Oh, good question! We use these caps, and they are AWESOME. Such a simple little invention, and it works like a charm for caulk, constructive adhesive or any other similar tube. We bought those a few years ago, but before that, Scott would literally screw a short drywall screw into the tip to keep them capped. It worked well, but the screw would get rusty after a few months.ReplyCancel


This post is in partnership with Anolon for A Night In. It was a bad DIY day. We started out on a positive note. We’re going to finally finish the laundry room today!, we said. Early on, we ran into a few road blocks. We roamed the aisles of the hardware store a little too long,…
  • jenn aka the picky girl - November 16, 2016 - 11:35 AM

    We got married in June, and after agonizing over reviews for literally every. thing. we put on our registry, we chose the Anolon 12-piece Advanced Hard Anonized (bronze) pots and pans, and we LOVE them! We cook quite a bit and thought about going the individual route, but we’ve used each piece a lot. I didn’t even realize they had bakeware.

    And yes, as before, I love these nighttime posts!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 16, 2016 - 11:39 AM

      Yup, next on our list is replacing all our hand me down pots and pans and getting ourselves ‘grown up’ cookware!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Blanner - November 16, 2016 - 5:34 PM

    Just darling! I love it and I’m always in for a new cookie recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - November 17, 2016 - 2:14 PM

    Noooooooooooooo! Hole cutting mishap with the countertop?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 17, 2016 - 2:21 PM

      Cutting the holes went perfectly – they’re perfect! – but we might not have added enough distance between the faucet and the bowl… Figuring out modifications now. Arugh.ReplyCancel

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We love the holiday season for countless reasons – you know, thick blankets on the bed, fuzzy slippers, warm rum-spiked drinks and our Bing Crosby records(!) – but of course the very best reason is the extra time we have with friends and family we may not see as much throughout the year. A thoughtful token that…
  • B&C @ The DIY Playbook - November 14, 2016 - 7:41 AM

    We are so grateful that you’re agreed to be a part of the 2016 Blogger Gift Guide! There’s no one else that makes having a pet look as much fun… or as stylish… as you two!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 14, 2016 - 11:37 AM

    This was really fun! I had no idea all the cute stuff at PBTeen right now, so thanks for sharing!

    I’m heading out after work to Sephora. I NEED that scent sampler in my life. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 14, 2016 - 11:39 AM

      Isn’t that scent sampler such a GREAT idea?!ReplyCancel

    • Casey @ The DIY Playbook - November 14, 2016 - 4:51 PM

      I received it as a gift last year, since I’ve never been able to find my “signature scent.” After trying them all out over the course of a few weeks, I chose my favorite, headed to Sephora and got the full bottle…and I’ve been loving it ever since! It’s a genius idea! Hope you enjoy!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - November 14, 2016 - 5:01 PM

        Okay, now I have to know what scent you chose!ReplyCancel