This post is sponsored by Bali Blinds.
Our Lucy Bear has become quite the speedy little crawler recently! All of her newfound mobility has us working hard to keep up, while also looking at our home differently than ever before to ensure that our surroundings are as safe as possible. We’ve added latches to our cabinets, moved small(er) trinkets from low(er) tables and have a gate in place at the top of our stairs. There are a handful of other safety measures on our to-do list, but there’s one big area we just checked off – the windows.
Our longtime partners at Bali Blinds are a leader in cordless and motorized window technologies, so it made sense for us to finalize our transition away from all the corded windows in our home and make the move to cord-free. Plus, October is Window Covering Safety Month and corded blinds are ranked among the top five hidden home hazards. Yikes! Bali is taking a strong stance in the industry on safety, and our safety is as important to them as it is for us. There’s no better time than now for us to make replacing our corded shades in our home a priority.
The good news is that most of our blinds use cordless lift or motorized options, but we did have two remaining corded window coverings in place: one in our cozy little nook, which is slowly becoming a first floor play area for Lucy, and the other in our (soon to be refreshed!) guest room. Both of these shades utilized the bottom up / top down functionality, but over the years, we’ve come to realize that we rarely used the top down function, if ever. Although the ability to lower shades from the top can be handy, with that comes a lot of cords:
The installation of our new window treatments was super simple. The previous old metal mounting brackets came down, and two new metal mounting brackets went up. Four screws and five minutes was all it took!
We weren’t too concerned with blocking a lot of light through the nook window, so we ordered that shade with a standard liner. It offers the perfect amount of privacy, but it still allows just enough light to come through during the day. We’re thrilled with the contrast of the lighter shade against the navy-green walls:
We chose the same tailored Roman shades that we recently installed in Tree House as a replacement, seen below. (Who’s surprised? Ha!) It was the perfect choice in Michigan, and we’re happy to have the same style and color in Chicago, too.
Directly across from our nook is our dining room, where we already had the same style of shades but in the exact opposite color combination. During our initial transition into cordless a few years ago, we opted for tailored Romans in the Coastal California colorway against our barely-gray walls for a similar (but also completely different?) effect. It felt like a bold choice at the time, but that punch of navy against those neutral walls still makes us smile.
In Lucy’s cozy nursery, the goal was always to keep things as neutral and serene as possible, so you may remember that we used natural shades paired with blackout liners to keep things dark during her naps and the early morning hours. These blinds also utilize a cordless lift, which is certified Best for Kids by a third party lab. Tip: Look for this Best for Kids logo when choosing window coverings.
The Best for Kids certification doesn’t only apply to human children, though! Jack and CC both turned 10 this year, and we’re pretty sure Libby is 17 or so! Our pets aren’t as nimble as they used to be (although they’re still very young at heart!), so eliminating cords also bring us peace of mind when we’re not around to keep an eye on our four legged family members.
All of these great safety features don’t mean that you have to sacrifice convenience, though! We’ve taken advantage of the fact that the Bali’s motorized option is not only safe for everyone in our home, but we love that they’re able to be linked to our smart home system. We use the Wink system, and with the touch of one button in our app, the three shades in our studio, three shades in our living room, and three shades in our bedroom can all be raised or lowered for light reduction or privacy. And by having all of these shades automated, we’re not straining to reach for them on our taller windows! We’ve also linked the blinds to different shortcuts within the app. Our ‘Evening’ shortcut, for example, lowers all of the blinds, dims our indoor lights and turns on all of our outdoor and landscape lights. The future is here, and it’s amazing! And safe.
All of the safety features in the world aren’t of much use if they’re wrapped up in a package that’s not attractive and easy to use. Our house full of cordless and motorized Bali Blinds is a perfect blend of form and function. The lack of cords makes for streamlined views and safe operation, and the nearly endless fabric and color options offer beautiful accents to our home’s decor. Who says you can’t have it all?