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Now You See Us… + A Giveaway!

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If there’s one thing that we should have done a long, long time ago, it would have been to install curtains – or shades, blinds, anything. We’ve been a big, open book since we’ve moved in (oh, hi, neighbor! It’s just me in my jammies and my monstrous glass of wine; no big!), but with so much of our house – literally – falling down around us, it wasn’t as high on our priority list as it should have been.

Until now!

With our living room painted and, consequently, the window casing painted as well, it was a no brainer for us to go with the same cellular shades that we had in our last home – these 3/8″ double cell light filtering shades in glacier from Blinds.com. After all that research we did a little more than a year ago, we knew we were making the right decision for all the same pros and cons we weighed back then: ONE) If for any reason we would need to return our shades, we could do so on their dime, TWO) the cellular shades have a top down / bottom up capability (which is especially nice on our first floor) and THREE) we’ve learned from our past year’s worth of experience with them that they insulate really, really well. (And with these sub zero temperatures? We’ll take it!)

They arrived over the weekend, and while I knocked out the nook room, Scott got to work installing our new shades. Unlike our last house, our large picture windows (upstairs and down) are framed with studs, so no anchors were necessary; all said and done, it took less than an hour to hang all six shades on two very large windows!

For now, we’ve only covered the two largest windows in our home (the living room and the studio), but over time, we’ll slowly be tackling the rest – all twenty of them; a big leap from our condo which had four. (The blinds, just like everything else – all of our outlets, baseboards and light fixtures – will happen room-by-room, slowly. Of course this is due to practical purposes such as money, but how else do you eat a whale? One bite at a time.)

Not only do we stand behind the quality, durability and super-insulating-powers of our shades from Blinds.com, but we’re over the moon that they not only wanted to help us get a jump start on our very naked windows, but they also wanted to lend a hand for one of you, too!

Together with Blinds.com, we’ll be giving away a $150 store credit to one lucky reader!  Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. Giveaway is eligible for US residents only and runs through Monday, February 3rd until 5pm CST, and the winner will be announced within this post. Good luck and happy entering!

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This post is in partnership with Blinds.com. We used 3/8″ Double Cell Light Filtering honeycomb blinds in Glacier; opinions and comfy, cozy pajama lazing are all ours.

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  • rachael1.29.14 - 8:40 AM

    Where is that green chair from? It’s my dream chair!ReplyCancel

  • Elly1.29.14 - 9:13 AM

    Hi! I was wondering how these blinds are with dust/to clean? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim1.29.14 - 9:19 AM

      Hi Elly, we had our prior blinds (the same kind) for almost a year before we moved, and the quality of the blinds are really nice – sort of like cloth with a smooth finish. They honestly don’t SEEM to collect build up, but a couple of times, I took a damp cloth and would wipe down them down lightly. It probably wasn’t even necessary, but you could also just spot clean them if something gets on them… or potentially use a little dust buster once a year if they get extra dusty (although again, they looked as good as new from the time we installed them to the time we moved out of our condo!).

      The great thing is that you can get free samples before you pull the trigger on a purchase, and that’s what sealed the deal for us with these honeycomb shades!ReplyCancel

  • Blinds.com1.29.14 - 9:26 AM

    Kim is exactly right. Many of our employees have cell shades in their homes and haven’t noticed any issues with dust. However a swipe with a damp cloth or, our favorite trick, the brush attachment of your vacuum will get you squeaky clean in no time.ReplyCancel

  • andee1.29.14 - 11:26 AM

    Not to be needy or anything but could you post a picture with the blinds completely retracted so we can see what it looks like when they aren’t in use? I hate how much room mini-blinds take up when they aren’t in use, you lose about 1/8 of your window even when you aren’t using them.ReplyCancel

  • Kim1.29.14 - 11:55 AM

    Andee, that’s a great point! I snapped a photo with my phone (this is in the studio). You can see that the blinds on the left and middle were pulled all the way up, and they don’t cover the actual window at all (only the window frame). The one on the far right (closest to me) was lowered all the way, and again, you still see the whole window:

    http://bit.ly/1cv56M2ReplyCancel

  • ande1.29.14 - 12:29 PM

    Thanks for pointing it out Kim! It is so small and takes up such a little amount of space I didn’t even see it! That is really amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Dana M.1.29.14 - 12:36 PM

    We have the saddest broken blinds in our living room that are just begging for an upgrade. What a great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Kim1.29.14 - 12:43 PM

    Good luck, Dana!ReplyCancel

  • M.1.29.14 - 3:13 PM

    I wish I could enter! But alas, no FB or Pinterest. Could really use blinds, too.ReplyCancel

  • Kim1.29.14 - 3:49 PM

    M, thank you for the feedback! I’ve added a possible entry by leaving a comment right here. Just go back and make sure to say you’ve commented in the widget above. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen1.29.14 - 3:58 PM

    Love those blinds! I have something similar from Levolor in my bedrooms, but the living room blinds need replaced terribly!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin1.29.14 - 4:01 PM

    Enjoy watching you transform your new home! We just had a home built so no renovations needed but tons of decorating to do! I live in a remote rural area so I can’t find the furniture treasures I’d like so we’re going to try our hand at building some. :o)ReplyCancel

  • Jannike1.29.14 - 4:06 PM

    We live on the first floor with our bedroom facing the sidewalk so top-down blinds are a necessity.ReplyCancel

  • molly1.29.14 - 4:58 PM

    I am so impressed with what you two have managed to complete (particularly the domino)! I currently have blanket covering the window, so I would love some real blinds.ReplyCancel

  • Danette1.29.14 - 5:36 PM

    We’re living in a naked window home too right now!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather1.29.14 - 6:08 PM

    We have similar blinds and love them.ReplyCancel

  • Leila Waddell1.29.14 - 6:15 PM

    Ive been shopping for blinds for a long time, I really like your choice.ReplyCancel

  • Candice1.29.14 - 7:12 PM

    Great solution!ReplyCancel

  • caroline [the diy nurse]1.29.14 - 7:30 PM

    I love that bottom cover option! Wish we had those so we could still get our light downstairs!ReplyCancel

  • Mary K1.29.14 - 8:08 PM

    I love blinds that open from the top down—lovely way to let light in and still maintain some privacy!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Mcgrory1.29.14 - 8:47 PM

    Hi! Looks great. I need blinds too and will check out this site. Thanks for the research info!ReplyCancel

  • Mary1.29.14 - 8:56 PM

    I love the top down blinds–so convenient to let the light in without letting all my neighbors see me!ReplyCancel

  • Kara1.29.14 - 9:08 PM

    Love the top down/bottom up feature – the idea of a little insulation during these frigid temps sounds awesome too!

    Thanks for taking all of us along for the ride on your house renovations – very inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Jen1.29.14 - 11:56 PM

    Hello! I love these blinds. I think they might be what we need in our living room and dining room!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie1.30.14 - 12:35 AM

    Looking great!ReplyCancel

  • Alli1.30.14 - 7:02 AM

    These are great, tons of privacy without compromising light. I love it! We need some of these on our back porch :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison F.1.30.14 - 7:28 AM

    Those look great! We are shopping for some new blinds ourselves, so this article is coming at the perfect time for me! Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica1.30.14 - 7:51 AM

    I really love the functionality of the blinds that go up and down like this. We wanted something like this in our office, but we would have had to remove the trim around the windows. Now that I see yours, though, I might be second guessing our curtains! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kyley1.30.14 - 8:22 AM

    I am totally in need of blinds for my house. I’d love to put some up in my sunroom!ReplyCancel

  • […] Hear the story from Scott and Kim’s mouth at Yellow Brick Home AND enter to win a $150 Blinds.com Gift Card! […]ReplyCancel

  • Leslie1.30.14 - 11:48 AM

    I just bought a home that has cellular shades from Hunter Douglas on most windows. The ones on the first floor are a funky yellow sort of color while the ones upstairs are white. I can’t wait to replace the ones downstairs!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren1.30.14 - 1:53 PM

    So much more nice than the standard blinds!ReplyCancel

  • Mattie W1.30.14 - 2:19 PM

    The color looks great in the living room! We just painted ours a similar gray- a bit darker and we currently have towels and fabric pinned for privacy, so new blinds are on the list.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley1.30.14 - 2:46 PM

    I have never head of these… how cool!ReplyCancel

  • LOVE what you’ve done with the place so far, and LOVE those blinds!!!! Whether I get the $$$ or not, I’m going shopping!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • misie1.31.14 - 10:07 AM

    AH thanks so much for posting this! Mick, in his current one armed glory, has been moving existing blinds around our new place and cursing their design. I can’t wait to tell him about these!ReplyCancel

  • Jazmin1.31.14 - 10:26 AM

    Crossing my fingers for this one!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen1.31.14 - 11:39 AM

    The blinds look great in that room.ReplyCancel

  • Katie1.31.14 - 12:17 PM

    We have a ginormo window in our living room too, which gives a direct view to our neighbors of all kitchen catastrophes, dance parties, and movie nights!!! Blinds would be a good idea….for our sanity and theirs!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura C1.31.14 - 2:22 PM
  • c.g.1.31.14 - 2:49 PM

    Have been waiting to get some new blinds from Blinds.com – maybe this is the reason. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth G.2.1.14 - 6:43 AM

    I really would love to win this. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • deb2.1.14 - 9:55 AM

    Sarah Richardson’s blog has a lot of info about how to put different less expensive moldings togather to get the same look for a lot less. just sayin ;)ReplyCancel

  • Renee minnick2.1.14 - 10:12 AM

    Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jamithon2.1.14 - 8:26 PM

    i like your blog. i have enjoyed catching up. i want those blinds for my old house.ReplyCancel

  • Ria Carfang2.2.14 - 5:00 PM

    The blinds look wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon2.2.14 - 10:56 PM

    Whoa! This would be so fun to win!ReplyCancel

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