You may not think what you put on your windows is a big deal but it makes a huge impact when you read a room. Window coverings are not only functional when it comes to light control and privacy but it’s an opportunity to really put an exclamation point on the style of a room that so many people miss.
5 years ago we installed a natural woven shade from Smith & Noble in our kitchen window. It was perfect because it let light through while giving privacy when pulled down. (Perfect since I can look right into my neighbor’s backyard and home and they in to mine). The other thing I ADORE about this shade is that it was cord free. To maneuver it up or down, you simply pull it down anywhere on the bottom of the shade or lift it up without any cords. I kid you not, I could lift the whole shade up by using just one finger. Simple and no strings to get tangled.
I believe it’s very important for us bloggers to be honest and truthful when we use products in our homes and you’ve probably noticed I do quite a number of reviews months and/or years later on how those things have held up. Admittedly the shade malfunctioned after 5 years. Somehow the uppy/downy mechanism (for lack of the correct terminology) popped and it stayed in the downy position (no more uppy). I immediately called Smith & Noble customer service and they were extremely helpful. They were eager to fix the problem and replace the shade at no cost. In fact, life got chaotic for me this summer with my kiddos where I dropped the ball and they stayed in touch by consistently following up with me. Unfortunately, they no longer had the same material in stock to make a new one, but fortunately, I was able to pick a new shade. (Great because you know how much I like to change out and update things in my home).
I went with a fabric Roman shade in the “Traffic/Dove” material.
All the samples are free so you can see and feel how they really are in person. This material ended up being a little darker in person which I actually loved even better.
To maneuver it up/down you simply pull the ring cleverly hidden on the back of the shade. It has a mechanism similar to those spring-loaded rolling maps your teacher used to fight with in class. The only difference is this actually works and works WELL! It really is so easy to use and again, no hanging cords to get in the way or tangle up.
I’m not exaggerating when I say, “I LOVE HOW IT TURNED OUT”! Not only does it provide privacy and light control, but it’s just dang pretty. It’s like lipstick for the window. And now that it’s up, all my other rooms’ windows look pretty sad and frumpy.
Smith & Noble does everything from blinds, shutters and shades to curtains and pillows. They really are a one-stop-shop for everything windows. They’ve also partnered up savvy designers like the Property Brothers, Wendy Bellissimo and the Madcap Gents to bring their exclusive lines of window coverings which will leave you swooning. Definitely check them out!