It’s Gettin Hot In Hur, So Add Some Bamboo Blinds

I am, getting so hot, I’m gonna put some blinds uuup.

Picture me singing that while installing each of these four blinds. On repeat. While John rolled his eyes.

Actually it was less about heat and more about that ever-elusive p word: privacy. Just during the day (we don’t use the sunroom at night) but it’s hard to make a room with an entire wall of windows feel private and cozy. So we reasoned that bamboo blinds + the fence that we added outside for our patio (which you can see through the windows here thanks to this photography trick from Kate) just might do the trick.

We opted to go with the same bamboo blinds that we got from Home Depot for the office (they’re called Mirada if that helps anyone find them). This time we needed four 30″ bamboo blinds (which were $19 per shade) but they didn’t sell them in the store, so we ordered them online (yay for free shipping).

Once they showed up, it was on. Cue me singing and drilling until these babies were up (using the same hanging-method that we detailed here). And just like that, our sunroom was hot. Not temperature wise, attractive wise. I mean come on, if you were a sunroom looking for love, wouldn’t you want to get to know our sunroom? She’s PHAT (pretty hot and tempting).

Aaaaand now that I’ve successfully managed to out-nerd my dad (didn’t think I could and then my fingers just went rogue) I’ll just share the other after pics:

The cool thing is that the blinds + the patio fence do sort of “meet in the middle” to provide some privacy from the house next door (the fence blocks the bottom 2/3 of the window from view, and the blinds handle the top 1/3). Daytime privacy goal: achieved.

Not to mention that we love the texture and the warm tones that they bring into to the room. They balance other wood items, like the side table…

… and the wooden doily stretcher on the wall (a $4 thrift store score)…

…along with the homemade bike print frames on the other side of the room…

Hubba hubba.

In short, this was the view of the room from the sliding door in the living room before:

And now it looks like this:

And a crazy chopped-up room that looked like this when we moved in…

… now looks like this.

I’m itching to paint the dainty legs of that round table next to the egg chair a nice dark tone. Maybe chocolate or charcoal? I think it’ll set off the granite top just right. And see that orange strip of wood under the sliding door? Gotta go white with that to match the trim.

Is any window-rectifying-action going on in your house? Let’s talk about blinds bay-bee, let’s talk about you and me…


  1. sunnie says

    Sorry if this has been asked and answered, but where did you get that daybed? Its wonderful, just what I’m looking for! And the miranda shades…..have them in every window at my house….. Sunroom looks warm and inviting.

  2. says

    I love the blinds with the rug in there!

    I usually smile at your punny post titles, but this song is one of my favorite fun songs so I got extra amusement out of it first thing in the morning – Thanks!

  3. Chelsea says

    Very nice! They bring some warmth in to that room. And now I’ll have Nelly stuck in my head all day but I’m okay with that. Did you ever go to Vynl when you lived in NYC? Their bathrooms are “themed” after different musicians and one is Nelly and it plays that song in the bathroom and it’s kind of awesome.

  4. Leanne says

    I currently have bamboo blinds on my garden doors. They are so practical and natural looking. Great job:)

  5. says

    I love the blinds,

    so cute is really coming along.

    ya should make a cute fabric cover for the day bed so it would pop more, I’m not sure if that’s in the plans yet or not, but ether way is cute, cute.
    All the wood tones are really warming up the room, making things hotter for john and the bike print hahah

    lots of love to you guys

    <3 Yadi

  6. esther says

    Love them! We’ve just moved to our new home and are still figuring out what to do with some windows. I really like the look of these bamboo blinds but worry that it still shows too much in the evening when you have the lights on inside??

    • Cathy says

      Esther, we have bamboo blinds (not matchstick) in our front room, which is also where our TV is located; the bamboo offers the same look with more privacy. When you drive up to our house at night and the blinds are drawn, it looks completely dark, even when people are in the room with both the lights and TV on (always amazes me, actually, because during the day I can see light through the tiny slits). One thing you could try: buy a shade that’s returnable and try it at night with one person holding up the shade and the other spying outside. The lined ones are an option, but it increases the cost and weight, which makes hanging and use more difficult, in my experience.

    • esther says

      Thanks for the response both! Don’t think I’ve seen the lined ones here, will have a look for them. And Cathy, that’s a good idea about just holding it up to see what it looks like during the evening with lights on, before actually drilling the holes and hanging it :) Thanks!

  7. Emma says

    We have those blinds in the den too (boyfriend works at Home Depot), problem with them is that they offer no privacy whatsoever. If you’re outside looking in at night you can see straight in. So be careful with your naked dancing in the sunroom guys :p

  8. Jessica says

    Love the texture that the bamboo brings…but mainly just love that I’m 2nd to comment!!! I usually don’t leave comments because it’s more work for you…but usually I’m not awake on Facey at 10.52pm in Australia!!

  9. says

    Looks great! It really does help the wood side table balance out. And I was just thinking the same thing about the little table by the egg chair. Glad you’re thinking about painting it.

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