Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Window Coverings for the Mudroom

Our mudroom project has been on hold for several weeks now. My husband had surgery on his right hand two weeks ago, and prior to that the weather wasn't conducive to painting (too cold to open up the house). But that's okay. I'm a very patient person. After all, we've been living in our bungalow for almost 17 years. What's another couple of months?

Meanwhile, I've been thinking about natural woven shades for the mudroom window and door. I turned to Smith + Noble, a company whose catalog I've been receiving for years, and requested several free samples. Here are shots of the various samples I ordered.

Bhura / Earth
Bhura / Natural
Matara / Earth
Shikoku / Flax
Shikoku / Black
Lhasa / Cocoa

Do you have a preference? We do. After lots of consideration, my husband and I have narrowed down our choices to the last two shown above, Shikoku Black and Lhasa Cocoa. I am leaning toward Lhasa Cocoa. I like its uneven texture and color, and I think the warm undertones will go well with the furniture we'll probably be purchasing for the mudroom. Which one would you choose? Has anyone had experience ordering from Smith + Noble?

8 comments:

  1. Lhasa Cocoa's my favorite. It has a lovely warm tone, but also looks clean which will fit beautifully in your house.

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  2. Love the choices!! Funny, before I read your last paragraph I had already chosen the one I liked the best and it was Shikoku!! The flax is also gorgeous. It is very similar to what we chose for our downstairs. We went with Hunter Douglas - very expensive but beautiful quality. My friend has ordered from Smith and Noble many times in the past. I think it is very good product and excellent price.

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  3. I've decided I'm not very good at this! I guess what I really need is to see the entire shade and hanging on a window, rather than a sample. Never have been a great visualizer. If I had to choose from this I'd choose the flax or the black choices you have. Whatever you do, I know will look great. Can't wait to see the whole room finished.

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  4. I like Lhasa Cocoa, too, but I'd personally consider Matara Earth as well. Reminds me of the grass cloth in my parent's dining room (does anyone do grass cloth anymore? Love the stuff!)

    I had bamboo shades once, and what stuck me is HOW MUCH light they let through. I assume you're just interested in privacy and not blocking light. Be sure to take each sample out of the card and tape them up to the window, because looks are very deceiving.

    Hope that Paul's hand is on the mend!

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    1. Hello Ann. Yes, I've seen grass cloth used in some shelter magazines. I love the look too! Very 50s and 60s. Regarding the samples, I have set the cards in front of the window and yes, those kinds of shades do let in light. The back of the cards are cut out to give an idea of how they will look. For the mudroom this isn't an issue. We've never had any window coverings on the window or door, so this is more for decoration, not even privacy since our neighbor rarely uses her back deck (I can't imagine why! I'd be out there all the time.). Thanks for asking about Paul, that's very sweet. He is doing just fine. Very simple surgery, little pain and has healed well.
      Claudia

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  5. I have ordered from smith and noble twice. Both times had good customer service. First time ordered simple white wood 2" blinds, interior mount for laundry room. They were great help making sure I ordered the right size. Second time ordered natural Roman shades similar to the Matara shown above. I ordered them for my kitchen and had them lined with room darkening white fabric~a designer friend of mine said to try to have all window treatments look the same from the outside-all white, for instance. Anyway, I was happy with how the shades looked in the kitchen, but was very disappointed with the look outside! They used TAN cording for the pulls against the white lining fabric - it stood out very noticeably and looked awful. What made it look especially bad was the "ladder" cording used to make the pulls child proof. Customer service advised they matched the cording to the shade - can't remember if they could even customize the cord color. Their manager walked me through how to remove the ladder cording (no children to worry about), which helped make it look better but this action voided my warranty. I was aggravated because I had no other option since custom shades can't be returned. They did offer to sell me new ones at a discount ~ oh boy. Who thinks about these details though..... Hope this helps. If you're not lining them, I suppose no worries. Oh yeah, my favorite is the last one - Lhasa.

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    1. Hi Nancy. I do not plan to order the lining as it's not needed for this little mudroom. The shades will probably be in the raised position most of the time anyway. I have heard that designers recommend lining for consistency, but I have always thought the lining looks a little strange. Your story proves it could be problematic. Our house is so small, one level, that only the living and dining rooms face the street. The LR has wooden slat blinds, the DR has no window coverings at all. Some day I'll get around to that room! Thank you for your comment. Much appreciated.
      Claudia

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  6. Hi Claudia

    I love the first and last but I love anything tortoise!!

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