New Plantation Shutters

The Inspired Room Dining Room - Copper Lantern Plantation Shutters and Ikat Curtains

I‘ve always been in love with classic plantation shutters. I had them installed in my last two houses in Portland and they were always one of my favorite features. They make me feel like I’m living on a coastal plantation, with the ocean breezes flowing through the palm trees and into the windows. Shutters add amazing chunky architectural detail, they offer privacy control and yet still allow light to stream through. Plus, they are so easy to keep clean and they are beautiful, too!

There were several rooms in this house that I thought would benefit from shutters and they have been on my wish list for years, but one thing or another was always higher on the list of “projects to do.” Well, my dreams finally came true a couple of months ago when we decided it was time to take the plunge and at least finish our front two rooms (the gathering room and dining room) with shutters!

Plantation Shutters - Bali Blinds - The Inspired Room

Our dogs always go crazy looking out our front window at people and dogs passing by so we thought sometimes shutting shutters (its like a tongue twister!) might just make our house quieter, too. We wanted the shutters for the dining room to provide more privacy.

Bali Custom Shutters

Our shutters are from Bali Blinds. They graciously offered to partner with me on a project years ago but I was so slow to get my act together that it stayed on the back burner. But finally I was ready! I was tired of the open windows and just wanted to finish the rooms, so I took a little shopping trip to JC Penney to look at my options. The sales person was really helpful in answering all my questions–I was mostly worried about measuring so I was relieved that Bali Blinds sends out an installer to measure and install because you really want your shutters to fit perfectly.

Bali Custom Shutters - White Shades

Because our house is a new craftsman style house and our ceilings are really high, I knew I wanted wide slats so they would make a real statement in the room. I brought some samples home so I could see the colors up against our white wood work to make sure they were a pretty close match. We decided on 3 1/2 in wide slats in “snowstorm” white.

The Inspired Room Dining Room Plantation Shutters Bali Blinds

There was an option of the little tilt bar being hidden in the back, which is kind of cool because they look extra clean and crisp. But I decided I really liked the center bar simply because I felt like it looked a little more traditional, which felt right for our home. You don’t really use the tilt bar for controlling the blinds so it really doesn’t matter where the bar is, it’s just personal preference. My mom recently installed shutters and went with the hidden tilt bar and hers look great, too, so it just depends on what look you want!

You can see that since my windows are “double” my shutters are basically two sets, one set for each window in each room. Each set is split in the middle so you can open them to clean the windows or even just let in extra light if you wanted to. I mostly just keep them shut with the louvers slightly open for privacy and light during the day.

The Inspired Room Gathering Room - Plantation Shutters

I decided to have the shutters installed only part way up because our view above is so pretty with the trees and there was really no need for privacy higher up on the windows. I really wanted to keep as much light coming in as possible so we had them made to go up just to the lower window.

Plantation Shutters - The Inspired Room blog

I am SO happy with how they turned out! Seriously, every time I see them in the house through the window when I come through my front door I say “HEY LOOK AT THOSE PRETTY SHUTTERS!” In fact, I say that even when I’m just walking through the house, too. Ha. You know how I feel about these kinds of architectural details. They matter to me! Shutters really add something no other kind of window treatment does. I love raising and lowering the louvers for privacy and light. Opening them up wide every morning is one of my favorite morning rituals.

My dream was to continue to install shutters around the house in my office, our TV room and other rooms but since we have decided that we are likely moving I’m thinking I’ll be installing shutters in the yet-to-be-determined new house instead. It’s going to be hard to leave these beauties behind, I didn’t get nearly enough time with them. Sigh. It’s really going to be hard to leave my whole house behind after how much love we’ve poured into it, but the shutters just might be the deal breaker for me where I just can’t bring myself to go. At least now I know that they really do keep my dogs quieter, so I won’t wait so long to install them in the next house.

Thank you to Bali Blinds for partnering with me on this project!

*My dining room copper lantern can be found here!

Summer House Tour

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Entry

Hello everybody! I’m so glad you are here. I hope you are having a great Monday! I’m excited because I’m joining in Gina’s Summer House Tour! If you are just stopping by from Nester’s, WELCOME!

Even though we are still a few weeks away from the official start of summer, I’ve been starting the gradual evolution towards preparing my house for the warmer season. Now that might make it sound like I have had nothing more to do that just putter around all day getting the house all pretty for summer. IF ONLY! Ha! That would be my DREAM weekend right there. But alas, no.

Summer tour of homes

In my usual fashion of attempting to do ALL THE THINGS at the same time (why, ha!), we are now preparing to move (if you missed the news, you can catch up here.) SO, yeah, kinda doing a bit more than just puttering around making things pretty. But nesting is my hobby and my therapy so even when I’ve got lots to do to keep life rolling, I love slowing down to show some love to at least one corner of my house. It’s a good thing for me! In those especially crazy seasons, when I’m decluttering like a mad woman and my house is a complete mess, restoring order and prettiness to at least part of the house lets me feel more at peace so I can take a deep breath and keep on going.

I’ll admit I am pretty sad about leaving my house (should we proceed to move as we think we will). We’ve worked so hard on making it feel like home and while I knew all along that this might not be our forever home, I grew to love it enough to be perfectly content to stay, should we decide that was the right thing to do. We’ve already lived here longer than in any other home, so I definitely feel settled and comfortable and in my dreams I’d be here forever.

A new non-custom construction house was a blank slate for us, so we’ve really enjoyed seeing it transformed into a home. The journey to make this house our home wasn’t always easy though and many times I felt like we were going at a snail’s pace (and sometimes at a standstill!), but when I look around at my house today after six years of TLC I know that each corner represents a part of our story, reflects a bit of ourselves and is prettier than when we started. Moving always feels like we are leaving a little bit of ourselves behind but I know I learned many lessons in this house that I will take with me wherever we go.

I’ll be sharing more soon, but for now, let’s talk about SUMMER decorating! Pretend the sun is out, OK?

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Entry Table

This little green table was found at a local flea market awhile back and I knew right away I would find a place for it so it came home with me. I especially love the unique legs. As I was dusting the entry last week I had an idea, what if I took my Turkish towel from the wing back in the dining room and tried it on this table? I was so tickled when I thought of it (I always get pretty excited when I think of a new way to arrange or use things I already have) that I ran over and picked it up to try it immediately. Sure enough, I love it for a fresh summery look! I’m all about the little rope tassels and the green stripes, too.

A few weeks ago I was in the mood to “shake up the house” a bit and moved the giant shell from the family room to the entry table. I had never tried the shell anywhere else (I’m not sure why!) but I loved it in the entry as a bold summer statement as you enter the front door.

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room blog

While the sun has been out periodically and it’s even been warm already this season, we aren’t really in full summer mode here until mid-July into early Fall. It still gets a little chilly on cloudy days. It was really dark out the other day and it looked like it might rain, so I was chuckling to myself as I was “summerizing” the house and taking pics while wearing a sweater. :) For cozier summer evenings I’m keeping one blanket over the sofa, just in case. I think it will come in handy.

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Fireplace

But in spite of the cloudiness outside, I was excited to bring a little sunshine inside with a couple of yellow pillows. I love yellow. I also was pretty thrilled because my peonies are blooming! Ever since we moved in, I dreamed of a little cutting garden in my backyard and I finally have one! I have roses, peonies, hydrangeas, daisies and more. I’ll be showing you more of my secret garden and other yard projects in the upcoming weeks (you can see a sneak peek of it outside my family room window in the next pic!).

Summer House Tour - Family Room - The Inspired Room

Now, speaking of shaking up the house, I did a little furniture rearranging. At Christmas time when we had family visiting, I moved these white painted rattan chairs from the kitchen into the family room to offer more seating during the holidays. I thought it might be a fun change even for the summer since the chairs are so light and airy, so I brought them back in and put the trellis wingback in the kitchen (sorry, I forgot to take a pic of it in the kitchen in time for this tour, but I think it looks cute there!).

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Family Room Chairs

I love these stools for sitting and for end tables, they are so versatile!

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Blog - Leather Sofa

My leather loveseat is from Pottery Barn, I’m so pleased with it. You can see why I chose leather here.

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Mantel

I adore the little frameable inspirational art quotes created for my book, Love the Home You Have. You can download this free print and many others on the book page. I like having inspirational quotes around to inspire me to keep on creating a home I love.

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Blog House Tour

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room blog - Gallery Wall

I added some colored books to the antique bowl I found at a secondhand store a few weeks ago.

The Inspired Room Kitchen - Farmhouse Sink - Summer House Tour

I cleaned off my windowsills and added different containers with planted herbs and cut flowers. You can see my kitchen remodel (with more photos!) and my kitchen source list for more details on the kitchen.

The Inspired Room Kitchen Sink View - Summer House Tour

This is my third year growing Wisteria outside my kitchen window as a privacy screen and it has grown so much, I LOVE IT! For the first time it is actually blooming. The scent is glorious wafting through my sliding door.

The Inspired Room Backyard - Trex Adirondack Chair

We’ve been working a bit outside trying to finish up some of our projects, but we still have a ways to go before I feel like it’s done. I recently showed you one of my backyard corner makeovers.

The Inspired Room Backyard

Our yard started out as a typical barren “new construction” backyard but we’ve come so far in the past couple of years. This little spot looks really cute now, you can see the before and after in this post!

The Inspired Room Backyard Updates

While I love decorating inside the house all year round, in the summer I’m mostly working outside, soaking in every bit of sunshine I can out in the yard. I’ll be showing you the progress on my little secret garden soon!

Love the Home You Have - by The Inspired Room blog

Before you go, be sure to follow me on Instagram because I’ll have a book giveaway there sometime today! Have you had a chance to read my book, Love the Home You Have? I have a second book, a coffee table book, due out November 1st that I’m super excited about! But this pretty little book is near and dear to my heart. It’s all about finding (and remembering!) the love for the home you have. Whether it’s a temporary abode or your forever home, sometimes we just need a little inspiration to embrace what we have right in front of us. Big or small, our home is a gift we can open as long as we live there! This book offers encouragement and practical tips to create a home and life you’ll love. Thank you so much for all the love many of you have shown for this book already! I’m so grateful to have such great friends out there.

I’ll be back with more summer decorating and projects, and of course, updates on what’s next for our family!

Thanks for stopping by!

Now head on over to City Farmhouse, the next house on the tour! Enjoy! (preview below!)

Summer-Tour-Vintage-Bar-Cart

Commonly asked sources:

Tufted ottomanGray WingbackDip-Dyed StoolFamily Room Wood Mirror

Paint Colors in My House

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See more of my home on my House Tour page and the whole tour will be in my upcoming coffee table book, The Inspired Room!

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