New Plantation Shutters

New Plantation Shutters

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!

New Plantation Shutters

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.

New Plantation 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.

New Plantation Shutters

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.

New Plantation Shutters

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.

New 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.

New Plantation Shutters

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!

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}
This post is in partnership with Homewerks.

A couple of weeks ago I shared that I was ready to paint my master bathroom. We’ve lived in this house for six and a half years and hadn’t painted our walls in the bathroom at all. They were still the same dried out flesh colored builder paint (a.k.a. swine) that was originally on every single wall in our entire house. It was not only a yucky color to begin with, but it was dinged up and dingy after years of family life. It was beyond ready for a refresh.

This bathroom is the very last room in our house to be rid of swine. Can you believe it? It’s like an era is ending. Ha. Anyway, the plan all along has been to update some of the features in the bathroom at some point down the road to make it a little more reflective of my style. While I decided against redoing this room in a more significant way, I certainly never imagined it would take us over six years to at least paint the walls! Sigh. I wasn’t in a hurry though because overall the room really was still in fine shape and served our needs well all these years.

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}

I really wanted a spa-like bathroom. But now that we are moving, we decided we at least needed to paint the walls in order to freshen up the bathroom. So that was our goal, new paint for the walls, but we got a couple of little extras just for fun (including a pretty cool new wireless speaker and fan I’ll tell you about in a bit).

To save time and funds and to just focus on essentials as we are getting the house ready to sell, I decided to leave all the tile, cabinetry, lighting and mirror the same. (Funny how your dreams have to come down to reality sometimes, right?) But even though this makeover was going to be quick and easy, I thought I could still give it a little bit of a spa ambience with a few simple accessories.

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}

Since we have a nice big soaking tub in the corner (located under a skylight which is perfect for nighttime soaks under the stars!), I surrounded it with some plants in pots, candles, fluffy white towels, pretty accessories and good smelling soaps to give the space a little more of a spa-like feeling. A little bench creates a comfy perch next to the tub.

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}

I brought in a small glass and metal table that I thought would work great as a shelf for accessories on our counter. We hung our white robes on hooks and added a couple of mirrors to the wall. We found some new stone hand soap dispensers, too, to replace our disposable plastic ones :). We still might add a frame to our mirror to give it a little more style, but that will be in another phase (if we have time.)

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}

What is a relaxing soak in a tub without soothing music? Now we have something pretty awesome to add to the ambience.

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}
Have you heard of these cool new bluetooth stereo speaker and bath fans by Homewerks? I’m super excited about this part of our update. See that round object on our ceiling? That’s our new wireless speaker and fan! Our previous bathroom fan wasn’t working very well and was getting kind of noisy so we decided to replace it with something a little more hi-tech.

Now we totally feel like we live in a ‘smart house.’ We love playing music wirelessly via our bluetooth enabled cell phones through the speaker in our bathroom as we are getting ready in the morning, or relaxing in the evenings. It is seriously the best thing ever! It has a fan and a built-in nightlight (which glows white or blue!) which is pretty neat, too. You can control it all via a wall switch as well as a handy remote!

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}

We aren’t very handy and we were running out of time to finish our bathroom, so we had an electrician come out to install ours for us. It was pretty straightforward so if you are confident with a little DIY, it is a project you could tackle on your own. There’s a video here about the product and a video here for help with installation. Our electrician was so excited about our fan that he actually went straight over to Home Depot to get one for himself!

Jack the Goldendoodle – The Inspired Room from Jack Michaels on Vimeo.

Now Jack really thinks our bathroom IS a spa, check him out in this short video being all zen next to the tub listening to my music. Ha! He is never this relaxed.

If I manage to get more done in our bathroom before we move, I’ll be sure and post updates. But for now, I’m thrilled with how fresh and pretty my bathroom feels! I’m ready to take a long soak in the tub (with cool water, though, it is WAY TOO HOT around here this week!).

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}

Want to win one of these Homewerks fans for yourself, along with a $100 gift card to Home Depot? Come enter the giveaway here!

Fine print: Winner must provide a U.S. shipping address to win. This giveaway is offered by Homewerks and they will be providing and shipping the prize to the lucky winner!

Thank you to Homewerks for the fan and partnership with this post! And thanks to Jack for his unexpected cooperation in the video.

Sources:

Copper mirrors

Shelf on counter (a nesting table from Pottery Barn)

Terrarium on counter

Ceramic ‘Things’ Canister on shelf

Paint color: Dove White (Benjamin Moore)

Ceramic pots: Home Depot

Stone soap dispensers and canister

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}
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