Up until now, renovating our home has primarily consisted of Glenn, (carpenter, electrician, plumber, etc.) and myself, (designer/decorator) tackling projects here and there to make small changes or updates. Sure, we have hired bigger jobs out, but for the most part it’s been just the two of us. Hiring a professional designer seemed outside our basic needs and/or budget. That is, until we partnered with Stoneside Blinds & Shades to help with window treatments in our master bedroom. Even though the process was longer, let me explain why custom window coverings are worth the time.
This blog post has been sponsored by Stoneside Blinds & Shades. This review is 100% my own opinion.
It wasn’t too awful long ago that Glenn and I measured most of the windows in our home and hung white faux wood blinds to create a clean look. Our master bedroom has four large windows that undoubtedly make up a large portion of it’s visual appeal. If I’m being honest, they have presented a design challenge for years. The faux wood blinds provided a modern feel but offered little to no warmth, both aesthetically and functionally. Below is a visual of the faux wood blinds.
Why Custom Window Coverings are Worth the Time
- Outside Perspective
Having a professional design consultant from Stoneside Blinds & Shades come to the house was a new experience for us. Jason was able to suggest window coverings that would best fit the needs of both Glenn and I in much less time than it would have taken me scrolling endless sites. In fact, his visit didn’t take much more than one hour of time. He was attentive to my decorating style and was able to suggest styles that would both compliment the room’s layout while also providing function.
- Attention to Detail
Jason was very complimentary to how I had decorated our bedroom, which made me feel good :). When he asked me what look I was going for, I just said COZY! He was able to help me choose a fabric and pattern quickly, for both the shades and curtain panels. He definitely has excellent knowledge of Stoneside Blinds & Shade’s inventory. Besides color and fabric, we discussed how high the curtain rod should be, the color of the rod, the length outside the windows, what kind of shades and how many shades to include, what kind of header, etc. That may seem like a lot to go over, but with the helpful suggestions of a professional designer, this process was painless.
- Multiple Options
I knew I wanted a soft neutral palette, but also desired some interest without being too loud. My biggest fear was choosing a pattern or style that would soon be outdated. It didn’t take long for him to realize muted blush tones have my heart. Jason pulled several soft blush fabrics together and we chose a beautiful botanical pattern.
- Tailored Look
Sure, I am capable of researching blinds, shades, and curtain panels that offer a cozier feel than faux wood blinds. What makes custom treatment so much different is the attention to detail in areas you wouldn’t think mattered until you see the difference, like rounding the corners with the curtain panels. That little detail is a perfect example of why custom window coverings are worth the time.
Measuring and Prep Work
I have to hand it to Stoneside Blinds & Shades for their impeccable team of designers and installers. Jamie, an installation technician, was quick and thorough the day he came to measure for both the shades and panels. He confirmed details that Jason and I had discussed previously before submitting the final measurements.
It is no secret that custom takes longer. The wait time from measurements to installation was right at six weeks. Stoneside Blinds & Shades was up front with the time frame from the beginning. I had some minor prep work to do in the meantime, like take down previous hardware, patch, and paint.
Once the custom curtain panels and motorized shades were complete from manufacturing, Stoneside Blinds & Shades reached out and scheduled day of install. They estimated it would take around four hours for completion and that was almost exact. Jamie returned and took careful caution as he cut and hung the curtain rod and motorized shades. He gave a thorough tutorial and assured me Stoneside Blinds & Shades was there to help if and when any issues would arise. I enjoyed watching the installation and appreciate the tailored design.
The motorized blackout roller shades are controlled by a remote that enables you to control the shades individually or together. There is a My Favorite button that remembers the ideal position for everyday use. I love that function. Glenn absolutely loves the blackout feature of the shades and I love the tailored look. As someone who appreciates all the light she can get, the shades are primarily open outside of sleeping hours. I will state that these shades are all or nothing when it comes to light allowed in.
Get the Look
- Two stationery 20″ inverted pleated panels
- Pattern – Leaving Soon
- Color – Blush
- Two motorized blackout roller shades
- Pattern – Blake
- Color – Oyster
After experiencing the process from start to finish, I would highly recommend Stoneside Blinds & Shades for your window covering needs. Custom window coverings are worth the time, because of the attention to detail and overall fit that only custom can provide.
I hope this blog post is helpful. I would be delighted to hear your comments and feel free to ask any questions about the process.
Author and photos – Martha Knake
Chief Editor – Emily Schunke