Guest Bedroom / Home Office Update (Window Treatments)

We’re workin’ away on Kev’s office/our guest bedroom this week, but I thought I’d share a quick post about the window treatments we’re using in the room. We bought some blinds (on sale at Home Depot) several months ago and we were finally able to install them this past weekend…

We dug out an old curtain rod (from Walmart) that had been living in a messy closet for the past couple of years, and popped that bad boy up there, too…

The curtains came from Ikea (Lenda – $19.99/pair) and it’s crazy how much they instantly softened up the room! I’ll be back soon with a post about the light fixtures we’re using in the room. Those suckers instantly made it feel less like a construction zone, and more like an actual bedroom/office, too!

Little by little, bit by bit…

PS – Wanna see how it all started? Here are the links to our previous posts about this room:

5/8/12- Wall Color

5/21/12- Closet Doors

5/23/12- Closet Construction

5/25/12- Closet Construction (2)

5/28/12- Closet Update and Ceiling Construction

5/30/12- Trim

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  1. says

    Oh, and I have those curtains too! Looking at two sets from where I sit. One in my living room and the other in my dining room. Great deal.

  2. Sarah Carper says

    The room is looking great! I will be moving in the next few weeks and will probably be using your site for reference A LOT when designing my house! I love your site!


  3. says

    LOVE the window treatments! I’m looking for some woven shades like that for my boy’s room. And love those curtains! Do you know the lengths they come in? I’ve got 10′ ceilings in my kitchen area, but the price would be AWESOME for all the windows I have!

  4. kelly says

    so you hung the blinds inside the windows? we will be hanging curtains soon and i want this look but don’t know how to hang them above the windows. my windows are also next to a wall which creates a problem! yours looks great!

  5. says

    Everything is looking great! Love those closets with the red doors.

    Those are the exact Roman shades that I have. I love them! Love that they really are “private”. Even at night with the light on in the room, nobody can see in if the shades are closed.

  6. says

    Looking great! I love the Lenda curtains. Have some extra long ones for 10 foot ceilings. Love how they include the iron on hemming tape with the panels. Mine are tab top though. Do they make them in two styles or did you remove the tabs? I need more panels… deal around! Love the look with blinds and curtains.

  7. Susana says

    I love how it’s turning out! I can’t wait to see the whole after shot when everything’s done! I’m curious, did you think about doing the same treatment as you eventually did in the living room to make the windows look taller and also let in a little more light? If so, why did you decide not to go that route? I’m trying to figure out my bedroom windows situation, and your house is what I think of as inspiration for that and then some!

    • Layla says

      Hey Susana!
      I didn’t do it in here because there wasn’t as much room between the top of the window frame and the bottom of the crown molding, and this is the brightest room in the house. (And the on-sale blinds we used were inside mount only!) :-)

  8. Sandra says

    LOVE IT…do you want to come over to my house and give me some pointers? Seriously, I’m just across town. I sure could use your expertise! You and Kevin are hard workers and yet make it look so effortless when it all comes together! You guys rock!
    Let me know if you are up for another challenge! ;)

  9. says

    I am really enjoying the room updates!! I’m also so glad to learn about the shades. I read in the comments that they are private. I’ve never seen any that are…except if they have liners.

  10. lisa sraders says

    layla, my husbie wants a moderate amount of privacy and light control in our bedroom. would these roman shades fit the bill? we still have paper shades up – almost 5 years running now!

  11. Catherine says

    So nice evolution! I want the same room…
    You should post some pictures of the inside of the closets I really would like to see how it looks like!

    Can’t wait to see the whole room done!

  12. says

    Love the HD Providence blinds! We have the exact same ones in our bedroom, guest bedroom, and office. They filter the light nicely without totally blacking out the room.

    Really enjoying seeing the room come together so nicely. You guys purely ROCK!


  13. debbie r says

    Really love seeing the room come together. Funny how a person can look forward to a room being finished when it isn’t even theirs. lol. Your the one blog i absolutely follow. okay, YOUR not the blog i follow, know what i mean. :)

  14. sarah b says

    thanks for sharing your blinds source. for almost a year i have been looking for bamboo blinds but the ones in store are always way too light filtering (and i’m too cheap/lazy to add the privacy liners). i’m going to order a couple of these from hd to see how they work! seriously, thank you!!!

    p.s. the room is fantastic! i love the cubies and red doors!

  15. says

    Love the window treatments! We have the exact same shades on a pair of french doors that lead to our back patio! I’m trying to get my hubby to get rid of all those yucko white faux wood blinds we put in the bedrooms when we built this place…still working on that one! LOL Can’t wait to see the room reveal!

  16. Janet says

    Ive been waiting for an update! Love what you did with the windows and so Impressed that you can just pull stuff out of closets and make it look like a million bucks!

  17. Jan says

    I’ve been searching high and low for curtains like this for my bedroom and living room! Both rooms need a little ‘something’, just as you say, to soften up the windows, I wanted light, airy and CHEAP! Thank you, I’m running over to my local IKEA this weekend to grab!

  18. Jude says

    those teeny tiny doors are just t-o-o-o-o cute! Also, please get a lush bubble bar for Maddox sometime – on me! love ya’!

  19. Frances says

    I’ve always wanted to use those types of blinds in my living room but, I worry that you would be able to see into the house through them at night. Do these give you guys privacy at night?

    • Kris says

      Wondering about the curtains – you bought the tab tops and cut them? Did you have to sew anything after? I am new to the curtains world – and wasn’t sure how to achieve this look (that I love!!!!) – also I see you purchased the curtain rod from Walmart – but where did you get the clip rings?

  20. says

    I have the Lenda curtain panels for my master bedroom windows and have been searching for the perfect rods to hang them from. I was thinking a larger (as in diameter) rod would look better but your smaller rod looks great. I did notice that the tabs on your panels are missing. Did you cut them off or are they tucked behind?

  21. Melissa says

    Is there a trick to figuring out where to mount the curtain rod? Does it depend on the panel length?

    Thank you!

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