Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess Found Blackout Shades that Completely Disappear

Abigail Sawyer | 24 Jun 2020 | Bedroom

Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess is truly a seasoned veteran of the blogging world. She and her sister Emma started blogging in 2007 and have gone on to launch several successful photography apps, write books, and in the last year, started a podcast about design, business, and other things they love.

woman in white dress opens cabinet in neutral bedroom with blackout shades

Readers have followed along as Elsie renovated and decorated a number of homes in her signature light, bright, retro-inspired style. Most recently, she and her family sold the Nashville home that they had renovated over 3 years. To give their growing family more space, they purchased a 1965 "brady bunch" home that was ripe for a full makeover.

After completing major projects like replacing flooring and patching drywall, one of the first rooms Elsie got to work decorating was the main bedroom.

neutral bedroom with wallpaper and wicker lamps mounted to wall

white bedroom with large picture windows and blackout motorized shades

Elsie Says:

"If you’ve been reading a while, you know I am a fan of keeping the bedroom space simple, clean and serene. I don’t want anything loud in my space and I don’t want anything extra to clean or worry about besides the usual daily life stuff like laundry."

minimalist bedroom with white dresser and houseplants under large window with white roller shades

bed with white bedding, blush pillows and wicker sconces over nightstands

To make the bedroom feel peaceful, Elsie kept accessories to a minimum and surfaces mostly clear. All of her beauty supplies are tucked out of sight (and out of reach of her two daughters who like to play beauty shop!) in the wicker cabinet in the corner.

corner of bedroom with large wicker wardrobe

Elsie Says:

"As you can see here, replacing the plantation shutters with modern blinds and curtains makes such a big difference. We also refinished our wood floors to be a light whitewash. We never use a fan in our bedroom, so I replaced it with a beautiful light that makes the whole space feel complete."

before and after graphic of bedroom with old plantation shutters and then white roller shades and curtains

Elsie wanted to keep the natural light from the large windows, but knew she needed privacy and to darken the room at night. She worked with a Blinds.com designer to find some simple shades that faded into the window trim when not in use.

Elsie Says:

"This was my first experience with [Blinds.com's] affordable, custom made blinds—and wow, I am hooked! I used two pull down shades for our smaller windows and a motorized control for the extra large picture window."

She landed on Premium Blackout Roller Shades in Rainier Snowfall, a warm white.

woman lowering cordless white blackout roller shades in neutral bedroom

Elsie Says:

"What I love about them is A. You can’t even tell they are there when they are pulled up and B. They really block out most of the light, even in full daylight when they are down. We used them in our children’s rooms as well, and they are perfect!"

Elsie took these photos at midday in full sun to show just how well the shades darken the room.

gif showing bedroom with blackout shades open and closed

gif showing blackout shades open and closed on large picture window

For the wide picture window, standard corded shades would have been too heavy to raise. Elsie opted for a motorized lift so she can open the large shares with just the push of a button.

Elsie Says:

"And with such a big window, the motorized control option made a ton of sense! You can even connect it to your Google Home and set it to open up at a certain time each morning (our children are our alarm clock, so unfortunately there is no sleeping in in our home at the moment)."

woman lowering white blackout roller shades with remote

With the craziness of moving and setting up house with two toddlers, Elsie opted to have a Blinds.com professional measure the windows and install the shades when they arrived. However, if you're feeling handy and want to save a buck, you can opt to measure and install on your own.

Elsie Says:

"One last thing I wanted to mention about Blinds.com is that their support in helping me measure for my custom blinds was incredible. And if you make a mistake, they will remake your blinds for you without any additional costs, which is such a lifesaver!"

bedroom with large picture window and white curtains

Elsie Says:

"What I love most about the blinds is that you really don’t even notice they are there when they are rolled up."

mid century bedroom with wide window over dresser

Get The Look!

Elsie selected Premium Blackout Roller Shades in Rainier Snowfall with a cordless lift for the smaller windows and a motorized lift for the picture windows.

See more of Elsie's Main Bedroom Reveal over at A Beautiful Mess.

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw