Dated San Fran Kitchen Gets Textural Makeover with Bamboo Shades

Abigail Sawyer | 02 Jul 2015 | Home Tours

We’d like to introduce you to a DIY + decor blog that we’ve been completely hooked on for the past few months, Hammers and Heels. It’s lovely author, Amanda, has an incredible eye for design – so much so that her college apartment was featured on The Everygirl. If you thought that space was great, get excited because she now has a home of her own and is remodeling it over from the ground up.


We were excited to be a part of Amanda’s kitchen mini makeover and just love how the space turned out. Read on to see more!

Hammers and Heels Kitchen Makeover with Woven Wood Shades

In her post, The Current State of Our Kitchen, Amanda says:

Renovating our kitchen is not our top priority right now. We’re focusing on finishing the bathroom first. But, you know I couldn’t resist touching up the kitchen in the meantime, so I decided to have the cupboards painted because the orange varnish really dated the kitchen, and the mushroom hardware had to go. Here’s a look at the before with half the cupboard doors removed. Not so pretty.


hammers and heels before


A coat of paint can truly cover a multitude of sins. With a blue hue and replacement knobs and drawer pulls, the kitchen looks brand new.

Hammers and heels kitchen after

Bamboo Shades Give Rich Texture to the Breakfast Nook

The breakfast nook got some major charm with a cowhide rug over the linoleum, Eames-style chairs, a statement pendant light and textural woven wood shades. Amanda gave the windows some dimension with Designer Woven Wood Shades in Zuma Sunset.

Get sources for the decor in Amanda’s post.

Hammers and heels breakfast nook

Amanda Says:

I knew I wanted something natural-looking and not fabric, and when I spotted The Designer Woven Wood Shades on I knew they were perfect. I’ve never ordered blinds before that needed specific measurements (as opposed to curtains), but the representative was SO helpful, sending videos and instructions how to measure windows correctly. When I was selecting a color, they even sent samples so I could see them all in person and match them to the wood trim.


The Feature That Makes All The Difference: Movable Liners

One of the most exciting features available with Woven Wood Shades from is a movable liner. Typical woven wood shades come in 2 styles.They either have no liner which lets in lots of light, but doesn’t offer nighttime privacy. Or, they have an attached liner which gives you privacy, but no versatility when it comes to light control.

Movable liners give you the best of both worlds because they move independently of the shade. Leave them up to let in light and lower them when you need privacy.


Amanda Says:

I chose the zuma sunset color for the variation in color and medium tone. The white fabric you see behind the woven blinds are liners. The bamboo naturally lets light in, so for more privacy at night you can let the liners down. This is one of my favorite features about the blinds!

Learn more about Movable Liners for Woven Wood Shades:  

Want to Amanda’s Woven Wood Look?

Shop Designer Woven Wood Shades in Zuma Sunset at If you want designer help placing your order, our experts are available at 800-505-1905.

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for 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