Home Office Gets a Polished Look with Built-ins and Bamboo Shades

Abigail Sawyer | 25 Aug 2017 | Woven Wood Shades

Stuck on a tricky decorating project? Hear how this homeowner solved her home office window treatment quandary with help from Blinds.com’s Designers.

Meet Shelley

Shelley Westerman is a home decor enthusiast and avid DIYer who blogs at Crazy Wonderful. We love her clean, light filled-style and knack for recreating high-end items for less.

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Shelley chose Blinds.com Woven Wood Shades in Antigua Natural to outfit her entire home. For a refresher, take a peek back at her living room and bedroom reveals.

In addition to woven wood shades, the bedroom and bathroom also got Easy Classic Pleat Draperies in Lexi White for a voluminous layered look.

Blinds.com bamboo blinds in three rooms bedroom window with white curtains breakfast nook and living room

Shelley’s home is a favorite of DIY decorators. In fact, her breakfast nook (above, center) is one of Blinds.com’s most pinned images!

Home Office gets a Makeover with Built-Ins and Bamboo Shades

Shelley’s latest project was redesigning her home office. Her windows were dressed with the same inside mounted woven wood shades as the rest of the house and dark curtains. The room was in serious need of some storage, a better furniture flow, and a new window look.

Shelley Says:

“Here I was trying to trick myself into thinking that curtain rod placement would make a difference.  Yeah, like that was the problem here.”

Blinds.com woven wood shades in home office with curtain rods hung at various heights for comparison

Shelley installed built-in bookcases which give the room architectural polish, plus hidden storage for her husband’s office.

french doors opening into home office with dark wood desk and built in bookcasesnatural light coming in through home office window with matchstick blinds

Now that the bones of the office were in place, it was time to re-work the windows.

Shelley Says:

“Aside from the built ins, another change that made a huge difference was getting rid of the drapes.  They were dark, heavy, and just added to the cluttered feel.  I originally had inside mount shades with cords, but once I removed the drapes I knew I needed a different option.”

home office after shot with Blinds.com woven wood shades in antigua natural installed in window

After Shelley removed the dark drapes, the inside mount shades on their own made the windows feel small and unassuming. To draw the eye up and make the windows look taller, Shelley opted for larger outside mount shades that she hung a few inches above the window opening.

Blinds.com woven wood shades in home office with natural light and tropical plants

Shelley Says:

“I worked with the folks at Blinds.com to come up with a better solution.  We decided on the same bamboo shades that I have throughout the house and absolutely love, but ordered them in a larger size for an outside mount and went cordless.  I was easily able to then mount them higher than the window, making it appear larger, and I no longer had to see cords hanging down. A perfect solution!”

With the new cordless lift, Shelley can simply pull the bottom of the shades up or down to adjust them. Without cords hanging down, her windows now have a clean, unobstructed look.

home office makeover with built in bookcases and farmhouse cage light fixutre

Shelley finished off the look with a colorful Persian rug, styled bookshelves, and DIY cage light. She also placed an antique desk opposite the built in work surface. We love the idea of double work surfaces and furniture that conceals clutter from view.

home office light fixture with vintage cages and styled bookcasesShelley Says:

“All of the objects in the bookcases are items my husband collected during his time in the military or were from his childhood.  I hated that so much of it was stored away in boxes.  Now everything has a proper place and can be enjoyed.”

Get the Look

Shelley’s home office window treatments are outside mount Blinds.com Woven Wood Shades in Antigua Natural with a white blackout liner and cordless lift.

See More From Shelley

Find all the details on Shelley’s Home Office Makeover over at Crazy Wonderful.

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  • 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