Louisiana Flood Victims Rebuild Family Home with Gratitude

Abigail Sawyer | 21 Aug 2017 | Home Tours

Susie Harris is a Louisiana native, blogger, artist who makes hand painted calligraphy signs. She is one of the most positive, inspiring people we’ve had the pleasure of working with despite the challenging year her family has endured.

Susie Harris holding “Give thanks y’all” sign

Higher Ground

Susie and her family were victims of the disastrous August 2016 flooding in central Louisiana. Rain fell at a rate of 2-3 inches per hour, resulting in about 2 feet of standing water.

Susie, her husband, and daughter were able to evacuate to a family member’s home before water came inside. During the day and a half they spent waiting for waters to recede, they knew that they wouldn’t be returning to the same home.

Tearing Down to Rebuild

When Susie and her husband were able to make their first trip back to the house by boat, they found that several feet of water had entered the home. Drywall had to be removed halfway up all the walls and any furniture that had been touched by the water had to be thrown out because of sewage contamination.

Every emotion has surfaced today. Lord must have known I needed to spring clean lol. #givethanksyall

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From there, Susie and family began rebuilding but never lost perspective that despite this setback, they were still incredibly blessed.

Susie Says:

I dug through some of the rubble and found this sign and placed it on my window.
 I wanted my neighbors to know that we can still give thanks in this storm.

When Susie reached out to the Blinds.com team to ask if we could help with their project, we jumped at the opportunity. Our corporate office is located in Houston, and as such, many of our staff are Louisiana natives or have family and friends who were affected by this storm.

Rising from the Rubble

A few months after the flood, Susie and family had replaced drywall and plumbing, removed and rebuilt all the exterior brick, and completed many other initial repairs. She was then able to pour her efforts into finishing off her kitchen and master bathroom.

Kitchen close-up of aftermath from flood damage

Recreating a Dream Kitchen

In the kitchen, they replaced lower cabinets, installed new appliances, replaced countertops, connected plumbing and installed a new sink.

Kitchen with lower cabinets replacedAfter shot of kitchen new lower cabinets and light-filled Blinds.com roman shades

The lovely, light-filled kitchen got the perfect finishing touch with soft Roman Shades. Susie started her shade search by working with Blinds.com designer Danielle and ordering free fabric samples.

Susie Says:

“I can’t tell you how many samples they sent our way. Something so wonderful about getting to touch the fabric and see the colors in real life.”

She decided on Premium Roman Shades in Portland Bay Side (discontinued) with a Flat Fold, Continuous Cord Loop and Standard White Light Filtering Liner.

Close-up of Blinds.com roman shades installed in windows

After her shades arrived, Susie installed them in a snap. All it took was driving a screw through the grommeted hole in the headrail.

Close-up of Blinds.com roman shades prior to headrail installationClose-up of Blinds.com roman shades headrail

Blinds.com roman shades installed in kitchen window

Susie Says:

“They fit perfect from top to bottom. And can I tell you, that was not an easy task. Because our windows had to be removed and replaced with new trim, the sizes varied. The top was one size and the bottom was off by quite a bit.
I was so concerned that this would cause problems. Not one bit! Custom fit should be their middle name.”

Close-up of Blinds.com roman shades installed in window

Susie Says:

“Many have emailed me asking about the back of the shade. During your design phase, you get to pick your liner. I wanted something in my kitchen that would allow the light to filter through but thick enough to give us 100% privacy.”

Close-up of Blinds.com roman shades liner

Master Bathroom Gets a New Life

Susie’s master bathroom underwent just as dramatic a transformation. She and her family replaced drywall, plumbing, tile, installed a new vanity and tub.

Master bathroom demolition

The serene final product is exactly the peaceful retreat that this family deserves. White roman shades with a grey ribbon banding are the perfect match for the clean, classic look.

Master bathroom renovation with Blinds.com roman shades installed in window above tub

Susie’s shades are Premium Roman Shades in Rio Winter White with edge banding in Pebble.

Close-up of the master bathroom Blinds.com roman shades

Susie Says

“I started out with just a simple white background and had them add this gorgeous grey trim.”

Close-up of the master bathroom Blinds.com roman shades in Rio Winter White with edge banding in Pebble

Natural light filtering through the Blinds.com roman shades in the master bathroom

Susie Says

“Our kitchen window had a thinner liner to allow the sun to peek through. For our bathroom, I wanted something just a bit thicker for privacy.”

Close-up of liner of the Blinds.com roman shades for the master bathroom

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Get the Look!

Susie’s kitchen features Premium Roman Shades in Portland Bay Side (discontinued) with a Flat Fold, Continuous Cord Loop and Standard White Light Filtering Liner.

In the bathroom she used Premium Roman Shades in Rio Winter White with a flat fold, edge banding in Pebble, continuous cord loop and thermal sateen white light filtering liner.

Ready to start your project? Learn more about how to measure for Roman Shades.

Hear More of Susie’s Story

See more of Susie’s room reveals and hear about her home restoration from start to finish. We recommend reading her posts Grace Upon Grace and New Beginnings.

  • 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