This Restored 1878 Victorian Goes From “Almost There” to “Finished” with Window Treatments

Abigail Sawyer | 16 Jun 2020 | Living Room

Two years ago, Carli and family sold their New England starter home and took on the restoration of an 1878 victorian. Little by little, Carli has rehabbed the plaster walls, brought built-ins back to life, and injected modern style while staying true to the home's traditional character.

Made By Carli standing in foyer

Before the move, we had the pleasure of working with Carli on a window makeover for her boys' shared bedroom. And now, three years later, we were thrilled to help give her new place some window love.

140-Year-Old Living Room Gets Modern Style with Roman Shades

With many of the major updates out of the way, Carli knew it was time to give her windows some style, not just function.

"When we first moved in, our window treatments of choice were basic white faux wood blinds in most of our spaces, mainly out of the need for privacy. We knew they’d be temporary – because, let’s face it – they were quite a bit of an eyesore."

before and after traditional living room with roman shades

Caril worked with Blinds.com Designer Danielle to order fabric samples and discuss style options.

"My goal for the window treatments in our living room was for them to feel clean and classic, and compliment our original 140-year old window trim."

Closeup of linen roman shades in bay window

"I knew I wanted a textured “greige” fabric shade for the living room. I ended up choosing their Premier Roman Shade in Melange Calcite Madrid. It’s a beautiful woven material with light and dark gray flecks, very similar to my sofa fabric – that I’m sure I will be happy with for a long time."

Living room with white walls and linen roman shades

Carli went with an inside mount so that her 140-year-old trim could remain on full display. A simple corded lift makes the shades easy to raise and lower.

woman pulling cord to open beige roman shades in bay window

"Installation of these roman shades was a breeze! With very easy to follow instructions, I had all five shades up within an hour! I’d say that’s a win!"

closeup of couch in front of bay window with roman shades

Woven Wood Shades Bring Texture to Victorian-Meets-Modern Dining Room

Carli's dining room is cozy and elegant, thanks to wainscotting painted a deep grey and modern furnishings. Woven wood shades add a punch of texture and play nicely with the original flooring.

modern traditional dining room with white curtains and woven shades

"Since our dining room is open to our all-white kitchen, I wanted something warm and textured to add interest to these spaces."

dining room with grey upholstered chairs and bamboo blinds

"I chose Blinds.com Deluxe Woven Wood Shades in La Serena Pine with privacy liners, which also serve to ensure that my shades look nice and uniform from the street view (something I hadn’t really thought about before my consultation)."

closeup of woven wood shades with white curtains

In Carli's light and bright kitchen, woven shades add some visual interest. Carli chose a cordless lift which makes the shades easy to adjust behind the sink, and when they're raised, no cords hang down to block the view.

woman opening cordless woven wood shades behind kitchen sink

kitcen window behind sink with bamboo window treatments

Get the Look!

Carli chose Premier Roman Shades in Melange Calcite Madrid for the living room and Deluxe Woven Wood Shades in La Serena Pine for the kitchen and dining room.

Hear more about Carli's window makeover in her post, My Windows Are Dressed!

  • 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