Getting Settled with Shutters

Getting Settled with Shutters
My Living Room

To order any window coverings from Select Blinds, be sure you use my special link  for the best possible discount! Plus if you also put in my code INSP1RE5 , you’ll receive an *additional* 5% off the very best price offered anywhere!

Hey friends! Are you excited about working on any projects in your home this year? I am. I have so many ideas!

One of the house projects that has been on our to-do list since we moved in (um, so yeah, over two years now) has been to finish putting up window coverings. Now I did install gorgeous in our living room and dining room that I absolutely love. That was easy and we’ve been super happy with how they turned out.

But I’ve been very very indecisive about our next window covering decision…what I was going to do for our bedroom and lower level windows.

IN MY DEFENSE, the windows in this house are different than any house I’ve ever lived in. It’s taken me awhile to make a decision because I just wanted to get the vision right, not only for the rooms themselves but for the whole vibe of what this house is going to be.

Getting Settled with Shutters
Inspiration –

Besides the whole house vision situation, I needed to decide the look I wanted for each room. But then since all of our bedroom windows are across the same side of the house, the windows also needed to look uniform from the exterior. This isn’t the type of house where we can live without window coverings, so of course I also had to take into account things like privacy, light control. ALL THE THINGS.

Anyway, LOTS OF DECISIONS are not my specialty. Obviously.

While I’ve been assessing every possible option, my son has literally had to hang a SHEET to cover his window. Yes, for two years.

I KNOW! I know. I feel my head hanging low even discussing this publicly. It’s been my secret shame.

Yes, I do understand there are temporary shades I could have used in the meantime. Didn’t do that. Could’ve. Didn’t.

Yes, unfollow me for not following this advice if you must, but I would agree that if one is going to use sheets to cover any windows on the front of their home, ideally a flat white sheet would be preferable to a fitted blue one.

Getting Settled with Shutters

 Sophie Metz Design. Photos – Nantucket Architectural Photography and Sam Oberter

Anyhoo, this whole season of window indecision will soon be behind us. I have now ordered beautiful ! I am so stoked about this decision, I think it’s really going to be an exciting new step in making this house our home!

Shutters will offer great light control and privacy, which will make a big difference in how cozy and comfortable our house feels inside. They’ll add a unified architectural statement to the interior and exterior, without being fussy or messy. They will bring character, which will really work well with the direction I’m going with our home!

I’m definitely enjoying the challenge of how to bring just the right character I want in this house, even when it’s slow going sometimes. I’ve actually always had shutters in my homes (both plantation and other styles of window shutters, like the sweet ones in the Liliane Hart Interiors image a few above) so I feel very comfortable with this direction.

Getting Settled with Shutters my previous dining room

I can’t wait for them to arrive and of course I share more details once they do.

Now that I have made the decision, I have lots more ideas swirling around in my head to keep the momentum going.

Do you have projects that you have been stalled on? Creating a home is such a personal journey, it makes sense that you want to proceed with care. But once you get unstuck, it sure feels great to finally be able to move forward with confidence in the direction you’re headed!

Getting Settled with Shutters –

Getting Settled with Shutters

Getting Settled with ShuttersMy previous house

Getting Settled with Shutters – Photo: Paul Massey

The shutters I ordered are the Designer Wood Shutters from SelectBlinds in the Winter White color.

To order any window coverings from Select Blinds, be sure you use my special link  for the best possible discount! Plus if you also put in my code INSP1RE5 , you’ll receive an *additional* 5% off the very best price offered anywhere!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Greetings, friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of my phone and Instagram pics in a Life Lately post. So today’s the day I will catch up a bit and invite you into our home with some behind the scenes photos.

We had family here over the Thanksgiving holiday so we’ve been totally living life to the full (and loving every minute of the crazy). With our work and projects and family and lots of family pups all gathered under our roof, it’s a little wild around here sometimes.

But savoring that wild and crazy life is what home and holidays are all about.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

If there ever was a time of the year to let go of stress and just enjoy the season, it’s this one.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, if I ever start feeling overwhelmed or Scrooge-like this time of  year, I remind myself to picture Christmas through the eyes of a child. Don’t overthink it. A tree with twinkling lights on the counter may not be practical, but that’s what makes it magical.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

My husband makes fun of all my furry blankies in every room, but hey, they make me feel snug and cozy. This is our guest room so we created a little winter retreat for visitors to enjoy.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)Kitchen Details

We do a lot of cooking now that we have our fully functioning kitchen! You might remember that last year we didn’t have a kitchen for Thanksgiving, so it was a special time this year.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

There’s no where we’d rather be than gathered together in our cozy little home.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We definitely feel blessed to be able to do so much together as a family right here in our home! We work, play, eat and repeat. This is our life and we are grateful for it.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

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We’re always surrounded by projects in progress! For example, as we were cooking  Thanksgiving dinner we were preparing to pack up these gift boxes for our growing (y’all are invited to join us!).

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

was in his element on Thanksgiving, he loves the activity and commotion of people and pets gathering. He’s very much an extrovert. :)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

With friends and family around, there is always a lot of good food!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

And of course, we are fans of festive drinks! My sister’s special Spanish coffee has become a tradition. I’ll see if I can get a recipe from her, it was good!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We may have to squeeze in tables, chairs and pups but we always make room for more!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We are grateful for so much, so many blessings and a happy healthy family.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

This furry friend is my sister’s dog, Luna. They got to hang out together for a couple of days. Jack and Luna get along great and are good buds.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We had a camera crew here just before Thanksgiving to film videos for my books! I can’t wait to show you once they are complete.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Since our home is also like our studio and our warehouse (haha), rooms sometimes have to change from Christmas to spring or winter all in one day.

It can be a little chaotic at times. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about embracing change and going with the flow.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Speaking of going with the flow, Bella decided this table would make a comfy spot to curl up (on a backpack?!) even though we have a no dogs on the table rule (hahah, apparently I didn’t make that clear enough).

We were just as shocked as you probably are to see here there smiling like she was the most clever dog on the planet. You just never know what might happen when you have dogs. They they bring laughter to our home everyday.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

I also have a no TV in the living room rule (well, it’s more of a personal preference), but we set up a TV in our main room over Thanksgiving so our family could play the fun group game I told you about recently (called Drawful on the PS4–you can all play with your phones!).

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We pulled up chairs, snuggled up and played for hours! I’m terrible at it, but it’s fun anyway.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

All the dogs were exhausted by the end of the day.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

But the next day, everyone was up and out for more adventures!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Hope you all are embracing all the simple joys in each season.

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