Simplicity is Sophistication When Choosing Window Coverings

Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” He may not have been talking about home décor, but it certainly applies. Decorating your home, no matter the room, can be a hit-and-miss game. You try mixing patterns to create a more dynamic space, but perhaps it turned out too complex or eclectic for your taste. Trends come and go. What is trendy today may look outdated and odd a few years down the road. But while these trends are temporary, you can reach true sophistication and style when you focus on simplicity.

Home décor simplicity can stand the test of time. It can create a space that is the Audrey Hepburn of rooms: stylishly simple and classic. It comes down to that well-known saying, “Less is more.” Perhaps there is more wisdom in those words than we generally give it credit for. Home décor style is closely linked to fashion. You’ll see similar trends and interests circulate through someone’s wardrobe and then their home. So it only makes sense to look at the most famous fashion icons for inspiration, the fashion icons who left a legacy of style and simplicity.

The Fashion Greats

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Coco Chanel famously said, “Before you leave the house, take a look in the mirror, and take one thing off.”  The same goes for your home. Instead of cluttering your home with trends and accessories, take a step back and remove an item. Then reevaluate the room and the style you’re conveying. Don’t be afraid to keep things simple.

When Audrey Hepburn was asked how other women could achieve her idolized look, she simply said, “My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.” With just a few adjustments, any woman could have an Audrey-inspired look. If Audrey were still with us, perhaps she would have offered the same type of advice for your home décor: a few minor changes and simplicity. Simplicity brought an understated elegance and sophistication to Audrey, and it can do the same for your home.

A Starting Point

So how do you now take these long-lasting ideas of simplicity and incorporate them into your home vision? To follow Audrey’s line of thought, start with just a few simple changes:

Window Coverings – Choosing the right blinds or shades for your windows may not seem like a noticeable change. It may be subtle, but it can pull an entire look together. The window blinds you choose should have the right feel. So, if you want a clean rustic feel, consider faux wood shutters to add lightness to a room. For a deeper elegance, try a real wood blind with a dark stain, which would be a great contrast with light-colored décor.

Color Palette – Attaining simplicity doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate color into your décor. It does mean, however, that you should be aware of how that color affects the feel of the room. Color is great, but a little black dress never goes out of style, and both Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn embodied that idea. The trick is finding a color palette that is your home’s little black dress.

From there, you can find new ways to add simplicity and sophistication into your home, whether that’s by making a few small adjustments, like Audrey Hepburn, or taking one thing away, like Coco Chanel.

How to Layer Window Coverings

Layering your window coverings will bring extra style into your home, but it’s also a great way to have more control over privacy, insulation, and natural light. But knowing why you want to layer your window coverings and knowing how to do it right are two different things. But don’t worry. It’s actually easier than you think.

Start with Blinds or Shades

First, cover your windows with your favorite blinds or shades. You can choose anything from wood blinds to bamboo shades to cellular shades. It doesn’t matter what you choose. Just make sure you love them.

Add a Cornice


Then, you can add a cornice, depending on how much layering you want, but adding a cornice isn’t necessary. Some like the finished look a cornice gives a space, but you may not. Using a cornice is just another way to add depth to your window coverings.

Use Drapes

The final step is to use drapes or curtains. This will complete the layered look. And don’t be afraid to mix patterns, textures, or colors. Layering is one of the easiest ways to give your home a unique look, a look that perfectly reflects your style and your personality.

And that’s it! Just take it one layer at a time and you’ll find a combination that you love.

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Creating a Beach-Inspired Bedroom

You don’t have to own a beach house to have a beach-inspired bedroom. You don’t even have to live near a body of water. It simply takes a few unique elements to create a clean, airy, and calm vibe. With beach-inspired décor, keep it subtle. Too many beach-themed items can easily become too much for a room. Instead of a literal beach theme, opt for a figurative theme, giving the vibe but without having to cover the walls with seashells. Simplicity will keep the feel of the room fresh and modern while giving you a relaxing space.

The Right Colors

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Use white, blues, light greens, and browns. You can incorporate darker versions of these colors, but make the majority of them light. This is what will give your bedroom an airy feel.

Woven Accents


Woven accents are a great way to incorporate theme-worthy color and interesting texture. Use a few well-placed woven baskets, a woven chair or headboard, or even woven window shades. These accents will bring an earthy feel and help balance out the blues and greens used throughout the bedroom.

Relaxed Bedding

slouched beddingYou can control the feel of your bedroom with how you present your bedding. You don’t have to dress a bed to perfected extravagance. Keep it casual. Keep it comfortable. A good rule of thumb for bedding is to make it look effortless. That’s where the relaxed vibe comes from, but make sure it’s done with purpose to avoid simply looking disheveled. Linen bedding just might do the trick.

Wood Furniture

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Every piece of furniture in your bedroom doesn’t have to be wood. But just a few prominent wood or driftwood-like pieces can solidify the beach feel without being too overwhelming. Consider incorporating driftwood into a table or even a piece of wall art.

You can find beach inspiration all around you. Don’t be afraid to mix in brighter colors for extra interest or experiment with unique accents and accessories. When you hit the perfect beach-inspired pitch, you’ll know. Then all you have left to do is relax and enjoy your new space.


HOME FREE Episode 106 – Before and After

Did you catch HOME FREE this week? You might want to go back and take a look if you missed it. The transformation was incredible! This week, they took a Georgian brick home and made it into a home with a southern revival style, all in one week. Here are our favorite before-and-after photos. Which one is your favorite?

















Going into next week, there will only be 3 couples left. Who do you think will win the grand prize?

Beyond Shutters: Alternatives to French Door Coverings

French doors can be beautiful statements. They let in natural light, give you a view to the outside, and can give any space an elegant look. Shutters are the traditional window coverings for French doors, and they can be beautiful. But what if you’re not a traditional type of person? What if you don’t have a traditional style?

You can look beyond shutters. Here are some awesome alternatives for your French door window coverings.

Bamboo Shades


Give your French doors instant texture and visual interest with bamboo shades. Paired with grays, whites, and blacks, bamboo shades can give your home a touch of modernity and unique charm.



You don’t have to simply hang curtains over the entire doors. You can actually get curtains that fit the glass on the French doors. It allows you to let light in and then keep your privacy when you need it. Plus, this is an easy way to add pattern or a pop of color to your room.

Roman Shades


If you want even more elegance, go with roman shades. Choose from a variety of fabrics, textures, colors, and patterns for a one-of-a-kind look. One of the many great things about roman shades is that you get the look of curtains with the functionality of more traditional window shades.

Cellular Shades


Cellular shades are great for French doors because you can allow light to filter in while maintaining your privacy and lowering your utility costs. Plus, they’re a great fit for a contemporary or modern style.

Wood Blinds


Even though wood blinds are a traditional style, they can see almost unexpected on French doors. And depending on the color or stain you choose, they can be the star of the show or blend in perfectly to the rest of your decor.

Solar Shades


Solar shades are some of the most modern window coverings available. They’re sleek and offer a lot of benefits, like reducing glare, increasing energy efficiency, and blocking harmful UV rays. But they’re also versatile and work with any decor style.

Sheer Shades


Sheer shades are the perfect combination of traditional horizontal blinds and modern shades. In between two sheer overlays are fabric slats that can be tilted open or closed. When the slats are tilted open, the sheer fabric will either filter light or block some of it, depending on what you choose. It really is the best of both worlds.

Outfit your French doors in style and make them an extension of your personality. If you don’t have a traditional style, you shouldn’t have a traditional home. For more window covering options for your French doors, read this.

See our Products Featured on “Home Free” on FOX!

Tune in every Wednesday at 9/10 pm ET/PT on FOX to see our window coverings used in the final redesigns of HOME FREE. This new design competition series is full of exciting twists and never-before-seen surprises. If you’re looking for beautiful designs, heartfelt stories, and deserving families, this is the perfect show for you.

We’re excited to be a part of this show and the difference it is making in the contestants’ lives. Watch it with us every week!

Take a look at some of these before and afters from the very first episode.


What do you think of the final design from the first episode?

How to Create the Perfect Guest Bedroom

If you love hosting guests in your home, then you’ll want to create the perfect guest room for your loved ones. You want it to have a luxurious hotel feel while still having all the comforts of home. Here are a few essentials you can add to take your guest room to the next level.

Blackout Window Shades

Most people sleep best in near-complete darkness. A blackout window shade is the best way to help your guests achieve their preferred sleeping environment. However, you may also have guests who prefer some light in the morning, to help them wake up, but they still want privacy. 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 shades are the perfect solution. With these shades, you can choose between light filtering fabrics and blackout. And you can even adjust them to have light filtering on top of the shade and blackout on the bottom. Give your guests all the light control they need. They’ll thank you for it.

Fresh, Cozy Bedding

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Use plush, inviting bedding for your guests. Mix and match lighter blankets with heavier throws, covering all your bases and giving your guests options. The right bedding can create a relaxing, rejuvenating guest bedroom. Don’t forget about pillows and sheets, too. They can make a huge difference in the comfort of the bed.


Fresh Flowers

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Add some fresh flowers to the bedside table. This will bring life into the room, add to the décor, and give the space a nice, light scent. If the guest room is a little bland, adding flowers will give it a beautiful pop of color.

Something to Read

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Make sure to leave a few books, magazines, or current newspapers in the guest room. This will give your friend or family member something to read while they’re relaxing or getting ready for bed. Everyone needs a few quiet moments to themselves, and giving your guests reading material will give them another reason to relax.

Now that you have all the essentials, add some personal touches throughout the space. You may find that everyone wants to be a house guest.


Charlene Jimenez