When Should You Use Exterior Shades?

The front porch on our home faces west, and most evenings, we prefer to enjoy this outdoor room as a way to wind down from the day. The problem? Before the sun has set behind the surrounding buildings, we’re quite literally blinded by the light. Not only can it get too warm to relax on […]

Create a Welcoming Guest Room

With the summer season upon us, we find ourselves hosting guests more often than at any other time of year. We encourage our friends and family to visit us in Chicago year round, but this city truly shines during the warmer months. As a result, it’s during this time that we’re constantly prepping the guest room for […]

Outdoor Shades for Your Porch

We love our porch and spend as much time there in the summer as possible. With a daybed, we can entertain and use it as a sofa, or on a lazy afternoon, take a nap. Photo credit: Cedar Hill Farmhouse It’s all about lingering and relaxing at our farm. Rocking chairs and hammocks are set […]

The New Photo & Video Gallery

Hello! So excited for my first post on the beautiful new Bali Blinds website. Have you peeked around yet? There are so many great new features to help you find just the right window treatments, and educate you on their care. I’m a visual person, so my favorite new feature is the updated photo and […]

Porch Living

It’s warming up and my thoughts are turning to my porch. There’s no place I would rather be. With the fresh air and cool breezes, why not come outside and enjoy the view? The first thing I like to do when it warms up is to clean off my furniture. It gets so dusty out here […]

How to Navigate the Bali Blinds Website to the Fullest

For the last several years, we’ve been slowly amassing a large collection of Bali Blinds for almost all the rooms in our home. We’ve dabbled in several styles, including tailored Roman shades, and solar and roller shades, and depending on the room, we’ve also covered an array of control options, from cordless to motorized! Having navigated […]

How to Use Free Swatches to Your Advantage

Choosing window treatments can sometimes feel like a mind game. Should you go sleek and simple, or should you choose pattern and color? What if you layered curtains, too? My advice would be to take a step back, and take note of the things that make your favorite room, well, your favorite. Maybe the room […]

Seven Drapery Styles You Need to Know

Although drapes can seem pretty straightforward, there are so many options beyond pattern to create a totally custom look. I love playing around with different styles in different rooms and especially love mixing casual patterns with more formal headers—and vice versa—to create style juxtaposition. I’m usually not a huge fan of grommet top treatments, but, in […]