Reno Diaries: Stylish Shutters for our home

It’s now September and our last “big” house project for 2015 has been completed. We feel a little bit said that there won’t be any major changes between now and midway through next year now but if there’s one thing we’ve learned this year it’s that time goes by super fast andΒ none of these things come cheaply.

After ordering our plantation shutters back in May from local company Bromley Blinds they were finally fitted in August. Now that it’s autumn it’s lovely to be able to close them at night time, adding an extra layer of both heat and noise insulation.

living room window before

Bromley Blinds

I’m really committed to using local companies as much as we can for any work we have done on the house and so far we’ve been so lucky with all the choices we’ve made. Bromley Blinds were fantastic from start to finish and their fitters did a fantastic job of fitting shutters to our living room, second and fourth bedrooms. These are the rooms that we had replacement windows fitted to earlier this year and now means that the front of the house is slowly taking shape.

the house front

We opted for full-height, hardwood shutters in white with hidden tilt rods, which means that you adjust the shutter slats just by pushing them rather than using an on-show rod. There’s nothing wrong with the rod versions but they just felt a bit flimsy when I saw a demo version.




A few people have asked me if they make the rooms much darker but I think because we have such large bay windows it doesn’t have any impact, plus of course they can be opened in so many different combinations that there just isn’t any other window covering that compares in terms of versatility. We just felt that curtains, blinds or anything else we looked out were either open or closed and as the sun absolutely beams into the living room in the mornings you don’t necessarily want to sit with the curtains closed just to feel comfortable.



The shutters in the little office room are also perfect for my love of spying on the neighbourhood which is what I do when I’m meant to be working from home πŸ˜‰ We’re so pleased with the new look and a couple of our neighbours have even mentioned how much they like the look of them from outside so all in all, a job well done. Roll on 2016 – hopefully finally time for my dream front door!

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  1. September 9, 2015 / 3:11 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous! I love them! Totally in keeping. Love the colour in your office too x

    • Lins
      September 12, 2015 / 11:13 pm

      Ahh thanks hun, we like to gamble a bit with colours but this one has worked out so far! Xx

  2. mummyofboygirltwins
    September 9, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    Stunning. I love these. They look so much better than awful vertical blinds! And so chic! Wow. I need some blonds desperately as everyone can see into our home! I just can’t make up my mind! Thanks for linking up, much appreciated.

    Jess xx #HomeEtc

    • Lins
      September 12, 2015 / 11:12 pm

      Haha I’m definitely better with no choices to make, the more options I have the more I start quibbling. We’re really pleased with how they turned out, thank you for hosting Xx

  3. September 9, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    Oh I was hoping you would do a post about them. They are gorgeous!!!!!! They are so versatile aren’t they? They looks so clean, crisp but cosy at the same time, on your beautiful windows xxx

    • Lins
      September 12, 2015 / 11:11 pm

      We’re absolutely delighted with them Lisa, it makes such a difference. Thank you for popping by πŸ™‚ Xxx

  4. September 9, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    They look fantastic and your enthusiasm really shines through your writing. I’ve been thinking about making changes to our windows. We currently have blinds but I’d be looking for something more child friendly. #HomeEtc

    • Lins
      September 12, 2015 / 11:10 pm

      Thank you so much Helena for your lovely words, much appreciated. We’re just back from holiday but I’ll hopefully be having a blog catch up over the next few days so shall pop over and say hello! X

  5. September 9, 2015 / 11:56 pm

    Fab fab fab – they look great! this is one of the things we are planning on having in our house too, eventually. Not for a long time though as we have pretty much spent all our money on renovation πŸ˜€ #homeetc

    • Lins
      September 12, 2015 / 11:07 pm

      Ugh tell me about it, that’s why we have stopped for this year. Need to start saving again! X

  6. Lucy
    September 10, 2015 / 10:54 am

    Oh my goodness they look wonderful – very jealous! Love how they pull the front of the house together with the new windows xx

    • Lins
      September 12, 2015 / 11:06 pm

      Ahh thanks so much lovely, they do look great. Our neighbour has just had some painting done to the front of their house so that’s encouraging our next steps! Xx

  7. Lisa (mummascribbles)
    September 10, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    These are gorgeous – I love these style of blinds and have often wondered about the light coming in! We don’t have the biggest of windows so they probably wouldn’t work but they’ll always be on my list of things I’d love! #HomeEtc

    • Lins
      September 12, 2015 / 11:05 pm

      I have to admit Lisa it felt like a bit of a gamble, especially since all summer we’d been without any coverings on the windows. Thankfully it paid off. We only have a little window in our office room and they’re fine even in there (am I tempting you yet?) πŸ˜‰ X

  8. September 10, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Aaah this is on my wishlist for our home. We just can’t afford them at the mo.

    In our first house we had original shutters and in our second we installed some. This house has got solid shutters on some of the windows but I’d love some louvred shutters on all the downstairs windows. SO much cleaner looking than curtains!! Thanks so much for linking up with us β€” hope to see you again next week! x #HomeEtc

    Caro |

    • Lins
      September 12, 2015 / 11:04 pm

      Oh wow original shutters? That would be so lovely! I’m really delighted with these. Thank you for hosting X

  9. September 10, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    I am in love with these shutters, I really want some. I got a few companies out to quote and we can’t afford it yet but they are definitely on my wishlist! They look amazing. Becky x #HomeEtc

    • Lins
      September 12, 2015 / 11:03 pm

      Doesn’t it feel like all home projects are so expensive? I had no idea when we started out! But they’re done now and hopefully will last for a very long time X

  10. Stephanie Robinson
    September 11, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    They look great Lins and I bet it makes such a difference too. #homeetc

    • Lins
      September 12, 2015 / 10:59 pm

      Thank you, it certainly beats having everyone looking in for these past few months! X

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  12. Stewart Harding
    July 9, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Great blog my friend πŸ™‚

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