Picking Out Blinds!

OK, you guys might think I’m completely crazy to be in the middle of designing our house when I’m 9 months pregnant and I can’t say that I disagree with you. Ha! What can I say, I’m in extreme nesting mode! We thought about pushing the design process back until after the baby is born, but really, things aren’t going to necessarily get easier over the next year so we’re trying to get it done before this little guy arrives!

MY DRESS (NON-MATERNITY)

And I haven’t told you guys a ton about my designer Veronica, so I’m going to gush about her on here for minute! First off, let me start by saying, everyone meet Veronica Valencia! Veronica Valencia, meet everyone! (Follow her on Insta HERE  – she’ll be posting a bunch of fun stuff about our home soon!) Veronica is an absolute rock star designer that has worked with so many amazing clients and even worked as a designer on Extreme Home Makeover Home Edition! My girl, and fellow Bachelorette, Jillian Harris introduced me to Veronica about a year ago when we began our search for a new home. Veronica has been so awesome since day one, and based on all the mood boards she created for our home, I’m so ridiculously excited to share the final reveal with you guys once it’s all complete!

And by the way, did you see the nursery she designed for us in Us Weekly? I’ll link it HERE so you guys can see it! I’m so obsessed with it and honestly just sit in that room sometimes because I’m in love with it so much. I’ll sit there and think about our little boy and how he’s going to grow up in that room. There are a few photos on Us Weekly’s site (and in their mag this week!) but I’ll have a full blog post on it sometime soon so you guys can see even more details!

Anyway, I’m writing today’s blog post because we want your opinion on helping us choose blinds for the master bedroom! We are using Veronica’s line of blinds from Select Blinds! As soon as she showed them to me I knew that we absolutely had to use them because they’re so gorgeous! Check out her entire line on Select Blinds HERE. The material and texture  of the blinds really brings a warmth to our home that I feel it desperately needed. Our house has really high ceilings, which is nice but also can make the house feel a little cold. Adding these blinds downstairs made such a difference! So I’m really excited to get them in the master bedroom.

Like I just mentioned, we already chose the colors for the rest of the house. On the main floor we mostly did the Veronica Valencia Oceania Woven Wood Shades in a beautiful neutral color called Island Earth. At first I wanted to go with all white downstairs, but Veronica suggested adding in some neutral color and I’m so glad that she did! All of the walls in the house are white and a lot of the furniture is going to be white as well (or light in color). So the neutral blinds are a perfect contrast! Thank goodness I have a designer or my WHOLE house would be white. Ha! And I know what you’re thinking, we’re crazy for having a mostly white house with children and a dog. But don’t worry, we added a lot of pops of color and wood-tones that you’ll see once we finish the house and share it with all of you! And yes I’m fully aware I’ll be chasing my children around with a broom and towel trying to clean everything up for the next 10 years. Ha!

MY DRESS (NON-MATERNITY)

OK, back to the blinds, we chose the Veronica Valenica Coastal Woven Wood Shades in a really pretty grey called Tahitian Surf for the nursery that you can see in the Us Weekly photos. And for my office on the main floor, we went with the Veronica Valencia Island Woven Wood Shades in a gorgeous white color – Austral Island. Veronica suggested cordless shades in the Nursery and Molly’s room, because it is safe and highly recommended for kids and pets – love that! I didn’t even know! Which brings us to the master bedroom.

The master bedroom is meant to be mine and Kevin’s sanctuary. We don’t plan on having the kids run amok in there and I want it to be a beautiful place for me and Kevin to unwind at the end of the day. This is the one space in the house that I want to be as light and bright as possible. Some people like their bedrooms to be dark so they can sleep in later. But Kevin and I go to bed super early and wake up even before the sun is up, so that’s not really an issue for us. So this is where you guys come in! Veronica and I are torn between the 3 colors below. Which one do you think we should go with?

We are going back and forth on whether we should keep it fresh with the Austral Island (white), go with the Bora Bora (similar to the grey we used in the nursery) or even the light natural woven Winward Island (that we have in the majority of the downstairs in our home). Tell us what you guys think in the comment below!!! Veronica and I are SO excited to have you guys be part of the design process with us!

Thoughts

110 thoughts on “Picking Out Blinds!

      1. They are all beautiful!!! I love an all white room though! It is so calming and beautiful! Especially with natural light! I say the Austral Island (white). Either way you go it will be beautiful!

  1. Hi Ali, I think you should go with the Bora Bora (grey) in the master bedroom. My second choice would be the Austral Island (white) but that would be too much white, you need a little color. Love following you, have been since the beginning.

      1. Ali I love the Bora Bora. I think it would look real classy and beautiful. Between you and Jillian Harris who also has an all white home, I’m beginning to love the color white! You both are my favorites and Jillian is expecting her second child also. It’s cute that both your lives are so similar. 😊👶🏻

  2. It all would depend on the color white..I myself like different shades of doing white on white.
    Hope that helps Ali! 🙂
    I’m glad to see that your actually focusing on keeping yourself busy. Keep up with good spirits all the time! 💙
    🤗 kisses to Molly Jolly! 😘

    Holla Veronica!

  3. I know you said you get up early, but I would still out with a room-darkening blind in the bedroom. You could need a little dark in the bedroom at times!

    1. I use eye masks to nap during the day. I just love the look of something the light can come through to make the bedroom light and bright. But I could back either with black out material. Or do blackout drapes to go with them. We are going to do drapes too!

  4. Love the Austral Island for the master! Second pick would be Bora Bora! We’re just building a home and have no idea what to do with blinds. Do you love these ones? do they keep the light out well? Or are they more for just shade?

  5. Bora Bora or Windward Island!!! The natural color would be a nice contrast (and sounds like would match the rest of your house) but I’m a sucker for grays! Our whole house has some sort of gray tone in every room!! Can’t wait to see the final product!!

    1. I think we have narrowed it down to those two colors as well! But those are both SO good that it’s hard to pick just one!

  6. I love Austral Island! If your looking for bright and light, that looks like the blind color that will let in the most light. Also it looks like it would match your color scheme the best from what pictures you have posted in your home 🙂

    1. I think I might agree with you. We used some color blinds in the rest of the house, but I love a white bedroom! That said, the Bora Bora is so subtle so it could be great! Ahhhhhh it’s so hard to decide!

  7. Austral Island! LOVE white! So classy and clean :). You can’t go wrong with any of the options though! Happy nesting!

  8. I love the Bora Bora shades! You’re house is going to be beautiful. Excited for you and your adorable family!

  9. I personally love a good accent color/pop (& I’m a sucker for a nice grey), so my vote’s for Bora Bora to give some contrast! And if you have that color in Molly’s room too, all the bedrooms can match. Can’t wait to see the finished product, I’m sure it’s gonna be beautiful!! 😊

  10. I think I like the white!! Especially since youve used the others in other areas and want this to be a place for you and Kevin! Good luck…you have the sweetest family! I have a little boy that turns 2 in June and he just loves all the videos of Molly! ❤️

  11. I work for an interior designer, so I would go with the white that matches the window frames on the window without seeing the rest of the master bedroom. You can always put a lining behind those woven shades and can even do a black out if necessary but I would just do a light filtering liner if it needs one. That being said, it depends on where they are in the house as far as is it in front where you need to coordinate with other windows so everything looks uniform? Or is it in the side or back that is not so visible.

  12. I looove the austral island (white); sooo pretty. If I could, I would also have an all White House, im still obsessed with your kitchen, ha!
    I say, that room is your sanctuary and if the daylight coming in doesn’t bother you, then go for it! 🙂
    The pics of the nursery are just adorable! I’d love to see miss Molly’s room too 🙂

  13. I love the Bora Bora! She many options for pops of color to add in with white and grey. Navy, yellow, orange, green… so many fun combos!

  14. Does the austral island one have texture/gray-ish lines in them (it’s hard to tell in the photo)? I really like that one! I’m also a sucker for grays so bora bora would be a great choice and like how light that one is. Good luck!! P.s. I love your dog dress!!

  15. I think you should go with the white blinds for your bedroom since you love the white and bright. It also sounds like you didn’t use that color for the blinds throughout your house so it’ll be a nice space for you and Kevin at the end of the day. 🙂

    Congrats on everything! Having a boy is so much fun! My son is 3 and while I don’t have a daughter to compare it to (yet-who knows what the future holds) it has been amazing. You will be his first love just like Kevin will be Molly’s first love. So sweet. 🙂

  16. They’re all gorgeous and I don’t think there is a wrong choice – I would say the Austral Island only to mix it up since you have Bora Bora in the nursery and the Winward Island on your main floor! Might as well have all three beautiful options in different rooms of your house!
    Can’t wait to see more of your house, the little pieces I see in insta stories looks so gorgeous.

  17. I say go with the natural woven. I love that look and it gives such a texture to the room. I have them in my house and absolutely love them!

  18. I’m definitely thinking the grey! It’s light and gives that hint of color to a room without going way overboard. I cannot wait to see the house and I love watching the process!

  19. I love the Bora Bora! It helps that Bora Bora is my favorite place on Earth! Haha but really, that’s my favorite of the colors you’ve shown. 💞

  20. Definitely go with the white, I have white in my room and it’s so nice to let all the light in. Plus you will definitely feel more relaxed 😌

  21. I’m feeling the grey or the white but leaning more towards the grey. I’m a little biased though because I just love grey! Having said that I think you’ll pick a great option. You also look amazing! You are simply stunning. 🙂

  22. I think the white is beautiful! The nursery is gorgeous by the way, can’t wait to see pictures when the little man arrives! I just love following you on Instagram, Molly brings a smile to my face every day! Thanks for letting us all be a part of your journey!

  23. White white white! I don’t think you can ever have too much white! So clean, crisp, and timeless! All are beautiful though!

  24. White! I don’t think people can actually see the color. I do love Bora Bora though just depends on what look your going for. Good Luck Ali! It will look gorgeous no matter what

  25. Hi Ali!!
    I LOVE the grey in the baby’s room, super cute!! I would go with the white in the master. And I guess it depends on what color Molly’s bedroom is on which color for her room. Love the Bora Bora blinds!! Have fun decorating! 😊

  26. Love love the bora bora and think it would be perfect with the light colored walls. Great contrast!

    I’m sure whatever you decide will be perfect!

  27. What color bedding are you using? If you’re doing white then I would go with the grey blinds. Are you using any type of curtains?
    Sorry for all the questions.. I’m a designer! 🙂

  28. I absolutely love the grey! I think that the grey will add a touch of color and will pop in the master bedroom! Either way, I know it will look amazing. 😍☺️

  29. Love the gray one! I love everything white and light gray myself. Your house looks beautiful so far and love your little boy’s room. Nothing like a mother’s bond with her little boy. (I have 2 myself, one being Molly’s age) So exciting you get to experience both boy and girl!

  30. I love the white or gray! Maybe white since you will do drapes someday too. Your home is beautiful! I can’t wait to see the house tour once it is done!
    Congrats on your baby boy! Soon!!! You have a beautiful family! Molly is so cute!

  31. Love the softness and color of Bora Bora!! I would love to see Molly’s room now that you moved!! Did you keep it close to the same?!

  32. My choice would be: VERONICA VALENCIA COASTAL WOVEN WOOD SHADES. I love the grey color & you would have a little piece of your son in your room too. (Well kinda, you know what I mean 😂)

    Prayers for a safe delivery & healthy baby! 😊💙

  33. I was just looking at these today! We just bought our first house and I need blinds, in my sons room though he’s got 3 windows I have to cover and he is so sensitive to any light leaking through. How good are these at room darkening?!?

  34. hi, I don’t see the winward island that you say is in the majority of your downstairs? I see the Oceania? Im confused. Where is the link for the Winward Island. I see that you have the grey Bora Bora and then the Austral white, but what is the exact one that you have downstairs in most of your home (you reference Winward Island one place and then Oceania (Island earth in another). Thanks for clarification.

  35. Is it Bora Bora driftwood? Under those shades there are a number of colors called Bora Bora. I love the pictures of the nursery….would love to know the exact color. Thank you!

  36. Hi Ali
    My choice is white blinds/curtains for your sanctuary. 💤
    30 more days until the blessed event!
    Take care 💙

  37. I’m between Bora Bora and Winward island— so tough to choose but I’m sure either would be bright, airy and beautiful 🙂 Congratulations on number two, Molly is adorable sure to be the best big sister 💗

  38. I love the Bora Bora and the Austral Island. I personally like to break up the white (although
    subtly) so I am leaning towards the Bora Bora. I still think it is light,bright, airy, etc.
    On the other hand, Austral Island is so pretty too… Ahhh sucha hard choice. Either choice would be beautiful. I guess it depends if you want all white everything or if you want to break it up and mix in another neutral.

    Sorry that was no help at all hahaha 🙂

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