By: Karen

When we bought our summer house on the Cape a couple of months ago, I didn’t realize there would be so much to consider. When you live in a house year round, you have time to decorate, change things around, and get comfortable. When you are only there on the weekends, you want to relax, and spend time on the beach – but at the end of the day you want a comfortable, livable space to come back to at night. Clearly, getting to that point takes time.

We bought furniture that was neutral and really had a “beachy” feel. Everything was made from durable materials and was reasonably priced – not investment pieces. We really wanted to create a place we could feel comfortable in that was nicely decorated, but at the same time the goal was to be reasonable – knowing it was still just a beach house. Once we started moving some things in, and got the furniture in place, we realized that we were going to have to cover our windows. It was a great location, on the beach, but there was not a lot of privacy in the area. The other houses were close by on either side, and the front faced a road a lot of people walked down to get to the beach, and the back faced the beach (public).

In our primary home, I had invested a good amount of money into decorative roman shades – doing different colors and patterns in different rooms. While I knew that there was no way I would be spending that much here, I still wanted a finished look – I hate curtains. The main considerations when I started to do my research were budget, durability (we would have a lot of guests), and something that would hold up to the salt air (actually suggested by a neighbor who had made the mistake of fabric shades which did not hold up well over time). I also wanted quick and easy to install – and easy to clean.

After eliminating most fabrics, due to both price and location, I narrowed it down to blinds. I did not want to take away from the look of the place, so I shied away from aluminum, and I was told real wood could warp from the salty air, which really helped me make my decision – faux wood. Relatively inexpensive, they are easy to clean, hold up well to kids, and come with a valance that finished off the look. The plus side was the 2” white slats that I chose really felt like it fit in on the beach!