Get Just What Your Windows Need With Budget Blinds of the Main Line
A Devon family got great advice, and the right solutions.
Brooke Goldstein’s Devon home is a light junkie’s dream: the new construction house is filled with big windows, which let in plenty of sunlight and give it a warm and open feel.
When the family moved in two years ago — with one young child and a second on the way — Goldstein and her husband quickly realized that many of those beautiful windows needed to be covered, at least sometimes.
Their daughter’s room needed darkness. Goldstein didn’t want to eat dinner with the whole neighborhood watching. And the southern-facing children’s playroom was too hot.
Enter Michael Fineman, owner of Budget Blinds of the Main Line. He helped the Goldsteins understand what they needed and guided them toward what they wanted.
For the kitchen, the answer was motorized solar shades, offering a diffused level of privacy with the ability to easily lower or raise the shades on multiple windows all at once.
“We wanted some kind of privacy, but at the same time, because there are so many windows, we didn’t want to have them covered all the time,” Goldstein said. “This was a really good balance. They go up and down very easily and they still give us the privacy.”
In the playroom, the same shades — minus the motorized function, and with a tighter weave — helped lower the temperature in the playroom. They filter out 99 percent of UV rays and give privacy, while still letting light fill the room.
“They do a really good job of keeping the heat out,” Goldstein said.
The Goldsteins were set on wood shutters for their bedroom, which is the most traditional room in the house. Fineman found a new shade of gray that complemented their decor and incorporated subtle design touches like stainless steel hinges and split operation invisible tilting louvers to modernize the treatment and maximize light.
In the younger child’s room, Fineman recommended a shade combination that hits the parent’s sweet spot. The shade has two layers in one: a strong blackout material, so when the child is asleep, her room is dark; and a contemporary sheer material to provide daytime privacy, heat control, and UV filtering. The blackout material has a honeycomb construction, which maintains the temperature in the room and blocks out noise.
Both can be lowered or raised to any position on the window — something the toddler loves to direct. The shades are super functional, but also blend easily into the room’s decor.
“This was my favorite thing that he suggested,” Goldstein said. “I have the best-sleeping baby ever.”
Fineman was also easy to work with and on point with pricing, she said.
“This was a brand-new house. We had so much to do, and so many windows,” she said. “Michael had very good and functional ideas.”
Photographs by Ivory Tree Portraits.