Recently, I've been helping a client pick out window treatments for their newly remodeled home and I am so glad they wanted to start with the windows first because they make such a huge difference in a room! It's so important to have window coverings, not only for privacy and lighting, but also to finish off a room and help frame the space. One of my favorite window treatments is woven wood blinds. I like them because they are natural looking, they add a great texture to a room, and they are lighter so it's perfect to layer with. Lately I am loving the layered look of blinds and drapes because then you get the best of both worlds when you want more privacy or when you just need a little light blocked. I like to have the blinds on the inside of the window [known as an inside mount] and then hang the drapes above the window about six inches if you can, to give the room more height, and leave enough room on the sides of the window for the drapes to hang without covering up the window. You can find some great tips on how to measure and select drapery hardware here. There are lots of options for affordable woven wood blinds that places such as Home Depot carry. As for the drapes, one of my favorite places for great looking affordable drapery hardware is West Elm. If you are looking for great quality linen drapes in solid colors then Restoration Hardware is a great option, as well as Serena & Lily.