Blind by the Bamboo

While we’re fresh on the subject of bamboo, I thought I would share one of my all time favorite window treatments… bamboo blinds!  My mom has always been a lover of bamboo blinds, so I began appreciating the look of bamboo shades at a very young age – maybe even before I knew I had a passion for interior design.  Just like bamboo, they look great in any room, no matter how formal or informal. 

Before I show you some fabulous pictures of rooms with bamboo blinds, I wanted to share my favorite resources.  Smith+Noble has excellent quality blinds and shades of a variety of natural materials.  They do custom sizes, bindings, linings, and operating mechanisms.  This is Mallory Mathison Inc.‘s source for natural fiber blinds/shades for our clients.  And they have turned out fabulous every time.  However, if you’re like me and you don’t have the pennies to pay for Smith+Noble, you can go to Lowes.  I’m not sure about the custom sizing at Lowes, but you’ll definitely be satisfied with the prices! :)


Ashley Whitaker [source]


Amber Interiors


Tom Scheerer


Mark Sikes [source]


Better Homes & Gardens


 A good example of how bamboo blinds can work even in a formal dining room.  [Tom Scheerer]


 Lisa Sherry in Lonny magazine [source]



Tom Scheerer


Mark Sikes’ home [source]




Elaine Giffin via Lonny










Better Homes & Gardens


Elaine Griffin [source]


Leslie Klotz


Mark Sikes’ home [source


Markham Roberts [source]


McAlpine Tankersly


Tom Scheerer


All other pictures from Pinterest



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I love anything bamboo.  Bamboo blinds, bamboo furniture, bamboo floors, bamboo plants… You get the picture.  The options are endless. 

Reasons why everyone should love bamboo:

1.  It is considered to be more environmentally friendly than other wood species. 

2. Bamboo grows extremely fast.  If you have a little bamboo forest in your back yard, you better keep an eye on it because it can take over!  I guess that can be good or bad…

3.  Animals eat bamboo (pandas, gorillas, elephants, etc.)

4.  As I stated earlier, bamboo can be used in so many different ways:  construction, textiles, fishing rods, and FURNITURE!  I love bamboo furniture because it gives it sort of a chinoiserie look that other woods just can’t achieve. 

A lot of furniture that is made out of other types of wood is even carved or painted to look like bamboo.

Here are some pictures I’ve acquired of unique uses for bamboo:


bamboo moulding!


Somerset Bay’s Folly Beach Cabinet… Would make a great bar :)


bamboo laundry hampers from One Kings Lane



Shades of Light’s Bamboo Tower Chandelier.  Especially love it with those grasscloth shades!


bamboo back drop [Bou Bou Bisou]



Absolutely adore this bamboo carved bed (obviously this is an example of wood carved to look like bamboo).  This bed is timeless!  [Cote de Texas]


A cute little bamboo occasional table I saw at Dearing Antiques here in Atlanta. [Instagramed by me]

It looks just like this one I saw on One Kings Lane



Bamboo floor lamp [Elizabeth Dinkel Design]


 bamboo bench from One Kings Lane


Jeffrey Bilhuber loves bamboo furniture


faux bamboo painted occasional table from Joseph Konrad (here in Atlanta)

Why is this picture turned sideways?  No idea. 


This gorgeous bamboo coat rack/umbrella stand is also from Joseph Konrad.  Once again, turned sideways (if anyone knows why my pictures are doing this or how I can fix it, please advise!).


 One of my favorite living rooms of all time – Mark Sikes’ home.  Love the bamboo club chairs.  [Habitually Chic]


[ML Interior Design


This vignette from Sanity Fair has lots of (faux) bamboo:  chair, desk, picture frames, mirror…


Bungalow 5’s Chloe Mirror is definitely a favorite here at Mallory Mathison Inc.  We’ve used it in several clients’ bathrooms and bedrooms. 


But we also love their Claire Mirror.


Arteriors’ bamboo and glass side table



Somerset Bay’s Summerland Key Bed. Gorgeous, right?


How adorable is Somerset Bay’s Indian Bay Chest?  Not exactly bamboo, but it is painted to look that way.  We did a similar Somerset Bay chest in the same blue and white finishes for a little boys room… I might have to do a post on his room.  Cutest little boys room EVER.


 That is all the bamboo I have for today! 




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