My Love Of The Interior Shutters

This just in:

much progress has been made at the Dutch colonial!

Its wonderful, original woodwork has finally been restored!

Have a look-see for yourselves.


That is the view from our dining room,

looking through our pocket doors into the living room.

Here are the dining room’s beautiful windows:



Hell-O gorgeous, am-I-right?

But wait.

How on earth could I cover any of that with window treatments?

I couldn’t!

So here’s what I want (lower half of the window only):

Faux wood shutters from JC Penney.


Notice that, in this version, there are 4 panels per window.

This style is what I like to call old school,  

 + wouldn’t that be perfect for our vintage Dutch colonial?

But wait.

I always fear that old school might actually be the dreaded GRANNY!

In fact, when I showed the shutters to G.O.,

even he said something about their being too Seventies!

surprised boy

Ha ha ha!  What!!??

So.  Here’s why I blog (today, anyway):

 I need your votes, re: the old school shutters . . .


. . . versus something a little more now, like this:

shutters 2 panel


I have to admit that I’m loving the what’s-happening-now version!


shutters 2 panel

Either way, they’re really not that expensive,

+ the Penney’s window lady will come out to your house,

with samples + everything!

I need to make time to call JC Penney today!

But wait.

 If you would give me your opinion, which shutter style has your vote?

OLD SCHOOL, yay or nay?


Or would you prefer the What’s-Happening-NOW version?

shutters 2 panel

Thumbs up or thumbs down?

Disclaimer: Actually, I’d prefer the old schools,

as they would be age appropriate for our Dutch colonial

(unlike how I dress ** — HAA!)

**  See ME, rocking the 10-year-old boy “look”.

Stay tuned!


10 responses to “My Love Of The Interior Shutters

  • Jillian Haupt

    First off, you are adorable in the picture with the car!! I am right along with you, in that I don’t like covering up all the trims, etc. with curtains. The shutters are perfect and honestly, I think either choice would be great for your room. I would personally go with the more “up to date” ones….but really, they are both gonna look awesome!!!

  • nancy

    I agree, woodwork much to beautiful to cover up. I would have to go with the more modern “plantation type shutters.” Or, I just thought, a large checkered or paid type half curtain inside the window trim. Just thinking.

  • Dolores

    I vote for the ‘What’s happening now’ version. Even tho the ‘old school shutters’ are cool, I would rather dust the wider, larger slats.

  • Pat

    I actually like the What’s Happening Now shutters, probably because I had the same 70’s shutters (in the 70’s, no less!) and they were really hard to dust!

    • cardinalkay64

      I had interior window shutters in the 70’s — they had fabric that matched my wallpaper, instead of louvers. HA! Remember that? Wallpapers book shared matching fabric to buy! I think my bathroom had 2 wallpapers — one on the ceiling + another on the walls. The fabric was the same as one of them. Wow, as much as I loved this back then, it sounds a little “bizzy” to me now!

      • Nancy

        Wallpaper was “the thing” then. I had lots of it, and loved it too! I still do, in moderation. But, sadly, while getting our last home ready to sell, I told my husband to kick me hard, and kick me long, if I ever wallpapered again. And of all the things I have told him over the years, this he remembers.

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