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The white plantation shutters & sunscreen blinds I bought online

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Ever thought about buying something BIG online, then chicken out? I almost did, but am so glad I didn’t!

Ok, so here’s the story… I wanted plantation shutters for across the front of my house. This was a big MUST for my house. I was on a budget and couldn’t afford them before we moved in, so I waited patiently (with sheets and quilts as temporary coverings) until I had saved the money.

Then I got this brainwave… I should hunt around online for them. I should ask on Facebook and see what people say. Sure enough, the recommendations came through and I had some online research to do. This is when I found iseekblinds

I ordered a sample and watched all of their online videos. This helped me make my decision because they looked really professional and good quality. The only thing we’d have to do is put them up! And that didn’t look too hard either.

I measured my windows (there are guides and advice on the website to make sure you do this right), put my order in, paid my money and waited.

When they arrived, Michael (the owner) actually personally delivered them to my house on a Saturday afternoon. I didn’t even ask him to do that, so I was really happy. I was so excited they had arrived and couldn’t wait to get the sheets and quilts down. My husband had his drill ready and he watched the online video again to make sure he knew how to put them up correctly. Within about 1 + 1/2 hours we’d finished and all 5 were all up! It was not difficult at all. I was squealing with delight.

Overall, the quality is perfect, the product was easy to put up and we had no dramas with the measurements.

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Michael was nervously waiting for my response about what I thought of them once they were up. He was stressed because he said he found out I had this blog and wanted to know if I would be writing about them? I had to laugh! This online blogging is powerful isn’t it? Just goes to show that after all the hours I spend on here I must be able to influence some google rankings 🙂

Never fear Michael, yes I am writing about them and it’s all good!

So, after I was happy with the shutters, I decided to go back to iseekblinds and order more for my house. Michael and I struck up a deal for my next order. I didn’t do the whole lot in the original order because buying online can be daunting and I needed to be sure I was happy. Next on the list were sunscreen blinds for across the back of my house. You can enjoy the view through Sunscreen Roller Blinds which cut out between 86-95% of UV rays.  Here they are below…

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I have 7 windows across the back wall of the house (you can only see 4-5 in these photos). I didn’t want block-outs. I hate them because I feel locked in. I love to keep things open and light (yet shady to keep out blaring sun). The sunscreen blinds mean you can see OUT but not in. At night you can see in a bit though, but that’s fine with me.

Again, Michael personally delivered these to me from Melbourne and even put them up! I was lucky this time and so was my husband because he got out of it haha…

Next, I have ordered white plantation shutters for my boys’ bedrooms, the main bathroom and the toilet. I can’t wait for them to arrive. New blinds and shutters have totally changed the look of my home. I couldn’t be happier and am glad I took the plunge to order online. I’ve saved myself a bucket load of cash – hence a new lounge arriving TODAY! LOL! Well, that’s what you’ve got to do – save here – spend there 😉

Have a great day! Oh, and feel free to email me any questions you might have about the shutters or blinds. I am an expert on them now. X

PS> I can’t wait for my roses to take off across the front! Bring on Spring time.

79 Comments

  • Reply
    Kek
    August 8, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I’ve never been game to order blinds online. I do need some blockout blinds for our two big sets of bifold doors, but we’ve put it off (for FOUR YEARS) due to having this many things to buy -> $$$$$$$$$$$$ but only this much cash -> $

    I’m going to go check out iseekblinds.com right now! Thanks Katrina. 🙂

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      Katrina
      August 8, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Well you should definitely check them out! They’re based in Melbourne too so you wouldn’t even need delivery 🙂

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    Karen Willems
    August 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    yeah finally get to see them after asking you about them, I got 3 other quotes in the meantime as yes was worried about ordering on line…holy crap what the quotes were! Will be ordering with iseekblinds soo much cheaper & exactly the same product.

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    Deanne
    August 8, 2013 at 8:17 am

    They look fabulous! I love plantation shutters, but hubby is not a fan!

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    Natasha Hansen
    August 8, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Thanks Katrina was waiting for you to post about this. I am still undecided for our front on what to go, shutters or roman blinds…have a small obsession with romans. Really interested in those sun shade blinds, are they French doors or bi folds they are hanging off Katrina? We have a mixture of French and bifolds and I think these would maybe be perfect for us as I too don’t like feeling closed in either. We are currently living with the paper blinds and they are so good it doesn’t motivate you to get the real deal. Now please do a post on your lounge lol as I am living with no lounge or dining table as I can’t make a decision on what to buy!

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      Katrina
      August 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Hi Natasha, They are french-style doors and they open inwards so that’s why I have one blind on each window/door. Yes, I’ll share the lounge with you for sure! That’s on my list too – a dining table! I already know what I want, just need the $$ 😉

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    Katrina Chambers
    August 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Good to hear! X

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    Louise
    August 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Fabulous post Katrina – we are currently in the process of building and had plans to add plantation shutters to the entire front of the home as it will be a Modern Country/Hamptons style house. I had always thought they would cost me in the tens of thousands and may very well have sheets on for quite some time – I was pleasently surprised on their prices! Thank you for the recommendation – will definately check them out!

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      Katrina
      August 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

      You’re welcome! I am really happy with them! Good luck with your build. X

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        Katrina
        August 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

        I’ve subscribed to your blog too!

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    Belle
    August 8, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I love this post your house is really coming along beautifully. I would love white plantation shutters on my house but i am afraid they won’t suit our house as we have black aluminium windows (they are reasonably new and cost a bomb because the glass is extra thick so won’t be changing them). I despise the timber blinds we have and dream of white shutters but am afraid they won’t suit. Enjoy your new lounge that is very exciting.

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    Anne Dunstan
    August 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Does anyone know if plantation shutters make the room very dark when closed for a bed room. hubby does shift work and likes the room to be VERY dark to be able to sleep in the day? Thanks in advance.

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      Ruth BT
      August 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Anne, I had them in every room in the last house. My short answer is no – not like a blockout blind or curtain. BUT, having said that, my husband who is also like yours got used to them and after 4 years we could have one blind open to let breeze through and it didn’t wake him in the morning. Now in another house and he keeps bugging me for shutters in the bedroom. I am undecided as the windows need replacing and if I do shutters first I’ll be even unhappier with the rubbish windows (bronze 70’s aluminium!).

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        Katrina
        August 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

        That’s right. I agree. They aren’t the same as blockout, but I still think they do a fantastic job. One of the front rooms is our bedroom so we sleep good with them. X

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    Jenny
    August 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks Katrina, I have passed this on to my sister. She lives in country Victoria and can’t even get anyone out to quote, let alone deal with the crazy prices. One hour out of Melbourne isn’t far! 😉

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      Katrina
      August 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Awesome! I hope it works out for her then! X

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    Jen
    August 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Katrina, love the shutters. I have looked at that company before and now will keep them in mind for when I eventually save the molar…. On another note, just wondering how you are liking your floorboards after living with them for a while?

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      Jen
      August 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Moolah lol.

    • Reply
      Katrina
      August 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Jen, I love the floorboards. This is the 2nd house I’ve had them in so I knew I would be ok with them 🙂

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    Jodi Mitchell
    August 8, 2013 at 10:17 am

    They are fantastic. Love your bench seats.

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    Krit
    August 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Hello. Thank you for this review I have a few big windows that I want to get those sunscreen blinds but the ones that you can have the block out blind too. May I ask if this was a sponsored post? Just curious as I have been caught before with a product review that turned out the company had paid the reviewer and it was a bit slanted. I am ultra careful now especially with such a big investment.

    Your house is looking good.

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      Katrina
      August 8, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Hi Krit! Not sponsored. I purchased what you see and was happy. I have done a deal with company for my kids’ bedrooms as mentioned clearly in the post. I would have definitely put sponsored post at the top if it was. Good luck with your blinds! X

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        Krit
        August 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        Thanks good to know. Gives me more confidence in purchasing them. It is also good to hear a genuinely good review on a company!
        Thanks again

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        krit
        August 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        I am impressed with prices, just spent time measuring and getting basic quotes.

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    Lexi
    August 8, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Katrina, I perhaps have the silliest question of them all – please tell me what brand is your soap dispenser on your kitchen sink!? Looks so smart without screaming hand wash / detergent, I need one!

    P.S Blinds and shutters look awesome 😉

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      Katrina
      August 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Lexi, It’s a dispenser I bought at a little craft shop. Is has the words Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus written on it, so you could try google? Yes I loved it when I saw it!

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    Kaz
    August 9, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Can I hijack this post and ask are your floor boards floating or a laminate? A mum living with flooring is always a more reliable source that a male salesman!

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      Katrina
      August 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      They are floating! This is the 2nd house I have had them and they are great. They are spotted gum 🙂

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    Danielle Cutajar
    August 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Thanks so much for the post!! We are only weeks away from moving into our new home and plantation shutters were next on my list to tackle!! I shall go and check them out now!! Xx

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    Edea Krammer
    August 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Yeah I felt the same sentiment.. every time I decided to buy stuffs online I always chicken out what if it doesn't fit and all of the "what if's" in buying online. Good thing for you that the shutter fits perfectly in your house, it fits perfectly and turned out lovely! Maybe it's time for me to buy online too.
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    Sue
    September 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    How about insulation as we live just out of Canberra it gets quite cold need to improve the insulation in the house…

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    Sally
    October 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I’m currently looking at sunscreen blinds but can’t decide on colour; what White have u used? I’m unsure if to go white or a white/pearl a bit more grey looking. I am told visibility is better w darker colours but do like the freshness of white on white walls.

    Thanks

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      Katrina
      October 20, 2013 at 6:32 am

      I chose white 🙂

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    Priscilla
    November 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Katrina, im so glad i just saw your blog, because i have received 2 quotes and i think its works out to about $300/sqm.
    A quick question, not sure if you can answer or not, but is fauxwood shutters/planation shutters/basswood shutters all the same thing?? or am i not comparing apples with apples?
    Thanks in Advance!!

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    Kerri
    November 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Katrina, your house is finished so well….love it! I too want plantation shutters on the front façade….and was leaning towards either white timber venetians or white sunscreen roller blinds for the other areas of the house…I am in NSW, do you know if iseekblinds freight to here or possibly could I organise my own courier to pick up from them? I have 32 windows to cover so need to save money!!(obviously like you it won’t be all at once, and sheets will also have to suffice in some areas until funds allow !) By the way love the exterior colour of your house…do you mind sharing what colour it is? The exterior of my house is ready for render and I was leaning towards the colourbond colour Surfmist or Grey Matter which in the sunlight both are very, very light….almost white really. Also your white trim (what white is that?) There are so many varying shades of white to choose from today…quite frankly the colour thing is doing my head in !! lol Thanks in advance. Kerri

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      Katrina
      November 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Kerri, Thanks for your message! Yes iseek will freight anywhere or you can pick them up. Just have a chat with them.
      The colour of my house is shale grey. XX

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    Vicki Harris
    November 16, 2013 at 6:48 am

    the shutters are great..

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    Boost Affiliates
    January 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Has anyone tried these shutters with old windows that slide up and down with rope and weights? We’re not sure how to handle these for coverings, but plantation shutters are so beautiful.

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    April 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    The interior and exterior designs are fantastic. love the Way the House from inside and outside looks so beautiful. http://www.boardwalk is another fantastic shutter company. My brother recently installed some blinds on this home.

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    August 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm

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    August 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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    Sara Harrigan
    August 25, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Hi Katrian, would you mind sharing the shade of white you used on your shutters? Bright white, silk white …? Also the colour and type for sunscreen blinds – lol, so many whites!

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    August 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    fabulous.!! you work very hard..thanks for sharing this blog with us..really impressing..i like the idea of plantation shutters…now i am excited to purchase..

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    Emily
    September 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    So glad I found your blog as I am thinking of ordering shutters online! Great work there!

    Did you get hinged or fixed shutters? Also, did you have a choice of picking colour of hinges?

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    ben
    November 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Well, I really liked these shutters..before coming to this I have looked at that company before and now will keep them in mind and will sure check this whenever I go to finalize windows and roller shutters for my house. Keep posting the good things.

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    Bree
    November 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Katrina

    How have you found the insulation with only sunscreen blinds to the living area? I love the look but we are building in a cold area!

    Thanks
    Bree

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    BSL
    December 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Pretty turnout! It’s indeed fortunate that you didn’t hold back on buying those shutters. They’re functional and beautiful, so they’re worthy investments.

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    March 27, 2015 at 10:12 pm

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    Sandra
    April 15, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Katrina! I loove your house and especially love your plantation shutters! I am thinking of ordering through iseekblinds and I was wondering if you ordered 3 or 4 sided frame (I noticed you have a sill as do I – and its looks like you have a bottom on the frame (if that makes sense??). Also, where your windows square – ours are a bit out and I’m a little scared to take the plunge! Also, are you still happy with them? Thanks
    Sandra 🙂

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      Katrina
      April 16, 2015 at 6:30 am

      Hi Sandra, they are 4 sided 🙂 If you frame is crooked slightly you can just pack it out and then use no more gaps to finish it off. Yes still love mine!

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        Sandra
        April 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

        Thanks for your quick reply! I’m gonna do it!

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    April 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Wow! you have a beautiful house Katrina.
    Thank you for sharing. I also want to share Blindman they’re offering Quality Products, Excellent Service and Competitive prices. I hope this will help you for your future needs 🙂

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    Glenda
    May 16, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    I am thinking of getting plantation shutters but how do you clean the windows? Do they fold out or is it awkward to get your hands in between the slats? Help….

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    Bec Allan
    June 2, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Hi there

    Can I ask what size slat you chose and used in your shutters? I am finding it hard to decide and I love the look of yours.
    Thanks 🙂

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    June 8, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Love your site … just a quick couple of queries regarding your iSeek shutters; is the tilt bar/rod obvious from the outside? I have seen shutters with an internal tilting mechanism but are much more expansive. Also do you have flyscreens on your windows with the shutters? Thanks 🙂

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    Aleisha Carroll
    July 1, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Hi Katrina,
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    James McLure
    August 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks Katrina,

    We are certainly finding that the areas around the window are becoming a feature part of the room. We installed a custom purple shutter on a white wall for a customer, right behind their bed. They are almost becoming as popular as the standard feature wall.

    With so many styles now, and being able to be custom made, they really can be the standout feature to a home.

    Thanks for the article.

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    James McLure
    August 13, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Your images really do show how a shutter can be the feature piece of a home. The front of your home looks great, the grey on white is something that my clients are looking for more and more.

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    Bree
    October 7, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Katrina,

    Where did you get your bar stools from please? They are gorgeous. Your reply would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Bree

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      Katrina
      October 8, 2015 at 6:13 am

      They came from The Complete Garden 🙂

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        Bree
        October 31, 2015 at 9:21 am

        Hey Katrina, so I have contacted the complete garden but they can’t located these stools from head office! They suggested I ask which store you purchased them from and contact that store directly – do you mind letting me know please?! Really want to get my hands on some, thanks 🙂

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    Xin Sun
    October 22, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Katrina,
    The plantation shutters are looking fabulous. The house is looking more beautiful after installing it. Loved the post, very informative. I am thinking to get it installed at my home and office both. Would surely contact you if I had any queries regarding plantation shutters.

    One more to admit that your site is very nice. Cheers!

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    Sandra
    December 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Really upset by the delivery of my shutters from iseekblinds. Found them via your recommendation and despite having what I believed as clear a delivery arrangement with Michael (owner) that I also confirmed this has not been the case. Shutters left hours after delivery expected to an unattended house that no one will be back to for many hours. No matter how good (hoping) they look and assuming they are still there (more hoping) I will forever remember the stress of ordering thousands of $$$$$ from iseekblinds. Suggest others consider my experience before ordering.

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    gary emanuel
    January 29, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Hi Katrina
    Love your shutters, they can be a tricky product to install sometimes when the windows have irregular shapes and angles but for the most part it sounds like yourself and your hubby have great DIY skills. I love reading up on blogs how others have handled shutters and on my travels stumbled upon your site! I install shutters for a living and find myself researching them in my spare time also, love DIY. Well, Im in the UK and some of my designs have been nautical themed shutters, arches etc. See what you and your readers think and if you guys ever have a UK property you are more than welcome to give me a shout! 🙂 Gary at http://www.Kentshutters.co.uk

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    Kellie
    February 1, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Hi! Had a couple of quick questions:
    1. I know your walls are white, what color are the sunscreen blinds as I have been struggling to find a white to match?
    2. How are you finding the plantation shutters in bedrooms? Do they block out enough light?
    THANKS x

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    Kelly
    February 26, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Katrina, thanks so much for this post! Your shutters look amazing! We are also ordering from iseekblinds☺️ and have the same windows as your boys’ rooms.
    Can I ask which color white you chose, and what size slats? Thanks again!

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    Maggie Allen
    March 22, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Wow, those plantation shutters look amazing! I can’t believe that you actually installed them yourself, because they look like they were done by a professional! Unfortunately, I don’t think I could go through with ordering something like shutters online— I get way too nervous about how the quality of the product. Maybe I’ll just stick with going to local places for now.

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    Shutters Sydney
    April 5, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Greetings! happen to find your blog interesting explaining about the white plantation shutters that you bought online, and i wonder how you manage to install it by yourself!!! anyway it is amazing and you have done a fabulous job…

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