Turning a house into a home- the Smith family moves to Austin

The beautifully updated dining room with plantation shutters by Austin Window Fashions

We recently had the pleasure of meeting the fabulous Mommy blogger Mandy Smith! Check out her honest take on motherhood, family, and life in general on her blog Polite As Fudge.

Plantation shutters by Austin Window FashionsMandy and her beautiful family have recently settled into a lovely home in the Westlake area after a big cross-country move. Remodeling was in order for the older house, and an essential part of making this house into their new home was adding window coverings.

After a search on Yelp, and noting the large number of five-star reviews Austin Window Fashions has earned, Mandy called us and worked with Designer Robin Attridge.

Mandy’s artistic eye, in synthesis with Robin’s extensive window covering knowledge, proved to be a winning combination.

Austin Window Fashions- before and after Luminette Privacy SheersWe had the good fortune to sneak in a few Before photos of the Smith’s home when Robin came to take the final measurements.

Mandy and Robin picked out a combination of our real wood plantation shutters, and Hunter Douglas' Luminette Privacy Sheers and Duette Architella honeycomb shades.


Our locally made, Totally Texan shutters were custom painted to match the fresh new interior paint and added the finishing touch to almost every room.

Real wood plantation shutters from Austin Window Fashions

With Mandy’s personal home decor style and the clean, architectural lines of our shutters, many of the gorgeous rooms look straight out of a magazine!


And the Hunter Douglas Luminette Privacy Sheers on the large sliding glass door are to die for!

Hunter Douglas Luminette Privacy Sheers by Austin Window Fashions

This wall of windows is perfect for this type of vertical sheer veined window covering.

Luminette Privacy Sheers by Austin Window FashionsThe subtle linen textured sheer fabric diffuses the light coming in, while the vertical veins can be closed for privacy and room darkening when needed.

And the entire shade can be opened to use the doors to the exterior.

Hunter Douglas Luminette Privacy Sheers with a split stack opened to access the sliding door.



Honeycomb shades like Hunter Douglas' Duette honeycomb shades are great because they can cover very wide width windows. The Top-Down/Bottom-Up feature on this honeycomb shade is perfect for privacy while still enjoying natural light.

Austin Window Fashions installed Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb Shades with the Top-Down/Bottom-Up feature in this wide window


Now that the family has settled into their new nest, they are enjoying learning about their new neighborhood and exploring the Austin community. Follow Mandy and her adventures on Instagram: www.instagram.com/politeasfudge