Bamboo shades installed in the living room. check.
Look Mom! No more faded carpet in the summertime. I was worried that the shades might make the windows look smaller but I think they just add a layer of warmth to the room.
Blinds Chalet product is decent and very well priced. These windows are large and they were only a couple hundred bucks a window. The bamboo actually has a contrasting edge binding that gives it a more finished look. I chose dark brown to blend with the window frames, but there are many options available. Not shabby compared to their pricier cousins at Conrad or even Smith & Noble. My only piece of advice is use your own screws - the cheap-o soft metal screws they sent led to several instances of stripped screws not yet in all the way. Fortunately we got to test out our Grab-it screw extractor which worked wonders on the stripped screws.