Monday, June 29, 2009

Shutterly divine



For as long as I can remember, I have adored plantation shutters. At one time they used to be as rare as hen's teeth here in Australia, but these days they are becoming more common, particularly in lovely old classic homes.







I've always thought of white when thinking of plantation shutters, but they also look smart in black, or sophisticated in a soft grey colour.























Images 1 scanned from Australian Better Homes and Gardens 2 scanned from Australian Home Beautiful 3 Coastal Living 4 Maree Homer 5 via Harmony and Home 6 scanned from Australian Country Style 7 Country Living 8 scanned from Australian Better Homes and Gardens


I really love the classic, elegant look of plantation shutters. They look fantastic in almost any style of home.


In my first home I had a big bay of three tall arched windows in the front of my house and I had white plantation shutters custom made. They cost a bomb, but they were worth it! Then when I became newly single I bought a home of my own so I couldn't afford custom shutters. But I was determined to still have my shutters for my bedroom, which faces the street, so I bought them in kit form and sanded, painted and assembled them myself. That was hard work! Four years down the track I'm (almost) ready to go again - this time for my son's room and our study. Think I'll wait til the weather warms up so I can sand outside though....


Best wishes,

20 comments:

Julie@beingRUBY said...

I agree. Utterly divine!! These are gorgeous Catherine each and every one. My favourite though is the 1st image. Everything about it is perfect! So when I get my home I'll call you up to bring round your sander! As long as it is noiseless. :) Julie

Flax and Spindle said...

Love it all!

Fabulously french said...

Fabulous _ I love them but think that maybe having them on the outside AND the inside could be a little over the top.

I think that they are perfect for our next house, now all I need to do is find one on a tropical island that does not cost a lot - any ideas?

Leeann x

ana said...

I want my bedroom just as the first picture :)

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh those shutters are glorious, absolutely! looove them too!
xo

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I could spend all summer in that first bedroom!

Here in the southern US we have loads of plantation shutters. Must have something to do with the heat....which we have in abundance at the moment!!

My name is PJ. said...

These have always been a favorite of mine and their only (slight) drawback is when it comes to dusting..... :)

Struggler said...

These look great; I love the examples you found in black as I wouldn't normally think of that option.
They work very well in the kitchen picture, too.

Black Zebra said...

The Plantation Shutter language is MY language! Thanks for the fix!x

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Catherine,

I adore shutters too.
I love the light that shines through them.

I remember your post of your bedroom shutters. As you say all you need is good weather to do your Sons room.

Hugs
Carolyn

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I love them all ...fabulous!

Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Catherine I love the look of them too BUT how do you keep them clean?? Especially your white ones.
Alison

Brabourne Farm said...

Beautiful post - I'm a huge fan of shutters (we have them on the outside of every window). I love the way the light changes throughout the day and they make the house feel so safe and warm at night.

mondo cherry said...

I love Plantation shutters too and always thought I would put them on my windows when we finally bought a house. Well, since we did get our place a few months ago now, I am not sure what to do. You see, I have lots of little windows that open out and that each have five small panes in them, some of which are frosted. All in keeping with the style of this Queenslander. Plus, the windows have bars which I imagined ripping out straight away, but am now not so certain as they are so great for security and stopping kids falling out! So now I think Plantations may be just too much and too difficult. Maybe it would be easiest just to get another house...
Clare x

MissBliss said...

Love these!!! Great post and title! They are so fab for bringing outdoor living indoors... And shutting it out ;). Love the hen's teeth expression!

MissBliss said...

And love the expression "cost a bomb" too!

Good luck on the future project... So worth it for their versatility...

lily-g said...

I'm a shutter lover too, they always look so great, regardless of where you use them. Great photos xx

River said...

I love that third picture and the kitchen one. I love shutters, I've always wanted some.

Millie said...

A stunning collection, beautifully styled as usual! We had the original ones on the outside bedroom windows of our old villa & I loved the way the light filtered throug them & the shadows then played across the old wooden floorboards.

Thank you sweet girl for your kind message of care & concern over @ The Hedge. Your words meant so much to me.
Millie ^_^

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