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Smith+Noble Tranquility Shades

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Smith+Noble recently announced its newest light-blocking line of shades, aptly named “Tranquility.”  Behold the power of innovation: these shades got me blogging again!  If I had or was expecting a newborn, I’d easily forego four months of lattés to jump on these immediately!

Smith + Noble Tranquility shades solve pesky nursery “light leak” right within the window frame, with a sleek set of side tracks that hold blinds flush, eliminating the frustrating problem of light escaping out the sides, despite layer upon layer of light-blocking this-and-that.  Tranquility is currently offered in roller and cellular styles, with the latter offering additional insulation benefits – an eco-friendly choice in a particularly sunny window.  Custom sizing gets you a perfect fit, and the side tracks are held in place with stick-on magnetic strips, making them relatively easy to install, adjust, or remove for cleaning.

Folks needing an outside mount light-blocker are out of luck for the moment – for you, we continue to recommend the heavy-duty light-blocking curtain liners offered by folks like Pottery Barn.

Looking to outfit a nursery or child’s room?  A Cordless lift system is available (+$60/ea shade) and recommended.

Custom sizing means a custom price, but you should expect about $300 for a 3/4″ Blackout Cellular Tranquility Shade with standard options.  Smith+Noble runs frequent discounts (like 30% off on an order of 3 or more) so if you play your cards right, or maybe tackle two rooms at once, you can usually get a good deal.  At any rate, new parents know, and those expecting will soon discover: a good night’s sleep is priceless…

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Petit Collage Giraffe Growth Chart

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What a great idea for a growth chart.  Your little one may actually grow faster as she cranes her neck for a view while you mark her height on this whimsical reflective giraffe.

Made in the U.S. out of light, shatterproof mirrored acrylic, and available at for $80.

When new parents first feather the nest, window coverings don’t always flutter to the top of the list.  Once baby starts sleeping in her own crib, though, it seems the room can never be dark enough.  (Even the tiniest power lights will get a piece of electrical tape.)

Invest in superior window coverings and you may need nothing more than a lullaby to send baby off to Dreamland.  Our top pick is no snooze – the OptiLight Blackout Honeycomb Shades from Smith+Noble.

OptiLight is a novel window blind that combines a solid light-blocking and insulating honeycomb shade with a pleated sheer shade deployed top-down for daytime privacy. Smith+Noble also offers basic blackout honeycombs in petite and grand sizes, but for <$100 more in most sizes we like the versatility added by the sheer, especially for first floor bedrooms or other rooms with a view.  Best of all, you can order these blinds with the Cordless Lift System for built-in child safety.

Hard-working honeycombs don’t just block the light, they add insulation – Paul Fisette blogs on Fine that an average home may lose 30% of its heat or air-conditioning energy through its windows.  Honeycomb (aka cellular) shades are particularly effective blocking both light and heat in summer months, especially in south or west-facing windows.  To keep nursery temperatures more constant or boost the efficiency of a window air conditioner, keep shades fully deployed whenever the room is not in use.

For a near-total eclipse, layer on a light-blocking curtain or curtain liner.  The Sailcloth Blackout Panel and Blackout Panel (to line an existing curtain) from Pottery Barn Kids are truly substantial and come in several sizes.

If all else fails, try working from the outside in.  eHow contributor Gemma Argent has a bright idea for planting bamboo to block light outside a nursery window.  Bamboo has a dense and vigorous growing habit and can be notoriously hard to control once established (eHow also provides good tips for keeping it from spreading).  On the plus side, it grows quickly – up to 60cm a day in the right soil, which is certainly faster or at least on par with your little babe.  Also, consider the zen factor – the verdant view from the window, and the calming sway-swish are a meditative boon to sleepy kids and parents alike.

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