There are a several design elements that I truly love and can see having/wanting in my home for a long time to come. Thus far I have posted about my love for spindle beds - see this round up and this special collaborative post I did with Bradshaw Kirchofer, sheep skins - so soft and such great texture, and brass animal figurines - they just make me happy and they add a little bling to a room. Today, I want to add one more to the list - bamboo shades. They aren't necessarily the most exciting design element but they are functional (although I do say leave windows unobstructed whenever possible), work great at tying multiple wood tones together and add amazing texture to a room. I especially like them when they are paired with curtains and hung outside of the window frame to create the illusion of a larger window. Here are a few examples.