bottom up shade to provide privacy while letting in light for easy upgrade
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September: Bottom-Up Roller Shade

Any window that faces a street or a neighbor's house could need shielding from prying eyes. For letting in light while preserving privacy, we love this budget-friendly twist on bottom-up blinds: Install a regular roller shade at the lowest part of the window, as interior designer Jackie Terrell did here. Then secure the pull cord above the window by threading it through an old-school locking pulley, originally used with shades covering transoms that tilt open from the top. All it takes is a quick tug to adjust your exposure.
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