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Emma Jeffs: New Window Films

April 21, 2010

I’ve talked about window films before and I’ll talk about them again and again because I think they’re fantastic! I was so pleased when Emma Jeffs contacted me yesterday to share some of her latest designs which are now available on Emma’s website for UK and EU customers and over at 2Jane in the USA. Would you like to see how nice they look installed?

Emma Jeffs: New Window Films

Emma Jeffs: New Window Films

Emma Jeffs: New Window Films

Emma Jeffs: New Window Films

Emma Jeffs: New Window Films

Emma Jeffs: New Window Films

Whether you have a terrible view of a dumpster or some freaky peeping Tom neighbor, window films (also known as window vinyls or stickers) can be a great solution to hide from the ugly, cruel world. Ha. Kidding. But let’s get real here — sometimes urban living isn’t what Hollywood movies make it out to be with sweeping views of Central Park so one needs to have a practical solution to hide the fire escape and views of panties drying in the wind on the neighbors balcony and window films can be a good one. They’re also helpful if you need some privacy (in a bathroom, for instance) but would like to still let in the light OR if you simply want something decorative to spruce up your space — these come in some pretty patterns that look great without drawing too much attention — which I like in a window film — simple, understated, modern, white.

Would you consider adding these to your windows? Have you ever used this product before, or something similar? Where else in the home can you see using them other than windows? I picture them on interior transom windows and glass cabinets and doors — like those large IKEA closets with frosted glass sliding doors. They are so versatile!

(images: emma jeffs)


  • Reply mina April 21, 2010 at 8:43 am

    oh wow, those screens are so adorable.
    My grandmother has these old school awesome kitchen cabinets, i would probably use them on those as well.

    .-= mina´s last blog ..Framed Artwork – Coney Island Carnivale =-.

  • Reply Ludmila {} April 21, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Those swirls and floral patterns are to die for! They’d look wonderful in a rustic styled home, I think.xo
    .-= Ludmila {}´s last blog ..Jaime Hayón Design Studio =-.

  • Reply Lindsey April 21, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Love Emma Jeffs Adhesive Film! Such a lovely way to gain some extra privacy.

  • Reply ivy style33 April 21, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Such pretty designs!
    I love the one in the last picture ( and the picture itself)!…would indeed look lovely on Ikea glass doors…probably they could work on mirrors, too…as a frame for example….
    .-= ivy style33´s last blog ..When the shades of soul are open… =-.

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente April 21, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Love, love, love this idea! These are particularly pretty ones and I would totally use them! I love using them for a little bit of privacy but, when you don’t want to block out all the light a room gets. I used one from rare device
    for a bathroom window and I love it!
    .-= Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog ..Cheap & Chic: a skirt =-.

  • Reply Ryan April 21, 2010 at 9:00 am

    YES!!! I have been dying to use window films, but haven’t liked the patterns out there. These are amazing!!
    .-= Ryan´s last blog ..We Love a Gala =-.

  • Reply Aminana April 21, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Thanks for posting this, I just moved and although I’m very happy my bathroom has a window, it’s pretty low and RIGHT behind the toilet. I needed a solution just like this but had no idea this existed!

  • Reply Shanon April 21, 2010 at 9:16 am

    This is such a great idea for in our kitchen! The window is really large, and the only one in the room, but it faces our neighbor’s house and deck. This would be a fab idea to get the most light in but have privacy. Thanks!
    .-= Shanon´s last blog ..…the perfect day… =-.

  • Reply Rachel Barker April 21, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I really do love the designs of all these window films. So much, in fact, that I clicked over to 2Jane’s website to purchase some for my new home. Then I saw the price tag. Yikes! I think I’ll stick to a plain frosted look.

  • Reply Katie Stephenson April 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

    That is really flippin’ cool. I love the half-and-half windows–so practical for privacy and light!
    .-= Katie Stephenson´s last blog wall fix from pilgrim lee of draw pilgrim =-.

  • Reply Sylvia April 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

    YES! I love window films and haven’t been able to find any locally which I like, and I hate the ones I had to settle for. If they ship to Canada I’d be thrilled!
    .-= Sylvia´s last blog ..Going Home =-.

  • Reply Fallon April 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Yes I am using film in my home now! I have some on our small window by the front door so people can’t see us when they come to the door (by people I mean solicitors) and in our bathroom window so light still shines but we have privacy. I would absolutely use Emma Jeffs film. I have already checked out the site you provided and am contemplating purchasing a roll. I think the film would look great on glass kitchen cabinets!
    .-= Fallon´s last blog ..Giveaway While I’m Away! =-.

  • Reply Melinda April 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I love the idea of window films. Keep the nosy neighbor our and still let the light in. Brilliant!
    .-= Melinda´s last blog ..YumYum A GoGo =-.

  • Reply monica from hola!design April 21, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Wonderful! I’d love to use the floral pattern on my bedroom windows. They’re so pretty.
    .-= monica from hola!design´s last blog ..Jackie Rueda Photography =-.

  • Reply Janine April 21, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Love these patterns, and what a fabulous solution for keeping things private whilst still letting light in!!
    .-= Janine´s last blog ..Falooda Flavour : ColourLovers Palette =-.

  • Reply Lana April 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Love the films, especially the lacey look!
    .-= Lana´s last blog ..Bride of Fortune Paper Wreath – Recycled Vintage Book =-.

  • Reply tina April 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I actually bought one from the 2Jane website. 2Jane is amazing! Not sure what happened, but when I first received the film my husband put it on the window and it kept “bubbling”. When he tried to smooth it down, he tore the film. I contacted 2Jane and they were so gracious! They felt horrible and sent us a new roll right away (didn’t have any problems with that roll). They were just a pleasure to do business with! I’m not seeing service like this much any more, so I wanted to comment. Oh and the film is adorable on my bathroom and kitchen windows! I get compliments all the time!

  • Reply Tanya April 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I love this idea. I’ve been trying to find the perfect pattern to do a top big bright window. Any sites to point to?
    .-= Tanya´s last blog ..I’m Grateful For… =-.

  • Reply Stina April 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I love those! I have this large living room window and my landlord just cut down the big tree in front of it, so now the neighbors have a great view of me on the elliptical and in front of the TV… ;-)
    .-= Stina´s last blog ..FLOTUS of Awesome =-.

  • Reply The Real Vertical House April 21, 2010 at 10:23 am

    omg these are AMAZING!!! i’ve been contemplating window films for a while for our bathroom…contemplate no more!! :)
    .-= The Real Vertical House´s last blog ..Box Elders & Dinner With Friends =-.

  • Reply Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life April 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I like the idea of window films, but living in NYC makes me treasure ALL light, so I just can’t image putting anything on my windows, even if it lets light through!
    .-= Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life´s last blog ..Etsy Pride: Inaluxe =-.

  • Reply Helena April 21, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Beautiful, simple patterns, indeed!
    I don’t need to use them in the windows because I don´t have neighbours in front of my windows, fortunately!

  • Reply janel April 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

    So funny that you would post this today! I was just on the weekend telling a friend I needed vinyl films for some windows in my new place for privacy reasons, and that the ones at Home Depot were lame. I was thinking of vinyl stickers as a solution, but this is WAY better!

    Thanks for the tip Holly!

  • Reply emma lamb April 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Holly, i love these window films and would definitely consider using them if my sash windows were the right size ~ our bottom sections are more than half of our windows and i would be worried that it would block up too much of the view (even though our view is awful!) and make our small rooms feel even smaller and more enclosed…

    i definitely think you can do something interesting with them… maybe edging or decorating a mirror… possibly adding some texture and white to plain glass vases… depending on what they would stick to you could decorate almost anything… adding texture to panelled doors, maybe even a bathroom wall instead of picture frames… i could go on… ;)

    emma x
    .-= emma lamb´s last blog ..another year older… =-.

  • Reply juliette April 21, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I would totally use these in my home if I had the right kind of spot. Currently every door in our house has a large ribbed glass panel in it to help spread light into the windowless main hallway.

    While I actually like this, I really want more modern looking glass doors. However, they always seem to have plain, clear glass! I would definitely use these films to cover the bathroom and bedroom doors’ glass panels for some more privacy!
    .-= juliette´s last blog ..Earth Day Balcony Fascination =-.

  • Reply Amy Strodl April 21, 2010 at 11:07 am

    This is just plain genius in my opinion!
    .-= Amy Strodl´s last blog ..Bedroom Inspiration =-.

  • Reply jessica April 21, 2010 at 11:09 am

    i love that window.

  • Reply Beq April 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Wow.. I think these are a fab idea. Thanks for sharing!!!


  • Reply ju ju be April 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I used window films to cover up the glass door of an old China display cupboard from my mother in law. The film blurred the clutters in the cupboard which I can stuff as many things as I can.

    However, it tends to peel off if I clean them with too wet cloth often
    .-= ju ju be´s last blog ..Product photo shoot =-.

  • Reply Lisa April 21, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Awesome idea! I have NEVER heard of this before. Your blog is always full of fresh ideas that excite me. Thank you.

    I wanted to write you a question. Do you feature homes on your blog? My cousin just did a city loft remodel into a gorgeous hip and modern space. You can see it here: I would love your input on it! Thanks! And if your blog accepts features, I would love to submit this. Much appreciated,

    • Reply decor8 April 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I will check out your link because yes, I do have home tours from time to time. Thank you.

  • Reply lindsay April 21, 2010 at 11:47 am

    These are perfect Holly! I’m going to suggest them to my mom. She’s building a small 2 bedroom cottage, and wants to keeps things light and airy. She mentioned she doesn’t want curtains or blinds, so these might just fit the bill!

  • Reply Nuit April 21, 2010 at 11:55 am

    wooow! such great designs!!!! what a great product.
    .-= Nuit´s last blog ..A stylist to love… Denby Dowling =-.

  • Reply julia April 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I love this idea. We have two HUGE windows (one in our bedroom, and one in the living room) that both face the street. It’s not a busy street at all but this would be perfect to close off that exposed feeling – without sacrificing the light.
    .-= julia´s last blog ..I Can’t Complain =-.

  • Reply kristiina April 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    These would be great in our bathroom–we have a plain shade in there now and these would really liven things up, while solving the privacy issue. Now, if I can only convince my husband LOL

    .-= kristiina´s last blog ..Cheap Art: Map =-.

  • Reply Meghan April 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I think those would be super fun, especially since the view out of my windows is of a not-so-lovely alley and parking lot.
    .-= Meghan´s last blog ..I am not enthused… =-.

  • Reply Emily April 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I just did plain frosted window films for my 2 narrow windows that run along my entry door. Super happy with them so far. While these designs are beautiful, the basic frosted look was a “safer” choice for us and the exterior style of our home.

  • Reply Lone Hanssen April 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Yeaahhhh, I’ve been looking for nice window film for our bathroom for awhile now so thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Lone Hanssen April 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Yeeahhh, I’ve been looking for nice window film for our bathroom for awhile now, so thank you for sharing

    .-= Lone Hanssen´s last blog ..Breakfast bars =-.

  • Reply Kika April 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I use something similar (but not so pretty) on my main bathroom windows; definitely don’t want to block the light. I could try that on my basement windows too as I covet any and all natural light that we can get but privacy is an issue in a couple places.

  • Reply hammocks April 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I use some right now as I’m on the first floor, but they are plain from Ikea. I have been wanting some patterned ones and these look perfect!

  • Reply Lisa April 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I would almost certainly add these to my window. I have a small bathroom with 1 window, and curtains (even if I love the pattern) block all the natural light. This is a stylish and simple alternative.

  • Reply Lucy April 21, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I have a window film in one of our bathrooms. I bought it from Emma!! My husband and I LOVE it and we have had soooo many comments on it. Its such a wonderful design. Really easy to put up too, I cannot stress how pleased I am with it.

    I think it’s better than actual frosted glass and would alway opt for this option, I’d also always go to Emma for her fantastic designs.

    I found her through you Holly a fews months back, so thank you for that. : )

    Lucy xx
    .-= Lucy´s last blog ..Grand Designs Live Show and Lucy Loves Fabric {EXCITING} =-.

  • Reply Sally April 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I have used a similar product that I got at Home Depot. I put it on my all-glass front door. I have since replaced the door, but for several years it provided much needed privacy.

  • Reply Tiger, From Scandinavia with love April 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I really like the first picture and I kind of wish that I needed window films…

  • Reply sandra April 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Thank you So much for sharing this. I have huge windows – from floor to ceiling, and we live on the first floor with a lot of neighbours peeking, so we have some conventional film right now – but these are a great way of decorating while being practical, and no – urban living isn’t always like in the movies :-)
    .-= sandra´s last blog ..Chicken leftovers =-.

  • Reply Coco April 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    In the Netherlands some other great designer from has also designed some beautiful window films (didn’t know that you could it like that haha). On her website they are called: raamstickers (window stickers) only downside is that they don’t fully cover the windows so you can still peek through them.

    I use window films for my fron door. I don’t like it that everybody who stands at our frontdoor can see us coming or going in our hallway. It gives me the creeps! A new door, without a window is far more expensive than windowfilms ;)

  • Reply Emily D. April 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I’ll take one for each window please! These are so amazing, I am going to check out the US site, thanks :)

  • Reply Vanessa April 21, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I am buying that!
    .-= Vanessa´s last blog ..I am all in… =-.

  • Reply Mandy April 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    My behaviorist/vet just told me to try something like this on the windows to keep the dog from being able to see out and bark at everyone. I’m sure these are much nicer than what I would find through a pet supply store.

  • Reply Thea S April 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I love these and would so use them but alas, neither website ships to Australia :(
    .-= Thea S´s last blog ..Eco Notebooks =-.

  • Reply stevie April 21, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I live in a very old house that has windows that swing out, but they look directly into our neighbor’s house. I used window films on these windows and loooove love them! Practical and beautiful solution!

  • Reply lisa :: the red thread April 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    These would be perfect for my daughter’s room as it looks out onto the carport. She’s six and would love that they are so girly!
    .-= lisa :: the red thread´s last blog =-.

  • Reply Jennifer April 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I’m a big fan of the window film! As much as I would love to use the Emma Jeffs films, I’m on an IKEA budget. So I have the simple frosted film from IKEA on the lower half of the large windows in my apartment bedroom. The window looks out on the neighbors and the street, and window film was the best privacy alternative to keeping my curtains closed all the time.

  • Reply diana April 22, 2010 at 1:50 am

    I love them! We have them in our bathroom and guest toilet because our apartment is built around an atrium and the windows are big – but I’d also like a set on the glass panels of the cupboard in my office. Covers up the boring papers inside!
    .-= diana´s last blog ..Prints Charming Panels =-.

  • Reply sajjal April 22, 2010 at 3:48 am

    wow so lively love the collection of vases so alluring

  • Reply EvitaLana April 22, 2010 at 3:52 am

    I think I will buy window films on the weekend. At the moment they build a new office house next to my bedroom and every morning the construction workers are looking into my room! That`s not really funny…
    And I really hate roller blinds because I love getting up with the sun. So maybe the window film will be my solution for this problem. Thank you for the hint!

  • Reply tracey April 22, 2010 at 8:11 am

    i absolutely love them and am off to see whether they ship to Australia …. our bedroom sliding door backs directly onto the street and so we have to close the blinds all the time. no light in there but now, window film would be perfect!
    .-= tracey´s last blog ..Treat Box – Sydney Cakes & Desserts =-.

  • Reply Margarida April 22, 2010 at 9:02 am

    These are beautiful, although for the sort of windows shown in the pictures I would go for real crochet ones. In Portugal they used to be very popular and you can still see them in old houses.

    As per using them at home: some glass shelves or table would look nice with them and why not custom a folded screen to hide that little corner where you keep those boxes that do not fit anywhere else? or, would they fit some large lamp shades? :-)
    .-= Margarida´s last blog ..Algo diferente # Something different =-.

  • Reply sara April 22, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I love window films, very retro! I used to live on the bottom floor with my kitchen window facing the front entrance of our building, I put window film on the window and voilá – I got my privacy back!
    .-= sara´s last blog ..lucky ducky =-.

  • Reply Lisa April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I adore these! And, I would definitely use them as I love the light in my apartment, but I sometimes feel as though I live in a fish bowl – a little extra privacy is always welcome.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Mysterious Egg =-.

  • Reply sarah April 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

    wow those are such a good idea!! all of the pictures are amazing!

    btw- i am having a fun giveaway on my blog & it will be ending soon! head over to:

    .-= sarah´s last blog ..{happy little things} =-.

  • Reply Lisa April 22, 2010 at 11:46 am

    In San Francisco, privacy can sometimes be at a premium. It can feel like we are all living on top of each other. This is such stylish solution to providing privacy without sacrificing lighting. Especially on foggy gray days!
    Lisa & Alfie
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..SATC Momentum =-.

  • Reply Deb April 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Fantastic! Great for the bathroom…much better than a pull shade.
    .-= Deb´s last blog ..Wear the Corsage =-.

  • Reply Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor April 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I think these films are really lovely and would consider using them in my home. We have a large window that faces an unsightly side of our neighbors house, so we keep the blinds closed on it all the time. If we were to have something like this, we could benefit from the light, without having to face the bad view!
    .-= Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor´s last blog ..Making Beaded Lanyards with Handmade Polymer Clay Beads [Vote] =-.

  • Reply Sly_Fox April 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    yes indeedy I’d use it! it’s exactly what I need to resolve the privacy issue without sacrificing light. perfect for apartments where your building is sandwiched between others and windows face windows. added bonus: no more “non-view” …

  • Reply Malisams April 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Ah, I love the circles style, but I don’t see it on the 2Jane site. Is it just a UK offering? I so need this for our bathroom window, and love that pattern…

    • Reply decor8 April 23, 2010 at 8:08 am

      Malisams – 2Jane will be stocking it soon – you can email them regarding your interest and ask them to let you know when you can place an order. Perhaps they will do it now via email.

  • Reply kate April 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I absolutely love these but the cost is kind of prohibitive. : / I wish there were an aesthetic poorman’s version.
    .-= kate´s last blog ..Collector Interview: Catherine of Little Glowing Lights =-.

  • Reply Piper April 23, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I love the idea of window films…especially cool ones like these. I like that they still let light in which is nice. It would be great for windows that curtains or blinds wouldn’t work with…or even better, the layered look! window film and curtains!
    .-= Piper´s last blog ..{aus to us…mother’s day gift guide part 3} =-.

  • Reply jcam April 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

    yes! we have emma’s moroccan tile in our living room to have privacy since we live on the first floor of a busy street. it has been a lifesaver!!! and it looks so pretty as well.
    it was expensive, but totally worth it! we’ll be sad to leave it behind whenever we move.

    • Reply decor8 April 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm

      I’m excited to see so many liking these window films as much as I do. Yay!

  • Reply Clare April 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Why did I not know about this a year ago when I was practically sitting on the people living opposite. Catching awkward glances with someone in a completely different appartment is never nice. I went down the net curtain root, but these are way cooler. How removable are they for renting people?
    .-= Clare´s last blog ..Plans for an Organised Desk =-.

  • Reply Deena April 26, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Oh, I wish I’d known about these last fall, when I moved into a first-floor apartment on a busy street! These are lovely. :)

  • Reply Ginger May 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    This is absolutely GORGEOUS. I’ve been looking for a similar solution, and while I love love love these, it’s a bit pricey for a temporary apartment. Opaque contact paper, while not as lovely, does the same job for about $15 a roll. Just for those of us out there that need a more economical solution.

  • Reply Malisams May 13, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Ginger, what a great idea! Can you suggest where I might find a roll of opaque contact paper? My Google search didn’t get me very far… Thanks!

  • Reply AmyDesigns December 13, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Many years ago (1950’s), we lived in a flat in San Francisco, above which was another flat. People climbing the outside stairs to the flat above could see into our living room through a little window. My mother, who hated all curtains, found some Japanese rice paper and somehow glued it onto the window panes. It never yellowed or peeled off, and I have no idea what glue she used. Of course, she didn’t have to worry about freezing (SF never gets much below 45′), but still, I’m amazed at how well she did it. With the glues available today, I think you could stick paper on glass in any climate. And translucent rice paper is a wonderfully soft looking alternative to the window films. You can find it in paper stores, art stores, online, or even sometimes in a roll (sold as wrapping paper) at World Market.

  • Reply Joyce December 26, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I just put Emma Jeffs window film on 4 of my windows. It turned out to be very easy and looks great. I did all the windows on Christmas morning and was ready for company by the afternoon!

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