mini makeover in the kitchen

When we moved into our row house in DC it was clear that two men lived here before us for a number of reasons:
1. We bought it from two men.
2. The walls were sage green and blue (WHAT is with men and sage green and navy?)
3. The house came with a HUGE TV.
And 4. They installed these shades in the already dark basement kitchen. Dudes love caves.

We had been living with the brown faux bamboo for the past two years until yesterday. 
I finally made up my mind and got my Quadrille on. Or rather, my upholsterer did.
The picture is dark but I think the impact is juuust right.