What, you don’t want to see me in my skivvies?

by Beth Anne on February 22, 2013

In our back family room, I contemplated going curtain-&-blind-less.

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It’s just ALL THAT GORGEOUS NATURAL LIGHT, you know? I’m such a sucker for it. Doug says I must have been a cat in a former life with my penchant for napping in the sun.

Plus there was that whole drama with finding curtains for the front living room & we just weren’t ready to live through that drama again.

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Despite the lack of window coverings, the family room was doing just fine on privacy thanks to a grove of trees between us & our backyard neighbors. Until this happened:

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EGADS! was my reaction. I guess they were inspired by our massive backyard renovation & decided to do one of their own. On the bright side, their wayward vines have stopped choking our fence, so we can now repair that part that is breaking. On the crappy side, we can now see straight into each other’s family rooms & kitchens. It really didn’t phase me because the natural consequence of ripping out our privacy is seeing me in my pajamas & they’re just so lucky I’m such a sexy beast, right? But then Doug went away for a weekend & I realized while playing in the family room with Hibby that every. single. thing. we did could be seen from the outside. It gave me the willies.

I contemplated fitting the windows for faux wood blinds but to be honest, my brain just can’t go there right now. My options for blinds are to either pay someone to come do it, which isn’t in the cards thanks to replacing our fridge-on-fire, & I’m just don’t have it in me right now to calculate & cut the blinds to the correct width. Ever feel like something that stupid will leave you drooling in a corner if you try to tackle it? Yeah, me too. Maybe in a few months.

So instead, I went to the local bed & bath store & purchased new curtain rods that fit a corner. It’s so easy – just buy two rods & then a corner connector & BAM!  The big pain was making sure it was all even, but I used painters tape on the wall to outline the rods & used a level to make sure the strips of tape were level. Ain’t no thing. Then I grabbed the Pier 1 curtains from the living room.

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It needs to be noted that while hanging the rods, three out of four times I found the studs & didn’t need anchors. I mean, of course I found the studs easily. JUST LOOK AT MY HUSBAND. Har, har, har.

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I’m sorry, where were we? Ah, yes. Curtains.

Truth be told, they look better in this room. They’re quirky & bright-colored & playful & really make the room feel more homey. They go well with the blue walls without feeling too matched. The ring clips make it super-easy to slide open & closed, so I don’t know if we’ll ever do blinds – this way I still get my yummy natural light but can close it off when we want more privacy.

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(side note: you are my sunshine canvas from home goods, $15. ampersand pillow from target, last summer on clearance.)

The big issue now are the faux French doors leading out to the deck where one is a large window & one is a real door. I was thinking Roman shades on each door, or maybe a curtain above the fake one & a roman shade or nothing on the real one?

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My photo shopping skills leave something to be desired. A great something. Also, I should probably stop using my camera phone but LAZY.

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If it helps your opinion on the matter, I’m thinking long white drapes for the bay window area that is next to the doors.

& people that are all OMG WHITE NEAR FOOD WITH CHILDREN?! Yes. Because of bleach. The end.

Also, this means new curtains for the front living room. Hold me.

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments February 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

I’m so glad you’re blogging all of this. I’m just going to copy all of your choices okay?

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Sarah February 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

I LOVE the curtains in the back room – I think they’re a better fit in there than in the front room. My vote is for Roman shades on the real door AND the fake door; the one shade/one curtain thing just looks weird to me.

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Courtney @ Type B Mom Stays at Home February 22, 2013 at 10:11 am

Corner rods?! You’re blowing my mind. And as one who hangs out in the hardware section of the Depot, I can’t believe I didn’t know about this. Anywho, if the window is closed, the curtain looks fine on the fake door, but open, it’s cause for a second look. Go with two roman. They look great! .. Also, I have the white denim couch & chairs from IKEA in my living room – and a 3 year old and a 1 year old. What about bleach don’t these people understand?

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Beth Anne February 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I KNOW.

Also, white shower curtains in kid’s bathroom. BECAUSE BLEACH.

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samantha February 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

i vote double roman shades, it looks off balance and funky with a shade and a curtain.

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Therese February 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

Ditto! Do the roman shades on both sides. My parents have them on their French door & they look great!

One shade & one curtain would look uneven, I think.

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jen swartout February 22, 2013 at 11:04 am

agree with samantha about off balance with 1 shade & 1 curtain. also, there are those curtains you can attach right to the door to cover just the glass. not super chic, but light filtering!

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Tottums February 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

All I can say, is I am so glad to know that I’m not the only one who obsesses over things like this. You should hear the inside of my head right now on trying to decide on beds/furniture for the boys. ARGH,

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Elizabeth White February 22, 2013 at 11:26 am

We have faux french doors similar to yours and have roman shades on both sides. I definitely recommend it.

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jeannett February 22, 2013 at 11:40 am

look, i know you asked about the roman shades (i say yes…i have them on my glass doors), but really i just NEED to know where you got those awesome cushy ottoman things. NEED.

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Meegs February 22, 2013 at 11:47 am

Roman shades on both! For sure!

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Abigail February 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Have to agree with everyone else that you should go with the two roman shades. It looks a bit strange with one curtain and one shade. Love the curtains in the back room. Good luck finding new ones for the front room… if nothing else, more blog material? Haha.

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Delia February 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm

First – thank you! I had no idea BB&B had the corner type curtain rods and have held off looking for something for my bedroom.

Second – ditto the Roman shades. I had them in my old house on french doors and loved them. We kept them down in the summer to keep it from getting crazy hot and I like that I could open them just a little to let in light if needed.

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Beth Anne February 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

YES! & be sure to take your coupons :)

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Jessica February 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm

The curtains look great!! I agree with you. They match this room better. Also, my thoughts on the french doors? Roman shades on both. I think it looks better with roman shades on both rather than 1 shade and 1 curtain.

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Carli February 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I love the changeout of the curtains to the family room!
Of the two options for the French doors, I prefer the roman shades on both. I think the side by side difference would drive me bonkers (but I am OCD like that)
But If you don’t mind if I offer another alternative…HD and Lowes both sell an aftermarket “in window” blind for the door. Standard sizes are fairly inexpensive. Super easy to install as they just clip on. The blinds both open and close AND raise completely so you can keep your glorious natural light completely uninhibited unless you want privacy. And you can hardly tell they are there when completely raised.

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Liz February 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm

What are these aftermarket in-window blinds that you speak of? I am very intrigued!

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Carli February 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I don’t know the brand name. But, if you go to the doors and windows area, they sell them there. There are a few standard sizes they carry in stock. Other sizes can be special ordered. They attached to the raised glass of the door window. The end result resembles the windows you can buy with the blinds sandwiched between glass.

I found this info on the Lowes website and it should take you right to the item…
Item #: 209214 | Model #: BWM226401

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Arnebya February 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm

The first time I saw the corner rod (they also come bent at that angle so all you have to do is attach the one long rod!) I was so blown away IKEA IS AMAZING. I haven’t changed the curtains in my living room since we bought the house. I’ve washed them, though.

I think.

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Liz February 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I love the corner rod – great find!

I’d go with the roman shades on the door and faux door… but question… how do you hang roman shades on a door? We’ve lived without anything covering our door (very similar to yours) for 6+ years now, because I can’t figure out how to cover them. I tried a magnetic curtain rod, but that was ridiculous and flung itself across the room any time anyone shut the door… I look forward to seeing how you hang your shades on the door. (thanks for the help, in advance… )

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Cynthia February 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Check out The Shade Store (online) and also Smith and Noble. They have awesome Roller shades we are considering for our windows. They look so nice.

Love the curtains in the family room for sure!!

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Murphy February 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm

BA–Won’t it be hilarious if in 10 years that turns out to be Hibby’s girlfriend’s house?? All the more reason to lock that shiz up!

I don’t know what it is with those curtains but they really do work anywhere.

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Breenah February 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Haha, I loved the stud joke.

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JJ February 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm

If you do decide to get in the aid blinds market, Home Depot has boxed ones and you buy the closest size AND THEY CUT IT FOR YOU!!!!!! Ahhhh

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Jess F February 23, 2013 at 12:01 am

Corner connector ::slaps forehead:: duh! Genius!

I was worried it was just for 90 degree angles but just checked it out and says its adjustable, perfect!

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Cassie S. February 23, 2013 at 1:21 am

I vote double roman shades. Also… can you pick out curtains for my living room and for Sam’s room? kthxbai.

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Gina February 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

I don’t know why people are so scared of white with kids – have they not seen these detergent commercials where they specifically target white clothes on kids??!!

Love those corner curtains.

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andrea February 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm

LOVE the curtains, but I would definitely look into shears for behind the drapes. Still lets the light in, you can still look out and affords a bit more privacy.

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David Tucker February 25, 2013 at 8:59 am

I totally appreciate your chocie of curtains though I understand your love of the natural light – I must have been a cat in one of my former lives too))
Yet, privacy is even more important for comfort than the natural light – I agree with that too.

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Marie February 27, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Hi there. Your posts crack me up. I am curious about where you purchased your beautiful living room rug? I’m looking for one but I’m always nervous purchasing them online. If you get a chance, please let me know. Thanks.

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