In our back family room, I contemplated going curtain-&-blind-less.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
(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?
My photo shopping skills leave something to be desired. A great something. Also, I should probably stop using my camera phone but LAZY.
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.