November 25, 2007 | blogger birthday bonanza!,NaBloPoMo,the homestead
LIZA! Hey, you, busy mommy?! It’s your birthday. I hope you haven’t forgotten. I’m sure Jill didn’t forget, and you’ve probably got the little guy already singing the birthday song and giving you LOTS of hugs and kisses! Happy BIRTHDAY to you! I hope your day has been filled with joy and may your year bless you with your greatest wishes (squeee!)! BIG HUGS from me to you (sorry if that reminds anyone of the Barney song!)!
Ok, we need your help over here at Squirrel headquarters. Since we moved in over 5 years ago, our front window covering situation hasn’t improved. Well, ok, it’s improved since the first day when we ripped the dusty (and I mean that both literally and color-ly) pink drapes. See? This was how the living room looked when we first walked through the house.
For several weeks, we went without curtains, which was fine — we didn’t need extra fabric to get in our way while we stripped wallpaper, primed, painted and then scraped decades old wallpaper paste, primer and paint from our floors! Once we finished the walls and ceiling, we simply put back up the curtains that covered our ginormous windows in our drafty Chicago apartment.
They’re fine. Neutral. Bland. From IKEA. They’re too long, though. We prefer the longer curtains, but as you can see below, our HUGE and OLD heating system sits right below most of the entire front window, so the curtains really only cover the smaller side windows because we’d rather have heat than privacy. Dontcha love how we twist them together? When my mom’s here, she ties the two panels on each side with our red dinner napkins. She works it.
Actually, we stopped closing the curtains altogether after last winter. According to one of our friends who used to walk her dog past our house in the evening, we are “the most exposed house” in her 7 block walk! Honestly, we just don’t care. If I’m in the basement doing laundry and need to wash the jeans I’m wearing, the rest of the evening, I’ll walk around in my underwear. I just don’t care. I probably should, right?
Ok, well, I must a little bit care since I’m asking for help in remedying this home decor/Squirrel family dignity situation!
Below you’ll see another picture of the front window in relation to our what we did to the fireplace (that’s another whole call for help, as you can see), but it’s much more tolerable to look at! You can also see more of the “look” of the room, including part of our neutral colored microsuede couch. The balloons and streamers only come out at birthdays (such as Jojo’s!), so disregard those when considering suggestions.
People have recommended blinds or shades. I’m not sure that would work with a 3-panel window. Are the shorter curtains really THAT bad, or did the dusty pink ones cloud my judgment? And what COLOR(S) would work here? The color leading up the stairwell is like a dark orangish red, and an orangecicle would be lost in our dining room (both can be seen from the living room).
Help? Please? Colors? Thoughts? Websites? Pattern/No Pattern? I’m desperate.