My living room window has been a source of aggravation the entire time I’ve lived in this apartment. It is ugly, stained, and you can’t get it clean no matter how hard you scrub.
I have begged them to replace the window. Even said I would pay to have for it myself if they would take it out of my rent. Again and again I ask and every time I get my hopes up and they dash them.
So over the weekend I said “enough is enough.” I’m covering the damned thing. At least the ugliest part.
And during the day I raise the shade so my house plants can get light.
This piece of furniture, where I store my craft supplies, was in my bedroom. I decided it was just about the right size to do the job.
So I dragged it into the living room and positioned it in front of the side of the window that is the most wretched looking. You can see my recliner there on the right side. That’s my favorite sitting spot (as well as Charlie’s) so unfortunately I look at that window much of the day.
Who in their right mind wants to block out natural light? Well, when you have to look at your natural light through a stained messed up window, it isn’t as pleasant. All it did was upset me.
So if I can’t get them to do it, I just decided I’d cover the window and pretend the ugly part isn’t there. That’s worked for me many times over the years.
Particularly when you’re renting and don’t have a lot of say in the matter, you have to find a way to love where you live. And getting creative is the key.
And of course on the plus side is the fact that it gives me another surface to create vignettes, which you all know I love to do.
I started digging around in the closet where everything seems to land. I got my cow out of the plastic bin under the bed. He/she had not seen the light of day in quite some time.
I wanted a backdrop to my vignette, so out came my “Everything For The Garden” wall hanging with the vintage image of a garden scene. I think using a backdrop makes the vignette look complete and cohesive.
I gathered all that I’d chosen and put them into this vintage style red steel basket. Which I thought would look nice with my red and cream curtains on either side of the window.
By the way I have the same curtains on all three windows of this size. In a small apartment I think that is a wise thing to do so things don’t look chaotic.
I’ve been asked more than a few times about these curtains, so here is the listing on Amazon.com:
They are called: DriftAway Freda Jacobean Floral Linen Blend Lined Thermal Insulated Room Darkening Blackout Grommet Window Curtains 2 Layers 2 Panels Each 50 Inch by 84 Inch Red Beige. They sell them $38.99 for 2 panels. They also come in navy and taupe.
I always love putting glass objects in front of windows because of the way light shines through them.
And I collect vintage bottles. This is the entirety of my small collection. I’ve looked for the blue ones but they are hard to find.
The blue ones you see here I ordered from an Etsy seller months ago.
I don’t recall where I got the old door knob. But I love the aged patina. It brings out the silver of the galvanized doors.
Some may think it odd that I placed a tall piece of furniture in front of my living room window, but what does it matter? It’s me who has to be content with my apartment. So I don’t care what anyone else thinks, thank you very much.
Which is why, I suppose, my preferred hair style is a shaved head. Every woman tells me: “Oh, I couldn’t do that.” Sure you can. You just have to not care what others think of it.
So I say if you can’t fix something, then find a way to cover it. I’ve done this to a vast array of “uglies” over the years.
It works and it’s free. What’s not to love?