I read a lot of your blogs, and what I've noticed is that most of you have better decorating sense than I do. Furthermore, some of you are like, "I whipped up some new curtains this weekend!," which is, to me, like saying, "I popped over to the moon for a minute!" And so it is to you I turn for advice, hoping that on your path to the moon you discovered other, simpler decorating ideas.
We live in a raised ranch. The picture below shows the inside of our unused front door, which is between the top floor of the house (the "where we live" part) and the bottom floor of the house (the "where we do laundry and store boxes of crap" part).
There is a shelf of videos and DVDs there right now, but that's just to keep them out of the grasping paws of my fourthborn. They won't live there permanently.
The trouble I'm having is with the little windows. I like the little windows, but we get strong, STRONG sunlight at the front of the house, and it heats that entryway to, like, a billion degrees. Plus, I just put some of the kids' portraits on the wall (these are from before the twins were born, and I only just now got around to it), and the sun shines brightly upon them, and lo it worries me.
Some of you are probably thinking, "Duh, put up curtains." But so far in my (admittedly lethargic) searches, I haven't found narrow little curtains like that. They're all regular-window-width. I didn't see any short little curtain rods, either. (Oh, fine: I only looked at Target and Wa1mart. That's still "searches," plural.)
Maybe some of you are thinking, "Well, why don't you sew some?" Ah ha ha ha. I can sew a button, but that is IT--as long as you don't count the elastic-waisted four-tiered skirts I made in seventh grade home ec and would never be able to remember how to make now, even if anyone had a need for such a garment, which, surely not. And I don't have a sewing machine, and if you ask if my mom has one I can borrow I will lie to you and say she most certainly does not. I don't know how to use it anyway. And if you say I have to, well, I'll just never get around to doing it, and the portraits will be sun-bleached and it will be your fault.
Is there a clever decorating trick I don't know about for little door-flanking windows like these? Is there perhaps something clever I could do with the heaps and heaps of unused twin-sized flat sheets I've squirreled away for no other reason than not wanting to throw away large pieces of perfectly good hemmed fabric? Or do you know of a source for doorside curtains and cute little shortened curtain rods?
Keep in mind when making suggestions that I am an inherently lazy person. If the suggestion is, "I think there's some sort of thing that you can put on windows to keep the heat out but still get the light in, but I don't know what it's called or where to find it," my eyes will read "hard work" and skip on past. You would need to say it more like, "There's this stuff called X and I found it at Y.com, and I've figured out the measurements you'd need and put it in your online cart for you and all you need to do is enter your credit card information and click the 'buy now' button."
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