Anyway, when we moved into our house we had those really large vertical blinds in our front picture window. They grossed me out. Now, I’m not knocking vertical blinds…they have a time and a place, but these guys deserved no time and had nooo place in my house. They were supposed to be off-white, but up close they looked more brownish from all the dirt build-up, and many of the slats were held together up at the top with a combination of black electrical tape and clear packaging tape. Classy? Not so much…
This is the best picture that I could find of the blinds in their "before" state. That's the hubby playing playstation with his brother the day after we moved in. I guess that guys have different priorities than girls, huh?
Problem: Since our house is on a very busy road, we needed something to give us privacy. But, since our house isn’t terribly large, I wanted something to let the light in during the day, because it made it feel bigger in there, and just I love natural light. Since our couch sits right in front of the window, there wasn’t a lot of wiggle room or space for curtains as the sole method of privacy. Plus, having to open and close curtains as much as I wanted would probably get old quickly. So that was out.
Next up, I considered plantation shutters (see below), which I think look very classy. But everyone I talked to said that they were uber expensive. Cue: sad Sara face :(
(Image courtesy of Country Living)
(Pleeeeease forgive the mess! I was in the middle of painting the living room and doing the whole "push furniture to one side of the room to paint"...switch...and repeat)