I took these first two pictures with my phone on July of 09, the day I bought my condo! As you can see, I have a great view of the woods with sufficient sunlight. And notice how the fireplace that backs up to the sun room is covered with mirrors on three sides from floor to ceiling? Well the reflection floods the space with natural sunlight. On a sunny morning it’s likely you’ll see rainbows all over the room! This space could not be more perfect for me.
Throughout the past year I’ve enjoyed observing the changing of seasons through these windows. I watched as the leaves turned to their beautiful fall colors.
And I had a front row seat to one of the biggest snow storms of the decade on the east coast!
Now that it is summertime, my need for shade has increased, along with the 90 degree temperatures. My poor air conditioner just can’t keep up with having to keep the place cool everyday on it’s own. It needs all the help it can get and the vertical blinds that came with the place only cover the lower portion of windows.
During the day I’m always skimming through my favorite design blogs. I came across this video from the bloggers of The Lettered Cottage that included a great solution for some low budget, but expensive looking curtains! It was perfect timing because I was looking for a weekend project.
It’s really the only thing that would work because I only found one place that sold 11 foot curtains and they were way over my price range. I spent $40 on 2 drop cloths and cut them each in half to make 4 panels. This allowed me to splurge on some nice curtain rods and matching rings, so I could just clip the curtains right on! There is also room for an inside rod if I choose to add another layer of curtains in the future. I’m already working up a plan for some low budget bed sheets.
Notice how I chose to hang the curtains above the top window panel.
It definitely blocks all the sunlight from coming in and creates a more dramatic look. I think my pets enjoy the shade as well. And in the evening when the sun isn’t so intense, I love how they frame the windows.
Thank you Layla for this fabulous idea! My bank account thanks you too!