Trials & Errors

Our windows are being replaced! It’s actually pretty exciting to have beautiful new windows and window framing. It’s lovely, inside & out.

The main problem right now is that we’re in the second week of construction while waiting on a new style of front window. The first one installed was the wrong one. As everyone knows, having your home under construction is draining. I’ve been trying (& often failing) to keep it in perspective: The new style is worth the wait! Replacing windows is mild compared to big projects! It will look great when it’s done! Buuuuut it’s still not done yet.

To keep my spirits up, I’ve been planning out a garden and replacing the curtains inside. Gardening is a fun new adventure and I am learning a ton. The curtains, on the other hand, are right in my wheelhouse.

As a reminder, this what has been on the window for a while now.

Good morning

Good morning

There’s nothing really wrong with the curtains that are there.  I just hate tabbed curtains. I’m nitpicky about how the curtain pleats lie, and he likes to close them from to bottom, and then the tabs get stuck in stupid ways along the top. I feel like a crazy lady fixing the curtains all the time.

Look how quiet they are!

Look how quiet they are!

Plus, that photo was from an atypical sunny morning.  Seattle is notoriously overcast and they never let in enough day light when closed. (We live on a busy street, so they are usually closed.) New curtains are an obvious solution. Ones with grommets or rings that will slide easily along the rod, and a double rod so we can add privacy sheers. After some hunting, a failed attempt with a rust color curtain and a few returns, I finally found a style from Bed Bath & Beyond that should do the job. We tried out two color options last night.

Ivory or Spa?

Night time curtain test. Ivory or Spa?

It’s so helpful to test new curtains in every different light you can manage. During the evening we turned on all the living room lights to see how it looked inside, then ran outside to see how much you could see from the street. This morning I checked out how much daylight would be let through.

Day time curtain test. Left: Ivory new trial curtain. Right: Spa new trial curtain.

Day time curtain test.
Left: Ivory. Right: Spa.

Left: Our old curtains. Right: The new curtains

Left: Our old curtains. Right: Spa.

Spa it is! It blocked all but the brightest interior light from the street during the night, and let in enough daylight during a cloudy day. At first I was worried we were only leaning toward the green because of some color based stockholm syndrome. But no! The “spa” color is genuinely nice.

Now to get that new front window installed so I can put up our new double curtain rods…

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