We spent the majority of the summer sans grass resulting in a pit of mud that the dogs trod through then lolled about on the hardwoods with their Pollocky paws. A couple of weeks ago we broke down and asked Bob our yard guy to lay sod on our behalf.
We are so glad we did because:
1. We just weren’t getting it done
2. He had things we didn’t have, namely tools, manpower and gumption
3. He brought a puppy!
Here’s the before/after:
Since then we’ve been watering it diligently and confusing the stew out of Sulli and Max by asking them to “please go” in the flower beds they had heretheretofor been implored NOT to go in. After watching Bob’s guys do this, and reading numerous online tutorials, I’m convinced, but for time, we really could have managed it ourselves. So I encourage anyone with the urge to try DIY-ing it.
And, even though we weren’t able to knock it out ourselves, we still sit out on the porch every night at sunset and bask in its lushness.
I took our curtains in for their semi-annual cleaning (that means every 2-3 years right?) and it got me to thinking. We acknowledge that with completely bare windows the neighbors can see straight into our house in the evenings, which, of itself is no biggie because there isn’t too much crazy going on around here (occasional scratching and wearing of pajama pants doesn’t count.) But we LOVED how light and open, albeit a bit echoey, it became and how much larger the rooms felt sans curtains. They had always been an inexpensive (Ikea) placeholder until we can decide what to do with those windows. So, when we moved in 4 years ago, we just threw them up on the existing rods which were positioned at the top edge of the window, bottom edge of the window frame.
Now the drapes are back and ready to be hung once again and I have thought all along that I would move the curtain rods up above the window frames.
It is just universally understood that hanging drapes higher, above the window frame, makes the room seem bigger, right?
But it would just be faster and easier to put them up where they had been before, and what if it isn’t actually true? What if moving the rods up serves to visually bring down our high ceilings-one of the casa’s best features- and make each room feel claustrophobic?
I’ve decided to conduct an experiment and, once and for all, prove or disprove the theory that hanging drapes higher virtually enlarges a room. (music swells dramatically)
So you saw the bare window at the top of the post. And here’s the window with the drapes hung where the rod just was in the first place.
And here it is with the rod higher.
And here they are side-by-side.
And here they are…just kidding. Anyway, is there is no question that the drapes hung higher are better? That’s how it’s feeling to me but I want to decide before I move all of the rods and anchor them into the plaster.What do you think?
Side note: Notice how beige this room is? I can’t wait to paint the walls darker and the ceiling probably white but at least contrasting. And when I finally get to rip down that retina-burning track lighting? I might just plop in the middle of the living room floor and cry.