I have something I’d like to get off my chest. It’s an issue we’ve been dealing with for nearly six years. I haven’t known how to deal with it, so I just keep pushing it out of my mind, covering it up, hiding it from people, telling myself it’s not that big of a problem. But it is. It is a big problem. And I think, after six long years, it’s finally time to deal with it.
We have a weird window.
Whew. There. It’s finally out in the open. I feel better already.
Yes, this is our bedroom window. I guess you would call it some sort of bay window? There is another one in the dining room, but it is just one square pop-out so it will be easier to deal with. We live in an older-ish house, built in the mid-1980s. Great time for electronic music and Republicans and Brat Pack movies, not so much for residential architecture. It’s on the back corner of our house, looking out over the backyard (which is another hot mess in and of itself). It doesn’t let much light into the room because we have large trees in our backyard that block out the sun in the spring and summer, and there is a row of cedars between our house and the neighbor’s house. Fine for privacy but not for allowing natural light.
See those scratches in the paint? That’s because intermittently over the past several years, our two 60+ pound dogs have jumped up into the window to bark at things in the yard many many times, and their claws have scratched off the paint. Lovely, isn’t it? And that load-bearing post ensures that I can’t just make a simple L-shaped cushion for it. I would have to measure out a weird notch to cover the surface entirely and make it a semi-comfortable place to sit, but I’m just not that talented a seamstress right now so I don’t think I’ll be doing that.
Most of the time that little nook is a catch-all for random things that find their way into our bedroom. Books, shoes, laptops, folded clothes and towels, and recently, toys and boxes of diapers. I always get sick of looking at the crap that accumulates, though, and every time I clean it out I vow to never junk it up again. And honestly, the room looks so much cleaner when that space is empty.
If you look closely on the right side, you’ll see a small metal rod. That is part of a recently purchased curtain system from IKEA, the Kvartal system. We wanted to give it a try because it would accommodate the corner and allow curtains to run on a track to completely cover up the whole area. We haven’t put it up, though, largely because these are the only windows in the room and both of us are loathe to block out the small bit of light they provide. Surely there has to be a better way to make use of this space without simply covering it up and pretending it doesn’t exist.
But I’m at a loss. I’m not quite sure what to do with that little corner. Do I make two separate cushions for the sides and put something in the middle? Some funky little statue, maybe? I thought about getting small tension rods that would allow some small curtains to block out the light when we wanted to, and just putting them flush against the windows. Or maybe rolling shades. We actually like to open up those big windows when the weather is nice because it does get a nice little breeze going through it, so I don’t want to make them too inaccessible. I need to find that perfect balance. I need to make that space usable. But how?
First things first, a sanding and new coat of paint on that surface would do wonders for its overall appearance. Maybe I’ll use that little nook to test out a different paint color. But I need to figure out what to do with that space, and I need to do it soon before it drives me bonkers. Any suggestions?