sozobe
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 10:19 am
@boomerang,
That mirror idea is very interesting! Wonder if that could work.

I don't quite get how I'd open the glass curtain though...? (Sounds beautiful!)

Here's the window from the outside:

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/sozobe/backwindow.jpg

With notations:

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/sozobe/withnotations.jpg

The window appears to be in the center of the triangle (while over on the far side of the room) because there is a closet on the other side of that wall. OK so now I'm thinking, do we need that closet to be that big? What if we break through into it from the bedroom and make a proper little secluded seating area where you can take advantage of the window without a lot of neck-craning or mirrors? (And simultaneously cut down on the useless enormity of The Wall.)

All very much in the pipe dream category at this point but I'd never thought of that. (Nor the deck idea, which is also very nice.)
sozobe
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 10:20 am
@CalamityJane,
Oooh, love it CJ!
sozobe
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 10:36 am
@Swimpy,
Another interesting idea! (I'm really loving all the ideas -- who knows what we'll end up with but the process is itself fab.)

When I say I want to spend $100-$200 on this (for now) I mean EVERYTHING though, starting with the curtain rod for the four-windows (probably singular, but not so cheap), through whatever window covering I decide on for the nook window, plus any additional fabric, plus foam if I go that way, etc., etc.

So if I do the window seat thing now it'd probably be with the chest, though I can always upgrade later.

I also do just like the chest -- it's an old cedar one with carvings and stuff and has a lot of character.
CalamityJane
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 10:42 am
@sozobe,
Sozobe, look at the nice pillows from Target.

Target
sozobe
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 11:02 am
@CalamityJane,
Oooh! Ahh!

$30/ each though! Very reasonable as these things go but would eat up my little budget pretty quick. Good news is that I have a) pillows and b) materials for pillow covers already, and would have fun making 'em too.

Grabbed some of my fabrics and took this pic to give you an idea:

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/sozobe/potentialpillows.jpg
boomerang
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 11:20 am
Have you ever used the Goodwill online auction site? It's fab.

Here are two pillows for $5: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Set-of-2-Beautiful-AsianThemeDecorative-Pillows-4363885#des
sozobe
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 11:34 am
@boomerang,
It is fab! I lost my favorite Goodwill store recently so the site is doubly welcome. I'm pondering whether to get a garish fabric teatowel calendar from the year of my birth... hmmm... (It confirms that I was born on a Monday, anyway, which I'd thought but I wasn't sure.)

Nobody seems to like the idea of me making my own pillows (shniff) but that's one thing that I'm getting close to being sure of, and looking forward to. If I do it, I'll post pictures of the finished product and they'll be nice, I swear.
ossobuco
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 11:35 am
@sozobe,
These two photos really helped - I can see a deck now that I see what's really there. Interesting about moving the closet wall in the future....

love the materials together.
sozobe
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 11:42 am
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:
These two photos really helped - I can see a deck now that I see what's really there.


Me too... to the point where I wonder if that was the original plan. We know that they ran out of money near the end of the project and had to scale back, we just weren't sure what was altered.
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boomerang
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 11:50 am
I'm sure you can make beautiful pillows!

My point is -- it is often cheaper to buy them than to make them.
sozobe
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 11:53 am
@boomerang,
Right... but I already have all the materials I'd need (plus one base material, maybe -- have some I could use) so it'd either free or super-cheap! (I have six pillows already, could do the whole thing for under $10 probably.)

Having a lot of fun on that Goodwill site -- one to bookmark, thanks.
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CalamityJane
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 12:48 pm
@sozobe,
Oh wow, these fabrics are gorgeous and they go so well together. When you have the hardware (pillows) already, then it should be a cost efficient project. The wood blinds you can get at IKEA for around $ 30.00 http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10092570
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ehBeth
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 12:54 pm
@sozobe,
If cabinets/mirrors etc tempt ...

don't forget about

http://www.habitatcolumbus.org/biac.asp

It's sometimes startling what you can find at a Habitat Re-Store.
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Butrflynet
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 01:27 pm
@sozobe,
Browse through some local areas where there are some foreclosures. There was a recent news report here in the Sacramento area that said companies were just tossing the contents in foreclosed homes rather than trying to give it away or sell it because it took too long to coordinate it all. Their workers weren't getting the job done quick enough in the areas with high volume foreclosures.

I'll see if I can find anything about it on the net. The point is you might be able to get free drapery rods, draperies, benches, pads, etc.

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OCCOM BILL
 
  0  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 03:10 pm
@sozobe,
Though not in the budget today; a deck above that screen porch would blend nicely with your exterior, IMO. (Design note to Osso: In this case I think the builder would have done better sacrificing the exterior symmetry for interior continuity (you’re not in the back yard looking up at that peak everyday), but that's not at issue here.)

I'm no interior decorator... but I like your's and Boom's idea with the curtain.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v667/boomerangagain/House/sozcurtain.jpg

It also occurs to me that the tiny, useless wall that's hidden in there could be fitted with a large mirror to complete the facade. (Taking great care to mount it at precisely 90 degrees to make the effect)

Before:
http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/46/sozmirrorrc7.jpg
After:
http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/8307/sozmirroraftermg7.jpg
This way you half curtain would appear to be a perfectly symmetrical set of curtains and you'd double your natural light while giving the appearance of two windows.

If you'll forgive my utter lack of artistic ability; something like this:

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/2915/sozmirrorafterbks7.jpg
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boomerang
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 03:20 pm
I don't know if the idea still matters at all but I got a photo of the curtains that I made. They look kind of crappy right now because I haven't ironed them since the window repair guys were here:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v667/boomerangagain/House/window1.jpg
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CalamityJane
 
  1  
Thu 8 Jan, 2009 03:39 pm
I like that fabric, boomer - it compliments the windows very well.
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ehBeth
 
  1  
Fri 9 Jan, 2009 11:50 am
@boomerang,
I'm in love

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=4357160
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ehBeth
 
  1  
Fri 9 Jan, 2009 11:51 am
@sozobe,
sozobe wrote:
Nobody seems to like the idea of me making my own pillows


I do!
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sozobe
 
  1  
Fri 9 Jan, 2009 12:30 pm
Oh wow, Beth, that quilt is so cool! Get it!

OK, I'm a bit behind here, so to catch up:

CJane -- I so want IKEA to get to Columbus already! The nearest one is more than an hour away and they don't ship those shades. The shades seem to be awkward widths for that window anyway though -- it's about 25 inches wide and theirs come in 23 inches or 31 inches. Customizable by length but not width.

I ordered samples from blindsgalore a bit ago and am hoping that will work out -- they customize it for you and ship free, for about $50.

Beth -- the Habitat ReStore is completely new to me. Not that far away either. Definitely going to check that out, thanks!

Butrflynet -- interesting idea!

Bill -- those drawings are blowing me away, good job on those. I still have the problem of the short curtains -- they bother me for some reason. (Not saying I'm right, just personal preference.) If I have curtains I think I'd want to put the chest elsewhere and have 'em go to the floor. (Which I might still do. More on this later.)

Boomerang -- thanks for the photos. That is a really nice look, I see why you've gotten compliments on it. Is that fringe on the bottom of the curtains?

ehBeth -- thanks for the pillow vote of confidence. Smile I'm having a lot of fun digging into my stash of saris, which brings me to:

I found one new sari that goes stupendously well with the bug+flower curtains and am trying to figure out if I want to make it the curtain/ focus on that wall. I didn't like the idea of all that white with a little busy print there which is why I've been anti-big-curtains -- because the bug+flower curtains were the ones I'd use. This is a cotton sari with really deep, saturated greens and reds and coppers, no light parts to it, and I can see it there really well.

The blues don't really go with it though and I did like using the blues -- I have a green-and-red-and-brown/wood/coppery/-and-ivory color scheme going too many other places in the house and would like to get into the blues.

At this point in my train of thought last night I clutched my head and decided to let this all marinate for a bit and then will come back to it in a couple of days!
 

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