Dec 13, 2010

Window of Opportunity

I would never miss my chance at a window of opportunity - by which I mean, a window that can be made into a reading nook or seating area. It is my ultimate thrill of home decor. Any window for that matter can be turned into a relaxing oasis just by adding a few elements that are already available around the house.

Do you have a mismatched chair/bench/stool that doesn't quite fit into your room's style? Don't you worry; just drag it closer to the window and set a basket of books by the side and if you can bring a lamp closer, you are all set - your own private library! Add pillows and throws for extra comfort.

On sunny days open them up to let the cool breeze in. The honey bees in the flower pads outside will sing sweet lullabies as you catch a quick Sunday afternoon nap. Chickadees and robins and the playful squirrels will make the scene more fun to watch.

If your window is by a busy street curtains and shades can bring in privacy. Adding simple indoor plants will only make the spot more appealing to run to. The abundant natural light by the window will help the plants thrive making the room fresher.

Sitting by your window you can look at the world from a whole new angle - the rain that is falling, the snow that is drizzling, the birds that fly by, the children that are playing, the stars of the night, the moon up close, there aren't many things as mesmerizing as these ...

If a chair is not handy or you are not the type that would like to warm up with a book in the nook, the same window can be a show case of your favorite collections. Don't over do it though, as it will easily get cluttered. The best idea is to keep a few pieces - one if big - and rotate it through the seasons or depending upon your mood.

When we finished our basement, the interior room would have had absolutely no light if not for my idea of installing an indoor window on the dividing wall. The outer room gets ample natural light which then also fills the inner room through that window. Later I learned somewhere that the concept is called "Borrowed Light". Very interesting right?

Let's say you don't have any window that is accessible - the smartest thing to do is to create an illusion of a window with a big wall mirror or simply a wall art and adding window treatments to it. It will quickly brighten up the room along with your spirits.

Your window is a free gift to you though many of us haven't unwrapped it yet. When you do, you will be surprised at what it can do for you...

13 comments:

bhawna said...

If you have ever written any book, i would love to read it. But if not then think of it.

Always full on ideas and have very good writing skills..

Mangala said...

I too have a seat by my window where I sit and read the papers in the morning, and do my crochet in the evenings...with a hot cup of steaming coffee, watching the rains outside...it is also a favorite spot for all my visitors who love to sit by that big window with their legs outstretched.....

....Petty Witter said...

Thanks for those tips. I'd love to live in a house with windows large enough to house a built-in seat. I'd fill it with a basket of my favourite books, a dish of chocolates, lots of cushions, oh and my favourite teddy bear would be waiting there ready to be cuddled as I read.

Bikramjit said...

wowow that is some advice, I think my lounge has too many things and they are all expenvie things and I dont want to throw them away :(

ahhhhhhhhhhh what to do .. old house had a bigger lounge this one is not that big ...

Bikram's

A said...

Excellent tips.

(I prefer a window seat in the plane too)

....Petty Witter said...

Re: The Expected One. A bit off topic I know but I just thought i'd let you know that there is a link to Amazon if you click on the book title that is before the authors name. As for becoming an Amazon associate? What a good idea, I'm going to look into this, thanks.

Hari K Gottipati said...

Great tips told in your own way! Your writing skills are simply amazing and I always like your narration style!

Black Walnut Pearl said...

Very well written NRIGirl. I remember the day I enjoyed sitting in your dining room window side and eating macaroni on a sunday morning when you guys returned from church:)

sm said...

good idea to create a window

Stranger said...

Great idea...will try it...

Thanks pal...

dr.antony said...

Open the windows of ones own heart.It is Christmas time.Let angels breeze in.

Renu said...

I also love that window side.

raji said...

Very poetic..nice write up nri.Actually a "window"is a window to many more fantasies and opportunities for me .I swirl in an array of thoughts and emotions and this spot is were my creativity blooms.

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