Growing up, I thought my sister had to be one of the coolest people in the world. Frankly, I still think that. When I was in middle school and she was in high school, I desperately wanted to emulate her style and I loved nothing more than to see her get all dressed up for a dance or a date. This was partly because she knew how to rock the big hair and lace, finger-less gloves like nobody’s business but mostly it was because when she would head out for the evening, she allowed me to spend time in what was to me the holy grail….her bedroom.
As I tried on her long bead necklaces and teased my bangs within an inch of their lives before spraying them with Aqua Net, I magically transformed from awkward pre-teen to an 80’s superstar. At least in my imagination.
More than anything else, I loved listening to my sister’s 45’s on the little record player she had in her room. And one of my most favorite songs of all was called, “The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades” by the band Timbuk3.
I still know it by heart which must be why it played over and over again in my head when we decided to add shades to our family room windows.
A few months ago I felt this sudden and uncontrollable need for light, light and more light which led to me taking down the blinds in our family room windows.
But, while we loved how it opened up the room and how much brighter it felt on those dark, dreary days, when the sun would actually make an appearance it made tv watching a bit of a challenge.
It had a bright future but it really needed some shades. Some bamboo roman shades (‘Custom Size Now Light Filtering by Levolor’ at Lowes) to be exact.
I love how they add texture to the windows but don’t block the light like the blinds did. And obviously being able to lower them when you want to take a nap on the couch on Sunday afternoon is a big bonus.
Or so my husband tells me. 😉
So many things from the 80’s are making a comeback and frankly, the music from that decade dominates my playlists.
But, as I think back to how this room looked when we first moved in and how it looks now, I’m very grateful that we’ve brought it into THIS decade.
After all, some things are just meant to stay in the past!
Thanks so much for meeting me at the Fence today,