The decision to remove the shutters on our main level was a game-changer for our house. For a week, my husband and I asked ourselves, “Why did we wait so long to remove the shutters?” I blamed it on the kids. We used all our brain bandwidth on laundry, replacing chirping back up batteries in the smoke detectors at 1 am. They always chirp in the middle of the night. And, to remember to sign those endless permission slips.
Keeping the shutters was some type of analogy for containing the chaos with three children. Or maybe, it was so that no one would see the Legos strewn around the basement or the piles of shoes and jackets stacked on the stairs leading to the upper level.
But as our nest emptied we had a little more time to appreciate the mile-high views on the south side of the city. And, after visiting a neighbor’s room where she had recently removed her shutters, I was on a mission.
But to understand the decision to remove the shutters lets take a trip around our brownstone in the suburbs before we enjoyed the views. I shared similar photos when I shared these before and after paint colors.
We removed the two stories of shutters in the living and family rooms. That is sunshine people! And, maybe an overly ambitious camera setting. #wink
We eventually replaced our windows with higher UV protection windows. We convinced ourselves they would pay for themselves with lower heating costs. The jury is out on that one.
There are a few Aspen trees outside our living room window that provide shade and privacy.
This chaise has the best view and place to nap in the house.
We also removed the shutters from the adjacent family room (the two rooms are separated by that large brown wall). It is hard to imagine I decorated an entire room in brown. My best guess is I thought the shades of brown would hide the dust and dirt.
When we removed the shutters it instantly brightened the room and likely our moods. It’s just so much more welcoming!
This is real-world… strewn blankets and tossed magazines.
Just off the family room, we have a private deck. Meaning, there are no stairs that lead to or from the yard.
We absolutely love the exposed windows. We added privacy shades for the family room, but I doubt anyone can see us on the couch working our way through every Netflix series.
What do you have for window treatments? Thanks for stopping by today!
Here are a few other posts about our living rooms.