I knew I had some very specific needs and wants when it came to covering the window in the bathroom. The main one being the issue of privacy. No one wants to have the feeling of letting it all hang out while using the bathroom, and the lay out of our bathroom poses a very specific problem and that is a low window directly next to the toilet. As you see below.
So it is a no brainer that some sort of window covering is needed. And life would be so much easier if I could just put up a curtain, blind or even a shade and call it a day.
But wait, if privacy was the only issue that would be the route I would go. The other big issue I have is light. I crave sunlight in my house. I think I am still making up for my lack of sunlight from the years of living in Washington state. I was crushing and dreaming of shutters, upper and lower shutters that you can operate independently.
source- House BeautifulBut after taking a few measurements, I found out the toilet tank is too high to allow the shutters to open and close. Curses to you toilet, Errrr!
So that left me with cafe curtains, which I love. Really I do, but I was kind of hoping for something different. But cafe curtains it will be.
So now that I have overcome the physical barriers of the window I now needed to confront all the other obstacles. The main occupants of the room are a young brother and sister, and sometimes friends and family who join us for extended visits. Which adds up to a room needing to be young and fun and yet not to juvenile and I needed to make sure the room was not too feminine (my own personal issue).
I knew my kids had decided on a color they liked, aqua. And I knew I wanted a retro print, but that was really all I knew. I kept my eyes open and I stumbled across the fabric in a quilt shop in Minnesota. I knew it was the one right when I saw it.
I wanted to change the proportion of the cafe curtain- meaning not having it right at the center of the window, but instead having it longer so it closed off most of the window, but still let in the light.