On to the pictures. Here's the BEFORE:
Doesn't that window just look enormous? Here are a few more BEFORE/AFTERs:
You can see that we've made a few other improvements. Swapping out the black Expedit drawers for some nice cream colored ones (these great cloth bins are found at Target), adding a catch-all bowl for all my junk (snack bowl from CB2), general organization and cleanup, and finding a "color muse" (more on that here).
We actually completely forgot we had another window by the door (since we literally NEVER touch it) and only bought one set of curtains/rods for the big window. Now that we've got curtains on the other one as well, it's pretty hard to miss!
The curtains are a bit on the short side, but there's some extra length in the hem that I'll eventually let out to get them closer to floor-length.
We bought the double curtain rods because I'm thinking about adding some colorful sheers behind the gray curtains for a nice pop. It might involve some DIY curtain dying...stay tuned for that!
The corner above the computers was looking pretty dark, so I brought in some light by hanging a mirror that I nabbed from Ross for $18. It had a few chipped and bent edges, hence the price, but nothing that can't be touched up with a bit o' paint.
Now for the wall-makeover bill: $60 for two sets of curtains, $120 for curtain rods (we used 3 total) and $18 for the mirror. That brings us to $198 which is not cheap, but we think the results are completely worth it!
Next on the list is getting a curtain for that Pax wardrobe because it's starting to look really REALLY nastay compared to all of our nice improvements. And a new lamp, cuz that hanging lantern is just an eyesore.