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Tricky window treatment

MichelleK's picture

Hi all:This is my very first post! I really hope one of you can help me.Window 1Window 1I was motivated to write by a big decorating issue I'm having in my new Victorian rowhouse. (Big being a relative term, of course.) We are lucky enough to have some of the original stained glass in the transom window at the front of our house, which is east facing and one side of our dining room. It's a rowhouse, which means that's the only window that lets in any natural light into the house, so I am loathe to cover it, BUT, there are privacy concerns—the front of the house is fairly close to the street and people can see right in. (And my dog can see right out to bark at all the dogs who pass by.) I'd like a solution that addresses this concern. Problems: the window covers almost the entire wall, so I don't know how I"d attach the window dressing with enough room to pull it back from the window. Also, the wood-trimmed windows at the bottom hinge into the house. Covering these alone would be okay, but it still needs to be something that can be removed easily. Lastly, I'm in love with the mouldings and don't want to cover them up.So, how do I do this? See pics below...

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gmcauley's picture

Hello MichelleK,

You may want to browse these articles for some tips on covering curved or awkwardly shaped windows:

I hope that helps!

Gwen McAuley (gmcauley at

spersaud's picture

Hi Michelle!

I understand what you mean about privacy concerns. What some H&H editors have done is frosted their windows to continue to let natural light in while blocking people from being able to see in. You can frost your windows with a simple spray, like Rust-Oleum's Frosted Glass Spray or with a window film like the ones by 3M or Apex Films. Product links:

Hope this helps!

Seema Persaud

Web Promotions Editor

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