Baby, it’s cold outside! Winter is in full swing here at The Castle, and we are living in an honest to goodness winter wonderland. Sometimes I look outside my window at the fluffy snowflakes and feel like I’m living in a snow globe! Winter is truly a beautiful season in our little area of Northern Ohio.
This winter has been colder than the last couple of years, and old houses are notorious for being hard to heat. Luckily for us, interior storm windows were added to our home years ago to help insulate it, and they make a HUGE difference! I love that we still have the original 1927 leaded glass windows on the outside. The windows are such a gorgeous feature of this house.
One area that was still a little drafty was our front door. For the last few years we’ve just dealt with it, closing off some of the interior doors to keep as many areas of the house as warm as possible. But when temperatures were going to dip to -25 degrees with the windchill a week or so ago, my husband and I decided to try an idea of mine!
Last year I found a curtain rod on super duper clearance at the home improvement store and snatched it up with this project in mind.
Yep, you read that right, $1.00 for a nice long curtain rod! I love getting good deals! I ordered extra long lined curtains that matched the curtains in our living room and playroom from Pier One Imports during one of their sales. I really like how the color of the curtains blends so well with our wall color! We hung the curtain rod as wide as possible above our front door so that when they are not in use I can gather the curtains to the sides and they won’t block the doorway. We made sure to hang the curtains so that they puddled on the floor, blocking the draft that was creeping in from outside.
Friends, it was shocking how quickly this simple improvement warmed up our house! My husband and I couldn’t believe how well it worked! We should have done this a long time ago. Is it weird to have a curtain over my front door? I’m so warm I haven’t even taken the time to care. We tend to use the back door anyway, so it’s really not a big deal. I have tie backs that I made from a set of fancy wall sconces that I found for next to nothing at a yard sale, I just haven’t put them up yet. I’ll probably get around to finishing that part of the project in the spring when I’m ready to leave the curtains open again.
Friends, don’t be afraid to keep original details in older homes. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity and an eye for a bargain to make a home cozy and warm! Enjoy this beautiful season, and stay warm!
Have a beautiful day!
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