There's a debate going on at the Ten June household.
And it involves one last thing that may or may not go on the living room tweak to do list.
Boom. Plantation shutters.
When we first purchased the house, the gorgeous blinds were a selling point. I absolutely loved them. Loved. Yes, I just wrote in past tense. The loving of the plantation shutters has now ceased. Believe it or not, I am now voting to get rid of the plantation shutters. Let me make my case.
Our lovely living room is simply a small rectangle. And the windows in the room face the southeast, so we get very little sun in the late afternoon and early evening, otherwise known as the main times of day that we spend in the room. Here's what the room looks like in the late afternoon, blinds closed.
Even with the blinds open (you can see that some of them are broken and don't love to stay open!), very little light enters the room. Because of the furniture we have in front of the windows, it's tough to open up the shutters altogether (they can be completely opened and pulled away from the window like the dining room photo you see below), so we tend to just crack each blind open as you see in this picture. Still not a lot of light in the room. Sad faces.
Oh and did I mention the little guys need painting? Both the plantation shutters in the living room and the dining room are currently the yucky yellow color I described yesterday. They all need a fresh coat of white paint, which means hiring someone or renting a paint sprayer. Phew. I'm exhausted already.
The dining room tends to stay dark as well. Blinds closed...
...and open. Let there be light.
My vote? Get rid of the shutters altogether. Pull them down, sell them on Craigslist and add a window treatment or two. I think that removing the shutters will make the living room look much larger and, of course, will lighten and brighten the space.
David, on the other hand, thinks my suggestion would be equivalent to committing house murder.
"Those babies are expensive!"
"The plantation shutters look great and add all kinds of southern-y, awesome charm!"
"Window treatments are a whole other world of scary, expensiveness!"
"Renting a paint sprayer to spruce the blinds up would be easy!"
"I love them like a fat kid loves cake!"
Ok maybe he didn't really say all of that, but that's close enough to his arguments. Not to mention he's got my sister, our neighbors and the original homeowners (who, by the way, added the beautiful shutters to the home twenty years ago) on his side. I'm not sure I stand much of a chance.
So, my blogging friends... dare I ask... what do you think? Are the plantation shutters keepers?!