When my husband and I moved into our very first home, started a family, and had very little idea, if any, the difference between window treatments or no window treatments, our neighbor insisted to keep the off-white shutters that were already in our home. The shutters that dangled centimeters from the window, the shutters with the kind of texture that made everything else in our living room look beyond glamorous (which is unfortunately far from true), the shutters that were so yellowed and tinted from the sun’s warmth that they made the rest of our house look an overwhelming shade of white, the shades we were embarrassed to admit had moved into our home before we did and that there was, what felt like, no way of kicking them out… otherwise referred to by my husband and I as the “ugly shutters”. Fortunately, when my mother- in -law stopped by for a visit to babysit our toddler, we came home to greet our shutters at the side of the curb were they belonged, accompanied by the rest of the junk we so desperately needed to get rid of. It finally felt like we had our home to ourselves. Yet, the sun’s heat was almost unbearable in August, scorching the dark hardwood floors and leaving us with sunburns when we were simply just roaming from room to room. Spraying sunscreen on our little one didn’t feel necessary when we weren’t at the beach, and the expensive hardwood fading little by little was irritating, and the naked windows were far from helpful in the privacy department, so we experimented with another technique… drapery. What innovative technological advancements had our society made since the 14th century that were more brilliant than drapes? I would have to get back to you on that one… The easy-breezy sweep of the fabulous cloth to immediately shade our living room saved us sunscreen rashes, expensive hardwood floor replacements, and a whole lot of cringing from visitors. Drapery is an effective, beautiful, and a very convenient addition to our home. This sort of window treatment rescued my family from the teeth-grinding, sweaty palms, and ‘tsk tsk’ing kind of embarrassment from visiting friends and co-workers who are now impressed with our immense upgrade from the “ugly shutters” to the recently renamed “best thing that has ever happened to a window”.