When we moved into our new home earlier this year, there was so much to love: high ceilings, original woodwork, a front porch perfect for sipping morning coffee before the kids get up. The one thing that didn’t match my dream home wishlist? It’s a narrow, south-facing row house on a tree-lined street, and it doesn’t get a ton of light. On top of that, the previous owners had left us with dark walls, heavy window treatments and an overall old-lady-who-never-goes-outside vibe.
Simply moving in our furniture and rugs brightened things up, but the one-window living room was still bumming me out. So, with a budget of $1,000 we embarked on Operation Lighten Up. Here’s what we did.