i love the word tattered. it describes most of what i'm drawn to. i love crackled and peeling paint too. it's part of my tattered aesthetic. but i guess i'm learning to give some places a fresh coat of paint to perfectly offset the aged and the raw that i love so much. the blinds i put up out of desperation 13 years ago, are finally coming down. i have hung linen, unhemmed at the windows. it's so raw and heart stoppingly beautiful that way. but i also painted the windows and trim. 13 years ago, we removed the old aluminum windows and brought back the wooden storms and screens. the windows had been painted shut. they were taken apart and sanded and rebuilt but somehow, never repainted. we've had half painted, sanded splotchy unfinished windows all that time. which, i didn't really mind. but last week as i was keeping busy to keep my mind off missing miss crabapple......i grabbed a can of paint from the garage and started painting the living room window. i'd always been afraid i'd paint them shut again....but i didn't. i wanted my curtains to provide privacy but not to hide the windows. i love the trim and the depth of the windowsills. and i'm not a fan of any curtain rods i ever see. so i just screwed regular home depot hooks at the very top of the window, put grommets in the unhemmed linen and hung the fabric over the glass of the windows only. the windows are covered when i want them to be and the raw tattered edge of my curtains are highlighted by the clean paint instead of being a little grubby. grubby i don't like. tattered i do!