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Privacy With a View

If the neighbors look out their bedroom window they can see right into my home office.  Since this is my home I tend to wander around in it dressed however I please.  I also tend to leave my window shades up because I thrive on natural light.

Tonight I glanced out my office window and made eye contact with the man next door as he was closing his bedroom window shades.  Luckily I was wearing my bathrobe — this time.  The incident set me to thinking about my former father-in-law’s windows.

Dean put privacy window film on the two big picture windows in the front of his house. He was still able to see out and get natural sunlight, but no one could see in. Plus he installed the film himself without any trouble whatsoever.

He also put decorative window film up in his bathroom. It was a classy improvement over the roll down window shade and it brightened the room right up, but still protected our modesty. I wonder if I could get permission to put some decorative window film up in my office?


  1. Why not? We’ve done this before with vinyl cling-type window treatments. You can get them to look like stained glass, lace, water droplets, and more.

  2. I thought you had bought this house, so who would you need permission from? And I would think the film would be able to be removed.

    But if you do it, I hope you’ll still be transparent on your blog. 🙂

    1. Linda — we’ve leased it. Amoeba has a “soft money” job. We won’t be buying until there’s lots more money in the bank.

  3. Yikes! As long as you could still see OUT the window, I think the window film is a fantastic idea. I was not aware of it until your post. Does it change the appearance of the window from the outside? I was just wondering if the film would look like a sheet pressed against the window.

    1. CL — there are links in the post. Click on them and your questions will answer themselves.

      From the outside you might see what looks like frosted glass, or — in my fil’s case — a mirror.

  4. I bet you could find something really lovely to put there too.
    I hate to admit it but I got a bit of a giggle imagining if this had happened another day,
    hee hee
    Sorry, I will try not to be so evil.
    Those are a great idea, plenty of light still and no risk of unintended intimacy.

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