Driftwood Curtain Rods
“Doors take up a lot of space,” says artist and DIY-er Elizabeth G Fagan. “They need empty wall space to be open, which, when you live alone, is really just wasted.”
Fagan’s second floor has two bedrooms, a full bath, and a linen closet—all in the space over the two-car garage on the ground floor.
To turn the second floor into a suite for herself, Fagan took out the bedroom and bathroom doors. “It’s cold and windy at Lake Michigan’s Left Coast. My house has zoned heat. Taking out those doors has improved air flow and decreased heating bills.”
What about privacy when Fagan has guests? “I put up curtains,” she reports.
To bring Lake Michigan inside, she found right-sized pieces of driftwood, whitewashed them, and installed them as curtain rods. “This way, I can put curtains up when I need them, and take them down when I don’t. I use fabric shower curtains.”
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About the Artist
Elizabeth G Fagan is an artist, photographer, and writer. A former Chicagoan, Fagan resides in southeastern Wisconsin. She calls her place in the world Lake Michigan’s Left Coast.
Fagan attended a private arts high school on Connecticut’s Long Island Sound, where she focused on print-making and photography. She went on to acquire a BA in English (Grinnell College & UIC), an MA in Linguistics (UIC), and a certificate in web development (DePaul University). A career in Chicago-area publishing and website design/development gave Fagan advanced professional skills. Following a move to Wisconsin, Fagan devotes much of her time to making art. She’s held part-time sales positions at paint, home-design, and photography retailers.
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