You'd never know it, but the view outside the window of this peaceful looking bedroom is anything but serene. This bedroom was once a garage that faces a very busy road, and the cars parked in the driveway are so close to the window they look like they're ready to crash into the house.
The seller, a real estate investor in Syracuse, NY, agreed. As she was running out to pick up a few things at the big box home improvement store, I suggested that she pick up a couple of "temporary shades". They can be trimmed to the exact width of your window with scissors, and have a strip of adhesive that you stick to the top of the window frame. Best of all, they cost less than $5 apiece.
The results were fantastic! In less time than it takes to make a bed, the temporary shades were up and the unpleasant view was gone.