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The best soundproof curtains of 2024

The best soundproof curtains of 2024

The Nicetown 100% Blackout Curtain is not only one of the best soundproof curtains, but it is also one of the best blackout soundproof curtains you can buy.  These curtains are designed with a black thermal liner that is thick enough to deliver full blackout capability, making it a perfect fit for a bedroom or nursery. They not only block light but also heat and UV rays. Nicetown says the two layers double the noise blocking capacity compared to one layer.  The curtains also feature a nice, simple design, with silver grommets to secure the curtain into place. You’ll find plenty of colors to choose from, including burgundy red, bright yellow, lavender rose, and peacock teal, all delivered with the interior black thermal liner so you can personalize your curtains while still enjoying the blackout effect. The price depends on which color you choose, but they start around $30, and Amazon frequently offers coupons that bring the price down further. At the time of this writing, these Nicetown curtains had nearly 70,000 Amazon reviews, and …

Democrats fret it could be curtains for local theaters without federal funds

Democrats fret it could be curtains for local theaters without federal funds

Four years after it began, Covid-19 is in the rearview mirror for millions of people and hundreds of businesses across the U.S. — but not for some theaters that require federal funding, according to some Democratic lawmakers. Professional nonprofit theaters haven’t recovered from the pandemic, with dozens of stages set to shutter around the country without urgent infusions of cash. Now, a group of Democrats in Congress says “the show must go on” and is introducing legislation that could keep the curtains from closing. The Supporting Theater and the Arts to Galvanize the Economy Act — or STAGE Act — would allocate $1 billion annually to invest in the industry, helping community theaters pay rent, employ artists and attract new audiences. Sens. John Fetterman, D-Pa., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., are interviewed at the Capitol about legislation to fund theaters on April 11.Frank Thorp V / NBC News “We have people in all of our communities, red state or blue state, that are completely committed to making that local theater vital,” Sen. …

Woman living in bus shelter with cupboards, chairs, carpet and Super Mario Bros-themed curtains

Woman living in bus shelter with cupboards, chairs, carpet and Super Mario Bros-themed curtains

A homeless family living in a bus shelter say it is safer than being put in temporary housing with drug addicts. Destiny Mitchell has turned a bus stop into her temporary home with cupboards, chairs, carpet, bins, bedding and Super Mario Bros-themed makeshift curtains. Destiny, 26, has lived in the three metre (9.8ft) by one metre (3.2ft) glass and metal shelter in Selly Oak, Birmingham, for seven months with her boyfriend Ryan, 31, and her 44-year-old mum. READ MORE: Yorkshire woman who struggled to walk her dogs sheds seven stone by making two changes She says the council offered them temporary accommodation but she does not want to be separated from her mum. Both she and her mum have autism. Destiny Mitchell has turned a bus stop into her temporary home -Credit:SWNS She says they use Sellotape and cardboard given to them by students to patch up leaks in the roof and walls of their shelter. Destiny says they slept in a doorway of a Greggs but moved into the bus stop after being moved …

A Poem by Carolyn Forché: ‘​​​​​​​Night Shift in the Home for Convalescents’

A Poem by Carolyn Forché: ‘​​​​​​​Night Shift in the Home for Convalescents’

There is much in this drawer that is no longer in use:a notebook with ribbon to mark passagesonce of some importance, a tortoiseshell comb sadlymade of tortoise shell, a prayer book boundin mother-of-pearl. Mother-of-pearl.And sounds: a blurring of bees in the airno longer heard in the wild.Everything at once, she had said. All that youremember must be written down.Bed linens sailing the wind, curtains flaringbeyond the windscreens, lilacs soon to lie on the ground.There was a quickening in the heart whenever I saw himstanding in a field of bloom and hum then suddenly not there.The field gone. The house. The road now under a newer road.Trees along it long cut down. No canopy of hope.And the swamp? Who knows what became of it.Skunk cabbage and buttercups, cattails,polliwogs and crayfish with their pulse-train song.We caught them in jars of pond water.Not for eating, no. To watch them live.Wash your mother’s clothes one last time and put them away—like wrapping a scoop of snow in tissue paper. This poem has been excerpted from the collection You Are …

Too proud of your home to shut the curtains? Pull yourself together | Emma Beddington

Too proud of your home to shut the curtains? Pull yourself together | Emma Beddington

A startling discovery in the Atlantic: apparently not closing your curtains, or not even having any, is a status symbol. “Americans who earn more than $150,000 are almost twice as likely to leave windows uncovered as those making $20,000 to $29,000,” the article explained, quoting US Department of Energy research, and highlighting examples of the affluent curtainless (“Patagonia-rocking and $28-cheeseburgers-served-in-mason-jars-eating herds” is one withering description of the uncurtained demographic). But have you ever bought curtains? They’re viciously expensive. In everywhere I have ever lived, if the previous occupants have been kind enough to leave any, we’ve kept them for precisely this reason, regardless of style. Cerise padded satin? Giant swirls? Yes, and yes, with heartfelt thanks. Surely having and closing curtains, showing off your pricey blackout and thermal linings, is more of a statement? There seems to be a notion that if your interior is sufficiently chi-chi, not having curtains lets you show off your good taste while retaining plausible deniability about the showing off. I’m not sure where that falls on the stealth-to-ostentatious-wealth spectrum: …

How Uncovered Windows Became a Status Symbol

How Uncovered Windows Became a Status Symbol

Walk down the block of a wealthy neighborhood at night, and you might be surprised by how much you can see. One uncovered window might reveal the glow of a flatscreen TV across from a curved couch; through another, you might glimpse a marble kitchen island and a chandelier. Of course, some of the curtains are closed—but many are flung open, the home’s interiors exposed, like you’re peering into a showroom. Uncovered windows have quietly become a fixture of high-end homes across America. The New York Times recently referred to the “obligatory uncurtained windows” of Brooklyn Heights, a rich enclave in New York City, and The Root pointed out that this seemed common among wealthy young white people living in gentrified urban areas. On TikTok, onlookers have been baffled by the trend—and, sometimes, tempted to pry. Although this phenomenon is most visible in cities, the link between wealth and exposed windows extends across the United States. Most people do still close their shades, but Americans who earn more than $150,000 are almost twice as likely …

6 Best Smart Shades, Blinds, and Curtains (2023)

6 Best Smart Shades, Blinds, and Curtains (2023)

Inside or Outside Mount: For the cleanest look, you should install your shades or blinds in the window frame. Measure the depth and account for window handles or anything else that might collide with the shade. Think about where you can drill holes to fit the mounting brackets and whether your chosen spot can handle the weight of a shade. An outside mount doesn’t look as good, but it is easier to install and can cover the window completely to block more light. Inside-mounted shades always have small gaps that light can get through. If you are after a pitch-dark bedroom, combining inside mount shades with curtains is the best way to go. Material and Finish: You can get shades and blinds in so many different styles. Take your time choosing the material and color you want and think about the opacity. If you just want a privacy shade for a street-facing living room, then choose something that lets a lot of light through. If you’re trying to conserve or block heat or reduce noise, …