My contribution to the home improvement efforts (and keep in mind, I'm sick, so quite limited in my heavy lifting and general stamina abilities) was the removal of all the curtains left over from the previous owner, hooorahhh! Not sure why it took us so long, it really wasn't a big task. Maybe I thought we'd have to put new curtains up right away? Luckily, the windows all have mini-blinds installed already, and the big white frames look great on their own.
It lets in just a bit more light, but makes it feel less like a cave. We'll have to see if it wakes up too early in the morning, but we may end up going curtain-less forever!