Great idea for traveling or road trips. Get a big map of the US, and take a picture when you visit a new state. Cut the picture out in the shape of the state, and glue to the map! I'm definitely doing this!
Put a shelf over a window and use the shelf brackets to hold a curtain rod- genius and beautiful AND gives a completely finished off look. I like the idea of having a shelf over the window in the kitchen or bedroom.
How to decorate around dark wood paneling? I like the idea, to use floor to ceiling curtains, even in places where there are no windows. It's also a good tip, to think of it as a paint color and not just paneling.