Something like this could look nice in your living room. They sell shades like these in Home Depor, Lowe's, Target. IKEA has great simple white panels that still give you that airy look, but the blinds would give you privacy when you want it.
This is so rustic. If I ever have the luxury of owning a cute little cabin I am so putting in a fun tree branch to hang my mugs off of. Another great idea with branches is creating curtain rods out of them! I'll have to put a picture up of it.