The "artsy" girl who lived there before me came up with the solution of hanging panels of cool wallpaper from a row of clasped rings which could be slid aside using the bar mounted on the ceiling (kinda like a shower curtain). This was a good idea, and I appreciated the creativity, but she failed miserably in execution. I pulled the ugly wallpaper panels down as soon as I moved in, but left the gold rods which had been drilled into the ceiling, not wanting huge holes left behind.
I mounted a basic curtain rod above the closet, and hung pretty curtains from Ikea, like one would with a window . It was easy and cheap, and drilling things into my wall using my power drill always makes me feel independent and self sufficient. But what to do about the ugly gold bars with their clasped rings hanging down? At first I thought about hanging origami from little strings: swans or frogs and that sort of thing. But then, around Christmas, I found clear ornaments at the 99 Cents Store, so I bought two boxes. Finally, I hung them yesterday.
The result? Meh, it'll do for now. It picks up the light well and looks pretty enough, and has satisfied my DIY craving for the year. Of course then I sort of had a redecorating/cleaning frenzy and two hours later, had rearranged almost every piece of furniture in my living room, swept and Swiffered my entire apartment, dusted, and installed the security alarms I bought eons ago (yay safety!).
I'm very happy at my new apartment, so all is well.
I have a running post called "Things in my house" over on my Tumblr. If you want to see the useless but cute crap I spend my money on (and other nonsensical posts), go here: http://georgiahardstark.tumblr.com/