The joy of living in los angeles is that one has to have metal security screens on the windows. Are they ugly? You betcha. It's bad wrought-iron-styled stuff, where they decided to add in little heart shapes and curlicues so it wouldn't look so depressing - an act which somehow makes the screen more depressing. Mine looks like this:
But they don't have to be that ugly.
Thanks to ApartmentTherapy for the images, and to Italy, for really getting it.