Here's a picture of the metal grills on our windows. It acts both as a protection against robbers who might attempt getting in the house through the windows and as a design to add some aesthetic value. When our house was built some 20 years ago, this was the "in" design. =)
I made the last minute decision to post this as my spiral entry when i read tnchick's entry... my first choice was the telephone cord too! hahaha!