How to Make a No Sew Valance in Minutes

I love simple projects and wanted to share this DIY window treatment with you. I made a quick no sew valance from a piece of left over material we had from our Deco Wrap cornice samples. It was one yard of 54″ wide home decorators fabric and the selvedge ends were trimmed off. To figure out how much fabric you need, determine the window width you need to cover and add 12″. My width was… Read more »


Choosing Sheers for Window Treatments

I love simple sheer panels for window treatments. That is because today’s sheers are not like the sheers of old. Years ago you would mostly find plain voile or polyester fabric, and sheers were commonly used as a layering element underneath lined fabric panels. As a traditional window covering, you had the option to have everything pulled back to reveal the windows, sheers closed with panels decoratively framing the window, or both panels and… Read more »


Tips for Furniture Spacing

There are a few helpful rules when it comes to furniture placement and spacing. You want to create a feeling of coherence in a room but it is important not to overcrowd pieces. The flow of a room is critical for creating comfort as well as good aesthetics. Here are a few key tips to follow as you plan your furniture layout.

There should be a minimum of 2 1/2 feet of space between the couch and other… Read more »


A Sparkling Idea for Bathroom Windows

Decorating bathroom windows can pose challenges. Often in older homes the bathrooms can have funny little windows you are not sure what to do with. On the other hand in new construction, you might find large modern bathrooms with beautiful over sized windows. The problem there is being too close to a neighbor who shares the view! There are a few thing you have to consider as you explore your options. Because it is your… Read more »


Easily Change Your Look With DIY Window Treatments

When decorating, I don’t want to get locked into a look for too long a time as I tire easily. Like with my window treatments, I change them fairly often which allows me to change the vibe the room. That is the great thing about DIY window treatments. It’s always a fun project and you can change the look when it suites you because you haven’t invested too much. Here a some photos of… Read more »


How to Choose Art for Your Home

It is a very common question that is asked. People want to know how to choose the right artwork for their home. There is no simple answer, and the reason is that art is very personal. It should reflect your personality and create a mood. Art should give off a vibe that works along with your other decor and home furnishings.

Love the art pieces you choose, as you will look at them daily…. Read more »


Should I Puddle my Drapery Panels?

I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the term “puddling” in drapery lingo. It’s a funny term but it is a feature to be decided upon when getting custom drapery for your windows. Puddling is the result of the excess fabric length when lies on the floor. I ran across this question recently and I thought about what I would advise if I were consulting today.

When I last decorated our home I… Read more »


Flower Power in Home Decor

Flower power in home decor is the impact fresh flowers make in a room. It is a simple and affordable way to liven up any space. Flowers are so pretty, you can’t really go wrong.

Finally, my wall of hydrangeas are blooming. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but my hydrangea bushes are over 20 feet high. What is so nice is that I can cut a ton of blooms and you… Read more »


Use Trim to Make Window Treatments Look Custom

You can purchase a good quality ready made window covering and create a custom drapery look with simple the addition of trim. I have often used cording, bias tape, fringe, even grosgrain ribbon to embellish the look of a ready made window treatment. And the best part is you can do it yourself because you don’t need to sew it on. Fabric glue and fuseable webbing are products that make it easy to do.

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Window Treatments, Which Option Works for You?

Simple drapery panels

When you think about all of the options for window treatments on the market, there are three main categories to choose from. There are readi-made curtains and drapery purchased at retail, custom made window treatments contracted through a design professional, or there is a “do-it-yourself” option. Let’s look at how they differ and see what might be best for your decorating project.

Readi-made curtains and valances tend to be much less expensive than custom-made… Read more »