Children’s Room DIY Window Treatment Ideas

Making your children’s window treatments can be both fun and easy. Generally, we don’t spend as much money decorating our children’s rooms because their interests can change from year to year. There are many do it yourself ideas that save money and come out looking great. You don’t need any special skills or a sewing machine because there are many no sew options for window treatments. Let’s look at some easy and creative window… Read more »


Black Out Curtains, the Best Choice for Bedrooms

I absolutely love my bedroom drapery. My room has an enormous triple window and two smaller windows flanking our bed. I chose black out curtains on wooden rods with rings. If I didn’t have black out curtains, we would be waking up at the crack of dawn. I wanted a light look in my master bedroom but regular fabric panels let too much sun-light through. That is not the light I want! I knew a… Read more »


How to Balance Color for a Professionally Decorated Look

From The Spruce, here is a decorating concept I’d like to share. When followed, it can help anyone balance color for a professionally decorated look. 60-30-10 is a timeless rule that can help you put a color scheme together easily. The 60 percent + 30 percent + 10 percent proportion is meant to give balance to the colors used in any space. The concept is simple to use, but lets break it down so it’s… Read more »


Get a Custom Drapery Look for Much Less

I will share a trick that I use to create a custom drapery look, but with out breaking the bank. The living room photo below from my last post has drapery panels on an iron rod with rings. The panels are pinch pleated, a style generally associated with custom made window treatments.

Simple drapery panels Pinch Pleat

My money saving idea was to sew pinch pleats onto store bought panels. I really like… Read more »


Window Treatments or Not?

Sometimes we have the option to either treat the windows with window coverings or to leave them plain. More often, window treatments are a needed for privacy, light control, or both. The need for privacy is most common, especially in our bedrooms and bathrooms. Light control can be desired in bedrooms and for rooms with television viewing, but it may also be necessary for spaces where direct sunlight can do damage. Harsh sunlight can cause… Read more »


Tips On How High to Hang Window Treatments

How high do I hang my window treatments? This is a question I hear all of the time. The quick answer is 4″ to 6″ above the window or window molding. In the past it was more common to hang drapery at the height of the window, but aesthetically, a higher installation looks better as it adds size and creates a more grand look overall. The designer’s rule of thumb for rooms with average… Read more »


DIY and Window Treatment Options

When you think about all of the options for window treatments on the market, there are three main categories to choose from. There are ready-made curtains and drapery purchased at stores and on-line, 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 but… Read more »


Creative Ways to Save On Fabric for DIY Cornices

I recently got a call from a customer inquiring about using drapery panels instead of cut fabric to cover their DecoWrap cornices. I want to share some of what I told her, as I think it is helpful and it can save you money in the process.

When I invented Deco Wrap over twenty years ago, there was very little variety of redi-made window treatments on the market. You could only find a limited… Read more »


How to Make Returns for DecoWrap Cornices

I have been asked many times if DecoWrap could “return” back to the wall like a custom cornice. In creating the product, we made it as simple as possible so anyone could make a window treatment it in minutes. So while it was not designed to have returns, it can be accomplished in a few relatively simple steps. I have laid them out below, using a single 40″ cornice as an example to follow… Read more »


How to Place Area Rugs

An area rug is a very important unifying element in a room scheme. It can pull a room together, or if not chosen correctly, it can disrupt an otherwise harmonious design plan. The most important purpose of an area rug is that it should anchor the furniture. Aside from the aesthetics, there were some questions I had on the rules of rug placement. From reading various articles on the matter, here are a few… Read more »