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 »


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 »