There are many window treatment valances available on the market, both ready-made and custom designed. In the valance category, the versatile cornice is the style I prefer for many reasons. A cornice is an easy way to decorate and add interest to a room. It is a versatile choice because it can look casual or elegant, neutral and monochromatic, or bold and vibrant. The straight lines of a Deco Wrap cornice allow you to create the mood of your window treatment, it… Read more »
Custom vs DIY Cornice Boards
Cornice boards are essentially wooden boxes that hang above the moldings around a window. They have a long history and were a popular element of hanging curtains throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Although you would be hard pressed to find the elaborate wood sculpted and painted versions from hundreds of years ago, cornice boards are still popular today.
Fabric covered cornice boards are appropriate for both… Read more »
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 a 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… Read more »
Simple Drapery for Today’s Windows
Simple Pinch-pleat Panel Drawn to One Side
Styles of the Past
Consumers have embraced a more simple style of decorating windows. This contrasts sharply from what you would have seen years ago when very traditional styles were popular. Some would call it fussy, over styled, opulent or even gaudy. The drapery of the past, and I’m old enough to remember, consisted of swags and jabots, cornices, lambrequins, and multiple layers of fabric. First… Read more »
2022 New Year’s Decorating Resolutions
With the new year upon us, I was thinking about my New Year’s resolutions for 2022. This year I added the category of New Year’s “decorating resolutions”. I want to love my home and everything in it. Because we are in our homes every day, our interior environment has a big impact on how we feel. That is why I’m making some big changes in 2022 and decorating will be at the top of… Read more »
If You can Wrap a Present, Deco Wrap Your Windows. It’s a Gift!
It’s the holidays, a time for gathering with family and gift giving too. I can’t help but think about my least favorite part of the season, gift wrapping! What I consider fun “wrapping” is making a DecoWrap cornice. It is so easy we say, “If you can wrap a present you can decorate with DecoWrap!” It’s fun because you are creating something pretty and you get a great sense of accomplishment. It’s easy because you… Read more »
A Custom Look Valance, No Sewing!
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 »
A Cozier Mud Room
Our mud room window was left plain and looked neglected. It is tucked between two large cabinets which is where we keep our jackets and way too many other things! In looking at it the other day, I realized the space could use a little something to make it cozier. A Deco Wrap cornice valance would do the trick.
To be frugal, I took a cornice style from our collection of QVC samples…. Read more »
Tips for Using 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… Read more »
Sprucing Up Spring Décor
With the spring finally here and summer soon approaching, I like to plan on making some changes to my décor to go along with the warmer weather. Here are some refreshing spring decorating ideas that can spruce up your look and brighten your mood.
Take down those heavy drapes and let the light brighten up your room. Instead, use pretty sheer panels. They can still give some privacy while letting light filter through. It’s… Read more »