Add Trim to Make Drapery 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…. Read more »


The Best Choice for Bedroom Drapery

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… Read more »


Window Treatments, How High to Hang Them?

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 8’… Read more »


Holiday Homes Awaken the Senses

Fall Floor Decor with Lights

Around the holidays, your home should feel warm and cozy, inviting and festive. To get the most out of holiday home decorating, the key factor is to stimulate the senses. When guests walk into your home, they should delight in a sensory overload of sights, smells and sounds of the season. Holiday accessories like wreaths, garland and festive family keepsakes should adorn the entry to welcome friends and family.  Decorate the… Read more »


Fall Decorating, Starting with the Spooky Stuff!

It’s October and we have three big holidays ahead of us; Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I love this time of year because that means holiday decorating! Unfortunately, I’m off to a late start as I haven’t even finished my front pots for the Fall. It’s time to decide what new and creative holiday decorating plan to implement for the exterior front entry, as I never do anything the same as the previous year. That… 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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


Odd Windows Need Decorating Too

Sometimes we tend to ignore the small or odd windows that are tucked out of the way. That was my situation, as our recreation room window was left plain and looked neglected. Sure, its a fairly small window, not too high off the ground, and it is tucked inside the dormer niche. But in looking at it the other day, I realized the space could use a little something. Why not make that odd… Read more »