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 »


Spring Forward and Refresh Your Decor

Spring is finally here so spring forward and decorate your home! You can see the new buds blooming and smell the sweet floral fragrances in the air. Pretty soon we will be opening up our windows daily to enjoy the fresh warm breeze. Spring is a great time to refresh your decor too. The excitement of the new season motivates me. Take look around to see what you can do freshen up your decor.  Here are some simple ideas to bring in the spring.

Bring… Read more »


Transform a Shower Curtain into a Roman Valance, No Sewing!

I love to share my ideas on how to save money to get a custom look, especially when it’s a DIY project with no sewing involved. Here is how I turned a fabric shower curtain into a roman pleated valance. The project was completed in less than 30 minutes. I just needed a few key items, most importantly, double sided mesh tape.

I measured the window width as the space between my… Read more »


Get The Look of Custom Window Treatments For Less

I began my career over twenty-five years ago designing and selling custom window treatments and I must say, the ready-made market has come a long way since then. But even today, with the variety of options available, custom made window coverings are just more desirable. They offer the consumer unlimited design possibilities with a much higher end look. The obstacle for most is the high cost that comes along with custom.

So what… Read more »