Festive Holiday Mantles

If you have a fireplace mantle it’s a wonderful thing. The fireplace will be the focal point in your room, and when the holidays are here, it can be one of the most festive displays in your home.

Every year I decorate my mantle a little differently, with the mainstays of garland and lights as my canvas. The fun accessories I have collected over the years get arranged across the length. Then, I’ll… Read more »


Thrifty Fabric Valance

I needed a temporary valance in my mudroom since the existing one didn’t go with the rugs I had to purchase for my dog. We had to get runners for the mud room and kitchen because our dog Finnegan was slipping and falling all of the time. The new rugs, which would also be temporary, are grey with a busy pattern. I needed something simple for the window valance. Since it was all temporary, I… 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 »


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 »