The Drapery “Puddle”

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… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


Create Stylish Do-It-Yourself Roman Valances

Out of all the window treatment valances, one of my favorite styles is the Roman. It has the look of a professionally sewn, folded Roman shade, but it is stationary. The Roman style is my go-to choice because it is simple, yet elegant. When considering do-it-yourself window treatment ideas, Deco Wrap cornices give you no-sew ease with a high end look. You have many options as to how you can create it, and it is easy… Read more »


If You Can Wrap a Present You Can DecoWrap Your Windows

It’s the holidays, a time for gathering with family and gift giving too. I can’t help but think about my favorite part of the season, gift wrapping! That’s a joke, I leave it all until the end because I always dread it. 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… Read more »


Deco Wrap, the Versatile Cornice

 

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 simple 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… Read more »


Fall Refresh

I love the fall. The air has a crisp feel and the smell of the Autumnal outdoors gives me a happy feeling. If your family is like ours, for much of the summer we have the windows closed and the air conditioning on because it’s just too hot and humid. Now that fall is here, I love opening the windows to let the cool air circulate and refresh the house naturally. I was… Read more »