A Versatile Cornice Using Faux Leather

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 »


A Little Drapery Trim goes a Long Way

I just received these trim samples in the mail from Etsy. I’m working on a new drapery project and I thought this chain link pattern would make a nice statement for the tieback. The addition of trim can make a big impact on your design, and a little goes a long way.

Trim Samples Chain link Tieback

You can purchase a good quality ready made window covering and create a custom… Read more »


Tips for Installing Window Treatments at the Proper Height

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… Read more »


Lighten Up Your Décor for Summer

Summer is almost here, Happy Memorial Day! You can see the buds blooming and smell the sweet floral fragrances in the air. It’s so nice to be able to open up the windows and enjoy the fresh breeze. Summer is a great time to refresh your décor too. The excitement of the new season motivates me, and I like to lighten things up a bit when the weather gets hot. Take look around to see what you can do freshen up… Read more »


How to Make Returns for DecoWrap

I have been asked many times if DecoWrap could “return” back to the wall like a custom cornice. In creating the product, we made it as simple as possible so anyone could make a window treatment it in minutes. So while it was not designed to have returns, it can be accomplished in a few relatively simple steps. I have laid them out below, using a single 40″ cornice as an example to follow… Read more »


Custom vs DIY Cornice Boards

DecoWrap DIY Cornice

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.

Cornice Materials

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 »


Ideas to Save Money on DIY Drapery Fabric

I recently got a call from a customer inquiring about using store bought 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.

Drapery Fabric Panels from Target

When I invented Deco Wrap over twenty years ago, there was very little variety of ready-made window… 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 »