Tips for Using Area Rugs

An area rug is a very important unifying element in a room scheme. It can pull a room together, or if not chosen correctly, it can disrupt an otherwise harmonious design plan. The most important purpose of an area rug is that it should anchor the furniture. Aside from the aesthetics, there were some questions I had on the rules of rug placement. From reading various articles on the matter, here are a… Read more »


Tips for Choosing Sheer 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 »


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 »


Choosing the Right Drapery Fabric for Your Window Covering

There is much to consider when deciding to tackle a window drapery project. One of the most important factors is what type of drapery fabric to choose. Some of the things you need to think about are fabric weight, drape-ability, durability and privacy to name a few. Personally, I love sheers as they add texture but are lightweight and offer varying opacities for privacy. Here are some tips that I hope will be helpful. 

Silk… 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 »


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 »


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 »


How to Make a No Sew Valance in Minutes

I love simple projects and wanted to share this DIY window treatment with you. I made a quick no sew valance from a piece of left over material we had from our Deco Wrap cornice samples. It was one yard of 54″ wide home decorators fabric and the selvedge ends were trimmed off. To figure out how much fabric you need, determine the window width you need to cover and add 12″. My width was… 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 »