Quick and 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 »


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 bold statement trimming the outer edge my new velvet drapery panels. The addition of trim can make a big impact on your design, and a little goes a long way.

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


A Cozier Mud Room

Our mud room window was left plain and looked neglected. It is tucked between two large cabinets which is where we keep our jackets and way too many other things! In looking at it the other day, I realized the space could use a little something to make it cozier. A Deco Wrap cornice valance would do the trick.

To be frugal, I took a cornice style from our collection of QVC samples…. Read more »


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 »


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 »