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 came the sheers, then panels, and finally a valance or cornice would finish… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Pantone’s “Color of the Year”
Living Coral (16-1546)
Every year since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute announces its “Color of the Year.” This year’s winner is called Living Coral (16-1546). I’m definitely a fan of this year’s choice, as it is a pretty and cheerful hue. But how do we decorate with the shade Living Coral? Before we decide how to incorporate this trending color, lets ask a question. What comes… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
I always watch for the latest design trends, because in decorating, it’s wise to be ahead of the curve. You want your decor to look chic and fresh and not go “out of style”. When making large purchases, the smart thing to do is to buy timeless furnishings, as they do not become quickly outdated. Generally I’ll use trendy accent pieces and accessories, so it is much easier and less expensive to update your… Read more »