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 »


Make Drapery Look Custom with Trimming

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, fuseable webbing and even fabric tape work beautifully. I have tried… Read more »


Re-Use and Re-Purpose for Home Decor

As an only child growing up, I recall having a lot of time alone. To alleviate my boredom, I gravitated towards making things. You could say I started young as a do-it-yourself gal, as I must have been about 7 years old.  My first re-purposed item was made from old jeans. I made mod pillows from worn out dungarees.  I would cut off the pant legs and sew the body shut, stuff the insides,… 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 »


A Sparkling Idea for Bathroom Windows

Decorating bathroom windows can pose challenges. Often in older homes the bathrooms can have funny little windows you are not sure what to do with. On the other hand in new construction, you might find large modern bathrooms with beautiful over sized windows. The problem there is being too close to a neighbor who shares the view! There are a few thing you have to consider as you explore your options. Because it is your… Read more »


2020 New Year’s Decorating Resolutions

With the new year approaching, I started thinking about my New Year’s resolutions for 2020. This year I will add 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 2020 and decorating will be at the top of the… Read more »


Decorating With Pantone’s 2019 Shade Living Coral

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 »


Window Treatments, Which Purchase Option is Best for You?

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 but your choices… 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 »