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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
I recently got a call from a customer inquiring about using drapery panels for 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.
When I invented DecoWrap over twenty years ago there was very little variety of redi-made window treatments on the market. You could only find a limited selection to choose from,… Read more »
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… Read more »
Sometimes we have the option to either treat the windows with window coverings or to leave them plain. More often, window treatments are a needed for privacy, light control, or both. The need for privacy is most common, especially in our bedrooms and bathrooms. Light control can be desired in bedrooms and for rooms with television viewing, but it may also be necessary for spaces where direct sunlight can do damage. Harsh sunlight… Read more »
With summer approaching, I usually like to plan on making some changes to my decor to go along with the warmer weather. Here are some decorating ideas that can lighten your look and brighten your mood for the summer.
Take down those heavy drapes and let the light brighten up your room. Instead, use pretty sheer panels. They can still give some privacy while letting light filter through. It’s a great feeling when they blow in… Read more »