Curtain Lengths: How Long Should Your Curtains Be?

Curtain lengths: How long should my curtains be?
Photo: Lidy Dipert

Is there a “right” option for curtain lengths? That depends on who you ask, and often just asking the question can leave you more confused than you were before. The long and short of it is (no pun intended): it's up to you. But we're here to help as you answer the question, “How long should curtains be?” We'll be taking a critical look at curtain lengths, tall and small. What side are you on?                Continue Reading

How To: Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

If you already have functional privacy window treatments such as blinds or shades, but need to add in a little color or texture, this super simple budget-friendly DIY is the perfect fix. This solution requires no holes in the wall and no expensive window hardware. It's perfect for rental situations or can even be used to stage your home to sell.   


Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

In our home we use a lined bamboo shade for privacy, but this little corner needed a something more. Continue Reading

How To: Turn Builder-Grade Blinds into Designer Roman Shades

created at: 03/25/2013

Ah… mini blinds. The bane of every home and apartment on the planet — and an eyesore, for sure. But installing custom window treatments can get out-of-control expensive very quickly. So what’s a mini-blind-loathing homeowner (or renter!) to do? Work with what you’ve got — and make it better!     

created at: 03/25/2013

Turning your mini blinds into custom, designer-looking roman shades is a surprisingly do-able project: the blinds provide the skeleton, all you need is a fabric you love! Continue Reading

Make It: A Simple Wool Blanket Window Shade!

created at: 10/03/2011

It’s time to cozy up for fall!  Turn wool blankets into repurposed window shades in a few easy steps–then sit back and bask in the warmth of your handiwork!  


By using Army surplus blankets, which hover around $15-$20, you can get a great looking window shade at an even better cost.  Matt Pierce from Wood&Faulk shares this simple DIY project on ReadyMade, so head over for the full tutorial!

Meanwhile, can you think of any other great ways to repurpose wool blankets?   Continue Reading

How To: Make Your Own Upholstered Cornices for Cheap!

created at: 09/28/2011

It’s no secret: custom window treatments are EXPENSIVE.  Excessively so, it seems.  That’s why I flipped my lid when I spotted this tutorial for making your own DIY cornices (those fancy box-like things at the top) for about $15 a piece.  Yes, fifteen dollars.  


created at: 09/28/2011

It’s almost unbelievable, but I’ve seen the tutorial and the photos and the cost break-down… and I can tell you this is for real!  Erin from Domestic Adventure created these cheerful yellow cornices for a new nursery (now finished – check out the big reveal right here).   Continue Reading

Design Help Needed Here: Wooden Slat Moveable Panels

created at: 03/24/2010

PhotoImage: BlueAntStudio

I’m in love with wood slats, wood slat walls, louvers, all of it. Whether it’s the horizontal-ness of it or the clean, no nonsense lines, the light shining through, who knows? My DIY idea is to devise some sort of wood slat panels that I can hang on ceiling tracks in front of my, always troublesome, three panel sliding door ensemble. (That’s right, I’ve solved this decorating dilemma) Take a look at the problem…created at: 03/24/2010

Photo Image: ModHomeEcTeacher

I’ve had no luck finding the track hardware sans attached panels from online curtain and drapery companies, and how the heck can I DIY moveable, slatted panels to hang from the ceiling tracks. Continue Reading

DiY: BeDazzle Your Drapes with Studs

created at: 2009-09-21

Image: WestElm

Advertised as Nailhead Trimmed drapes, upon consideration, these really can’t possibly be decorative nailheads attached to fabric drapes.  More likely, they are all dressed up for a sophisticated, yet edgey way with shiny metal studs like bikers use to trim their leather garb. Here’s a source for all sorts of studs that could be-dazzle your decor.

created at: 2009-09-21

Studs and much more available at Studs and Spikes.

A bag of 50 runs approximately $5.00. All you need to Be Dazzle Your Drapes is to measure and mark the edges of your plain old drapes and attach the studs. Continue Reading