How to: Hack Store Bought Roman Shades

How To Cut Bamboo Roman Shade

I love the look of white trim and bamboo roman shades, but the problem is my window sizes are anything but standard. Custom bamboo roman shades are expensive, but the store-bought version can actually be affordable window treatments. The problem is getting them to work for those of us who have non-standard window sizes. The obvious solution is to cut them, but when you inquire about that possibility, you'll hear every reason why you shouldn't. But, guess what? Continue Reading

The IKEA Curtains That Every Designer Swears By

RITVA curtains
Photo: @whitelanedecor

No matter how many trends come and go, there are a few classic home decor elements that never go out of style. Think of a simple round mirror, the Eames lounge chair, a quality Persian rug – designers come back to these pieces again and again.

Another essential decor item that every interior designer seems to have in their back pocket? White curtains. Versatile and classic, well-tailored white curtains can dress up literally any room; no matter the style. Continue Reading

12 Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments

12 DIY window treatments

Shopping for window treatments is tough. Sometimes, you can’t always find what you’re looking for. Why not try a DIY version? Here are 12 simple, but statement-making, curtains and other treatments to try!      


12 Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments
photo: Cleverly Inspired

1. Forget sewing. Forget math. Hang the drapes with staples! via Cleverly Inspired 

12 Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments
photo: DIY Showoff

2. Make them from painter’s dropcloths. via DIY Showoff 

12 Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments
photo: Design Sponge

3. I don’t frown upon sewing projects! via Design Sponge 

12 Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments
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Eye Candy: 10 Unconventional Curtain Ideas For Your Home

10 Unconventional Curtain Ideas

Curtains are one element of the home where people tend to go traditional, but there are so many ways to get inventive with your window treatments. Here are ten super unique, beautiful ways to get creative with your curtains.   


Super Unique Curtain Ideas

1. If you love color, this would be a great option for you… buy drapes in three colors! [Photo: Living Room Design Ideas]

2. This layered look is quite stunning… I like how a different amount of light shines through each panel. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Affordable & Awesome Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments

10 diy window treatments

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. And that can be the case when it comes to window treatments. If you can’t find the perfect curtain, rod, or shade, make it! We’ve rounded up ten window treatments that you can create yourself!      

 diy confetti drapes

Have a party in the bedroom with confetti drapes

no-sew roman shades

Use old blinds to make roman shades! No sewing required! 

tea towel window treatments

Use tea towels to cover up small windows in the kitchen!  Continue Reading

Make It: Easy No-Sew Roman Shades

created at: 07/19/2012
I’m on a quest to find new window treatments that are affordable and stylish and, well, affordable. What we have now are some discolored, plastic “wood” blinds that have ceased to open properly. I love the look of Roman shades, but hate the typical expense associated with having them custom made. So, what’s a girl to do? Make her own! Without sewing a single stitch!    

I know, I hardly believed the “no-sew” part of this at first, either. Continue Reading

Beautify That Ugly Black Out Shade

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Black out window shades kind of remind me of support (panty)hose that stewardess’ wear. Heavy duty and not so pretty. Well, simple solutions are always the best don’t you think?

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Here’s virtual business at its best: Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Jo blog fame needed help with her baby nursery. She collaborated with interior designer Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook and they came up with the cutest darn baby nursery ever. In addition to  hand painting the black out blind with soft clouds herself, Jenny even sewed the curtains for BABY Toby’s room.Now Continue Reading

Make Fabric Covered Roller Blinds


Dag Nabbit! Design Sponge beat me to the punch. I had a project like this all lined up, but put it on that old back burner.

Your gain. DIY’er Brett Bara has already put together a dandy little tutorial on DS showing you all you need to know to dress up a difficult window with your favorite fabric.

created at: 06/10/2010

See the list of materials and supplies you need to make a fabric covered roller blind here.

Be sure to sew this. Continue Reading