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: Make Natural, Homemade Glass Cleaner

How to: Make orange-scented homemade window cleaner

I've been on a green-cleaning kick lately. By “green” I mean natural, but also “green” as in money-saving! While paying four or five dollars for a bottle of cleaner might not feel like a big deal, it is when you consider how easy it is to create a similarly effective cleanser for a few cents a bottle. In an effort to convert all my cleansing products to homemade, I've recently whipped up a batch of homemade window cleaner that works just as well as the store-bought variety, and without streaking!         Continue Reading

Make It: No Sew Roman Shades

diy faux roman shades
Photo: One O

I’ll be the first to admit that making roman shades as not been my forte. My last two attempts were nothing short of disastrous. The shades looked great when completely let down. And that’s all they did, because I was so confused when sewing them that I did things wrong and they never pulled up correctly! I think I might go the “no-sew” route and try this faux version!


DIY faux roman shades
Photo: One O


The tutorial looks easy enough! Continue Reading

Behind the Scenes: How a Window Gets Made

This spring, I had a chance to tour the manufacturing facility at Andersen Windows Corporation in Bayport, Minnesota. Bayport is a small town (about an hour from Minneapolis) on the banks of the scenic St. Croix river. It’s a beautiful setting, and one Andersen has enjoyed for a hundred years. Preserving the river is really important to the company, and one reason they take great care to produce their windows and doors in an environmentally-conscious way. Continue Reading

The Curbly House Gets a Window Dressing Makeover: The Reveal

A few months ago we moved into a tree house. Well, not exactly. It's a real house, but it has more windows than a zebra has stripes. We love them (windows, and zebras), but grew tired of accidentally showing off for the neighbors at night. We needed a barrier between our house and the 'hood. Read on to find out what we ended up with …

To refresh your memory, here are some pictures of our naked windows:

created at: 01/08/2013

created at: 01/08/2013

So we started searching for window treatments. Continue Reading

The Curbly House Gets a Window Dressing Makeover: The Inspiration

The windows are the best thing about our new house. They are old and many need some repair, but they're full of character and they bathe us in natural light all day long. I can't tell you how many people have told us the place feels like a tree house, with all the natural light. We totally agree.

But after we lived here for a few days, we realized there's one problem with tree house living … there's no privacy. 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

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

Curbly Giveaway: 3 Cases of Fish Foam Window Cleaner ($50 Value)

created at: 07/11/2011

I hate to be the one to tell you, but it’s September, and that means window-cleaning time. So, we’re excited to collaborate with the folks at FishFoam, who offered to let us give away three cases of their premium foaming glass cleaner to three lucky Curbly readers. FishFoam is a professional-grade, ammonia-free cleaner that won’t leave streaks or haze.

FishFoam premium foaming window cleaner

Each case retails for $42, and contains 12 19-oz. cans of cleaner, so you’ll have plenty for all your windows, and maybe your neighbors’, too. 

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How to Scrape a Painted Window

created at: 07/06/2011

Yesterday I painted my front door. It has 9 divided lights; such things can make a paint job tricky. I’ve painted enough window frames in my lifetime to have a definite opinion as to the taping versus scraping question. For me, it’s scraping. Let me tell you why. I find taping hugely time consuming, plus, getting the tape just right–especially in the corners–is a pain. AND every time I’ve taped, I always seem to do some scraping anyway. Continue Reading