These Are the Best Privacy Options for Your Bathroom Windows

Bathroom windows are unique, both in form and function. They need to let light into a small space, while at the same time, afford you privacy. Here's how to get the best of both worlds.  

Bathroom Windows Privacy Solutions For Every Budget

Every bathroom in my home has a window, some of them quite large. Our current master bathroom even has one in the shower. That doesn't seem so bad (hooray, natural light!), except the window looks directly out onto the porch right next to our front door.  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

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

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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!     

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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

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:

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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

Curbly Giveaway: Win $1000 from

Win a $500 gift card to!
And you thought you were done getting gifts this winter! This week, we’ve teamed up with to give away two $500 gift cards; that means two lucky winners will get five big ones to spends at, where you can find an awesome selection of blinds, shades, shutters and drapes. Read on to find out how to enter!

Tomorrow, we’ll show you how we worked with to revitalize the windows in the Curbly House. Continue Reading

Make It: Easy No-Sew Roman Shades

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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

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.

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

Be sure to sew this. Continue Reading

Design Help Needed Here: Wooden Slat Moveable Panels

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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

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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