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Curtain Call

October 25, 2011

Like pillows, blankets and really any and all things accent related I love curtains and window treatments.  There are so many options from traditional drapes to roller and roman shade styles.  I also like cafe curtains for windows in rooms with tall windows.  But as we know, window dressings can be very expensive.  Luckily there are LOTS of tools at Jo Ann Fabrics and other craft stores that make it very easy to DIY.

Another option is to find a local seamstress (or friend or relative who can sew) to make custom curtains using a basic pattern and the fabric of your choice.  I also found that you can easily create sharper looking plain drapes by using stencils, trims, or ribbon to add detail.  I came across this Etsy shop Window Treatments by Melissa run by three sisters that specialize in custom drapes (specifically roman shades, which are VERY difficult to DIY).  They pride themselves on making affordable drapes for a variety of different types of customers.

Here are some of the styles I came across most often while researching this post.

Cafe curtains are great for large windows to allow light in while still providing some privacy.  As someone who lives in a street level English basement I am all about the privacy.

From the 4.bp Blog

From Flikr

From Martha Stewart

Martha also gives a tutorial on how to make these curtains using vintage tea towels, so pretty!

I really liked the pretty pattern in the first photo, and the stenciled curtains Carmel from Our Fifth House made in DIY project.  She swears it was easy (and they look great!) but check it out for yourself. I also love how she used greek key trim on the second drape.  If you have plain drapes and want to make a change there are lots of options for pretty trims available.  All you would need is a glue gun or some fabric glue and your on your way!


From Our Fifth House

Speaking of trim, I have been seeing a lot of this mitered square pattern recently on pillows and curtains and I think its very pretty.  I am actually considering making some European shams for my room using this pattern and adding it to the window treatment I have currently.  If I do I will Post it so you can see the results.  Again you just need ribbon and glue, but see the full tutorial at Apartment Therapy.

From Apartment Therapy

From Live Like You

From With Two Cats

What kind of curtains and window treatments do you have in your home? Have you done a DIY curtain project yourself?

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