This colorful little valance was made for an Oklahoma lake house.
Did you know that the land locked state of Oklahoma has more shoreline than the East and Gulf Coasts combined? Lake shoreline.
When Christy contacted me about curtains for her family’s lake house she’d purchased a set of solid taupe floor length panels and wanted something colorful to pair them with. She’d already found this colorful floral at Hobby Lobby and purchased the tassel trim to go with it.
Christy’s lake house is described as a bungalow with a ceiling height less than 8′ and all the windows set approximately 25″ down from the ceiling.
By creating the valance as an undervalance we allowed the floor length panels to give us the vertical sense of height the space needed.
We decided to add an apple green ruffle out of a fabric with an embossed alligator-like print.
Here you can see a bit of how this board mounted valance was constructed.
This room also has a larger 70″ window which received the same valance, only wider, and panels.
This next curtain will hang in Christy’s breakfast room at the lake house and was inspired by her collection of Fiestaware.
Christy wanted to add even more color and chose these vibrant shades of burlap, from which I created bands along the lower edge, to up the color factor.
For some reason this fabric is showing up quite iridescent in these pics. It’s really not like that at all in person. The last pic below shows more of the true color.
To mimic the look of how the grommeted family room panels hang I made the kitchen panels with a back tab system.
This style couldn’t be easier to install. Not very pretty to look at but they’re not seen anyway.
We used four shades of colorful burlap to make the bands along the lower edge. My first grand idea was to make ruffles out of the burlap. Big mistake. After 2 failed attempts I gave in and acknowledged the burlap combined with this fabric was just too thick for what I had in mind.
These not-so-typical lake house window treatments bring a huge boost of color to this family’s weekend getaway destination.