Two New Curtains for the Lake House

Ruffle Valance

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.

Ruffled Undervalance with Floor Length Panels

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.

Brown Floral & Green Ruffled Valance

We decided to add an apple green ruffle out of a fabric with an embossed alligator-like print.

Details on Ruffle

Here you can see a bit of how this board mounted valance was constructed.

Ruffled Undervalance with Floor Length Panels

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.

Vibrant Floral on Black Curtain Panels

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.

Vibrant Floral on Black Curtains

To mimic the look of how the grommeted family room panels hang I made the kitchen panels with a back tab system.

Back tabs for installation

This style couldn’t be easier to install. Not very pretty to look at but they’re not seen anyway. :)

Bands of colored burlapWe 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.

SHARING WITH: A Delightsome Life Home and Garden Thursday, Remodelaholics Anonymous Link Party, Three Mango Seeds It’s Party Time, Coastal Charm Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays, Cedar Hill Farmhouse The Scoop

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9 Responses to Two New Curtains for the Lake House

  1. Love the patterns…they are so fun!!…love the “fiesta bands” …. had no idea that there were so many lakes in Oklahoma!…I am really loving that back tab system!

  2. I like you and your friend am a lover of color and pattern. Can NOT have too much pattern. I like you idea of the fiesta bands and the tab system you used on the curtains, very creative. You always do such beautiful work!

  3. Annette S says:

    Sonya, where is the Fiesta curtain main fabric from? I can’t tell from the photos if the background is black or brown. Thanks! Love them!

  4. Jessica Sala-Bonin says:

    LOVE the pattern!

  5. Cynthia says:

    Sonya these are amazing and the colors are great. I didn’t know that about Oklahoma either.


  6. Sherry K. Martin says:

    so pretty !! love the fabric that the Fiesta curtains are made from , love with the colors you have put together, they are beautiful and the burlap bands are perfect … : )))

  7. Very fun and pretty. Oh, if only you lived closer. :)

  8. Kathy says:

    This is marvelous! The curtains look wonderful! Interesting info on the lakes! I am honored that you shared at Home and Garden Thursday!