Category Archives: Window Treatments

Cafe Curtain with Ruffled Hem

Ruffled Ivory & Gray Cafe Curtain

Cafe Curtain with Ruffled Hem

Tamara contacted me several months ago asking about window treatments for her new kitchen. We worked long distance via email, phone calls and texts to the create this adorable little cafe curtain for her kitchen!

The window above the sink measures 46×46 and faces west. While Tamara wanted to allow in as much light as possible you can imagine the amount of sunlight that comes though this window during the evening.

We narrowed our curtain options down to a cafe curtain mounted at 31″ high.

Countertops are 36″ high + approximately 10″ from the counter to the window sill + 31″ curtain height places the rod approximately 77″ off the floor.

This height keeps the sun under control while working in the kitchen, gives Tamara the privacy she needs as well as lets in plenty of light above the curtain when it’s closed.

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Pleated Sheer Curtain

When to Use Pleated Sheer Cafe Curtains

Pinch Pleat Sheer Detail

Many of the curtains I make from sheer fabrics are cafe curtains. Sometimes they are made for large windows like my dining room window and sometimes for small windows like those above a kitchen sink or even in a closet.

The #1 reason for using a sheer fabric is for the amount of light it allows into a space.

Yet, allowing in that light often results in a lack of privacy.

Today, I’m sharing a detail that can help with the privacy issue.  Continue reading

Dining Room Curtains Embassy Green wall color

Dining Room Window Treatment and New Paint Color

Dining Room Window Treatments BM Embassy Green wall color

Our dining room faces the front of the house and it one of the first rooms you see when you walk in. It’s not a large room but by using the vintage sofa and adding more chairs around the 60″ table I can seat (squeeez) up to 10 people.

Last year I made new floor length curtain panels, finished new sheers earlier this year and painted over the glazed walls 2 weeks ago. More about the new paint below. 

While fairly simple, this dining room update was at least a year in the making!  Continue reading

Kitchen Cafe Curtains

Lemon-Lime Kitchen Cafe Curtain, Valance and Roman Shade

Kitchen Cafe CurtainsA cheerful kitchen decorated in a Lemon-Lime theme deserves equally cheerful window treatments in a Lemon-Lime color scheme!

The stage was set, so to speak, when I met Donna. Her kitchen accessories proclaimed a sunny & cheerful lemon-lime/yellow-green theme throughout.

My job was to create new window treatments to complement the kitchen’s lemon-lime theme.  Continue reading

Silk Plaid Goblet Pleat Dining Room Panels

Aqua Silk Buffalo Plaid Dining Room Curtains

Silk Plaid Goblet Pleat Dining Room PanelsThis aqua silk buffalo plaid is simply gorgeous! It’s one of my favorite fabrics. I’ve worked with it twice now. Once as floor length, pinch pleated panels in a family room and today as floor length, goblet pleated panels in Irene’s dining room.

You guys know how much I love the transformation fabric makes in a room. Especially curtains. This fabric made a HUGE difference not only in this room but in the open concept of this home.
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Black Check & Red Floral Valance How-to 19

Buffalo Check & Floral Board Mounted Valance Tutorial

Black Check & Red Floral Valance How-to 19

Today’s valance was inspired by the most asked about window treatment on the blog. We took the basic concept of both the style and fabric combination and tweaked it for a client making two valances and one cafe curtain based on the inspiration curtain.

Today I’m sharing the basic steps for making this scalloped, board mounted valance.  Continue reading

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