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How to hang drapes to make windows feel bigger

Living in an old home my whole life has totally impacted the way I hang my drapes. Old homes typically have pretty low ceilings, which can make rooms feel dark. A super small tweak to the drapes has made all of the difference in the world with how light and bright our rooms look. Although […]

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Winding down summer with watermelon

As summer winds down, I think my color crush this season was definitely watermelon! I saw watermelon everywhere! Watermelon prints, watermelon themed DIYs, and of course, the fruit itself. I love watermelon, so I’m not complaining. And besides, the colors are so pretty and fresh! I love the combination of a deep pink with a cheerful […]

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Shading the reading nook

We have a funny little nook off of our living room. When we bought the house, it was being used as a bedroom, but not needing another bedroom on the first floor (and a very small one at that!), we nixed the door, reversed the closet so that it opened into our entryway (creating the […]

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How green is that blind in the window?

Forget whether something is simply recyclable. Truly green-minded DIYers look at manufacturing process, transportation, and other not-so-obvious indicators too when looking for eco-friendly window treatment options. In her book Green Interior Design, Lori Dennis offers key questions for deciding how earth-friendly your furnishings and home décor pieces are, such as: Do they come from renewable […]

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Drapery headers: which style is right for your home?

In my former life as a professional interior designer, one of my favorite projects was helping clients add a splash of drama to their windows with drapery. We mixed and matched various hues, fabric textures, and playful patterns. But when it came to drapery header types (that is, how the top of the drapes are […]

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Drumroll, please! Presenting my new bedroom window treatments

I am so excited today to share with you the drapery and Roman shade update in my master bedroom! I had a blast picking out the fabrics and colors (as I described in an earlier blog post) and had even more fun hanging them and seeing the finished look. Before, my drapes and shades were […]

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Falling in love with natural woven wood shades

Why does buying window treatments feel like you are getting married? It feels like a big commitment because they can be quite an investment. And so it was with great trepidation that I pondered what I would put in the windows of our newly built home. I knew that once I selected my window coverings, […]


Love the way you lift! Explore control type options for window treatments

We believe that you should fall in love with every part of your window treatment, from noticeable features like fabric and pattern, to more inconspicuous details, like lift and control type. If you’re a first-time blinds buyer, you might think you’re stuck with old-school standard cord control blinds, the kind you raise by pulling the […]

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From tired to inspired: my bedroom window treatment makeover

There are always things in life that we put off, then when we finally pull the trigger we don’t know what took us so long. For me, that thing is window coverings for my bedroom. I made my drapes and blackout shades about two years ago, and while they served a wonderful immediate purpose, I […]

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Welcome to our blog!

We’re glad you’re here! Our mission? To motivate, encourage, and inspire you as you tackle DIY projects to create a home that reflects your personal style—whether that means tearing down old walls, hanging new blinds or shades, reupholstering an overly loved sofa, or upcycling your latest thrift shop treasure. Bottom line: We believe a home […]