I enjoy reading decor magazines and then trying ideas in my own home. The difference being that I try to create the $500 look for $20. Today’s home decor tip: creative, inexpensive, recycled window treatments. I’ve been really enjoying the outside the box, or should I say, outside the frame thinking that I see in window treatments and decor magazines. We are finally beginning to recognize that home is where we should feel comfortable and express our inner selves. Houses should not be unlived in showplaces where nothing gets touched.
My daughter is redecorating her apartment now that she in on her own without a room mate. Her tastes are much more austere than mama’s (who would have walls painted ostrich feather blue with gold accents and ruby red and jade green Persian rugs). We are planning the window treatments, which will feature one color swags draped over vertical blinds. Probably in deep red, purple or black. Her wall art consists of black and white city life still and Audrey Hepburn (who she has adored since she was 14 and looks remarkably like ) movie images. But if she wants to get creative with said curtains, here are some DIY tips for jazzing up those simple, spartan curtains and window treatments.
Add a touch of fantasy with silk flowers or floral swags. Wal-mart sells a four foot floral swag for $5. Choose from different floral bouquets and colors; spring mix, autumn and rose majesty. You can place bunches of silk flowers at the corners of your window valance. I have also nestled a bouquet of silk flowers in the center of the festoon, by twisting the ends together and bending the ends down over the back to secure. Drape the floral swag over the curtain and leave even ends hanging down on both sides. If you want longer flower swags, twist or tape the ends together.
If like me, you are of a rococo bent (my husband says my decor tastes border on bordello of funeral parlor) I have swags of grapevines over my living room windows. Said swags being purchased for $5 each at Wal-Mart. The grape vine motif gives the room an air of Italianate opulence and decadence, without the perfunctory basketed wine bottle in evidence.
If you lean toward the bohemian, psychedelic or avant garde, express it in your decor with a beaded curtain across your window. I know we only used them for doorways and closets in the 1960s, but beaded curtains look fabulous over a window. You might also add a row of fringe or trim to your curtains.
For a taste of the orient, buy string of bells or string bells yourself on embroidery floss. This gives an exotic flavor to an ordinary room. Just perfect for a sheik to visit his favorite concubine.
Not sure which look you are going for? Try raiding mom or grandma’s sewing supplies. Look for ribbon, lace, artificial flowers, feathers (ostrich!), rick-rack and any other goodies they might have squirreled away. We seamstresses are notorious savers and you’ll have a blast looking through the saved goodies. To start a sewing notions collection of your own, visit Joanne Fabrics, Hobby Lobby or your own local sewing supplies store. They always have sales and a terrific bargain basement. You will be amazed at the lovely goodies that you find.