Posts Tagged ‘window treatment’

The Great Frame Up

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Included favorite photographs in your window décor. Hang small, framed prints of similar size across the top of your window from ribbons. This is fun to do for special occasions.

Curtain Tieback Tricks

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Suggested placement for tiebacks…

Sill-Length: floor-length curtains or drapes fall into graceful curves if the tiebacks are placed at the height of the window sill.

Placed Low: by placing tiebacks low (about 2/3 of the way down from the top of the curtains), an illusion of a tall, narrow window is created. This effect will obscure light because more of the window is covered by the curtains.

Placed High: to create an illusion of height, place the tiebacks about 1/3 of the way down from the top. This effect will also let in the most light.

Donna Babylon is a DIY and sewing guru. Her latest book is Decorating Sewlutions: Learn to Sew as You Decorate Your Home. Learn more at

Care tips for decorative trim

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Trims that are handled constantly, such as fringe on the leading edge of a curtain or on a pillow, can become tangled. These tips will help you make trims more manageable.

  • Use a hand steamer or steam iron to steam fringe ends to remove kinks. Use a kitchen mitt on your hand as a portable “ironing board” when pressing already-hung curtains.
  • Unruly tassels or fringes can be brushed softly with a hairbrush to untangle and fluff them. Select a brush with plastic bristles that are spaced 1/4 inch apart and have little balls on the tips. Uneven fringe ends can be trimmed with scissors. (However, don’t cut loops or twisted bullion fringes. They will just unwind!).

This tip excerpted from More Splash Than Cash Window Treatment by Donna Babylon.

Weighing In On Curtains

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Drapery weights will help ensure that your window treatments hang well while giving your curtain a finished professional look.  It’s simple to add, just insert a weight into the bottom hem area at each corner and/or botton of each vertical seam. If the weight is not precovered, you must first cover the weight with muslin to prevent the weight from discoloring the decorator fabric.

This tip is excerpted from More Splash Than Cash Window Treatments by Donna Babylon.

Make Your Own Tassels

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Here’s a quick tip to make your own tassels for home decorating…

Cut a piece of cardboard to the length of the tassel. Wrap embroidery floss around the cardboard to achieve the desired thickness. To make the tassel head, gather the floss at one edge of the cardboard and tie it together with matching floss. Remove the cardboard and tie another piece of floss 1/2 inch to 1 inch below the knotted end. Cut the floss loops to create the tassel tails. Tip excerpted from Donna Babylon’s book, More Splash Than Cash Window Treatments

Donna Babylon is a nationally known home decorating expert. Her latest book, Decorating Sewlutions: Learn To Sew As You Decorate Your Home can be found at