Interior Design, Window Treatments
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Have your window treatments expired?

Have you checked the expiration date on your window treatments lately?

If you would use the words “swag”,  “jabot” or “balloon” to describe them, it’s probably time for them to go.

Do they look anything like this:


or this:

dining room resized

or this:

Box Pleat Balloon valance

Did you move in and put some of these “temporary” shades on your windows for privacy and never get around to replacing them?


Do you have mini blinds that look like this?


Or vertical blinds that look like this?


If so, then you are in need of new window treatments if you want to keep your home looking fresh and up to date.

This is a really tough issue for a lot of people.  If you had draperies custom made for your windows you may have spent thousands of dollars.  The thought of taking them down is pretty painful.  But this is one of those things that can really make your home look dated and worn.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost thousands to replace old with new.

Here are a few examples.

If you love clean and simple lines, go for something like these:


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These sophisticated treatments are unbleached linen panels from Ikea and are $50 for a pair (yes that’s $50 for 2 of them!)   Beautiful + affordable = no brainer.

If you love florals, try something like these:


from Pottery Barn.  We just installed these in a client’s family room and they look lovely!

Into patterns and prints?  No problem.


They have lots to choose from right now at West Elm.  And Free Shipping!

Can’t live without sheers?


Great, just update with something like these with smocking on the top.  Also from

Pottery Barn.

For something a little more formal try a pair of silk panels.


These lovelies are from Restoration Hardware and come in 18 colors.  Something for everyone.

One really great tip:  whenever possible, hang your curtains higher and wider than the actual size of your window.  Here’s a great visual from on of my favorite blogs The Decorologist.


You’ll be amazed by how much bigger your windows look.   And you’ll get more light in the room this way.

If you’re more into shades than curtains, try some bamboo Roman shades.


image via pinterest – source unknown

Or Roman shades in a fun fabric.


image via pinterest – source unknown

Layering curtains over shades can look fantastic if you’re looking for something a little more substantial.


image via cotedetexas

Whatever look you chose, just be sure to keep your window treatments up to date. Your house will look younger by decades!

And if you’re struggling with getting rid of those drapes that you paid a lot of money for, there are ways to recycle them.  They can usually be donated to charitable organizations.

Just promise me you won’t do something like this.


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  1. Hey, I recognize those Pottery Barn panels! And, I agree. They do look lovely. We love our new family room. Thanks again.


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