Archive for ‘Curtains’

August 28th, 2017

Dramatic Draperies

As many of you know I have been working super ultra extra hard to incorporate a few new things around here. Exciting things like window coverings, services, an ebook, a market place and a whole new look. Re-branding is tough business! But don’t you worry, change is good and I am beyond excited to share it all with you over the coming weeks and months! My vision is changing to encompass all I have learned and developed a passion for in the last few years. And with a change in vision comes an evolution of sorts. I can’t wait to share and hear what you think!

Absolutely Beautiful Things

It is no secret I am absolutely in love with fabric and its various incarnations—furniture, fashion, draperies…you name it! So today I wanted to take a look at some gorgeous flowing and dramatic draperies so you can see where I am coming from and where we are headed to. Textiles, textiles and more textiles.

Caitlin Wilson

For me, draperies finish a room. They punctuate the space with colour and sometimes pattern and soften the space in a way that nothing else can. If you have put your room together and find it lacks a little something special, do some vibrant draperies in a luscious colour or a swoon worthy pattern. The great thing about drapes and curtains is that you can find them at such a wide range of price points you can have fun with it without having to remortgage your house.

Local Milk Blog

And talk about impact. Hang them as high as you can to add drama, drama, drama! As a side note, if hanging curtains isn’t your thing, ask for help from a professional. Often if you are ordering custom drapes they will have an installer on staff. Money well spent. Take it from someone who struggles with this and have it done right, you will be thankful you did.

Bowlers and Buttons

Depending on the space and the traffic in the room you may want the drapes to just barely kiss the floor or you might want them to puddle or pool on the floor a little bit. If you would like to do a sheer curtain beneath your drapes they can be hung in two separate layers or you can do a double rod treatment and hang both.


For rooms where you might want privacy at night or in the bedroom consider blackout options. Draperies can be done with or without blinds as well. Wooden shutter blinds paired with drapes equals bliss. In the right space of course. Another great option is to do natural woven or wood slat blinds paired with curtains. And there are many, many other options.

Tie backs are another fun way to inject detail into your space. A simple band made of the same cloth works just fine, but you can also jazz things up and add fringe, bead work and gems. Gros grain ribbon can be applied as a trim if you want to embellish a solid coloured panel. Or for a little character pom pom fringes are so adorable right now, especially in a kids room or a bathroom. Another idea is to hang a few different panels on the same window, as pictured in the first picture by Galleria Arben and the fifth from Bowlers and Buttons. This is so great with a big window.

Can you see why I’m so excited about diving into draperies? Gorgeous, right? Thanks to all of you, and everyone in my life for bearing with me through all these amazing changes. Now let’s do a window treatment! What room would you like to see with a new window treatment?


June 26th, 2017

Three Ways to Ready Your Bedroom for Summer

Ahhh, the sun, so glorious, right? As we turn our homes over from the colder months with spring cleaning, the bedroom is an important place to swap out a few things to ready for the hot summer nights coming our way. Start with a complete top to bottom cleaning session and do the extra things that don’t get done as often as they should. Like what, you ask? Flip and rotate your mattress, clean under the bed, wash walls and windows…all of it. This is also a good time to move the room around if you want to try a different configuration.

What I love about this little list is that it is meant to be a quick fix. These tasks can be done quickly and efficiently and will bring optimal impact comfort-wise. Try one of the categories, two of them or all three! Summer living should be light and breezy as the days are. Everything easier. Everything simple. Bring on the summer! But first, open the windows and let the fresh air and sunshine into the room.


Coco Lapine Design



Fresh linens in a new colour will give your bed an instant makeover. Crisp white sheets are so classic, but depending on the room you could try blush pink (so hot right now), gray, sea foam or even pale yellow.

Remove your heavy winter duvet and replace it with a light summer duvet or a quilt or coverlet. Even in the summer, it’s so lovely to sleep in a bed with layers that you can peel off if you need to.


Take off the decorative pillows with dark heavy textures and fabrics and opt for soft hues. One option is to shop for seasonal covers with zippers so they can be changed out whenever you want to. This eliminates closets full of spare pillows like some people (not me ooooooof course). Shop for pillows with hefty down inserts. Furniture stores can often order them in an array of upholstery fabrics. They are well worth the investment as you will have them for years. Try to think a season ahead as there may be order times involved if you go the custom route.


Light white cotton curtains with some texture are perfect for summer. If you want to add a pop of colour your draperies are a perfect way to experiment with a bold colour or pattern. If you are a little shy with it, try adding a trim of gros grain ribbon to white curtains, along the inside edges of each drape panel. Fuchsia, Kelly green, turquoise, or any other bright colour will work. However, if you want to go for it, go for it! Look for something with blackout capabilities if you require darkness. Here in Alberta we have light until 11pm in the summer months! It’s beautiful.


This might be the last update you would think of, but even a small one with a soft texture can be the detail required to ease you into your day whether its summer or not. As someone who generally wakes up grouchy until fully awake, its the little things that help act as happiness cues. Oh yeah, being awake is awesome!!

Crazy Wonderful



Empty it and start over. Doesn’t that sound like great fun? I find it hard to get rid of clothing, but it is vital to keeping an organized closet. All those clothes that don’t fit or you simply don’t want to wear anymore, they need to go. So what do you do with them all? Donate the slightly worn stuff, or even better start a clothing swap with friends. Or have a yard sale. Brand names can often be taken to consignment stores or you can sell them online (think Girlboss!) Also, get rid of that weird stuff you bought for no reason, let’s face it, it has to go!


Same thing as your closet! Dump everything and start over. Only add back items you will currently wear. Fold everything up nice and neat. If you want to get really fancy and you are up for a DIY project, line your drawers or the sides of them with a pretty printed paper. So much impact in the photo pictured.

Night-side tables:

Remove any books you’ve already read, organize drawers, replace emptied products (free pass to shop for new stuff) and rethink the types of things that have collected here. I like to have reading books and writing books close by at all times. I also need a place to put my earrings and bracelets and some scented hand cream and water.

Create a vignette! Is it time for a new set of lamps? Corral all your necessities and arrange them together. Books can be stacked. Add a plant or some fresh flowers and a decorative dish to house jewelry. Download the step-by-step PDF for some help. I’ve got you covered!


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Pictures and Art:

Whether you design a whole gallery wall or just change one picture, you will get immediate impact and give the space a fresh look.

Upcycle something from another room. This is so fun, especially if you are doing a gallery wall. Take a little walk through your home and try to look at things with fresh eyes. I did this for my living room last summer and I used art that I never would have thought to put together, but it looks marvelous!


Mirrors bounce light and create the illusion of space, plus they are pretty! Hang one over your dresser or get a full length one (my favourite) and you’ll be able to do a proper wardrobe check before you leave your room.


All that beautiful jewelry tucked away in boxes can be displayed. Even with a small display or a delicate dish (vintage or white milk glass?) a few curated pieces can act as part of the rooms decor.


Ambient lighting is essential in the bedroom. Bedside table lamps should be tall enough to reflect light down upon your book. A pair of pendant lamps on each side of the bed will free up tabletop space if you need it. Another lamp can be placed on your dresser if you prefer back lighting.

Once I reorganized my bedroom I realized a few things. First of all, this should be done for every room for every season as it is so refreshing and it made me feel happy, so it will probably make you happy too. I love the way shuffling, cleaning and decluttering changes the energy of your home. Also, when you edit the things around you, you keep only what is loved or needed, the rest can go and this in itself is a really great life lesson, don’t you think?



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November 17th, 2012

Valance Ideas for a Girl’s Room

Geometric Valance

Bibiddi Bobbidi Beautiful

Valances, you either love them or you hate them. For me, it all comes down to the fabric used and the room the valance is intended for. If you are planning a nursery or re-decorating there are a range of valance ideas for a girl’s room. Valances can be made or bought (your chioce) and hung as-is or with modifications. The image shown above is a valance made from bedsheets (follow the link for the tutorial!).

Hot Pink Ruffle Valance

Selah James Handmade

Um, ruffles are just about always a good idea. You know it, I know it, the ruffles know it.

Yellow Geometric Valance

Crea8tive Designs Inc. 

Follow this link and you will learn how to make a tailored valance. Which I love in this pale lemon geometric. Yellow is an understated palette choice for a girly room.

Monogram Valance

Hi Sugarplum!

Love this! The grosgrain ribbon sewn on the curtains is an easy way to add detail to a plain set of white curtains. Follow the link and you will learn how to build the pelmet and how to monogram it.


Tulle Valance

Nest Full of Eggs 

Pink tulle ruffles for a girl’s room equals pretty perfect in my books.


Ribbon Valance

Good Housekeeping

This collection of ribbons makes a pretty cute valance, but there are lots of other things you can do with ribbon. Try sewing strips of grosgrain ribbon to a valance in a solid colour to create vibrant stripes. Or use it to create an edge like the curtains pictured above, but on a smaller scale.


Butterfly Valance


A valance is a great way to introduce a bold graphic print like this butterfly one.


Yellow Chevron Valance

 Miss Muffet’s Tuffet

Ah, chevrons, in a small dose like a valance or a large dose like a painted floor, I lova ya! Use these valance ideas for a girl’s room as a starting point to choosing your own, or, if bold, make one! I would love to see any you make. Happy decorating!




October 24th, 2012

White Sheers

Sheers in the Bathroom

House Beautiful

Back in the eighties, it is entirely possible that my mom had sheers in every window. Sheers in lovely shades of dusty rose, peach and beige. Sound familiar? In spite of the flashbacks, I love pure white sheers. In a monochromatic white room they keep the light pure. In masculine or dark rooms they bring a touch of femininity. And in every other room they become a layer of texture, and help to soften hard lines from furniture, wood and stone elements. White sheers can be used in many curtain layering combinations.


Monochromatic White Sheers

Malia Maui

On their Own


White sheers are frequently hung on their own in rooms with abundant natural light. This is a good choice for rooms where you will be happy with constant light. Another point to consider is privacy, because with sheers hung alone, you won’t get much!


French Room with Sheers

Metropolitan Home via Elle Decor 

Over Blinds


Soften the look of wooden slat blinds and hang white sheers over top of them. This will work with a range of decor styles. I love sheers in a nursery, but the practicality suffers when you want baby to sleep and all this luminous white light keeps him/her awake. Solution: blackout blinds plus sheers. This way, you get the look and the nap time. The sheers over blinds is a pretty option for any bedroom.


Under Heavy Drapes


Whether or not you are privy to a formal sitting room, you can hang billowy white sheers beneath a heavier set of drapes. What I like about this look is that you have options. Open both sets of drapes and tie them back letting a peek of the sheers poke out from behind the drapes. Or leave the sheers closed, but pull back the drapes and let them hang. Another option is to leave the sheers closed and tie back the drapes.


Layered Ruffle Sheers

A Beach Cottage

In Between


The layered curtain look is my favourite right now. Hang different drapes and sheers on one single curtain rod to create a varied, textured look or a wall of curtains. Mix sheers with solid colours, prints or patterns.


Polka Dot Sheers

Country Curtains 

Patterned Sheers


Modern sheers can be found in a range of patterns to add just a little more textural appeal to your windows. Polka dots, diamonds, stripes and more are available.


Patterned Sheers


Length of Sheers


Like any curtain, sheers of different lengths can be used for different applications. In the kitchen, for instance, you might want a short variation. Try sheer cafe-style curtains, modern ones are pretty and campy all at the same time. In the bedroom, hang extra long sheers and let them pool on the floor.


Overlapped Sheers

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The versatility of white sheers makes them a sure bet in any home as they can be moved from room to room. Your windows can wear them with many other fabrics and colours. Sheers also come in a range of colours, while I do adore some of them, I will beware of colours that might not date so well so be gone dusty rose!