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Find inexpensive vintage linens. Tablecloths can be used as full length curtains. Bridge table covers are great for small windows. I found a hand embroidered real organdy bridge table cover, gorgeous cover for guest bath window. Matching shower curtain from matching napkins. Dresser scarves, if they are large enough work well as cafe curtains. if long enough can be 2 curtains. Damask table cloths make beautiful duvet covers and matching napkins, great pillow covers. Especially with lace and embroidery embellishments. Fun!
By Clown (Guest Post)06/19/2008
I collect Coca Cola items. Over the years I had been given several aprons that were decorated with Coca Cola motifs. Of course, I didn't want to wear them. Eventually we moved to a house that had a large kitchen window looking in on 2 rooms when standing on the porch. I hung a piece of plain piece of fabric there to give us some privacy while I thought about curtains. Then it dawned on me! I attached the Coca Cola aprons onto the fabric - pinning them so the pins wouldn't show. I never ended up looking for curtains for that window. I get lots of compliments.
Our bedroom had huge windows. I went looking with only colors in mind. I found all 3 of the colors I loved and decided to use all 3. They were solid-color twin-sized sheets! At the top, where you could just run a rod right through, they had a little satin trim - very pretty. I placed the colored sheets in the order I wanted - I needed 9 panels in all. They look great, I think!
The last one used a real curtain - just an unusual holder. Our son's room is medieval (well, our version of it). I bought a black faus leather curtain with the tab top. Then a broadsword to slip through the tabs. Lastly I bought what looks like "dragon claws" coming through the wall. I hung the claws at the top of the window, then placed the sword and curtain on them. Our son loves it!
By jean (Guest Post)04/16/2008
Try clip on rings and a lace tablecloth. I have a room with a double and a single window, and I wanted sheer/lace curtains in dark green. Couldn't find any, but did find tablecloths the right color. Bought 2 different sizes of the same design, and now have the curtains I wanted.
Also, fabric shower curtains, especially those with the self covered rings, make great sheer curtains, alone or under solid covered drapes. For a long time, I had solid sheers under print drapes. Now I have a change, having found shower curtains withn a similar design to the area rug in the room. Love being coordinated like that.
By Astrid B (Guest Post)04/16/2008
As a teenager I had a smallish window in my bedroom which had boring curtains attached to curtain rings with clips. I took down the boring curtains and attached a beach sarong to it instead.
By Keeper 03/17/2008
For my "rustic"kitchen I screwed in(each side)cup hooks,for the"rod"I went in the woods and found a dead branch w/characture! and ragged some fabric Ialready had and draped it.My other way was using a cafe rod.and I bought"pinch rings"don't know what you call them today.Then I used hand towels that matched my bathrm.
By mary (Guest Post)08/10/2005
I have used a silk sari as a drape and it was a very strong element. However, it will get sun damage, so you might not want to use fine silk.
By shirley (Guest Post)06/14/2005
I couldn't find the right color curtains for my powder room so I used a chenille type fringed throw that I pushed through curtain rod holders. Everyone loves it. I have also seen the cloth napkins used and they were held on by wooden clothes pins.
I am searching for a nice basic copper firepit. Can anyone tell me where I can continue with my search. I have found interesting pits but, I am looking for a brass one with the stand.
By Julie (Guest Post)06/01/2005
You all might think this is a good idea for a kids room. My kids HATE the top sheet for their bed; they only like the fitted sheet and blanket. I took the top sheet, ran a rod thru the top seam of the flat sheet. Now everything matches. PS...I don't know how to sew, : ( , so I do ALOT of improvising!
By Jean (Guest Post)06/01/2005
If you have windows where only a valance is wanted, use cloth napkins placed diagonally over the curtain rod with the points hanging down, and the corners overlapping slightly. When you want a change, you have cloth napkins to use. I bought the ones that I used 2/$1.00 on sale. My windows needed 5 napkins each. Measure your window's width, and measure the napkins from corner to corner to estimate the number you will use.
By Claudia (Guest Post)06/01/2005
If you have access to a sewing machine, consider making your own. It can be as simple as a couple of straight seams, then attaching cllip-on hooks. Adding tabtops is a little more work but provides nice detail. For fabric, you can use sheets or look out for large remnants at the fabric store, thrift stores, or yard sales.
Another solution might be matchstick blinds which are inexpensive and let light in while providing some privacy.
By Susan Sanders-Kinzel 05/31/2005
Use Indian saris for curtains.
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