Using what you have . . .

I’ve been trying desperately to figure out exactly what type of window treatments for Emsley’s windows. I’ve looked in decorating books, magazines and online – nothing. Just couldn’t find what I was looking for! During my google search, I came upon a blog where someone decorated their home with what they had. I was blown away by the rooms I saw! If it wasn’t what she had, it was given or from goodwill. But it didn’t look like cast away decorating.

Well, it hit me! My house has so much stuff hidden. I mean, seriously – I’ve got stuff in closets just waiting! I have no idea what it’s waiting on, but just collecting dust and waiting.

I pulled out a tub that was hiding deep in the closet under my stairs. I found two pillow forms  ????? Do I know why? Uhmm, no. I’ve had them for a couple of years and never used them. I had fabric that I loved and was wanting to use for Em’s windows – decided it would look great on the pillows instead.

While I was sewing, I thought about those windows. I had bought fabric to cover a chair. But I haven’t dropped the chair {or fabric} to my upholstery guy. I love this fabric – alot. And you know, I really didn’t have room for that chair anyways. Although my plan was to pay someone to make “real” window treatments for her room, I changed my mind Friday night – and decided to do it myself. Right then.

I know most of you wouldn’t pick this fabric for you 2 year old. But, I’m really going for a specific look. And Pottery Barn Kids is not it.

I didn’t intend to use the rod you see. But it was what I had {and it was already there} . . . so that is what I used! It looks black, but it is the dark bronze color.

And since I didn’t have any fringe, I just cut the buttery yellow, dupioni silk into bias strips for banding. Here is the thing – I’ve never done that before. The whole bias thing. Never. I have no idea what I was doing. I could have googled, but I wanted to get them hung up asap. Only because I was excited. After the fact, I think I probably should have the stripes pointing down in the other direction.But really, who cares?? I sure don’t! The seams are straight and that is always my main concern!

I will admit that I have fluffed and puffed better since this picture. I just wanted to get some pictures before I passed out with excitement! This was a little trick I keep seeing on some of those Mis-treatments that Nester always throwing together in 6.2 nano-seconds! And let me tell you – dupioni silk has got to be the perfect fabric for fluffing and puffing!

I did hand stitch small rings for the clip rings to attach to. Mainly because that fabric is so freakin’ heavy and I had them already {imagine that?} That rod probably feels like it’s holding up a refrigerator. To add to the weight, the back is completely lined.


* press open all seams – meaning: don’t use a serger.

* Never, ever sew closed the bottom of the drape – meaning: the lining and fabric have their own seams.

* Do not let your daughter drink chocolate milk {in a cup without a lid} anywhere in the house while you have silk laying out.

* Puff & Fluff hides dried milk splatters.

* Know how to sew a straight line.

The only thing I needed were a few drapery weights. I’ll find some tomorrow.

Ignore the pink dresser and mirror. Color change soon.

Not too bad for a chick that hasn’t used her sewing machine in years – except for the straight line she tried sewing a few months ago that did nothing but prove it had been too long since the machine had been used and needed major servicing. It has since been serviced.

Now, if I can figure out what color these walls are going to be.

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About Kim
I picked up a paint brush for the first time 7 years ago, and haven't put it down since. My goal - To paint a canvas for my son's nursery. I never dreamed a business would be born out of it. {And if you saw the first canvas, you would think the same thing, too!}


  1. Lindsay says:

    You are one mighty talented lady! I’m impressed….and I totally lurve the top of the drapes…whatever you called it! Sweet.

  2. The room looks very grown up…it’s beautiful. The drapes came out beautifully too. You are so good – a woman of endless talents. Wow.
    I love that blue color for her walls – nice contrast and brings out the blues in the curtain.

  3. Jo says:

    Curtains are gorgeous! I’d go w the blue – and you won’t hear that often from me!

  4. Shannon says:

    I like the beige middle color swatch. The room looks so ggod! Grown up and classy!! With it being a girls room, I would go not use the blue…. I think it will be “too blue” when you are done. I would use a neutral color (love the buttery color of the silk fabric)!

  5. L-O-V-E the drapes, I mean truly LOVE them, and the pillows, OMGosh, love! I think the wall color you have is wonderful, so warm and buttery, but if you must change it, the blue is my fav. I know you didn’t ask, I’m just saying. Thanks for sharing…..LOVE

  6. Robin says:

    OK, how is it possible that I am finding out that you are even MORE talented? You can paint, AND you can sew? NOT FAIR! LOL LOVE the curtains and the pillow! I am in the minority, and like the largest swatch of the greenish color you have (the 80’s burned me out on blue…lol), but I think any one of them would look great.

  7. shabby girl says:

    I love the fluffy thing on the top of the curtains! it makes the whole thing! Great job!

  8. Looks amazing- fabulous job. I love the fabrics!

  9. susie harris says:

    Oh my word those are just beautiful!!!! My vote for paint…the blue one. I want a room like that now :)

  10. Just gorgeous! Those curtains are amazing – and I love the fabric! They will be good for her now and when she is all grown up! I like the beige/green color in the middle – the biggest sample. The blue is just too start against the warmer colors in the curtains, in my opinion! I just don’t know how you do it all girl!

  11. OMG Kim. Your talent is endless. I LOVE the window treatments. They look amazing in Emsley’s room. She has no idea how lucky she is. You should be very proud of yourself. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Joanne says:

    Love that fabric!

  13. Em’s room is AMAZING! I think you should do the blue on the wall. Its very soothing. Love your blog!

  14. Ela says:

    Would love it if you would join me for my 2nd linky party tonight!!


  15. Rene says:

    Those window treatments are amazing! I love the chandelier too!


  16. Stacey Elam says:

    I am just wondering were you got the brown fabric for your window treatment at.

    • Kim says:

      I bought this fabric from a local store called Gifford Street Fabrics. They have an online store but I don’t think all the fabrics are listed. Google Gifford Street Fabrics Tennessee and it should pop up!

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