Here is my naked living room window. Enough is enough. What I want on these windows would cost about $2000, and this is a conservative estimate. That's not happening. So, the windows have gone without a pretty dress for too long.
I decided to do what I could, but I wanted it to be pretty, too. I figured it would take about 14 yards to make a shades for each window and another 8 yards or so for a topper for above the sliding doors and panels for each end. That's a whopping total of only 22 yards. So, if I bought the gagagorgeous fabric from the "pa-ting" fabric store at $50/yard, it'd only cost $1100. What about under $5/yard? What could I buy for that? Burlap.
I found this burlap at Hancocks on sale for $3.49/yard. They have several different colors to choose from. http://www.hancockfabrics.com/search.htm?numHits=24&query=burlap&path=
My inspiration came from the current Ballard catalog. http://www.ballarddesigns.com/Linens-Fabrics/Panels-Draperies/Window-Treatments/Burlap-Bordered-Document-Panel/p/12135?path=1%2C2%2C1465%2C1513%2C2223&iProductID=12135
Ballard Burlap Bordered Panel
I decided to take The Nester's word for it. It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. It doesn't have to perfect to be beautiful. It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. If you haven't read what The Nester has to say, gotta check out her uber cool blog at http://www.thenestingplace.com/. This is a must, must, must!!!
Here's how it turned out. I cannot possibly describe my joy at having window treatments. I know it's not complete without the side panels and center topper, but that, my friend, is the story of my life. Who cares anyway, right? Who am I trying to impress? I did it for me. So, there.
My camera isn't one of those with numbers and letters after the name. When I grow up, that's what I'd like to have, and then, maybe, my pictures would look awesome. Maybe. It couldn't possibly be my skilz.