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Curtain Conundrum

Posted by Beth on September 4, 2009

Why are cute—and affordable—window treatments so hard to find? I just spent nearly half the day scouring online with no luck. It’s almost enough to make me want to learn how to sew, despite the fact that I nearly failed home ec for screwing up the whipstitch on my 7th grade pillow project. Traumatic. Anyway, right now I’m looking for a valance for my bedroom window. Currently I’ve got a cream-colored twill roman shade up that I serendipitously found in the damaged/returns section at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. There are usually some good bargains to be found there, and this time was no exception. My window is super large (nearly 4 feet wide) so I thought for sure I’d have to pony up the cash for an expensive custom shade. Lucky me, someone must have special-ordered this particular style and then changed their mind. It was just the right size and marked down to less than $50, a total steal.

The window still feels a bit bare with just the shade, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to dress it up. I was really into the idea of an upholstered cornice, until I realized how much something like that costs. (If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out The Shade Store‘s options, including these glam ones with nailhead trim.) Then I happened across this nicely tailored valance from Tommy Hilfiger Home on macys.com. The colors are all wrong for my bedroom, but it did inspire me to go looking for more tailored or box-pleated valances, which almost look like cornices. I’d always thought of those window toppers as old-ladyish or country style, like this and this—not exactly my cup of tea. But once I started searching, I did find a few cute ones, including these:

At left is the Sakura Tailored Valance from prettywindows.com. I like the spare botanical print and tailored style, and it’s on sale for only $30.

On the right is the fun Zebra Window Valance from target.com. Animal prints (in small doses) feel a bit whimsical and exotic. This one goes for just under $30, too.

Unfortunately, I didn’t find any that quite worked for my room, although I did discover that Smith + Noble has some nice fabric options. If I had the funds for a custom valance, they’d be my pick, as I could get one tailor-made for my window for under $250. Instead, I think I’ll pick up my own fabric—either at Mood, in NYC’s fashion district, or online at alwaysmod.com and reprodepot.com, both of which carry a range of Marimekko designs—and beg a crafty friend to sew me a straight valance with a rod pocket.

I’ll let you know how it turns out. In the meantime, I’d love to hear about any of your favorite resources for affordable window treatments.

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