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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Preview: DIY Valances

Valances can be tricky.  I usually find them a bit boring or too matchy-matchy.  It's hard to know what to do with the space above the windows, especially if you have higher ceilings.  While you can always go for the drama of hanging the window treatments higher,sometimes the space would be overwhelmed with all the fabric.

We started building our own valances in our first home, thanks to a few tips and tricks we learned from my sister and brother-in-law. They are a great way to add character to our builder grade home.

Here are the valances I designed and my talented hubby built.  Making your own allows for more custom design and fabric options and ways to coordinate with other materials in the space.  These happen to be in our bedroom and tie into the design of the headboard we also created.

{The window treatments don't photograph as well here, but I love the fabric, I just need to make them fuller.  I created these when I was far along in my pregnancy with our quads}.

I love our oversized headboard and had always wanted one, even more so after finding this great fabric. We went for years sleeping in our then guestroom {now occupied by 4 little guys} and did nothing to our room.  We finally took the plunge and all during the pregnancy I was so happy to have a comfy place to rest!  I will have to show you the opposite wall though where our sad tv sits on a rubbermaid bin.  We've got big plans for the rest of the room, but we'll get back to them in a few years, too many other priorities!  

{sorry for that headboard tangent, just wanted to show how valances 
can tie nicely in to the other elements within a space}

We have a few more valances to create and one to redo so I will be posting those in the coming weeks as we go, along with the how-tos.  

Cheers to a great rest of your weekend!! :)


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