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DIY: Custom looking Window Treatments

  1. In the Tweeds

    September 28th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    That looks fabulous, Camila!! I hereby crown you DIY queen!

  2. Amy

    September 28th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Camila, will you come do this in my apartment? These look INCREDIBLE! xoxA

  3. Miranda @ Haute Headquarters

    September 28th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I think these are absolutley fantastic, Camilla! I know they are simple (as in, not the most complicated project you have ever completed) but I'm pretty sure this is my favorite DIY you have ever done. I want cornices now! Love this!

  4. Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy

    September 28th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    When I saw your windows in your post yesterday, I was hoping you would provide us with some DIY instructions! Thanks so much!

  5. Mary

    September 28th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Very cute. But I need to see a picture of how they kiss the floor.

  6. Lindsay @ hlsd

    September 28th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    This looks great!! And your post was full of TONS of great tips! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. High-Heeled Foot in the door

    September 28th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks guys! I will totally add a picture of them kissing the floor. At the moment the whole dining room is bit trashed from said project so once I clean it up (fingers crossed today) I can take more pictures.

    It would also help if the sun came out so that I wouldn't need to use flash.

  8. Janell @ Isabella and Max

    September 28th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Great solution to hang drapes on a bay window, looks wonderful! Janell

  9. Anonymous

    September 28th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I LOVE these curtains! Looks amazing! We actually made very similar cornice boxes last weekend, but now we can't figure out how to secure them to the wall. Could you explain how you secured your cornice to the wall? I see you have your L bracket on before adding the fabric, so how did you get your fabric so smooth? Thanks for posting this! i'm obsessed!

  10. abode love

    September 28th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Now THAT is the way to do a valance! I tried creating something similar to this a few months ago and did not succeed! I wish this post would have been around back then! haha! lovely! This is a beautiful solution to working with bay windows…

    Here is my post:

  11. Splendid Sass

    September 28th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Look great! Thanks for the tips.

  12. Pigeon

    September 28th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    How did you mount them to the wall? I'd like to do something similar in my kitchen, but I can't figure out how to get the piece up on the wall.

  13. Lissa @ After Adornment

    September 28th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    You make everything look so easy! I love seaing all your DIY projects…keep em coming!

  14. Mrs. Chic

    September 28th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    So pretty! I agree the more panels on the window the merrier it will look

  15. abby jenkins

    September 28th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    SUPER PRO and so chic!

    When I was in interior design I would be embarrassed to tell my clients how much their 'window treatments' were going to cost them. One living room we did in Greenwich had over six figures worth of drapes! Yikes!

    I'd rather spend my money on daffodils and have you come over :^)

  16. cassie @ hi sugarplum!

    September 28th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Wow, that cornice makes a huuuge difference! Ok, I'm trying to wrap my brain around your final tip….your panels should EACH be 2 times the width of the window? What if the wall on one side of the window is 10" wide and your window is 3'?

    xo, cass

  17. Katie

    September 28th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    love it!!

  18. High-Heeled Foot in the door

    September 28th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I believe Jon simply hung it with another L bracket that you can see in the image of the wooden cornice being wrapped in batting.

    He is coming home for lunch in a little bit so I'll ask him and get more details and then post on it.


  19. Lauren

    September 28th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Also do you recommend that electric staple gun over one that uses a compressor? What brand is it? I have had bad luck with manual staple guns and need to buy a new one. Thanks for all your answers!

  20. Laura@JourneyChic

    September 28th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I agree that JC Penney has a great window treatment selection – especially the hardware. Your drapes look awesome, and major props go to your super-helpful hubby for going to town with that batting and glue!

  21. Danielle Oakey Interiors

    September 28th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    love them, great job!

  22. Jenna

    September 28th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    While I would have added some trim I think you need some pretty tiebacks to allow that gorgeous view and fabrics to show. another tip, if your drapes are too short add a panel of coordinating fabric or trim for the extra lenght needed.

  23. Anonymous

    September 28th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Great job. Another question- who makes the grasscloth in your room, and how can I get some?

  24. Living It At Home

    September 28th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Ok! What you just did is amazing! You are so talented…hubby too! I love how it turned out! Great job!

  25. High-Heeled Foot in the door

    September 28th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks for all the sweet comments!

    I'm thinking about adding trim. Not sure if I want it or not. I have some already purchased just deciding if I want to pull the trigger and actually use it. We shall see.


    September 28th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Way to rock those ready mades! I agree…custom window treatments are very expensive and I think with a little effort you make ready made curtains look fabulous. You certainly proved that with yours.

  27. Mackenzie {Design Darling}

    September 28th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Great job! I love the outcome.

  28. Oonafey

    September 28th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Looks phenomenal! Way to save a few hundred bucks!

  29. Anonymous

    September 28th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you so much for posting on how to hang on the wall. We secured the fabric before screwing the L Brackets, so when we tried to screw them in, it twisted the fabric. I will just remove the fabric and re-do.

    Thank you so much. i just love it all. you are a genius!

  30. LiveLikeYou

    September 28th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Love all your DIY's-always impressive. What a clean chic look!

  31. MyLittleHappyPlace

    September 29th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Great DIY tips, and of course, your projects ALWAYS look Pro!

  32. Megan Elizabeth

    September 29th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Gorgeous! I love it & I want to try it ASAP. Now all I've gotta do is find myself a nook.
    Oh right, my apartments tiny and I haven't any nooks to spare.
    Guess I'll just need to save it in the inspiration folder.

  33. LindsB

    September 29th, 2010 at 2:23 am

    look at you all DIYing again- love this project, I cant wait till i have my own house to use it in ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Robyn

    September 29th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I was debating on whether or not to do this in my dining room. Decision is now made. I have a great shower curtain that I bought at Target that I didn't know if I wanted to just use as a panel or not. I can't wait to get this project done now! Thanks!

  35. Beth H.

    September 29th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Your cornice is beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial! I'm really wondering where you found that great ikat fabric on the pillows though ๐Ÿ™‚ I've been looking for the perfect ikat for my living room and not having much luck…

  36. Erika at BluLabel Bungalow

    September 29th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Wonderful job Camila! You saved a TON of money with that handy hubby of yours. Great job as always!

  37. Specialkalle

    October 4th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I wish my husband was as DIY as yours!

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