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dining room update – simple window treatment

September 2, 2011

when we moved into this house in October 2009, I started scouring internet sources to find decorating inspiration and happened upon this beautiful window treatment published on Apartment Therapy.

Loved it then and still love it now.

Our present house has standard blinds throughout – nothing spectacular and  I’ve not made much of an attempt to modify the window treatments.  However, in light of the changes to our dining room this year, this lack of attention to the windows has been creating noise in my head.

Here’s the inspired side of the room (more views here and here).

and the not-so-inspired

Add to the mix our real-life challenge:  three little dogs and a kitty that like to look out the windows and sometimes bark (except for the cat) when they see something going on outside that didn’t have their prior approval.  We’re both at work during the day and can’t exactly monitor their activity.  So we didn’t want to purchase some gorgeously expensive silk draperies with a lovely puddled crumple on the floor just to have our adorable little dogs walk all over them.  Every. Single. Day. We want our house to be pretty, but pet-friendly at the same time.  Because let’s face it, we have animals that live indoors.

A few weeks back, the opportunity for this project came together after I made that scrumptious wall hanging for our bedroom.  In the process, I had to remove this set of curtain panels, hanging there previously.

They are a very simple synthetic blend open-weave curtain I purchased via  I washed them, did a bit of measuring and then set them aside for the idea to fully formulate in my head.  This step takes a while (cue the jeopardy music).

After percolation completed, I purchased some suspension curtain rods, cut the width of the two curtain panels to fit these three windows with a little extra allowance for a side hem, and hung them upside down — to avoid bulk at the top.

Guided by the look of the Apartment Therapy window, I just cut one panel per window and gathered it up with a length of cotton string looped over the top of the curtain rod, tied at the bottom.

After hanging the 3 panels, I took the top plates from the old blinds, added hooks on the back, and hung them on the wall to cover the curtain rods and create visual separation for the palladium window panes.


So there we have it – a dog-friendly, soft-looking window treatment made from a pair of recycled curtain panels.


{lighting note for those interested – Grand Manoir chandelier}


For another home sweet homemade window treatment project featuring repurposed items, click here.

Thank you for reading!




20 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2011 1:24 pm

    Very creative and very pretty. Love that you still get lots of light, but can see out side. I have been working on my dining room alos. The holidays are so close!

  2. September 2, 2011 2:15 pm

    sweet! i love it. had to giggle at the dog friendly part. i so get that, yet for me it’s more of the “fur is everywhere” issue. with ceiling fans going non stop i find dog hair in the oddest places 😦

  3. September 2, 2011 2:51 pm

    I’m droolling over your wood floors and the gorgeous ceiling. The whole look is beautiful, love the curtains! Found your blog through the chic on a shoestring.

    Brie from

  4. September 2, 2011 4:58 pm

    BRA-VA, Diane!

    You did such a GREAT job in recreated those window treatments!!!!

    And very dog/cat-friendly too!:)

    Don’t ya just LOVE Apartment Therapy? I recently discovered their website while reading their book this summer. They have such creative and awesome ideas for small apartments (like mine).

    Have a wonderful holiday weekend, dear friend!

    X to you and Cristybella!

    P.S. And I have to say it again…..your home is sooooo lovely!

  5. September 2, 2011 7:10 pm

    The windows are per se wonderful, but the window treatment you made really add to them. The very best thing, though, is that they are “pet-friendly”, something that’s always in my mind when decorating…

  6. September 3, 2011 1:43 am

    Beautiful, Diane! They don’t detract from your gorgeous windows at all, they add to them!

  7. September 3, 2011 4:48 am

    Brilliant and pretty!

  8. somme permalink
    September 3, 2011 5:48 pm

    I’m totally loving that chandelier and the windows! What a wonderful room you have to work with! I would love to have you share your talents at my VIP today =)
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend!! XO

  9. September 3, 2011 7:59 pm

    So soft and pretty…and what beautiful windows!

    Deborah (happily visiting from

  10. September 3, 2011 11:55 pm

    Everything looks amazing!
    I especially love all of the natural light you get in your home.

    Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and for leaving such a nice comment.

    White Spray Paint

  11. September 4, 2011 1:45 am

    Lovely! Also in love with your chandy!! What is that style called and do you mind sharing where you found it?

    • July 16, 2013 12:18 pm

      sorry for the delay in replying pamela, i could not for the life of me locate the receipt. The chandelier is called Grand Manoir and it is not inexpensive. I purchased mine from a local decorative boutique that was have a once/year sale at 20% off special order items. But it is available online or probably from an upscale decorative retaile.

      kindest regards–Diane Korb

  12. September 4, 2011 5:41 pm

    what a lovely dining room you have…and those windows are gorgeous…love your idea for scrim covering…it looks great! thanks for linking up to fridays unfolded!


  13. September 5, 2011 2:26 am

    The curtains look great and I understand the need to make things pet friendly too as there are just a few animals living in my home as well! Great job.

  14. September 10, 2011 12:09 am

    This is a terrific solution to answering what to do about window treatments. Your certainly carried out the idea of your inspiration photo. Lovely!

    I am so pleased that you linked to Potpourri Friday. Your participation certainly makes the party more successful . I appreciate you and hope you will make this one of your regular stops each week!

  15. Ellen permalink
    September 11, 2011 5:20 pm

    Love the soft look. I need to send this to a friend who is having a windpw treatment issue.

  16. September 14, 2011 11:10 pm

    I just found your blog today. The window treatments are so beautiful. This entire room is awesome. I must ask you….Are there 3 levels of crown molding in this room??? It does look like the ceiling is coffered, so you must have that area trimmed out, I believe. Anyway, the molding is dreamy!!!

  17. September 23, 2011 3:40 pm

    Hi Diane…

    Your dining room is beautiful! I love all the wonderful splashes of color…right up my “design alley”! Hehe! I think you made a very wise choice for window treatments. Your new curtain panels really soften the windows up…love that!

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful dining room with us today! I’m coming over from Jena’s Roomspiration party.

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  18. September 24, 2011 1:23 am

    Diane, you did a great job on the new window treatments! Such a clever way to repurpose drapes. I am also in love with the coral side table. Thanks so much for linking up to Roomspiration!


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