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Drapery Rods Without the Hassle

I have hung more than my share of drapery rods in my years as a designer.  It always involves a measuring tape, a level, screws and an electric drill, and generally took a little bit of time to get it just right.

With a new product I just found, Ready Hang, you can install a curtain rod with no extra tools, and without making holes in your walls or trim. How, you ask?  This rod system attaches to the window frame, and holds the rod securely.  So, there is no need to drill into the wall for installation! 

I checked out their website, and they have some nice finish options and finial options.  The prices are very reasonable, as well.

This product won’t work for extra wide windows, as 72″ is the widest width available.  It also won’t work if you prefer mounting your rod-pocket drapery panels to the side of the window, instead of in front of it.  I often do this to keep the windows open, while adding fabric and softness to the space.  If using drapery rings, tab-top draperies or tie-top curtains, this product could still work for this configuration. 

Keep in mind, also, that the bracket keeps the panels from moving back and forth along the rod – same as any other drapery rod with standard brackets.

I think this is a great idea, however, for many applications.  In fact, as someone who has designed numerous model homes over the past 8 years, it would be a great product for the staging industry!  Instead of making holes in the walls, and wasting time with measuring, home stagers could be in and out quickly.  And, the product is easily reusable for the next job.

What do you think?  Is this something you would use in your home?


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Curtains For Me

I FINALLY got around to making a little cafe curtain for my newly-repainted bathroom.  If you recall, I removed the wallpaper in this bathroom during the summer, and painted Sherwin Williams “Vast Sky” on the walls.  The window used to be covered with a very sad, very dusty vinyl mini-blind – leftover from the previous owners of my home.  Just last week, I finally completed the cafe curtain:

My bathroom window - finally pretty!

If you have never made a cafe curtain, you may not realize that they can be a little bit of a pain – at least for those of us who are not gifted seamstresses.  I can sew a straight line (barely), but adding a lining to this curtain made everything more complicated.  I have a new appreciation for my drapery workrooms, and will never complain about pricing!  What they do is so specialized, and it’s something I cannot do for myself (or at least, I don’t want to do it myself).  That, alone, makes their labor charges well worth the money.

I used a fabric from Greenhouse Design (link on the right of my blog), and I just LOVE it!  My mom calls it a Dr. Suess fabric – and I can see why.  The brightly colored, but stylized floral pattern is outlined in black – much like the illustrations in a Dr. Suess book.  Since the art of Dr. Suess is some of my all-time favorite stuff, that’s just fine with me.  This tiny little curtain adds so much personality to my little bathroom, at a minimum of cost.  One yard of fabric was all I needed, along with a $8 tension curtain rod.  Let me know what you think!  Design on a budget can still be fun!

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A sneak peek!  I'll show you the finished product as soon as it's complete!

A sneak peek! I'll show you the finished product as soon as it's complete!

For those of you following the saga of my bathroom wall project, I wanted to post pics of the progress I have made this weekend. The paint is now complete! The paint I used is Vast Sky from Sherwin Williams. Except for the inevitable touch-up needed when I pull off the tape, that part of the project is finished! Good riddance, I say! Next on the agenda is sewing a new curtain for the window with some amazing fabric I found at Greenhouse Design – see it here.   As soon as I get that part of the project complete, I’ll post more pics! I think you will be amazed at the transformation from such a simple (if not time consuming) project.

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