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    Welcome to my showcase of design ideas and inspiration for custom home décor, flattering window treatments and other soft furnishings. I have been blessed by being invited into many beautiful homes and meeting the nicest people. I am among the fortunate few who truly enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding profession. Thank you for looking at my work.

flap valance

I have had so many people request a pattern for this unique valance.  It’s not too difficult to make, just a lot of cutting and some patience.  The finished window width is 78.5″ and finished length 14”.  You should be able to modify this to fit your own measurements.  Thanks for visiting my website and send pictures of your finished project.


You will need approximately 2.25 yards of main fabric (54” width)

1.5 yards of contrast fabric

Note: these yardages are for no or little repeat on your fabric. If you have a pattern repeat you may need more fabric

1.5 yards of lining

7 buttons

(1” – 1 ½” size, you can use ready made buttons or cover them yourself with

the contrast fabric) Covered buttons kits can be purchased at your local fabric store.


1”X4”X8’ board

Go to your local hardware store like a Lowe’s or Home Depot and purchase the board. You can cut it to 78.5” wide or have them cut it for you. You will also need (4) 4” L-brackets.

Cover the board in fabric or lining for a finished look.


Your valance width will be 78.5” and you are going to have (2) 3.75” returns (a return is the distance the board extends from the wall)

I have calculated that you will have 8 front petals and 7 back petals.


To start:

Make yourself a template for the petals 11.75” wide by 16.5” long.

Shape the bottom of the petals to your desired shape using a plate or a curved ruler.

Cut out 16 petals of your main fabric, these will be self lined. You should be able to fit 4 in a row across your fabric. Make sure you center any pattern in the fabric.

Right sides together sew 8 petals of the main fabric using ½” seam allowances. Leave top edges open.

Cut out 7 petals of contrast fabric

Cut out 7 petals of lining

With right sides together, sew the 7 petals of the contrast/lining using ½” seam allowances, leaving the top edge open.

Trim all seams, turn right side out and press.


You should now have 8 front petals of main fabric and 7 petals of contrast fabric 10.75” wide by 16” long.


Lay out all back petals side by side, straight along the top edge right side up

Place the front petals over the back petals right side up so that the back petals are centered behind the front petals keeping the top edge straight.


Your valance should measure 86” X 16”

swag with rosettes


A grand staircase needs some dressing. Here we framed the arched window with a scarf swag tied in three places, center and corners with rosettes. This style is one continuous piece of fabric while the knots, or rosettes, allow the fabric to be swaged by pulling out fabric from the knots where needed and cinching the fabric tighter along the top edge.  The sides, or tails are cut on an angle to add a little softness to the window.

drapery panels and bedding


A very serene bedroom with rich soft colors. The pinch pleated draperies in a gorgeous pussy willow print are hung from brass drapery rods with crystal finials. The floral printed duvet cover with matching shams cover the king size four poster bed and are trimmed in a twisted cord. Coordinating pillows and furniture finish off the room.

crystal drapery rod





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